Jul 072013
 

Facebook is a fairly significant marketplace of ideas. A liberty movement Facebook page that started almost as a Ron Paul fan page gets active responses to issues posted by the host, Rachel. You can see the page on Facebook here. LibertyGirlRachel posted a meme created by the Tenth Amendment Center on the Missouri Governor’s veto of a bill veiled as a 2nd Amendment support bill. The general responses favored a, “hatred” of the Governor and the veto. Below was my response to the posts (you can see the thread on Facebook here):

Think this through, reasonably and not with knee-jerk reactions.

!) Did anybody read the bill? Really? We say re-call and shit-bag and post meme-pictures without having any idea what it’s really about. I have read the bill and I have read the Governor’s letter regarding his veto. You can see it here and decide if he is really a “shit-bag”: (See the letter here)

2) I am a long-time Classic Liberal who adheres, strictly, to the Constitution. But, there is no way that this type of legislation (there is a difference between law and legislation) would ever, EVER, pass constitutional muster. It’s, actually, BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. You can’t claim to be a Libertarian, libertarian, Classic Liberal, or Anarchist (etc.) and then support blatantly unconstitutional legislation. Well…maybe the Anarchist can, but even that is tough to support.

3) There is no way that any state legislation can make enforcing federal law a crime. It’s absolutely ridiculous and a political ploy. Imagine the Assistant U.S. Attorney in Missouri being arrested by a local police officer because the AUSA enforced federal legislation/law. While some might welcome this unrealistic conflict between the states and the feds, it would not be something most citizens would welcome. A war between St. Louis Missouri and the federal government is probably not something St. Louis residents want to participate in.

4) Those of us in the liberty movement attack and criticize the needless legislation coming out of every capital and every legislature. But, when legislation suits us, we jump on the recall bandwagon. The idea of being in the liberty movement is to be free from legislation, to convince them to leave us alone. When we support legislation, it INHERENTLY infringes on someone else. Back when Conservatives were not the idiots they are today in the GOP, there was an incredible intellectual named William Buckley who was a master writer with an uncanny ability to articulate a position. Buckley wrote, “A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling ‘Stop!'” We applaud Gary Johnson for vetoing bills in New Mexico and criticize Gov. Nixon for vetoing this legislation.

On this specific issue, the Governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, was right in using his veto power on HB 436.

May 082013
 

Think for a moment about how common it is to believe that others will not act the same as you and will not do the right thing. Assume for argument that as of tomorrow all laws are abolished, repealed, and there is no police force. What would happen? Answer truthfully. Now, ask this question of 10 friends. The answer will be, overwhelmingly, chaos! Women will be raped, murder will be rampant, children will be molested, cats will mate with dogs, and the Sun will rise in the West if it rises at all. When, however, you ask them how many women they will personally rape, how many murders the will personally commit, how many children they will molest you will get the standard, Continue reading »

Mar 062013
 

The Florida Speaker of the House, Will Weatherford, told an emotional story about a younger brother who died of cancer. He discussed his parents having to receive help with the bills and he was glad there was a safety net. It was later disclosed that the government help was Medicaid. The Speaker, who is against receiving the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, immediately came under fire. The news media took aim at Weatherford for being a hypocrite. But is he really? Continue reading »

Jan 152013
 

A high school English teacher in Chapin, S.C. was teaching his English class a lesson on the 1st Amendment.  Scott Compton, took an American flag off the wall and stomped on it repeatedly as part of the lesson.  As you can imagine, his actions have prompted outrage leading school district spokesman Mark Bounds to say, “I was in the military 20 years. I will defend your right to burn an American flag in the public square to my death. But as a teacher, you cannot bring your personal biases into the classroom.”  People are right to be mad, but they are mad for the wrong reason. Continue reading »

Dec 182012
 

Newtown, CT is, as you all know, the scene of the gruesome murders of children and teachers. As would be expected, the immediate and understandably emotional response has been geared toward the inanimate object, the gun, and away from the murderer. It’s more and more common for modern society to shift the blame and discussion away from the individual and more to “the group” or to some other object. Almost immediately, the media, the pundits, and the typical statist centered groups started the, “gun control” mantra.

Let’s begin with this basic fact: the siren song of no guns is a sweet tune that can lure the the most jaded and skeptical person. But, even the most naive among us recognizes that this is not realistic. Not even close to realistic. Guns are durable and can last lifetimes, guns are numerous and already well established, and let’s not forget that pesky Second Amendment. We all know guns exist and will exist for a very long time.

The reality of this is that it’s not about the “gun” as much as it is the “control.”  Quite simply, any discussion about taking something from, “The People” is about control. Whether it’s “taking” someone’s ability to make a living braiding hair , or “taking” their property, or to “control” if they can order a hot dog with bacon.  It’s about what “they” will allow “us” to have.

Rahm Emanuel has famously stated, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” There is no doubt that murdering 20 children qualifies as a crisis. But, as we are always warned to not act in anger or emotion, neither should we resort to giving more “control” without allowing the emotion to dissipate so we can think more clearly.

Oct 292012
 

Blue tarps after a hurricaneHurricane Sandy, also called Frankenstorm, is getting ready to wreak havoc on the East Coast. There is nothing anyone can do to stop a storm like this. All anybody can do is prepare. It will cause, without doubt, tremendous damage and create multiple hardships. There will be thrill seekers who will face danger to get a picture or shoot some video. One of the most difficult aspects of the post-storm activity will be the loss of basic goods and services (i.e. water, sanitation, delivery and logistical) and necessary conveniences (i.e. electricity). There is one way to be absolutely sure that the goods and services get to where they are needed most: allow price gouging. Continue reading »

Oct 072012
 

Talk radio is dominated by, “conservative” personalities.  We all know the names we love, hate, or love to hate.  Rush Limbaugh, the 800 pound gorilla of AM talk radio has been around for decades.  But others are popular as well:  Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Neil Boortz, Todd Schnitt and many others.  Listening to any of these hosts, on any day, will definitely have commentary on, “the Main Stream Media” (MSM).  The MSM is, “liberal…biased…hides the truth…are shills for the democrat party…always help the liberal and condemn the conservative…”  But how scared are conservative radio hosts? Are they shills for the Republicans, regardless of the candidate? Continue reading »

Sep 042012
 

In the never ending healthcare debate, it’s not uncommon to have Cuba thrown into the conversation. The argument goes that the island has universal healthcare that is accessible to all. It’s not true, but let’s assume for a moment that the Michael Moore crockumentary Sicko doesn’t present a realistic view of Cuban healthcare and the awesomeness it supposedly entails. Let’s instead look at a recent Facebook post discussing a very real situation. The names and photos are redacted to protect the identity of the Facebook poster. Continue reading »

Aug 212012
 

With the school year quickly approaching, we are witnessing the social behavior of the human species I have termed the, “Illegal School Migration…or ISM.” ISM generally occurs in mid to late June of each year and continues until mid to late August. It’s the mad scramble of mostly law abiding citizens to find a way to get their children into the most desirable government schools. (I use the term government schools for what most, incorrectly, call public schools. There is nothing “public” about them. They exclude the public; even excluding those school aged children they pretend to be helping. Continue reading »

Jul 092012
 
Che Guevara

I attended a fairly large 4th of July celebration this year. It was truly fantastic. It is always amazing to witness the greatest experiment in freedom and liberty celebrated openly and without limits on the freedom of speech protected by that liberty. There were various groups exercising their free speech: abortion opponents had large photos of sliced up bloody fetuses, the teachers union had a booth pushing their union (the NEA) as the savior of children, the tea party had a stage and were giving speeches and awards to local activists. It was dynamic and never ceases to amaze me the vast swath of interests who utilize the freedom of speech.

During the celebration, I witnessed a very young adult, maybe in his late teens or early twenties, with a T-shirt emblazoned with the picture of Che Guevara. Continue reading »