(just a reminder, Guffaw is a libertarian!)
(from FDR’s Second Bill of Rights)
- The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
- The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
- The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
- The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
- The right of every family to a decent home;
- The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
- The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
- The right to a good education.
…Now before I waste too much of your time, let’s establish who I’m talking to. If you believe that we live in an evil, imperialist nation from its founding, and you believe that it should be “fundamentally transformed”, lend me your ears. If you believe that the free market is the source of the vast majority of society’s ills and wish to have more government intervention into it, I’m talking to you. If you believe that health care is a basic human right and that government should provide it to everyone, you’re the guy I’m screaming at. If you think minorities cannot possibly survive in this inherently racist country without handouts and government mandated diversity quotas, you’re my guy. If you believe that rich people are that way because they’ve exploited their workers and acquired wealth on the backs of the poor, keep reading. Pretty much, if you trust government more than your fellow American, this post is for you.
…Everything that modern liberalism accomplishes is accomplished at the barrel of a government rifle. You do not trust in the generosity of the American people to provide, through private charity, things such as clothing, food, shelter, and health care, so you empower the government to take from them and spend the money on wasteful, inefficient, and inadequate government entitlement programs. You do not trust in the personal responsibility of the average American to wield firearms in defense of themselves and their families, so you seek to empower the government to criminalize the use and possession of firearms by private citizens. Every time you empower the government, you lose more of your personal liberty — it’s an axiomatic truth. (Sufficient Reason)
WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!
The difference between conservatism and liberalism (e.g. progressivism, socialism, communism, fascism) is that
liberals conservatives statists force their agenda on all through the implied (and sometimes direct) government violence against citizens.
Ultimately, this argument is NOT about liberal versus conservative, it’s about statism versus liberty!
Thus endeth the rant…
h/t Jeremy N. Choate
Murphy’s Law shares with us the following:
In 1993, firearms collector Kristopher Gaisor bought what he considered to be a must-have rifle for his collection–a Polish wz.38M Maroszek rifle. This rare semi-automatic rifle was one of only 150 made, and maybe 5-8 of them are known to exist today.
Gaisor was pretty proud of this rifle as a link to his family’s Polish WW2 heritage, but recently, when he decided to offer it for sale while liquidating most of his collection, Homeland Security agents knocked on his door and demanded the rifle, threatening him with arrest if he did not surrender it. Apparently the Polish government saw his ad and decided to lay claim to the rifle which was apparently brought back to the U.S. by a returning GI at the end of World War Two.
And in Connecticut:
they take your guns away. Forever.
Public Act No. 13-3 requires all people that voluntarily admit to a hospital for mental health reasons (not solely for drug or alcohol treatment) have their names placed in a database administered by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – for the purpose of automatic suspension of Second Amendment rights. This database will link with a database held by the state police that includes all gun permit holders, registered gun owners and anyone who has applied for a gun permit. If there is a “match” between the two databases a letter will go out informing the individual that their Second Amendment rights have been suspended (letter below).
Although you will not receive a letter from the state police, if you are not a “match” you will be notified of your name being put in the database and of the suspension of Second Amendment rights sometime after voluntary admission. The law does not require notice be given to people prior to admitting themselves into a hospital.
Privacy of medical records? Doesn’t exist in CT.
And don’t even pretend that it’s going to be restricted to screwing gun owners; if they can ignore privacy in this, they can ignore it in ANYTHING. (courtesy of Firehand)
And proposed in Massachusetts…
A Massachusetts politician has put forth a proposal to allow local police to enter homes without a warrant in order to ‘inspect’ whether gun owners are ‘properly storing’ their firearms. (Sipsey Street Irregulars/The Blaze)
(above emphases by Guffaw)
Gee, how can I say this politely? – THESE F’NG BASTARDS WILL NEVER F’ING STOP! Depriving American citizens of property without any due process? Enforcing foreign law? Bill of Rights? WHAT Bill of Rights?
We all need to stand up to these abuses, en masse, lest ‘they’ continue to chip away at what rights we have left! Until there are none. My roomie is flying back from out-of-town this afternoon, and just texted me about waiting for her second pat down!
We’ve been putting up with this crap for too long.
Whenever some nutbar does some heinous act – the recent Navy Yard murders come to mind – the initial reaction of most media is “Look at this evil man and what he’s done.” Even if there are mental illness factors in the mix.
Let the nutbar be female, and most media reaction is something along the line of, “Oh, she is (was) obviously mentally and emotionally deficient in some way and needs our help!”
Black woman who ran barricades in D.C. and had to be shot to be stopped. Sorry, we forgot, mentioning race is racist. The man who shot up the Navy Yard was Black, too. And, the Fort Hood murderer, and…
(Sorry – we should only mention race if the evildoer is White, then bigotry is the obvious motivator.)
And, don’t get me started on female sexual predators…
BTW – the ‘voyeur’ predator is female! I expect the poor thing to be considered a victim, somehow.
My Daily Kona (Monday) quotes Boortz in a rant to end all rants, re: the character of the commander-in-chief.
The money shot:
I knew 0bama had a deep resentment toward America when he came here in 1979 to enter Occidental College. Even so, I’m continually amazed at how vindictive, arrogant, dishonest, narcissistic and thuggish this man can be. Yes … I said thug. 0bama is to the presidency what Jimmy Hoffa was to union leadership.
Aw, c’mon! Tell us how your really feel!
You should visit the link above and read the whole thing.
The Republicans may have held the House of Representative (and by extension, the purse strings) and forced negotiation in that manner (as the Democrats have also historically done), but no President in my memory or knowledge has governed in such a manner.
And, it now appears The Republicans blinked.
No surprise here. Most of the Republicans are RINOs, anyway…concerned on how the media makes them appear versus doing the job for which they were elected. Because 2014 is only a year away.
REMEMBER. The 2014 mid-term elections are only one year away.
Much is made by the anti-capitalist/anti-consumerism/anti-American folks with regard to expected collateral damage. How much money does the drug company make versus pays out in lawsuits from problems with the new wonder drug? What about cars and auto safety? Food?
And it all seems to fall back on capitalist ventures. After all, isn’t making money intrinsically evil?
Has ANYONE ever done a study regarding gov’t-mandated bicycle paths? I live in a liberal-minded college town, with numerous ‘free’ bike paths (SOMEONE had to pay for the paint and signs), and a circuitous ‘free’ city bus line. I’m guessing they cost money, too. (Getting us used to bicycles by providing paths to make us more like Europe and Asia sounds like a ‘nudge’ to me! Remember when soccer was what other-than-Americans played?)
And then there’s the Metro Rail Line, which inconvenienced thousands and businesses during construction, but now is having regular accidents as it’s running Valley-wide. This does cost the riders money, at least.
And did someone crunch the numbers over raised medians (with or without grass and trees) constructed of concrete, versus the painted street-level ones people use as a third lane? Dollars saved versus accidents?
I’m betting, as the powers-that-be wanted them, the numbers were never crunched. Or were fudged. Or nudged.
I know, I’m a cynic.
It took the Federal Government taking Associated Press telephone records to FINALLY get the attention of the Fifth Estate that THIS Administration is up to no good. Guess they know where their bread is buttered.
I could go on, but, I would overdose on my antacids. And that would probably bring me to the attention of the FDA…
And I wouldn’t want THAT.
(What follows has some language that is Not-Safe-For-Work. I thought it best not to edit or censor it, to give it it’s full impact - Guffaw)
This is the crux of the libertarian, Constitutional argument. Why are we so against all these ubiquitous encroachments on our civil liberties? And why we should continue to be.
Every time I see something like this, be it use of a no-knock warrant (or no warrant at all), surveillance cameras everywhere, GPS on modern cell phones that we cannot disconnect, institutionalized warrantless searches at airports (and elsewhere) or beating a confession out of a suspect, I recognize we have lost something beyond price. And, I know we probably won’t get these liberties back without a fight.
Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog touches on the most recent of these issues. The lock-down and methodical search of an entire city to locate a terrorism suspect. He says, in part:
The same goes for imposing a police state and illegally/unethically/immorally locking down a city and invading homes to catch a suspect. Every cop who entered any property without the explicit permission of the owner/renter deserved to be shot dead. Immediately. Good thing for those stormtroopers that the “people” there gave up their responsibility and guns long ago, and are cheering fans of Big Brother. Makes me furious to even think about.
Follow this up with Lurking Rhythmically’s screed regarding some folks disdain for an individual’s natural rights. She says, in part:
From a comment on my previous post:
You know, I like most of what you post, and followed you even though I disagreed with you on your position on so-called “gun rights”.
Oooh. Isn’t that just delicious contempt ? It’s so thick and creamy you could drizzle it on a pancake. I especially like the one-two punch of so-called and the scare quotes. They aren’t rights, they’re “rights”. That’s quality passive-aggression right there.
Here’s the lovely thing about rights: They aren’t up for a vote. That’s why they’re rights.
Let’s put it another way:
Are you offended yet? You should be. You should be screamingly furious that anyone would diminish these rights with the phrase “so-called”.
And yet my inalienable right to defend myself with the most effective means possible is threatened because one, ONE asshole out of 10 million law-abiding gun owners decided to commit a raft of crimes that another law would not have stopped.
You say, “Compromise.” I say, ”Fuck you, you mewling cowards. I will not embrace victimhood. I will not willingly disarm. If you demand I give up my life just to make you feel better, you are selfish on a level that is beyond comprehension.”
I believe this is how most of us feel, even if we can’t quite put our feelings into words. Individual rights are individual rights. Whether ‘natural’ or ‘derived from our Creator’, it doesn’t matter. They are not up for debate or vote. Period.
And to allow them to be voted on is yet another encroachment.
Go and read the entire Declaration of Independence, and then the two links above. Then look at the news, and read what we accept as a normal course of government business every day.
Then, perhaps become angry about the state of our Nation. And cry a little.
Initial investigation has determined that there were two individuals proximately responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings. They later shot and killed a police officer. One of the suspects was DRT*. (Reportedly run over by the other suspect during his escape!)
The two suspects are of Chechen origin, and have lived in the United States for 10 years. They are reportedly Muslim (as are many Chechens) and brothers. I’ll not grant them any more fame by posting their names or photos here.
It’s been reported by family members that the two brothers never assimilated into American Culture, and had no American friends. After 10 years (!)
“…never assimilated into American Culture”
The point of the information reported is not that the suspects are Chechen, or Muslim, or brothers. It’s that they lived here TEN YEARS and did not assimilate. Period.
I’ve no problem with folks legally migrating to the United Stated and retaining connections with their home country and culture. Hell, I’m part German and part Irish stock – have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and Octoberfest. But, I’m an American.
It used to be if folks came to America, it was to find the freedom here – to become American. I used to know an Italian family who owned a pizza place. Tiny Italian and American flags all over the restaurant, coupled with a picture of the President and the Pope on the back wall. And they had many friends and customers of all ethnicities and nationalities.
I don’t know if these guys were home-grown terrorists, turned by a radical Muslim/Chechen faction, or part of a sleeper cell. Perhaps we’ll never know.
But, I do know if they’d assimilated, there’d have been less of a chance of violence used against us.
I wonder if the families of the Mexican kids who tore down the American Flag at their high school and ran up a Mexican flag understand this?
Come here to be part of American culture – or stay home.
*dead right there – thanks to John Farnham
He is an American, but in name only. More than likely, he identifies himself (herself?) as a(n) (fill-in-blank-with-ethnicity or religion) American. Even if he is here illegally. He probably doesn’t have a computer. But if he does, it’s for gaming, word processing and perhaps porn.
He doesn’t like politics. He believes all politicians are evil, corrupt, self-serving, lawyers (liars) – whose only function (as they see it) is to get re-elected and get more lobbyist’s ‘gifts’. But, not many pay attention to the ‘issues’ or even vote.
He pays no attention to the state of the economy, or the news, or individual rights. Or to the Constitution and it’s ubiquitous erosion. He’s too busy working to make enough to pay the high taxes imposed to pay for everyone else’s (fill-in-the-blank-gov’t-program-handout). He wears blinders when yet another infringement occurs – be it the FBI’s COINTELPRO (1960s), airport metal detectors (1972), sobriety checkpoints (1986), random stop-and-frisks (2012), no-knock warrants (1970), shotgun microphones, FBI ‘administrative’ warrants (recently overturned-thank you!), The Patriot Act (2001), NDAA (2012), NSA monitoring of all cellular and Email traffic, cameras on every corner, black boxes in cars, locators in cell phones, warrantless GPS on cars, DHS claiming Christians and conservatives are radicals – but Islamic folks are just practicing their beliefs, The Fort Hood shooting is deemed ‘workplace violence’ (NOT terrorism)…
I could go on, but I’m already physically, emotionally and spiritually ill.
(I keep telling myself) WE (persons who participate on the Internet) are NOT EVERYMAN, and we DO participate and WE DO pay attention, and WE DO write our congressmen and senators and presidents.
And we DO bitch to each other. Sometimes, vociferously.
WE NEED TO KEEP COMPLAINING! To anyone who will listen, and yes, to those crooked politicians, yet again.
If we stop, we’ll be joining the rest of our Nation, with our heads in the sand. Or up some orifice.
And we’ll be in the perfect position for the next infringement.
BOHICA - Bend over, here it comes, again!
My Daily Kona shares with us the tale of a couple retired CIA employees (not agents), whose home was raided in a two State drug sweep, because they had the audacity to purchase hydroponic gardening equipment to raise an indoor veggie garden.
Is this EVER going to stop?
Obviously going after real criminal marijuana farmers (who are growing an illegal drug for profit) could be dangerous. Let’s go after a retired couple; they’re less likely to shoot back!
Kinda like going after an uber-conservative religious type after brow beating him into cutting 1/2″ off a couple of shotgun barrels (Randy Weaver). Or going after a major guitar company for using hardwood illegal in some foreign country (Gibson Guitars). Or making folks sign their life away to buy a decongestant in personal use quantities (most folks in most States).
That’s enough, rant over.
Personally, I think marijuana should be legalized. Just think, then the jack-booted-thugs would have to go after real criminals. Assuming they could find any.