A good friend (and former co-worker) has been posting on FB regarding the schism in American Politics.
Those who believe Rights are given to them by government, versus those who believe Rights are inherent, and only partially enumerated by government.
And the piling-on and discussion brought me back to the ubiquitous question – WHAT constitutes a Right?
There’s the Right to keep and bear arms
The Right to free speech, assembly and worship
Trial by jury
The Right NOT to self-incriminate.
The Right to legal representation
No search without a warrant (I know, pretty funny! Given the NSA, FBI, DHS, Border Patrol, DUI checkpoints, etc.)
But, then, folks pile on…
The ‘Right’ to Drive?
The ‘Right’ to Health Care
The ‘Right’ to ‘Free’ College
The ‘Right’ to a base income from government
The right to privacy
Ad infinitum, ad nauseaum…
Subscribing to a libertarian philosophy, I believe in self-ownership, and by extension, personal property. And the non-aggression principle. Neither persons (or corporate persons or governments) may deprive me of my self-ownership (life, liberty or property) without due process of law.
This includes my labor and the fruits of my labor (taxation is theft).
AND compelling me to support someone else involuntarily is also! (paying for anothers’ health care, college, income. Redistribution of wealth (socialism/Fabianism/communism) are methods by which this is achieved.
NOT compatible with our capitalistic constitutional Republic.
NOW, if I CHOOSE to help others voluntarily with the fruits of my labor, that’s a whole ‘nother thing! Then it becomes my choice.
What does this mean for the ‘right’ to drive? Well, if that person purchases fuel, which has road use taxes, I suppose.
What do you guys think?
(I was gonna put WHITE in there, but didn’t wish to mislead!)
Well, it seems this Nation is indeed separated into
two three factions: Those who support the President-elect, and those who hate him. (And those for whom the jury remains out).
I don’t think our long national nightmare is yet over…
FOUR EIGHT years ago, when the Electoral College put a Black man into the White House? And many on the Right referred to him as The Black Jesus? Because the Left viewed him as the solution to all things ‘wrong’ with the Country.
And, after all, he wasn’t George W. Bush (or his weak carbon copy John McCain? Or Mitt Romney?)
Hope and Change? Fundamentally transform? (Pick one).
Well, now (if we’re thinking racially), we’ve replaced a Black man with a White man. (Not that other Black candidates weren’t possible – Condi Rice? Mia Love? Clarence Thomas?…)
If we’re NOT thinking racially, Mr. Trump is a populist.
He doesn’t appear to have read recent Supreme Court decisions, or, the U.S. Constitution, however. (wanting to ban flag burning, for example – reprehensible speech though it may be).
And Gitmo will remain, as will massive surveillance. As will issues with guns, illegal immigration, terrorism and civil liberties. Pending court decisions on the next administration’s actions.
And, I think many folks are harkening back to the days of Norman Rockwell. (The 40’s, 50’s?) Burying their heads in the sand, because we no longer have a Leftist President. Of whatever color.
Those of us who are concerned with civil liberties need to continue our watch into the next administration.
Lest we become
Continue to fight the good fight.
Republicans have The House – the purse strings
Republicans squeaked by in keeping The Senate.
This is important.
Just because Republicans have both the House AND the Senate doesn’t mean statist gun-control types are finished!
Keep checking your six, and keep your powder dry.
Oh, yeah – DONALD JOHN TRUMP IS THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I wish him well, but have no allusions he’s for stopping all the wars, the TSA, rendition, drone strikes on U.S. citizens, no-knock warrants, NSA surveillance of U.S. citizens, sobriety checkpoints and supports open and CCW everywhere!
Or that he can get his own party’s support to built a wall.
Not that many years ago, he was for gun control and a so-called ‘assault weapons ban’. He claims to have changed his stripes. People can change. Hillary was once a Goldwater Republican. Charlton Heston (in the distant past) supported gun control.
AND DJT remains a big government statist populist. (Although, he likes McDonald’s and drove his own car during the campaign, sometimes). Hillary hasn’t driven her own car in 35 years? Remember Bush marveling at supermarket scanners? Out-of-touch, much?
Regardless of party labeling, we should continue to watch ALL the Republicans (and of course the Democrats/Progressives/Socialists).
AND, the White House.
It’s not specific parties that are evil.
Maybe it’s Dopers to the left of me, Gunnies to the right…?
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week decided it was ‘ok’ to deny the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, who happened to possess State-issued medical marijuana cards!
I’m guessing, because BATFE Rules stipulate if one is ‘addicted’ to the maryjane, one is a prohibited possessor. Because while many States have medical mj in place, and some have legalized or decriminalized it’s possession, it’s still against Federal law.
I’ve met some folks who might have medical mj cards. And might own firearms. Who are generally responsible citizens.
As a side note, the same day the Administration reported they are NOT removing mj from the rolls as a Schedule 1 substance, was the same day the President’s daughter was reported smoking a joint.
And, of course, the President himself has been pictured in his youth doing mj and admitted using cocaine. What’s good for the goose is not good for his daughter? Isn’t he in close proximity of many firearms?
I remain a libertarian (small L). As such, I condemn drug laws for adults. As the Left is fond of intoning it’s YOUR body! If you want to eat, shoot, snort (rub-into-your-belly or whatever – G. Carlin) something, it’s your choice!
And just because someone tokes once-in-a-while, should that prohibit them from possessing a firearm? Even if they are doing so LEGALLY in their State?
How many gun folks do you know who drink more than the legally-approved quantity of alcohol and carry? I would guess more than one…
A Right is a Right is a Right. What you put in your body or what you use to protect it should not be up to government bureaucrats!
The Hardest Thing to Understand in the World is the Income Tax. – Albert Einstein(*This is part 2 of a multi-part series. For other posts in the series click on the “A Republic If You Can Keep It” category at the bottom of this post.)
The U.S. tax code is 74,608 pages long. Every man woman and child is expected to calculate the tax they have paid and/or owe the federal government at least once a year (families can choose to file jointly).
It’s common knowledge that two, individual tax accountants can look at the same person’s information and come up with different numbers; even if the person’s situation is not complex. It’s not only possible, it is likely. Even two different IRS auditors are likely to come up with different numbers.
The IRS can audit back to six years, and even further if they decide they have reason. Therefore, it is almost a guarantee that every adult in the U.S. who is over the age of 24 has some discrepancy the IRS can uncover in their tax filings. The IRS can garnish your wages. The IRS can send you to prison, just ask Dinesh D’souza. As we’ve seen with the Tea Party, the IRS can determine who can have an organization, when that organization can function, and when it can’t. The IRS can stop a business from collecting money or selling products or services. The IRS can shut down private schools, churches, clubs… The IRS can take your home.
Except for a few, brief periods, there was no federal income tax prior to 1913. The tax code was 400 pages long then. In 1940 it was barely over 500 pages long. FDR’s New Deal and World War II created some new taxes. By the end of the war it was 8,200 pages long. It is almost 10 times larger now.
We all know no one really understands it. We all know the government can accuse anyone of not complying. Page after page. April after April. Year after Year.
Eliminate the income tax! Period!
This will force the government to hone down their bloated leviathan AND lessen their petty power and control over the individual.
And, while we’re at it, let’s restore the original CONSTITUTIONAL method of choosing State Senators. And eliminate the Federal Reserve.
I know, I’m beginning to sound like Rand Paul!
I became a libertarian (small L) back in 1976. While I registered and voted many times for the party’s candidates, I never actually joined the national party.
Initially, it was because of lack of funds.
Now, it’s for other reasons.
(from Wirecutter, a fellow-traveler)
On Friday, Brian Doherty of the Libertarian flagship publication Reason scolded me, and by extension anyone else who has been turned off by some of the Johnson-Weld ticket’s public statements, that we were placing more importance on “the attitude stuff related to culture war issues about discrimination and guns” than on the really crucial issues of “spending or budgets or the growth of government.”
Then on Monday, Gary Johnson came out in favor of—drumroll, please—a carbon tax to fight global warming.
The Libertarian party lost my vote the moment Johnson picked Bill Weld as his running mate. Weld has a proven record of suppressing the People’s Rights when he was governor of Massachusetts. Disarming Americans or placing any type of restrictions on any of our God given Rights is not what I thought the Libertarians were about.
Between Bill Weld, who has waffled almost more than Donald Trump, and a belief in the global warming scam (coupled with a TAX!), I believe the national libertarian party to be a shadow of it’s former self.
The Libertarians of the 1970’s wouldn’t even consider voting for such tripe!
Now comes the big question – do I vote Libertarian Statist, or for one of the other two major party Fascists?
Perhaps it’s time to consider that Cub’s manager again? Couldn’t do much worse…
PS – Is it the nature of political parties (as it seems to be with governments) to begin all pie-eyed and wondrous in their principles, only to become perverted by corruption and reality? I had such hope for the Libertarians…
I’m having a bit of an identity crisis.
I was born white, which makes me a racist.
I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which makes me a fascist.
I am heterosexual, which makes me a homophobe.
I am non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working class and an ally of big business.
I am older than 55 and semi retired which makes me a useless old man.
I think and I reason; therefore I doubt much that the main stream media tells me, which makes me a reactionary.
I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive American culture, which makes me a xenophobe.
I value my safety and that of my family; therefore I appreciate the police and the legal system, which makes me a right wing extremist.
I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual’s merits, which makes me anti-social.
I, and my friends, acquired a good education without student loans and no debt at graduation, which makes me some kind of odd underachiever.
I believe in the defense and protection of the homeland by all citizens, which makes me a militarist.
Please help me come to terms with this, because I’m not sure who I am anymore!
And now I don’t know which bathroom to use anymore….
H/T Doverthere, Theo Spark
(from The Firearm Blog)
“THIS JUST IN: We were just informed that Wells Fargo Bank would not do business with us, refusing to provide their services based on the fact that we manufacture “weapons” (aka knives). Incredibly, this refusal came after THEY initially pursued us to gain our business. Once we had decided to go with Wells Fargo, they then pulled the plug saying they could not provide their services since we manufacture weapons…Needless to say, we are shocked and confused – considering their logo is a stagecoach and driver with a shotgun too! We felt we needed to inform the firearm and knife community of this discriminatory stance Wells Fargo has taken. Please share.“
There has been a serious increase in the number of banks refusing to do business with firearms industry companies. It’s too bad the industry doesn’t have its own banking institution. I’m sure they’d do phenomenal business both within the industry itself and by opening up to personal banking accounts. What do you think?
Visit Hogue’s website (and maybe give them some business) at www.hogueinc.com
This reminds me of the short-sighted thinking of folks who boycott Chik-Fil-A, because their founder is an unabashed Christian who closes his business on Sundays, but who will promote Muslim businesses in the name of inclusion – even though the Koran preaches killing gays.
And, my credit union, who actively promotes new customers who are illegal aliens!
And, those businesses who put up the ‘No Guns Allowed’ signs.
And bakeries who refuse to bake cakes for gay couples.
I believe businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone, as long as their refusal conforms with the law.
Of course, some laws are egregious.
Businesses who refuse to serve certain customers are simply cutting their own throat, in their pocketbook. BUT, it’s their choice – or should be.
I’m also a believer in choice – if you don’t want to support a business, don’t support them. If you don’t wish to patronize a business, don’t go there.
If you want to – go ahead.
FORTUNATELY, these businesses with ‘guns be bad’ signs don’t know whether or not I’m carrying. And I’ve been known to let management know my feelings politely on the way out…
Regardless, I A.C.E. – Always Carry Everywhere
Joel posts THIS!:
Here comes a link from Landlady to further damage my calm…
State Supreme Court Finds Dogs Are “ Sentient Beings,” Not Mere Property, In Landmark Ruling
[T]he court granted legal significance to the dog’s “ sentient ”—his capacity to experience feelings, and pain.“It is really a landmark ruling,” says Attorney Lora Dunn of the Animal Legal Defense Fund—which filed an amicus brief in this case, on behalf of the winning side. “In this specific context, the animal sentience matters.”
Find me an animal, from an earthworm to a gorilla, that can’t feel pain.
“A landmark ruling?” That’s a scary ruling. “Feelings and pain?” By that definition, the rabbits currently infesting my yard and the pork currently warming my stomach are or were sentient.
I recognize that the word has such wide meaning as to be essentially meaningless. But as far as I can tell, the Oregon court just outlawed meat-eating. And for that matter, the ownership of all animals.
PETA (and their fellow four-footed travelers) must be dancing!
In homage to this well-thought-out (sarcasm) decision, I bring you the following, courtesy of Tamara:
(Now, if I could only afford a good one… 😦 )
The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke
By MARY CLARE JALONICK – Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.
The proposed guidelines released Wednesday are voluntary, so food companies won’t be required to comply. But the idea is to persuade companies and restaurants — many of which have already lowered sodium levels in their products — to take a more consistent approach.
It’s the first time the government has recommended such limits. Sodium content already is included on existing food labels, but the government has not set specific sodium recommendations. The guidelines suggest limits for about 150 categories of foods, from cereals to pizzas and sandwiches. There are two-year and 10-year goals.
“The totality of scientific evidence, as reviewed by many well-respected scientific organizations, continues to support lowering sodium consumption from current levels,” said Susan Mayne, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “In fact, it’s very difficult in the current marketplace not to consume too much sodium.”
Americans eat about 1½ teaspoons of salt daily, or 3400 milligrams. That’s about a third more than the government recommends for good health and enough to increase the risk of high blood pressure, strokes and other problems. Most of that sodium is hidden inside common processed foods and restaurant meals.
I’m overweight and diabetic. And have high blood pressure and cholesterol. Much less than I used to, in all respects, fortunately. 🙂
NOT BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED MY DIETARY CHOICES!
I don’t always make the ‘correct’ decisions with regard to the type of foods, or portions or ingredients – but, Hell, it’s my body and my choice!
(Where have I heard that before?)
Worst case scenario – IF the government controls how much salt is in commercially-produced products and restaurants (removing shakers from tables ala Bloomberg), and I feel the need, I’ll just bring my own!
Damn government control freaks!
When it rains, it pours…