The U.S. Supreme Court now sees its central task as comforting the already comfortable and afflicting those already afflicted.
If you are a large corporation or a political candidate backed by lots of private money, be assured that the court’s conservative majority will be there for you, solicitous of your needs and ready to swat away those pesky little people who dare to contest your power.
And remember how sympathetic conservatives are supposed to be to the states as “laboratories of democracy,” pioneering solutions to hard problems? Tell that to the people of Arizona.
They used a referendum to establish a highly practical system of financing political campaigns designed to reduce corruption and give a fighting chance to candidates who decide to forgo contributions from special interests.
The people acted, noted Justice Elena Kagan in a brilliantly scalding dissent, after a scandal in which “nearly 10% of the state’s legislators were caught accepting campaign contributions or bribes in exchange for supporting a piece of legislation.”
Under Arizona’s “clean elections” initiative, candidates who raised a modest amount in very small contributions could receive a lump sum of public money. They could raise no further private funds.
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WASHINGTON – The military commander who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is warning that the escalating demands on U.S. special operations forces are hampering their training and could slowly eat away at their combat readiness.
Vice Adm. William McRaven said demand for the elite forces around the world continues to grow, so there often isn’t enough time to train between deployments. And he said the helicopters and other equipment they need are not available to units in the United States who are preparing to deploy.
Special operations forces “cannot indefinitely sustain current levels of overseas presence,” said McRaven, who has been nominated to replace Adm. Eric Olson as commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. “The resulting pressure on the force and our families is too great, and the pressure is creating a dramatic effect on our readiness.”
He said the short breaks between deployments limit training in key language skills and the regional and cultural expertise that enable the commandos to work well in other countries. And he noted that most of the helicopters needed for training are either at the warfront or in maintenance, making it difficult for aircrews to hone their skills.
The lack of helicopters, aircraft and ships at bases in the U.S., he said, limits training on refueling, live bomb drops or dock landings.
McRaven’s comments came in answer to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing Tuesday and in a written questionnaire obtained by The Associated Press. And they mirror, in part, observations made by Olson earlier this year, when he warned that the elite forces were “beginning to show some fraying around the edges.”
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THE CULTURE of VIOLENCE in the AMERICAN WEST MYTHS Vs. REALITY ~ By: Thomas J. DiLorenzo (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))
GLENN BECK VS. THE MOB
June 29, 2011
Of all the details surrounding the liberal mob attack on Glenn Beck and his family in New York’s Bryant Park last Monday night, one element stands out. “No, it won’t be like that, Dad,” his daughter said when Beck questioned the wisdom of attending a free, outdoor movie showing in a New York park.
People who have never been set upon by a mob of liberals have absolutely no idea what it’s like to be a publicly recognizable conservative. Even your friends will constantly be telling you: “Oh, it will be fine. Don’t worry. Nothing will happen. This place isn’t like that.”
Liberals are not like most Americans. They are the biggest pussies on Earth, city-bred weaklings who didn’t play a sport and have never been in a fight in their entire lives. Their mothers made excuses for them when they threw tantrums and spent way too much time praising them during toilet training.
I could draw a mug shot of every one of Beck’s tormentors, and I wasn’t there.
Beck and his family would have been fine at an outdoor rap concert. They would have been fine at a sporting event. They would have been fine at any paid event, mostly because people who work for the government and live in rent-controlled apartments would be too cheap to attend.
Only a sad leftist with a crappy job could be so brimming with self-righteousness to harangue a complete stranger in public.
A liberal’s idea of being a bad-ass is to say vicious things to a conservative public figure who can’t afford to strike back. Getting in a stranger’s face and hurling insults at him, knowing full well he has too much at risk to deck you, is like baiting a bear chained to a wall.
They are not only exploiting our lawsuit-mad culture, they are exploiting other people’s manners. I know I’ll be safe because this person has better manners than I do.
These brave-hearts know exactly what they can get away with. They assault a conservative only when it’s a sucker-punch, they outnumber him, or he can’t fight back for reasons of law or decorum.
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The dollar collapse will be the single largest event in human history. This will be the first event that will touch every single living person in the world. All human activity is controlled by money. Our wealth,our work,our food,our government,even our relationships are affected by money.
No money in human history has had as much reach in both breadth and depth as the dollar. It is the de facto world currency. All other currency collapses will pale in comparison to this big one. All other currency crises have been regional and there were other currencies for people to grasp on to.
This collapse will be global and it will bring down not only the dollar but all other fiat currencies,as they are fundamentally no different. The collapse of currencies will lead to the collapse of ALL paper assets. The repercussions to this will have incredible results worldwide.
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This is the foreword to Lies the Government Told You by Andrew P. Napolitano
Andrew P. Napolitano is a true rarity among judges and media personalities: He is a passionate defender of liberty who understands that the United States Constitution puts strict limits on federal power. Judge Napolitano’s tremendous knowledge of American law, history, and politics, as well as his passion for freedom, shines through in Lies the Government Told You, as he details how throughout American history, politicians and government officials have betrayed the ideals of personal liberty and limited government.
Anyone who knows Judge Napolitano understands that he does not pull his punches or excuse any constitutional violations in order to support any group or political interest. Thus, Lies the Government Told You explains how politicians of both parties have routinely disregarded the constitutional limits on federal power and violated our natural rights.
One of the most important lessons Judge Napolitano teaches is how many shared premises there are by advocates of big government from both the right and the left. For example, Judge Napolitano exposes how both the conservatives’ war on marijuana and the liberals’ war on tobacco are manifestations of paternalism — the idea that government has the legitimate authority to stop adults from doing bad things, like smoking substances that politicians and bureaucrats do not approve of. Of course, smoking, whether of marijuana or tobacco, does have negative health consequences — but respecting the right of individuals to be wrong, as long as they do not interfere with the rights of others, is one of the pillars of a free society.
Lies the Government Told You also avoids the all-too-common error of drawing a distinction between “personal” liberty and “economic” liberty, and focusing on attacks on one type of freedom while ignoring or even supporting attacks on the other category of liberty. When the freedom movement began in the nineteenth century, supporters of liberty, who were then known as “liberals,” made no distinctions between government actions that interfered with economic liberties, such as laws infringing upon private contracts, and government actions that restricted personal liberty, such as limits on the freedom of speech. Supporters of liberty were also likely to understand the grave threat posed to liberty and constitutional government by a militaristic foreign policy. Thus, they were also supporters of peace.
However, beginning in the Progressive Era, promoters of big government co-opted the rhetoric of the promoters of freedom, even stealing the label “liberal.” Whereas liberal once referred to a supporter of freedom, beginning in the Progressive Era, the term liberal began to refer to supporters of the welfare state. The division between supporters of “economic” and “personal” freedoms was accelerated by the Cold War, when many supporters of free markets allowed their (justifiable) loathing of communism to lead them to embrace militarism abroad and limitations on personal freedom at home. Thanks to this division between the supporters of personal and economic liberty, it is not uncommon to find opponents of socialized medicine arguing for the Patriot Act, and supporters of gun control arguing for free speech.
Fortunately, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is one of a
Franklin Roosevelt manipulated the United States into World War II for years prior to a declaration of war. The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941 was not only not a surprise, but was facilitated by FDR. Abraham Lincoln was a racial supremacist who wanted blacks forcibly removed to Africa. Woodrow Wilson arrested people for speaking German in public. If these facts were as well known as the fiction that has surrounded them, then the information which the government wishes us to accept uncritically about the present day state of affairs would be more vigorously challenged. So here is the lesson: The government has mythologized the past in order to lull us into accepting its version of the present; and the essence of that mythology is the presidency.
When Lincoln stated at Gettysburg that government is of the people, by the people, and for the people, that was government propaganda. The government is not of the people, and it shares none of the characteristics and traits of the people themselves. No less a president than George Washington told us that government is not reason, it is force. Government is a tool, a powerful and a dangerous tool. And so it must be wielded carefully and only when moral, constitutional, necessary, and proper. Government officials are not performing a public service, and they do not regard themselves as public servants. They regard themselves as our masters.
Under the Constitution and the law, as I’ve said time and again on this show, they are employees of the people and ought to serve at our pleasure. When we lionize our government officials, be they Presidents or postal workers, when we mythologize and deify them, when we build temples to worship them, we violate the nature of the service they ought to be performing. Jefferson would be scandalized at the temples we have built for him. Lincoln and FDR would no doubt welcome theirs. If we want to take our government back, we must begin by taking an honest account of what our government has done, ostensibly in our names, and reject the untrue narratives it instead foists upon us. The truth shall set us free.
All presidents but Jefferson have argued that their first job was to keep us safe. All presidents but Jefferson were wrong. If you read the Constitution, you will see that the President’s first job – as Jefferson understood well – is to keep us free.
In October of 2008, the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, a very “elite” combat squad, became the first active duty military unit to be dedicated and deployed for domestic use. This means the virtual elimination of the protections afforded us by the Posse Comitatus Act against federal military forces acting as domestic police. This is certainly an important step toward the implementation of Martial Law.
In January of 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13528, which established the Council of Governors. These governors are appointed directly by the president for the stated purpose of building a state/national police partnership. This fascist partnership was put into place to build a “legal” partnership between the federal government’s national military force and the domestic police agencies, so that they became one and the same. The scariest part about this is that this force would be fully controlled by the executive branch of government, making this a federally controlled domestic police force! I wrote about this here.
In 2010 Obama authorized the targeting of U.S. citizens for assassination, thus continuing another heinous Bush policy. Glenn Greenwald of Solon discusses this policy in detail in this article.
I have only touched the surface of course, as these things are only a few of the most obvious invasions of our liberty, but as you can see, these past ten years have brought an avalanche of liberty destroying policies and legislation to our doorstep. We are being bombarded continuously with more bad laws and more police state abuses. This behavior is increasing at an alarming rate, and the populace it seems is still mostly unresponsive to these intrusions by government.
Due to all these government actions, the stage has been set for Martial Law. But will it come, and if so, what events will trigger this state assault on us all? First, just consider where we are currently as a nation. Economically speaking, we are in dire straits. The national debt now stands at 14.3 trillion dollars. That doesn’t count all the hidden debt owed by the taxpayers that is sitting at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which is several trillion dollars more. Also not included are the unfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare, and Prescription Drugs, which total over 113 trillion dollars. Current annual deficits are running above 1.5 trillion dollars with no end in sight. And the Fed continues to create money out of thin air, and the government keeps spending. This is a recipe for disaster.
Real unemployment as calculated by the well-respected John Williams at Shadow Government Statistics is 22%, which means that approximately 33,000,000 people are now out of work. The government is only reporting 8.8% by its fraudulent U-3 method, or 13,000,000. When this many people are out of work, a huge drain on the system is the result, and desperation takes hold.
The U.S. killing machine is now openly advancing aggressive wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, and is covertly involved in military actions in several other countries. Besides murdering innocents abroad, the cost to run the military and to prosecute these immoral wars is over a trillion dollars a year.
Predator drones are being used to murder people in the Middle East on a regular basis, but they are also being used for domestic law enforcement. These computer game-like spying drones can be used for surveillance, and they can also be used for target killing. The fact that they are flying over our towns and cities is frightening.
Our money is being purposely destroyed every single day so that this corrupt government can monetize the massive debt it created. The Federal Reserve is a most willing accomplice in this scheme to bankrupt our society. If in fact our money continues to lose value at this pace, and massive or hyperinflation is the result, our wealth will simply disappear.
The state governments are in deep trouble as well, and they don’t have the power of the printing press to temporarily cover up their mistakes. State pensions are broke in some cases, and vastly underfunded for future obligations in most others. When the checks stop going out, frustration and anger will take over.
The TSA gropes, fondles, and intimidates those traveling daily. This is done to instill fear, and to habituate the sheep like populace into a herd mentality. It is meant to turn the citizens into serfs. The abusive and brutal behavior by state and local police, and other agents of the government, is increasing dramatically. It is increasing in numbers, but it is also increasing in severity. In 2007, Paul Craig Roberts wrote about this in his article titled America‘s Police Brutality Pandemic, but since the time of that writing, this problem has increased exponentially, and is still worsening.
As I said earlier, the stage is set for a police state takeover of our streets. The government has in place all the legislation, tools, and gendarmes it needs to implement Martial Law. It has a militarized police system armed and ready to act. It has a domestic military force trained in urban warfare. It has holding centers ready to house those who don’t go along or who practice civil disobedience. The government has the capability to listen to every conversation, to track our location, to monitor all our computers and email, and can shut down our communication systems, including the Internet at will.
“Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.”
That’s a pretty radical idea, so this is a radical book.
This is not a book about “public policy,” about how we might limit the rate of government’s growth, or about how to “reform” this or that program. It’s not really even about “getting back to the Constitution.”
Instead, this book is about exposing the criminal acts of our rulers in Washington, and about abolishing and repealing powers and programs wholesale.
How principled is Napolitano here?
Take eminent domain. Even some libertarians decry “eminent-domain abuse” and complain about government taking property for purposes that aren’t a “public use” as the Constitution supposedly requires — as though taking people’s property by force for some purposes might be okay.
Judge Napolitano will have none of that. He writes that the concept of private property inherently entails “the right to exclude [others] . . . even the right to exclude the government.” So instead of wanting to curb the “abuses” or condoning eminent domain in some cases, Napolitano says abolish eminent domain.
Through such stances, Judge Napolitano, here as never before, shows himself to be solidly in the same uncompromising libertarian camp as his fellow LewRockwell.com columnists. Also, throughout the book, he cites names that will be familiar to LRC readers, such as Murray Rothbard, Lew Rockwell, Ron Paul (who wrote the foreword), Thomas DiLorenzo, and William Anderson. And the book takes the “libertarian populist” tone often found on LRC, including just the right balance of scholarly analysis, easy readability, and moral outrage. So if you like this website, you’ll almost certainly like this book.
It shows a lot of courage for Napolitano to take this approach, given that he works at Fox News Channel alongside some people who attack anyone who opposes the warfare and police state as not merely wrong but un-American and evil.
What is it about the government and its agents and employees that they can lie to us with impunity, but we risk being sent to jail if we lie to them?
Throughout this book, I will suggest answers to these and similar questions. As I do so, you’ll see a chip on my shoulder. I am angry that we allow the government to lie to us, that we expect it to do so, and even take comfort in the illusions created thereby. When I told friends about the title of this book, I frequently joked that it would be four thousand pages in length. Most laughed; but none doubted that there have been enough government lies to consume that many printed pages.
When you recall that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States mandate a free and open society, one in which the government works for us, you can see where the chip on my shoulder came from. It is morally reprehensible for any government to lie to anyone over whom it has lawful authority. But in a free and open society where we are the employers, and the government workers are the employees, every government employee — from a public school janitor to a state governor, from a soldier to an FBI agent, from a cop to the President — has a lawful obligation to be truthful to his or her employers, and it is utterly and completely and unconditionally unacceptable to treat as normal that they should lie to us.
And yet, treat it as normal we do. Just look at the names of the chapters in this book — from “All Men Are Created Equal” to “Congress Shall Make No Law . . . Abridging the Freedom of Speech,” from “Innocent Until Proven Guilty” to “Your Boys Are Not Going to Be Sent into Any Foreign Wars” to “We Don’t Torture” — and you will see the stuff of which historical myth is made. Every one of those well-known, well-worn, well-stated canards is a goal the government has never reached but claims it has. Each has become a bald-faced lie, a perpetrated myth, a grasp at power, a monstrous deception. And most of us recognize that.
Why do we believe government-generated myths? Why do we allow the use of myth to enhance government power? Why do we condone the government’s use of deception to crush our freedom, steal our property, and destroy our lives? And how does the government get away with all this?
These are the questions we will explore in the coming pages
An old thread with a 1939 conservative booklet (”The Revolution Was”) about FDR and the New Deal. It’s all happening again, almost down to the same wording that Obama uses. It is a long booklet, but here is an excerpt as pertains to “obscene profits”.
In his first inaugural address, March 4, 1933, the President said: “… Yet our distress comes from no failure of substance…. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply…. Practices of the unscrupulous money-changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men…. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers…. Yes, the money-changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of that restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.”
There was the pattern and it never changed. The one enemy, blameable for all human distress, for unemployment, for low wages, for the depression of agriculture, …. for want in the midst of potential plenty — who was he? The money-changer in the temple. This was a Biblical symbol and one of the most hateful…
Large profit as such becomes therefore a symbol of social injury, merely because it is large; moreover, it is asserted that large profit had long been so regarded by the government and penalized for that reason.
Of all the counter symbols this was the one most damaging to the capitalistic system. Indeed, if it were accepted, it would be fatal, because capitalism is a profit and loss system and if profits, even very large profits, are socially wrong, there is nothing more to be said for it. But it was a false symbol, and false for these three reasons, namely: first, there is no measure of large profit; second, large profits are of many kinds and to say simply that large profits are “of course made at the expense of the neighbors” is either nonsense or propaganda, as you like; and; in the third place, the history is wrong….
So, what the New Deal really intended to do, what it meant to do within the Constitution if possible, with the collaboration of Congress if Congress did not fail, but with war powers if necessary, was to REORGANIZE AND CONTROL THE WHOLE ECONOMIC AND THEREFORE THE WHOLE SOCIAL NETWORK OF THE COUNTRY.
On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs – Dave Grossman By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of “On Killing.”
Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost.
In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself.
Pics, email, and proof the wine spill was planned. Meet the idiot woman who spilled the wine on Glenn Beck. “MEET OUR A**HOLE OF THE WEEK: LINDSEY PISCITELL.” Follow the links….
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Having created an economic depression, the same government then threatened the end of the world as we know it unless we all acquiesced in giving trillions of dollars to the financiers of the Democratic and Republican parties, the big Wall Street banks. More than 70 percent of the public opposed this according to opinion polls which, during the presidential campaign, were treated as Holy Gospel by the media and Washington elite. When billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sued the Fed to learn who, exactly, the money was given to, the federal courts essentially gave him a great big middle finger and told him to get lost.
During the 1970s many American pundits ridiculed the British practice of bailing out failing industries because it caused “the British Disease,” i.e., a grossly inefficient and uncompetitive economy. Subsidizing business failure breeds more failure. We are now doing the same thing, but many orders of magnitude greater. The most egregious example of this disastrous policy is the billions of tax dollars promised General Motors and Chrysler and their productivity-destroying unions.
Economists used to fear inflation
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BREAKING!!!!!!! ALIPAC requesting immediate IMPEACHMENT proceedings begin against the USURPER!!!!
The national organization called Americans for Legal Immigration PAC – - – (ALIPAC) – - – just made a public announcement that it is calling for the Impeachment of President Barack Obama for reasons stated in their press release. ALIPAC has sent out notices to the 137 current members of Congress that it endorsed and supported to help them win their seat in Congress – - – requesting immediate IMPEACHMENT proceedings begin against President Barack Obama in the interest of public safety and stability.
via Give Us Liberty.
“YOUR SILENCE IS DEAFENING”
Dear Tea Party:
(Jun. 29, 2011) — I don’t know which “Tea Party” I am writing to in this email…..there are SO many of you that claim that YOU were the ones that formed this mighty club…..but the fact that since 2008…….you have become a strong, persuasive force in America does nothing for me…..
Am I not glad that you are trying to control the debt? Yes.
Am I not glad that you are trying to make taxes fair? Yes.
Am I not glad that you can influence elections with more conservative candidates like you did in November? Yes.
So what’s my problem?
Let me just ask you one simple question…….when Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate two months ago, did you all breathe a sigh of relief…..”Ahhhh, thank goodness!! Boy, we are SO glad he finally did that so we can get back to more important matters?”
Did you? Did you believe it to be the REAL thing…and there was NO chance that it might need to be forensically examined for its validity?
Jonathan Tobin writes at Commentary Contentions that a Soros-supported group is behind the trumped-up charges that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser “choked” a liberal colleague of his, Ann Walsh Bradley:
Next month the Broward County Police Benevolent Association is holding a “Party to Leave the Party” — an event coordinated with the Supervisor of Elections where police officers and the general public can switch their voter registrations from Republican to Democratic or Independent…So here are the details: On Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. behind the PBA headquarters on SW 26th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale, the union will have elections officials standing by to register new voters or switch party registrations for anyone with a valid Florida ID.
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.browardpalmbeach.com …
Congress – Yes, Obama Is Above The Law
Exclusive to Rense
“I am concerned for the security of our great nation, not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.” – General Douglas MacArthur.
As anyone who doesn’t live in a self-imposed coma can see, Americans are beyond frustrated and very, very angry at the Outlaw Congress for refusing to do their constitutional duty regarding the forgery released by Obama/Soetoro, April 27, 2011, purported to be his long form birth certificate.
The charlatans in the “mainstream” media darn n
via Give Us Liberty.
Flashmobbery in Philly: 100 Youths Storm Through City Center on Robbery & Assault Rampage
Gateway Pundit ^ | 6-29-11 | Jim Hoft
Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 2:45:28 PM by Justaham
In his press conference today President Barack Obama did what we’d expect more from a terrorist than the leader of the free world. He threatened that if we don’t give him more money, the nation’s food supply may be compromised. His exact words when answering a question about negotiations to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling: “If we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires…then that means we’ve got to cut some kids off from getting a college scholarship. That means we’ve got to stop funding certain grants for medical research. That means that food safety may be compromised. That means that Medicare has to bear a greater part of the burden.”
So if those stubborn Republicans in Congress don’t give in; our nation’s children will be stupid, we won’t cure cancer, grandma won’t get medical care but none of that matters anyway because we’ll all drop dead from eating tainted food. Mr. Obama really is a talented orator. In just a few seconds of speaking he managed to fan the flames of class warfare, demonize more than half of the US Congress and terrorize the American people. Al-Qaida would be proud!
(Excerpt) Read more at talkingsides.com …
Unknowingly Esquire Magazine has opened the door to have the evidence of fraud presented in a federal court when they wrote in their satire disclaimer about their story about Joe Farah pulling Jerry Corsi’s book off the shelves…
Opening the Back Door to the Obama Eligibility Lock Down
by Teo Bear | TheBirthers.org
The Courts, Congress and for the most part the Mainstream Media have effectively closed the door to any serious legal challenges to Obama’s lack of constitutional eligibility. That is about to change.
via Give Us Liberty.
Baldwin, who only started tweeting last month, suggested the Minnesota congresswoman’s early success is due to her connection with “thuggish interests.”
Today, all of that has changed. Beginning with Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign, the word “libertarian” can now be heard over the mainstream airwaves again. As the present presidential primary contest gets underway, not only Paul but former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson are openly referred to as “libertarian candidates,” despite the fact that they are seeking the Republican nomination for president. Mainstream media pundits now routinely refer to a significant minority of Republican legislators as “libertarian-leaning.” The “L-word” has been de-stigmatized. Over the next several years, it seems likely that libertarianism is going to get another hearing.
While all of this is great news, it does beg some very important questions. What was the reason for the stigmatization in the first place? More importantly, why has the libertarian movement failed to get off the launch pad after such an auspicious start in the 1970’s?
Certainly the biggest hurdle for libertarianism has been its difficulty for most people to accept. With true liberty comes an enormous amount of personal responsibility. As W. Somerset Maugham wrote,
The Roberts court is very carefully, across the Constitution, laying the groundwork for a return to original intent, and this is just one of many blocks in the foundation they are building.
Last year it was gun rights and the Second Amendment. There have been a series on free speech, notably in this year’s overturning of California’s restrictions on violent video game sales to minors, and regarding political speech both last term with Citizens United and this term with the overturning of Arizona’s public financing of elections.
(Excerpt) Read more at punditpress.blogspot.com …
Mark Twain once wrote true patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the Nation ALL the time and loyalty to the Government ONLY when it deserves it. Our present corporate welfare state government does not deserve our loyalty for it has not only hijacked democracy but we have become a fascist corpocracy in the process.
by Allen L Roland
Do you realize that the U.S. military spends a cool $20billion on air conditioning annually in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. military forks out a whopping $20.2 billion a year on keeping troops in Iraq and Afghanistan cool, it has emerged. This alarming figure is more than Nasa’s entire annual budget and trumps the amount the G-8 has pledged to aid Egypt and Tunisia. It’s even more than the clean up cost of BP’s Gulf oil spill. See full report
The Obama administration not
Prospective Candidate for President Wants to Raise Eligibility Issue
TO DATE, NO OTHER CANDIDATE HAS DONE SO
by Cody Robert Judy
Cody Robert Judy was set to announce his candidacy for the presidency on June 21, but has held back for lack of funds
(Jun. 29, 2011) — I wanted to give you a tidbit of an update regarding the article published at The Post & Email on June 15, 2011. As you may have noted, June 21, 2011 passed and I did not formally commit in a Declaration of Candidacy. You no doubt noticed Mr. Jon Huntsman’s declaration on that same day which I opened the door for and let pass through so as not to disparage.
Another notice for you is…………………………..
Texas Congressman Ron Paul feels much more optimistic about his 2012 presidential run than he did prior to his 2008 campaign, primarily because he knows that the establishment can no longer exclude him from debates and national polls.
Ron Paul On 2012: Establishment, Media Unable To Exclude Me This Time Around 070507paul
The Congressman spoke exclusively to The Alex Jones show yesterday to give the inside track on the progress of the campaign, his thoughts on the ailing economy and to express his concerns over the precedent being set by US involvement in the military action in Libya.
Paul addressed those in the media, as well as political opponents, who have previously resorted to dirty tricks and smear in an attempt to discredit The Congressman’s campaign, noting:
“We have made progress, and that is because there are a growing number of people who are onto their tricks and are watching them rather closely, and they are going to hear from the supporters if they start doing that. So, in spite of the obstacles, our job is to keep doing what we’re doing and gain supporters.”
“The laughing and the ridicule
Bond v. United States and Standing to Challenge Putative President Obama on His Eligibility to be President| The Post & Email
WHO POSSESSES “STANDING,” AND WHY?
by Mario Apuzzo, Esq., ©2011
(Jun. 29, 2011) — The U.S. Supreme Court on June 16, 2011 decided Bond v. United States, 564 U. S. ____ (2011). The Bond decision does not say anything that has not been expected regarding filing a case which can establish standing to challenge Putative President Barack Obama on his legitimacy to be President. It has always been my position that a criminal defendant or someone being compelled to pay money challenging an Obama-endorsed Congressional statute which is the basis for the criminal charge against him or her or the money payment requirement will have standing to attack that law and in so doing also to challenge Obama’s legitimacy to be President. This is not to say that this is the only way that our courts should recognize someone like the plaintiffs I represented in Kerchner v. Obama, 612 F.3d 204 (3rd. Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S.Ct. 663 (2010), who raised legitimate claims of injury to their Fifth Amendment right to life, liberty, safety, security, and tranquility, to have standing to file an action challenging Obama’s eligibility to be President under the “natural born Citizen” clause of Article II, Section 1, Clause 5.
In the Bond case, Congress passed…………………………
GUNNY G: “Most Americans (so-called) are ignorant as to what the Constitution intended, says, does not say, its history, etc.”
Most Americans (so-called) are ignorant as to what the Constitution intended, says, does not say, its history, etc.
But they seem to like it that way!
Hey, See the Reader Responses on each article,
they are gems in themselves!
Gunny G: BLOGGER 1984 +
“This is What Treason Looks Like”
OBAMA SEEKS TO PROMOTE GENERAL WHO VIOLATED THE POSSE COMITATUS ACT IN SAMSON, AL IN 2009
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 29, 2011) — On May 30, 2011, Obama named General Martin Dempsey to replace Admiral Michael Mullen, who is retiring on September 30, 2011 from his position as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey reportedly was in charge of investigating why 22 military police and a provost marshal were dispatched to the small town of Samson, AL on March 10, 2009, after a man murdered ten people and then committed suicide. The deployment of U.S. Army personnel was found to be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which “restrains the use of the military for civilian law enforcement purposes.” The investigation eventually concluded that the law had been broken and that “soldiers should not have been sent.”
Martin has been in his current position as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army for only slightly over two months.
2 posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 9:59:41 AM by gunnyg (“A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever…)
Apparently, Ron Paul wasted no time jumping into the pool of candidates, running for the Presidency 2012. As I understand it, this is his third time running for president, and has been elected 12 terms as Congressman from Texas. This means he has conducted 15 political campaigns.
My question what has he accomplished? He has held a seat of power in Congress 24 years, while this country has been on a fast track slide into Socialism. What has he done to stop it or even slow it down?
No need to remind me he has an ongoing campaign to audit the feds. A farfetched notion, that takes up time and space and goes no place. Anyway, the feds are already audited. Seems to me if anyone really wanted to change that government boondoggle in effect since 1913, it would be more logical to change the laws to do away with it. This country thrived and did well before it was established.
What is his voting record? Is there anything in it, that presents any evidence Congressman Paul has done anything of any significance to salvage the Principles upon which this nation was founded?
There are 535 congressmen elected to occupy a seat of power in Washington. These representatives took an oath to uphold the Constitution. All of them draw substantial salaries, and most, if not all, maintain offices in Washington and their home state with staff. They all have travel expenses and other perks of expense. Occupying this seat of power for 24 years, conducting all the political campaigns, must have cost the citizens of this country a lot of money.
What has Congressman Paul done to curtail the trillions of indebteness, as one of the 535 who have deliberately placed this once great nation this far in debt? What has he done for victory of the unwinnable wars the Congress has backed, lo these many years?
The school system in this country has an annual cost of 100 billion, and does not educate, instead indoctrinates young children into the tenets of Socialism. What has Congressman Paul done in past 24 years to effect any change in this system? Just to mention a few questions.
In his campaign speeches, debates, newsletters, and TV interviews, I hear what he says, and he is quite well informed about economics, but what has he done to effect changes for the better in any areas of the ditch this country is in? He talks the talk but does not walk the walk.
I’m just absolutely amazed at all the current hoopla over his latest announcement, i.e., candidate for President of United States, by so many well-intentioned, intelligent people in this country. Where is the rationale of pinning hopes for a solution to the crisis we face, on one individual who has occupied a position of power over the citizenry for over 24 years, at a cost of untold millions, showing no meaningful solutions nor results?
Despite all the propagandi to the contrary, each passing year, month, and day, conditions in this country go from bad to worse. Are we living in a pepetual Emperor’s Clothing parade, or what? Why is there such a huge blindspot and denial of who and what got us to this place in history? Why does the average person refuse to recognize the truth about what got us here, and insist upon repetitition?
And more importantly, how come the majority thinks we can vote ourselves out of the ditch we voted ourselves into? Ours is not a nation of stupid people, but why the repetition of stupid acts? Who out there has not heard what Einstein said? “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.” What is it about that simple statement of fact, so difficult to understand?
Why is it so many are listening and supporting Ron Paul, when after 24-plus years, being one in a position of power to effect positive changes, just simply continues being part of the problem, talking the talk, and not walking the walk. To consider taking off rose-colored glasses, I suggest going back and reading my posted article during last election cycle and reading “Debates & Dear John Letter.” The problem and solution so simple a child can understand it.
Alexis de Tocqueville said: “All those who seek to destoy the liberties of a democratic nation, ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish that.”
What happened to freedom?
By Henry Lamb web posted June 27, 2011
To listen click here
When Constitutional scholar Barack Hussein Obama, and the assortment legal advisors that surrounds him, decided that the commerce clause authorized the federal government to force private citizens to purchase a product, freedom vanished from America.
With this newly declared authority, the federal government can force its citizens to do anything the government wishes. This omnipotent power is the same power exercised by the governments of Hitler, Stalin, and all other despots who have denied freedom to their citizens.
What happened to freedom? It was erased, little by little, until we no longer have a choice among the types of light bulbs we buy. Government has dictated that its citizens can no longer buy a 40-cent incandescent light bulb; after January 1, formerly free people living in a formerly free-market system will be forced by government to buy a four-dollar light bulb, probably made in China.
(Excerpt) Read more at enterstageright.com …
If you want to oppose the centralization of power that exists today, you must recognize the fact that the major (BOD) corporations control over half of the corporate wealth of our nation. When Senator William Borah addressed the Union League Club in Baltimore, Maryland, on February 12, 1913, he stated:
“If one-quarter of 1 percent of all the corporations in the United States, as they have and do, control one-half of all corporate wealth and fix prices on many of the most essential things in our daily living, then, as to the most vital things in life, the means and standard of living, concentration of economic power is already established, and, if continued, concentration of governmental power to meet the situation will inevitably follow.”
Did one-quarter of 1 percent of the U.S. corporations control half the corporate wealth of the U.S. in 1913? Professor Carroll Quigley researched that subject, and wrote; (in 1966):
“In the United States the number of billion-dollar corporations rose from one in 1909 (United States Steel, controlled by Morgan) to fifteen in 1
“The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.” -Clarence S. Darrow
It’s been labeled the worst environmental disaster in world history, and rightfully so, because the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is like the nightmarish gift that keeps on giving.
On April 20, 2010, the Macondo well blew out resulting in the loss of 11 lives, sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and spilled an estimated five million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s swath of destruction has included the decimation of the welfare, livelihoods, health and futures of tens of millions of Gulf Coast residents, not to mention the destruction of the fragile ecology in the Gulf of Mexico.
This is first of a multi-part series which answer questions in five specific areas related to the oil spill with regard to the actions of BP, its corporate Gulf Coast partners and the federal government before, during and after the catastrophe. These areas of inquiry include the following:
1. Has BP made full restitution to the oil spill victims?
2. Has BP’s actions, as a result of the attempted clean up following the oil spill, resulted in serious health concerns for untold numbers of Gulf Coast residents and is United States government and the main stream media complicit in covering up the scope and the magnitude of these health effects?
3. Has BP, as it claims,
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