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Freedom Isn’t Free

You can look to any generation, and yet, through times of separation, times of slavery, times of economic boom, times of recession, one thing is clear: you have to work in order to gain actual freedom.

It doesn’t matter how much wealth your parents leave you, you won’t actually own anything if you can’t gain responsibility through personal efforts, and you know it deep down.

To even say that fame and fortune is everything, though a mansion in itself can be a prison.

At the least, this point of personal responsibility to gain a standing validates meritocracy; you work for a living, you utilize your talents, and so you have the ability to move.

And that’s what defines freedom: the ability to move, not escape.  Up the ladder, trials and tribulations, just… not be stuck in one place.

But it takes a bit of courage, it takes standing up against denial of all forms, whether it be in the form of addiction or oppression, or even lies.

And of course, you can only do so much before stress outweighs the effort.  You can’t help people that don’t want help, you can’t win everyone.  (Or like me, anyone.)

But for yourself, at least, it takes getting rid of baggage, not taking it with you.  If there’s something to resolve, resolve it now, not later.

Having moved only when improved… it becomes clear that freedom isn’t free.  There’s a mindset to be had there.  To appreciate the freedom of yourself and of others, and eliminate corruption.

But I guess the keep government small aspect is where people lose it— going up against the oppression of unjust laws and authority in name.  Up against gross entitlements, you’ll get death threats.  But it is not timely how governments can oppress people.

So-called Progress

One step forward, ten steps back, call it “progress,” and have the nerve to say people like me are against actual progress.

It’s “progress” to have a unjust Justice Department, one that’s increasingly lawless.  And it’s on to voting rights for felons, not to help people who don’t deserve to be stuck with the ‘felon’ label, but… what else— for political power.

Lawless: looking the other way when it supposedly serves the power.

Fighting asylum for people who criticise the administration, while knowingly letting in shady people, knowingly allowing fraud, waste and abuse, trying to appease the criminal element, not actually deal with it.  Aliens can get in, and… letting ’em go.

How… “modern-day slavery,” doing as told, dependent, not living in chains, but… not really living.

Of course, what turns out to be loaded with fraud will have the ears of those in Washington who are also loaded with fraud!  Of lobbyists, and millions of dollars in annual salary.

I mean, for the purpose of— besides getting ever closer to getting votes— the appearance of compassion, taxpayers end up paying for the Boston Marathon bombers?  And other national security eye-openers?

And in dealing with the inevitable problems that ensue, assume jurisdiction to spy on citizens at will?  Talk about, upside-down on the meaning of responsibility, right?

Lie after lie, stonewall after stonewall, with fake investigations and lax enforcement, it’s gone completely one-way.  The U.S. government of today is easily more corrupt than under Richard Nixon; his administration didn’t streamline the political counters.

“We represent them as much as they represent us.”  And yet the wrong people get fired.  The fact that transparency is hard to come by, even stalling fellow members of the same party, unable to get even statewide numbers, freedom-of-information requests— anything… that makes it clear.

Nah— Blame, Go Insane… “Job-lock.”

And when the fabric of society is worn thin?  Blame hard work.  That’s what the smiling, cowardly crooks “warm and heartfelt politicians” are saying now in this new disturbing trend.

It’s hard working for a living, paying for food, paying for health care.  All of which have become more expensive because of the practices of the government!

Of the Fed, the bureaucracy, the laws— inflate the money so that the debt doesn’t look as bad as it is, and settle on taking care of those you can bribe… while everyone else suffers.

*Brand New* confusing laws, tied with other laws, and… with *Brand New* unconstitutional executive orders come *Brand New* confusion, confusing to even the professionals.  It already takes forever to understand what’s been here for some time.

Despite the hogwash and emptiness coming from the news media, the national economy is in bad shape.  And then to add this crap, and pile on more.  And then amount to discouraging full-time work in general?!

Doubling down on nonsensical policy decisions, the people elected by those who were duped, and then by dopes (I mean, smokin’) have just plain given up on the concept of an economy altogether!!

…Where’s your freedom now?

But I digress, given the fact that you, random reader, probably hate my guts already, and that, more than I would anyone who uses their brain to put two and two together, I would have more people calling me a “racist,” though I haven’t mentioned the President once.

“Socialism is a codeword for black.”  %&*@!  Of liars, of smug people that boast about their so-called education and so-called success, yet they willingly fail to understand socialism, and many other terms thrown at others…

It gets harder to do anything, say anything without their being some sort of “justified” harassment or political nightmare coming down the pike.  Over thirty executive orders for ACA, ‘justified.’

Yes, media, do what you God knows, never would have done under Bush, and go as far as to validate the claims of the kookiest of conservatives.

(Executive orders, however, don’t actually have the power to change laws.  …But people are acting like they do.)

Idiots in Washington say just about anything, senseless, childish and impractical the majority of the time, and yet “government knows best.”

It shows, the lesson has to be learned again: remotely helping or “saving” others— it doesn’t work.

Statism doesn’t work; you can’t help others by taking yourself out of responsibility.  It just makes you… irresponsible.  Eyes on the people… add creepy.

And George Orwell’s 1984 was supposed to be a satire!

Get involved, retrieve a burden.

I mean, what the average independent thinker has to go through— it goes beyond the saying that there is no such thing as a good deed that goes unpunished.  In order to make change, you have to sign up for something, to the amount of going through a cheese grater.

(Or put up with absolute silence.)

But then again, you take on responsibility because that’s life.  In a way, it’s always been this way.  …Except for how horrendously bad things have gotten overall when you actually look at it.

As horrendously bad as to say, Forget about time.  It’ll take decades to repair the damage, in our nation-in-name-only (NINO), given how our debt is owned by China, Japan and other countries across the globe.

But back to the point of why I wrote this.

For a free life, it takes not only education (foremost), but also individual liberty and support.  But of those last two, you need only look to history to see how governments tend to be incompatible with the former and selective on the latter.

And not to confuse individual liberty with individualism.  Don’t forget— it takes two, not one.  You are to be treated as an individual, but there’s no fruition with just one.

With life ahead, Freedom takes a bit of courage, it takes standing up against denial of all forms.  And… in these days, the denial… eh— wow, it’s an uphill battle.

Broadening the Criminal Net

English: Concertina razor wire at a prison
English: Concertina razor wire at a prison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have an overcrowding prison system, and we don’t see how we’re the cause.

Our members of Congress have been cutting not only budgets, leading to understaffing, but also grant programs for degrees so prisoners can actually have a life on the outside.  A  “just don’t do it,” in complete hindsight.

We don’t want to create or promote actual hell on Earth, do we?  These are human beings we’re talking about.

With the failure that is the “War on Drugs,” and now, easy “terrorism” labeling, more and more people are treated like numbers.

And as dollar signs, in particular.  With for-profit systems, it’s become more about broadening the criminal net to arrest and house more people.

The Bad Shape of the U.S. Incarceration System

Statistic: 1% of all adults in 12 months will be incarcerated.  (Source: Ted Dekker.)

Per capita, the incarceration rates for the U.S. is five times higher than Canada or any European country.  Only about one in seven are in for a violent offense, yet the prison population in the last forty years has multiplied by seven.

Most are in for newer laws, such as drug use or possession, with no intent of harm.

When budgets and staffing are stretched thin enough already, tougher sentencing doesn’t help.  In Texas, 5-99 years?  Double-digit mandatory sentencing for first time offenses, and small ones at that: a man sells his seven-month-old pain pills gets 35 years.

We voted people into office that promoted the resulting overcrowding, a problem big enough to prompt major releases.  Sadly, that end-result is the only way some can leave.

Getting tougher on whom we deem “just criminals”…

“Just be done with it,” says an inexperienced, misinformed public

According to just after words’ Steve Cottingham, “we have cut prison budgets so much that no prison is fully staffed.”  Gangs control “everything but the gates.”

Segregation is alive in prison this way.  And difficult to escape for new inmates.  He also goes into modern slave labor, due to a loophole in the Amendment that abolishes slavery: prisoners can be treated like slaves.

Dramatic recidivism exists as no crime-free life—or life at all—exists outside prison.  With percentages typically in the 70s, the three-year average for California is 67.5%.  Individuals that got a college degree within prison, however, below 20% —according to two studies, 11.6 and 18.9%.  Hear it all here.

Know what you’re cutting.

Cottingham got the correlation between lack of education and crime— with kids in Texas schools being skipped a standardized test or grade for “higher district marks.”  Top that off with a city in the state announcing 50 school closures due to failing budgets.

Breeding crime from that kind of thing.  The difference in crime between a child with a parent lacking education and a child that is mentored: 50 to under 5%.

Already a writer, but now severely unemployed because of a criminal record, writing helps Cottingham during his dark days.  Check out his free podcasts, colorful, sometimes vivid stories and poetry (also in compilations you can buy to help pay bills in the struggle he’s been given).  He’s been answering questions in-podcast as well.

Failure of the “War on Drugs,” the Longest U.S. “war”

During these past forty years, 45 million arrests, $1 trillion in government spending.

Three ounces of meth alone, life without parole.  That actually happened to a man featured in the documentary “The House I Live In,” covered by Independent Lens, and proceeds As I Am, a great short by the Emmy® winning filmmaker Alan Spearman.

After the collapse of the labor market, getting into narcotics has been far easier than getting a real job, especially getting a real job for someone with a drug offense…

Another Class System: the real lives of the poor go ignored unless “other,” “them.”

The environment of these poor neighborhoods are so held back, it’s not just “the shiny new toy,” but getting rent money, food to live—it can become synonymous with dealing.

And where political sound bites drive the order of things…

Officer Mike Carpenter: those in for drug crimes get “so much time for so little … It’s almost like they’re paying for our fear, instead of … their crime.”

Read more about The House I Live In’s filmmaker, Eugene Jarecki: “I’ve been thinking about making this film for over 20 years. … When we started trying to find funds for The House I Live In several years ago, it wasn’t a good time for documentaries.  Public television stations around the world were the only outlets interested in supporting difficult and important projects.  Without public television (in the U.S. and U.K. in particular) this film probably would never have been made.”

Considered “Ecoterrorism” to Film Animal Abuse

How about this serving as a narrative for irrational fear?  Again, treating people—and, in this case, animals—like numbers.

New laws in several states make it “an act of ecoterrorism” to film the practices of animal farms, undercover.  This comes after footage of animal cruelty brought people to court.  Footage that includes: the processing of chicks, “de-beaking”; keeping injured animals walking in extreme pain; even the hanging of a pig by tractor crane.

Serious enough to close a plant or two, despite the public “need” for processed foods.  “Video of veal calves skinned alive and tossed like sacks of potatoes ended with the plant’s closure and criminal convictions”—AP.

But now, the language of arrest and harsh penalty go to those willing to expose abuse in states like Indiana, Arkansas and Pennsylvania.  In California, you get only a 24-48 hour legal window, before what you are doing is considered a crime regardless of intent.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative business “think tank,” “has labeled those who interfere with animal operations ‘terrorists,’ though a spokesman said he wishes now that the organization had called its legislation the ‘Freedom to Farm Act’ rather than the ‘Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act.’ ”

Yeah, to continue a horrible trend where horrible pieces of legislation are given great names.  “Comforting,” this one size to fit all in feeding a corrupting machine; just look at how red the gerrymandered incarceration map is

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Expecting lawmakers, surrogates, to do everything for us will not and cannot improve underlying problems, only worsen them.  We must improve ourselves, and reach out to those who need help.  This is a personal battle.

The moment that we all take full responsibility for ourselves and help our neighbors is the moment that all corrupt government ends.

It’s that simple, and that difficult.