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Right v. Privilege …Again?

This post inspired by Religious Freedom (in other words, Freedom to Discriminate).  (And funny/sad, the last time I tried to write a response/inspired post to one of Becky’s, I trashed it…)  As politics manages to creep into everything, I don’t want to spend too much time on this, so this is a bit sloppy and looks more like a comment than a post.  (Sorry.)
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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.

A Real “Stand Your Ground” Case

George Zimmerman committed homicide in killing Trayvon Martin.  The media spun on race, but the jury found the defendant not guilty on reason of self-defense.  But they continue to try to out-talk head each other on a trial that’s over.

This Just In: Michael Jackson is still dead.

Many say the death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy.  But what about Marissa Alexander, 32, who was given a twenty-year mandatory sentence for shooting a wall in 2010.  That’s it— a warning shot into the wall of her own home to end a violent argument with her abusive husband.  This is that 10-20-Life mandatory sentencing at work, locking up a mother of three.

“In one case Mr. Zimmerman kills a young man and walks away, free to kill again,” said Jesse Jackson.  “And Marissa shot no one, hurt no one, and she’s in jail for 20 years.”  Jackson spoke with Alexander, and with the Florida Times-Union.  (He also had to emphasize race and a supposed tendency to kill, but that’s what Jackson does, not what networks like CNN should be doing.)

This Just In: Obama says ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago’.  (Ugghwhat a lia…)

Earlier this year, I compiled a post that mentioned mandatory minimum sentencing, part of how broken our incarceration system is.  With some credit to Steve Cottingham’s (justafterwords – now private) podcasts.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums an organization that has highlighted over the years several cases, including Ronald Thompson (a veteran, warning shots), Erik Weyant (into the air, surrounded by angry men) and Orville Lee Wollard (another person to effectively kill a wall), right off leads with, “Marissa Alexander Case Shows Need to Reform 10-20-Life Law”:

“A lot of attention has been paid to Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and far too little to the state’s extreme, one-size-fits-all sentencing laws,” said FAMM FL Project Director Greg Newburn.  “Florida’s mandatory 10-20-Life gun law force courts to impose arbitrary, unjust and completely inappropriate sentences.  As long as Florida keeps its inflexible gun sentencing laws, we will continue to see cases like Marissa Alexander’s.”

Free Marissa Alexander
(Photo credit: Reuters.)

Treat All Laws Guilty Until…“Okay”

A Necessary Evil

Laws cannot be compassionate.  Laws are, by definition, negative.  They can only hold things back, discourage via fine or imprisonment.

‘It’s noble for government to give millions of Americans health insurance.’
No, it’s not noble, it’s not workable, and it’s not the ‘heart’ of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. “Obama-care.”

Government cannot be charitable.  It’s only charity when the individual gives.

The further away from personal responsibility, the fewer liberties the individual has.  And charity is one of the most sacred and powerful virtues of personal choice.

Discouraging the act of charity par individual, as the U.S. government has started doing by taxing charitable contributions, is evil.

External denial of personal authority over one’s property— that’s called socialism, the instance (not a system) of centralized authority having more say of who owns what (where the individual has less say).

You can’t force unto others what you think is best.

Most laws have only a temporary effect.  The “War on Poverty” caused a dip in the statistics, but we’re worse off than where we started, with people wanting to be in a “low-income bracket,” with perks you might not even know about.

It used to be…

To bring people out of poverty, you must make them uncomfortable in their poverty.

But that’s an incomplete statement.  You must also make sure the charity, the church, the hospital, the helping hand for a hand up— not a hand out— is within reasonable reach.  Ben Franklin built some of the first— if not the first— hospitals in the country.

Or just pave a road to hell, with perks a-plenty.

With corporate powers regulating their competitors out of business, with more and more laws creating more good ol’ boys clubs, some of it’s just good ol’ ass-covering.

Or, good ol’ ass-covering, my friends, as good ol’ John McCain or Lindsey Graham would say.  Right, John McCain, Senator to the #2 kidnapping capital in the world?

The powers that be, often violating the Constitution— it’s only of recent that they’ve moved to justify their actions by pushing turds like the Patriot Act during crises.

Never let a good crisis go to waste. —Rahm Emanuel

And when it gets to be too much?

Certain decriminalization has led to less crime.  (Learn to repeal.)

Does it help one, having to go to dark alleys for drugs, prostitution, etc.?  Does it stop such acts from occurring by locking them up?

The answer to those is an astounding No.
It is in the nature of people to do things that you don’t like.  Simply locking people up, you are not even going to change the rates at which they try.

Only through proper education do people learn to control themselves.  That’s it.

But with a loss of ears…

The mixing of morality and law— especially evil— continues.
Nevada’s Harry Reid, continues the effort to criminalize brothels.

And Brazil legislators want to criminalize all abortion.
Evil: the original language would jail women for miscarriage.

You can’t sell hemp, the great, inexpensive material base that won’t get you high.  It’s been demonstrated that the U.S. government will arrest you, and if they have to, block off view of you doing something for you what interferes with the confused drug laws.

But wait, it gets worse, on keeping people out in the name of “safety.”  See John Stossel’s “Illegal Everything” for a more complete list of mundane things you can no longer do in this country.

  • You need a permit to sell lemonade from a lemonade stand in New York.
  • You need a million dollars in order to start a taxi business in most U.S. states.  (The license is, in part, in the form of that gold star emblem.)
  • You may need $20,000 to afford family health insurance with the Affordable Care Act, come 2014.

With more legislative effort, and less integrity, less liberty and justice for all…

90 days: Ademo Released

Journalist Adam “Ademo” Mueller was released on the 11th.

Adam Mueller is the founder of CopBlock.org, and co-host of Free Talk Live, a New Hampshire-based liberty-oriented program that is streamed online and nationally syndicated on radio in the U.S.  Mueller appeared on the Saturday live edition, to say he’s now “free as a bird,” but the battle isn’t over.

Over a year ago, Frank W. Harrington, 17, was “messing around” with his sister when he took her purse.  Although Harrington said his sister was largely unconcerned, the school sent out school resource officer Darren Murphy, an officer that would come to aggressively arrest the student.  Harrington got twelve days suspension, along with disorderly conduct and “resisting arrest” charges.

Michael Proulx, also 17, recorded the scene.  When the school ordered Proulx to delete everything, he lied, telling them that he only took pictures, and proceeded to act as if deleting photos.  The video would come in handy: a must for CopBlock.org, a site that seeks accountability for rights violations and brutality of the police.  (And who likes bad apples?)  The video of Harrington being lifted from his seat in the school cafeteria by Murphy and slammed face-first into a table went up last October.

Dedicated to voluntarism, Adam Mueller was on the case to defend Harrington and Proulx, and asked for comment the Manchester police captain, Manchester High School West principal and a school secretary.  Contending “oh, and it’s not illegal at all” to tape “misguided” Murphy, an “exact example why filming police is important,” Mueller didn’t explicitly tell any of these people that the conversations he had with them were being recorded.

You’d think that the recording of the direct phone call made by the civilian party—not some bug in a lamp—would be allowed or implied in asking for and using quotes as any journalist would.  Mueller, after all, told them he was asking them for their comment on the matter.  But New Hampshire is one of twelve states in the union of fifty that make any form of recording illegal without expressed permission.

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