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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.

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…

Who the eff is running things?

Cheney-FNS

Needlessly ‘overprotective,’ overreaching…
How do I say it?  Amy spoke of “good intentions,” not knowing that those “with good intentions” are the hyper-hawks, the likes of Dick Cheney.

Dick Cheney went on Fox News Sunday and said Edward Snowden committed something worse than the terrorists’ ‘worst acts of terrorism.’  Out of all the things chewing away at the Fourth Amendment.

Let me say here, that while Snowden did, in fact break a few laws (duplication of Top Secret documents), he did not perform anything like act an of terrorism.

Like Geraldo Rivera drawing in the sand (if you can remember that, during the Iraq war), he did not disclose anything nearly specific enough in detail to harm or endanger anyone let alone national security.  But Snowden did harm the reputations of the overreaching officials in this industrial military complex.  It is with their giant, giant egos that they find that kind of harm the same as national harm.

It’s great that National Intelligence director James Clapper admitted earlier in the week gave the “least untruthful” answer possible to a question by Ron Wyden (R-OR), after (or still while) twisting the language, making sure the words not intentionally gave the impression that the whole thing isn’t out of control.

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) said, at the semi-grilling, that the surveillance “has thwarted 10 possible terrorist attacks.”  Yet any disclosure of said possible attacks foiled… still for the most part redacted, laying it out on the line: you either trust us or you don’t.  (And those that don’t, particularly Ron Paul fans, may be labeled anti-government.)

While the rhetoric of attacking Wall Street has gone on for years— recently, the negative elements of Occupy Wall Street, all of the sudden a “nascent plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange,” and the “FBI disrupted and arrested these individuals,” one in the U.S., one in Yemen.

Here, finally, an example of something… yet the target is trite… and foreign traffic doesn’t apply to the Fourth Amendment, but that doesn’t stop our government from spying domestically, recording everything they can, building (or completing) the largest data center in the state of Utah, up and running this fall.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller defended the NSA/CIA programs in testimony to Congress on Thursday, deciding to use a hypothetical instead of concrete reason: “If we had had this program, that opportunity would have been there” during the run-up to 9/11, they might have uncovered the hijackers’ plot.

Mueller was unable to answer a number of simple questions, including who exactly is running what.  There are apparently too many bureaucrats in office to make real terrorism prevention work… even though the FBI wasn’t at all built to handle prevention in the first place.

…All the way to making credibility a thing of the past.

Susan Rice was named National Security Adviser.  Susan Rice, the one the administration sent out to sell the absolute absurdity all over television that the Benghazi attacks were the result of an F-grade video that criticizes Islam.

And now, Avril Haines, who has no intel experience and, instead, erotic book night experience, has been appointed the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

You can’t make this stuff up.

It’s such a joke… but still an abusive, oppressive joke, as more “rogue” Internal Revenue Service agents went beyond their boundaries, this time illegally seizing a massive number medical records in Los Angeles, including people in Hollywood, when the seizure was supposed to be that of the financial records of just one person.

Hollywood!  Boy will that be a large lawsuit!

It’s such an information cartel that the siding news media continue to sit on truth the public needs, continues to sweep things under the carpet.  Worse, many outlets have turned on Edward Snowden, treating him as nothing more than a spy, guilty until innocent, “the left in agreement with the right” for the wrong reasons.