Our rights do not originate with government, but they are to be "secured" by government.
Formerly: Libertarian Party of Citrus county

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Random Questions on Liberty

The proposed financial reform legislation now in the senate adds additional oversight and more bureaucracy to oversee all financial institutions. I find it odd that the two organizations that arguably are the biggest cause of our recent financial meltdown are exempt from this "reform." If the financial "reform" is meant to protect us why then are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exempt?

What’s the difference between rent and property taxes?

I generally consider giving preferential treatment to a person or group based on their race as racist. If the government treats people differently based on race does that make the government racist? Unless the government plans on treating people differently based on race, why does it need race data when collecting a census, to reapportion congressional representatives?

Who determines at what point you’ve “earned enough?” When did working harder and longer become a sin?

If the constitution is a living document, why does it have provisions and methodology to change it?

Obama and the liberals who support him do not believe in America's promise, as expressed as Martin Luther King Jr.'s hope, of equality of opportunity, but in equality of outcomes. Individual skill, industry and effort are meaningless; they believe that those who choose to work harder should be forced to support those who choose to be less industrious. How does punishing hard work and rewarding sloth make any sense for a society?

How can publicly funded universities claim to support free speech and open dialog, yet institute rules and penalties to students and faculty who say “offensive” things? Do you have a right not to be offended?

The basis for secession of the US from England was “Taxation without Representation.” Does the authority of unelected bureaucracies to tax people constitute Taxation without Representation?

Why is it racist to prosecute criminals (people who crossed the border of this country illegally)?

Newer amendments to the Constitution supersede earlier amendments and the body of the Constitution. The Census bureau get’s its authority from Article 1 of the US Constitution. Does the 5th amendment right to remain silent supersede the census bureau’s mandate to answer personal questions?

The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution says the people cannot be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law buy the federal government. The fourteenth amendment says that the states cannot deprive people of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law. How is the police confiscation of an individual’s money or property, pressing neither a criminal charge nor instituting any due process, legal or constitutional?

Except for national security what is the reasoning for the government to exempt itself or offer exemptions to individuals or corporations to any law or rule it’s instituted? Or more concisely should the rule of law apply to everybody equally?

Why is it legal for the government to exploit the use of unpaid interns but not profit based entities? Should individuals be allowed to voluntarily work for no pay to gain experience? Does experience and the contacts made while interning, have value?

In certain religious sects “Pork isn’t Kosher,” should this apply to Congress?

Not liberty related directly, but why does the government want amnesty for nearly 20 million illegal aliens when 15 million citizens are out of work?

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