Tuesday, July 31, 2012
By Tom Rhodes, 7/31/2012
Last week Obama said, “I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. I think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation, that hunting and shooting are part of a national heritage. . ."
Was he lying then or was he lying back in 2003 when as an Illinois State Senator he voted for a bill banning the private ownership of hunting shotguns, target rifles, and black powder rifles in Illinois?
Either his vote to ban hunting weapons reflected his views, or his words last week reflect his views, both cannot be true. Since his 2003 vote was an action, not just political platitudes to the masses, I tend to believe that Obama would prefer that only the government could be armed, but knows that expressing the desire of his heart would cost him the election in November.
The Chicago Defender reported in 1999 that Obama proposed a 500 percent increase in federal taxes on the sale of firearm ammunition. A year later, Illinois state senator, Obama, co-sponsored legislation limiting the firearms purchases by law-abiding citizens. Actions speak louder than words, Obama’s actions and past confirm that not only does he not respect the 2nd amendment, but he’s a liar.
Tomorrow I’ll take action, I’m going to take a Boy Scout to the range and help him work on his Marksmanship merit badge, and then to Chick-Fil-A for lunch.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Not enough sympathy and support for the victims of the Aurora massacre can ever be expressed. We as a society can however take solace in knowing that this tragedy clearly demonstrates the fact that honorable manly men still represent a significant part of America. Fully one quarter of the people who died in the Aurora Massacre did so valiantly. Three of the 12 dead, died saving the lives of others, and can directly be attributed to diminishing what was a horrendous death toll.
The fact that three men purposefully and bravely did what American men have traditionally done; protect their loved ones, even at the cost of their own life. They did so by using their bodies to shield women from bullets, should not be astounding, it is a reflection of traditional American manly values. This kind of self sacrifice is not dead in America, and should be honored and celebrated. No doubt there are other men in the Aurora theater who did the same, and were lucky enough not to be killed, and don't want accolades or to even be noticed.
Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves all died, by acting like men, using traits modern feminists consider barbaric, primitive and obsolete. The feminization of America is not complete, although traditional "macho" characteristics of men have been successfully devalued because of the feminist influence in our society, it is clear that America still values, and has men who still value, traits that make a man a real man.
Jon Blunk, pushed his girlfriend, Jansen, under the seat and laid on top of her to shield her from the butchery. That's where he died. Alex Teves likewise, pushed his girlfriend, Amanda, to the floor to save her. He was shot before he could do anything else. Matt McQuinn, jumped in front of his love Samantha, taking shots to the leg, back and chest. Matt's sacrifice was not in vain, and although she was shot in the leg, Samantha survived.
The sheer magnitude of the number of men willing to lay down their lives for others cannot be unstated. I don't know if these three men were Boy Scouts, but from the interviews of people who knew them, it is clear that they embraced the values the Boy Scouts try to instill in men. Those values which are under constant attack by the left and over feminized part of our society are expressed in the Scout Slogan, Scout Motto and Scout law:
The Scout slogan states: "Be Prepared"
The Scout law states that: "A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
The Scout Motto states: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Boy Scouts are uncompromising in these values, for that they are vilified. The question I have for any parent of a girl, wouldn't you want the man she marries to be uncompromising in these same values? The question I have for any woman looking for a husband, wouldn't you want the man you marry to be uncompromising in these same values? The good news is that if the men in the Aurora theater are any example, you can still find men with such values.
It is clear by the selfless actions of Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves that they were all mentally awake, physical fit, did their duty to protect others, and completely honored both the law and motto of the Boy Scouts. They were even obedient (not being armed), honoring the rules of the theater that prohibited arms even from concealed weapon permit holders. They were prepared to take, and did take immediate self sacrificial action. I don't know if they were former Boy Scouts or not, but they displayed the traditional values of men, acting with chivalry, bravery, and selflessness that the Boy Scouts so proudly try to protect and instill in young men. These men didn't depend on any other to protect those they loved; they took personal responsibility and put the lives of others before their own.
The fact that it wasn't just one man, but many, should give us hope that society in America is not lost, and as a society we still value liberty, freedom, and yes, personal responsibility. It is virtually impossible to stop a deranged person with violent intentions. We see evidence of this world wide regardless of local laws; the sarin gas attack in Japan, bombing of innocents all over the world, the shooting massacre in Norway; Rather than dwell on trying to stop what can't be stopped. We should use this tragic event to celebrate and honor the men among us who are prepared, can, and will, sacrifice themselves for others. We should also take this time to look at examples where massacres were mitigated by men who were prepared and ignored danger to themselves, did stop similar events.
Although the press doesn't talk about it, and Obama uses tragedies like Aurora to try and disarm the innocent, the fact is experts agree that a determined killer willing to give up his own life, cannot be stopped. The fact is that as a society we can be safer if we enhance the odds in favor of innocent people instead of criminals. This means making it easier, not harder for individuals to exercise personal responsibility and be prepared to defend themselves and others. We have examples to numerous to count of regular people willing to put themselves into danger to protect others. The press and left in general don't like to expose these examples because they so often involve the effective private use of arms is defense of others.
The week before the Aurora massacre, a 71 year old man used a small pocket pistol to thwart two young men armed with a revolver and baseball bat, from robbing and/or killing the patrons of an Ocala internet café.
A gunman was stopped after killing two students and wounding seven at a Pearl, Miss. high school. An assistant principal, with no regard for his personal safety, rushed to his car, got his pistol, then rushed back to where the shooter was. He confronted the rifle-carrying shooter, and without firing a shot, ordered the shooter to the ground and held his gun to the shooter's neck until police arrived.
A man purchased a knife in a grocery store, went to the parking lot, stabbed and critically injured two men, and was threatening others. A prepared customer at this Salt Lake City grocery store, drew his legally carried gun, and held the criminal until police arrived.
At the Appalachian School of Law, a distraught student shot and killed the dean, a professor and another student. Before the shooter could manage any other carnage, two students retrieved their pistols from their cars, and used them to stop the attack. In analyzing this story John Lott, author of "More Guns = Less Crime" noted that were well over 200 print articles and only four mentioned that crime was stopped by students armed with pistols.
We should be celebrating, that there are still men in America who can and will defend and protect others. The political left and main stream press's use of the Aurora Massacre as a call to disarm America, while they generally ignore the character and actions of men who act like Boy Scouts (A.K.A. real men). They are un-American, not to be trusted, and are hurting not helping our society. Yes there are still real men in the USA, lots of them; they have names like Blunk, McQuinn and Teves. We need to be honoring them and quit tolerating the vilification of manly values that the scared, dependent, victim mentality, of the over feminized left in politics and the press consistently bombards us.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
"If Obama had been caught with the marijuana that he says he used and 'maybe a little blow' ... if he had been busted under his laws, he would have done hard ****ing time ... time in federal prison, time for his 'weed' and 'a little blow,' he would not be president ... would not have gone to his fancy-ass college, he would not have sold books ... made millions of dollars. ... He would have been in ****ing prison, and it's not a ... joke." ~ Penn Jillette
The simple fact is Obama is an admitted felon. He has openly admitted to committing felonies that currently result in the US having more people in prison than just about any other country. In his memoir, "Dreams From My Father", Barack Obama wrote about using drugs in his youth, "Pot had helped ... ; maybe a little blow (cocaine) when you could afford it." The problem isn't that Obama committed felonies. The problem is that the crimes he committed, which infringe upon the rights of no other, are crimes in the first place. The bigger problem is that we have so many crimes that the government, much less any individual, can't even count them all. Hell, even lawyers can't agree on what's legal and what isn't.
One of the purposes of our government is to arrest, try and punish criminals, real criminals, people who violate our rights. Why our government at all levels is in the business of forbidding and punishing individuals for conduct that violates nobody else's rights, and creating a set of laws so complex to govern actions that might possible harm, rather than keeping itself to regulating and policing actual harm, should be examined. The reason is clear, politicians want power and control, our constitution makes that difficult. Unlike most governments ours is based on limiting government not individuals.
Lawmakers say the hundreds of thousands of pages of law are for our own good. Sorry but how the hell do they know what is best for each individual. The purpose and reason we created our government is clear; to protect fundamental rights of individuals from being abused by others or even the government. That's it, no more, it is not to provide for anybody's basic needs, protect people from poor life choices, or limit the choices people can make.
If the police and a prosecutor had known and could prove Obama's felonious acts, they could have and would have destroyed Obama's life, like so many prosecutors have done to millions of other Americans. The only reason Obama was a viable presidential candidate is because of the ineffectiveness of our police and prosecutors. If they were effective in prosecuting laws created for our own good, Obama would have been typical of so many other black men. A convicted felon, with a rap sheet, unemployable, unmarriable , unuseful, and an unwanted drain on society.
Depending on where you look it is reported that Right now we lock up about 750 of every 100,000 people, most for possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia. This is absurd. What is more absurd is the hypocrisy of both parties, specifically Obama; destroying millions of people's lives, putting them in prison for doing what they openly admit to doing. In fact over the past 20 years all of our sitting presidents admit to committing the same felonies that their justice departments prosecute with the zeal of warriors. The entire War-on-Drugs, is about power and control not about doing what's in our own best interest.
A faction (small fraction) of people in government and society has decided that it is better for everybody to give up liberty so that they can make everybody safer. They believe that they, a small group, can and should decide what is best for everybody. They believe that the government has the right and should determine what and how much everybody should eat, where and how they should live, what safety gear people should be forced to use, and what mind altering substances should be legal. Because they have moved to give the government the power to provide for "health care" of everybody, they now believe that the government because it "must" provide for everybody, now can dictate everybody's actions. This is an insidious evil and is contrary to how the vast majority of Americans used to want to live.
If recreational drugs were so evil and damaging that we must protect people from themselves, how do you explain the success Obama, Bush, or for that matter success the cannabis growing forefathers like Jefferson and Washington. "Overcriminalization" describes the trend in America - and particularly in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives. Criminal law is supposed to be used to redress only that conduct which society thinks deserving of the greatest punishment and moral sanction.
But as a result of rampant overcriminalization, trivial conduct is now often punished as a crime. Many criminal laws make it possible for the government to convict a person even if he acted without criminal intent (i.e., mens rea). Consider retiree and orchid grower T George Norris, federal agents raided and ransacked their Texas home in 2003, he was arrested and served two years in federal prison with rapists and murders. His crime was improperly filling out government paperwork related to perfectly legal orchids he grew and sold out of his back yard.
Imagine a high school girl who's parents abandon her and her siblings, she manages to maintain grades high enough to keep her on the honor roll while working two jobs as sole bread winner. Providing for herself and what's left of her family she has been forced to miss some school. Despite Honor Roll grades, she has been fined and forced to spend time in jail for truancy and now has a criminal record. "Her criminal record will stay with her for the rest of her life, jeopardizing her ability to find work or gain admission to a university."
Half a century ago we were told that our government would make it impossible for the average man live without breaking the law, thus giving the government power over everybody. "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." ~ Ayn Rand
We are about to embark on a lawless America. The people cannot follow the law, nor does anybody any longer respect the law. The overcriminalization of morally righteous and laudable acts, has and will result in the people ignoring the law. Because nobody can follow the hundreds of thousands of laws; because even our own president openly admits to committing felonies; because it has become painfully obvious that the rule of law is no longer applied equally in our nation; we now see without any shame, people openly ripping off the government welfare system, openly violating laws, and thumbing their nose at the government. Neither the left nor right of the political spectrum respects the law.
Why does President Obama, not do everything in his power to end the absurdity of 750 of 100,000 people being in jail. He has the power and could pardon every person in federal prison convicted of non-violent drug crimes, and could direct the Dept. of Justice to not prosecute any and all non-violent drug crimes? Any actions less than this is complete hypocrisy as he admits to possessing, using, and purchasing both pot and coke, but now persecutes those who do as he did. Talk about saving the country money. Imagine the hundreds of millions that would be saved starting tomorrow, if zero non-violent federal drug crimes were prosecuted, and millions of non-violent people, only convicted of doing the same actions that exactly what Obama freely admits do doing were no longer imprisoned.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Since before our country was founded, Americans have been a self reliant lot, distrusting of the government, with a propensity for hoarding arms and ammo to protect ourselves from any aggressors, including our government. When are rights are threatened we routinely purchase arms and ammo. Record arms and ammo sales in Denver after the tragic mass murder in a “gun free zone”, is the norm for this country and has been since before we were a country.
Paul Revere’s famous ride was one of several “Powder Alarms” that occurred in the British colonies in America. Before the revolutionary war started there were several Powder Alarms in the Colonies. In Cambridge Massachusetts the colonists removed their gunpowder from the storehouse, in response to the army, from the outlying area armed colonists surged into the area to protect the stores from the government. The result was ammo and arms was removed and dispersed among the people before the government could get there.
In Salem, Massachusetts, colonists thwarted the government from taking their cannons by raising a drawbridge and denying them passage. Only after the cannons and powder were removed and hidden did the people allow the government troops to cross the bridge. The government troops found the stores empty and returned to Boston.
The local militias drilled through the winter preparing for the inevitable moment when the conflict would start. In New England, towns moved and hid their powder and arms. Knowing that it was only a matter of time before the Government marched into Concord to take the stores of arms and ammo which was collected there, the people preemptively hid most of it. When it was discovered that General Gage was plotting to confiscate the ammo and powder of the people, Dr. Joseph Warren sent Paul Revere on his midnight ride to alarm the people.
Contrary to what the ruling elite and liberal press would have you believe, it is the long standing traditional response of the people in the USA when threatened, to prepare for self defense, by hoarding arms and ammo privately, hidden from the prying eyes of government. This is a uniquely American tradition. When we are reminded that we have been lacking in preparation, like the tragic mass murder in Colorado, we renew our efforts. When we start to fear the government in restricting our ability to access stores of arms and ammo, we retrieve them and hoard them privately outside of government control. Just as we did centuries ago, the people of the USA, send out the word whenever it is believed the government is planning to restrict our access to arms and ammo. Then it was the “crier” yelling the warning to all, today it is the blogger.
Denver’s massive increase in arms and ammo sales is normal and predictable for our country. The massive increase in arms and ammo sales when it became evident Obama would win the election was predictable and normal for the USA. His record and words on private ownership of arms, and actions and laws he promoted, made it clear that once again, the people have need to hide and hoard arms and ammo from the government.
As James Madison said in the Federalist #46"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed ― unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." In that same paper he also admonished the newly formed government writing, “Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion, that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession, than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressors. Let us rather no longer insult them with the supposition that they can ever reduce themselves to the necessity of making the experiment, by a blind and tame submission to the long train of insidious measures which must precede and produce it.”
The people of the USA will not be unarmed, and firmly believe that they should not trust a government that doesn’t trust them. Why the press is “shocked” at the people buying guns in record numbers in the Denver area as a reaction to last week’s mass murder shows a distinct lack of understanding of US history, and distrust of the American people. This reaction is distinctly American, and is also a well reasoned reaction.
The Aurora theater banned effective self-defense, obviously not allowing law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms didn’t work well for those who were killed and injured. Just as obvious was the Ocala Florida event a week earlier where a 71 year old man stopped violent armed criminals in an internet café. The tragic event in Aurora and the event in Ocala are reminders to all Americans that they need to be prepared to defend themselves from societies predators, a stark reminder that the police cannot be everywhere all the time. The reason we have the second amendment, and concealed carry laws is to protect the people’s pre-existing, God given right to effectively defend themselves and their families.
You can expect that regardless of signs posted, normally law abiding citizens will no longer leave their arms at home or in their car. It is unfortunate that we have to be reminded again. In Aurora just like the Luby’s Cafeteria massacre, not being prepared to defend yourself, following irrational government regulations on where you can keep and bear arms, leaving your gun in your car while eat or watch a movie is not effective self protection. After her parents were murdered before her eyes, Suzanna Gratia Hupp expressed regret for abiding by the law and leaving her firearm in her car, rather than keeping it on her person. See here testimony before congress HERE.
In the 3 days after the Aurora massacre there were nearly 3000 requests for back ground checks to purchase firearms in Colorado. This is the exact and proper response from Americans in America. Our traditions, our history, the writings of our founding fathers, all reflect this as a normal and natural response for Americans who as a people prefer the self reliance required of being free, to the obedience and servitude of being kept. Traditionally arming ourselves is the way Americans react when their rights are threatened, it should be no surprise, and should be soundly celebrated.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
If I write anything that mentions race and crime in the US you are labeled a racist if you don't support the leftist-utopian-multicuturalist beliefs, but that doesn’t change the facts. Some Simple Facts, as of the 2010 US Census, in the US there are about 310 Million people of which about 40 million are black. There were 8641 Murders that year so the Murder rate was 2.8 murders per 100,000 people. So far nothing controversial just facts. The fact is multicuralism is a failed human experiment, if you look at the murder rate of whites vs. blacks you see that they are similar to their ancestral origins and that multiculturalism isn't as strong as origins. Culture doesn’t change as quickly as believers in a utopian multicultural world would have us believe.
Now if you look at murder by race and note the fact that virtually all blacks are murdered by other blacks (98%) not by other races and you remove black on black crime the numbers look far different. Of our 8641 murders, 4209 were blacks (disproportionate compared to population). Simple math shows that 4125 of those were black on black murder. So the murder rate among blacks is 10.3 per hundred thousand, and ugly fact. The total murders of whites in 2010 was 4261, making murder rate of whites regardless of race of perpetrator as 1.6 murders per 100,000 people.
The facts are clear if we exclude blacks killing other blacks from our crime statistics the US murder rate is very low compared to most countires, about the same as Europe’s rate. The black on black murder rate in the USA is comperable to the murder rate as Uganda. This iteresting set of facts show that the murder rate of whites in the USA is about the same as the murder rate of Europe, their place of ancestral origin, while the murder rate of blacks in the USA is about the same as the murder rate of Africa, their place ancestral origin. This seems to reflect the fact that it takes evolutionary changes to the culture of a people is slow like other biological evolution, and promotes the idea that culture and mores may be inherited traits not just dependent upon environmental conditions. Consider the differences in Northern European (protestant) and Southern European (Catholic) work ethics and productivity, and how those have been transplanted around the globe. The same can be seen of the Japanese and their mores and productivity. Multicuturalism seems to be a failed experiment, as the facts seem to bear out that genetics is almost as important as environment. If you look at colonies of European nations in Africa before and after their return to native control it is clear that cultures and mored do not change or adopt traits of other cultures quickly but do revert to their natural origins quickly once forced adaptation of another culture is removed.
If you look at a global map, colored by GDP, you will see that race, religion, and culture are excellent predictors of GDP.
What you are not allowed to say is that all cultures are not equal, some are more productive, some are less violent, etc. Diversity doesn’t help, it just distorts, divides, and hurts existing cultures, generally taking the worst of each not the best. Multicuturalism doesn’t bring happiness, but it brings down entire cultures.
The facts are clear Diversity doesn’t work.
A bleak picture of the corrosive effects of ethnic diversity has been revealed in research by Harvard University's Robert Putnam, one of the world's most influential political scientists.
His research shows that the more diverse a community is, the less likely its inhabitants are to trust anyone – from their next-door neighbour to the mayor....
The core message of the research was that, "in the presence of diversity, we hunker down", he said. "We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it's not just that we don't trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don't trust people who do look like us."
Diversity is a leftist control mantra based on utopian ideas not reality. Diversity doesn't work, and never has worked. If diversity was better and did work the world would not have developed into ethnic nations. The fact is the ethnic and cultural unification not diversification is the most dominant form of voluntary mass human organization since the tower of Babble.
Our crime statistics, our cultural differences, etc. all show that diversity a utopian dream and not an idea based on reason, logic, facts, or science. It is a feel good ideology that ignores reality.
Some Source Data:
FBI Crime States 2010
Wiki-List of countries by intentional homicide rate
Robert Putnam on Immigration and Social Cohesion
Monday, July 23, 2012
This past Saturday, for the first time, Calen Fretts and Jeff Miller were on the same stage together at the Bagdad Political Rally, along with a write-in candidate. Jim Bryan, representing the Democrats, was notably absent.
Calen went first, but Miller had pre-arranged the privilege of going last with the organizers. To outbursts of support from the audience, in a three minute speech Calen excoriated Miller on what he normally uses as his strongest point, his voting record. Calen talked about the $5 trillion in debt voted for by our “conservative” representative; how that only serves to financially crush the very people Miller claims to serve; how Miller votes for appalling limits on liberties; how Miller wishes to replace ObamaCare with a Republican MillerCare styled financial disaster; and how massive debt actually threatens defense and veterans. The truth was so powerful, when the next candidate for Congress spoke he started with, “I have to agree with Calen Fretts...”
Interrupted by boos, Jeff Miller opened a can of speech fluff, and did not address debt, nor healthcare, nor approaching bankruptcy. It was a plain vanilla, broad appeal to come together to help him continue his agenda.
For ten years Jeff Miller has had it relatively easy. His opposition has been light, and he has not had a committed opponent to his “say one thing but do another” voting record. Well, he’s got it now.
In Bagdad, Jeff Miller was a deer in Calen Fretts’ headlights.
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
The Rule of Law is Dead in the USA. Those who are in the grace of the ruling elite are no longer held accountable to the law.
Proof can be found at this well documented site with dozens of links to follow: Big Banks are Criminal Enterprises
Laundering money for drug cartels. See this, this, this and this (indeed, drug dealers kept the banking system afloat during the depths of the 2008 financial crisis)
Laundering money for terrorists
Engaging in mafia-style big-rigging fraud against local governments. See this, this and this
Shaving money off of virtually every pension transaction they handled over the course of decades, stealing collectively billions of dollars from pensions worldwide. Details here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here
Charging "storage fees" to store gold bullion ... without even buying or storing any gold . And raiding allocated gold accounts
Committing massive and pervasive fraud both when they initiated mortgage loans and when they foreclosed on them (and see this)
Pledging the same mortgage multiple times to different buyers. See this, this, this, this and this. This would be like selling your car, and collecting money from 10 different buyers for the same car
Cheating homeowners by gaming laws meant to protect people from unfair foreclosure
Committing massive fraud in an $800 trillion dollar market which effects everything from mortgages, student loans, small business loans and city financing
Engaging in insider trading of the most important financial information
Pushing investments which they knew were terrible, and then betting against the same investments to make money for themselves. See this, this, this, this and this
Engaging in unlawful "frontrunning" to manipulate markets. See this, this, this, this, this and this
Engaging in unlawful "Wash Trades" to manipulate asset prices. See this, this and this
Otherwise manipulating markets. And see this
Participating in various Ponzi schemes. See this, this and this
Charging veterans unlawful mortgage fees
Cooking their books (and see this)
Bribing and bullying ratings agencies to inflate ratings on their risky investments
These guys are "too big to fail" because they bought and paid for the ruling elite that "regulate" them.
This is just evidence that the Rule of Law is no longer valid in the USA. As such you will see the people now ignore and abuse the law for their own gain with no moral remorse. The people have been robbed by an immoral and illegitimate system, as such following the law is no longer a morall imperative. We now live under an oligarchy that has created separate rules for itself from the people. This is not the American Idea, and may be the destruction of the experiment in liberty that brought raised the quality of life for more people than any other system in the history of man.
Bye bye USA, it's only a matter of time before you are reduced to a third world country or break apart.
Friday, July 20, 2012
By Tom Rhodes, 9/20/2012
Voters of Florida, quit your bitchin' if you aren't getting the leadership you want. You continually vote for whoever is already in office and refuse to replace them with new people, new ideas, and don't hold any of them accountable. Tallahassee isn't accountable to you because you won't vote them out of office. Simply put they listen to lobbyists and donors, and can ignore you the voter, because you won't hold them accountable.
The simple fact is sitting lawmakers in Florida are assured of re-election as long as they want. Over the past 10 years, state records show that only 10 of 505 incumbent lawmakers have been defeated in bids for re-election. 98.9% of state Senators were re-elected - only 1 has been defeated in the past decade. 97.8 % of state house members were re-elected. You have made it clear to the people in Tallahassee, they can keep their job, and you the voter won't do squat!
Businesses not you the voter determine what is done in Tallahassee. Future House Speaker Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, and Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, raised around a quatrter million dollars in the past quarter through the Citizens for an Enterprising Democracy PAC. This money pays for meals, travel, political consulting and other expenses the lawmakers rack up campaigning. About a quarter of that came from Walt Disney, and you wonder why we have a "Mickey Mouse" government in Tallahassee. But don't forget drug software maker Automated Health Care Solutions, pari-mutuels and health-insurers who also helped Citizens for an Enterprising Democracy.
Since the end of the legislative session in March, Democratic and Republican candidates for House and Senate seats have created dozens new committees to bypassing the $500 campaign-contribution limits, and channeling big bucks into political ads. Records indicate that $1.25 million of these funds are from companies including Malaysian gaming giant Genting, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, U.S. Sugar Corp., Florida Medical Association, and others.
The data is there, but you the voter don't take the time to look, or care. You have the government in Florida you want. Your virtually guaranteed vote for the incumbent, has made it clear that government in Florida is of big business, by big business, and for big business. Just look at the state laws making it almost impossible for the little guy to get started. Wake Up Florida, throw these Good 'Ol Boys out and put in citizen legislators. Start by looking at the LibertyTakeOver2012, and the Libertarian Party. They are offering real alternatives to business as usual in Tallahassee.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
July 19, 2012
Adrian Wyllie, Chairman
Libertarian Party of Florida
727-599-0001 or 727-403-7735
Libertarians call on “expired” Pinellas Commissioners to resign immediately
PALM HARBOR – The Libertarian Party of Florida is calling on four Pinellas County Commissioners to resign immediately because they have exceeded their legal term limits. Commissioners Karen W. Seel, Susan Latvala, John Morroni, and Kenneth T. Welch have ignored and obstructed term limits imposed by the “Eight is Enough” amendment.
The 1996 Eight is Enough Home Rule Charter Amendment limited Pinellas County Commissioners to two, four-year terms in office. The amendment passed with over 72% voter approval. Though the amendment has since been upheld by the courts, the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has willfully neglected to include term limits in the charter.
In May of this year, the Florida Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of home rule charter term limits for county commissioners. A new lawsuit filed in June, Scruggs et al. v. Clark seeks the immediate removal of the four expired Commissioners.
But the usurpers will not go quietly.
The commissioners will continue their fight against the people, and will use tax dollars to do it. On July 10, the BOCC voted 6-1 to defend this challenge to their usurpation, and instructed County Attorney Jim Bennett to defend Seel, Latvala, Morroni, and Welch, who are named individually in the suit. Commissioner Norm Roche cast the only “NO” vote.
The BOCC can no longer avoid this issue.
In 2000, after the BOCC’s first court challenge to the Eight is Enough amendment failed, Commissioner Seel said, “I really feel that the voters spoke, and spoke very clearly, and to fly in their face once we have already gone to the Second District Appeals testing the waters. Too much.”
Yes, Commissioner Seel, you were correct in 2000. Too much. It’s time for you and your three expired colleagues to go.
It is totally unacceptable that you continue to ignore the law, and the will of the citizens of Pinellas County. We will not be appeased by a 2014 ballot referendum to apply term limits to county commissioners. The term limit law already exists. We The People already passed it. You must comply with it by tendering your resignation immediately.
By failing to include term limits in the county charter, you have effectively falsified official documents for personal gain. You have continued to collect a salary from the taxpayers of Pinellas County, even though you were fully aware of your ineligibility. You have continued to exercise power from offices which you have no legal right to hold. These actions may constitute felony activity under Florida Statute 838.022.
The Libertarian Party of Florida will continue to challenge this blatant corruption and usurpation until such time as you act upon the law, and implement will of the people of Pinellas County.
The People have spoken. Resign now.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Now that the SCOTUS has resolved Obamacare is constitutional, and not paying Obamacare will result in a Tax, the law now makes it so that nobody has to have insurance. Because all pre-existing conditions must be covered by insurance companies nobody has to purchase insurance until they are sick and need it. You can opt out without paying any penalty saving thousands of dollars a year until you're sick.
Look at the facts. Obamacare forces insurance companies to take everybody and charge them the same, regardless of health. The result will be higher premiums, and encourage people to delay purchasing medical insurance until they need it. As insurance gets more expensive more people will delay purchasing it, so insurance will get more expensive and even more people will delay purchasing it, this is a cycle that will kill Obamacare and possibly all of healthcare in the USA.
Yes there is a tax associated with not buying insurance, it is far less than the cost of insurance, but the tax is optional, and you can ignore it. The fact is the way Obamacare is written, the IRS has no power to levy liens, force forfeiture, or prosecute those who refuse to pay the Obamacare tax. The IRS's only power is to withhold tax refunds. Fill out your W2 correctly and you end up not getting a tax refund or owing a little, then you don't get a refund; if you have no refund the IRS can't withhold it. You can pay zero tax and not have insurance until you find out you need it. Thus without fear you can even avoid the Obamacare tax. Any communications from the IRS trying to entice or scare tax payers to pay the Obamacare Tax will be ineffective because there is zero chance of penalty; once the public learns ignoring the Obamacare Tax results in zero problems why pay the tax. Just like not paying sales tax for your Amazon.com purchase.
Just as without any moral compulsion virtually everybody breaks the law everyday, we don't pay sales tax on items we buy on the internet, don't report cash income, roll through stop signs at 3am, have sex out of wedlock (still illegal in some places), etc. The overcriminalization of society means that disobedience to Obamacare will be wide spread. Because our government has so overstepped its bounds, the people no longer feel it is wrong to "cheat" the government.
There is no moral rationale for paying the Obamacare tax; Obamacare forcing insurance companies to charge the same and offer insurance regardless of existing health now makes it financially advantageous to go without insurance until after you need it. Obamacare cannot last; too bad our health care system will probably be ruined before Obamacare dies.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Again this week Obama is calling for Fairness and raising taxes on the rich, implying that the rich don't pay their fair share, and stating that the country needs the money that raising the taxes on the rich will generate. Why does the press keep accepting his lie?
Obama knows, and has admitted he knows, that raising taxes on the rich will not generate any more tax revenues and will probably actually reduce the taxes collected. Way back in 2008, Charles Gibson of ABC News pointed out this simple fact, noting that there is correlation between the raising and lowering of tax rates and tax revenues. Obama admitted that, and said he wanted to raise taxes on the rich not to raise needed revenue but to be "fair". Obama clearly thinks and admits that it is more important to punish those who are successful than increase revenue for the country. How raising taxes on people who already pay a disproportionate amount of collected taxes is "fair" when that action has consistently proven to actually lower revenue is a viable economic solution is the question. Obama knows he is lying when he talks about raising taxes on the rich as a means to raise government revenue.
History has repeatedly shown that lowing tax rates can and often does raise revenue, it happened in the 20's, under JFK, under Regan, and under W. The fact is that when taxes were lowered high income earners paid both a larger total amount of taxes and a higher share of all total income taxes collected. This does not mean or imply that lowing taxes to zero would generate infinite government revenue, anymore than taxes the rich at 100% would result in more revenue. The reason that lower taxes can and often does raise revenue is explained by what is called the Laffer curve. In 2006 after W's tax cuts the NYTimes noted, "An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year." It was unexpected to the NYTimes, not to the many proponents of tax cuts.
The only thing that is and should be unexpected is the main stream presses acceptance of proven lies Obama is making about taxes and revenues. It's getting old pointing out Obama is lying. Many liberals don't care, because he does what they like. What should be noted is that Obama's easily and often proven lies reflect upon his character. His title should be "Liar and Chief."
Friday, July 6, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Robert Treat Paine
Sunday, July 1, 2012
There has been a lot of talk about not seating Ron Paul’s supporters or deligates at the Republican Convention. They fear the general and oft heard refrain of Paulites that they will not vote for Romney, he’s the same as Obama. Ron Paul or nobody – maybe Gary Johnson, but not Mitt Romney under any circumstances.
As readers of Libertarian actions in Florida know right before the GOP convention Ron Paul supporters will hold not one but two “FreedomFests”. One > in Tampa, Florida Freedom Fest 2012 the other on the I4 corridort at Fantasy of Flight between Tampa and Orlando, Freedom Festival 2012. Libertarians and Ron Paul supporters are making libertarian ideas the topic of the convention.
There is lots of talk among GOP party hacks that after their Freedom Festivals the Paulites should be banned from the convention. They fear that the presence of liberty loving delegates would turn the GOP convention into a Debacle, and that they have no reason to be there.
I hope the GOP does kick them out, but make one thing perfectly clear. Don’t come crying back to liberty loving Ron Paul supporters to vote for the elitist Mitt Romney because this is the “Most Important Election Ever.” Paulites knew this and voted for Paul, not another NE liberal in GOP clothing who promotes big government and less freedom as a solution to every problem.
As a libertarian I don’t care if Obama or Romney wins, I’m voting for Gary Johnson. In fact Obama may be preferable to Romney. The reason is that Obama may be able to do less damage than Romney, because the GOP will probably retain control of the house, and the big government Republicans in the legislature will at least make token signs of resistance to more government if a Democrat is in the White House. But they would support the leftward march sure to come if Romney is elected. But under the GOP we have seen a steady march to the left not much different than the Democrats.
The only justification to vote for Romney is that at least a “conservative” will be selecting Supreme Court Justices. That idea is dead and gone, Justice Roberts has destroyed that idea. You have to question the mental stability or minimally the IQ of “conservatives” who intend to vote for Romney. You can find only token actions that the GOP has done or accomplished that could remotely be termed "conservative", except those social actions restricting individual liberty.
Let’s hope the GOP kicks out the few remaining libertarians, nationalists, constitutionalists, and fiscally rational people it has left. It is long past time that these people quit the GOP and joined the party genuinely devoted to liberty. It is long past time that these people quit the GOP and joined the party genuinely devoted to the principles of our Founding Fathers. It is long past time that these people quit the GOP and joined the party genuinely devoted to the interests of the American people.
Gotta love the logo and slogan for the Freedom Fest 2012. "Flight to Freedom" accurately describes what Paulites leaving the GOP are doing. Let's hope they land in the LP.
The neocon takeover of the Republican Party has turned it into the flip side of the Democrat Party. The GOP has no room for those who want small government, liberty, and more freedom. There is a home for them it’s the Libertarian Party. We have a candidate, one with more executive experience than either Romney or Obama, one with a proven successful track record running government: Gary Johnson.
Let’s hope and pray the GOP kicks out the Paulites, they have and have always had a home in the Libertarian Party, it’s time they joined the true party of principle, let’s encourage the GOP to chase them here.