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Only in Hackachusetts

Here in Hackachusetts, there is just so much going on in mighty hackdom, I just don’t know where to begin. First, there’s Congressman John Tierney’s wife, Patrice. According to this Boston Globe editorial,

Patrice Tierney pled guilty yesterday to four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns by her brother, Robert Eremian, who allegedly ran an illegal gambling and racketeering enterprise on the island of Antigua. Her other brother, Daniel Eremian, is also under indictment for racketeering, illegal gambling, and money laundering. Robert remains a fugitive. Patrice Tierney, according to her husband, agreed to pay Robert’s bills, including upkeep for their mother and Robert’s three children, out of a bank account into which Robert funneled at least $7 million.

According to Representative Tierney, Patrice didn’t know the money was shady, and thought she was telling the truth when she filed Robert’s income tax forms claiming the money was from “commissions.’’ But that’s not what she asserted in court: A guilty plea is an admission to having knowingly committed a crime. John Tierney’s statement said that Patrice agreed only that she should have been more inquisitive about the true nature of her brother’s income. It was, in fact, a stunning lack of curiosity, since he previously had been charged with illegal gambling in the United States.

Duh. So, this Patrice Tierney, wife of U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-Neptune), is either just plain retarded, or just plain corrupt like her husband. Tierney’s Republican opponent is Bill Hudak. Dan Kennedy of Media Nation has more on Hudak.

And now we’re hearing that Democrat-turned-Independent candidate for governor Tim Cahill, the current state treasurer, is suing the Republican candidate, Charlie Baker’s campaign and the Republican Governor’s Association for infiltrating the Cahill campaign with Baker flunkies to sabotage Cahill and help Baker. Prior to this lawsuit, several Cahill campaigners, including Cahill’s running mate, had abandoned the Cahill camp and jumped to the Baker camp. Meanwhile, in the emails that Cahill is using as evidence against Baker, Baker is looking for evidence that Cahill is using recent state lottery ads as Cahill campaign ads at taxpayer expanse.

Meanwhile — yes, there’s more today — Democrat candidate for state auditor Suzanne Bump is being accused of tax cheating, by trying to avoid property taxes at both her homes, in Boston and Great Barrington, claiming both as primary residences. Her Republican opponent is Mary Connaughton, who has actual degrees in accounting and is an actual CPA. Bump’s experience is in Democrat politics and hackery. Now, I’m not a Republican, just an independent non-partisan anti-politics kind of guy, but these people in Hackachusetts really make me want to actually go vote for Republicans (which probably still won’t happen). Scary.

Speaking of “primary residence” politics, 34-year Democrat Congressman Ed Markey apparently doesn’t take care of his primary residence in Malden, where there supposedly are high grass and weeds, according to his Republican opponent, Gerry Dembrowski, who gives Markey the title, “The Undocumented Congressman”:

Jason Lewis’s Book on States’ Rights

Last night on his syndicated radio show, Jason Lewis discussed his newly released book, Power Divided Is Power Checked: The Argument for States’ Rights, and, while I haven’t read it, given how articulate he has been on his show in expressing these ideas of freedom and the Founders’ views on states’ rights, he probably communicates those ideas in this book just as well. (Here are some excerpts [.pdf] from Chapter 1 of the book.)

Now, he has said on his show that he isn’t exactly urging that states secede from the federal government’s control, but he is describing how people have a right to interact amongst one another voluntarily, and are not obligated to be compelled to be part of a “union” by force.

In the Chapter 1 excerpt cited above, Lewis has a reference to economist Thomas DiLorenzo, who has written several books about Herr Lincoln and the war between North and South and the Lincoln cult, and DiLorenzo’s noting that Lincoln could have ended slavery peacefully without waging war on the people of the Southern states but chose not to do that.

And Lewis writes in that chapter that motivations for the South’s secession weren’t really to do with slavery, as the popular myth suggests, but more to do with Lincoln and the North’s treatment toward the South economically:

Alexander Hamilton’s 1790 plan for a national bank, for instance, generally favored the North…it was federal protectionism designed to preserve the North’s manufacturing base that had long been an irritant simmering in the South. When Lincoln moved to raise tariffs on those Southern states that were heavily reliant on imports, he reopened an economic wound that went all the way back to the “tariffs of abominations” in 1828.

As I mentioned, I haven’t read the book, but it is nice of Lewis and the publisher to provide that excerpt online so that we may have a feel for the direction of the book. As far as the book’s sales outlets, I don’t know exactly why the book isn’t available on Amazon.com, and, besides the book’s website, there isn’t that much mention of the book on the Internet, perhaps because it’s just out.

Now, the talk show host and that book’s author Jason Lewis considers himself a federalist, and anyone who’s familiar with me and this blog here knows that I am an Anti-Federalist. That’s because I like to deal with reality and truth. The federal government has done no good, only bad, and it is the federal government’s existence and actions that will be the main cause of the death of America, if that actually occurs.

Massachusetts’s Drooling Hacks

Also in Massachusetts, Republican candidate for state treasurer Karyn Polito (“That’s Karyn with a Y,” as the commercial goes) succeeded for a whole week as a state representative to block the state House Democrats’ passage of a $400 million spending bill (which will include spending on increasing the legislators’ paychecks) in the current informal session. In their regular session, they already passed the state budget for the next fiscal year. This is an informal session, in which “light” business gets taken care of. But the hacks wanted to spend right away (always the retarded Keynesians) the $400 million from federal “stimulus” money, that Rep. Polito thinks should be put away in the state’s “rainy day” fund, which is the responsible thing to do. Unfortunately, she was two minutes late in arrival on Monday and the crooks passed that spending bill, federal “stimulus” money that will go toward the hacks’ increased paychecks among other things. But where were the other Republicans in the House? Why didn’t THEY block the bill? (No testicles.) And Will the Republicans in the state Senate block passage when it comes to a vote there? (I doubt it.)

Karyn Polito’s (“That Karyn with a Y”) Democrat opponent for state treasurer is Steve Grossman, former chairman of the national Democrat party and former president of AIPAC, and, as an Israel Lobby hack, he pushed for the Massachusetts state legislature to pass the Iran Divestment Bill (I know, I’ve mentioned that here before), which supposedly will cost Massachusetts taxpayers millions in readjustments and fees that also disrupts the state pension fund (which shouldn’t exist, but that’s for a different discussion). Apparently, Polito voted for the bill, perhaps not seeing the trouble ahead that it’s going to cause state taxpayers, and the state treasurer’s office in overseeing it (as well as trouble for the people of Iran — it is always the people of the country, not its government, who suffer from any kind of sanctions imposed against them).

College Not Worth the Price – Neither Is the Dollar

Bob Unruh has this article at WorldNetDaily on how the Obama Department of Indoctrination and Parasitism Education wants to license U.S. colleges and universities. Why didn’t Ronald Reagan do what he promised to do, and get rid of that Soviet-like agency? (What agency of the federal government isn’t Soviet-like?)

And yesterday Howie Carr on WRKO was discussing how many courses at Harvard University and other colleges are no longer using a final exam for passing the course. As the Boston Globe reports,

Across the country, there is growing evidence that final exams — once considered so important that universities named a week after them — are being abandoned or diminished, replaced by take-home tests, papers, projects, or group presentations. Anecdotally, longtime professors say they have been noticing the trend for years. And now, thanks to a recent discussion at Harvard University, there are statistics that make clear just how much the landscape has changed.

In the spring term at Harvard last year, only 259 of the 1,137 undergraduate courses had a scheduled final exam, the lowest number since 2002…

Howie Carr continued the discussion of college in general. The costs of higher education in the U.S. have gone up so dramatically in recent years, it’s really not worth it anymore. If I had a teenager at this time, I would probably encourage him or her to work full time after graduating from high school and maybe take college courses on a part-time basis. Having a part-time job during high school is also a good idea. It teaches the kids responsibility and encourages independence.

Howie’s 16-year-old daughter works in the radio studio with him, screening calls and otherwise helping the producer. I assume she gets paid like at any regular after-school part-time job. Well, it sounds like a good deal to me, for both of them: the daughter is getting on-the-job experience and learning responsibility (in the “real world”), and Howie knows where his daughter is and what’s she’s doing after school. He doesn’t have to worry about that. Working during high school and especially after graduating (instead of going to college) is probably much more beneficial than sitting in a college classroom having to write down the professor’s lecture on Marxism and environmentalism (that the students get in their Math and Physics classes, of course).

As far as continuing learning, though, after high school, there are inexpensive alternatives available and many of them are available online. For instance, Gary North, who is an economist and historian, and a regular columnist for LewRockwell.com, has a lot of information and advice on education, among other things, on his website, GaryNorth.com, some of the information for free and some of it on paid subscription.

There is just so much information available online for free, in history and economics especially, but also in other areas. If given an adequate list of websites, any 18-year-old can learn much more than he will in a four-year college education that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. Of course, in pursuing careers that involve studying chemistry and biology and so on, you might have to attend formal, regularly structured classes that involve experiments and laboratory analyses. But my point is, higher education has become such a top-down, authoritarian scheme now, very Marxist in its collectivist destruction of individual initiative, in which many of these institutions do not allow or tolerate dissent in discussions or the contributions by students of ideas that go against the professors’ rigid belief system or rigid, well, I guess “claptrap” is a good word for it.

Education should be free, I mean “free” in the sense of free from that top-down authoritarian intolerance and free from that Marxist claptrap. Am I all wet on that? We need that kind of freedom in the same way we need monetary freedom. People have an inherent right to be free, and a right to not be bound and forced to be dependent on and forced to use a government-issued, State-mandated paper currency that has no value, and have a right to use whatever means of trade and commerce one wants to use in a free market of competing currencies. Education should be competitive in the same way.

The Hamiltonian central banksters saw how having a central bank and centralized currency monopoly would give the central government and its politicians and bureaucrats more power, as the masses were forced by law to be dependent on them and their centralized, government-mandated worthless paper money.

That top-down, authoritarian government money supply power and mass dependence is part of the origins of how education in America had become more corrupting, less demanding of responsibility, and less demanding of rational thought and intellectual curiosity, and more dependent on a more powerful centralized government for answers. Note how the public school system in America began around mid-19th Century, near the time that Herr Lincoln usurped monetary power by implementing his mandatory Legal Tender laws and national bank cartel.

We need to decentralize education, and that means completely privatizing all of it, as well as completely decentralizing the monetary system, and that means completely privatizing that as well, and allow for competing currencies, and ending the Federal Reserve System.

New Fall TV Season Begins With First Episode of The Supreme Court Show

The Supreme Court begins its new Fall season today with a very controversial and dramatic episode, in which those with a weak stomach may want to change the channel. For instance, should the court allow or deny protesters their say at military funerals? It’s too bad such a clear issue has to be made so complex. If the cemetery or funeral home is on private property, then of course the protesters can’t be allowed to protest the funerals, unless the owner of the property says yes. If this is a “public” cemetery, or publicly owned and operated (by the state or local government), then of course the protesters have every right to protest and exercise their First Amendment right of free speech — that’s on public (i.e. everybody’s) property. If the community at large doesn’t like that, then they’ll have to privatize the property.

Hmmm, let’s see, what other issues are the brilliant Supreme Intruders going to hear about today? There is a case asking whether Arizona state income tax credits for people who donated to scholarship organizations violated the “Establishment Clause” simply because some of the organizations happen to be religious organizations. Of course it doesn’t violate the so-called “Establishment Clause,” because that state income tax itself violates the people’s right to their earnings and their right to their property and wealth not be taken from them. Also, some people are viewing a “tax credit” as state money that is being given to a resident or organization, which even Chris Matthews of all people said that it is not the government’s money, it is the individual’s money in the first place. And people have a right to donate to whomever they want. The State has no right to decide who gets a “tax credit” and who doesn’t, because the State has no right to confiscate anyone’s money. The whole system’s screwed up, and all of these issues are made to be increasingly complicated because the real issues of State violations of individual rights and property rights are never being addressed.

Another issue being heard by the High-And-Mighties is that of Arizona’s law against businesses hiring “illegal immigrants.” Whatever they decide, they probably will not recognize a businessman’s right to hire whomever he wants, and a Mexican’s right to work at the private Arizona business when the business owner is a willing and consenting employer. That employee-employer contract is a private contract, and it’s nobody else’s business. It is doubtful that a court with a monopoly in the administration of “law and justice” will recognize anyone’s inherent rights of freedom of movement, freedom of association, and freedom of contract, and it is doubtful that as long as the society has a government-run education system that a majority of the population will ever understand such rights.

But thank God the newest invader, Elena Kagan, has to recuse herself from several cases because of her conflicts of interest, having been the Obama Solicitor General arguing cases on Obama-Dictator’s behalf. In fact, why doesn’t Elena Kagan recuse herself from all the cases, as she has no idea what the Founders’ ideas of Liberty and individual rights are all about, and doesn’t agree with the idea of natural rights, that all human beings inherently have an inalienable right to one’s own life and Liberty, from which such rights include the right to be free from the aggression and intrusion of others. These natural rights are recognized by the Declaration of Independence, and are the reasons why we don’t allow theft and trespass. Kagan doesn’t believe that individuals have those inalienable rights, and that is why she’s as dangerous as Obama.

Let’s hope for a cancellation of this awful show, The Supreme Court Show.

“Original Intent”

A few days ago, The Rev. Beck was discussing regulatory czar Cass Sunstein and Sunstein’s reference to conservatives’ belief in the Founders’ “original intent” in their Constitution (or, more accurately, CONstitution,). Of course, The Rev. Beck doesn’t see how the conservatives themselves throw original intent out the window when it comes to their trashing of Due Process and Habeas Corpus, among other important aspects of the Founders’ “original intent,” in the conservatives’ support of the Bush-Obama presumption-of-guilt policies of indefinite detention, extraordinary rendition, torture and assassination of those the dictator deems a “terrorist” or “enemy combatant.” Glenn Greenwald has this excellent piece on Andrew Sullivan’s defense of the president’s unchecked executive power.

The central rhetorical premise of Bush defenders was that if they just scream “Terrorist!!’ and ”we’re at war!!!!” enough times, and loudly enough, then it would make basic precepts of due process, Constitutional safeguards and the rule of law disappear.  If they demonized their targets enough (this is a really bad Terrorist who wants to kill Americans, with nukes if he can!!) — or manipulatively invoked 9/11 enough times….then it would mean that anything goes, that no compliance with law is or should be required to do anything to them (a claim that always led to the unanswerable question:  if it’s really so obvious that this is a really bad Terrorist, then why not prove it in court?)…

…What possible justification exists for ignoring that Constitutional provision?  Even if we are at war, there is, manifestly, no “war exception” to the Constitution. “War” is not, and never has been, a cognizable excuse for disregarding Constitutional guarantees — at least not in a republic that still adheres to the rule of law.

What? The “Rule of Law?” Since when do conservatives believe in the Rule of Law? And since when do the Left believe in the Rule of Law either? We don’t hear Cass Sunstein and other leftists complaining about Obama’s anti-civil liberties policies of rendition and indefinite detention and anti-human rights policies of remote-controlled drone bombings killing innocent human beings in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

And the Left-installed ObamaCare will be a major violation of civil liberties and human rights in America. ObamaCare will give to every government official in the country — federal, state and local, and in every branch of government, executive, legislative and judicial — overwhelmingly unlimited access into every citizen’s private medical information. Anyone who doesn’t believe that such personal information will be used against people for political purposes probably hadn’t lived in the old Soviet Union, or hasn’t studied history. And, besides those reasons for repealing ObamaCare, just the facts of SovietCare — not very much different from ObamaCare — show what violations of human rights we are looking forward to, as Yuri Maltzev has explained:

Being a People’s Deputy in the Moscow region from 1987 to 1989, I received many complaints about criminal negligence, bribes taken by medical apparatchiks, drunken ambulance crews, and food poisoning in hospitals and child-care facilities….

Not surprisingly, government bureaucrats and Communist Party officials, as early as 1921 (three years after Lenin’s socialization of medicine), realized that the egalitarian system of healthcare was good only for their personal interest as providers, managers, and rationers — but not as private users of the system…

After seventy years of socialism, 57 percent of all Russian hospitals did not have running hot water, and 36 percent of hospitals located in rural areas of Russia did not have water or sewage at all…

Age discrimination is particularly apparent in all government-run or heavily regulated systems of healthcare. In Russia, patients over 60 are considered worthless parasites and those over 70 are often denied even elementary forms of healthcare….

In Canada, the population is divided into three age groups in terms of their access to healthcare: those below 45, those 45–65, and those over 65. Needless to say, the first group, who could be called the “active taxpayers,” enjoys priority treatment…

Socialized medical systems have not served to raise general health or living standards anywhere. In fact, both analytical reasoning and empirical evidence point to the opposite conclusion. But the dismal failure of socialized medicine to raise people’s health and longevity has not affected its appeal for politicians, administrators, and their intellectual servants in search of absolute power and total control…

When it comes to “original intent,” not only did the Founders intend that all human beings have the right to life and liberty, the right to be presumed innocent, but they didn’t intend to have a government that would involve itself in the private health matters of the citizens. It is doubtful that Obama and Nancy Smelgrosi understand that.

Insider Trading at the Fed, Thanks to Herr Lincoln

I very much appreciate Robert Wenzel of EconomicPolicyJournal.com for his post featuring this Special Report by Reuters on how former Federal Reserve employees profited from their access to Fed secrets by providing the info to big Wall Street investors. To me, that’s like “insider trading,” but in this case the Fed is a government institution, so they’re taking inside secrets of an institution to which the general public doesn’t have access. And yes, the Federal Reserve is a public, government institution, regardless of the state-propagandists suggesting that it’s “private,” consisting of “private” banks, as Murray Rothbard pointed out:

It is little known, however, that there is a federal agency that tops the others in secrecy by a country mile. The Federal Reserve System is accountable to no one; it has no budget; it is subject to no audit; and no Congressional committee knows of, or can truly supervise, its operations. The Federal Reserve, virtually in total control of the nation’s vital monetary system, is accountable to nobody…

But it is one thing to say that private, or market, activities should be free of government control, and “independent of politics” in that sense. But these are government agencies and operations we are talking about, and to say that government should be “independent of politics” conveys very different implications. For government, unlike private industry on the market, is not accountable either to stockholders or consumers. Government can only be accountable to the public and to its representatives in the legislature; and if government becomes “independent of politics” it can only mean that that sphere of government becomes an absolute self-perpetuating oligarchy, accountable to no one and never subject to the public’s ability to change its personnel or to “throw the rascals out.” If no person or group, whether stockholders or voters, can displace a ruling elite, then such an elite becomes more suitable for a dictatorship than for an allegedly democratic country. And yet it is curious how many self-proclaimed champions of “democracy,” whether domestic or global, rush to defend the alleged ideal of the total independence of the Federal Reserve…

When you have a state-protected monopoly of money production (i.e. legalized counterfeiting), state-protected legal monopoly of control over the money supply, and a state-protected cartel of banks in which prospective competition is forbidden to enter into the business, the Fed is not only a government institution, but is literally a criminal racket. So that makes the secrets within that institution and the people who profit from that insider knowledge even more criminal.

So, this kind of “insider trading,” if you will, goes on in these years following the time when society’s little p-word state-parasite Rudy Giuliani persecutes a totally innocent individual Michael Milken for doing nothing but making lots of money. America has become such a place of mass resentment toward someone who gets rich not by feeding at the public trough, which is what Rudy has done most of his adult life (along with Barney Frank, Dick Cheney and the rest of the political misfits of our time), but by honest interactions in the marketplace. Speaking of the former New York Mayor’s persecution of Milken when Rudy was U.S. Attorney, as Paul Craig Roberts noted,

Giuliani leaked to his media pimps that a 98-count indictment was coming down against Milken. As Milken had done nothing and Giuliani had no case against him, Giuliani’s strategy was to coerce Milken into a plea bargain. When Milken failed to send his attorneys to work out a plea arrangement, Giuliani used Laurie Cohen to report eighteen times in the Wall Street Journal that Milken would imminently face an expanded superseding indictment of between 160 and 300 counts.

To increase the pressure on Milken, prosecutors threatened to indict Milken’s younger brother, Lowell, unless Milken made a plea deal. US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh quipped to his deputies: “A brother for a brother.” Afterwards, Giuliani’s assistant US attorney, John Carroll, told Seton Hall Law School students in April 1992 that Lowell Milken was a “sort of ready chip in the negotiations.” Giuliani even went so far as to send FBI agents to hound Milken’s 92-year old grandfather.

Thank God Giuliani didn’t get that Republican presidential nomination. Yech! He is just another disgusting example of the Left’s envy and resentment toward the rich. Michael Milken clarifies several myths on his website, including the myth that he was ever involved in insider trading. He wasn’t. Rudy just made it up, to pursue his own career in siphoning taxpayer dollars and at the same time persecute people who had honestly achieved more in life than Rudy ever will (and I mean honestly: being mayor or president obviously isn’t included in the “honest” category).

And now we have the criminals at the Fed and formerly at the Fed and profiting from their insider knowledge, and the Wall Street criminals who profit from the Fed and from various other criminal-government institutions and policies. We can thank the chief fascist-mercantilist Honest Abe for much of this. Lincoln’s Legal Tender laws, which mandated that all Americans use the fiat paper currency issued by the U.S. government, preceded the Federal Reserve and “Federal Reserve Notes” by about 50 years. Lincoln’s National Bank Act created the bank cartel protected by the government. These fascist acts by Herr Lincoln unconstitutionally restricted Americans’ rights of trade and commerce, as well as property and association rights. We have a God-given right to open a bank and have customers deposit their money, and a right to deposit our money in any bank we want, whether it is “permitted” by the State or not, and it’s the same thing with currency.

The involvement of the State in money and banking has corrupted those activities, because the State itself is an institution with the power of compulsion over others which should never be allowed in a free society. That unchecked power is what paved the way for a Rudy Giuliani to persecute an innocent individual like Michael Milken, and paved the way for corrupt Fed cronies to get away with profiting from insider information at the expense of the American people. And it has also paved the way for a socialist Wall Street Bailout that even Inspector Neil Barfsky couldn’t control.

And Giuliani and his ilk are further reason why the State should not have a monopoly in law and justice.

Don’t Repeat History with Iran: Long-Term Disasters Result from Political Short-Sightedness

Besides the American founders’ moral and wise advice to avoid “foreign entanglements,” or collusions between the U.S. government and foreign governments, there are practical reasons for avoiding wars. One big reason is all the blowback against America that decades of the U.S. government’s intrusions abroad have been causing. If nothing else, an analysis of America’s past century of wars and interventions, and recognizing their destructive long term consequences, should be enough to finally stop the vicious cycle. Those who appreciate the messages of history will oppose war against Iran.

The U.S. government is empowered with territorial protection and defending 300 million Americans against foreign invasions and attacks. But the U.S. government’s own interventions, invasions and violence abroad have resulted in making its own population more vulnerable to aggressions and hostilities.

Just look at the controversy over Imam Feisal Rauf’s wanting to build an Islamic community center two blocks away from the former World Trade Center site, known as “Ground Zero.” Rauf has stated that the U.S. government’s intrusions and violence abroad are responsible for many more deaths of innocent Muslims than Al Qaeda is responsible for the deaths of innocent Americans, and that the U.S. government has culpability in the September 11th attacks because of an invasive foreign policy in the Middle East having been provoking Muslims in those territories.

On his radio show, Sean Hannity has been repeatedly playing those statements by Rauf, and implying that the statements are incorrect. Hannity and likeminded pundits seem to view as “anti-America” and “pro-terrorist” anyone who recognizes exactly what the terrorists themselves have been saying as far as their actual motivations for their terrorism – those motivations being the U.S. government’s intrusions in the Middle East for 60 years. It is unfortunate that some people’s faith in their government can be so sheepish that they just cannot see the immoralities that their government has been committing for decades.

U.S. Government Interventionism in the Middle East

I’ve written about these events several times recently, but they are important and relevant to today’s problems, such as the CIA’s overthrow of Iran’s Prime Minister and the U.S. government’s supporting the subsequent Shah’s murderous dictatorship that led to the 1979 taking of American hostages in Iran, and there have been further U.S. government intrusions and interventions that have done nothing but provoke hostility and rage among the Middle-Eastern Muslim population for 60 years now.

The U.S. government’s actions in Iran in the 1950s ultimately led to the imposition of repressive Sharia Law in Iran that continues to this day. Similarly, the U.S. government’s 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent manipulations in that country has now led to the same thing: repressive Sharia Law in Iraq.

The U.S. government had also been expanding its size and power across these Middle-Eastern territories, with hundreds of military bases that it has no moral right or constitutional authority to be doing. These occupations are considered to be intrusions into the holy lands of millions of Muslim inhabitants of these territories.

The most significant point of the intrusions into these Middle-Eastern territories, in my opinion, was the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War of then-President George H.W. Bush, which involved the destruction of civilian electricity, water and sewage treatment facilities, while the subsequent  sanctions led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, as well as increased cancer and infant mortality rates. These facts of history are important to reiterate because these events further inflamed anti-American sentiment throughout the Middle East during the 1990s leading up to the September 11th attacks in 2001.

It is unfortunate that Sean Hannity and others can’t understand what Imam Rauf is saying as far as U.S. government culpability in 9/11 and continued Islamic anti-Americanism from the Middle East. Sadly, Hannity and many others just can’t comprehend the possibility that their government could possibly commit immoral acts. (Unless it’s the Obama regime doing it, that’s different!)

A Century of Repeating History

The futility of the last 9 years of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, also Pakistan and Yemen, has shown how the U.S. government is repeating its own mistakes, at the further disservice of the American people, as evidenced by a whole century of U.S government interventions, intrusions and especially wars abroad, all of which have backfired against the U.S.

According to Jim Powell of the Cato Institute, and author of Wilson’s War, How Woodrow Wilson’s Great Blunder Led To Hitler, Lenin, Stalin And World War II, President Woodrow Wilson’s taking the U.S. into World War I not only made World War II’s intensity and destruction possible, but had destructive results for the Middle East as well. Powell notes that

If the United States had stayed out of World War I, there probably would have been a negotiated settlement, and the Ottoman Empire would have survived for a while. The Middle East wouldn’t have been carved up by Britain and France. But as things turned out, authorized by League of Nations “mandates,” British Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill was determined to secure the British Navy’s access to Persian oil at the least possible cost by installing puppet regimes in the region.

In Mesopotamia, Churchill bolted together the territories of Mosul, Baghdad and Basra to make Iraq. Although Kurds wanted an independent homeland, their territory was to be part of Iraq. Churchill decided that the best bet for Britain would be a Hashemite ruler… During the 37 years of the Iraqi monarchy, there were 58 changes of parliamentary governments, indicating chronic political instability. All Iraqi rulers since Feisal, including Saddam Hussein, were Sunnis. That Iraq was ruled for three decades by a sadistic murderer like Saddam made clear how the map-drawing game was vastly more complicated than Wilson had imagined.

And President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, under shady circumstances, had entered the U.S. government into World War II, the war among collectivist regimes, as economist Richard Ebeling notes:

In this assortment of “allies” and “enemies,” the advocate of liberty could find no champion. The “bad fascists” were busy at work in their death camps in Poland and Germany. The “good fascists” were busy at work firebombing civilian targets all over Germany and raining mass destruction on the Japanese. And the “well-intentioned” communists in the Soviet Union were busy charting their course to subjugate Eastern Europe and vast stretches of Asia, as the next steps to world Marxist victory.

These mid-20th Century conflicts among peoples and their collectivist governments – governments empowered at the expense of liberty and human rights – were made possible by the unnecessary extension of World War I by Wilson. While in the short term Wilson’s entering World War I led to a defeated Germany, had Wilson not entered the war and Germany been victorious, as Jim Powell notes, Germany “would have had a hard time holding their empire together because of all the rebellious nationalities, the same nationalities that figured in the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires. Most likely outcome of a German victory: costly civil wars ending in German collapse.” Wilson entered the war despite the peace treaties in the works up to 1917, and because of Wilson the Treaty of Versailles that was signed was utterly hostile to Germany and her future, thus paving the way to Hitler and Nazism.

So one can assert how illicit actions, the abandonment of the principle against “foreign entanglements,” and using aggression and wars as means of socialist central planning have destructive consequences: Wilson’s interventionism was a contributor to the rise of Hitler and Stalin, Churchill’s interventionism and socialist planning was a contributor to the rise of Saddam Hussein, the CIA’s 1953 Iranian coup and the U.S. government’s propping up the Shah of Iran was a contributor to Iran’s subsequent repressive Islamic regime (and Israeli insecurity), and the two Bush presidents’ wars in Iraq have led to Iraq’s current repressive rule under Islamic Sharia Law, as well as the mess that is Afghanistan.

The socialist central planners George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush had asserted that their interventions and intrusions in other countries’ business would have some kind of positive benefit for the U.S., when in actuality, because such intrusions violated the sovereignty (as well as liberty and property) of those foreign peoples, the long-term effects of such intrusions and trespassing is backfiring and causing worse problems for the U.S.

In a speech before a Future of Freedom Foundation conference in 2008, former New York Times foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer, author of Overthrow and All the Shah’s Men, made this astute observation regarding the U.S. government’s intervention and war in Vietnam:

Now why did we decide we couldn’t tolerate Ho Chi Minh as president of the united Vietnam? It’s because we thought if we allow this election to go forward you’re going to have a united Vietnam under a communist leadership. Instead of accepting that, we went to war, we lost 58,000 American lives, something like a million Vietnamese were killed, a country was ravaged, and our country was psychologically disoriented forever. And what was the end result? A united Vietnam under a communist leadership, the same result that we could have had in 1956 without any bloodshed.

And the saddest or most pathetic aspect of this is that having a united communist Vietnam actually isn’t so bad for us. We’re getting along with them. Now, we don’t particularly like them, but we’re trading with them; we have an embassy. It’s not so bad.

It should be quite clear to any objective observer how history is constantly being repeated. A federal government with a monopoly in territorial protection upon which the population is compelled to be dependent gives that compulsory government overwhelming power. Given human nature, it is no wonder that the politicians in charge have deliberately caused or provoked hostilities with other governments.

Before being so critical of Imam Rauf, Sean Hannity and others need to stop being so self-centered and ought to look at the U.S. government’s destructive socialist interventionism more closely. People whose feelings are hurt by an Islamic center or a mosque near “Ground Zero” need to recognize the thousands of “ground zeros” in Pakistan and Afghanistan in which many families have lost loved ones from U.S. government bombs and drones – innocent civilians murdered for no good reason.

The inhabitants of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan don’t like their fellow innocent civilians murdered by foreign occupiers or by CIA remote-controlled drones, just as Americans didn’t like their fellow innocent civilians murdered on 9/11.

And the ones whose view of Ground Zero as “sacred” territory need to understand how the U.S. government’s hundreds of military bases on Muslims’ holy lands has affected many of those Muslims so deeply that it has actually motivated some of them to strike back. And as Gen. Stanley McChrystal was quoted by a recent Rolling Stone article to have said, “for every innocent person you kill, you create 10 new enemies.”

So for this past century, the U.S. government has taken upon itself to be the world’s policeman, to fight other countries’ wars, to “spread democracy” onto foreign lands and fix other people’s problems. But the actual outcomes of such interventionism have gone against America’s interests (except for the Wall Street fat cats, of course).

I know it’s an old cliché, but it really is the case that, in the words of Spanish-American philosopher and writer George Santayana, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Or those who haven’t learned the lessons of history, thanks to government-run education, will repeat it. Many of our government leaders repeat history either because they don’t know their history, or they do know, but are willing to repeat it anyway for the sake of short-term political gain. Americans need to remember their history as they contemplate war against Iran.

Rand Paul’s Compromises vs. Uncompromising Libertarianism

Justin Raimondo has an article about GOP senate hopeful Rand Paul (son of Ron Paul). Regardless of whether or not the younger Dr. Paul has in the past opposed the Iraq war and has said, correctly, that 9/11 was “blowback for our foreign policy,” when I read that Rand Paul has had meetings with warmongering neocons like Bill Kristol and AIPAC flunkies as far as how he can please them, I, too — with apologies to Patrick Henry — smelt a rat. Raimondo makes a good point that it might not be a good idea for one to schmooze with those who have worked tirelessly to smear one’s father, as Kristol et al. have done to the elder Dr. Paul.

It’s also not particularly honest to call oneself “libertarian” when one has been open to compromise on perpetual wars abroad and saying that starting a war against Iran or nuking Iran is not off the table. So, as opposed to labeling himself “libertarian,” Rand Paul’s labeling himself the “Tea Party candidate” is probably more appropriate, given that many people in the Tea Party movement — at least the Sarah Palin-Glenn Beck wing anyway — support endless and pointless war, endless State-killing of innocent human beings and destruction of whole societies abroad.

To be libertarian really means not just advocating Liberty but uncompromisingly so, because the principles of Liberty are the principles of the Founding Fathers: individual rights (among them the rights to life, liberty and justly acquired property), private property, freedom of association and voluntary exchange — an important aspect of those principles being freedom from aggression, particularly State-imposed aggression. You can’t be an advocate of those principles and at the same time approve of State-imposed killing of innocent human beings, such as in Pakistan, Afghanistan and soon, Iran.

Further, to be an actual libertarian in principle, one has to object to false depictions of libertarianism as being an amoral philosophy of “anything goes,” and “I can do what I want (even if it intrudes on others),” but instead pronounce that an advocacy of libertarianism and the principles of Liberty have a moral foundation. The morality behind the principles of Liberty is absolute: Don’t kill innocent human beings, don’t steal, don’t trespass. These are uncompromisable moral principles of Liberty, and Bill Kristol, Glenn Beck et al. probably wouldn’t have a clue as to what I’m talking about. And frankly, I’m not too sure about Rand Paul, either.

And with all that today, on LewRockwell.com Jeff Tucker has this article regarding how civilization was advanced not by governments, but by freedom. The Founders believed in being civilized and moral people, and that is why they intuitively distrusted government, and knew that the one institution that is most hostile toward civilization is the State. We have seen that especially in the past century, from Wilson’s War to the Bush Wars, from FDR’s fascism-socialism to Obama’s nincompooperism.

Rand Paul’s schmoozing with AIPAC and neocons like Bill Kristol tells me this: anyone who is willing to appease those whose main role in political action campaigns and journo-propagandism is not just the push for but the glorification of State aggression is no friend of Liberty, and no libertarian.

The Choice Between Two Americas

 September 22, 2010

(Link to article on LewRockwell.com)

Here is a comparison of two Americas. The first one is our current America, a country whose federal government is based on a Constitution that gives the government powers it shouldn’t have, and gives the government various monopolies it shouldn’t have, and allows agents of the State to have the power of compulsion over others that no one should have, all of which have led to the grief we now face on a daily basis. The second America is much closer to what the Founding Fathers envisioned and what anyone who loves and desires Liberty would want. Like Greece and other countries, America must make a choice.

Our Current America

For the first time in history, many Americans are experiencing “downward mobility,” in which a whole generation is worse off than the previous generation. Contributions to that phenomenon include the State’s taking away much of one’s earnings and of profits that businesses make, the Federal Reserve’s monopolistic dictatorial control over our money and its devaluing the dollar we are forced to use, and the stealth tax called inflation.

Other contributors to our downward mobility include the domino effects of taxes, regulations, mandates and bureaucratic red tape that result in businesses not expanding and jobs being cut, as well as the further repercussions of irresponsible Keynesian economic policies of id-pleasing short-sightedness.

But we also have less liberty, because the State intrudes into every aspect of daily life. And we are less safe because our federal government has used its military to intrude into the territories of foreign nations, thus provoking the inhabitants of those nations to retaliate against America.

In the current America, so much time in the daily life of the average individual is stolen away by government, as the individual is forced to spend hours upon hours deciphering the tax code of the day, as well as other technically complicated aspects of the bureaucrats’ demands.

Our current America also has a particular kind of mentality, in which too many people view the superficial qualities of someone like skin color as important, while ignoring the importance of someone’s abilities and achievements. It just seems that the famous maxim of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” has been reversed by decades of LBJ Great Society/Obama Affirmative Action programs and attitudes. Most recently, as conservative columnist Thomas Sowell noted, Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty was defeated in his reelection bid despite the fact that his policies and appointments have resulted in lower violent crime rates and higher local schools’ test scores, because of “racial patronage and racial symbolism” preferred by the majority of DC’s voters.

The fact that so many college and job applicants are rejected because they are not of a preferred racial or ethnic minority, despite their academic or otherwise achievements, is just one of many factors that are also stressing out Americans.

And people are stressed out because of what government bureaucrats are doing to them. Many are depressed, frustrated, fearful and anguished, particularly those who have lost their jobs because of the intrusions that government bureaucrats have inflicted into private economic matters. At a recent CNBC town hall meeting, a black woman who is chief financial officer of her company, and who voted for President Obama, told Obama of her disappointment in the lack of change for the middle class that he had promised during his campaign. Of course, Obama gave his trademark smiley face during her question as though he was watching an episode of Saturday Night Live, and his response to her consisted of his typical career bureaucrat mealy-mouth answer, basically, “Don’t worry – be happy.”

And at the same forum, a recent law school grad asked if the American Dream is dead for him. Of course the American Dream is dead. These professional politicians and bureaucrats killed it, with one law after another, one policy after another, accomplishing nothing but destroying businesses, causing more unemployment and stifling economic growth. The State crushes everything that gets in its voracious, parasitic way.

Now that we have summarized our current America, here is the second choice, the Free America:

The Free America

In the second America, the one of liberty that the Founders envisioned, money would not be monopolized by the government. Competing currencies would exist, and there would be no Federal Reserve. People would have a choice, which is their right to have. And there would be no government control over banks, whose success or failure would be based on the free market. Individuals take responsibility for their decisions. Government would be forbidden by the people to take advantage of those individuals whose fortunes might be lost by failed banks, and charities would be in abundance to help those who need it. And any congressman or senator who attempts to force banks to lend to unqualified applicants would be arrested for intrusions into the private bank owners’ right to freedom of association and contract.

In this free America, there would be no government-compulsory taxation. That is because the people of this free America recognize the rights of the individual, including the right to the fruits of one’s labor. The Founders believed that any taking of an individual’s compensation for labor, or any taking of any individual’s justly acquired wealth or property is theft, pure and simple. And the people of this free America would never approve of the State’s demanding information of private individuals where they work, who their employers are, how much they earn, or how much they pay employees or who works for them.

In the second, free America, the people would not permit the State to demand private information such as what profits private businesses or property owners earn on sales or trades, and the people would certainly not permit the State to demand a “take” on the profits. If the State is assumed to be representative of the people, and “the people” consists of you and your neighbors, then one’s neighbors cannot possibly have any moral or legitimate claim on any profits you make on the sale of a property, or of goods and services. And any information regarding those private contracts is no one else’s business – any attempts to intrude into those private contracts will be considered trespassing, theft or general public nuisance crimes and subject to severe penalties.

In the second, free America, same-sex marriages could not be outlawed. That is because the people of this society recognize that individuals have a right to establish private, voluntary contracts with others who are mutually agreeable and consenting. What kind of private contracts one has with others and the terms of the contracts are nobody else’s business.

Some people believe that the State must have the power to protect traditional “social institutions,” such as marriage. However, the preservation of traditions and social institutions is not the role of the State, but of private individuals, organizations, communities and the church.

In free America, the State would play no role in any people’s marriages. There would be no such thing as a marriage license, because if individuals’ private relationships and contracts are none of their neighbors’ business, then they are none of the State’s business.

In the free America, all relationships, associations and contracts are voluntary. No individual is permitted to have any power of compulsion over another. That is the only way to have a civil society. Any compromise of that rule compromises the notion of rights, the individual’s right to life, liberty and property, and the right to be free from the aggression and intrusion of others.

In free America, the relationship between doctors and patients is entirely private, and no government official is permitted to have access to any private medical information. And also in the free America, more people would be in better health, because they would be encouraged to be responsible for themselves and take care of themselves. The emphasis would be on individual responsibility and not dependence, and the State may not force an insurance company to cover someone who engages in risky behaviors. Employers would also be discouraged from providing health coverage, because that also creates more dependence, and further discourages individual responsibility.

And if there are employment unions, they are not permitted to force employers to pay employees more than what the market demands. Those who are dissatisfied with their compensation are free to seek other employment.

There would also be no government-run schools. Freedom of education means no State intrusion in the individual’s learning.

In free America, only acts in which an actual victim exists are considered crimes. If there is no victim, then an act is not a crime, as Laurence Vance and Walter Block and have noted. And there certainly would be no “war on drugs,” because the people understand the mistakes of 1920s Prohibition, and realize that the individual has to be responsible for the consequences of one’s actions or one’s irresponsible behavior. Punishing victimless acts tells people that they need a nanny state to protect them from themselves. Sorry – not in this free America.

And also, without a war on drugs, the people of Arizona and Texas especially would be safer, because there would be nothing to incentivize Mexican drug cartels because there would be no profits for them, no reason for lowlifes to push drugs on America’s youths or others, and there would thus be no drug cartels moving northward into Arizona and Texas that is now making Arizonans and Texans less safe. And, as the Future of Freedom Foundation’s Jacob Hornberger noted,

The drug-war violations of privacy and civil liberties would disappear, along with one of the police’s favorite excuses for harassing citizens. No more asset-forfeiture, no more cash reporting requirements, no more planting drugs on innocent people. Indeed, no more drug-war bribes to government officials…

(And drug decriminalization would) restore a core aspect of human freedom to our land — the right of human beings to ingest whatever substance they want without being punished by the state for it.

And, as far as the defense of the free America is concerned, the people would also recognize that giving an institution such as the State a monopoly in territorial protection while outlawing competing protection agencies is immoral, impractical and counter-productive. It is counter-productive because, given compulsory monopoly power in territorial defense, bureaucrats will abuse that power, as the more honest historians have exposed. We would have had no American involvement in Korea or Vietnam and no U.S. government invasions against Iraq had we not had the government protection monopoly that we have had. There would have been no U.S. entry into World War I, and because of that there probably would not have been a World War II, or at least not such a lengthy and destructive one, nor would there have been such a repressive and destructive Soviet Union, because Woodrow Wilson’s World War I interventionism was a major contributor to the rise of Hitler and Stalin.

Some people might ask, “Well, how would Americans protect themselves from Islamic terrorism directed against the U.S. without a centralized national defense in Washington?” My contention is that there wouldn’t be Islamic terrorism directed against America in the free America, because the current Islamic terrorism directed against America is in response to all the intrusions by the U.S. government in Middle-Eastern and Asian territories for the last 60 or 70 years, a region over which the U.S. government has no legitimate authority nor sovereignty.

The federal government’s monopolizing the business of protection for 300 million Americans, and forbidding competing protection agencies from doing business, violates the inherent right of the territory’s inhabitants to protect themselves from the aggression of outsiders. One of our rights as human beings is the right of self defense.

For those reasons, and for the reason that no individual’s inherent right to defend oneself may be violated by anyone at any time, in this free America, “Gun Control” would be unheard of.

Conclusion

If such a free America, based on the sound principles of individual liberty, private property and freedom of association, seems too “utopian,” then at the very least, we should get rid of the federal government. Murray Rothbard suggested we can “repudiate the national debt,” and he gave advice on how (and how not) to desocialize, and Lew Rockwell has this 30-day plan.

There’s no reason why we can’t just have a country, United States of America, consisting of the various independent, sovereign states, and not have a federal government. (Actually, that was the original intent of the Founders!) If you need something as a symbol in a central location called “federal government,” then make it solely ceremonial but with no actual power. There’s no legitimate need for a centralized federal government with power.

For those who think there can be any compromise between those two Americas, the truth is that any attempt at compromise leads to the first America, our current state. That is because, what has been compromised has been individual liberty, private property rights and freedom of association, a natural result of giving a centralized authority compulsory power and monopoly.

Those rights are absolute rights. Either the individual has an inherent right to one’s life and liberty – the right to be free from the aggression of others – or one does not. Either one has an absolute right to the fruits of one’s labor and to one’s justly acquired wealth and property, and the right to defend them against aggression, or one does not.

The current America is one of Keynesian, socialist centralized economic social and defense planning, in which the government directs everything by force of gunpoint, as opposed to the freedom of the second America, in which individuals, families and businesses plan their own lives, and government is forbidden to intrude into anyone’s private personal or economic matters, and competing protection agencies have an actual competitive incentive to protect their fellow Americans.

The choice should be a no-brainer.

A Suggestion for Sarah Palin

It appears that, after her candidacy for the Republican renomination to the U.S. Senate having been defeated by challenger Joe Miller, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski has decided to run in the November election anyway as a write-in Republican candidate. This is yet another example of how some people are so addicted to the aphrodisiac of State power, they will do anything to remain inside the beltway. You will have to drag Murkowski out of DC kicking and screaming, apparently. Like most of the parasitic inhabitants of DC, Murky is a typical representative of the bureaucratic version of a heroin addict.

Sen. John McCain is another example. McCain has been oozing in Washington for many, many decades, literally a fossil attached to the side of the Russell office building where he spends his time siphoning from America’s producers while scheming up new ways to compromise America’s prosperity and security.

McCain was endorsed for reelection in the Arizona Republican primary by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, obviously out of loyalty, given that her ideologies are much, much closer to those of J.D. Hayworth, McCain’s primary opponent. McCain won his renomination bid, but I have a suggestion for Sarah Palin. Palin ought to withdraw her endorsement of McCain, and instead endorse the Libertarian Party candidate, David Nolan. Palin should do this because, despite her recent statements regarding the importance of GOP victories this November and a GOP majority in Congress, she has also made clear her belief in moral values and should show that her love for America is greater than her loyalty to a political party.

I have already written about how getting Republicans into office has done no good, from the Reagan tax increases that reversed the economic benefits of the Reagan tax cuts, to Reagan signing every bloated budget Congress gave him and adding whole new bureaucracies, to the 1994 Republican Revolution doing nothing but spending recklessly and increasing the size and power of the federal government, to George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” expanding the size of the U.S. government at home and abroad, leading to the current collapse of the economy, as well as the destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan.

George Washington (who?) had a disdain for political parties. His party was no party. In his Farewell Address, Washington stated,

…Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy…

…Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

I mentioned Sarah Palin’s apparent belief in moral values. I believe that John McCain has no real sense of moral values, and one main example can be found in his laborious and concentrated effort to cover up evidence of hundreds of Vietnam vets being left behind in Vietnam while others returned home. As Sydney Schanberg notes in that linked article, the mainstream press never really had any interest in covering that issue during all these years of cover up. Had there been any reporting on this story, it is doubtful McCain would have even won the Republican nomination for president in 2008. I am assuming that Sarah Palin hasn’t read the lengthy article linked in this paragraph, because I assume that, if she had read it, she would not have endorsed a character as loathsome as McCain.

Sarah Palin should seriously consider withdrawing her endorsement of McCain, and endorse Libertarian candidate David Nolan. The people of Arizona actually do have a real choice in November for U.S. Senator. Now, as far as I’m concerned, America is being destroyed by the federal government. There never was a need for a centralized bureaucracy and military Leviathan in Washington, and getting rid of the federal government completely and letting the states have their independence and sovereignty back will be the only way to save America. However, as long as we have a federal government and a House of Representatives and Senate, then at the very least we should get people in there who actually understand the values of limited government and decentralized control, and who have actual experience in the business community. The Republican Party has shown for many, many years that they do not understand these basic American values.

For me personally, I am not a Libertarian Party member, nor do I particularly care about any political party or politics, and frankly, I share Lew Rockwell’s contempt for politics in general, and would prefer that, if there must be a president (which we do not need), I see nothing wrong with Ron Paul (who will be 77 in 2012), or, even better, Jacob Hornberger. And I also have some disagreements with Nolan, but they are minor.

Sarah Palin has nothing to lose and everything to gain by endorsing Nolan rather than McCain, as Nolan is solidly in favor of reducing the size and power of the federal government, believes strongly in our right to bear arms and our right to self-defense, and wants to restore our civil liberties and the right of presumption of innocence and due process, as well as repeal ObamaCare and repeal the new Dodd financial regulatory bureaucracies. And also, unlike McCain who has spent his entire adult life feeding at the public trough, Nolan has spent four decades working in the private sector.

While McCain brought her into the national spotlight and advanced her public career by choosing her as his 2008 presidential running mate, Sarah Palin needs to recognize how thoroughly hideous McCain is, and she needs to completely detach herself from him. Withdrawing her endorsement of McCain and instead endorsing David Nolan is something Sarah Palin should seriously consider.

UPDATE: David Nolan died on November 21, 2010.

The State Disables the Good and Enables the Bad

Wendy McElroy has this post on the “militarization of society in North America,” Systematically killing the good within people, about a “bad cop” and a (morally) “good soldier.” Society is “killing the best within people by rewarding the worst.”

…There can be many reasons why good people do not stand up in the face of injustice, brutality, and lies. One of them: the system constructed on the deceit of providing “security” will destroy them without batting an eye. This is nothing new. Police brutality and military atrocities have been present for as long as those institutions have existed but they now run rampant. What we are seeing now are the results of having systematically stripped away the true “protections” that ordinary and decent people have against their own governmental institutions — protections like due process, transparency, bans on torture, criminal charges that apply to authorities as surely as to ‘civilians’…

And, while he took a break from his usual Archie Bunker anti-Muslim ignorance and paranoia, Michael Savage on the radio was describing a murder trial currently under way in Cheshire, Connecticut, in which two ****** invaded a home and brutally raped and tortured a woman and her two young daughters followed by setting the house on fire, and killing all three. During this time, the severely beaten and tied up husband was kept in the basement, until he escaped to outside. Before the rapes, beatings, fire and murders, the mother was actually driven to the bank by the two scum, to withdraw a large sum of money, at which time she told the bank teller to call the police. Throughout the episode, the police arrived at the house, but they cautiously set up a “vehicle perimeter” outside because they didn’t know what was going on inside.

Remember everyone, cops’ safety is first and foremost above everything else, not the citizens’ safety. Unfortunately, I didn’t hear enough of Michael Savage’s discussion of this to know whether or not he addressed the issue of gun control and self defense. I think he concentrated on the after-the-facts of what to do to the ***** who allegedly committed the crimes. Typical of short-term thinking, immediate-gratification oriented people like Savage who respond emotionally to something afterward, but don’t really concentrate on the societal root causes of situations.

This ties in with what Wendy McElroy was discussing in her post. What we have in America now is a mysticism of the State, especially its armed protectors of the State, the police and military.

Because we have allowed the State to monopolize “public protection” and “defense,” in which the agents of the State are allowed to be above the law, allowed to break the law, are given the power of compulsion over others, and, given human nature, those State powers will and are being abused. That’s what happens with the compulsory monopoly of the State.

The police have been harassing innocent, harmless individuals, and letting the violent criminals get away. This has coincided with the anti-self defense mentality in America, in which the innocent citizen has been disarmed by the State, and the agents of the State have control over who is armed and who isn’t, and have let their armed status go to their heads as the armed agents of the State continue to assault and murder and get away with it, just like other criminals.

In a truly healthy society, rather than relying on dumb, neanderthal bureaucrats to “save” the family mentioned above, the family — all citizens — need to be encouraged to be armed (and not just with guns, but baseball bats and clubs, too), and if a home invader intrudes into your home, blow his brains out, and ask questions later. The lesson here should be a matter of personal responsibility, in which people need to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

And by that I don’t mean catching those ****** and putting them on trial and sentencing them. I mean, if punks are considering breaking into someone’s home against the will of the residents, it is the punk’s responsibility to know that (in the healthy and free society mentioned above) there is a very good chance that the residents will blow his brains out, and when he thinks about the 99% chance that that will occur, he will decide against breaking into the home. It’s that simple. Relying on organized, bureaucratized “public protection” agents to come to your rescue after your home has been invaded is no good. And please spare me this “police presence” crap as “prevention.” The police spend their time at Dunkin’ Donuts, that is, when they aren’t spending their time harassing, stealing from, beating up, tasing and murdering innocent citizens, or dealing and pushing drugs.

What we have now is an overly armed police and a disarmed citizenry. It should be the other way around. Arm the citizenry and disarm the State!