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Sign at corner store: “No hoodies or masks allowed”. Sign on credit union door: “Remove hats and sunglasses”. Either the proprietor will shoot you if you don’t comply or he will know when he is about to be robbed. Feel good statements brought on by hysteria so that you can lose a few common freedoms. Ok, don’t do business there. But what about mortgages to unqualified individuals? Private healthcare? Making state stores sell arms illegally to individuals forced from the US gov’t? National edict on standards for state public schools? US gov’t trade taxes for state goods? How about entitlement programs? How about no US gov’t budget which affects commerce, industry and personal economics? Un-elected individuals that make punishable and costly rules for all to abide? Federal courts were ideology rules and law is MADE instead of discerned, especially when it circumvents the Constitution–the law of the land? These are just some of what is happening outside the scope of our Constitution and circumventing that which is not under federal purview but some belonging to the states.

What is happening here is the breaking of the pact of the Republic with its individual states. We shouldn’t be entertaining the idea of a DC statehood but we are. West Virginia set up an illegal government, seceded from Virginia and was recognized by the Union government….in 1863. If the Confederacy was illegal then so are the 2 examples I just cited. Joining the union is no different than marriage–if it doesn’t work out then you get a divorce. An allegiance is as good as the pact it was made from. You don’t stayed married for the children’s sake if that marriage is very detrimental to all involved. Same with a state. The US gov’t HAS (not had) distinct and definable rules to follow. When those rules are broken, that would be considered a treasonous act perpetrated on all the people and the states. When inaction to remove the law-breakers result, one outcome is left. We are a nation following laws that no man is above and that the US gov’t must follow. When people succumb to nuances that take their freedom, and allow its subtlety to direct their lives, they lose that which was freedom and become subjects–slaves to the will of the master–the gov’t. It is not nor should it ever be “We, the government..”. We are at a place in history where the US gov’t needs to be handcuffed from doing any more harm, as well reinstating those freedoms being lost or the states need to be pushed to exodus from this enveloping monster. It’s better to be right and move on then be complacent and go down with a sinking ship.

One of my pet peeves for many decades (and this goes way back to Va.’s Blue Laws) has been the arcane laws left on the books for the state and federal governments. This article brought that back into mind. We pay our Congress to go on breaks and vacation with nothing to show for it when it comes to legislation. We have more laws on the books than we need that pertain to the people but not enough laws that control the Congress, which is another battle for another day. I believe that congressional minions continually work while their masters are away. Then why not have those minions examining laws every 5 years or so to see whether they need to be addressed for re-vamping or elimination? Times change, economics change and the lame duck session is a perfect time to address this. It can eliminate laws from the roles that have long since out-lived their usefulness and modify others to come to current requirements of the times. Congress gets paid the same either way and there is probably tons of monies that could be saved in the process. I think it an idea that is surely come to its time.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we see a good example of the reason we have a United States government:

[To] provide for the… and general Welfare of the… States

Yes, I intentionally cut the word United from United States. It is, after all, just an adjective. By removing that adjective, I wish to direct your attention to the States as individual entities, not the United States as a single entity. As Benjamin Zimmerman of the University of Pennsylvania pointed out, the United States was originally considered a plural noun, not a singular noun.

The primary Power given to Congress was to Defend the States, and to provide for their General Welfare. That is where FEMA comes in. FEMA is an example of what our national government should be. It is simple not economical for each individual State to prepare for all possible contingencies — floods, earthquakes, blizzards, etc. Furthermore, the preparations of an individual State are likely to be rendered inoperative by the very emergency they are designed to alleviate. If a FEMA center is destroyed, operations can be directed from a center outside the afflicted area.

This is not “big government,” this is right government. Our national government is a creation of the States, and was intended for the Welfare of the States. If you want your government to provide for your personal welfare, then look to your State and local governments, not to the national government.

After all the debate and lunacy I have read and heard over the years, I would like to pose this question: why are we trying to change America? We have a form of government that was made unique from all others; taken the good from other nation laws and keeping the bad out. Minor improvements have been made over the years but the core premise was sound. There was even micro-managing through states and localities. It worked and people of other nations were envious. So why is there such a need for drastic change of the landscape over the past century?

The two basic reasons I see that people come to this country is for religious freedom and prosperity. The freedom to practice your religion while accepting what our country was founded on and the GOD we chose to be the fabric of our nation. There are many other nations that don’t give this option and are not tolerant. There are many nations that give this same freedom but have another religion that is dominant of their culture. So what is so important about our religious freedom? We don’t kill you for practicing that which is different from what this nation instilled. And capitalism? Many other countries have forms of capitalistic societies. It’s just they don’t give you all the tools to personally succeed like we do. Then you have all the other freedoms (or lack thereof) which this country gives.

Now let’s get down to the meat and potatoes of this. With the drastic and self-serving changes that people are trying to promote in this country, other countries offer these very needs. Just like with the states offering different options, why do people try to change the state to fit their needs when other states may already offer those needs, especially without violating the Constitution? There is universal health care out there in the world for you. There is early retirement with many more benefits than we offer. Open sex. Homosexual understanding. Legal drug use. Killing of the unborn AND killing of the newborn. Why are you trying to change us to be like others? Many Americans move away and even give up citizenship for better environments more conducive to their way of life. Just like people come here for those very same reasons. Fixed cultures with fixed constitutions are what the “menu” is that attract people. They know what is offered and where they stand. If you don’t like the menu, change restaurants. No one is asking you to dine here and why would we serve burgers if our primary meat is chicken?

Here is something everyone needs to wrap their head around. There are many worldly people on this blog and I am one of those. Research what these other countries have to offer and then get a visa and live there for awhile. You don’t need to give up your citizenship for this. Learn the language and the culture. Talk and intermingle with the citizens of that country. If it works for you then you have found a home. If not, try a second or third choice. Maybe America doesn’t offer everything you want but it might just be the best choice. Maybe not. You will never know by watching the news but only by living it first hand. Decisions don’t come lightly and you must partake before you decide. Only then will you be able to appreciate or not what we have to offer.

Try living with the Constitution rather than trying to change it. It doesn’t request much and it gives you plenty. When you decide to accept this basic document that rules the land, then you look for the smaller microcosm that gives you the peace and extra security in your life with a state. You see, most states had their own uniqueness until those inhabitants moved out of them to another and then tried to change their new home into their old one. Why do that? Why do you think the US should look exactly the same in landscape when we have different landscapes in different areas to meet the liking of most all the people? Making these changes for most people is like buying a used car online without ever test driving it or looking under the hood. It makes no sense but that is what they will say is the best way. No, it is not. What I have given you is the best and most logical way. Too many people just don’t know what they are talking about or asking for when they look to “change”. When you live it elsewhere and learn it there, then maybe we will have something to discuss. Until that time, learn to live with what you have been granted and then worry about bettering yourself first before you begin imposing your wants and wills on others. Remember, there are other places you can get what you want if you don’t like what the US has to offer.

Ryan takes the lid off of Obama Care. The look on the messiah’s face is priceless.

In a previous article, I discussed the tension that exists between liberty and legislation. The first is a right and a necessity, the second is a necessary evil. 9/11 gave birth to the TSA and all the laws and regulations that proscribe our freedom to travel. If one is not free to go where one pleases, in the manner and time of his choosing, then there is an abridgment of that freedom. Laws dictate how fast we can drive, and on which side of the road, and where we can walk or bike. Such laws governing the above fall into the necessary category.

The laws transition over the evil category when they are used to entrap. Manipulating posted speed limits is one example. Back in the 1970′s, a county in Texas had speed limits drop from 55mph to 30mph so fast that even slamming on the brakes would not keep you below the posted limit. A deputy was on location 24-7 writing tickets. A judge had the county take the sign down. Many jurisdictions subtly engage in similar practices.

Laws that impinge directly on other freedoms, in the name of regulating travel, are more egregious. The price we pay for flying is ridiculous. We have our dignity violated in the name of security; our privacy stripped away. We cannot even bring a bottle of water from home because everyone who wants to fly is under suspicion. This violates the 4th Amendment. The TSA thugs inflict indignities upon flyers that are worse than the profiling of El Al. Think about it, would you rather be questioned or fondled, or, scanned naked?

Children running up to hug grandma are subject to rank thuggery:

a recent incident in Wichita, Kansas has reinforced that argument, as a four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line.

We have gone well past necessary into evil here. People flying from London to Rome have their rights less trammeled than do Americans flying from New York to Atlanta. Considering that London and Rome are the capitals of two separate countries, while JFK and ATL are but airports inside a single nation, this is absurd. What is even more absurd is that many celebrate their shiny new chains.

The next step will be railroad and roadside check points. The TSA has declared such activities to be myths. Then why have such check points been established in Tennessee?

A week ago, Tennessee became the first state to team up with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to implement highway checkpoints for random searches in a move to counter terrorism.

According to the LA Times, the TSA has been busying itself elsewhere:

The Transportation Security Administration isn’t just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations around the country.

Other societies have succumb to fear, and sought to trade security for freedom. These societies paid a heavy price for such folly.  Americans historically bridled at the thought that their liberty was for sale at any price. Americans have a proud heritage of seeking freedom and opportunity, eschewing security — our frontier epitomized such freedom and opportunity. The Frontier Spirit gave us the power to persevere in the face of danger.  We would do well to remember it.

The most pernicious aspect of all this is that such restrictions and indignities have become the new normal. How can one miss something, if one never had it in the first place? Most people are too young to have experienced a world without the constraints that exist today, or they simply do not remember. An animal born in captivity does not notice the bars on the cage either.

I give all credit for the theme to Jacob.

Liberties are what we strive for.  That quality of life that allows us to pretty much do what we want and how we want to.  Example:  we should have the liberty to buy any type of vehicle made with whatever fuel is offered.  When you have CAFE standards and dipshits trying to curtail the use of certain fuels, that is stifling your liberty and that of the manufacturer.  Your responsibility is to insure your vehicle and abide by the rules for operating that vehicle.

You own a restaurant and you want it to have smoking, you should not lose the liberty to do that through any government prohibition.  If people don’t like the smoke, they can go somewhere else.  Since smoking is legal, the government should not dictate where and when.  If that happens, your liberties are being curtailed and you need to fight back and replace these clowns.

I have a neighbor.  The parents are irresponsible with their dog and they let the dog roam so that it can take liberties crapping on my yard.  The neighbor races to stop signs in the community.  Guess what?  The kid does the same thing with the dog and when he drives.  He also plays bass at plus-infinity.  the neighbors complain and the parents just say “it’s just being a kid”.  Nope, it is just being irresponsible and the kid learned from the parents.  Yet the parents will bitch when the HOA holds them to account and the parents wonder why they are being “singled out”.

Liberty is having a small, non intrusive government doing what its Constitution directs and mandates it to do.  Responsibility is the government using the money collected for legitimate purposes given it by that same Constitution and not collecting more than is necessary.  Not unlike government, people have responsibilities.  For themselves, their families, their jobs, their neighbors, their planet.  These same people should not take liberties of someone else’s property, livelihood or personal issues.

I’m sure that you (the audience) can come up with many examples of liberties and responsibility BUT it is the examples containing both that interests me.  The two together create small government and quality of personal life.  Take either one out of the equation and you have infringement.