Below, is a very insightful article, from The Tenth Amendment Center, which gets squarely to heart of today’s problems, in this country, both politically and as a whole:
For years, the Tenth Amendment Center has drawn the ire of both the American right and left, but generally for different reasons. To the left, we were neo-Confederates trying to mask our desire to somehow reintroduce slavery and Jim Crow segregation by promoting nullification and state’s rights. We draw the ire of the right for challenging unconstitutional wars and the federal War on Drugs. Continue reading
Below, is a very insightful article, from The Ron Paul Liberty Report, which points out, perfectly, the difference between FREE trade, and Government Interference:
Government is a destroyer, but it doesn’t just destroy physical and tangible things. It also destroys intangible things like language and the meaning of words. For example, did you know that originally “liberals” were individuals that believed in liberty and were against government intervention? Today, the word “liberal” means the exact opposite.
Today, we read in the government-licensed press that President Trump has signed an executive order removing the U.S. from a “free trade agreement” known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Washington Post tells us:
“A Republican president signed an executive order getting rid of a free trade deal on Monday.” Continue reading
Below, is a very insightful article, from FEE.com, on Ayn Rands brilliant economic insights, as to how The United States Government, sadly, for years, has been marching us toward Fascism:
In a letter written on March 19, 1944, Ayn Rand remarked: “Fascism, Nazism, Communism and Socialism are only superficial variations of the same monstrous theme—collectivism.” Rand would later expand on this insight in various articles, most notably in two of her lectures at the Ford Hall Forum in Boston: “The Fascist New Frontier” (Dec. 16, 1962, published as a booklet by the Nathaniel Branden Institute in 1963); and “The New Fascism: Rule by Consensus” (April 18, 1965, published as Chapter 20 in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal [CUI] by New American Library in 1967).
The world conflict of today is the conflict of the individual against the state.
Below, is a very telling article, from The Wall Street Journal, on the expanding militarization of the “Federal” Government:
Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees?
The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996. Continue reading
Below, is a very insightful article, from Reason.com, by Judge Andrew Napolitano, on the Natural Right to self defense, and the fallacies of gun control:
Most of the mass killings by gun in the United States in recent years—Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino, and now Orlando—took place in venues where local or state law prohibited carrying guns, even by those lawfully licensed to do so. The government cheerfully calls these venues “gun-free zones.” They should be called killing zones.
As unspeakable and horrific as is the recent slaughter in Orlando, it has become just another example of the tragic consequences of government’s interfering with the exercise of fundamental liberties. After a while, these events cease to shock; but they should not cease to cause us to re-examine what the government has done to us. Continue reading
Apparently, in California, you can’t pay people with your expertise and knowledge. NO! You must pay them with Government monopoly money, and pay the local Government Overlords their protection money. This is like Atlas Shrugged in real-time!
Below, is an insightful article from The San Jose Mercury News:
CASTRO VALLEY — A small-time vintner’s use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000 in fines — and sent a chill through the wine industry.
The volunteers, some of them learning to make wine while helping out, were illegally unpaid laborers, and Westover Winery should have been paying them and paying worker taxes, the state Department of Industrial Relations said.
“I didn’t know it was illegal to use volunteers at a winery; it’s a common practice,” said winery owner Bill Smyth.
State law prohibits for-profit businesses from using volunteers.
Below, is a very insightful article, from The Wall Street Journal, by Charles Koch, CEO of Koch Industries:
I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.
Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government. That’s why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.
Below, is a very insightful article, from Geology.com, which breaks down, nicely, the many wonderful uses of gold:
The Most Useful Metal
Of all the minerals mined from the Earth, none is more useful than gold. Its usefulness is derived from a diversity of special properties. Gold conducts electricity, does not tarnish, is very easy to work, can be drawn into wire, can be hammered into thin sheets, alloys with many other metals, can be melted and cast into highly detailed shapes, has a wonderful color and a brilliant luster. Gold is a memorable metal that occupies a special place in the human mind.
Below, is a very insightful article, from The Wall Street Journal, called, “Why Unions Want a Higher Minimum Wage”:
Organized labor’s instantaneous support for President Obama’s recent proposal to hike the minimum wage doesn’t make much sense at first glance. The average private-sector union member—at least one who still has a job—earns $22 an hour according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a far cry from the current $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage, or the $9 per hour the president has proposed. Altruistic solidarity with lower-paid workers isn’t the reason for organized labor’s cheerleading, either.
The real reason is that some unions and their members directly benefit from minimum wage increases—even when nary a union member actually makes the minimum wage.
Below, is a very insightful article, from Forbes.com, called, “Obama To Americans: You Don’t Deserve To Be Free”:
President Obama’s Kansas speech is a remarkable document. In calling for more government controls, more taxation, more collectivism, he has two paragraphs that give the show away. Take a look at them.
Below, is an insightful article, from The Washington Times, by Judge Andrew Napolitano, called, “Is Pervasive NSA Surveillance And Hacking Part Of A Broader Conspiracy”?
Readers of this page are well aware of the revelations during the past six months of spying by the National Security Agency (NSA). Edward Snowden, a former employee of an NSA vendor, risked his life and liberty to inform us of a governmental conspiracy to violate our right to privacy, a right guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.
The conspiracy he revealed is vast. It involves former President George W. Bush, President Obama, their aides, a dozen or so members of Congress, federal judges, executives and technicians for American computer servers and telecommunications companies, and the thousands of NSA employees and vendors who have manipulated their fellow conspirators. The conspirators all agreed that it would be a crime for any of them to reveal the conspiracy. Mr. Snowden violated that agreement in order to uphold his higher oath to defend the Constitution.
Below, is an insightful post, from former Congressman Ron Paul’s website, “Texas Straight Talk,” in regards to Federal Reserve policies, and how they favor the rich, and politically connected:
Last Thursday the Senate Banking Committee held hearings on Janet Yellen’s nomination as Federal Reserve Board Chairman. As expected, Ms. Yellen indicated that she would continue the Fed’s “quantitative easing” (QE) polices, despite QE’s failure to improve the economy. Coincidentally, two days before the Yellen hearings, Andrew Huszar, an ex-Fed official, publicly apologized to the American people for his role in QE. Mr. Huszar called QE “the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time.”
Below, is a very insightful, and detailed, post, from The National Review Online, which includes a list of 100 unintended consequences, resulting from the so-called, Affordable Care Act:
Today, Obamacare’s October 1 launch date finally arrived. Ever since its passage, supporters of the law have made countless attempts to convince the American people of its viability, dismissing predictions of lost jobs, decreased hours, and rising costs, among others.
Yet from major corporations to local mom-and-pop shops, from entire states to tiny school districts, a wide range of companies and institutions have seen Obamacare’s negative impact on their workers, budgets, and production. Here are 100 examples of how Obamacare is falling short of what was promised.
Below, is a very insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, that explains, nicely, the original intent [The Commerce Clause] of Congress’ Power to regulate commerce:
In a law review article titled “To Regulate, Not Prohibit: Limiting the Commerce Power,” New York University Law Professor Barry Friedman, and 2011 New York University Law graduate, Genevieve Lakier take on the daunting task of reasserting the historic and genealogical lineage of the Commerce Clause from its inception through the country’s 237 years of existence as a federal republic.
Below, is a very insightful post, from former Congressman Ron Paul’s website, “Texas Straight Talk,” in regards to the recent IRS scandals; as well as the politically harassing, and corrupt history of the IRS:
What do you expect when you target the President?” This is what an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent allegedly said to the head of a conservative organization that was being audited after calling for the impeachment of then-President Clinton. Recent revelations that IRS agents gave “special scrutiny” to organizations opposed to the current administration’s policies suggest that many in the IRS still believe harassing the President’s opponents is part of their job.
Below, is a very insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, that explains, nicely, why state Nullification is both the legal, and “rightful remedy” when The Federal Government refuses to stay within the Constitutional Powers that have been “Enumerated” to them. Also, how Nullification is working it’s way back into mainstream American politics:
A recent Rasmussen poll indicates that “38% Favor Their State Blocking Federal Anti-Gun Laws” and a whopping “52 percent of mainstream voters think states should have the right to block any federal laws they disagree with on legal grounds.” And this week, a nullification-friendly Washington Times article from the paper’s editorial board was published stating: “nullification is a growing movement with support on both sides of the political aisle.”
The Washington Times article hints at the reason for this shift in sentiment, “…something needs to be done to check the intrusion of the federal bureaucracy into our lives.” The federal government has failed to keep itself within the confines of the Constitution and state-level nullification is the best solution. Given the obvious inability of “vote the bum’s out”, “rule it unconstitutional”, or “march on DC” to curtail federal infringements it’s really no surprise.
The problem with these approaches is that they require the federal government to police itself. This is something that will never happen and the founders warned us against such foolish thinking.
Below, is a very insightful article, from Foxnews, by Judge Andrew Napolitano, called, “Taxation Is Theft – So Why Do Americans Put Up With It”?
With a tax code that exceeds 72,000 pages in length and consumes more than six billion person hours per year to determine taxpayers’ taxable income, with an IRS that has become a feared law unto itself, and with a government that continues to extract more wealth from every taxpaying American every year, is it any wonder that April 15th is a day of dread in America?
Social Security taxes and income taxes have dogged us all since their institution during the last century, and few politicians have been willing to address these ploys for what they are: theft.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry caused a firestorm among big-government types during the Republican presidential primaries last year when he called Social Security a Ponzi scheme. He was right. It’s been a scam from its inception, and it’s still a scam today.
The Constitution doesn’t permit the feds to steal your money. But steal, the feds do.
Below, is a very insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, written by Judge Andrew Napolitano:
“Here they go again. The Obama administration has asked its allies in Congress to introduce legislation that would permit the feds to continue their march through the Fourth Amendment when it comes to obtaining private information about all of us.
The Fourth Amendment, which guarantees the right to be left alone, was written largely in response to legislation Parliament enacted in the colonial era that permitted British soldiers to write their own search warrants and then use those warrants as a legal basis to enter private homes. The ostensible purpose of doing that was to search through the colonists’ papers looking for stamps, which the Stamp Act required the colonists to affix to all documents in their possession. The laws that permitted the soldier-written search warrants and the Stamp Act were the British government’s fatal political mistakes, which arguably caused a major shift in colonial opinion toward secession from Britain 10 years before the bloody part of the Revolution began.
Below, is a very insightful post, from FEE, in regards to The Welfare State:
“A February 27, 2013, article in The New York Times on last month’s Italian elections included this interesting paragraph:
“Increasingly, experts on both sides of the Atlantic are asking whether politicians in some advanced nations, faced with high debts, aging populations and slower growth, are capable of promoting plans that offer a way out of the malaise—or whether they could be elected if they did.”
So the “experts” are finally beginning to wonder if the welfare State is affordable and sustainable. I guess that’s progress. But in my view, these Johnny-come-latelies aren’t experts at all if they didn’t see it coming.
Below, is a very encouraging, and insightful, post, from The Tenth Amendment Center:
“Arizona may become the second state, after Utah, to recognize gold and silver as legal tender authorized for payments of debts and taxes.
The Arizona Senate voted Thursday to approve SB 1439, the Constitutional Tender Act, which allows businesses and the state government to accept payments in gold or silver. The vote was 17-11. (see how reps voted here)
The Legal Tender bill specifies that legal tender in Arizona consists of all of the following:
1. Legal Tender authorized by Congress.
2. Specie (containing gold or silver) coin issued at any time by the U.S. government.
3. Any other specie that a court of competent jurisdiction rules by a final, unappealable order to be within the scope of state authority to make legal tender.
In a recent article, by The Blaze.com, they posted the below, insightful, and well thought out, open letter, recently penned by Columbine survivor, Evan Todd, to President Obama, in regards to Gun Control; “in which he offers a point-by-point analysis of proposed firearms control initiatives, dismissing them as ineffective and dangerous to Americans’ rights.” –
Below, is a very insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, that explains, beautifully, our Bill of Rights, in their proper context; and, more specifically, The Second Amendment:
“Following the recent school shooting in Connecticut, American citizens have once again displayed their total ignorance concerning the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Second Amendment. Facebook postings, comments to so-called news articles and letters to the editor are calling for repeal of the Second Amendment. These individuals believe the right to own a firearm is based on the Second Amendment and the right will vanish if the Amendment can be repealed. Unless the Second Amendment created the right, then repeal of the Amendment cannot constitutionally abolish the right.
Following the Federal [Constitutional] Convention of 1787 and the subsequent ratification of the Constitution in 1788, the several States began submitting amendments to Congress for consideration. By September of 1789, Congress had reduced approximately 210 separate amendments to 12. The amendments were inserted into a congressional resolution and submitted to the several States for consideration. Of these, numbers 2-12 were ratified by the States in 1791 and became the so-called Bill of Rights.
Below, is an insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, on the recent policy proposal from The NRA:
“A week after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, the National Rifle Association finally broke its silence.
On Friday, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre tried to out-blame the gun-blamers. He focused his attention on Hollywood. He focused his attention on violent video games. He focused his attention on the media.
But somewhere in the midst all that finger-pointing, LaPierre did manage to slip in one policy proposal.
Below, is a very insightful post, from gopusa, by Walter Williams, on The Constitutionality of secession, and it’s relevance during The Civil War and today. Enjoy!
“For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution. Similarly, our constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways.
Since Barack Obama’s re-election, hundreds of thousands of petitions for secession have reached the White House. Some people have argued that secession is unconstitutional, but there’s absolutely nothing in the Constitution that prohibits it. What stops secession is the prospect of brute force by a mighty federal government, as witnessed by the costly War of 1861. Let’s look at the secession issue.
The below post is from The Tenth Amendment Center; it, very astutely, points out, how our Government(s) often use fear, and the misleading promises of safety and security as a way to aggregate more power to themselves – while minimizing, and dismantling, our Individual Liberties, as citizens of this country:
“Fear is the foundation of most governments.” – John Adams
Turn on the TV or flip open the newspaper on any given day, and you will find yourself accosted by reports of government corruption, corporate malfeasance, militarized police and marauding SWAT teams. America is entering a new phase, one in which children are arrested in schools, military veterans are forcibly detained by government agents because of the content of their Facebook posts, and law-abiding Americans are being subjected to the latest in government spy technology.
These threats to our freedoms are not to be underestimated. Yet even more dangerous than these violations of our basic rights is the language they are couched in—the language of fear. It is a language spoken effectively by politicians on both sides of the aisle, shouted by media pundits from their cable TV pulpits, marketed by corporations, and codified into bureaucratic laws that do little to make our lives safer or more secure.