Mark Ross shared Young Americans for Liberty's video.
Mark Ross shared The Red Elephants's video.
Mark Ross This video is spot on! But, at the same time, the whole nationalist agenda, and the war-mongering policies do become an inevitable part of the Fascist state. I find it best to leave out the whole right-wing/left-wing stuff and just present the facts. Let the facts speak for themselves.
I still think John T. Flynn has given the best explanation of what makes up Fascism: http://original-republican.hypercubecafe.com/where-these-elements-are-found-there-is-fascism/
August 1, 2017 at 10:58 am1
Mark Ross John T. Flynn also pointed out how the so-called Conservatives do become complicit with the Fascist policies, particularly when it comes to military spending:
“In different countries the basis of resistance takes different forms, but it comes chiefly from the conservative groups. Hence it becomes increasingly difficult to go on spending in the presence of persisting deficits and rising debt. Some form of spending must be found that will command the support of the conservative groups. Political leaders, embarrassed by their subsidies to the poor, soon learned that one of the easiest ways to spend money is on military establishments and armaments, because it commands the support of the groups most opposed to spending.” – John T. Flynn (As We Go Marching)
August 1, 2017 at 10:58 am
August 1, 2017 at 11:21 am
Jeff Minor Well, there you have it. Reality is Unreality.
August 1, 2017 at 11:56 am1
Jeff Minor I can see why the American disdain for the past has lead editors to rely on modern fascism for their idiotic and corrupted definition, with its focus on white, neo-nazi, conservatives.
August 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm1
Mark Ross And Southerners!
August 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm1
Mark Ross shared AJ+'s video.
Patrolling the "border" 100 miles into The United States? Wow! That's one hell of a border!
David Kraatz Nazi Germany.
July 27, 2017 at 3:09 pm1
Matthew Carroll It's easier to catch the illegals when they think they are safe. These checkpoints need to be random, and mobile... the stationary ones don't make sense.
July 27, 2017 at 4:45 pm
David Kraatz Question: are you a citizen? Answer: yes
Don't see what good its doing but I see it becoming that much more a police state.
July 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm1
David Kraatz Its another strand in the web looking to contain and detain us for nothing, it also gets you use to the idea of being detained and giving up on ones god given rights!
July 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm1
Frank Fleres One look should tell them that she is not an illegal alien.
July 28, 2017 at 6:20 pm1
Joseph Coleman Nazis.
July 28, 2017 at 6:53 pm1
In regards to Immigration and The United States:
I believe it should be sufficient to enforce existing immigration laws, while working on insightful ways to fix the problems with the current system. Talking about building Walls in 2017, is tantamount to Democrats still talking about single-payer healthcare systems in 2017. Both are remnants of the Communist Era. Both proved to be costly, ineffective, and oppressive to it's own citizenry.
It also demonstrates, clearly, why both of these Parties truly are two sides of the same BIG GOV'T, freedom-be-dammed coin.
David Kraatz Mark I have to lend some real thought to this and time is short.
July 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm1
"In President Trump's America, anti-immigration animus is fast becoming the main organizing principle of the Grand Old Party. Not fiscal responsibility. Not the free market. Anti-immigrant fever."
Matthew Carroll Ending the flood of immigrants in an already lean job market, IS a fiscally conservative policy while we remain a socialized country.
July 25, 2017 at 10:31 pm1
Cliff Mcgill Don't confuse anti-illegal immigration with anti- immigration, liberals already do that. This has been a deliberate conflation by them to cloud the issue, and stall the debate. They oppose the enforcement of our existing laws. It should be pointed out that lax border policy, and a lack of a significant barrier at the border has not only led to out of control illegal immigration, but the exploitation of the illegal aliens by human traffickers leading to incidents like we just saw in San Antonio with illegal aliens dying of heat stroke in an enclosed trailer .
We should also realize that these human traffickers are also exploiting children, and selling them in child pornography. They are also selling the illegals into prostitution rings. This is liberal compassion on display.
July 25, 2017 at 11:29 pm3
Sessions: "No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime."
Right, but the Government should be allowed to keep these "proceeds"? Legalized theft is still theft! The same profits that motivate these drug cartels can be equally motivating to a Government, always in want for more money.
David Kraatz Having money dangled in front of anyone is temptation and risk to justice. Civil forfiture laws are a perfect example.
July 21, 2017 at 10:41 am4
Thomas Fleres How can Jeff Sessions say "No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime." when they haven't even been charged with a crime? If they committed a crime, how come they are not charged?
July 21, 2017 at 6:23 pm4
Jeff Minor Sessions was a horrible pick. He needs to be replaced ASAP.
July 25, 2017 at 10:45 am1
Who among us really wants our healthcare and your healthcare decisions to be a Political football? The question should not be which Party can provide a better plan, the question should be, why do we let these people micro-manage our healthcare and our lives, in general, in the first place?
Matthew Carroll Don't reform, abolish...
July 19, 2017 at 6:54 am2
Mark Ross shared a link.
Jeff Minor You watch all those science shows, so how does this work with current theory? Evolution with Intelligence behind it? Which is what I figure needs to be the case.
July 13, 2017 at 9:35 am
"...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security..." - The Declaration of Independence Amen!!!
Kori Peterson Amen!
July 4, 2017 at 11:34 am2
Harry Richards You forgot the first paragraph... ;)
July 4, 2017 at 6:17 pm
Jody Michelle Patterson Amen. Our present government is guilty of a long train of abuses and usurpations.
July 4, 2017 at 7:26 pm2
Happy 4th of July, everyone!
Nancy Russo Happy 4th of July, Mark Ross!!! : )
July 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm1
Thank God! Once again, the Supreme Court is here to "protect" our "freedoms"!
Keith Blackie That's a gross mischaracterization of the facts.
The ruling was that the government had a program that was designed to encourage non profit organizations to use recycled materials in playgrounds. This church applied for those funds and were denied on a flawed interpretation of law. The playground in question is not an extension of religion in any stretch of the imagination.
The SCOTUS got this one right.
I'd suggest that if you are upset over this ruling then perhaps they should have more narrowly defined the program.
June 29, 2017 at 10:54 am2
Karen Russo At this point I want to abolish that too
June 29, 2017 at 11:02 am1
Mark Ross Keith, if that is the case, then why did USA TODAY get it so wrong? I guess that is a rather silly question with today's corrupt media organizations.
June 29, 2017 at 11:03 am
Jeff Minor This says the state can't discriminate--in this case--against the church. That is what you want, isn't it?
June 29, 2017 at 11:18 am1
Mark Ross I'm not sure, Jeff. The article, apparently, is not accurate.
June 29, 2017 at 11:25 am
Joe Lyon Jr The issue is that churches are now almost exclusively "religious organizations" which are charitable corporations. Corporations are creatures of the state, artificial entities that exist only in contemplation of law. They are subject to public policy law. The ruling has nothing to do with churches since they largely no longer exist in America thanks to evil and designing men. True churches cannot be taxed and regulated, but a 501(c)(3) charitable religious organization can be.
This book by Peter Kershaw called 'In Caesar's Grip' is quite enlightening - http://www.jcmatthews.org/uploads/5/3/7/7/5377341/in_caesars_grip.pdf
June 29, 2017 at 11:33 am1
Kori Peterson Keith is right about the substance of the case. I believe this is a win.
June 29, 2017 at 11:33 am1
Mark Ross So, if it's the playground today, why can't it be the pulpit tomorrow?
June 29, 2017 at 11:43 am1
Kori Peterson And Hi Mark! It's always fun to think alongside you. ❤️ 😉
June 29, 2017 at 11:52 am1
Keith Blackie The question should be as Kori Peterson mentioned. Do the funds materially support religion? Unless you are suggesting that a playground is a religious institution, I can't see a reason to not treat them equally.
June 29, 2017 at 11:55 am3
Keith Blackie Also, I'd argue that the law is unconstitutional anyway when taking the into consideration the 1st and 14th amendments.
If we accept that the first amendment established a clear separation of church and state, and that the 14th amendment made the constitution applicable to states and local governments, then any law that a state makes that deals with churches in any fashion cannot stand.
June 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm3
Keith Blackie Thus excluding a church from receiving funds for whatever reason, is unconstitutional.
June 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm1
Keith Blackie "Congress (and by extension or the 14th amendment, states and cities) shall make NO LAWS ..."
it doesn't say they should make only laws that ensure separation of church and state, it says NO LAWS ... any law that has anything to do with a church is unconstitutional, period end and simple.
June 29, 2017 at 12:10 pm1
Keith Blackie That being said, the separation of church and state is a gross mischaracterization of the 1st amendment. This amendment was to prevent the government from establishing a state religion because. The framers understood the dangers having come from England where citizens were forced to attend church and pay alms under threat of government. That is why that sentence is like it is.
June 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm2
June 29, 2017 at 12:24 pm
Thomas Fleres The USA Today article seems to be poorly written. After browsing through the justices opinions it appears to be the right decision. The state of Missouri was denying grant money only because the recipient would be a church. That is clearly against the 1st amendment.
June 29, 2017 at 12:53 pm2
David Kraatz Had a talk with a friend the other day about this, I tagged him and I hope he'll comment back. All religious groups need to refrain from putting their collective hands in the cookie jar, there is no such thing as free money, it all comes at a price. Religion has been corrupted, when their leaders first crossed the line into taking from the govt. they were lost. They were now a tool for the govt. to use against us all.
June 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm1
Nancy Russo I worked for the Catholic Church for 12+ years. I'm still waiting for the "severance pay" ($272 one week's gross salary) from 1989. Think I'll get it anytime soon?!
June 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm
“History furnishes no example of a free republic, any thing like the extent of the United States. The Grecian republics were of small extent; so also was that of the Romans. Both of these, it is true, in process of time, extended their conquests over large territories of country; and the consequence was, that their governments were changed from that of free governments to those of the most tyrannical that ever existed in the world.”
– Brutus #1 (Anti-Federalist, October 18, 1787)
Mark Ross shared Occupy the Media's video.
Once again, Senator Rand Paul hits the nail on the head! "You should be able to get insurance for $1 a day."
Jeff Minor Let Obama care sink and take lots of people with it. Then give Obama the credit forever!
June 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm1
Gabriele Fleres Because Rand was in healthcare. His example of market using lasik is spot on and he is not a unaccomplished lawyer
June 27, 2017 at 5:36 pm1
Marian De Bruyn Clough RINOs won't let the bill be anything but Obama-lite.
June 28, 2017 at 8:49 pm1
Jeff Minor If you want to consider that our civilization is at the point where we need to include "health care" as a human right, one that is paid for by a tax, then so be it. It's going to happen eventually.
June 29, 2017 at 8:07 am
Jeff Minor Government is, or becomes, an entity. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. I'm not sure there is any real way to keep it from becoming bigger. As soon as someone is elected to help fix some problems, then that's the start of depending on government. I think we may have a natural inclination toward complexity in all things, including hierarchical structures of government and religion.
June 29, 2017 at 9:04 am1
Jeff Minor Maybe we need to operate from the premise that humans create complex systems by their nature, so it's always going to be about what kind of government, not if there will be government. Our history shows us that as soon as clans form, then it's about Who's in control. Our idea of total freedom is pretty much like Utopia.
June 29, 2017 at 11:04 am1
Mark Ross Perhaps, Jeff. But history also shows us that the greatest times in economic prosperity and to where the standard of living was raised, exponentially, is when Government played a limited role in the lives and economy of the people.
June 29, 2017 at 11:09 am
Mark Ross Even Democrats, in this country, who think free-markets are dangerous and all about greed - which they, erroneously, think they can control - do understand the virtues of a free-market economy.
June 29, 2017 at 11:12 am
Keith Blackie Insurance is a scam. Ask yourself why some of the wealthiest people in the world are insurance people.
They sell you a product that you probably don't need for an exorbitant price while extolling the virtues of being protected. Then they bet you won't need it and if you do, they send the bill back to you.
That's why I spent $50k on health care in the last 2 years on top of having, by all accounts the best insurance money can buy. Despite having a max out of pocket of $5k.
June 30, 2017 at 6:52 am1
“Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others"? – Thomas Jefferson (First Inaugural Address)
Harry Richards Men have to be governed by something higher than himself... God specifically and His divine law... all else is folly.
June 23, 2017 at 3:48 am3
Harry Richards Self governing moral people aren't the problem Mark...
June 24, 2017 at 12:18 pm1
Mark Ross shared PragerU's video.
Kori Peterson Kimberly Boldt
"If this were happening to any other group besides Christians it would be the human rights tragedy of our time." ~ Raymond Ibrahim
Kori Peterson Thanks, Mark Ross.
June 18, 2017 at 9:36 am1
Kimberly Boldt Yes, it's time to get out if you can. It's too bad our corrupt government is helping to accelerate the persecution and doing nothing about.
June 18, 2017 at 10:05 am1
Mark Ross shared a link.
Cliff Mcgill Scott DesJarlais who is my representative was on this list.
June 17, 2017 at 9:55 am
Marian De Bruyn Clough Meanwhile, the FBI (once a trustworthy organization) doesn't see this as terror.
June 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm1
Flake said the shooter "had a rifle of some kind. It was obviously a large gauge rifle" and described the attack as lasting for roughly 10 minutes. Flake estimated that more than 50 shots were fired.
Flake also said he assumed that the GOP lawmakers were purposely targeted.
Joe Lyon Jr Large gauge rifle? LOL I highly doubt it.
June 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm2
Matthew Carroll Gauged rifles? Wtf are they using?
June 14, 2017 at 5:02 pm
Randy Gibbs 2 bore, lol
June 14, 2017 at 7:29 pm
Mark Ross I didn't even think about the rifle comment. What really stood out to me what that this attack, apparently, was aimed at one Party (The GOP), which means it was premeditated, totally politically motivated, and not just some crazy person acting randomly.
June 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm2
Mark Ross Who was behind it is the question! Was it some lone nut job or is there more to it?
June 16, 2017 at 12:26 pm
Gabriele Fleres More to it but you can't watch tv to find truth... there is a major war going on in DC... sitting ducks yet only 1 congressional person gets hit... the lone nut shooter still working since JFK in 1963
June 16, 2017 at 12:43 pm1
Mark Ross shared Proud to be an American's video.
Smart move! It is American history!
Jeff Minor IF you don't like the monuments, don't visit them. Also, no visiting historic plantations like Mount Vernon or Monticello. Might as well get rid of the Washington Monument in DC while the left "corrects" history for us.
June 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm2
David Kraatz Lot's of modren day slavery still going on in the world, I say we go invade them all, then take down the washington monument, burn all $1, $2, $50, and $100 bills blow up that rock in the Dakotas too..
June 16, 2017 at 8:44 am1
While I would defend anyone's right to express themselves, provided the "intent" is not to cause violence or explicit harm to other human beings, free speech and expression does not come without consequences. Some things are best left unsaid!
June 6, 2017 at 4:15 pm1
Nancy Russo She's repulsive!
June 6, 2017 at 9:39 pm2
Jeff Minor I think she's a train wreck.
June 7, 2017 at 11:46 am2
Mark Ross Very much so, Jeff.
June 7, 2017 at 11:51 am
Denise Kilmon Glass She's pretty indecent, what I know about her. I certainly don't follow her.
June 8, 2017 at 8:28 am2
Lisa Johnah Berns Agree!!!
June 8, 2017 at 11:05 pm1
"The claims of these organizers of humanity raise another question which I have often asked them and which, so far as I know, they have never answered: If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind? The organizers maintain that society, when left undirected, rushes headlong to its inevitable destruction because the instincts of the people are so perverse. The legislators claim to stop this suicidal course and to give it a saner direction. Apparently, then, the legislators and the organizers have received from Heaven an intelligence and virtue that place them beyond and above mankind; if so, let them show their titles to this superiority. They would be the shepherds over us, their sheep. Certainly such an arrangement presupposes that they are naturally superior to the rest of us. And certainly we are fully justified in demanding from the legislators and organizers proof of this natural superiority.”
– Frederick Bastiat (The Law)
“Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others"? – Thomas Jefferson (First Inaugural Address)
Gordon F Faulkner Jr. Mark, I sometimes wonder because I know POWER is addictive! The more power some people have the more people they abuse with it until peoples limits are reached then all hell breaks loose. It's called WAR!
May 29, 2017 at 3:06 pm1
Jeff Minor What's the answer? Humans do seem to require leadership. It starts the family, then the clan, then the city, nation, state, then the empire. Or some similar progression of complexity resulting from increases in population and the constant need for leadership. The "group" mind seems to form organizational systems keep itself out of chaos. I think the problem we have in America now is the group mind is divided and seems irreconcilable.
May 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm
Gordon F Faulkner Jr. All said Jeff your absolutely right about the progression of leadership roles and when there is a perceived vacuum like we have had there the last 8 years with a concomitant struggle going on with one truly leaderless group after another creating chaos there comes a time when stregnth must take control and if necessary but force. It that doesn't happen things spiral out of control until outright war breaks out.
This is when strong and tough leaders appear.
May 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm
Gordon F Faulkner Jr. Sorry about the "run on" sentence. This phone pad doesn't let me see the entire sentence some time.
May 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm1
Harry Richards Mankind in his carnal nature is lawless and unruly... Man's governments reflect that nature and that nature is why we establish governments... Only a moral people can live peaceably together...
May 29, 2017 at 3:40 pm2
David Kraatz The short answer is no. That's why strict limitations are in place, over the decades things have been perverted, we the people newer again to rein them in.
May 29, 2017 at 6:50 pm1
Gordon F Faulkner Jr. I clearly see your point however we have gone through hard political times before. The 20's were just one example where large cultural changes were happening with a younger populace.
The Lord has erected a strong leader of this country. If liberals think they are going to de-throne him they had better rethink that. We're going to be OK but predictably tumultuous times are co.ing. this country has verred way too far left!
May 29, 2017 at 9:59 pm2
Harry Richards Mark... Freedom cannot exist without morality. Governments role... And only role IMHO... Is to protect liberty, and enforce justice.
What provides for this other than government?
Anarchy will not work and is just as tyrannical in practice as despotism.
May 30, 2017 at 12:47 pm2
Harry Richards Ten commandments respect...
May 30, 2017 at 2:15 pm
Harry Richards There is always liars... There is always thieves... There is always rapists... There us always thugs and goons... There is always killers...
The thou shalt nots should apply to govt just as much to individuals...
One cannot enforce love... This is why mankind has issues...
May 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm1
Mark Ross Isn't it ironic how, the very Governments we expect to prevent people from harming one another are, in fact, the greatest mass murderers in human history?
May 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Harry Richards Abortion... An industry of psychopaths...
May 30, 2017 at 2:32 pm2
May 30, 2017 at 2:33 pm1
Harry Richards Not mine... I haven't filed in 2 years.
May 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm1
May 30, 2017 at 2:36 pm
Harry Richards Life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is a moral standing... Eugenics us a bankruptcy of morals...
May 30, 2017 at 2:39 pm2
David Kraatz Humans are the problem, we are all human born with flaws and then expect other humans not to be susceptible to those same flaws. We all have a price we can all be bought. Tell me you can't and I'll know you have no imagination or are a liar
May 30, 2017 at 4:31 pm2
Mark Ross shared a link.
David Kraatz I think the states would argue they have the right to create laws and thus enforce them.
May 23, 2017 at 6:53 pm
Jeff Minor Some taxes make sense. It's part of our social contract to pitch in and help pay for some stuff that makes sense. But there are way too many little laws and BS regs. And remember, ignorance of the law is no excuse. Such BS.
May 24, 2017 at 8:22 am2
I would LOVE to see this happen! I won't hold my breathe, however.
Happy Mother's Day to all my FB lady friends, and moms! :)
"Always be wary when someone claims that the "science is settled," and even more skeptical when the solution is more government power at the expense of life and liberty." Amen to that!
Mark Ross shared a link.
April 20, 2017 at 4:45 am
April 20, 2017 at 4:56 am
Jeff Minor The one person on Fox News that I couldn't stand. What a jerk. AND he doesn't write his own books.
April 20, 2017 at 7:45 am1
Thomas Fleres Good riddance. I was waiting a long time for this day.
April 20, 2017 at 8:42 am3
Frank Fleres He will not be missed by me.
April 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm2
David Kraatz Didn't like him, said some good things but never gave the real truth behind what's going on.
April 20, 2017 at 11:29 pm1
April 21, 2017 at 8:10 am1
Jeff Minor I might have agreed with him, but I hated his attitude. I have no idea what kind of person finds him watchable, but apparently a lot of people do. They're probably all grumpy old people. Calling people by their last name is something an ass---- does.
April 21, 2017 at 8:13 am2
Barbara Ann Any woman who uses Lisa Bloom or her mother as their attorney is suspect. They are limelight seekers.
April 21, 2017 at 10:46 am1
Judy Helmandollar Drake Unfortunately the Mudock's who are running things now are very far left and actually have some times to the Clinton Foundation. That does not bode well for things going our way at Fox.
April 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm3
Cheryl D. Anderson-Sanchez I will miss Bill O'Reilly. A lot actually. Guess he pulled on SuperSoro's cape a few too many times. Not a Media Matters flunky. Another one bites the dust.
April 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm1
Mark Ross One thing I always admired about O'Reilly was his Independence. He was openly a political independent and not beholden to one of these two, God Forsaken, good for nothing Political Parties. He is actually the one that inspired me to become an Independent.
April 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm1
Cheryl D. Anderson-Sanchez Yep, yep! Ditto.
April 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm1
Holly Hunter Stull He seems oddly human, that Bill O'Reilly. Good points, bad points, neutral points. A little over the top in his convictions. A little impatient with opposers. Hunh, Human.
April 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm3
To all my fellow citizens, and tax slaves: Happy Tax Day! :)
Karen Russo Best day of the year
April 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm1
Mark Ross Land of the "Free," home of the Tax "Slave"!
April 18, 2017 at 2:52 pm2
Jeff Minor How does any great civilization define itself, and how does all that good stuff get paid for? I'm just curious, because our Founders understood that taxes were needed, and also how tax money could be wasted. The problems stem from our civilization's social evolution and how we define our society's obligation to take care of the poor.
April 19, 2017 at 8:30 am
Libertarians believe that Americans have the right to use their hard-earned money as they see fit. Today and everyday, we call for a full refund for all Americans and complete abolishment of the income tax.
Currently, the average American family pays $13,758 in federal income taxes.
This is enough money to buy a quality pre-owned car. This is enough money to pay tuition for one year at many in-state universities. This is enough money for a down-payment on a nice house.
In short, the amount of money the average American family pays in income taxes is enough money to substantially improve their quality of living.
Every dollar that the federal government takes from Americans every year is a dollar they can't use to make a better life for themselves and their families. Instead, it is used by politicians to benefit their special interest cronies. The best thing the government could do is to stop stealing money from hard-working people and that's why we are calling for a 100% tax refund to every American.
Thank you for your support of the Libertarian Party. We are working hard every day, standing up for your rights and liberties.
Chair, Libertarian National Committee
Mark Ross Amen to that!!!
April 18, 2017 at 2:23 pm1
Mark Ross shared The Original Republican's post.
Mark Ross I've been saying this very same thing for a few years now! While it may be an unpleasant thought, the truth is that there is no way to reign in this once Federal Government. And the Constitution that created it, is powerless to stop it.
April 9, 2017 at 9:57 am1
Chris Richardson So what about the out of control state and local governments? Is it their "right" to be tyrants?
Perhaps rather than a "states rights" moment we need an individual rights moment. More akin to the Declaration of Independence than to the US Constitution. Which only truly outlined what powers men gave themselves that allowed for them to steal and rule over others who did not consent.
April 9, 2017 at 10:08 am1
Harry Richards Every single system... No matter how noble... Is corrupted. Call it what you will... Greed... Lust for power... Flesh... I call it sin.
seats of authority attract the corrupt...
April 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm1
The U.S. assault marked a striking reversal for Trump, who warned as a candidate against the U.S. being pulled into the Syrian civil war that began six years ago. But the president appeared moved by the photos of children killed in the chemical attack, calling it a "disgrace to humanity" that crossed "a lot of lines."
Yet, Trump - at least candidate Trump - opposed the War in Iraq, which our Government entered under the exact same "pretext."
Jeff Minor Let's see how he stands up for the millions of people living under the insane regime in N. Korea. Ha.
April 7, 2017 at 8:46 am1
David Kraatz This isn't good, just follow the media, they are all clapping now, you know that's bad.
April 7, 2017 at 10:02 am3
Kimberly Boldt So we are going to slaughter in the name of ending the slaughter. Sheesh! Why is Trump acting like a classic neocon after 30 years of preaching against nation building and necons?
April 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm4
Chris Richardson They've been trying to triangulate Syria and Russia into a war while appearing innocent for quite a long time now.
April 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm1
Trump: "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018"!
Yep! God forbid, you have a group of 'radicals,' in Washington D.C. trying to fight the Establishment!
Thomas Fleres "and remember, I'm not a politician." YEAH RIGHT!
April 2, 2017 at 10:48 am1
Mark Ross Kimberly Boldt
April 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm
Mark Ross shared The Original Republican's post.
Thomas Fleres The desire for war is in every power hungry politician's blood. In Gene Healy's 'The Cult of the Presidency' it mentions how Neo-Con Fred Barnes would drive by the Pentagon every evening in the late 90's after work and would notice the activity at the pentagon had dwindled down quite a bit since the height of the Iraq War. He admitted that he felt let down by this and had become a bit disinterested in the day to day business of Washington. In his mind another escalation of tensions was in order to bring back our great powerful military and the need for great and courageous decision makers.
March 30, 2017 at 10:35 pm1
"The House bill to partially repeal and replace Obamacare is officially dead.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was scheduled for a vote this afternoon, has been pulled from consideration. The move means that GOP's years-long quest to repeal and replace the health care law has failed. For the foreseeable future, at least, Obamacare will stay on the books."
Thank God the GOP is in Power!
Nancy Russo WTFudge?!
March 25, 2017 at 12:42 pm2
Harry Richards Media spin... Trump promised to repeal and replace Obamacare... this bill did not do this... it was Obamacare light and should be rejected!
March 25, 2017 at 6:04 pm2
Thomas Fleres Isn't it comforting to know we have a president that doesn't understand or probably even care about the specifics of Obamacare (Top issue in the U.S.A.)? We're doomed!
March 25, 2017 at 6:59 pm1
Randy Gibbs Now Congress just needs to do what they should have done and repeal it.....they let the left get them hung up on "replace"
March 25, 2017 at 7:16 pm2
Dennis Champlin WRONG - he promised to REPEAL & replace it......this did neither.
March 25, 2017 at 10:37 pm
Mark Ross Trump, nor any other politician needs to understand how health "policy" works. In fact, it's a little surprising to hear a writer from a Libertarian magazine even say that. The only thing politicians need to understand is that the more competition, in an abundantly free market, is what works best.
March 25, 2017 at 11:00 pm2
Mark Ross When it's said that a politican doesn't understand healthcare "policy," it implies that Government should be involved.
March 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm
Randy Gibbs agreed.......it's none of the government's affair at all
March 25, 2017 at 11:02 pm2
Mark Ross I truly detest the fact these things are a political football, Randy! Who the hell do these people think they are, that they can run and control the most intimate decisions of our lives, economically and healthcare-wise?
March 26, 2017 at 10:07 am1
Harry Richards Healthcare itself is corrupted... I am not going to argue today... Its work... And today is day of rest... :)
March 26, 2017 at 10:36 am1
Mark Ross updated his status.
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." – Matthew 7:12
That is The Golden Rule!
David Kraatz It may be the mot overlooked golden rule.
March 24, 2017 at 11:32 am
"The amendments do not even come close to fixing the problems with this fatally flawed bill. Indeed, by expanding the AHCA’s tax-credit entitlement, it will make the bill resemble ObamaCare even more."
Thank God for these "freedom fighting," "free-marketeers" in the "Republican" Party!
Chris Richardson Republican voters don't even care THAT much. As long as the healthcare bill has THEIR party's fingerprints on it then it isn't SO bad.
March 22, 2017 at 11:59 am1
Mark Ross Sadly, that is all too true, Chris. That is really sad, but not too surprising.
March 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm
Chris Richardson And if Trump signs it....forget about it.
March 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm1
Mark Ross If Trump's administration, and Congress signed a single-payer bill into Law, do you think the so-called Conservatives and Trump supporters would support and defend it?
March 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm1
Mark Ross shared Fight For The Future's video.
Nancy Russo Critical thinking....hmmm, where have I heard thst before?! Oh yeah! That's what we STOPPED teaching in school!!! Now we teach USELESS diversity!!!
March 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm1
Mark Ross That's what makes online venues, like Facebook, so valuable! The so-called "mainstream media" monopoly is finished!
March 16, 2017 at 9:47 pm1
Mark Ross shared Armed Mommy's photo.
This might take a while!
David Kraatz You mean the part where it says others will have to pay for your health care
March 15, 2017 at 6:10 pm1
“Inflation is not caused by the actions of private citizens, but by the government: by an artificial expansion of the money supply required to support deficit spending. No private embezzlers or bank robbers in history have ever plundered people’s savings on a scale comparable to the plunder perpetrated by the fiscal policies of statist governments.” - Ayn Rand
Mark Ross Kori Peterson
March 15, 2017 at 1:37 pm1
Mark Ross shared a link.
Mark Ross "As Americans, under this current system, we have been led to believe that, as long as we are making more money we are increasing our wealth; or, if Government forces business owners to pay us more money that we will be much better off. But, the truth be told: It isn’t really about how much money we earn; rather, the question that should be asked is, how much is the money we earn actually worth? http://original-republican.hypercubecafe.com/its-not-about-how-much-money-we-earn/
March 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm
“Please understand that I do not dispute their right to invent social combinations, to advertise them, to advocate them, and to try them upon themselves, at their own expense and risk. But I do dispute their right to impose these plans upon us by law — by force — and to compel us to pay for them with our taxes...."
"...the Trump administration hastily brushed off recent civilian casualties in favor of honoring the life of a single U.S. soldier who died during one of the Yemen raids just days after Trump took office:
“The raid in Yemen that cost Owens his life also killed 30 other people, including ‘many civilians,’ at least nine of whom were children. None of them were mentioned by Trump in last night’s speech, let alone honored with applause and the presence of grieving relatives."
Nothing to see here. Move along!
Cliff Mcgill "Collateral damage " is a fact of war. We're hunting terrorists who hide with their families among civilians so there are going to be civilians killed. They don't care how many of our civilians they kill. In fact our citizens our their targets as they are cowards. It's regrettable, but I doubt we can avoid them completely. Also, don't be so quick to assume these were "innocent " civilians. Many are giving material aid to our enemy. An enemy we can not afford to ignore, or minimize. That's what Obama did with ISIS, and now I think we can agree that that cancer has metastasized. Sure looking back we can say the Middle East would be far safer, and stabler without our takedown of Saddam or Qaddafi, but what's done is done , and now we must deal with the consequences. I might add that Obama's foreign policy of the last eight years has played the major role in destabilizing the Middle East . While you can argue that we never should have been in Iraq the fact is that we had it under control, and relatively stable before Obama withdrew on a political timetable instead of a military one. His toppling of Qaddafi left Libya in terrorist hands . Trump is now trying to cleanup his not so secret secret war in Yemen, and it's a mess. Much of the damage Obama did was a direct result of his embracing the Arab Spring. He toppled Mubarak because of it. His policy to remove Assad largely destabilized Syria, and led to the rise of ISIS as he, and Secretary Clinton smuggled arms to the rebels indiscriminately which inadvertently placed American arms into the hands of ISIS. Trump is not committed to overthrowing Assad, but he committed to destroying ISIS. He does not support nation building, but he has a huge mess to clean up thanks to Obama.
I will leave you with this thought. I saw an interview once of a USAAF bomber pilot who flew missions against Nazis Germany, and he said something that struck me. The way they looked at it the people they bombed were the enemy, whether they carried a gun, worked in a defense factory, grew food , made a sandwich for someone who fought, or turned a wrench to help those who fought. Our bombers were far less surgical in those days, and we used tactics such as carpet bombing resulting massive civilian deaths. The atomic bomb killed over 100 thousand, but the firebombing raids on Japan before that killed tens of thousands. One raid on Tokyo killed 90,000 people. Hamburg was destroyed by a 1000 plane raid in a single night. This was what it took to force an enemy into submission, and achieve victory.
March 12, 2017 at 9:42 pm
Mark Ross Cliff, I think that Libertarians understand that, sadly, innocent people do die in times of war. It is beyond regrettable. But, I don't think we look at it through the lens of Partisan Politics (i.e. Obama did this, now Trump has to do that). We look at it as our Government did this, and now the consequences are that.
March 13, 2017 at 11:23 am
Mark Ross While we can't turn the clock back, and reverse the ill-fated war in Iraq, that is a perfect example of what ticks Libertarians off. Thousands of people, including Americans soldiers, died; and, billions of dollars of debt have been added to this bankrupted Government's debt, which, ultimately, does affect us. It also began this whole downward spiral of destabilization in the Middle East.
March 13, 2017 at 11:28 am
Mark Ross "The way they looked at it the people they bombed were the enemy, whether they carried a gun, worked in a defense factory, grew food , made a sandwich for someone who fought, or turned a wrench to help those who fought." I, adamantly, reject that notion, Cliff. That is the total dehumanization of life, imho. Thank God the draft in this country is no more; but, take, for example, 1945, when men were FORCED to fight in our war and go to jail. And, in Nazi Germany, it was no different or worse.
March 13, 2017 at 11:37 am
Mark Ross shared The Duran's video.
This is exactly why so many of us love Ron Paul!
Thank God for The Republican Party! Such "freedom" fighters!
Chris Richardson The sellout socialist conservative republicans continue to make excuses for this. As long as their party has the reins then socialism is A O K.
March 9, 2017 at 6:23 am2
Here is how these young college THUGS set an example of "tolerance"! Sad!
Nancy Russo Truly pathetic!!!
March 8, 2017 at 12:37 am1
Frank Monaco I'm sure they reached Murray and changed his mind toward their views with that brilliant display. WTH?
March 8, 2017 at 2:32 am1
David Kraatz Just a bunch of sheep. Baaahhh.
March 8, 2017 at 9:16 am1
Apparently, the "leadership" in The Republican Party, too, are Socialists, with some sprinkles of free-market principles to give them cover.
“Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice—the love of power and the love of money. Separately, each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but, when united in view of the same object, they have, in many minds, the most violent effects. Place before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall, at the same time, be a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it. The vast number of such places it is that renders the British government so tempestuous. The struggles for them are the true source of all those factions which are perpetually dividing the nation, distracting its councils, hurrying it sometimes into fruitless and mischievous wars, and often compelling a submission to dishonorable terms of peace.
And of what kind are the men that will strive for this profitable preeminence, through all the bustle of cabal, the heat of contention, the infinite mutual abuse of parties, tearing to pieces the best of characters? It will not be the wise and moderate, the lovers of peace and good order, the men fittest for the trust. It will be the bold and the violent, the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits. These will thrust themselves into your government and be your rulers. And these, too, will be mistaken in the expected happiness of their situation, for their vanquished competitors, of the same spirit, and from the same motives, will perpetually be endeavoring to distress their administration, thwart their measures, and render them odious to the people.
Besides these evils, sir, tho we may set out in the beginning with moderate salaries, we shall find that such will not be of long continuance. Reasons will never be wanting for proposed augmentations; and there will always be a party for giving more to the rulers, that the rulers may be able, in return, to give more to them. Hence, as all history informs us, there has been in every state and kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing and the governed; the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the princes or enslaving of the people.
Generally, indeed, the ruling power carries its point, and we see the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partizans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh—get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever. It will be said that we do not propose to establish kings. I know it. But there is a natural inclination in mankind to kingly government. It sometimes relieves them from aristocratic domination. They would rather have one tyrant than five hundred. It gives more of the appearance of equality among citizens; and that they like.
I am apprehensive, therefore—perhaps too apprehensive—that the government of the States may, in future times, end in a monarchy. But this catastrophe, I think, may be long delayed, if in our proposed system we do not sow the seeds of contention, faction, and tumult, by making our posts of honor places of profit.”
– Benjamin Franklin (Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia, 1787)
Mark Ross shared V is For Voluntary's video.
Ron Paul, as usual, is so spot on!
David Kraatz He makes valid points
March 4, 2017 at 5:19 pm3
March 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm2
Harry Richards I am not concerned about the folks that want to opt out... I am a very freedom oriented person and personally wants to jump off the grid myself... my concern is with the authoritarian people who can't stand folks who opt out and want to control freak over everyone...
This is the double edged sword of anarchism... I truly believe many people can live in harmony without government... it requires a moral people though... harmony is possible in this case... it is when that harmony is threatened by the authoritarian outsider... the thugs and rogues... the tricksters... the mafias... that a government of some sort... a sheriff at the very least... is needed to protect against these thugs...
The only legitimate role of government is to protect liberty and rights and the common defense... protection from fraud and for justice.
Tyranny comes not only from totalitarian government... but from no government as well! A lawless situation where there is no justice... Tyranny comes from an immoral human nature whether a government is in place or not! Anarchy is really an illusion...
Where is the force of government justified? For justice.
March 4, 2017 at 10:41 pm1
Harry Richards The only way for government to stay limited is by law... I.e. constitutions... And it must be enforced by the people... No other way. Restore grand juries.
March 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm1
Harry Richards Corporations will enslave the world if allowed to...
March 6, 2017 at 3:14 pm1
Mark Ross Our own history, sadly, Harry, shows that Constitutions are powerless to limit Government. And, we have 51 examples to look at.
March 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm1
Harry Richards Find grand juries in those 51 constitutions Mark... Very little said.
March 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm1
Mark Ross What is the purpose, again, for Grand Juries, Harry?
March 6, 2017 at 10:55 pm1
Harry Richards Citizens bringing redress of government offences to trial.
March 7, 2017 at 12:27 am1
"I didn't think it was possible for the soda industry to be any greedier," [Mayor] Kenney said in an emailed statement to Philly.com reporter Julia Terruso. "They are so committed to stopping this tax from spreading to other cities, that they are not only passing the tax they should be paying onto their customer, they are actually willing to threaten working men and women's jobs rather than marginally reduce their seven figure bonuses."
Right! It's always the producers and creators that are the greedy ones! It's never these crooks in Government, who create nothing; that destroy wealth, and jobs; and make a living off of other people's hard work.
Nancy Russo Where does my rant with this issue begin?!
February 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm2
Mexico Warns Us It Will Refuse Non-Mexican Deportees:
Matthew Carroll No shit. We have to send them back to where they came from.
February 25, 2017 at 12:21 am2
Mark Ross I wonder if Mexico would reject Syrian refugees?
February 25, 2017 at 10:42 am1
Kori Peterson Racists!
February 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm1
Cliff Mcgill Well if they're coming across the Mexico/ USA border they won't have a choice. The fact is that they've been allowing illegal aliens to cross through Mexico from Latin American countries to their south. Of course the last president was flying people in from Honduras that had sent the kids ahead through Mexico. Basically they had let it be known that if the kids got here illegally rather than send them back we would fly the parents here. Talk about stupid!
February 25, 2017 at 1:38 pm2
So much for Republicans, States' Rights, and the Tenth Amendment!
"The Justice Department has several options available should it decide to enforce the law, including filing lawsuits on the grounds that state laws regulating pot are unconstitutional because they are pre-empted by federal law."
It is, in fact, the other way around! Since the "Federal" Government never had the Constitutional Authority in the first place, on this issue, there is no "Federal" Supremacy, as defined by the so-called Supremacy Clause. Therefore, the 9th and 10th Amendments reign Supreme, and this "Federal" Government should back off.
It's also too bad that Democrats advocate choice in matters like marijuana, but fail to see how choice and competition are good in ALL aspects of the economy.
Cliff Mcgill It's going to be interesting to see how this administration deals with the laws that the previous administration ignored, or the rules that they simply made up. I was watching Tucker Carlson last night interview Zak Petkansas of the DNC on Trump reversal of Obama's bathroom directive . It seems both sides want to flip the switch one way or the other depending on their stance on the particular issue in question. Here's the interview:Trump a 'monster' for undoing transgender bathroom policy?
February 24, 2017 at 10:57 am1
Harry Richards I agree Mark... This is the jurisdiction of the States and local governments. Marijuana should be allowed to be homegrown in a person's home or property for personal consumption... but if a death or injury results from it's use either at work or the road a person should face serious consequences like DUI... I once almost got hurt very badly at work by a drunk stoner on a forklift! He plowed into a line of stacked pallets of transmission cases each weighing 35 lbs! Had I been just 2 feet to the left I would have been buried under about 50 of them! The guy was whiz quizzed and got fired... He's lucky I didn't kill him!
February 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm1
Mark Ross You are totally right, Harry! There should be very tough consequences if someone harms another person while drunk or on drugs! We need to always keep in mind that because we believe in freedom, it does not mean we advocate or appreciate foolish and outright dangerous behavior.
February 24, 2017 at 11:22 pm1
“The claims of these organizers of humanity raise another question which I have often asked them and which, so far as I know, they have never answered: If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind? The organizers maintain that society, when left undirected, rushes headlong to its inevitable destruction because the instincts of the people are so perverse. The legislators claim to stop this suicidal course and to give it a saner direction. Apparently, then, the legislators and the organizers have received from Heaven an intelligence and virtue that place them beyond and above mankind; if so, let them show their titles to this superiority. They would be the shepherds over us, their sheep. Certainly such an arrangement presupposes that they are naturally superior to the rest of us. And certainly we are fully justified in demanding from the legislators and organizers proof of this natural superiority.”
– Frederick Bastiat (The Law)
John McCain, in this instance, is absolutely right! A FREE Press is vital to a free society. But, a FREE Press is quite the opposite of a Press that is acting as lap dogs and mouthpieces for Politicians and Political Parties.
The American people, today, are well aware that these major media outlets, largely, are bought and paid for, and pushing Political agendas rather then gathering and reporting the facts.
To that extent, thank God we have the Internet and the ability to share and exchange information apart from these major media outlets.
Cliff Mcgill I thought this was outrageous, and greatly exaggerated. Mccain is a hero of the Vietnam War, but he seems as if he's become either senile or a liberal RINO. I'm greatly disappointed that he would use his status in this way. The fact is I don't recall him criticizing Obama in this manner when he was using the EO's to dismantle the Constitution. Obama used the IRS to repress the Tea Party, the EPA to restrict energy development in ways that injured the economy, and the list goes on. They would be sued, lose, and just keep plugging away at their objective. All with the blessing of a fawning media.
February 19, 2017 at 8:33 pm
Harry Richards Dictators also get started when the press get 'monopolized' by globalists as well.... I agree Mark...the 'fake stream' media is nothing more than propaganda and spin... they are owned by only 6 corporations... I am so glad Trump is calling the fake news media out, like he has called out so much already! Remember Obama started the 'fake news' rhetoric after Hillary Lost... claiming Infowars, Breitbart, and Drudge were fake news and why She lost... then it was the Russians...
This entire establishment is in panic mode... lol. I love it... :)
February 20, 2017 at 1:23 am2
February 20, 2017 at 9:19 am1
Karen Russo Wow. I actually agree with McCain. He's a decent guy for being a neocon
February 20, 2017 at 9:42 am1
Mark Ross shared Mary J Ruwart Ph.D.'s photo.
Mark Ross shared Nashville Tea Party's post.
Woo hoo!!! It's none of the Government's dam business if ANY American has healthcare coverage or not!
Karen Russo Now to abolish the IRS
February 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm3
Gordon F Faulkner Jr. Trish Langstaff Poole FYI on Obamacare and IRS mandates!
February 17, 2017 at 4:17 pm1
Mark Ross shared a link.
Thomas Fleres They would argue that Trump didn't get the most votes; thus it's not Democratic.
February 16, 2017 at 11:07 pm
Joe Lyon Jr We are certainly reaping what has been sown. The perpetual welfare state will not go away without great effort, and the biggest problem is that it means people have to fight against their self interest since they want all the government charity such as Social Security, medicaid, Medicare, WIC, etc...
February 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm2
“The legislature of the United States are vested with the great and uncontrollable powers of laying and collecting taxes, duties, imposts, and excises; of regulating trade, raising and supporting armies, organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia, instituting courts, and other general powers; and are by this [necessary and proper] clause invested with the power of making all laws, proper and necessary, for carrying all these into execution; and they may so exercise this power as entirely to annihilate all the State governments, and reduce this country to one single government. And if they may do it, it is pretty certain they will; for it will be found that the power retained by individual States, small as it is, will be a clog upon the wheels of the government of the United States; the latter, therefore, will be naturally inclined to remove it out of the way.”
– Brutus #1 (Anti-Federalist, October 18, 1787)
Eric Jens Andresen Things have changed dramatically since those times in ways unforeseen to those people....can you imagine traveling state to state and having to stop for inspections and tutoring each time you go through a state....and who is to say that flying through their airspace should stop each state from grabbing a hold of you to check you out at your final airport destination?
February 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm
“The commonly accepted theory that fascism originated in the conspiracy of the great industrialists to capture the state will not hold. It originated on the Left. Primarily it gets its first impulses in the decadent or corrupt forms of socialism—from among those erstwhile socialists who, wearying of that struggle, have turned first to syndicalism and then to becoming saviors of capitalism, by adapting the devices of socialism and syndicalism to the capitalist state. The industrialists and nationalists joined up only when the fascist squadrons had produced that disorder and confusion in which they found themselves lost.”
– John T. Flynn (As We Go Marching)
Karen Russo Shared
February 8, 2017 at 3:14 pm1
3. An economic system in which production and distribution are carried on by private owners but in accordance with plans made by the state directly or under its immediate supervision.
4. These plans involve control of all the instruments of production and distribution through great government bureaus which have the power to make regulations or directives with the force of law.
5. They involve also the comprehensive integration of government and private finances, under which investment is directed and regimented by the government, so that while ownership is private and production is carried on by private owners there is a type of socialization of investment, of the financial aspects of production. By this means the state, which by law and by regulation can exercise a powerful control over industry, can enormously expand and complete that control by assuming the role of banker and partner.
6. They involve also the device of creating streams of purchasing power by…government borrowing and spending as a permanent institution.
“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.”
– Frank Herbert
Joe Lyon Jr We are witness to that sad reality.
February 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm1
Harry Richards This is why powers were separated... And why it is a good idea to keep government power small... This is exactly why socialism and fascism fail as systems... This is also why islam is a dangerous ideology...
February 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm2
If no Laws existed, which punished murder and theft, would there be a whole lot more murders and theft? Or, are there universal truths that guide us, and dictate to us that it is wrong to murder and steal?
Jeffrey Melitz If no positivist law existed........
January 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm
David Kraatz They would be a lot more murder for sure
January 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm
Eric Jens Andresen It is hard to say if "..there are universal truths that guide us..."....there exist living things that would steal a morsel of potential food from another living thing (including its own population) without concern...living things such as ants that rampage and murder without hesitation, and ants do possess emotions....these living things exist and appear "successful." If humans were like a certain type of primate who have sex a lot (there exists such a primate species), for example, they have a grand time and don't have theft and murder on their minds...lol. Cultural attributes such as altruism have proven "successful" and I imagine that is why we have "tamed" ourselves to deny these baser acts.
January 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm
Mark Ross But, Eric, I think there is a profound difference between human beings and the animal kingdom, like ants. Animals do not have grocery stores that they can just walk into and buy what they need. Therefore, of course, they murder to eat and survive.
January 28, 2017 at 2:27 pm
David Kraatz I once caught someone trying to steal my car instead of beating him with the board I used perhaps I would have shot him instead. Justified? No but possible none the less
January 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Chris Richardson I do not refuse to murder because it is against the law. I do not refuse to do drugs because they are against the law. I do not speed because it is legal.
January 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm3
Harry Richards There is absolute laws... two of the commandments, 'thou shalt not steal' and 'thou shalt not murder'... and they are founded in love... hence, 'love thy neighbor as thyself'... these laws guide many... but not all...
Human nature is a constant in this universe... sin is a constant...
Here's a practical answer to your question Mark... You posit the idea that if no laws were in place to punish murder and theft, would murders and theft increase?... What you are asking about is in reality a state of 'lawlessness' where there is no civil government to punish such crimes...
In a word... 'Chicago'... where a state of lawlessness is basically not only condoned, but encouraged... a self-proclaimed sanctuary city... It is a gun free zone where defending yourself will wind you up in jail! Chicago politicians are corrupt... People being killed in Chicago due to criminal elements are record breaking statistically! For all intents and purposes the mere existence of Chicago should answer your question... crime goes up when there is no [enforcement] punishment...
January 28, 2017 at 11:23 pm1
Lance Boce Let's ask the city of Chicago.
January 29, 2017 at 3:19 am1
"When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law." - Frederick Bastiat
Nicolle Parker Truth.
January 28, 2017 at 1:21 pm1
Rich Demanowski Indeed.
If "they" want people to have respect for the law, perhaps they should consider making laws worthy of respect.
January 28, 2017 at 8:23 pm1
Mark Ross Since we all have a different set of morals and moral standards, I think there is an implication in those words that imply that Laws should be strictly based on a set of common morals. For example: We would all, overwhelmingly, agree that it is wrong and punishable to murder and steal.
January 29, 2017 at 9:51 am1
Mark Ross updated his status.
“Please understand that I do not dispute their right to invent social combinations, to advertise them, to advocate them, and to try them upon themselves, at their own expense and risk. But I do dispute their right to impose these plans upon us by law — by force — and to compel us to pay for them with our taxes.
I do not insist that the supporters of these various social schools of thought–the Proudhonists, the Cabetists, the Fourierists, the Universitarists, and the Protectionists — renounce their various ideas. I insist only that they renounce this one idea that they have in common: They need only to give up the idea of forcing us to acquiesce to their groups and series, their socialized projects, their free- credit banks, their Graeco-Roman concept of morality, and their commercial regulations. I ask only that we be permitted to decide upon these plans for ourselves; that we not be forced to accept them, directly or indirectly, if we find them to be contrary to our best interests or repugnant to our consciences.
But these organizers desire access to the tax funds and to the power of the law in order to carry out their plans. In addition to being oppressive and unjust, this desire also implies the fatal supposition that the organizer is infallible and mankind is incompetent. But, again, if persons are incompetent to judge for themselves, then why all this talk about universal suffrage”?
– Frederick Bastiat (The Law)
Chris Richardson Conservatives read this and think that today this refers to Democrats.
January 27, 2017 at 8:20 am1
David Kraatz I'm really not sure where your coing from or heading wth his...but. to reply to one snipit of this. "their greco roman concept of morality...Should we accept some other cncept of morality, say Sharia law perhaps?
January 27, 2017 at 8:34 am
Chris Richardson Government law is not morality
January 27, 2017 at 8:35 am
"Paul's plan includes a tax credit of up to $5,000 per person to use as part of a Health Savings Account to pay for medical care."
Much better! Health Savings Accounts are the way to go!
Matthew Carroll Health savings, and removing insurance companies from the mix.
January 26, 2017 at 11:56 am2