Sorry folks but Obama in many ways embodies the worst of “progressivism.” His administration is concerned with control, especially of the political narrative.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. – The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution
Sorry but if one believes in following the Constitution one should have absolutely no beef with cannabis legalization on a state level. It is clearly a state issue if one understands the 10th Amendment. The federal government has no business prohibiting use in the states. None. Absolutely none.
We need to break from the old 20th Century statism which has bloomed as the baby boomers have gotten into positions of power. We need a renaissance of liberty in the universities, in the media, in our schools, in our home life. And like most big social movements it will have to come from the bottom up. (And it has been.)
There is little interest in the official circles of government, academia, or the media in a resurgence of liberal (in the classical sense) thinking. Statism and soft totalitarianism have served them well. They are after all the people in power.
And sadly this political class has done a good job of convincing many everyday people that they simply can’t survive without the state taking care of them. Though the political class never says it openly there is the presumption that most people are little better than animals. That is why everyday people dress the way they do. Have the jobs they do. Eat the terrible unhealthy food that they eat. Waste their time doing what they do.
Liberty, you see only works (and they would never say that it “works”) in theory for smart people. You, you the great unwashed? You can barely put food in your mouth. Best to let the government do it for you. It’s for your own good. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Oh little serf, these ideals will only cause you frustration. Focus instead on doing what you are told. You’ll be much happier.
But what about, “Give me liberty or give me death!”
America is not Europe. We are a country founded by individualists, scoundrels, dreamers, and doers. We do not have the aristocratic legacy of the Old World with its stifling worldview and distinct class system within an ever present welfare state. We are a free people. This country was an escape from Europe. This country is a free land. This freedom is ingrained in our DNA. It is what makes an American an American, no matter that American’s ethnicity. We are bound by an idea not geography or ancestry. America is indeed exceptional in that regard.
The War on Drugs is now 100 years old. It’s caused unfathomable heartache. It’s fattened the wallets of police departments and drug dealers alike. We have prisons full of people there because of drugs. Lives have been torn apart. Families have been torn apart. Countries have been torn apart.
The War on Drugs has made a mockery of the Constitution. Do you think the founders ever envisioned the police digging through the possessions of American citizens in a search for intoxicants? I don’t think so. I think the founders (at least most of them) would have been horrified.
And yet Americans have long been conditioned to accept the gross invasions of privacy which come with the drug war.
Mike Lee is, as politicians go anyway, one of the good guys. Heck, he even outlined an anti-crony agenda a few weeks back. So it should come as no surprise that the Utah crony brigade might want him gone. The old Republicans have not forgiven Lee for taking out one of their own in the Senate primary 4 years ago. John Hunstman Sr. (not the guy who kind of ran for president, but his very rich dad) called Lee a “radical.”
Hardly. Since when has being a principled conservative (and that’s what Lee is, not necessarily a libertarian) been a liability for a politician in Utah? Since now I guess. (But maybe really always.)
Tonight is a sad night for this country. Tonight President Obama is expected to declare his intention to unilaterally bypass the Congress of the United States – a Congress that was elected by the American people – to declare what is essentially “amnesty” or at least the beginnings of “amnesty” for illegal immigrants in the United States.
*An important update. Apparently this teaching aid has been changed to use less statist language. However the below version is still in use. TruthRevolt.com has the story of the revision.
“One must indoctrinate a child while he still fits width-wise on the bed.” – A saying from the Soviet Union
The fact is that pretty much as soon as one exits the womb one is peppered by pro-government propaganda. FDR ended, didn’t extend the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve is there to help “stabilize” the economy (not act as a backstop for the giant banks). That “we are the government.” That World War I was a war we had to fight, and so was Iraq. That the income tax is a tool of “justice” and not just blatant theft. That Obamacare wasn’t a crony capitalist vehicle for the insurance companies and Big Pharma. That roads would not exist without the government. And on and on.
Those who question these supposed civil axioms are considered turds in the punch bowl. Dismissed by a “everyone knows such and such” wave of the hand by the uninformed “informed.”
This is a disturbing report from Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz at The Washington Post.
He says that the IRS has a “tripwire” it uses to identify groups which teach the ins and outs of the US Constitution. These groups then get extra scrutiny from the agency.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Over the past 100 years the US Constitution has been continually undermined by interests in Washington DC. Our once fairly simple and straightforward system has been utterly corrupted by a century of lawyering and power consolidation.
When I was in college studying political science one of the issues which came up generally was how hard our system made it to implement “programs.” I remember one of my professors waxing on about France and how great it was that the education minister in Paris once bragged that he knew the exact page students were studying across the country at any given time and on any given date. I thought it sounded horrifying. But I was (probably) in the minority.
But even as “difficult” as our system is/was it didn’t seem to me to be holding back the planners. Every year government grew. There were new regulations, there were new declarations from on high. Consolidation of power was unrelenting. And this was before September 11th.
This is a trend which began in earnest under Mr. Bush and which then began to snowball under Mr. Obama. And most people don’t even know anything about the NDAA (which Obama signed which allows him to jail US citizens without trial, attorney, or even notification of abduction). They just feel it. They know that the NSA lurks online, somewhere and everywhere. They stand with hands up in the radiation machines at the airport. They witness the increased police checkpoints. They see the president disregard the rule of law to pursue naked political ends. They feel the loss of dignity. People feel the loss of freedom and of their liberty.
We don’t want to “offend” anybody with the Constitution do we? Please go sit in the “free speech” zone and shut up.
The thought police are running the universities these days.