Obamacare: What’s Good Enough for the Masses Should be Good Enough for the Ruling Class.

A bill currently being proposed in Washington would require the Supreme Court to enroll in healthcare insurance via the healthcare.gov (Obamacare) exchange. Personally, I think that the SCOTUS, Congress, the President, and all federal employees should be forced to get their health insurance coverage via the healthcare exchange – what’s good enough for the proletariat should be good enough for the bourgeoisie.

The Hill has the complete story.

Obergefell v. Hodges: This Country Has a Long Way to Go Regarding Liberty

There is a sickening amount of hatred and pettiness on the internet right now over the recent SCOTUS decision in Obergefell v. Hodges; people are ending friendships online over a court case that we all knew would happen eventually.  As a Christian, I am neither for nor against gay marriage; my responsibilities in this world are very simple and clearly defined in the bible – love God, and love my neighbor as myself (Matt. 22:36-40).  Having said that, as an advocate for liberty, I believe our government should stay out of people’s personal decisions, and the decision handed down yesterday by the SCOTUS does align with that. So, cool that the LGBT community gained some liberties over the government’s tyrannical rule today; next up, how about  we continue this trend in advancing liberty for all?

A short list in no particular order:

  1. A court decision guaranteeing the right of homeschooling families in all 50 states to educate freely and not be subject to state and local social workers approving/denying their curriculum choices at whim.
  2. The right of all Americans to live off-grid if they so choose and not be subjected to police and state scrutiny for their chosen lifestyle choice.
  3. The restoration of our dignity while preparing to board a flight in the freest country in the world.

While on one hand I can appreciate the U.S. government finally deciding to keep its nose out of one group of Americans’ personal decisions, this country still has a long way to go with respecting individual choice.

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Political Promises

Irony For Those Of Us Who Worked Hard and Paid Off Our Own Student Loans

Those economically illiterate progressives are at it again; this time with a petition calling on the President and both chambers of Congress  to “cancel all student debt”. Not only is this a slap in the face to those like myself who have worked hard and payed off our student loans by the sweat of our brow, but it also sets the precedent for higher education entities to continue to charge ridiculous tuition rates and know that the taxpayers will foot the bill.

Zero Hedge has the story here.

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Jeb Bush doesn’t understand why anyone is upset about the NSA

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has recently come out in support of the NSA’s intrusive and unconstitutional surveillance program. According to the National Journal, Bush states:

[T]he NSA metadata program… contributes to awareness of potential terrorist cells and interdiction efforts on a global scale. For the life of me, I don’t understand [how] the debate has gotten off track, where we’re not understanding and protecting — we do protect our civil liberties, but this is a hugely important program to use these technologies to keep us safe.

Like so many politicians today, Jeb Bush neglects the words uttered by Benjamin Franklin nearly three hundred years ago:

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Jeb Bush would also do well to take a refresher course on the 4th amendment’s protection against warrantless searches and seizures.  I, for one, choose liberty and am often reminded of the prophetic words of this country’s 34th President, Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower:

If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.

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The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

A very well written piece on education.

Americas Education Watch

nclbOne of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten.

A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing ways from 1999-2006. There was a marked decline in exposure to social studies, science, music, art and physical education and an increased emphasis on reading instruction. Teachers reported spending as much time on reading as all other subjects combined.

The time spent in child-selected activity dropped by more than one-third. Direct instruction and testing increased. Moreover, more teachers reported holding all children to the same standard.

How can teachers hold all children to the same standards when they are not all the same? They learn differently, mature at different stages – they just are not all the same especially at the…

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Nevada Woman Shoots Stalker as He Breaks Down Her Front Door: A Gun Story the Media Won’t Publicize

A Nevada woman is safe today because she defended herself against a former boy-friend-turned-stalker who had been been threatening her for 6 months. According to her self-post on imgur:

I’m writing this staring at the mess the police left for me, in a bit of a fog.  After 6 months of stalking and threats against my life my stalker finally snapped and decided to kick my door in and make good on his promise. Out of fear, the past month I had begun sleeping with a chair propped against my front door, to give myself a few extra precious seconds in case of emergency.  I shudder to think how differently things might’ve turned out had I  not barricaded the door.  I awoke around 1:15 am to the sound of the door giving way after one kick followed by the sounds of my stalker struggling to dislodge the chair while forcing his way inside. I jumped up and grabbed the gun I’ve learned to do everything even shower with. I stood at the top of my stairs and fired twice. Hitting him in the chest, I hear his scream, his disbelief that I’d stood up for myself.. 0 to 100 in milliseconds. I’ve never been so afraid in my life. I do not know if he is living, but I do know the police have him and that’s what helps the most. For months of him evading the police I began to question whether he was unstoppable. Untraceable. Houdini, he would murder me and get away with it. As of now I’m in a haze of  guilt, surprise, relief  and disbelief. I shook as the canines drag him out from his hiding place under a bush. I survived, where so many people do not.

While the media focuses so much of their attention on demonizing gun ownership, stories like this one show the true reason behind owning guns; self-defense. It’s time for a real discussion on guns in this country. We need to stop blaming guns for crimes, and accept that guns can save lives. This woman owes her life to her 2nd amendment right to gun ownership.

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Here is a picture posted by the Nevada woman, highlighting her broken door and the two bullet holes (in pink) where she stopped the man who had been threatening to take her life for the past 6 months, as he attempted to follow through with it that night.

 

 

Alaskan TV Journalist Takes a Stand for Marijuana and Then Resigns on Live Televison.

This is defiantly worth watching; Alaskan TV journalist Charlo Greene resigned on live television, and is joining the fight to legalize marijuana in Alaska. See the video below (F-bomb warning).

Regardless of your view on pot, it is nice to see people with conviction fighting for individual freedom and being willing to take a stand for it (even if it costs them their job). While I don’t agree with everything Greene said, I admire and respect her dedication and commitment to a cause she believes in. The world would be a better place if more people were willing to take a stand for their convictions.

Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

Rand doesn’t always get it right, but he nailed it on this one.

TIME

The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation.

If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.

The outrage in Ferguson is understandable—though there is never an excuse for rioting or looting. There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response.

The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action.

Glenn Reynolds, in Popular Mechanics, recognized the increasing militarization of the police five years ago. In 2009 he wrote:

Soldiers and police are supposed to be different. … Police look inward…

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Pay no attention citizen; your Constitutional right to assemble is not being violated at all.

For those of you unaware of the situation unfolding right now in Ferguson Missouri, there has been a massive uprising for the last several days in response to an unarmed 18 year old black male (Michael Brown) who was shot and and killed by Ferguson police on August 9th. After the shooting, when protesters assembled outside the police department to protest Brown’s death, they were told by Ferguson PD not to protest and were ordered to leave. Sadly, after that,what started out as a peaceful protest deteriorated quickly into rioting. Since then, Ferguson PD, have made numerous arrests, have ordered media personnel to turn off their cameras, and have now arrested several members of the media for not complying with their demands to shut off cameras.

Ferguson has erupted into a full-fledged Orwellian Police State, complete with armored vehicles, tear gas, police interfering with the media’s right to freedom of the press, and denial of free assembly. How ironic that just 15 months after the warrantless door-to-door searches that followed the Boston Bombing, another American town has fallen to militarism of the police state.

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Ferguson PD taking down media cameras

To Protect and Serve?

See my original write up on the Boston Bombing and the Police State: Freedom is Beginning to Look Less Free

Wake up America; the Police State is already here. 

Freedom is Beginning to Look Less Free

Originally posted on my old (now defunct) blog shortly after the Boston Bombing; however, with the events unfolding in Ferguson, MO., it seemed appropriate to re-post it today.

Original post date 4/22/13:

Over at Anti-War, a recent post shows the height from which the U.S. has fallen. The image is disturbing; it shows a uniformed SWAT team member in a armored car, pointing an assault rifle (those same kind that the government has deemed to be dangerous and need to be taken away from us) at a citizen in their own house who dared to peer out their window at the government circus parade as it drove through the suburbs of Boston, going door-to-door infringing upon people’s constitutionally protect right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” (4th amendment).

While the war drums have already started beating as people pronounce judgment on militant Islam, jihad, and anything that remotely resembles anti-American sentiment (whatever that is), it is important that we remember a few things; first, the Constitution does not permit warrantless searches in any circumstance, and second, as the great founder Benjamin Franklin once stated, “they that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Nowhere is this more clearly seen that in the events which have transpired in the last week. We must remember that no matter how heinous the crimes committed by the brothers Tsarnaev, circumventing our liberties is never ok and merely opens the door to further intrusion and breakdown of our freedom as Americans. As we sit idle and allow the government to eviscerate the Constitution, we embrace the government’s Orwellian approach to law.  See for yourself; as we exchange our liberties for security in the state, the results are more than just a little shocking.

 

A nice video of a warrant less search in Boston:

Anyone not disturbed by the images of our blossoming totalitarian state going door to door, need to remember that when we do not decry unconstitutional actions by the state, we set the precedent that government will use against us the next time they decide to act in their own interests above our given rights.

H/T to AntiWar.com