4/22/2013 11:39:45 PM
[video] October 1798 - The proper size and scope of the federal government, right from the horse's mouth. Thomas Jefferson was involved in writing the Constitution, wrote the Declaration of Independence, and was the third President of the United States. I think he had some idea what this country was supposed to be ab ...(More)
4/12/2013 10:44:12 PM
It is indoctrinated into us from the onset of our teenage years: "Driving is a privilege, not a right." We accept this at face value, because we are ignorant teenagers. Public schools don't teach critical subjects like Natural Law and the role of government, so we don't know any better. We cherish the "privilege" or being allowed to drive, and we honor the government for granting us a license to do so. This is backwards.
You have a right to purchase and hold private property. That property includes land, pencils, medicine, guns, computers, food, and cars. Literally anything that is sold is something you have a right to buy, assuming you can find a willing vendor and agree on a price. By extension, you have a right to use that private property.
2/23/2013 8:40:02 PM
Some of you have heard or figured out by now that I published a book about liberty and the impact that socialism has on American life. Those of you who are paying attention have also realized that this booklet is but the introduction to a much larger work: A comprehensive review of the federal budget. This review goes through every department, every bureau in the federal government. Where necessary, I also dive deeper into the offices and individual programs.
My goal in doing so is to identify how much of the government is unconstitutional, to identify how much it would cos ...(More)
2/18/2013 8:27:40 PM
The ACLU's Stance on Marijuana Law is that eliminating penalties for low-level possession would be a good thing, and decriminalizing it altogether would be even better. They're right, of course; but they're not going far enough.
Yes, eliminating penalties for low-level posession would "prevent tens of thousands of people from becoming enmeshed in the criminal justice system". Yes, decriminalizing it would "[keep] people out of jail". Fewer laws mean fewer things to be arrested for. Way to do basic arithmetic, ACLU.
Yes, the war on drugs kills more people than the drugs themselves.
Yes, drug prohibition has resulted in an exponential spike in America's incarceration rates. In fact, it's the biggest reason why America has the highest per-capita incarceration rate in the world. Weren't we supposed ...(More)
2/18/2013 8:13:15 PM
The ACLU's Stance on Drug Testing is that drug use is often unrelated to job duties, testing produces inaccurate results, and hasn't been proven to prevent drug use.
You have a right to privacy. You also have a right to use drugs, prescription, legal, illegal, whatever. It's your body, and your body is your property. You are sovereign over your property, and nobody has an automatic lien or higher claim upon your property than you. Unless the drug causes you to combust and the embers set the neighbor's house on fire, it's none of their business.
Employers, however, have a right to decide who to hire. They have a right to make their decisions based on any criteria they so choose, including whether an applicant uses drugs.
The accuracy of the tests is certainly an important point. An info ...(More)
2/18/2013 2:54:43 PM
The ACLU's stance on what they call Racial Justice tells us that Black people still face inferior schools and targeting by the justice system; that Hispanics face anti-immigrant legislation, and that housing is "starkly segregated by race and class". Let's break this down for a moment.
Schools and school districts are managed and administered in one of the worst ways I can imagine. If we got the government out of the education business and privatized it like it should be, the economy would respond with better schools, because it would make more money for the companies running the schools. If, however, we are resigned to the government running the schools, then we should do it right. I designed a much better system a couple ...(More)
2/18/2013 1:55:07 PM
The ACLU's position on freedom of religion is that you have a constitutional right to exercise and express your religious beliefs and individual conscience. This isn't entirely accurate.
The First Amendment decrees that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech [...]". This doesn't prevent states and cities from passing any such law, nor executive orders, nor injunctions, nor judicial rulings.
The Constitution is actually wrong on this one. You don't have a Constitutional right here; you have a human right. Yes, the Congress should be prevented from passing such a law. So should every other lawmaker. So should the President and Governors be prevented from issuing such executive orders, and so shoul ...(More)
2/18/2013 1:17:11 PM
I've been reading up on the ACLU and their stance on civil liberties - kind of a big thing to them, and to me. They get a lot of stuff right, but I'm surprised by how much they get wrong. Let's start with voting rights.
The ACLU's take on voting rights is that voting should be easy for everyone, no voter ID laws should exist, registration should be unrestricted, and early voting should not be cut. I have a problem with the idea of not having a voter ID requirement.
The liberal argument is that a state ID is required, and poor people can't afford the $15 it costs to go pick one up, plus the time off from work. To this I respond: If the state requires something, the state should pay for it. If you want to be reimbursed for your lost work time, perhaps the DMV should open up on weekends to facilitate your schedule. That ...(More)
2/13/2013 4:03:44 PM
Everyone has a right to the fruit of their labor. You have a right to look for work, to earn pay in exchange for that work, and to spend your earnings as you see fit. You also have a right not to look for work, in which case you deserve whatever you get. This is an increasingly lazy country, especially with the increasingly prevalent nature of the consumer culture. If everyone is guaranteed a minimum standard of living that meets their absolute needs, many people will do the absolute minimum and live off of that.
Of course, any standard of living consists of a home, food, water, healthcare, education, and the like. These are commodities; they are things. You can't have a right to a thing. Of course, if people are being provided these things, someone will have to pay for them; and that someone is everyone else. I, for one, prefer not to pay for someone else's expenses. Certainly not by ...(More)
1/7/2013 10:30:54 PM
There are many reasons why private is better than public, but the most important one is choice. The government doesn't provide choices and alternatives; it provides blanket rules that apply to everyone, whether they want it or not. The government can steal your money at gunpoint ("taxes"), but a company has to convince you to give them your money.
When things are private, competitors can spring up and offer better products and services, and / or lower prices. You have the freedom to decide. You have the choice in which to use, as well as the option to use neither at all. When things are public, you lose that freedom. You simply can't choose for yourself. One of the most basic liberties imaginable has been taken from you, often against your will.
What's the purpose of life if not to pursue your own goals, dreams, and happiness? How can we stand idly by while the government strips u ...(More)