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I Fight for The Collective Good

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I needed to address this for the moment.

I am SICK and TIRED of hearing conservatives and libertarians complaining that the Progressives are arguing for the ‘collective good.’

These damn progressives don’t get it, it is about the individual NOT the collective good.

It’s always about the collective good with these dang progressives!

See I disagree, albeit in part. It is not a battle between the good of the individual and the good of the collective. What is best for the individual IS best for the collective. They are two seeds in the same pod. It is NOT about the collective good with progressives. Don’t let them have that moral high ground. LIBERTY is about the collective good, not oppression via progression. They sell their tyranny as for the good of the people but it is about the good of themselves, the ruling class, and exploiting the misguided philanthropy of the masses to get it.

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The Fall of Rome and Modern Parallels | Lawrence Reed at FreedomFest

If you have 17 minutes to spare this is an excellent, quick description of the Fall of Rome. The speaker need not even draw the parallels to modern society, it will be so obvious, you will do it on your own.

Bad character leads to bad policy and bad economics, which is bad for liberty. Without character, a free society is just not unlikely, it’s impossible.

To avoid the fate of the dead and buried Roman Republic, what does America need today?

America needs more men and women who do not have a price at which they can be bought; who do not borrow from integrity for expediency; who have their priorities straight and in proper order; whose handshake is an iron-clad contract; who are not afraid of taking risks to advance what is right; who are honest in small matters as well as in large ones; who treat the rights and properties of others as they expect others should regard theirs.

More transcript available after the break, or just watch above…

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Judicial-Political Racketeering – Grisham Trial Edition

The recent trial resulting in a mistrial of Army Master Sergeant CJ Grisham has created a stir in many Texans and Americans connected to the gun rights movement, particularly those advocates of open carry or constitutional carry. The leadership and outspokenness of MSG Grisham has led to a growing open-carry movement in Central Texas, but a love for guns is just a piece of the puzzle on what motivates those young and old alike to involve themselves in this one man’s court case.

MSG CJ Grisham Speaks at the "Come and Take It San Antonio" Rally at the Alamo on Oct. 19, 2013. The event was organized by Open Carry Texas, of which Grisham is the President and founder.

MSG CJ Grisham Speaks at the “Come and Take It San Antonio” Rally at the Alamo on Oct. 19, 2013. The event was organized by Open Carry Texas, of which Grisham is the President and founder.

Mr. Grisham may have been arrested while openly carrying an AR-15 rifle, it was the reason he was confronted by police that day. The firearm was also the basis of the charges against him at one point. But in the end, Mr. Grisham was only charged with interfering with the duties of a peace officer, hardly an offense to rally behind for the gun movement. You see, the one thing connecting all those following Grisham’s case closely and rallying in support behind him and his organization Open Carry Texas is not just a love of guns, it is a drive and a love of Liberty and Justice.

“With liberty and justice for all.”

Many of us recited those words everyday as children but didn’t learn what they meant until we were much older. CJ Grisham, given the vehicle of his unlawful arrest, has been leading a group of Texans in discovering the truth of those words as they follow him on his journey through the courts.

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The Genius of The Constitution: Courtesy Joe Pesci

The below clip is from the Movie “With Honors.”

I jumped up the start time of the video for those short on attention span, you can back it up and watch from the beginning if you like.

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Calvin Coolidge – on the Ideals of the Declaration of Independence – Part 2

ENOUGH ! – Yet Another SICK “Thrill Kill” – This Time An 89-year-old Veteran In Spokane Washington – Delbert “Shorty” Belton

There is No Such Thing as Private Emails

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“I think you should assume any communication that is electronic is being monitored.”

Those are the words of Ladar Levison, the founder of Lavabit, an encrypted email service recently brought to the forefront when it was reported that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was one of their clients. Last week Levison shut down his email service without warning, leaving only a veiled message on the company homepage which is still their today. It begins:

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot.

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Stop and Frisk: Am I the Only One That Thinks This is Wrong and NOT a Race Issue

Beware, police pat downs like this one were conducted over 1800 times a day in New York City in 2011, without any concern for whether or not the officers had any suspicion at all of wrong doing by the subjects.

Beware, police pat downs like this one were conducted over 1800 times a day in New York City in 2011, without any concern for whether or not the officers had any suspicion at all of wrong doing by the subjects.

First off, hat tip to Legal Insurrection for getting me fired up this time with their piece.

Stop and Frisk has been everywhere the last couple days after a federal judge ruled that the manner in which it was implemented was unconstitutional. In fact, the ruling didn’t say at all that the policy of stopping individuals in the street violated their 4th amendment rights against illegal searches. Instead the judges ruled that it’s application of stopping minorities, which commit the most crimes, was a civil rights issue in relation to racial profiling by the officers. The court felt no need to rule that Stop and Frisk itself was unconstitutional, only the ‘racial profiling’ done it’s application.

Their was no discussion on whether these stops had any legal standing in a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that the subject was committing a crime, the common standard throughout all police work. The only thing being said is ‘these cops are racist’ for stopping blacks and Hispanics. No mention that the stops themselves are most likely an overreach of the fourth amendment, as they are unreasonable, illegal searches performed without any suspicion that an individual has committed a crime. Who cares if it is Jesse Jackson, Jesse Ventura, or Jesse Garcia that is the subject of this liberty squashing unreasonable stop and search by Bloomberg’s Gestapo?

All men have a right to travel freely, whether on the streets of New York or on a Farm-to-Market Road in West Texas. We have a right to do so without being impeded by a state, local, or federal agent and be forced to surrender our liberties as free men so they can search each person, without any cause, or any suspicion that they have committed any crimes.

With the ongoing militarization of police in the US, how long until 'Stop and Frisk' comes to a neighborhood near you and looks like this?

With the ongoing militarization of police in the US, how long until ‘Stop and Frisk’ comes to a neighborhood near you and looks like this?

Imagine driving done the Interstate and seeing the red and blue of the local sheriff behind you. You pull over, as you are a law-abiding citizen, and the officer stops behind you, gets out his car, and comes to your window. He asks a couple of questions about where you are going and how your day is, and then asks you to step out real quick so he can give you a pat down and peak into your front seat, back seat and your trunk. “Thanks for your Cooperation,” he says, ” I didn’t pull you over for any reason, you id nothing out of the ordinary; it’s just a new ‘Stop and Frisk’ policy of ours. You are free to go.”

Not many would think that this is a reasonable breach of your privacy, upwards of 1800 times a day a pedestrian in New York City are stopped by officers who need not make any effort to discern whether they have any reasonable suspicion that they have done anything out of the ordinary, let alone committed a crime.

The outrage should not we directed at ‘racial profiling’, the issue is so much larger than that, it is the populace submitting to the will of statists who make not even the slightest bit of accommodation in their policies for the God-given rights of their subjects, nor the powers granted to them by the people. We should be outraged at the entire concept of Stop and Frisk. It violated the very essence of freedom with it’s existence.

We should all be outraged at the gross violation of civil rights and liberties that occurs everyday by those whom so adorably refer to themselves as ‘public servants.’ The only thing being served is your rights and liberties on a silver platter to the political usurpers by their praetorian guard in blue. With an America that can’t even see the obvious violations of privacy and liberty occurring each and everyday in front of them, it is clear that any hope of restoring a constitutional republic is as far away as the heavens.

The Second Amendement and the Force Differential Between Government and the Individual

Franco Cortese is an Advisor for Lifeboat Foundation, occupying positions on their Scientific Advisory Board) (specifically on their Life Extension Board) and their Futurists Board, and is one of the top 10 contributors to the LF blog. Franco is also an editor for Transhumanity.net.  He has written articles and essays for Transhumanity, Immortal Life and The Rational Argumentator. He contributed material to the digital anthology Human Destiny is to Eliminate Death: Essays, Rants and Arguments About Immortality

Franco Cortese is an Advisor for Lifeboat Foundation, occupying positions on their Scientific Advisory Board) (specifically on their Life Extension Board) and their Futurists Board, and is one of the top 10 contributors to the LF blog.
Franco is also an editor for Transhumanity.net. He has written articles and essays for Transhumanity, Immortal Life and The Rational Argumentator. He contributed material to the digital anthology Human Destiny is to Eliminate Death: Essays, Rants and Arguments About Immortality

Our topic of discussion this time comes from Franco Cortese, writing at ieet.org in his piece Does advanced technology make the 2nd amendment redundant? Franco lays it out like this:

Technological growth has made the 2nd amendment redundant. If one agrees that its purpose was to give citizenry the ability to physically defend themselves against a tyrannical government, then we must admit that the inequality of defensive capability created by the advanced state of arms and weaponry available to military, and not available to the citizenry, has made the 2nd amendment redundant by virtue of the fact that the types of weapons available to citizens no longer compare in defensive and offensive capability to the kinds of weapons available to the military. Law lags behind technology; what else is new(s)?

But, as is often the case with those not familiar with liberty, Franco has things wrong in his timeline. Firstly, he is absolutely correct in pointing out the disparity between the arms in possession of our government and those that have yet to be outlawed for the American people. But law doesn’t lag behind technology by not addressing this, law addressed it be stepping outside the bounds of the Constitution and restricting the availability of arms to the american people. And I am talking tanks, bombs, and the like here. Read more…

Eliminating Federal Minimum Drug Sentences: Black Hypocrisy or a Move Toward Liberty? Both?

Although I 100% agree with the hypocrisy pointed out at the conservative tree-house’s dissection of the “Black Grievance Industry’s” response to the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug crimes by AG Eric Holder, I can’t help but also agree with the decision itself.

As the “rag tag conservatives” so pointedly noted Russel Simmons assertion on Twitter was:

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And Russel Simmons clearly let us all know that:

He is not saying that drugs are toxic to the fabric of the black community. He is not saying that a culture built around a drug lifestyle is damaging to the black community. No, he is saying the #1 problem for blacks in America is drug use being unlawful, aynd by consequence the criminal arrest for such use is the “enemy of blacks”. The enemy of blacks is the application of law.

Just let that settle in for a moment.

The #1 enemy of blacks in America is the enforcement of law.

So the future of/for blacks, as advocated by blacks, advances the proposition that such a future can or will improve, only if the enforcement of law is removed.

That is a profound statement about the black community in the eyes of Russel Simmons, but I do not want this ridiculousness to take away from the fact that the War On Drugs is War on Freedom and that, regardless of the hypocrisy of the statements of the Black Grievance Industry, The War on Drugs should be brought to a quick and righteous stop. Read more…

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