The danger of being number 10 is that no one really knows who you are. George Washington was our first president; but how many can name number 10 off the top of their head? And Sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to climb Everest, but does anyone know who the tenth person was to reach the summit?Details
by Michael Gaddy, LewRockwell.com
While I have not changed my beliefs on the illegal, immoral policies and actions of the state, somehow, in the past few months, I have, in the opinion of some readers, changed political affiliations. When I was writing of the illegal wars of the warfare/welfare state, I was often asked to leave the country, called a traitor, a coward, and accused of being a commie liberal. Now, since I have attacked the illegal, immoral actions of the welfare/warfare Obama administration regarding the Second Amendment, I am accused of being a fascist and questioned as to why I supported Bush and his torture of “enemy combatants,” and the Patriot Act.
To many Americans, calling the state on its many crimes when their chosen candidate/party is in power automatically places one in the enemy camp. Freedom, liberty and the Constitution have been swept away in the flood of party politics. Nowhere is the folly of allowing party politics to frame the debate on freedom better illustrated than in Lew Rockwellâ€™s newest, The Left, The Right, and the State.Details
by Ray Bilger
The conclusion of my last article read, â€œIf there is any hope for America, it lies with We The People taking back our country from the crooks and criminals in Wash., D.C. who are running our country into the groundâ€¦ There is a new hope for Americaâ€¦ and it involves the States and the People working together, as the Founders intended, to make the America of all our dreams.â€
The State governments of the original Thirteen States of the United States of America established the federal government to act as their agent in a world of interdependent nations.Â Those original Thirteen States did not have to establish a federal government, but because those states collectively wanted to be represented to the world as one whole nation of States, they chose to have an agent, our federal government, to represent the collective interests of the several States.Â Thus, the federal government, as our agent, is at all times accountable to the States, and to We The People!Details
by Neal Ross
In 1922, D. H. Lawrence wrote, “Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.”
Most of America still is under the belief that we are a free and independent people. They couldn’t be more wrong. Their ignorance of how our system of government was designed to function, has allowed this fraud to be perpetrated upon the people by those who have been elected to safeguard our freedom and liberty. What makes it more sad is that the people, for the most part, are as apathetic as they are ignorant, they just don’t have the desire to learn the truth. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.“Details
by Joe Schembrie, LewRockwell.com
The Establishment Media is hyping the dire prophecy of a Russian professor that the United States will have a bloody civil war and “disintegrate,” after which the secessionist regions will be absorbed by other nations. The Establishment Media Moral: we must patriotically embrace our federal government or face horrendous consequences.
Certainly a full-blown civil war would be hellish. With modern weapons the casualties could exceed all our other wars. The disruption of food production and distribution chains in our specialized economy could trigger famine. To be imperially dominated by other nations could well mean the loss of our civil liberties.Details
by Greg Heller, The Holy Cause
There is a new bill circulating in Montana’s legislature which has significant implications on several fronts in the battle for liberty, most notably that of States Rights, and the right to bear arms.Â The bill can be read here, and is not a long read (freedom is much easier to describe than tyranny), but to whet your interest here are a few snippets.Details
by Gary S. Lawson, Heritage Foundation
When the Constitution was sent to the states for ratification in 1787, many citizens worried that the new national government proposed by the document was a Leviathan in waiting. During the crucial New York ratification debate, James Madison, writing as Publius, sought to allay these fears in the 45th Federalist Paper by emphasizing that adoption of the Constitution would create a government of enumerated, and therefore strictly limited, powers. Madison said: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined… [and] will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce….” Federal tax collectors, Madison assured everyone, “will be principally on the seacoast, and not very numerous.” Exactly six months after publication of this essay, New York became the 11th state to ratify the Constitution.
Once the national government was up and running, disputes naturally arose about the proper scope of its “few and defined” powers and about the proper institutional form for the exercise of those powers. It is helpful to examine just a few of those early disputes to get a sense of the frontiers of constitutional argument in the Founding era–that is, to gauge the kinds of claims regarding federal power that generated serious discussion. Those examples provide an interesting basis for comparison with modern law.Details
by Jeff Wartman
If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all. – Jacob Hornberger.
Every four years, voters in the United States are given a choice between two major party candidates in the Presidential election.Â We are often told that either of these candidates are the â€œmainstreamâ€ candidates and if you want your vote to count, you need to choose between either one of the two major party candidates who have a â€œchanceâ€ at â€œwinningâ€.
However, for true supporters of limited government and personal liberty, this is often a choice made in vain.Â If you truly believe in a limited, decentralized government which protects both economic and personal liberties and rights, during most elections there isnâ€™t a major party candidate that will generally fit your values.Â You have a choice between the Democratic Party, of which too many members wish to violate your economic rights and liberties, and the Republican Party, of which too many members wish to violate your personal rights and liberties.Â This is not a judgment of individuals in either party.Â Most individual members are doing what they think is right.Â This is a judgment on those than run the major parties.Details
by David Gordon, Mises.org
Kevin Gutzman gives his readers much more than they had a right to expect. The “Politically Incorrect Guide” series in which his book appears aims at a popular audience: its goal is to correct commonly held myths of leftist propaganda.
Gutzman eminently fulfills this goal, but his book cannot be called an elementary work. Quite the contrary, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution is a major contribution to American constitutional history.
Gutzman is a leading authority on the Virginia ratification debates on the Constitution, and he uses his research to great effect. He has been much influenced by the pioneering originalist scholar Raoul Berger, but he strengthens and extends Berger’s views.Details
by Walter E. Williams
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis warned, “The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.” The freedom of individuals from compulsion or coercion never was, and is not now, the normal state of human affairs. The normal state for the ordinary person is tyranny, arbitrary control and abuse mainly by their own government. While imperfect in its execution, the founders of our nation sought to make an exception to this ugly part of mankind’s history. Unfortunately, at the urging of the American people, we are unwittingly in the process of returning to mankind’s normal state of affairs.Details
â€œIf you donâ€™t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.â€
Laurence J. Peter, US educator & writer (1919 – 1988)
Where are we going? What is the destiny of America? Who is responsible to save our nation?
It seems apparent that at this time in our history we are struggling to know where we should be going. Given the constant cries for a â€œbailoutâ€ for every form of financial crisis it seems that Americans have resigned themselves to government solutions to our problems. Many are now admitting that our financial crises have been contributed to (if not caused outright) by the governmentâ€™s unnatural involvement in this economy. Despite this we do not seem to have the courage, or foresight, to address our problems in any other way but through greater government debt, guarantees, etc. Certainly, the endless piling on of debt onto the backs of the American people cannot continue indefinitely.Details