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“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.”1
- Lazarski, Christopher. Power Tends to Corrupt: Lord Acton’s Study of Liberty. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois UP, 2012. Print.
Thomas Jefferson had a great idea that could be applied today to help restore America to the vision of its founders; that of a nation based upon liberty.
“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical”.1
How can we follow Jefferson’s supplication? One can rebel without resorting to violence by actively voicing dissent against all things establishment. Document the corruption and ineffectiveness of establishment institutions in a blog, educate family and friends as to possibilities for liberty in America if the vast majority of it citizens become informed of what freedom and free markets could provide. Read, research and speak up for liberty.
- “A Little Rebellion Now and Then is a Good Thing: A Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison.” Early America Review 1, no. 1 (1996). This article offers brief descriptive comments on the letter.
America must support the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution for any chance at to have liberty and a strong America. Our founders knew this and created the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.1
Today, the first amendment is under siege by president Obama. He was advocating for some type of clearing house for free speech to assure it is true. Who makes this determination is not mentioned but I suspect if he implemented this clearing house a statist would be the gatekeeper. Obama’s mentioning this truth squad should send shivers up anyone who supports liberty.
“There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world,” Obama added. 2
- U. S. Constitution, Amendment 1
- Obama decries ‘wild west’ media landscape. (2016, October 13). Retrieved October 16, 2016, from https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-decries-wild-west-media-landscape-214642552.html
If I hear this bromide again I will scream! However, here in this post is the first suggestion in an ongoing list of changes that would greatly improve the quality of life for Americans and more importantly, support the American birthright of liberty.
Step 1 Removing Government from Civil Life
Charles Murry suggested this as a solution in his book, What It Means To Be A Libertarian. Implementing the removal of government from our daily lives would be a major change to America however, the removal of the corrupt and inefficient state from our society would free the American people from the current us (producers of wealth) versus them (takers of the producers’ wealth) wars which are driving Americans apart. In a government-less America, freedom and human dignity could be restored and cooperative, innovative, and market-driven solutions to societal problems would take hold.
Murray, C. A. (1997). What it means to be a libertarian: A personal interpretation. New York: Broadway Books.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s Democratic governor said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable,” a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law and proudly proclaimed health reform was working in Minnesota just a few years ago.
When will America wake up? Free markets are the proven working alternative to a command economy. Time and time again, we see market distortion and failure when governmental involvement becomes rooted in any segment of the economy. This result can be seen in higher education where government loans have driven rising tuition and have placed an entire generation into debt serfdom. In similar manner, our alternative energy sector is stuck and noncompetitive due to its suppliers’ and customers’ dependence on government subsidies.
I just wish one of the statist politicians would admit their failure and come over to the free market side.
An update to this message below regarding our growing debt. In this year’s campaign, we hear a great deal of hyperbole about debt free college (Hillary) and free child care (Trump + Hillary) “new investment” (Trump and Hillary). The two have also promised tax cuts for the middle class. Because of the ignorance of the majority of the voters, people are supporting these candidates without demanding a solution as how to pay for all of these gifts. Hillary has stated she will tax the rich and Trump has not said how he would pay beyond growing the economy and eliminating waste.
I did a little model of taxing the rich based on IRS 2014 Income Tax data.
Even if the capital gains rate was hiked to 30% and the top three tax brackets where set to 42, 44, and 48 percent, the gain in new revenue would be only $171,976,037 dollars. This change would likely hurt the economy, drive down GDP and investment while having negligible impact on our borrowing needs. My conclusion is we do not have a taxing problem, we have a spending problem.
On Sept. 30, 2015, the last day of fiscal 2015, the federal debt was $18,150,617,666,484.33, according to the Treasury. By the close of business on Sept. 30, 2016, the last day of fiscal 2016, it had climbed to $19,573,444,713,936.79.
According to the Census Bureau’s latest estimate, there were 118,215,000 households in the United States as of June. That means that the one-year increase in the federal debt of $1,422,827,047,452.46 in fiscal 2016 equaled about $12,036 per household.