I was wrong, some places in America are totalitarian already

Leftist-statist fascism is in the news daily and there is no more non-tolerant place than American college campuses. These left leaning institutions have always supported state control of the economy and redistribution policy however, since the 2016 election, the statists have moved to a proscription against speech and freedom of association.

This contagion has spread beyond the traditional east and west coast statist bastions to small lower tier educational institutions in the Midwest.

A story on ZeroHedge,  Conservative Students “Violently Threatened” At Lutheran College

spoke of a situation that could have been reported in 1930s Nazi Germany.  This story is upsetting to any freedom loving American but it gets worse. There is a strong move among these same statists to create an economic crisis by not paying their obligations and then, get taxpayers to foot the bill for their obligated student loan debt.

Students Demand “Sanctuary” From Immigration Laws, Student Loan Debt, And Finals

The First Crack: $270 Billion In Student Loans Are At Least 30 Days Delinquent

Next Mega-Bailout On Deck: White House Studying “New Bankruptcy Options” For Student-Loan Borrowers

At 108 US Colleges, More Than Half Of Students Haven’t Paid Even $1 On Their Student Loans

The Student Loan Write-offs Have Begun: 78,000 Students File For Debt Discharge After Corinthian Closures

24% Of Millennials “Expect” Student Loan Forgiveness

“Cancel All Student Debt” – The Petitions Begin

To correct this we must remove the state from any and all influence in higher education and enforce the rights expressed in the US Constitution. Failure to do so will result in a loss of freedom and a very large tax bill to bailout students by paying off their debt.

America is moving towards totalitarianism

The days of freedom are fading fast in America. Our access to information will be further filtered by the government via a statist supported corporation. Lest you believe this libertarian is over reacting, please consider the announcement by Google today.

Google adds tool to flag ‘offensive’ search results

What any freedom loving American should be afraid of is the following:

The review teams — comprised of contractors known as “quality raters” — already comb through websites and other content to flag questionable items such as pornography. Google added “upsetting-offensive” in its latest guidelines for quality raters. Google declined to comment on the changes, which were reported in the blog Search Engine Land and elsewhere.

This begs the question, who decides what is “upsetting-offensive”?  One will have to be quite naïve to think the new filters will not favor statist information and positions over facts and free thought given Google’s connections with the state.  Look at this dated article and shudder, it is likely even more connected to the state today. In a old 2010 piece on techeye.net, the links between Google and the state are immense.

Google’s connections to the Federal Government listed

Some background. Google’s DC office contains 30 employees, nine of whom are registered lobbyists. In addition to this, Google has hired six to seven lobbying firms. Four management-level Google employees have accepted positions within the Obama Administration, and Eric Schmidt, CEO, and John Doerr, Board Member, served as Obama appointees on a key advisory board.

Given this, please support libertarian candidates even if they are lacking in purity.

 

 

Wake up America

Americans need to wake up and realize that our rights are being taken away by a corrupt government.  President Obama assured us years back that his administration would respect the US Constitution but today we find out that the CIA has tools that violate our privacy and we would never know it. (See WikiLeaks Vault 7)

Senator Obama promised in a Woodrow Wilson International Center, Council on Foreign Relations speech on August 1, 2007 that:

His administration would not “spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime, ”

“I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our Constitution and our freedom.

“That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are.

Obama also declared that “the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers”:

“We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary.”1

We Americans must all rise up and tell our government to stop and then only elect candidates who respect the law.

  1. Parks, Bob. “Obama’s 2007 Promise: ‘No More Illegal Wiretapping of American Citizens'” CNS News. N.p., 10 June 2013. Web. 07 Mar. 2017.

No voter fraud?

There is something fundamental to ask regarding the individual action of  voting within our republic. Is the act of voting somehow inoculated from the fraud which infiltrates many other government sponsored endeavors?  Has the human condition elevated to the point that the acts of lying and cheating have been left out of our highly evolved DNA?

There is currently an uproar among the left and some on the right over the fidelity of our nation’s election system. This non-issue or controversy, depending on how you see it, has been covered by the MSM and many alternatives news sources. The defending or questioning of election results by either political side has significant consequences to the support or lack of support of our elected officials.

Suffrage is a state ‘supervised’ activity back by the US Constitution (the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amedments) as well as additional federal back-up supplied by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 but is the act of voting and the tally of results in today’s America above reproach?

The questions being currently raised by both sides in this controversy leads to questions as to:

  1. Is the act of voting somehow different than other actions and interfaces between the individual and the state (general term for government)?
  2. Does the human condition of seeking its self-interests not apply to the act of voting?
  3. Are the individual states’ voting systems (casting and counting) fool-proof such that fraud is impossible?

As a libertarian, I like those on the left and right view voting as essential to our republic’s continuance. Notwithstanding, the state  has a very poor record when it comes to being a victim of fraud perpetrated by individuals and organizations seeking to further their self-interests.

To examine the track record of the state in resisting fraud, listed below are a few examples of actual payment fraud being perpetrated upon the state as reported by the Federal government.  Billions of dollars are being taken by fraud from the state.

A warning, this list is not even close to complete in describing the state’s unwilling being duped. There is no inclusion of fraud by Wall Street, DoD contractors and suppliers, special interest groups, corporate entities, individual taxpayers, military commanders, academic researchers, etc.. These and other offenders are not on the list below but their actions are well known to add support to the need to answer the question below.

Could there also be problems with suffrage in America?

fraud

Table from https://paymentaccuracy.gov/high-priority-programs/

 

 

I am in awe

While reading quotes of our nation’s founders, I am in complete awe of their wisdom prescience. Let me highlight a few I like.

The source is: http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/quotes/govt.html

My comment: This quote could speak to the last few people occupying the Oval Office

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”
–H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

My Comment: Madison is foretelling the welfare state which has been a destructive force in America since the days of FDR.

“The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
— James Madison, speech in the House of Representatives, January 10, 1794

My Comment: Jefferson is spot on regarding the current situation. 

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”
— Thomas Jefferson

My Comment: Jefferson is predicting the problem of Judicial Activism.

“…the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.”
— Thomas Jefferson

My Comment: Franklin told us about the Welfare State years ago and yet, here we are today with millions on the public dole.

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
— Benjamin Franklin

My Comment: Webster highlights the need for the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.” .”
— Noah Webster

My Comment: Madison warns of the creeping behemoth of the Federal Government.

“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
— James Madison, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 16, 1788

My Comment: A prediction of the power grab (production of others) to fund the elites’ power.

“We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping at the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute.”
— Thomas Paine

Is the 5th Amendment no longer valid?

In reading this article, one can see the state taking a very casual view of the rights guaranteed by the 5th and 7th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Under the guise of system efficiency, the statists have usurped peoples’ rights to due process and trial by jury.  This circumstance of power grab by the administrative law judges (ALJs) distills down to Lord Acton’s Power Corrupts adage.

Please read, How Government Agencies Usurp Our Rights — The federal bureaucracy increasingly acts as prosecutor, judge, and jury by Philip Hamburger and tell me if I am wrong.

Find the piece at: How Government Agencies Usurp Our Rights – The federal bureaucracy increasingly acts as prosecutor, judge, and jury.

 

The cause of American decline

If one looks beyond the mainstream media reports, one can easily tag attributes to present day American life that have often been associated with life in the third world. The most predominate of these characteristics is well documented and quite indisputable –  the living standard of the American middle class is in decline. If one elaborates this condition to better understand the phenomena, much of its cause is due to high levels of unemployment and underemployment among the American populous and stagnant wages of those who do manage to be employed.  This condition is not healthy ergo, research shows lower living standards often lead to increases in all types crime, growing corruption and a palpable decline in a nation’s most venerable institutions and infrastructure.  Using open minded analytical thought, one can reasonably see a correlation between America’s  decline in personal freedom and our nation’s migration towards third world status.

Consider the control government, at levels, has on the American economy; America does not have free markets anymore. The invisible hand Adam Smith spoke about is now highly visible and used by the government to pick economic winners and losers. Many segments of the American economy (healthcare, education, communications, manufacturing, transportation, etc.) are highly regulated and taxed such that true market forces such as price discovery and competition are not even present. For example, government bureaucracy sets healthcare prices to the extent that providers rarely compete on price and quality. Today, a medical services choice is rarely based upon price and quality of service. Likewise in higher education, the invisible hand is almost gone and replaced by the strong arm of the federal government; nearly all students can obtain government loans today to pay tuition. Institutions understand this fact and price their services accordingly.  It is not a coincidence as the increasing amount of student debt tracks the rise in college tuition.

Declining freedom can also be seen in governmental incentives/dis-incentives to work and wealth generation. It is well documented that welfare and disability benefits have grown significantly and have destroyed the self worth of millions. Many books and studies have pondered the question, would not most people be happier with meaningful work, earned paycheck, and a career path that could elevate them to a better life and come up with an answer of yes.  In a similar manner, government destroying personal freedom and is exerting greater control on those who do manage to generate wealth. Government’s high tax rates and its corrupt, overly complicated tax code have driven American companies overseas and led them to exploit loopholes to avoid paying taxes. There are many other examples of declining economic freedom in America however, government is working for more control over the most cherished freedoms American’s hold sacred.

America’s most precious freedom, that of free speech and the guarantee of a free press are under assault by government.  What is happening across America on college campuses is truly frightening. New restrictions placed upon the speech of the younger generation is actually happening. One well known institution of learning is going so far as to restrict the use of personal pronouns on campus as to not to offend anyone.  Declines in our first amendment rights go well beyond higher education to the new internet-based media that is under continual threat by the FCC and congress in their desire to police their speech.

Where does this assault on our freedom end? It will only end when Americans take heed to John Locke’s words, “whenever the Legislators endeavor to take away, and destroy the Property of the People, or to reduce them to Slavery under Arbitrary Power, they put themselves into a state of War with the People, who are thereupon absolved from any farther Obedience, and are left to the common Refuge, which God hath provided for all Men, against Force and Violence. Whensoever therefore the Legislative shall transgress this fundamental Rule of Society; and either by Ambition, Fear, Folly or Corruption, endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other an Absolute Power over the Lives, Liberties, and Estates of the People; By this breach of Trust they forfeit the Power, the People had put into their hands, for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the People, who have a Right to resume their original Liberty”.1

  1. Powell, Jim (01. August 1996): John Locke: Natural Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property. In: The Freemann. Publisher: The Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington, New York, USA.