Wednesday, October 25, 2017

If Only We Had Abolished Slavery

Many people mistakenly believe we've abolished slavery in the United States.  It was certainly the impression I got in history class, so it's understandable if people don't realize this ugly truth.  If you've read the 13th Amendment thoroughly, you will have noticed there are exceptions that allow slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime.

Once you recognize this reality, it becomes clear why we have more laws being written in one year than some nations have over their entire history.  There are private corporations running prisons for profit, which also have a strong lobbyist influence with lawmakers.  It's no surprise our incarceration rate is the highest in the world, there's a lot of money to be made.

It's quite impossible today to imagine a world where we did abolish slavery with the 13th Amendment, but I can't help but think the country would be much stronger, and have a much lower incarceration rate.  We currently spend countless taxpayer dollars to incarcerate people for crimes, and if those crimes caused a victim (corpus dilecti) it's money well spent.  Unfortunately, we don't just prosecute people for breaching the common law, but pursue their legal persons and file charges against them for code and statutory compliance failures.  These laws are meant for corporations, but since your legal person created at birth by the 14th Amendment is technically a corporation, a prosecutor will seek to establish joinder between your legal person and you and then hold your body in bondage for the debt if you refuse to pay the charges.

This is how we ended up with the huge incarceration rate we have today, a system has been created to profit off of the practice.  Further evidence the judicial system is more about money than justice was provided to us recently at a press conference where a Sheriff complained that justice reforms were causing him to lose the "prisoners that will work" and help keep his prison running.

It's a sad state of affairs, and an Article V convention to fix the 13th Amendment seems a longshot at this point.  Lack of awareness about this issue is also a problem, and it wouldn't hurt us to acknowledge we do in fact practice slavery and indentured servitude in The United States.  It'd be a start.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Facebook Censorship and Projecting Racism

This is a good example of someone taking their own racism and projecting it on to someone else who disagrees with their sentiment that white people should be silenced.  Posted and reported multiple times on Facebook, I've shared it here to make sure we have these racists on the record somewhere.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Why Anarchy is Just as Much of a Pipe Dream as Communism

When researching history, it's easy to find the deadly effects of trying to implement communism.  It's literally all over our history books.  However, one power structure (or lack of one in this case) has never really been given much attention in the history books:  Anarchy

Now, don't get me wrong, if I had a choice only between anarchy and communism, anarchy would be a no-brainer.  As a matter of fact, anarchy and voluntaryism are quite appealing.  Unfortunately, anarchy and communism share the same Achilles heel, which is human nature.  Specifically, greed, and ego are the primary reasons both communism and anarchism are pipe dreams.

Imagine all forms of government disappeared tomorrow, what would happen?  Under the theory of voluntaryism, you wouldn't have to subject yourself to anyone's jurisdiction, you would be sovereign.  This is the utopia anarchists dream of, but if they ever achieved it, it would be short-lived.

Most anarchists believe in the Non-aggression principle, which says violence can only be used for defense.  However, if there was no government or authority to punish those that violate the NAP, we'd soon see people banding together voluntarily to protect themselves from violent outsiders.  Everyone knows that there's safety in numbers.  When those people band together, they might come up with a set of laws for their society to follow, and even establish boundaries (borders) so they could feel safe from outside attacks on their own land.  Other people would do the same, and before you know it, multiple factions will be competing over resources.  Some factions will undoubtedly choose violence as a way to impose their will on rival factions, and the peace and prosperity of voluntaryism will have been shown to be unworkable. 

If you want to see the results of anarchy, you can find it all around you.  The end results are drawn on a map for you to see.  A map that shows  195 factions (196 if you count Taiwan) made up of millions of people, each with their own set of rules to follow, borders, strengths, and weaknesses.

Therefore, I feel it's safe to conclude that if all governments of this world magically disappeared, we would simply start building new ones.  It would basically be like hitting a reset button, so we could struggle and kill each other like we did before to get to this point.  After all, there's safety in numbers.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

One of the Ways America Went Wrong

I'm sure there are many factors you could point to that put our nation on the wrong path, but today I'd like to focus specifically on the judicial system. 

Policing for profit is probably the biggest issue I have with law enforcement.  This practice comes from a ridiculous law called civil asset forfeiture.  This unconstitutional law allows police to seize assets without any due process, all they need to do is claim they feel the assets are being used for illegal activity.  Your property can be indefinitely seized for nothing more than vague suspicions.  Even worse, the department that seizes the assets keeps them for itself, providing even more motivation to seize people's property without cause. 

Now, departments depend on this shady practice to fund their departments.  Some counties in Texas have 40% of their law enforcement funding coming from asset forfeiture.  This makes this bogus law hard to repeal, as many municipalities have become dependent on this ill gotten booty.

Asset forfeiture isn't the only way cops police for profit, although it's the most blatant.  They also serve citations for victimless crimes:

  • Prostitution
  • Drug use
  • Traffic citations
  • Public drunkenness
  • Gambling

  • These are just some examples.  The cities and municipalities that rely on cops to generate revenue are the real problem.  Sure, a cop may be a complacent participant in this scheme, but our own elected officials allowed this to happen in the first place.  I'd rather our communities would employ peace officers instead of revenue rangers.  A cop with a radar gun on the side of the road might generate revenue, but he's not helping anyone with a real emergency.  We've basically turned LEOs into an extortion arm of whatever city or municipality employs them, and it's a damn shame.

    Let's not forget the other extortion racket we call courts.  There are usually no constitutional judges presiding over these courts, but rather executive administrators, which can't possibly give you a fair trial, because guess where their money comes from.  How can we have an honest and fair court when the "judge" and prosecutor (and even your public defender) all eat their slop from the same trough?

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    EU Requirements

    "European Union laws require you to give European Union visitors information about cookies used on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent."

    Fuck the EU, they aren't in charge of the internet outside of their shitty union.  What are they gonna do if I don't comply?  Not a damn thing because I'm not one of their subjects, and never will be. 

    Monday, May 9, 2016

    Desecration of Old Glory is Ironic

    I've found myself at odds with friends over this issue.  I see many memes and other declarations on Facebook claiming that, "If you disrespect the flag in front of me, you'll get your ass beat."  That is what prompted this long overdue post.

    So, in the United States, you have the 1st Amendment protected right to freedom of speech.  This speech includes desecration and burning of the American Flag.  For many, the flag is a representation of the ideals our nation was founded on.  The Bill of Rights is sort of this country's sacred 10 commandments.  That being said, the top of the list is freedom of speech. 

    So, it appears exercising your freedom of speech to desecrate the symbol of that freedom is self-defeating.  The problem is, symbols are interpreted differently by different people.  The Stars & Stripes are a symbol of imperialism and oppression to foreigners around the world.  It's the symbol of corporate greed, and American hypocrisy of bombing foreign countries into democracy.  It's even a symbol of the Great Satan to certain religious zealots.  Perhaps this is the reason the Supreme Court decided that desecrating the flag should be considered free speech.

    No matter the reasoning behind the SCOTUS ruling, they've held (quite consistently) that the offensive act of desecration of the flag is a protected right.  Yet, there are many "patriots" who suspend logic and succumb to the emotional response of someone destroying "their" symbol.  Silly slogans spill from their mouths, such as, "You don't like USA, get out!" 

    The truth is, flag burners, and the people that threaten violence to stop them are both misguided.  They've both put this symbol above logic and reason.  Flag burners are desecrating a symbol of the freedom that allows them to burn the flag, while "patriots" attempt to oppress the flag-burners' freedom of speech, because it offends them.

    This obviously hypocritical action by "patriots" is also self-defeating.  How can you defend freedom when you attack anyone exercising it?  This emotional reaction is most likely a symptom of nationalism. 

    Nationalism is a horrible way of thinking.  To paraphrase Doug Stanhope, it causes you to hate people you've never met (foreigners), and to take credit for accomplishments you had nothing to do with (we saved the French's ass in WWII).

    The 1st Amendment is there to protect offensive speech, because un-offensive speech doesn't need protecting.  Being able to hear offensive and new ideas will do nothing to hold a society back.  Conversely, if we squelch new and scary ideas, and imprison people for thinking, we will have a very hard time advancing as a society/species. 

    We've made mistakes in history that reflect this.  The most famous is the imprisonment of Galileo Galilei for his now proven theory of heliocentrism.  The man had a new idea about the universe that the political and scientific establishment disagreed with, and was locked away for it.  The 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution is a safeguard against such injustices, but as long as there are "patriots" out there willing to threaten violence against people they disagree with, we still have work to do as a society.


    Saturday, June 27, 2015

    Equality Does Not Equal Liberty

    Is polygamy worse than homosexuality? Must be, it's still illegal in the "land of the free." I'm glad people were happy yesterday, but we've got 200+ years of government overreach. The fact that government is involved in the religious institution of marriage is unconstitutional, and frankly establishes theocracy, not democracy. 

    We've foolishly given up so much of our freedom, people rot in jail for victimless crimes. We face the threat of fines and imprisonment for exercising our natural rights without the government's permission. This means we don't have rights, merely privileges the government could take away. 

    Worse still, we have a legal system with a built in conflict of interest. Can we really expect fairness at trial when the police, prosecutors, and judges all feed from the same trough?

    We are merely livestock to the super elite, and we prove them right every day by continuing to accept their dominance over us. We ask permission to get married, hunt, fish, travel, build a home, and even participate in commerce. 

    What happened yesterday was a tiny victory for equality, but did nothing at all for the cause of true liberty.

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

    Martial law is already here, and has been since 1933

    In March 1933, President Roosevelt invoked Emergency War Powers under Public Law 1,suspending the constitution and effectively implementing Executive Branch control of the entire country. Since the Constitution is a limitation on the federal government, all such limitations have been suspended for over 68 years, we have been operating under limited martial law for that entire period.

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

    100 Years of Economic Enslavement - Woodrow Wilson's Treason

    Edward Mandell House had this to say in a private meeting with President Woodrow Wilson:

    “[Very] soon, every American will be required to register their biological property in a national system designed to keep track of the people and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging. By such methodology, we can compel people to submit to our agenda, which will effect our security as a chargeback for our fiat paper currency. Every American will be forced to register or suffer being unable to work and earn a living. They will be our chattel, and we will hold the security interest over them forever, by operation of the law merchant under the scheme of secured transactions.

    “Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills of lading to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, forever to remain economic slaves through taxation, secured by their pledges. They will be stripped of their rights and given a commercial value designed to make us a profit and they will be none the wiser, for not one man in a million could ever figure our plans and, if by accident one or two should figure it out, we have in our arsenal plausible deniability. After all, this is the only logical way to fund government, by floating liens and debt to the registrants in the form of benefits and privileges. This will inevitably reap to us huge profits beyond our wildest expectations and leave every American a contributor to this fraud which we will call ‘Social Insurance.’

    “Without realizing it, every American will insure us for any loss we may incur and in this manner, every American will unknowingly be our servant, however begrudgingly. The people will become helpless and without any hope for their redemption and, we will employ the high office of the President of our dummy corporation to foment this plot against America.”

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Global Warming Solutions

    Okay folks, I'm still hearing about the global warming. These fools  are not going to let it go. They've never made one accurate prediction, and they insist we're the idiots for not believing them. So just for fun, I'm going to play devil's advocate. I'm going to make believe that global warming is real, and instead of non solutions like higher taxes and government bullshit, I'm actually going to give you real solutions.

    1 - Use  outer space as a refrigerator. All we have to do is run a refrigeration circuit to a geosynchronous satellite that acts as a condenser coil. There will probably be an argument about where the thermostat goes.

    2 - Transport huge amounts of ocean water to outer space via rockets to combat global flooding.

    3 - Develop the technology to colonize another planet, before we destroy this one.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    Why the American Dream has 1 Foot in the Grave

    This may be the turning point in our country, where we will be forever judged, as the generation that failed to protect freedom, individualism, and prosperity as a nation.  I personally believe our Constitution could save us, but no one in our Federal Government seems to intend to honor and obey our most sacred document as a nation.  Here we are, in the final hour of a deadline which is completely fabricated by our own fiscal irresponsibility.  Now, we can choose the easy path, or the hard.  The problem is, our leaders see the easy path as the hard one, and vice-versa.  This is because of the short-sighted nature of our political leaders.  They would rather serve themselves than the American People.

    I myself am a Libertarian, but I always held out hope the Republicans would someday stand on their hind legs, and fight for what's right, even if it meant political suicide.  That kind of bravery is apparently gone. That bravery was in abundance at Normandy, and Iwo Jima, but alas, that generation is fading into the sunset.  We dishonor their memory by capitulating to the socialist agenda of the Democratic Party, which brought an end to the Socialist Party by adopting their platform.

    Democrats have believed in slavery since their conception, but losing the Civil War forced them to adopt a new kind of enslavement, economic.  Economic enslavement is easily accomplished through the IRS, which was used by Democrats to target the few enemies they had in the TEA Party.  Now we will be subjects of our government from cradle to grave, depending on them for our food, healthcare, welfare, and never shall we stand up and bite the hand that feeds.

    Well, as dire as the last senctence I wrote was, I can't, and won't believe in it.  My father was wounded twice fighting communism, and I refuse to let the tyranny of a ruling class destroy the legacy of freedom he fought for.  I refuse to be treated as a slave, a vassal, a serf.  I stand and fight, with my words, and if that fails, my actions.  I will not stand by and be subjugated by a totalitarian regime intent on destroying my freedom, and my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  I won't go quietly, I will fight to the bitter end for what I think is right.  After all, that's what being an American is supposed to be.  That's what being a Texan is supposed to be.  Texas didn't gain independence from religious oppression and taxation without representation from Mexico by laying down and taking it.

    At the Alamo William Barrett Travis drew a line in the sand, and all but one pledge to defend the Alamo to their last breath.  Without the Alamo, there could be no San Jacinto.  The Republicans may have missed their Alamo moment, but Americans have not.  There is still time to stand up and fight, and I hope there are enough people that have the conviction to do what's right, even in the face of defeat.  That's how Texas won, that's how America won, and that's how we'll win again.

    As I finish this post, I watch on C-SPAN as our elected senators laugh and joke, while they vote to end the shutdown.  They think we serve them, but we must show them that they serve us.