Posted tagged ‘Liberty’

National Opt-Out Day is a Success

November 24, 2010

Actually, today is NOT the busiest air travel day of the year. Not even close! Everyone just thinks it is.

 All reports are that people are moving through the lines quickly – even more quickly than usual – and that only a small percentage of travelers (as expected) have opted-out of the scanners. A handful of educational outreach groups peacefully handed out literature at airports today, but those were far from the security lines, slowing down no one.

 There have even been reports from travelers that in many airports the scanners were not even in use today. Though TSA denies this was a tactical decision on their part, it certainly helps explain why people have been moving through the lines much faster than usual.

 So if TSA actually did feel threatened by Opt-Out Day and you got through an airport security checkpoint today in record time because only the traditional measures were in use – you’re welcome.

It also seems that Thanksgiving air travel is down considerably this year and travel by road is up approximately 12%. A spokesman from AAA says the organization estimates “94 percent of all holiday travelers to go by automobile” this year.

 I’m certain that at least some of that increase in road travel is due to people who have chosen liberty over fake security. So take that, Big Sis. We’re opting out of flying entirely.

 All in all, I’d call the day a rousing success.

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20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 9, 2009

The message for today’s Freedom Movement in America is this – peaceful revolution is possible in modern times. Never give up, never stop spreading the positive message of freedom and liberty.

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Ron Paul: Government and Fraud

December 23, 2008

Government and Fraud

Billions of dollars were recently lost in the collapse of Bernie Madoff’s self-described Ponzi scheme, in which too-good-to-be-true returns on investments were not really returns at all, but the funds of defrauded new investors.  The pyramid scheme collapsed dramatically when too many clients called in their accounts, and not enough new victims could be found to support these withdrawals.  Bernie Madoff was running a blatant fraud operation.  Fraud is already illegal, and he will be facing criminal consequences, which is as it should be, and should act as an appropriate deterrent to potential future criminals.  But it seems every time someone breaks the law, politicians and pundits decide we need more laws, even though lack of laws was not the problem. 

The government itself runs a fraud much bigger than Madoff’s.  Our Social Security system is the very definition of a Ponzi, or pyramid scheme.  If the government truly had an interest in protecting people’s savings, they would allow people to opt out of Social Security altogether.  We would cut wasteful spending, such as our overseas empire, to honor current obligations to seniors, and eventually phase the program out.  Instead, as with Enron and Sarbanes Oxley, I expect new, unrelated legislation to be proposed that further damages freedom in the name of protecting us, amidst loud proclamations that they have made the world safe.

Merely passing a law does not fix any problems, just as throwing paper at a recession does not stop it.  How can a government so complicit in mandatory public fraud effectively pre-empt private fraud?   I see no reason to believe that any new law, or regulatory agency will solve anything.  But I do see liberty slipping away every time Congress decides to “do something”.  We already have an oversight agency, the SEC, which did a poor job overseeing and preventing this, but does a great job hamstringing honest, productive businesses and driving them overseas. 

Total trust in government solutions only creates moral hazard, and amplifies risky behavior.  Trust in government got us here.  We trusted government to eliminate risk, but it just made risk more creative and dangerous.  We trusted the Federal Reserve, a supra-governmental cabal of private banks, to know better than the free market what interest rates should be, and how to stabilize the business cycle, but like a spinning top that loses its balance, it has instead spun the business cycle and the economy wildly out of control. 

No governmental activity can negate market forces or nullify the cardinal rule of caveat emptor.  Government can however, use our fears against us and promise unrealistic outcomes as a means to consolidate power and erode our liberties.  Liberty comes with risk.  This is a fact of life.  But life without liberty is not much of a life at all.

The only way the American people will get through these difficult times is through our own resilience and ingenuity.  At best, the government is irrelevant in finding prosperity again.  At worst, government can present a massive obstacle for the economy to overcome.   If we do not wise up and rein government back in to its Constitutional limitations, bloated government could be a cumbersome unnecessary weight the economy will continually have to support to stay afloat. 

Source: Representative Ron Paul, Texas Straight Talk

The Appleseed Project

December 7, 2008

eagle_duoCalling all patriots to learn about and participate in the Appleseed Project.

Why Appleseed? The project’s web site has a list of great reasons but this is my personal favorite – “To gather new hope for the future. To see Americans — volunteer Americans — not sitting around complaining: no sir, out doing something about it — like saving their country, one person at a time.”

Even if you think you know all you need to know about rifle shooting, you may be surprised. My husband, a very accurate target shooter, went on an Appleseed shoot last year and said he actually learned quite a lot. The shooting skills Appleseed teaches are highly valuable lessons but you’ll also hear some important stories about the rifleman’s honored place in our nation’s history.

Learn more about the Appleseed Project on their web site, http://www.appleseedinfo.org and also in this very interesting article by William Buppert – On The Road With the Appleseed Project: Creating Liberty One Rifleman at a Time.

An Introduction: Young Americans for Liberty

December 5, 2008

Ron Paul Endorses Young Americans for Liberty

The mission of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is to train, educate, and mobilize youth activists committed to “winning on principle.”  Their goal is to cast the leaders of tomorrow and reclaim the policies, candidates, and direction of our government.

 http://blog.yaliberty.org/