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Freedom > Privilege

Posted in Commentary, Current Events, Government, Inner Strength, Life, News, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2013 by Ronin

When you add a caveat to Freedom then it’s no longer a freedom but a privilege. We don’t have a Bill of Rights but one of privileges.

However…only if you recognize someone or a group of someones have authority over you. The reality of it is, the only way you lose a right, is if someone kills you. Other than that, it’s because you gave it up. Is someone holding a gun to your head saying speak and you shall die? If you say the ‘wrong’ things you will be in trouble and in fear you give it up and say nothing at all. You still can, you have the power. This is but one example.

That’s on you, as for me, don’t try to lash me down because you fear the sovereign man. I’m not your enemy, your enemy is in the mirror.

Is A Voter Accountable for the Ballots They Cast?

Posted in Activism, Commentary, Current Events, Government, History, Life, Local Government, News, Politics, State with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2013 by Ronin

One of my favorite podcasts/radio shows is Free Talk Live and one of the hosts Ian is fond of saying, “not my government” which to a point is correct. However recently I have been thinking voters should be held accountable for the actions of those they voted for, especially if it is an incumbent politician! They have a track record you can look at, instead of the big game they talk. Technically, they do “work” for you in theory.

What if you had not voted though?

I would ask why? Was it apathy, or none of the several (there are more than two) running just didn’t line up with your principles? I can respect the second. If you are not involved in politics and making sure the government does not overreach then we will have few option since diplomacy failed. Fight or retreat. With the state of the electorate, I would leave and let the country fall, they deserve everything that comes to them.

People complain about things that affect them (understandably) but are so damn short sighted they do not realize and/or care about the ill effects on others. Yes, you may be having a hard time making ends meet and sign up for government assistance; but do you realize that your neighbors on the block just got saddled with the burden of your life as well as their own. Selfish if you ask me. Yet your vote in November made it possible by keeping the status quo.

On the other hand, as another example, you see unrest overseas and say someone should do something about it, so you vote for the neoconservative politician that will send troops overseas. The admirable thing would be if you went, not by sending proxies. That vote you just cast does more than waste money on things that does not matter to our well-being as a whole, you just ripped men and women from families to handle someone else’s business instead of their own. Because you are such a busybody, some will not make it home on his or her own. You were an accessory in their death, and a family loses a father/husband/son or mother/wife/daughter because you chose someone with a track record of sending troops overseas.

A voter’s hands are not clean. Those hands hit a button far more powerful than the trigger of a fully automatic weapon. It keeps a government that steals (taxes), enslaves (prison), murders (current wars/death penalty/civilians killed in battle or police raids), invades your privacy and subjugates everyone (victimless crimes). The common criminal only wishes they had it so good and Al Capone would be jealous he hadn’t thought of it.

Voting has consequences and you are fully accountable for those votes.

“Marriage Isn’t About Desires of Adults”

Posted in Activism, Commentary, Current Events, Gay Rights, God, Government, History, Life, News, Politics, Wedding with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2013 by Ronin

I get a newsletter from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, and this week I got one concerning the Supreme Court’s taking on Prop. 8 and the Defense Of Marriage Act. I thought to myself that this might be interesting; it also was infuriating to my personal philosophy. Here’s a link here so let’s take a look.

Those pressing the Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 essentially argue that marriage as we’ve always known it is not constitutional. But redefining marriage would make marriage about the desires of adults rather than the well-being of children.

That was the takeaway from a media briefing Tuesday at the National Press Club featuring Heritage’s Ryan T. Anderson, Claremont Institute legal scholar John C. Eastman, and Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Austin R. Nimocks (who is also co-counsel in the Prop 8 case).

“Government is not in the marriage business to regulate citizens’ romantic lives,” Anderson said. “Encouraging marriage is the only way to ensure adults take responsibility for their children.”

And what is DOMA? Regulation.

Redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships would further separate marriage from the reality that every child needs both a mother and a father, Anderson said, and transform the institution into whatever emotional bond the government says it is.

Say what? The damn welfare state and irresponsible heterosexual people are doing a bang up job of screwing up the ‘sanctity of marriage’. Look at Hollywood and the amount of kids on food stamps, government insurance, etc. And you know what? Everyone of them came from a heterosexual relationship. Let’s move on…

 Among the consequences: erosion of religious freedom and growth of the welfare state.

There is nothing “equal” about redefining marriage, Anderson said, a point he also made in a piece this week in The Washington Post. And the Court has held that same-sex marriage is not a fundamental right, said Eastman, author of Heritage’s legal memo on the marriage cases.

Religious freedom? Is someone else’s actions in their life going to come between you and your God? Does your God not realize it’s not your doing? Not very omniscient if it doesn’t. It’s not Biblical? I offer this…

Welfare state? You know what grows that? Democrats do. Republicans do. A supermajority of straight politicians. Excuses. The real growth comes from politicians bribing constituents with ‘free’ money.

This line…”same-sex marriage is not a fundamental right” If it’s not, then neither is heterosexual marriage and in the name of equality all marriages should be annulled or government gets the hell out of it and stays out.

“What is at stake is the constitutional authority of the American people,” Anderson said.

To that I offer this…

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The Tenth Amendment. There is nothing in the Constitution that supports DOMA as legal. However, State’s can define marriage under the 10th, however it’s not right. The Constitution is flawed after all, but I can argue with this point from the Declaration of Independence...”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

All men and women, straight, bisexual, homosexual, all races and creeds, are created equal free to their Life, Liberty to do what they want without physically harming another and pursuit of happiness, such as marrying whoever they love. Stating that someone has power to limit this flies in the face of what this country was founded on.

What would you do if a majority voted that you couldn’t marry your sweetheart?

Gun Control After A Disaster? Not If Arkansas Has A Say.

Posted in Activism, Commentary, Current Events, Government, Life, News, Politics, State with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2013 by Ronin

Should a Governor be able to stop gun sales, their dispensement and the transporting of them during a disaster? A bunch of Representatives in Arkansas don’t believe so, and they filed H.B. 1819. It takes the above ‘power’ from the Governor in a disaster. Not a lot to read:

SECTION 1. Arkansas Code § 12-75-114(e)(8), concerning the disaster emergency responsibilities of the Governor, is amended to read as follows:
(8) Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles; and

And…its not finished apparently. After Katrina, a law was passed in Arkansas making it illegal for the Governor to confiscate guns after a disaster, if I remember right. This strips more power, from the Governor. So, thoughts on the Bill?

Outflanking Mayor Bloomberg

Posted in Activism, Commentary, Current Events, Government, Life, Local Government, News, Politics, State with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2013 by Ronin
English: New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

English: New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rep. Harris filed a bill called H.B. 1503 CREATING THE OFFENSE OF UNLAWFUL PROCUREMENT OF A FIREARM OR AMMUNITION.

(b) A person commits the offense of unlawful procurement of a firearm or ammunition if he or she knowingly:

 (1) Solicits, persuades, encourages, or entices a licensed dealer or private seller to transfer a firearm or ammunition under unlawful circumstances; or
(2) Provides false information to a licensed dealer or private seller with a purpose to deceive the licensed dealer or private seller concerning the lawfulness of a transfer of a firearm or ammunition.

Straw Purchases. Something that is already illegal on a federal level. Generally a tactic of Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Virginia has a similar law according to this story here. However, despite breaking the law repeatedly, as documented here the law ignores him. A Federal Judge ignored him here so he continues on. Will Arkansas let draw a line in the sand?

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