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“Morality is personal”

Posted in Liberty on January 30, 2010 by Darkman

Morality is personal. There is no such thing as collective conscience, collective kindness, collective gentleness, collective freedom. To talk of social justice, social responsibility, a new world order, may be easy and make us feel good, but it does not absolve each of us from personal responsibility.

Excellent quote and one I agree with and believe in. Go to The Devil’s Kitchen to see who said it and read the rest of a great post.

Yes, remember

Posted in Liberty on March 27, 2009 by Darkman

Whose Paranoid remembers Goliad:

“FELLOW SOLDIERS: In the order of Providence we are this day called upon to pay the last sad offices of respect to the remains of the noble and heroic band, who, battling for our sacred rights, have fallen beneath the ruthless hand of a tyrant.

I have not talked much about such things, but I was born, raised and live in Texas, and such events as this mean a great deal to me.

Go thou henceforth and read the whole thing.

New Hampshire legislature files resolution declaring state’s rights

Posted in Liberty on February 12, 2009 by Darkman

From Pat Dollard:

The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step Monday by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a “breach of peace” with the states themselves that risks “nullifying the Constitution.”

This act by New Hampshire is a clear warning to the federal government that they could face being stripped of their power by the States (presumably through civil war!

The remarkable document outlines with perfect clarity, some basics long forgotten. For instance, it reminds Congress “That the Constitution of the United States, having delegated to Congress a power to punish treason, counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States, piracies, and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations, slavery, and no other crimes whatsoever;. . . . . therefore all acts of Congress which assume to create, define, or punish crimes, other than those so enumerated in the Constitution are altogether void, and of no force;”

Federal gun crime laws? Void. Federal drug crime laws? Void. The gazzillion other federal criminal laws that deal with anything other than the specific enumerated crimes? ALL VOID.

One would think that if any lawyer anywhere in the entire country was worth his salt, all federal criminal trials would have ended years ago. This seems to prove that most lawyers are dullards.

New Hampshire deals a complete death blow to the pending federal hate crimes legislation by pointing out “That, therefore, all acts of Congress of the United States which do abridge the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, are not law, but are altogether void, and of no force; . . . . .”

Later in the Resolution, New Hampshire makes clear what the feds are now risking if they proceed further: The removal of all powers from the federal government by the States!

Full text of resolution at the link.

via Whose Paranoid

Give Me Liberty by Rose Wilder Lane

Posted in Liberty on November 30, 2008 by Darkman

I have taken advantage of WordPress’ “page” function to give certain essays a more prominent and permanent place on the sidebar than the typical blog post.  (Pardon me if I sometimes include something of my own there).  I have added a new page today that I think is worthy of a complete read.  Written by Rose Wilder Lane and originally published as part of her 1936 book Give Me Liberty.  Here is a taste to whet your appetite.

We appeared suddenly in the doorways of workingmen’s cafes, dingy places with sawdust on earthen floors where one musician forlornly tried to make music on a cheap fiddle and men and women in the gray rags of poverty sat at bare tables and economically sipped beer or coffee. Their terror at the sight of uniforms was abject. All rose and meekly raised their hands. The policemen grinned with that peculiar enjoyment of human beings in possessing such power.

They went through the men’s pockets, making some little jest at this object and that. They found the Labor cards, inspected them, thrust them back in the pockets. At their curt word of release, the men dropped into chairs and wiped their foreheads.

In every place, a few cards failed to pass the examination. No employer had stamped them during the past three days. Men and women were loaded into the patrol wagon.

Now and then, at our entrance, someone tried to escape from back door or window and ran, of course, into the clutch of policemen. We could hear the policemen laughing. The Chief accepted the compliments of the British detective. Everything was perfectly done; no one escaped.

Several women frantically protested, crying, pleading on their knees, so that they had almost to be carried to the wagon. One young girl fought, screaming horribly. It took two policemen to handle her; they were not rough, but when she bit at their hands on her arms, a third slapped her face. In the wagon she went on screaming insanely. I could not understand Hungarian. The Chief explained that some women objected to being given prostitutes’ cards.

To read the entire essay, click here.

Many thanks to Western Rifle Shooters Association for the pointer.

Intro to Anarchism

Posted in Liberty on November 9, 2008 by Darkman

A good, quick introduction to anarchism at A Keyboard and a .45: Anarchism 101.

The first question that people ask of proponents of anarchism is if there is no government, who will take care of [insert “essential” government-provided service here]? This is one of those questions that is best answered by asking another question. Who is in charge of making sure that your local grocery store has the products that you want on hand when you show up to shop there? Who is in charge of making sure that some young person wants to go to medical school so that years later there is a doctor in the Emergency Room when you have need of one? Who was in charge of making sure the house you live in was built in the first place?

All these services are provided by private individuals who have decided to serve you in order to make their living. If they fail at providing the service you want at the quality you demand, then you fire them by no longer doing business with them until they improve. You can’t expect this much from any service the government provides since you generally have no power to fire them and the government always gets its fee from you in the form of taxes. The government can also pass laws that gives it the monopoly over some industries and businesses, including the business of passing laws, with no concern for keeping you, the customer, satisfied. Just compare at how things work at Fed-Ex and UPS over the quality of service provided by the U.S. Postal Service, which has a monopoly over handling the mail because the Federal government says so.

Don’t make the mistake of equating anarchy with violent chaos.  Or if you do, face the fact that our own government causes plenty of violence and chaos all on its own, and then ask yourself what’s the difference.

I wish I had been wrong

Posted in Amerika, Liberty on November 6, 2008 by Darkman

I hope I didn’t sound optimistic in yesterday’s post, because I didn’t mean to.  At best, I feel vindicated.

I have noticed a big difference in the attitudes of those who were still thinking that somehow the system worked, that somehow we could weasel our way out of disaster one more time–and those who realized the jig was up a long time ago.

We will now have an openly socialist government.  And the key word is “openly.”  I am in my mid-40’s, and this is exactly what I’ve seen coming for 25 years or more, and what I’ve tried to tell friends and associates many times, always to be ridiculed as a whacko.

I’m not gloating.  As I said, I feel vindicated, and in a sense, relieved.  The lines will be much clearer now.  Violations of fundamental rights will be much more obvious and blatant.  It is going to wake a lot of people up.

Is it too late?  Maybe.  But it has been far too easy for people to remain in denial as we slouched toward socialism.  We will now be taking long, bold steps and it will be very hard for anyone to ignore.  All you “lesser evilists” out there who have been shoving us further and further in the wrong direction will have to wake up and recognize what you’ve done.

Time to link to Mike Vanderboegh.  He writes it so much better than I.

Stages

Posted in Election 2008, Liberty on November 5, 2008 by Darkman

I’ve been reading various other bloggers’ opinions on what may be to come.  Some say to relax, others suggest doom on the horizon.  I think it will be somewhere in between.  To those who are saying the coming presidency is no big deal:  you are badly underestimating the steamroller that a socialist president and socialist-controlled congress will become.  To the doomsingers I say:  it’s not the end of the world, and it’s not the end of this country.  The coming years will be ugly, rough, terrible, add a few more adjectives, but it isn’t the end.

The Obamaniacs have had a long stage of “hope.”  Hope for what?  No one knows, but they have it.  But now they’ve won.  The hope stage is ending.  Today began the Anticipation stage.

Remember Christmas Eve when you were a kid?  Remember how you consulted with your siblings and cousins, and talked about what you wanted and what you expected to get?  Speculating on the immense fortune that the future would bring was more fun than actually getting the gifts; by the end of the day you were stoked on adrenaline and could barely sleep, so worked up you were thinking about the next day.

But you were always a little disappointed, right?  You never really got everything, did you?  (I hope not, otherwise my analogy falls apart).

The Maniacs have two months to work themselves into an even greater lather on speculation of what they expect.  Then he takes office, and the Expectation phase begins.

Except a lot of those Expectations won’t be fulfilled.  A lot of those Expectations will take forms that were wholly unexpected, even by his sycophants.

The Expectation phase will be followed by a stage of inevitable Disappointment.  And following Disappoint, Anger.  But it could take a long time.

Well, I’m tired of trying to predict the future and I’m running low on chicken entrails.  I’m no one important, anyway.  But I have to say one or two more things before I leave it alone.

Expect the Democrat/socialists to try and get rid of the filibuster.  Some bloggers think they won’t do it because it would remove their last excuse for failure.  However, I am certain they will, the first time it is used to block one of their new proposals.  They have been making incremental gains for decades, but now they have tasted blood and it is going to be very hard for them to hold back from removing anything that blocks their way.  Neither will I be surprised if they try and remove the two-term limit on serving as President.

Forgive me for not providing links, but I have also read some bloggers who think that the MSM will turn against him fairly quickly.  I think this is possible, but it will be very long term and will depend on how frequently and how brusquely he “casts out” journalists who don’t display a proper level of unquestioning reverence.  If he plays them right, he could keep them as his unofficial propaganda department for years to come.  If he starts cutting them off for asking real questions, the confusion and resultant fury of the MSM will be a joy to behold.

Finally, I am reminded today of an episode of the British comedy Coupling.  It was made not long after the Labor Party had gained control, and one of the conservatives in the portrayed discussion made the point that now (paraphrasing), “We are the minority.  We are the opposition.  We are the revolution.”

This is something to remember.  The socialists have their way.  They control the Presidency and the Congress.  Within four years they may very well control the Supreme Court.  We are the opposition.  We are the revolution.

I am still convinced that the upcoming struggle will be one mostly of information.  The Democrats, or liberals, or socialists (pick your term) are going to swiftly run out of excuses.  The war will be won by hammering home the facts, again and again; by putting the information out there where it will be seen by anyone and everyone.  It isn’t going to be fun.  It’s going to be hard, frustrating work.  It could easily turn into dangerous work.  But by the time the Disappointment stage is reached, people are going to be feeling betrayed and looking for answers, and only the truth will catalyze their anger.