“Property is the fruit of labor... Property is desirable...is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
(Abraham Lincoln, Reply to New York Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association, March 21, 1864.)
"The statesman who would attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals, would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted to no council and senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it." – Adam Smith
"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." Winston Churchill
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville
“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds...[we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers... And this is the tendency of all human governments.” Thomas Jefferson
“Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.” Thomas Jefferson
My rights end where yours begin. You’d think that’s a no-brainer, wouldn’t you? The Constitution, which is what we are referring to when we say we love this country and what it stands for, was designed for that purpose among men. It can also be stated as Jefferson stated it: “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.” This is the practical application of my rights ending only where yours begin, and it applies ESPECIALLY so to the government, which is not benefactor, but force, fire, law, coercion. And it is zero-sum - all people can have liberty, but every increase in government power is *necessarily* and by definition a decrease in personal liberty. It should be viewed as such, as a necessary evil that will only be tolerated in the smallest amounts.
Yet I hear hard leftists proclaiming to “love this country” and proclaiming to believe that “my rights end where yours begin” and am perversely disgusted and amazed. They keep using those words – it doesn’t mean what they think it means. Actually, I am no longer interested in having a dialogue with the left (no, seriously, I want nothing to do with you) or searching for nonexistent common ground with such people – they’re unhinged, and just plain wrong. What’s more important is that people who really DO care about this country, who DO value and wish to uphold the constitution, who DO contribute to society and wish to build it up rather than tear it down, start understanding what they have to kick out from among their ranks.
To the left I mostly have to ask just who the hell you think you are to try to FORCE the rest of the country into your coercive, socialist, completely unconstitutional scheme? What RIGHT do you think you have to take what your neighbor has produced and built because you haven’t bothered to build your own? Under a free system comprised of free people, you could go form all the little socialist societies you want – all the communes, all the societies that you like – what POSSIBLE right do you think you have to force us ALL to live your way? You can take everything you make and give it to anyone you want – hell, you can set up any kind of charity system that floats your damned boat – but you instead wish to steal it from your neighbors at the point of a gun. Don’t you ever speak to me of liberty or rights, vermin. And that’s all I have to say to them.
More importantly is that there is no time left to play pussyfoot with half-assed, establishment candidates who not only openly speak of RULING us and “leading” us, but have systematically oppressed the American people, in that gradual series of oppressions pursued unalterably throughout various administrations in order to enslave us. This series of oppressions has been pursued to varying degrees since at least 1929 (and arguably earlier) with brief bursts back towards liberty in some instances (the post-Kennedy tax cuts, his legacy, Ronald Reagan).
It is actually unfair to blame the open left for what the rest of society has allowed to happen. They don’t make bones about what they want. There have been countless increments, countless warnings – we can’t claim ignorance of the leftist takeover of educational institutions to the exclusion of knowledge and common sense – to be honest, we can’t pretend that anything else COULD come of a government system that is applied by force in the first place. A socialist system of education enforced upon the people at large for the express purpose of teaching their young what to think? What could possibly go wrong with that? Succumbing as a public to the bribes made with our own property? No, the frog may have excuse with his tiny brain for letting himself be boiled degree by degree, but we’re sentient beings, and we have no such excuse. We have ceded our liberty inch by inch until the only meaningful *choice* that was left was between a pro-war reluctant socialist and a socialist reluctant pro-warrior. The only thing on either ticket that remotely embraced any version of liberty and constitutionalism was Sarah Palin, and you see how ALL of them did her.
Fortunately she had the effect of reassuring people that the constitution, that liberty were not yet dead in the realm of politicians – just badly, badly wounded. She gave hope to literally millions of people that this is not going to be the last of us fighting for the constitution, for individual liberty, for the growth of the nation.
The imperative is abundantly clear – to completely oust the halfway socialists, the appeasers to the left, the entrenched political personalities and memes that have occluded our clear view of the constitution and our rights and liberties. To rise up in clear defense of the constitution, of our liberties, WITHOUT compromise (because our constitution and our liberties are nonnegotiable) and DEFEAT all who would subvert them and remake this nation into something it was never intended to be. Now there are plenty of places you can go if you wish to live socialism – and if we manage to save this country from ruin, they will likely be able to continue to enjoy their “benign” faux-utopias because their continued existence depends on our salvation and continuance. So go there. Or did you imagine we have to build walls to keep people IN, you idiots? If you want to live here, you are going to have to live by the constitution and form your own socialist societies within it if that’s what you want so bad, and that means you faux-“conservatives” – yes I’m looking at you George Bush, and John McCain, and Bush Sr. and everyone else in the freaking room – are either going to do so or you’re going to the back of the bus and shut the fuck up while, as others have so aptly put it, the adults drive. We aren’t going to put up with another degree, and we’re going to turn on the COOLING system full-force.
Which means for example, don’t you EVER tell me how you, Mr. Congressman or Ms. President, are going to improve the schools – tell me how you’re going to get the federal government OUT of the education business entirely and give the schools back to their respective states. Tell me how you’re going to repeal mandatory attendance laws and give inspirational speeches to get local people involved with their own responsibilities.
It means I don’t want to hear how you’re going to “improve the health care system” except to get the hell out of it and LET IT DO WHAT IT DOES. How you are going to give this country BACK to the people who own it and make it – that’s what you better be telling me from here on in. I will brook no less. Any less and I swear unto my very death to oppose you, to do my best to sabotage your every effort, to mock, deride and ridicule your purposes as loudly and publicly as it is possible to do, to throw any possible wrench into the works that you intend to do. This is my message to the “moderates”, to the McCains and the Bushes and the half-assed non-liberty non-constitutionalist appeasers. To the open left, you seem to have invited something of a civil conflict – so be it. I’ll be on the other side of it than you, just for the record. Win, lose or die. Remember -