Government involved in enforcing beliefs is always bad. Liberty says we are free to believe and to NOT believe as our conscience dictates. So lets review Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act based on the standard of Liberty.
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Do NOT tell me we have to “go along to get along.” Do NOT tell me I am ignoring reality. I am not ignoring reality. I just don’t accept it! I choose not to accept and encourage the current staus quo and make excuses for our failings. I am not a “go along to get along” person. I am not powerless to the forces around me. I choose to CHANGE reality.
Liberty breeds more Liberty. Servitude breeds more servitude. Isn’t it way, way, way past time that we cleanse ourselves of tyranny and kick the government out of our lives and once again experience a life of Liberty.
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What could Obama have possibly done to make even the ACLU sue him? Well, believe it or not, the ACLU is defending your Liberty and Obama is the common enemy.
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What is the root of the marriage debate? How does separation of church and state fit in? What is Oklahoma doing to end the conflict? All revolve around Liberty, some good, some bad.
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I had a brief conversation with Dennis Prager yesterday about Liberty. He gave a speech that resonated with Liberty First principles, as I would have expected. But truly understanding and embracing Liberty is not always pleasant and not always comfortable. Lets get challenged today in the name of Liberty!
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While the jihadists continue to ravage the Middle East (astoundingly unslowed by tough-sounding speeches) our decapitated economy creeps along. When the unemployment rate is “improved” by way of folks giving up their search for a job, it’s good to see people still pursuing their dreams.
When I was in Bemidji, MN teaching the Genealogy of the Constitution, I had the pleasure of attending a community day held by a local “big corporation,” big relative to Bemidji, MN. This corporation is family owned and operated. Built upon an innovative idea, a dream of a son made a reality. The realization of that dream has improved the lives of many in this community. It has made the operation of large excavators safer and more efficient. Without this corporation, life for many would be very different.
Freedom of thought combined with a Liberty to dream and then ACT upon those dreams is one of the reasons why America is exceptional. We have much to be Thankful for. Government didn’t build this. Families willing to sacrifice and work toward their dreams built this.
In a day when it is popular to attack anything with the name corporation on it and to belittle anything that comes close to a profit motive, we must remember that corporations are made up of people. Those people decide to be ethical or to be corrupt, to be greedy or to be generous. Innovation driven by the desire to improve your own life and the lives of those you care for, be that family, community or nation has lifted millions out of poverty. Without this engine, government alone is powerless to sustain a thriving population. So let’s make sure we are identifying the right terms and the right targets before we attack the very ideas that have fundamentally transformed the world for the better.
We need to remember that we are a nation built upon freedom and morality; the very building blocks of Liberty. When men, not corporations, become immoral the end result is always the same…oppression.
“…when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”
Doing away with business, profit, or capitalism does nothing to address the moral failings of the people who abuse these ideas. We should work to restore the principles that make America great, not undermine them. More innovation. Less government intrusion. More personal responsibility. Less government regulation. Capitalism is not the problem and government is certainly not the solution. What we need are moral people who still believe in American ideals. We need Americans who will continue to pursue their dream and not quit. And wouldn’t it be nice to have leadership that shared the same dream. The dream to build, not the dream to tear down. That was the dream of MY father.
As we approach Independence Day, lets advocate for revolution…a revolution of the MIND. We need to free ourselves from federal dependency, even when its our “pet program.” We need to become self-sufficient, sovereign, and independent once again. We are also going to discuss the 6th Amendment and Jury Nullification. Education is essential to the preservation of Liberty…Let’s get educated!
Expansion of the federal government has crept along slowly but surely decade after decade. It’s a bit like a “connect the dots” page, where you can’t quite make out the picture until the lines are all drawn. We don’t seem to connect the dots of cause and effect, so we never seem to see the picture until it’s too late. When someone does connect the dots, it sounds like a fairy tale because we are not used to seeing it all at once. Here is a bit of connect the dots to make you think.
Some years ago the Supreme Court (part of the federal government) determined that the government could bypass your rights as long as the government could establish a “compelling governmental interest”. That is how the government can create for itself exceptions to your 4th Amendment for national security reasons, or to your 2nd Amendment for safety reasons. The Feds say “we can, we need to, so we will, because we say we can.”
Combine this government created authority to bypass your rights with the newest big expansion of power, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and we can predict what our future may be if we stay on our present trajectory:
The ACA gives the federal government the authority to subsidize your health insurance. Whenever the government spends money on a purpose, they are automatically vested with a “compelling governmental interest” in that purpose. With a “compelling governmental interest” in health insurance, they inherit a “compelling governmental interest” in anything that directly or significantly impacts that interest. Following with that Supreme Court logic we can surmise that…
1. A “compelling governmental interest” in health insurance creates a “compelling governmental interest” in health care. After all, your health care and the subsequent cost of that health care directly and significantly impact your health insurance.
2. A “compelling governmental interest” in health insurance creates a “compelling governmental interest” in your HEALTH. After all, your health and the subsequent impact of your health on your health care directly and significantly impact your health insurance.
3. A “compelling governmental interest” in health insurance creates a “compelling governmental interest” in what you eat, where you live and where you work. After all, what you eat, where you live, and where you work all directly impact your health, the subsequent cost of that health care directly and significantly impact your health insurance.
Since according to the Supreme Court, a “compelling governmental interest” can trump any of your inalienable rights, this “compelling governmental interest” authorizes the government to tell you where you can live, what you can eat, and where you can work.
Does that sound “extreme”? Think about this. The federal government has an agency called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). This committee meets with the sole purpose to:
“encourage Americans to focus on eating a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease. A healthy diet can reduce the risk of major chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers.”
What could that agency do with a “compelling governmental interest” over your health? Perhaps they could, through HHS, regulate the food industry to make it impossible to produce food that was not “approved” under the standards, making it impossible to buy anything that is not approved by HHS. Of course the FDA is never going to give up this prime opportunity to expand its regulatory power. Having HHS deem “unregulated” food “unlawful” to sell or distribute will give the FDA all the encouragement they need to issue regulations that will prohibit the sale OR CONSUMPTION of ALL food that is not properly regulated by the FDA. After all, we already violently regulate raw milk and cheese. This could mean that your farmer’s market, your road side fruit stands, and even your backyard garden will be made “unlawful” unless it is regulated by the FDA. That is also not beyond comprehension due to the passing of the Food And Safety Modernization Act on January 4, 2011. The FDA describes this Act as:
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. (emphasis mine)
This act does not just control major food distributors and manufacturers, but also has a section that gives the FDA control over “very small farms” and “roadside markets”.
How does this administration view the coal and oil industry? With a “compelling governmental interest” in your health, one government study by the CDC that declares that there is a significant increase in the development of cancer or other diseases among workers in these industries, could give the government the authority to regulate them out of business. Isn’t the EPA already doing that to private businesses?
What if you live in a rural area and have to travel an hour to get to the nearest hospital. Do you consider it outside the regulatory power of the government to tell you that living so far from a hospital negatively impacts their ability to render proper and affordable healthcare, so you must move closer? Perhaps they could create zoning regulations that prohibit the construction of any residential area beyond a certain radius of a properly regulated hospital. What if the government then creates a regulation that forces all hospitals, both public and private, to comply with all government regulations, even when they conflict with the interests of the private hospitals, forcing the shutdown of all privately owned hospitals. Oops.
The ACA expanded the precedent that the federal government has the power to enforce any law, anytime, anywhere. And as the Supreme Court continues to follow precedent rather than the Constitution, it will have no other choice but to authorize further elimination of your Liberty. Here is what Jefferson said about this slow creep:
“It has long however been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from it’s expression, that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body, (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow) working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little to-day & a little tomorrow, and advancing it’s noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the states, & the government of all be consolidated into one.”
So, are you starting to get the picture?
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