My Politics


Liberty Bell
"Human progress is furthered, not by conformity, but by aberration."
~ H.L. Mencken
"You can't fight city hall, but you can pee on the steps and run."
    ~ North's Law of Successful Politics
Question Authority: Always and Forever Hereafter
Be the resistance, says Bill Buppert

im Quinn on just how Orwellian the Unites States has become

“My choice early in life was either to be a piano player
in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth,
there’s hardly any difference.”
~ Harry Truman

“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. ”
    ~ Will Rogers

Waterboarding Liberty

War Crimes
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Torture vs Intern
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Hey, let's forget about torture, illegal spying on Americans, and all the rest...
Mark Fiore says we should leave it all behind with his animation
Fuzzy the Conciliation Caterpillar!

Opinions on World Affairs

Jerusalem - It should be declared an 'International City'.  It should not be considered real estate, and should belong to no one.  It belongs to Humanity.  I would suggest a council of all the religions which hold claim be formed to oversee it.
It is nobody's city.  It is everybody's city :)

Middle East Peace - The only solution I can see is the 'Two State' solution which has been proffered.  Both the Israelis and the Palistinians need their homelands, and I doubt there can be any lasting peace without that happening first.  Perhaps then all the blood which has been spilled over the centuries on all sides may be forgiven in the name of God, and a lasting peace amongst men shall prevail.

The Drug War - an incredible waste of time, resources and lives.  People's lives are ruined because they are thrown in prison for substance abuse.  No government has the right to tell an adult what to do with their bodies.  If people have a problem, offer them counseling and rehabilitation, not jail.  The police have much better things to do.  As long as American's want libations, someone will provide them.  All the drug war does is make smarter and more violent Al Capones.  Prohibition didn't work then, and it won't work now.

Chinese Communism is funding the American lifestyle. 
If that doesn't upset you, I don't know what would...

Remember, we weren't just fighting one tyrant named King George III,
 we were fighting the concept of kings...

"The sovereign, after taking individuals one by one in his powerful hands and kneading them to his liking, reaches out to embrace society as a whole. Over it he spreads a fine mesh of uniform, minute, and complex rules, through which not even the most original minds and most vigorous souls can poke their heads above the crowd. He does not break men's wills but softens, bends, and guides them. He seldom forces anyone to act but consistently opposes action. He does not destroy things but prevents them from coming into being. Rather than tyrannize, he inhibits, represses, saps, stifles, and stultifies, and in the end he reduces each nation to nothing but a flock of timid and industrious animals, with the government as its shepherd.
    ~ Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Vol. 2 [1840]

You can hurt peoples' hearing, and there's no recourse in the courts?  Tip of the iceberg, my friend ;-)  You "don't want to see it"?  There is much which cannot be recorded on a video tape (yet).  There are forms of assult which cannot be proven in a court of law.
02/18/08 (amended 11/01/08)

Some Memorable Quotes

-- “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
    ~ Abraham Lincoln

-- "The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious, and the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."
    ~ Winston Churchill

--   "What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security...".
     -- from "They Thought They Were Free" 1955 by Milton Mayer, about the rise of Nazism in Germany

-- "When fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross."
    -- Sinclair Lewis

-- "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power."
    -- Benito Mussolini

"We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization."
    --Franklin Delano Roosevelt

-- "A patriot supports his country all the time, and his government when it deserves it."
    ~ Mark Twain

-- “Should my administration prove to be a very wicked one…or a very foolish one, if you, the people, are true to yourselves and the Constitution, there is little harm I can do, thank God.”
    ~ Abraham Lincoln

“I am increasingly persuaded that the Earth belongs exclusivly to the living, and that one generation has no more right to bind another to its laws and judgements than one independent nation has the right to command another.”
    ~ Thomas Jefferson reflectiing on the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution in the HBO miniseries John Adams

-- "The basic moral principle underpinning a non-interventionist foreign policy is that of rejecting the initiation of force against others. It is based on non-violence and friendship unless attacked, self-determination, and self-defense while avoiding confrontation, even when we disagree with the way other countries run their affairs. It simply means that we should mind our own business and not be influenced by special interests that have an ax to grind or benefits to gain by controlling our foreign policy. Manipulating our country into conflicts that are none of our business and unrelated to national security provides no benefits to us, while exposing us to great risks financially and militarily."
    -- Ron Paul
-- Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
    -- Thomas Jefferson

-- "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were once our countrymen."
    ~ Samuel Adams

George Washington's
Farewell Address

To the People of the United States

In his address Washington:

    * Extolls the benefits of the federal government. "The unity of a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence...of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize."
    * Warns against the party system. "It serves to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration....agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one....against opens the door to foreign influence and corruption...thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another."
    * Stresses the importance of religion and morality. "Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?"
    * On stable public credit. "...cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible...avoiding likewise the accumulation of is essential that you...bear in mind, that towards the payments of debts there must be Revenue, that to have Revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised, which are not...inconvenient and unpleasant..."
    * Warns against permanent foreign alliances. "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world..."
    * On an over-powerful military establishment. "...avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty."

War, and The Possiblity of Martial Law

The 'Higher Powers': Martial Law vs. Christian Responsibility

A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson, and Roosevelt

Martial Arts Constitutional Ammendment - a way to codify the difference between the rights of the average American citizen and those of citizens who have taken martial arts classes.  New rules?  Let's write them down, folks...

Favorite Political Videos

John Adams series
John Adams - starring Paul Giamatti.  The excellent historical drama miniseries from HBO.  Recommended viewing if  you would like to know how the American Revolution came to be, and what issues the fledgling government of the Unites States dealt with.

Keith Olbermann on "The Death of Habeas Corpus?"
Not so funny when he starts X-ing out the articles of the Bill Of Rights which are no longer in effect. :-(

theZeitgeist series  - Do you have your Radio Frequency ID implant yet?  A riveting look the possiblity of a World Government, where all of your information including your whereabouts can be accessed through an implant chip.

John Goodman
America: Freedom To Fascism  - A look at how the creation of the Federal Reserve and the institution of the Income Tax (which many people believe to be illegal) has changed our society.  Here are some video clips onYouTube as well.

Talk by Naomi Wolf - The End of America [VIDEO]- An excellent talk about the steps fascists use to take over a democracy, and how they're in the process of being implemented in the United States.
    An Interview with her about her book "The End Of America" [VIDEO]

Sites About Civil Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union  - Dedicated to preserving the civil rights of all Americans

The Center for Constitutional Rights  -  The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Southern Poverty Law Center  - Working to make the nation's Constitutional ideals a reality

   SPLC Hate Groups Map  - How many hate groups in your state, and who are the

The Freedom Riders Foundation  - Dedicated to the people who risked life and limb to keep American Freedom alive

Sites About American Government and Elections

Black Box Voting - America's Elections Watchdog Group (Ohio does not compute... not compute...)

Politicians and Political Organizations

"Some people see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?"
-- Senator Robert F Kennedy during the 1968 election campaign

Lloyd Doggett - The Democrat US Representative from my district in Austin, TX.  He fights for the 'average Joe'.  One of the good guys...

Ron Paul w/Flag Background
Ron Paul- A Texas Republican US Representative (of the Libertarian persuasion) whom I admire (despite my disagreement with some of his views)
    As he has said, he was quite wary of starting a Presidential bid.  He really didn't think that it would get the support required of such an endeavor.  He was pleasantly surprised when because of his candidacy many, many young people began taking an interest in the principles of the US Constitution.  Not because of his efforts or of a calculated political strategy, but rather from individuals not directly associated with his campaign, he holds the record for one-day fund raising in a political campaign.  It was all done by supporters via the internet.  If ever there was a truly 'grass-roots' campaign, this is a great example.  He was the only Repbulican candidate when in a debate hosted by Tim Russert and asked the question, "Was the war in Iraq a good idea, and do you support President Bush on the war?" said (with a grimace on his face), "It was a terrible idea..., the Iraqis had nothing to do with 9/11", etc lol
           Ron Paul on the Issues
           Ron Paul's Statement on FISA - Statement on HR 6304, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)                     Amendments before the US House of Representatives, June 20, 2008
            Check out this snippet from a recent interview where he commented on the use of religion in political campaigns
           Ron Paul in the Wikipedia - Wiki's decription of Ron Paul and his stances on the issues
               The Political Positions of Ron Paul according to the Wikipedia
           Ron Paul Articles at Lew
           The Ron Paul File at Lew
           Elizabeth Kucinich: My Husband Would "Absolutely" Consider Running With Ron Paul[VIDEO]
           Ron Paul's interview on "Meet The Press"
           Ron Paul responding in a Republican Debate to the question of whether or not the "Iraq War was a good idea"
           Ron Paul - What the Price of Gold Is Telling Us
           Ron Paul *OUR EMPIRE IS COMING DOWN!* [VIDEO]
           Congressman Ron Paul on his new book The Revolution: A Manifesto [VIDEO]
                -  as of 5/21/08, a New York Times Best-Seller
           Congressman Ron Paul - Ron Paul on Iran & Energy (C-SPAN 6/26) [VIDEO]

Libertarian Thought & Opinion

The Indivisibility of Liberty - Mary Ruwart on the trouble with compromise
How They Make It Disappear - Vin Suprynowicz on your money and government

Democratic Freedom Caucus  - A group of Democrats with a more "Libertarian" attitude.  Read their platform at this link.

The Libertarian Party - The self-named "Party Of Principal".  View a good primer on Libertarianism at:

"Libertarian, Short and Simple"
Libertarian, Short & Simple - Word format
Libertarian, Short & Simple - PDF format
(Windows users, right-click and choose "Save Target as...")

Can a Liberal be Libertarian? - Cherniak on Politics - I really like this guy's take on Libertarianism

A Libertarian Declaration
by Peter Bjørn Perlsø

As a libertarian and a rationally thinking human being, I make these basic assertions:

1) LIFE and SELF GOVERNMENT: That an individual being - and the life of this individual - is sacred, ergo the violation of the individual and the robbing of an individual life is fundamentally evil. Furthermore, the choices I make, as a thinking individual, regarding my own body, is ultimately my own business, and no one should have the power to intervene without my consent.

2) EFFORT AND OUTCOME: That my limited time in this universe as a living being, is invested in efforts that results in an outcome, namely money - and these money are, by natural right, mine to keep and spend as I see fit. The denial of this right is theft, no matter what label it is applied, and the injustice of this theft increases proportionally with the magnitude of the theft.

3) PROPERTY AND OWNERSHIP: That Capitalism is the only economic and political system that allows an individual to live free from opression and tyranny, and to choose his own way of life. Additionally, I assert that my drive to acquire property is a natural function of my being, and the robbing of or denial of private property does not only deny me that which gives me satisfaction, and hence happiness in life - it denies me of that which by nature makes me human.

4) STATE POWER: That the growth of the state happens at the expense of the freedoms of the individual. That the state is, despite whatever noble ideals it may act on, and whatever benevolent actions it may occasionally make, ultimately an organ of control and force - and as such, it is an entity that will eventually violate my body or mind. As such, the smaller the state apparatus, the better, and likewise, the less governing over individuals the state governing organ maintains, the better.

5) FREEDOM OF MIND: That the freedom of my mind naturally includes my freedom of speech and my freedom of expression. That there is no obscenity bigger than that of censorship.

6) PROTECTION OF SELF: That an individual has a sacred right to protect himself from violations of his body and mind, with force if necessary. As such, I assert that the ownership of weapons, that give me the power to protect and enforce my freedom and oppose injustices and brutality, is a right, and furthermore, that my freedom is ultimately a contingent of whether I am armed or not.

7) HUMAN NATURE: That all human beings are fundamentally the same as myself - that we are equal in nature, and in most respects equal in desires. That the violation of another human is comparable to myself being violated by a third party.

8) VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATION: That there should be no restrictions of voluntary association and interaction between human beings. That an association committed between two consenting individuals is morallly sound and may not be violated by third parties.

These assertions outline my ideal of a free and fruitful life in this universe.

- Peter Bjørn Perlsø, 26th of May, 2004

Various Quotes

"The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they're an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They've got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They've got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying -- lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else,"
    ~ George Carlin

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