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The King of All Freeloaders

By Alden L. Benton

I usually begin my posts with a short, pertinent quote on the topic I will cover.  The quote I have chosen today is longer, but it reflects the theme I have attempted to maintain throughout the life of this blog.  The quote is from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Solzhenitsyn knew the evils of the power of an unrestrained government.  After fighting for the Soviet Union during World War II, Solzhenitsyn wrote letters to a friend that criticized of Joseph Stalin.  He was arrested.  He spent eight years in prison labor camps, and then three more years in exile for daring to write private letters criticizing their dear leader.  Solzhenitsyn’s words bring a chilling warning about the ever-increasing power of government and the real dangers it poses to the individual and illuminate why the Constitution and the Bill of Rights must be protected at all costs.

“Our present system is unique in world history, because over and above its physical and economic constraints, it demands of us total surrender of our souls, continuous and active participation in the general, conscious lie.  To this putrefaction of the soul, this spiritual enslavement, human beings who wish to be human cannot consent.  When Caesar, having exacted what is Caesar’s, demands still more insistently that we render him what is God’s — that is a sacrifice we dare not make!”
~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, from Under the Rubble (1974)

This is the ultimate goal of the Left.  Take our power.  Take our money.  Take our freedom.  Take our souls.

Enter stage left, California Governor Jerry “Governor Moonbeam” Brown.

Red State reported yesterday (May 16, 2017) that Governor Brown, responding to outrage over a $52 billion tax increase to fund the failing golden parachute known as CalPERS, and other state programs, called the state’s wage earners “freeloaders.”

The Democratic super majority in the California legislature rammed through legislation that will hurt poor and middle-income wage earners.  The bill (SB1) includes a 12 cent increase in the gas tax (which is already one of the highest in the nation), and an increase in car registration fees averaging from $50 to $180 per car.  Fuel fees will also rise for agriculture equipment, trucks, and off-highway vehicles (OHV) including boats.

These fees are imposed under the guise of user fees.  On the surface, this is true.  However, a major part of this tax/fee hike is not related to the highways it purports will be improved.  Much of the revenue will go to pay off loans from other funds, to bail out failed funds, fund non-transportation related programs, and pork barrel funding ($500 million) for an extension of the high-speed rail fiasco into Merced County and to finish a “parkway” leading into UC Merced to pay off a key Assemblyman.

Back to Governor Moonbeam.

In all of his full-blown, pompous, callous, leftist, arrogance, the governor is calling those who pay the bills in this state, including his inflated salary, freeloaders.

In reality, he is the California King of Freeloaders.

Governor Brown has never had a real job.

Governor Brown attended a seminary, became a lawyer, and won a seat on the Los Angeles City College board of trustees.  Brown has never worked as a lawyer or in any truly meaningful, gainful employment.  When he wasn’t being paid by the state government (Governor twice, state attorney general), he worked as Democratic party hack, even running a failed campaign for president.

That the people of California, the people who struggle every day against the massive state bureaucracy, the people who pay a larger share of their hard-earned money to the dysfunctional state leviathan than any other state, are considered by the ruling-class elite to be freeloaders is obscene beyond words.

According to the Washington Times, there is an initiative proposed for the November 2018 ballot.  This is a step in the right direction as the state’s initiative and referendum process gives the voters of the state the ultimate power of veto.  However, we need to go farther.

It is time for the people of California to rise once more and recall the governor, and every representative from every party who voted for this insanity or who supports the governor’s arrogance and stupidity.

“If people give up their attachment to expansive government, they will feel free to fight the income tax.”
~ Sheldon Richman, Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax (1999)


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Liberty, Safety, and Limited Government

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
~Benjamin Franklin, Reply to the Governor from the Pennsylvania Assembly.  November 11, 1755.

By Alden L. Benton

In a previous post (Moral Decay, Guns, and Leftism) I wrote that in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy we were asking the wrong questions.  I stated that instead of looking to increasing control over guns, we should be asking questions about how we deal with mental health and to the moral health of our society.  Unfortunately, the answers derived from any meaningful self-inspection would not bear any meaningful results in the short run.

Since I wrote that post, several ideas have come to the forefront.  The first of these ideas is that instead of controlling/eliminating guns and leaving our safety in the hands of others, we should train and arm individuals to protect themselves and those around them.  In the context of Newtown, that means arming teachers. 

Articles written by Ann Coulter and Doug Giles express that eloquently this idea can be found here (Coulter: We Know How to Stop School Shootings) and here (Giles: New Rule — All Teachers Should be Allowed to Carry Guns).

In the mean time, the president and his statist/communist cronies are desperately trying not to let another crisis go to waste.  They are callously playing our emotions after the Newtown shootings to gin up support for their freedom-killing agenda.  In this instance, that agenda is to repeal the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution through draconian new gun control regulations.

The Second Amendment is clear.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
  ~Amendment II to the Constitution of the United States of America, ratified December 15, 1791.

The reason the Founders, in this case the Anti-Federalists, inserted it into the Bill of Rights is that they did not trust government.  They left the ultimate power over government in the hands of the people and ensured that, in the worst-case scenario of overbearing government power, the people could ensure their continued liberty, if necessary, by force.

The Declaration of Independence lays the foundation for the principles codified in the Bill of Rights.  In the second paragraph, the Declaration of Independence states:

“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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”  (Emphasis mine)

In response to the Obama administration’s overt attack on one of our fundamental Constitutional rights, the National Rifle Association (NRA) suggests we look away from additional gun control and protect our students by stationing armed guards and police at every school.

This is nonsense.  Police are reactive — they cannot protect you.  Unless you turn each school into a walled city with concertina wire and gun turrets protecting entrance checkpoints, a police presence is nothing more than a financially burdensome expansion of government into our lives. 

Armed guards were on campus, but could not stop the shootings at Columbine High School.  We must limit our dependence on government and protect ourselves.

In response to the NRA, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) issued a statement on his website stating, “Government security is just another kind of violence.”

“Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, metal detectors, X-ray scanners, and warrantless physical searches?”  Paul wrote.

“We see this culture in our airports: witness the shabby spectacle of once proud, happy Americans shuffling through long lines while uniformed TSA agents bark orders.  This is the world of government provided ‘security,’ a world far too many Americans now seem to accept or even endorse.  School shootings, no matter how horrific, do not justify creating an Orwellian surveillance state in America.”  From The Hill.

The argument is not about whether or not to protect our children and ourselves, but rather it is about the method.  It is a fundamental question about the role of government.  It is not about the size of government, though that is a significant issue, but rather it is about the role of government. 

It is a question not about large or small government, but about limited or unlimited government.  Limited government stays within the constraints of the Constitution while unlimited government does not, no matter what size it may be.

Dennis Prager says that the larger the government, the smaller the citizen.  He is correct.  As the government expands beyond its enumerated and limited powers it becomes not a government that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed, but a government that rules by fiat backed by force — a government of men rather than a government of laws.

Two-hundred-thirty-six years ago, we fought for eight years to win the right to be free to enjoy our God-given rights without permission from a king.  It is time to stop the advance of tyranny and reclaim the government that is rightfully ours. 

The fight to save the rights guaranteed in the Second Amendment is a critical first battle in the war to take back America.

“Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.”
~Samuel Adams, in The Rights of the Colonists, November 20, 1772


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Final Answer to ObamaCare is Not with Federal Government

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”  ~Samuel Adams

 By Alden L. Benton

In my March 29 post, Don’t Wait for SCOTUS — Kill ObamaCare Now, I talked about whether the most onerous part of ObamaCare, the individual mandate, could be severed from the rest of the legislation if the U.S. Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional.  I also suggested that Congress take the decision away from SCOTUS and scuttle the entire thing.

Eliminating ObamaCare is the only thing to do.  However, Congress is not likely to act so boldly in an election year and their courage always falters under pressure from the special interest lobbies.  The best we could possibly hope for is some kind of hybrid re-engineering of ObamaCare that would eliminate some of the most obvious flaws, but leave the guts of the beast untouched.

 If SCOTUS succumbs to a severe case of dumb-ass and rules the individual mandate and ObamaCare constitutional, is that the end of the road?  No.  The states can, and must, act.

 Most of what Congress and the Federal government have done in the last 112 years is far beyond the powers granted in the Constitution — the enumerated powers.

 In Federalist 45, James Madison wrote about the constitutional limits of government power,

 The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.  Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite…The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.”

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) extends federal power far beyond the limits written into the Constitution, but the Statists discarded the rule of Constitutional law long ago.

The remedy, however, is in the Constitution — the 10th amendment.

The operative word in the Constitution is NO.  The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, were put in place to quell the fears of the anti-federalists that the Constitution did not adequately protect the rights of the people or the sovereignty of the states.

The 10th amendment clearly states,

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.”

This is the basis of what Thomas Jefferson called “the rightful remedy.”  That remedy is nullification: the right of the states not to follow or enforce federal laws they deem unjust or unconstitutional.  The Virginia Resolution of 1798, and the Kentucky Resolution of 1798, authored by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, respectively, illuminate the nullification concept.

 The race-baiting Statist on the Left will scream that nullification is evil, that it was used to prolong slavery.  However, as explained in Thomas Woods’ book Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century (buy here or here), this is no more than the usual ignorant, revisionist lies and distortions spewed by the Left when their goal — total control — is threatened.

We cannot depend on Congress to rein in the powers they have created for themselves.  We certainly cannot, and should not, trust the fox to guard the hen house in accepting the Supreme Court as the final word on what is, or is not, Constitutional.

That power resides in the states, and it is through the states that we can more easily control the power of the federal behemoth.  However, to do this the states, like the Cowardly Lion, must find the courage to stand up and just say NO to the federal government. 

And therein lies the problem for somehow we must remind government, whether it is federal, state, or local, of one basic principle of government illuminated by 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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” 


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UN ‘Study’ Threatens Liberty

By Alden L. Benton

“It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active.  The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” ~ John Philpot Curran, 1790

Americans have become indolent and as such have become, as Curran said, prey to the active.  The active in this case is the Left.  Whether they call themselves progressives, liberals, or social democrats, they are all the same and for the past 100 years, they have been actively, albeit quietly, stealing our liberty.

Now, liberty, both here and abroad, faces a new enemy: the United Nations.

They too have been a silent and creeping adversary to liberty, eroding our God-given rights through the complicity of fellow travelers within every level of our government.

First it was the UN Declaration on Human Rights, an oh so noble sounding document that threatens our rights under the Constitution.  Then the Kyoto Accords tried to establish global governance of pollution control.  The UN Law of the Sea Treaty would have limited the rights of our commercial and war ships to free access to the world’s oceans.

One of the most insidious is Agenda 21, a UN fantasy of sustainable development that many local agencies use as a template to control how private property is used. 

The most blatant attack on our fundamental liberty is the proposed UN Small Arms Treaty.  This treaty, supported by the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is a global power grab to disarm the world’s population. 

The UN Small Arms Treaty is a direct violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  But then, the Constitution is superfluous to B. Hussein Obama and the Dragon Lady.

This brings me to the most recent attempt at one world government by the United Nations.

According to a Fox News article, the UN is set to issue planet-wide rules governing food production and water.

“An environmental report issued by an agency of the United Nations last month has some critics sounding the alarm, saying it is a clarion call for ‘global governance’ over how the Earth is managed.

“The report, ‘21 Issues for the 21st Century,’ from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Foresight Process, is the culmination of a two-year deliberative process involving 22 core scientists,” according to Fox News.

The scientists who wrote the report say it merely “…focuses on identifying emerging issues in the global environment, and that it is not about mandating solutions.”  They claim the UN report,

“…suggests actions to save humanity from starvation, the overheating planet and the collapse of the world’s oceans — options that include new “constitutional frameworks,” “international protocols” and a “shared vision” for land and water management that essentially rewire existing treaties and governments.”

However, according to Fox News, their critics disagree, saying it is just a precursor to one-world government by UN fiat.

“This is more utopianism, pie-in-the-sky pleading for ‘global governance,’ including what they acknowledge as ‘novel governance arrangements,’ including, ‘alliances between environmentalist and other civil society groups,’” charged Chris Horner, author of Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed, and a senior fellow for energy and environment at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in Washington, D.C.

The progression is clear.  Take away your property rights, control your human rights, control access to the seas, take away your guns, and then control food and water.  This is the Left’s ultimate fantasy come true.

Liberty in the United States and abroad is in danger and its enemy is the collection of thugs, thieves, despots, and corruptocrats called the United Nations and their supporters on the political Left.

The only way we can make our liberty secure is to purge our government, from the local dog catcher to the president, of everyone who hates America and for what it has stood for 236 years.  Only then can we limit the dark and insidious creep of global tyranny. 

The fight starts here on November 6. Be vigilant, not indolent.

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
~
Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”  ~ Patrick Henry


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The Day Liberals Hope You Forget

By Alden L. Benton

Today I December 15. 

To most, it is just another day in the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle. 

For Liberals, however, it is a day that they hope you forget, for if you remember the importance of this day, their mission to steal your liberty through an ever-expanding federal government will fail.

The last 100 years of “progressive” education has dumbed our youth and trivialized, or re-written, our history to serve their quest for power and control.  In fact, I am certain that any of my readers born after 1970 are totally unaware of the importance of this day.

Today, December 15, 1791, is the day the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States, was ratified.

In this You Tube video, radio host Dennis Prager talks about the American trilogy: Liberty, e pluribus unum, and In God We Trust.  I agree that these three phrases express the essence of America’s greatness, its exceptionalism. 

However, there is another American trilogy; one that ensures the first.  The second trilogy is comprised of The Declaration of Independence; The Constitution of the United States; and the Bill of Rights.  These are the principles that are threatened, dismissed, ignored, and trampled upon daily.

However, just what is being trampled upon?  Unfortunately, far too many citizens cannot identify the Bill of Rights, or the rights which it addresses and guarantees

A complete examination of the 10 amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights is beyond the scope of this blog. 

However, I encourage you to follow this link and read the Bill of Rights.  For additional information, follow this link to the Tenth Amendment Center and read the article by Michael Boldin on the importance of the Bill of Rights today.

We cannot preserve our liberty if we do not understand from where it comes.  Knowledge is power, the power to maintain the freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. 

To be ignorant is to become a slave, a slave to the whims of an ever-expanding, ubiquitous nanny state.

The choice is yours. 

Choose well.


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