Your Liberties Disappear Thanks To Spineless GOP

By Bradley Harrington

“If you penny-loafer conservatives – you slaves in splendor – ever had the courage of a housecat, we’d have a free America today … Our vile ‘leaders’ are not the real enemy. You are.” – Kenneth Royce, “Boston’s Gun Bible,” 2002

For anyone laboring under the delusion that most “conservative” Republicans in Wyoming have ever been anything other than a scared school of spineless jellyfish, that foolishness has now been blown sky high:

“The state Senate failed to reverse Gov. Matt Mead’s veto of Senate File 14 on Friday after just seven of the 30 members voted to override the governor’s action. The legislation would have ended the state’s civil forfeiture policy.” (“Mead’s asset forfeiture veto stands,” WTE, Feb 28.) Continue reading

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Do You Smile Every Day?

By MamaLiberty

Everyone knows there is plenty in this world to worry about. Even those who avoid the world and national “news” as much as possible can’t help but note the downward spiral in their own financial situation, especially if they or those they love are unemployed. There is the constant push to destroy God given rights to life and liberty, and increasing efforts to criminalize and control everything. Then there is the cost of everyday necessities, increasing due to the sinking national economy and shrinking dollar. A great many people are seriously worried about their health, and the increasing Obummercare insanity replacing free market medicine and insurance. And so much more. Did you know that stress, worry and fear, are far more detrimental to good health than you might think? Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-09B: This and that

By Nathan Barton

Good afternoon.

In recent months, many of us have distanced ourselves from Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership, justifiably due to the takeover of that once fine organization by people who do NOT hold liberty as dear as they should.  It has divided us, and there are still some people who seem to honor and defend liberty that still write for JPFO (as hard as I find that to understand, which I am sure both Mama Liberty and Claire also find difficult).  I do still read their regular postings, and was pleased to see this article on the proposed BATFE (Fuehrer Directive) ban on a very common type of ammunition, which cuts to the heart of the matter: bans (or limits) on ammunition are a DIRECT and IMMORAL attack on a G-d-given right to defend ourselves, our families, our communities, and our property.  End of the story.  The JFPO article challenges NSSF and NRA, which are making “technical” arguments and demanding an apology as well as withdrawal of the proposal.  Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-09A: Liberty dwindling

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.  Liberty continues to be attacked, right here in the Fifty States, where this week and last we see a good many examples.  Here are a few that caught my eye. The price we must pay to restore our liberty grows greater and greater with each passing day.

Back in January, the Mises Circle in Houston had excellent presentations on Secession by Jeff Deist and Ron Paul, pointing out that secession begins at home and CAN be successful in the cause of Liberty.  Apparently someone noticed, as on Valentine’s Day in Bryan, Texas, a joint Federal-State-County-City assault force of 20 officers raided a scheduled meeting of the “Republic of Texas,” a long-existing secession group, arresting, fingerprinting, and harassing the sixty people present (except apparently for the Judas that opened the doors for the raiders) to carry out a warrant involving a “possible misdemeanor” being committed.  Freedom of speech?  Freedom of assembly?  Freedom of thought? I don’t know if this was a direct response to the Houston Mises meeting or not, but I do have my suspicions. Continue reading

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No King Of Old Had It Better

By Bradley Harrington

The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.” – H.L. Mencken, “H.L. Mencken’s Notebooks,” 1956 -

In accordance with Theodore Sturgeon’s Law that “nine tenths of anything is crud,” most of what has come out of Wyoming’s 2015 Legislative Session so far has certainly qualified.

But a refreshing departure from that trend took place on Feb. 9 when both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate File 14, the “asset forfeiture” bill, which would overturn the legal system’s “right” to seize property from citizens without convicting said citizens of a crime first.

In a desperate attempt to maintain the state’s coercive capabilities in this arena, however, Gov. Matt Mead scuttled the legislation, demonstrating that Sturgeon’s Law applies to his office as well: Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-08B: Ownership and Power

By Nathan Barton

Today, we accept that people who OWN something may not actually control it:  shareholders in a corporation (especially a large, publicly-traded one) do not control that company; we “own” our house and land but government dictates to us what we can and cannot do with it and on it; supposedly “we, the people” own vast acreages of land and parks but must follow the dictates of bureaucrats to do anything on it – and indeed usually must pay for the “privilege” of using “our own land.”  Here are a few stories related directly to this problem.

Mama’s Note: Not to mention the property and other taxes extorted because of what we “own.” Then there is the threat of “asset forfeiture” if TPTB decide they like what we have and want to take it. Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the news, #15-08A: The Fuehrer and The Nation

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.  Several news stories as I still am fighting sickness… These center mostly about that guy squatting at 1600 PA.

History in the making? The Fuehrer to make WWII internment camp in Hawaii a national monument. For more than half a century, what had once been Hawaii’s largest and longest-operating internment camp was ignored and forgotten. On Thursday, President Barack Obama will designate the plot of land in western Oahu that was the site of the Honouliuli camp as a national monument, White House officials said.  There are many MANY more locations far more suitable for such a national monument to recognize this evil action during WWII, but of course, this is the Fuehrer’s “home state” and so an internment camp in the middle of a tropical paradise is what he wants.  Much better choices would be the desolate, isolated, harsh climates of Heart Mountain in Wyoming, Grenada in Southeast Colorado, Topaz in Lake Bonneville of Utah, or even Tule Lake, in far Northern California.  It occurs to me: there are several different kind of “national monuments” which exist: there are scenic and historical and “research” sites, among others.  This could be a dual-purpose site: not just historical but a place to better train those who will run the NEXT cycle of internment camps for Americans? Continue reading

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Asking The Wrong Questions

Uniting Constitutional Protection for Economic and Social Liberties, Part 1: Substantive Due Process and Unenumerated Rights by Steven Horwitz

For libertarians the right to engage in contract and exchange with other consenting adults is just as important as the right to engage in speech and sex with other consenting adults. Other civil liberties, such as the right to bear arms or to buy, sell, and ingest various chemical substances are outgrowths of the rights to contract and the right to engage in “anything that’s peaceful” (i.e., that does not cause harm to innocent others).

Steve goes on at length about all this, and obviously plans to write a great deal more, but I would like to ask him a few simple questions.

Where and how does anyone, or any group of people, obtain legitimate authority to dictate anything to anyone? Please carefully consider the meaning of the word legitimate as I’m using it. Continue reading

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The God Of The Machine

By Bradley Harrington

America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.” – Claire Wolfe, “101 Things To Do ‘Til The Revolution,” 1996 -

Most of the time, in discussions of political issues, I pick up little more than the same pre-conceived platitudes one can find in any public school classroom.

Once in a great while, however, I hear something that jars me right down to the soles of my boots. Continue reading

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Nathan still under the weather

For any who are wondering what has happened to the Commentary on the News, Nathan Barton has been ill for a little more than two weeks now, and it may be a while before he can return to regular columns. If you are the praying sort, I’m sure he would appreciate yours.

In the meantime, I’m going to try to post at least one item a day. Thanks for your patience. MamaLiberty

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