Choice Libertarian Quotes"Government seems to operate on the principle that if even one individual is incapable of using his freedom competently, no one can be allowed to be free." -- Harry BrowneChoice Libertarian Quotes7 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"Throughout history, government has proved to be the chief instrument for thwarting man's liberty. Government represents power in the hands of some men to control and regulate the lives of other men." --Barry Goldwater
"The nine worst words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" --Ronald Reagan
"The constitution is an instrument, above all, for LIMITING the functions of government." --Barry Goldwater
"There is no such thing as a good tax." --Winston Churchill
"It's wrong for someone to confiscate your money, give it to someone else, and call that 'compassion.'" -- Harry Browne
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery." --Calvin Coolidge
"We don't have a trillion dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion dollar debt because we
God is Not an American ValueLadies and Gentlemen of Congress, thank you for allowing me to speak today.God is Not an American Value3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
I do not stand before you with a hate filled heart.
I do not stand before you today wishing to destroy anyone's beliefs or ways of life.
I do not stand before you today hoping to achieve a victory for one group while hurting another.
Instead, I stand before you today in the hope that you listen open-mindedly.
That is all I ask.
In 1956, "In God We Trust" was adopted as the United States official motto. This motto has been on our coins since 1864 and on our paper currency since 1957. In 1954, the words "Under God" where added to the Pledge of Allegiance. The question of whether or not these phrases are constitutional has been argued on all levels, from the dinner tables of average Americans, all the way up to the Supreme Court. I personally believe that these phrases are unconstitutional, but the arguments for it have been so overused that I feel repeating them would be beating a dead horse.
No, instead I will b
An Essay on Republican Capitalist PhilosophyAn Essay on Republican Capitalist Philosophy3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I wrote this essay because Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan is the most ill-conceived and potentially counterproductive economical plan I have heard in recent history. Not only that, it seems to embody everything that is wrong with the republican way of thinking. I'm going to explain my objections to this plan, and also touch on the broader issues of republican capitalist ideals.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Cain's 9-9-9 plan is to limit income tax 9%, but introducing a 9% business transactions tax and a 9% federal sales tax. There's one crucial problem I immediately noticed, and to make it easier to see, I'll illustrate it with extreme examples from opposite ends of the spectrum.
Consider a poor person who barely makes enough to get by. He has to spend nearly 100% of his income because of his living expenses alone. Now consider a very wealthy person making $10,000,000 per year. He could be very frivolous and still
A New Conservative PartyA New Conservative Party3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Given the remaining candidates out of the initial crop of crazy; and the nature of the Republican Party in the last three years alone (not counting their actions under the Bush administration); isn't it time we wrote them off and called for a new Conservative Party? Lets face it; short of a Constitutional Amendment establishing Instant Runoff voting; this is the best option we have right now.
Its important to note that this is how politics has worked in America since the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans; every time one party fell out of touch with the interests of the public, they found themselves being replaced by someone more appropriate. The Federalists were replaced by the Whigs, Democrat-Republicans were replaced by the Democrats, the Whigs were replaced by the Republicans. With the current GOP swap of Congressional and Presidential candidates all championing platforms that are either antiquated, xenophobic, or ineffective at actually addressing this country's problems;
Liberty For Security"Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither" - Benjamin FranklinLiberty For Security4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
I know who my audience is. You're mostly conservatives and libertarians (and that's the way I like it). So I'm going to convey this story in a way you all can understand.
But first, a brief history lesson.
In early 2009, a government document entitled "The Modern Militia Movement," commonly known as the MIAC Report, was leaked to the public. The document detailed the rising trend in right-wing militias and was created to help local authorities identify militia members and domestic terrorists, suggesting that Ron Paul bumper stickers or Gadsden flags could be indicators of militia activity. Couple it with the Patriot Act, which allows for warrantless wiretaps and library record searches, and this report could have allowed the Obama Administration to hunt down political dissenters as domestic terrorists. Simply checking out a copy of Ron Paul's "End The Fed" could run a library patron the risk of bein
100 Questions For LiberalsHello. This quiz is for liberals. If you are a conservative, click here.100 Questions For Liberals4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Warning: Do not read this list if you do not wish to have your political beliefs challenged. Click here to go to The Huffington Post. Otherwise, feel free to continue.
Consider the questions carefully and make sure to take time to read the articles linked and watch the videos featured.
1) Please define the theory of supply and demand.
2) According to that definition, which is more compatible with supply and demand: capitalism or socialism?
3) If the rich don't pay their fair share in taxes, then why does the
Reality Has A Liberal Bias?In his New York Times bestselling book Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, Emmy Award-winning journalist Bernard Goldberg wrote about the pervasive liberal bias he experienced firsthand while working at CBS News for 30 years. He claimed that the bias was not part of some conspiracy being secretly implemented by the media, but that it was an unintentional consequence of having so many politically like-minded journalists working together in the same environment with very little dissenting opinion among them.Reality Has A Liberal Bias?3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
"If you hooked network news reporters and producers to polygraph machines and asked them, 'Do you think you are guilty of liberal bias?' most would almost certainly answer, 'no.' And they would pass the polygraph test because they're not lying," he wrote. "They honestly believe what they're saying. And that's the biggest problem of all."1
Goldberg did not write anything in his book that most Americans did not already assume to be true
Right+Left-Wing: Left-WingRight+Left-Wing: Left-Wing7 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
I know, it has been a long time coming for me to write this rant. However, it should be worth the wait. I hope, anyway. There are so many things about (American) liberals that bother me. Some of their ideologies are just so disgusting that I cannot help but to overreact to them. I know I should not get so upset over someone else's ideologies, but the sheer audacity that (American) liberalism has gets me to that point, and there seems to be little I can do to stop it from getting to me.
First thing is first. The name that Democrats take for their ideology. They name it "liberalism", but they are anything but. This makes me angry because what political philosophy I identify with is much closer to true liberalism than the Democrat Party would ever hope to be. For them to be true liberals, American liberals need to not only promote social liberalism (which they do), but also support economic liberalism, and that is something American liberals have never been good at. In fact, they seem qui
Top 10 Epic Fails of 2011No doubt 2011 has been a year of epic fail. So allow me to list what I consider to be the Top 10 epic fails of 2011:Top 10 Epic Fails of 20113 years ago in Editorial More Like This
#10: Weinergate "Scandal"
You know what I consider the worst part about Weinergate?
It's not that Anthony Weiner tweeted his junk to a female constituent. Politicians have always been involved with sex scandals here in America since Jefferson. And for the most part, I could care less. Ron Paul could go Hugh Hefner on us and date a Playboy bunny every day of the week, and I'd still support his noninterventionist foreign policy and opposition to the Patriot Act.
And it's not that libtarded moonbats like Rachel Maddow and Cenk Ugyur were quick to defend the man, only to wipe egg off their faces once he confessed.
No. the worst part was undoubtedly the Republicans. As was expected, the "Moral Majority" was quick t
Are You A Non-Thinker?There are two types of people in the world. The first are those who realize they have a brain capable of critical thinking, and use it by questioning everything, including the government and its intentions. These people are critical thinkers: great minds who help mold society into a better placescientists, philosophers, intellectuals, artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs.Are You A Non-Thinker?4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
The second are those who merely float through life without a thought or care in the world, who never question what they are told and accept everything they hear as truth. These people are non-thinkers: people who rarely amount to anything other than to become fodder for tyrants, dictators, and demagogues.
The following is a list of beliefs often held by the modern American non-thinker. If you do not hold any of these beliefs, then you are a critical thinker capable of asking questions and thinking for yourself. If you hold more than one of these beliefs, then you are a non-thinker, and should seriously examine
Don't tread on me PoemDon't tread on me Poem4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
There once was a time
A time of old
When men rose against their empire,
And fought against it, ever bold.
They fought to secure,
Not granted to them by their king,
Nor based upon their might.
What was this birthright?
You might ask.
It is my focus to answer this question,
So I shall take up this task.
As uttered by the orator,
With a voice of fire,
An iconic phrase,
In zeal for a purpose higher.
Liberty or death!
Was his cry!
"To arms" shouted,
Those who stood by.
A year later,
a writer performed his contribution
pondering the philosophy
driving the revolution.
They were fighting for something,
something that was rightfully theirs.
A principle not penned in full
To which, they were heirs.
That all men are created equal,
And are endowed
with unalienable rights.
These self evident truths he avowed.
Life, and Liberty,
The Pursuit of Happiness,
These are those rights
That the king did transgress.
These truths were made clear,
On a flag made for battle,
A yellow flag, with a r
Think. Don't Know.Certainty is a plague. Avoid it at all costs. Don't be certain, ever; think, don't know. Crusaders were certain their actions were right; the radical terrorists are certain they were doing good; many criminals are certain they won't get caught. They knew, but didn't think. Think. Ask why. Ask how.Think. Don't Know.6 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Don't ever just accept something, follow the evidence. Don't just accept there is evidence, study it, experience it firsthand, if possible. Think. Society stabilizes through doubt, not certainty, knowing leads to not trying, not learning. Knowing isn't really knowing, it's a combination of faith and apathy. Thinking is security, a blend of skepticism and activism, curiosity and caring, initiative and interaction. Don't just trust, justify rationally, and rationalize justly. Trust is good, only if it is trustworthy. Don't just know, think.
Freely EnslavedYou poison your mindFreely Enslaved6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
With beliefs, divine
A part of your life
now left behind
You've no common sense
You weave a defense
Of some plan which was made
Without your consent
You justify how you behave
And choose to be, freely, enslaved
Check the cons
Break the bonds
Don't become their pawns
Escape from the hold
Say you won't be sold
No more messed up stories
From the days of old
Maybe it's time to misbehave
Show them you won't be freely enslaved
What's Really ToughWe can split an atomWhat's Really Tough6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
We can travel to other giant rocks
We can lose ten trillion dollars
We can kill a million people with one well-placed bomb
We can knock down towers with planes, killing thousands
We can fight a hundred wars
We can make fifty religions
We can sustain birth of sextuplet
We can deny science
We can blame science for ignorance
We can sell out arenas for fighting matches
That is all easy, what's really tough, what we can't seem to do, is get along.
New York City Mosque: My ViewSeptember 11th, 2001 was a terrible day in not only the history of New York, but the history of the entire country. That early fall morning, the United States watched in terror as the tallest buildings, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the city were pummeled by planes, consumed by smoke and fire, and finally gave way and collapsed to the ground below, now known as Ground Zero.New York City Mosque: My View5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
It is now August 26th, 2010. It's been nine years since we lost seven buildings, two airplanes, and two-thousand-seventy-nine people in New York to nineteen hijackers, who lost their lives taking them. These hijackers, terrorists, were known to be some of the Muslim extremists from the al-Qaeda, originating from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. These men despised the United States, and gave their lives to make it known in a violent and outright cruel way.
Losing all we lost that day is bad enough, but now a new and even more disgusting effect of the attacks is emerging; crue
Read This And Remember.You live life the way you want.Read This And Remember.6 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
In life it doesn't matter what people say or do, only what you take from it.
It only matters what you think, it's your life to live
The most important person in your life is you. Remember this.
You will always be there for yourself
Take care of yourself.
Take care of the people that love you, try for you, and hope for you.
To have a friend you must be a friend.
Learn to love and you will love life.
Open your mind, understand
Forgive, never forget
It's life's lessons and pains that teach us
Not everything happens for a certain, predestined reason
It happens so you can learn from it, take from it, and use it for your benefit,
Always keep trying.
Never give up
Never give in
You are a strong person
You will persevere
With love and hope,
The meaning of life.. + death?What is the meaning of life?The meaning of life.. + death?6 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
This is a very good question. Many believe that life has no meaning, that it's all a big joke and we should laugh at it. Ha dee ha ha.
Others believe that life has a very deep significance. For example there is a random God and he put us on Earth as a sort of trial rather than us going to Heaven directly.
A few others believe that the meaning of life is 42.
After many years of deep thought and meditation on this subject, I have come to the startling conclusion that all of the above are in fact wrong, ie life is neither a joke nor a trial from God nor 42, but simply a state of being where if one is not dead, one is alive and is therefore living and that's the meaning of life.
However, this line of thought has lead to an even deeper question which is:
What is the meaning of death?
This is a much more difficult question than the meaning of life. One might think it's a state of being where one is not alive and therefore dead, but if you're
The Genie and the EconomistAn economist was walking along the beach one day, and saw something golden half-buried in the sand. He reached down, and out of the ground pulled an oil lamp, battered by the scars of time. He gingerly brushed sand off of the lamp with his fingertips; at that moment, a black cloud poured out. The cloud settled on the ground a few feet away, and out of the top appeared the upper body of an unkempt, ancient man, with a beard a good twenty feet long, and eyes firmly closed. After screaming something in many languages the economist could not understand, he shouted "Who dares awaken the great and powerful Jinn of the lamp?" The economist responded "I am sorry, I did not realize you were in there." The genie spoke again, this time in a quiet, raspy voice. "I am bound to grant three wishes to any man who disturbs my rest. Tell me what desire." "I am no fool, genie," said thThe Genie and the Economist3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
If Monsters Could CryThe bridge collapsed with a sound louder than thunder. It sent many cars and people hurling into the water. The waves crashed as more debris fell into the dark blue.If Monsters Could Cry4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
There it sat, hidden from the view of man, in the branches of the trees onshore. It watched the catastrophe with ruby red eyes in somber silence. Its feather-like hairs ruffled in reaction to the noises around it.
It tried to warn them. Tried.
It had tried many times before yet, each time, they were too afraid of it. It couldn't understand why the humans wouldn't take its warnings; it had tried to save them. It could have saved them but it had failed.
If monsters could cry, a tear would be rolling down its shadowy face at this moment.
Why? Why didn't they listen? Why did they run away? Why did they ignore it? Why did they fear it when all it wanted to do was help them?
It had seen it coming as clear as day, it knew what was to happen, and it knew that whenever the time had come, there would be death. That was all it had se
Holier Than Who?I have met, in my opinion, way too many people who refuse to accept new ideas into their life and belief system. Too many people, also, who think critically about any part of their life outside of the material few things that through which they can achieve social acceptance, be it money, status, fame, etc.Holier Than Who?6 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I know too many religious people who tell me that I don't know what I am talking about. A few, even, who tell me I am a blasphemer for not accepting their Lord, Jesus the Christ, as my Lord. I don't even personally believe the bro ever existed. Can they not respect my standpoint in these issues? I have never gone to anyone of a different faith and told them, in person, that they are damned for believing what they do. Yet, I have people who look down on me for believing that the cosmos and everything in it are one, and in that, our overall being is the true creator and creation.
They believe in miracles and a man who died for our sins, and a man in the clouds, so to speak, who sees ev
The environmentTo what extent is it true to claim that people have an individual sense of moral responsibility for the environment?The environment5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
The environment that is the world we live in and the beings that inhabit it, is something that most people agree that in theory we should protect. This may be for its intrinsic value and beauty or for the resources that it gives us. However it is not always agreed how we should go about doing this. People such as the green party, seem to argue that we need rules and structure in the establishment in order to protect the environment a collective responsibility; whereas others may say we should come to this end by ourselves through individual responsibility.
If the environment is there only for the purpose of humans and we should protect it so that we may survive, it seems logical to say that we have an individual sense of moral responsibility for the world we protect it for ourselves so it's our responsibility. La Bossiere argued that if an animal becomes ex
Dominos Are FallingDominos Are FallingDominos Are Falling6 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
There are sometimes we're just feeling so down low. But we look each other in the eye and say its alright. Id just wish hed see that I love him so!
The dominos are falling and Im the very last one. Everythings falling on me with no one else to lean on. Its just so damn hard!
Sometimes were just one when we get one another. I understand you and you understand me. Are we meant to be?
Once in awhile times are very hard. Thats when I look to you to be my sturdy wall. What does this all mean?
The dominos are falling and Im the very last one. Everythings falling on me with no one else to lean on. Its just so damn hard!
So when will you see what you mean to me? We can just be friends; I dont mind that at all. I just want you to know what I feel inside.
It hurts me to see you this way. Oh yes, it does. Just come along to me, so I can make you smile.
The dominos are falling and Im the very last one
Selective KnowingMy eyes are shut wide, I see my truth.Selective Knowing6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
My ears are insulated, I hear my answers.
Your facts are wrong, because I disagree.
Your logic is flawed, it conflicts with mine.
I do not recall saying that, you are a liar.
I am correct, because I agree.
I am right, because it helps me.
The laws don't apply, for I don't agree.
The only thing that matters is what I believe.