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 Philosophy4 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
Arguing With IdiotsWe all have our addictions. For some, it's smoking. For others, it's drinking. And for many others, it's porn. For me, it's arguing on the internetthe most fruitless endeavor since Sisyphus rolling a boulder up a hill.Arguing With Idiots3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
I don't know what compels me to argue. I guess it's this naive notion that, if you encounter someone with an incorrect belief and you provide them logic, reason, and evidence to the contrary, that they will abandon their belief. If that were the case, the world wouldn't be plagued with birthers, truthers, anti-vaccers, Keynesians, and other idiots with blatantly incorrect beliefs. You can lead an idiot to knowledge but you can't make them think.
So I know that arguing with people rarely changes their minds. So why do I persist with arguing? Do I derive pleasure from it? Hardly! If anything, it gives me grief. There's nothing more frustrating than knowing someone is demonstrably wrong, and even when you prove to them that they are, not only do they not admit it, but
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
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?4 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: Right-WingRight+Left-Wing: Right-Wing8 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
I'll take my anger out on the right-wingers first. I, generally, have a bias towards conservatives because much like libertarianism, conservatism views liberty to be more important than the flawed viewpoint of equality of results. However, there are still plenty of flaws that I have an issue with, and I intend to rip them a new one.
First of all, the Christian-right has to go. I have nothing against Christianity, being a Christian myself, but it has no place in politics. This whole ideology of regulating morality is absurd. I understand the concept of wanting to create a better world for everybody. I desire that for people, too, but regulating morality isn't the way to do it. I mean, nobody shares the same morals, so how could you possibly be right on what morals are for the common good? Simply put, you can't. It's just NOT possible. Just let me live my life the way I want to live, and I'll let you live the way you want to live. As long as we don't impede on each other's ri
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
What I Desire For AmericaBloggers like myself tend to be little more than muckrakerspeople who complain about problems without offering any solutions. This is especially true with conservatives and libertarians, especially those in the Tea Party, who, at this point, merely stand for opposing anything liberals stand forwhich isn't a bad criterion, since liberals tend to stand for bad ideas (gun control, healthcare mandates, net neutrality, Fairness Doctrine). But a solid political philosophy requires that you stand for something; otherwise, as the old saying goes, you stand for nothing.What I Desire For America4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Which is why I'm listing the policies I wish to see implemented in our country. These are things I believe every American, regardless of their political party, should stand foranything else is against their best interests.
(I admit that some of these positions are rather vague, as I don't know the specific details as to how they would be implemented. Then again, I have no intention of running for office. I, unl
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 20114 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
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
Top 10 Economic Myths BUSTED"Tax the rich! They don't pay their fair share!"Top 10 Economic Myths BUSTED4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
"The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer!"
"Bush killed the economy with massive deregulation! We need more regulation!"
"Beware! The Koch Brothers are transforming this country into neo-feudalism! We're all going to become wage slaves to our corporate feudal lords!"
Everywhere I go on the internet, I keep running into the same trite economic talking points. Not that these talking points are hard to debunk (on the contrary, they're easily debunked), but that they keep popping up time and again, and I get sick and tired of debunking them each and every time. So, to do myself and everyone else a service, I have compiled a list of the top ten economic myths, followed by the truth:
Myth #1: The rich don't pay their fair share in taxes
According to popular misconception, the rich (especially the richest one percent) pay little to nothing in taxes while the middle class and poor carry the brunt of the tax b
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;
100 Questions For ConservativeHello. This quiz is for conservatives. If you are a liberal, click here.100 Questions For Conservative4 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 Fox News. 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) If Republicans are for limited government, why hasn't one Republican president reduced the size of the federal government?
2) Is it considered limited government when our military spending, at nearly $700 billion, exceeds that of the next 17 countries combined?
3) How about when our navy is
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
Sorry We Shot Your Kid...Sorry We Shot Your Kid, But Here's $500Sorry We Shot Your Kid...8 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
For the entire war in Iraq, the press has been kept largely in the dark concerning the number of civilians killed by our forces, and what happened in the aftermath. Now several hundred files posted online reveal some of the true horror while raising questions about lack of compensation.
Here you will find, for example, that when the U.S. drops a bomb that goes awry, lands in an orchard, and does not detonate -- until after a couple of kids go out to take a look -- our military does not feel any moral or legal reason to compensate the family of the dead child because this is, after all, broadly speaking, a "combat situation."
Also: What price (when we do pay) do we place on the life of a 9-year-old boy, shot by one of our soldiers who mistook his book bag for a bomb satchel? Would you believe $500? And when we shoot an Iraqi journalist on a bridge we shell out $2500 to his widow -- but why not the measly $5000 she had requested?
This, and m
Love thy neighbour?God hates fags. 'Love thy neighbour' HAH!!! Why don't you take a closer look at the Bible before you talk shit!!!Love thy neighbour?6 years ago in Humor More Like This
It clearly says:
"Love thy straight neighbour."
...Idiots. Go back to primary school and learn to read.
Within Your LinesThis is the seed, the catalyst:Within Your Lines6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The dawning of a thought that's kissed
The source of all creation.
The mouth of insperation
And now that we have found it
We can never quit
How will we fill this stage
With ecstasy and rage
With naught but songs
We'll trap the wrongs
To wrought our will
To hold them still
What, herein, shall we create
Within this world of hate
Education DerailedWhen boys become men,Education Derailed4 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
still in bodies of boys,
there's a tiny hand pulling the trigger.
Killing with guns
when they're still playing with toys,
troops get smaller as conflict gets bigger.
If they don't grow up now,
they won't get the chance,
Virtue's just a victim of circumstance.
Guns at the ready, men,
open fire they cry.
But they'll cry even harder
for an eight year old martyr
knowing somewhere the system has failed,
now the children are learning to die.
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,
TristramYou came into my city's walls,Tristram6 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
And shone despite your wounded state,
And soon you echoed through my halls,
And offered me the hand of fate.
You told me of your foreign lands,
And tugged me gently toward their shore.
Pulled me past the burning sands
Into the thirsty ocean's roar.
And so we sailed towards glooming night,
Star-eyed and dreaming, hearts entwined
Each drunken in the others sight,
Each full of hopes and danger blind.
And now the dark has finally come
But left us with the quiet stars.
No more the heat of glowing sun,
But silvered beauty now is ours.
Which softly sings of coming dawn,
And greater things than light soaked noon
And whispers why all hearts are drawn
To dance beneath the fickle moon
So once again I raise the flask
And knowing, drink the lover's brew
And toast to what my love would ask
And give my will to cleave to you.