Monday, July 5, 2010

What I Believe

This blog stretches back over two years. Quite often, someone will stop by and comment, causing me to go back and rehash everything for them to explain my position. So I decided to write this post, and put it up as a "sticky note" somehow so I don't have to keep repeating myself. It does get a little old...

I believe in the Founding Principle of Individual Liberty. I also believe that Individual Liberty no longer exists in America. Scratch that, I know it no longer exists. Everything has moved toward collectivism, and frankly, that pisses me off. I want none of it, yet I am forced into it by the powers that be. Whether it's Socialist Security, mandatory seat belt laws, or anything else in between, I find it all disgusting and morally reprehensible.

I believe the individual is responsible for his/her own existence once adulthood is reached. Do I really need to expand on that one?

One can't say we are Free in America. We no longer have Life, or Liberty, nor can we truly Pursue our Happiness. Too damn many rules, regs, zoning laws, restrictions, requirements, certifications, licenses, permits, tags, inspections, etc. etc. have been stacked in the way by a bunch of collectivists looking for "safety", "order", or whatever bogus label they might attach to what amounts to totalitarian control of every freakin' facet of our lives. A fact that I've documented extensively here on this blog. Just scroll down to the bottom left of this blog, look at "Labels", and click on "getting the shaft", or "government oppression", maybe "police state".... If you're feeling really froggy, click on "Mayberry's Famous Rants". But be warned, those rants contain.... shall we say "colorful" language. Lots of it.

Don't get me started on taxes. Taxes are the most morally reprehensible things there are. Taxes are theft, period. Taxes are the fruits of my labor, forcibly taken from me at gunpoint, then wasted in unimaginable quantities on a whole slew of things I neither want or need. Therefore I take active steps to reduce my "tax footprint" as much as possible. So far as I'm able, I practice what I preach. Don't preach back to me about "services" I use either. If it were possible, I'd opt out of every single one. Save for roads. I use them, and I pay for them every time I fill my tank. That's fair enough. The rest of government "services" I have no use for. There's nothing they can do that I can't do for myself. If I were to become disabled, that's what families are for. That's what charities are for. That's what insurance USED to be for... It is not the place of taxpayers to care for every person who falls on hard times, save for one exception: our veterans.

On the topic of veterans, I love them and thank them all. HOWEVER: I believe that "preemptive" war is an abomination. The ONLY legitimate reason for war is in defence of one's own soil. Period. I know most folks today have been led to believe that the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are in defence of America, but I am inclined to disagree. I do not approve of these wars, and it chaps my ass to have to pay for them. You want it? Buy war bonds. And don't get pissed when a soldier refuses to go die for your corporate masters...

I believe the federal government has gone far and beyond their Constitutional bounds, and should be reigned in immediately, if not sooner. They are the cause of the erosion of Liberty in America, not some rag headed boogeyman. I also believe there should be term limits for every elected position. I believe lobbyists should be abolished. I believe the fedgov no longer represents We the People. They now represent large international corporate interests, and I consider the President (current and past presidents) and CONgress critters guilty of treason.

As to those giant multinational corporations, I don't care for them, nor do I spend my money with them if I can avoid it. Don't care much for large American corporations either. I'd much rather deal with local businesses, and do as much as possible. But I believe everyone should be free to make those choices for themselves, and they should live with the consequences as well. I believe corporations should be formed if folks so desire, and I believe they should be able to offer their products/services on a Free Market. I also believe they should be held accountable for how they conduct their business, and they should stand or fall on their own two feet. Regulation is not required for this, just an aware public. I trust local folks with a vested interest in their own well being a whole lot more than a bunch of government regulators and their bloated bureaucracies, which have failed miserably on countless occasions to act on the concerns of locals.

To all you goofballs who are jumping up and down right now, red faced, steam coming out your ears, screaming "We need REGULATION!!!", all I got to say about that is BP. As in British Petroleum. As in the rat bastards who are right now killing my Gulf of Mexico. That's right, MY Gulf. I live on it. I grew up on it. I love it. And now it's dying. Because one of the most heavily regulated industries on earth screwed up, right under their "regulators'" noses. Regulation does not prevent disaster. In this case, I'd go so far as to say that regulation caused this disaster. They were forced to drill in mile deep water by a bunch of "environmental" regs that prevent drilling elsewhere. In places where this gusher could have been easily capped and stopped long before it caused the environmental devastation that is now occurring all over the Gulf Coast. The destruction of hundreds of thousands of livelihoods could have been prevented by allowing drilling in more accessible areas. I guess this is what you would call "unintended consequences", where the environment is being destroyed by environmental "regulation". I call it irony...

Life is a crap-shoot. It doesn't matter how many rules you come up with, or how much tax money you steal, that fact will never change. You can't regulate stupidity out of existence. You can't tax your way to "prosperity for all". And you can't be Free in America today. That's what I believe.

27 comments:

Ryan said...

Good post.

The "just war" concept is tricky and complicated in today's small global world with broad interests. Lots of perspectives and such.

I found myself updating my personal page on a social networking site awhile back. Under "political beliefs" I put apathetic. Nobody who is able to do anything like getting elected to major offices (which eliminates the Libertarians/ tea party) fits even loosely with a reasonable amount of my beliefs.

I have pretty much checked out in terms of interest in politics and such at least until people with a chance of doing significant things that fit with my beliefs get into the game.

Until that time I am just going to live my life and focus on improving my own position.

Mayberry said...

Ryan, thanks. You can put me in that "apathetic" catagory as well, because you are right about the prospects of a Libertarian/Constitutionalist/whatever getting elected. Globalism has made the "just war" tricky, true. Globalism made everything "tricky", which is why I say we just bring everything home. The only thing we might be protecting overseas are corporate interests anyways...

Degringolade said...

I really can't disagree with anything here. Since I just wrote a very similar post(http://mightaswellliebackandenjoyit.blogspot.com/2010/07/equals.html), I would say something about minds running in the same way, but I am getting the sneaking suspicion that everyone is beginning to see things the same way.

Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Mayberry,

Good rant. Well reasoned, and for you, subdued.

No man can be free under a government. Even our government, started with the best of intentions by the finest of minds, is degenerating into a North-Korean-style penal colony.

It's sad to see someone "defend" freedom by citing its efficacy instead of its morality. I'll accept risk and danger anytime for the excitement of freedom.

I wish I knew where to go.

Dave

tragic59 said...

Well said, Mayb.

I like to call myself a "Constitutional Fundamentalist". In much the same way Fundamentalist Christians believe the bible is the literal word of God, with no room for symbolism, metaphor or interpretation, I believe the framers of our Constitution meant what they said and how they said it. It's not a "living document" open to new interpretations at the whim of every elected official, Supreme Court Justice or special interest lobbyist.

jjmurphy said...

Pretty much sums it up for me.

My dilemma comes from "preemptive war". I think sometimes preemptive military action overseas can be justified depending on the circumstances. A way I look at it is if someone is going down your street destroying every home you don't wait until they get to your house to act. You hit them before they hit you. Or if someone is building a cannon pointed at your house telling you over and over again they are going to kill your infidel ass, you don't let them finish that cannon!

Comparing my analogy to Afghanistan, I think we were justified in going there and destroying the Taliban. Then we should have left. Gets complicated, I know, but that is my very simplistic thinking.

Our troops are too precious to waste on globalism and "nation-building", which never works anyway.

Patriot said...

Sounds like a Libertarian

Anonymous said...

If this country is so bad why don't you leave it as it may make our country just a little better.

Mechanic in Illinois said...

The Gulf thing isn't about to be taken care of because now the lords can pass more regulations and you know what that means. The rest is just follow the money to the controllers. We're screwed until the government stops spending. I like to call myself a "leave me the fuck alone" and "take care of yourself" person. Nothing but a hope.

chinasyndrome said...

Mayb that was the most well worded and well thought out post I have read.I agree 100%.

Anon Troll.Why don't You and all you liberal assholes who want to turn the US of A into a Socialist state leave, jackass.

China
III

Anonymous said...

good one Mayb.right on the spot. How many dipshits like the anonymous guy do you get? Don't they understand the reason we might like to leave; is because WE CAN'T RECOGNISE this as the same place we signed on to protect? delr

Mayberry said...

Chinasyndrome said "Mayb that was the most well worded and well thought out post I have read.I agree 100%.

Anon Troll.Why don't You and all you liberal assholes who want to turn the US of A into a Socialist state leave, jackass.

China
III"

For some reason Blogger showed an "error" when I tried to publish this.

Mayberry said...

'Gringo, not too many thinking this way, or the revolution would start now. Calls for impeachment. Massive demonstrations. They ain't happening...

Dave, thanks. Didn't think of it as a rant... North Korean penal colony, yeah that's about right. As to where to go, I hear Fiji is nice....

JJ, if it's happening on American soil I agree. Otherwise, I don't really fear invasion from a bunch of camel jockeys still living in the 8th century.

Tragic, thanks. I'm with ya there...

Patriot, I live like a Libertarian too...

Anon 6:37, I'd love to. Unfortunately, the fedgov has stolen too much of my money for me to afford a sailboat to haul ass on, so you're fucking stuck with me. So put up or shut up asswipe. In my opinion, this country would be better off without cocksuckers like you...

Mechanic, hope in one hand and shit in the other, see which one fills up first. I hear ya man...

Delr, I get a LOT of 'em. A SICKENING number of 'em. No, they don't understand, because they've been brainwashed by the collectivists that have taken over this country.

China, thanks. They won't leave because they won't be happy until they've taken over the entire world. They are hell bent on controlling us all. They got a big disappointment coming....

bigunsfan said...

Good post.I concur.

The apathetic party,that's a great way of putting it.

Wannabemountainman said...

@ Anonymous - 6:37 PM:
Tell you what; I'll come over to your house. I'll start by removing your doors and windows, then to keep warm I'll burn all your furniture. All the while, I'll eat everything in your cupboards and fridge, as well as drink all your beer. I'll turn what you, or your ancestors built into a total shit-hole. If you don't like the state in which I've put your house, then get the fuck out!

Diogenes said...

Good one Mayberry. Been hiding in my personal 'early retirement' from the hell of Cin'nasty'. There are some that just don't get the fact that even as bad as it is here, there isn't anywhere better to go. We have the chance to improve on what we were given. The only thing in our ways are the ones that LIKE being slaves to the system and the Nanny State.

I wait for the rift to widen and that mental deficit to collapse upon itself. It will as history shows, time and time again. I only hope I am alive to see it AND live through it to the otherside.

Mayberry said...

Diogenes said

Good one Mayberry. Been hiding in my personal 'early retirement' from the hell of Cin'nasty'. There are some that just don't get the fact that even as bad as it is here, there isn't anywhere better to go. We have the chance to improve on what we were given. The only thing in our ways are the ones that LIKE being slaves to the system and the Nanny State.

I wait for the rift to widen and that mental deficit to collapse upon itself. It will as history shows, time and time again. I only hope I am alive to see it AND live through it to the otherside.

Mayberry said...

Wannabemountainman said

@ Anonymous - 6:37 PM:
Tell you what; I'll come over to your house. I'll start by removing your doors and windows, then to keep warm I'll burn all your furniture. All the while, I'll eat everything in your cupboards and fridge, as well as drink all your beer. I'll turn what you, or your ancestors built into a total shit-hole. If you don't like the state in which I've put your house, then get the fuck out!

Mayberry said...

Bigunsfan said

Good post.I concur.

The apathetic party,that's a great way of putting it.

Mayberry said...

Blogger has some kinda SNAFU going on with comments right now, so I'm havin' to copy and paste 'em in here. Oh what fun....

Survival Spot said...

Right on! Way to call em' like you see em'. Couldn't have put it better myself friend!

Mayberry said...

Survival Spot, thanks!

Nina said...

Where's the "like" button? :)

Mayberry said...

Nina, you clicked it with your comment!

neal said...

I was just sent the URL for your blog in an e mail as someone who I would enjoy reading. I do, a like minded person who wishes our government would either mind it's P's and Q's or just disappear.

And now we have gone and sent our military into ANOTHER sovereign nation and assassinated the 'supposed' war criminal Bin Laden.

I wonder, how would Americans feel if Saddam's former military sent a 'hit team' into the U.S. to take out George W. Bush?

Anonymous said...

the problem with the checks and balances is the supreme court is part of the federal govt and appointed by other branches of the fed govt. So in many cases the fed govt (supreme court) is ruling on whether or not the fed govt has exceeded the powers granted by the constitution. Its like asking a police dept to investigate themselves. If supreme court justices had been appointed by states (say maybe on a rotating basis) the federal govt would never had been allowed to crush us. With Justices like Roberts we are in deep trouble.- rush2112

Craig Cavanaugh said...

Rush, I agree 100%. Our Founders never thought that Honor would go down the commode as it has, because they based their lives on it...