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.
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