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LIBERTY vs. TYRANNY

May 7, 2020

statue of liberty, new york, usa,

Tyranny orange mosaic emblem with background

 

 

 

THE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM

Thomas Jefferson“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.

F.A. Hayek“The battle for freedom must be won over and over again. The socialists of all parties must be persuaded or defeated if they and we are to remain free men.”

These two quotes describe the existential battle between Liberty and tyranny. As demonstrated in the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, this battle existed in the hearts of men from the beginning. Many people like to tell people what to do. Many people don’t like to be told what to do. And many people are a combination of both.

Each of us accepts varying degrees of governmental tyranny because fighting it has a cost. Each of us assesses the value of liberty differently. For most of us an incremental increase in tyranny isn’t worth the cost of fighting it. But when the value of liberty out weighs the cost of fighting it we start to take a stand and push back.

Tyranny is part of mans DNA. So tyranny is always trying to take away individual liberty. It is like lava flowing from a volcano. Just as it is the nature of lava to consume the ground. It is the nature of tyranny to consume liberty.

This is why, as Hayek states, the battle for freedom must be won over and over. We never arrive at a point where we win the battle, and liberty becomes the normal state of life. Because tyranny is always alive no matter how many stakes have been driven through its heart. It will never die, it is part of the nature of man.

Covid-19 has clearly exposed this battle between liberty and tyranny. Just as the push for Obamacare exposed the battle and was fought by the tea party. Brexit was the push back against the tyranny of the European Union. The election of Trump was the push back against the tyranny of the ruling elites in both parties and the tyranny of the main stream media.

Covid-19 is exposing many of our elite central planners as petty tyrants instead of the ‘public servants’ they claim to be. Many have gotten a taste of power and they like it.

Gov. Whitmer from Michigan, Gov. Coumo from New York, Gov. Beshear of Kentucky are a few examples of tyrants thirsting for more power.

These people think we must bow down to them. We should be thankful that they are public servants sacrificing so much of themselves to help us navigate life’s mine field. Because there is no way we commoners could accurately assess risk, let alone make proper decisions based on that risk. We need our anointed betters to dictate which paths to take. And when these paths lead us either over a cliff or into a cul-de-sac it’s never their fault. And the mainstream media won’t report the failures of the planners. It must be comforting to know that you will never be held accountable for a bad decision because the media is on the side of tyrants.

It is amazing that liberty has survived in America. We fought the tyranny of King George. But the battle didn’t create a permanent state of liberty. John Adams, one of our founders and our second President, got the Alien and Sedition Act passed. The act abridged first amendment free speech rights. It forbade conduct or language leading to rebellion. It was used to arrest, try, and convict news paper editors who were critical of the administration. The constitution was passed in 1787 and the Alien and Sedition Act passed in 1798. That’s eleven years. Obviously tyranny had not been wiped out because we won the battle for freedom against King George.

As far removed as we are from our founding principles, this quote: “Eternal Vigilance The Price Of Freedom”, is more important today than ever. Although we may not have been asleep in our battle for freedom for all these decades. We have taken occasional naps which has put us in our present position of fighting tyranny.

Here are some articles that show us the tyranny of the anointed and the push back by the commoners. The battle is never over.

 

TYRANNY

This list below could almost be endless. You don’t have to read these if you don’t want to. It is a list to show how much is going on. The headlines say it all.

Dallas Salon Owner Sentenced To 7 Days In Jail, Hit With Thousands In Fines For Refusing To Close, by Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.    Having said what I just said. You have to watch the videos of this arrogant judge lecturing this woman. He is a tyrant.

The Judge said: “..he would consider not giving her jail time if she would agree to close until the governor’s order was lifted and “if she admitted that she was wrong, that she was selfish, and that she should apologize to the elected officials whose orders she violated.”

In other words,  “If you bow to authority. Plead for forgiveness for your sins against your anointed betters. I won’t put you in jail.”

Her response is great. She basically told him to go f~<! himself. But in a nice way. His reaction shows how pissed off he is that she didn’t genuflect and beg.

Fortunately this happened today. Texas Supreme Court Orders Dallas Salon Owner Released As Abbott Bans Jailing Citizens For Lockdown Violations, by Tyler Olson, at foxnews.com.

California Liberals Using Corona-Crisis To Transform State, at zerohedge.com.    Never let a crisis go to waste.

Media Attack Kristi Noem For Not Panicking And Destroying Her State, by Mollie Hemmingway, at thefederalist.com.        Gov. Noem didn’t tow the line with the conventional media wisdom. She must be destroyed.

Kentucky Parents Of 7 Investigated For Abuse After Breaking Social Distancing Rules, by Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.           I’m surprised the FBI hostage rescue team or the SWAT team wasn’t called to “save the children”.

Harvard Law Prof: Coronavirus Is An Excuse To Dump Free Speech, Property Rights From Constitution, by Alana Mastrangelo, at breitbart.com.        Never let a crisis go to waste.

 As Murder Skyrockets And Criminals Are Released In Chicago, Mayer Threatens Political Dissenters With Arrest, by Daniel Horowitz, at theblaze.com.         You release convicted criminals. But threaten to arrest people exercising their First Amendment rights? That doesn’t make sense to me. But it obviously makes sense to tyrants.

Texas Sheriff Sends SWAT Team With Guns Drawn To Arrest Armed Lockdown Protestors, by Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.         Now this is more like what a tyrant would do. You intimidate people with a show of force. And you also don’t care if these situations could escalate and someone may get killed.

 

FIGHTING FOR LIBERTY

Americans Are Returning To Normal Life Whether State And Local Officials Like It Or Not, by Phil Shiver, at theblaze.com.          There is not enough of them to arrest all of us.

NYPD Union President Calls de Blasio ‘An Idiot’ For Asking Officers To ‘Violate People’s Rights‘, by Jeannie Taer, at saraacarter.com.           This guy knows that enforcing deBlasio’s  law will get citizens pissed off at the police even more than they are.

Boston Shutdown Protesters To Governor, Mayor: ‘We’re Tired Of You Acting Like Wanna-Be Dictators, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com.               Wasn’t Boston where the Colonists threw tea into the harbor?

Officials Back Down From Enforcing Coronavirus Orders Against Defiant Texas Restaurant Owner, at truepundit.com.

Shutdown Unrest: From CA To NY, Thousands Across Nation Turn Out For Lockdown Protests, by Amanda Prestigiacomo, at dailywire.com.          We don’t like to be told what to do if it seems arbitrary.

New York ‘Snitch Line’ Inundated With Obscenities Memes, at dailydot.com.         Every tyrant figures there will never be push back. Some will cave if we just take a stand.

Michigan House Rejects Lockdown Extension, Votes To Sue Gov. Whitmer Instead, at truepundit.com.      No comment needed.

Michigan Law School Students Launch Lawsuit At Whitmer’s Lockdown, by Tristan Justice, at thefederalist.com.        No comment needed.

Virginia Judge Rules Indoor Gun Range Can Reopen, Dealing A Blow To Gov. Northam’s Shutdown Order, at truepundit.com.           Never let a crisis go to waste.

After Getting Blasted For ‘Nazi-Like’ Order That Churches Keep Lists Of Attendees, KC Mayor Backs Down, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com.                         If you stand up to a bully, there is a good chance he will back down.

 

CONCLUSION

Elvis Was King, Ike Was President, And 116,000 Americans Died In A Pandemic, by Jeffry Tucker, at aier.org.     Excerpt from the article:

“In February 1957, a new influenza A (H2N2) virus emerged in East Asia, triggering a pandemic (“Asian Flu”). This H2N2 virus was comprised of three different genes from an H2N2 virus that originated from an avian influenza A virus, including the H2 hemagglutinin and the N2 neuraminidase genes. It was first reported in Singapore in February 1957, Hong Kong in April 1957, and in coastal cities in the United States in summer 1957. The estimated number of deaths was 1.1 million worldwide and 116,000 in the United States.”

“The population of the U.S. at the time was 172 million, which is a little more than half of the current population. Life expectancy was 69 as versus 78 today. Even with shorter lives, it was a healthier population with lower rates of obesity. To extrapolate the data to a counterfactual, we can conclude that this virus was more wicked than COVID-19 thus far.”

“What’s remarkable when we look back at this year, nothing was shut down. Restaurants, schools, theaters, sporting events, travel – everything continued without interruption. Without a 24-hour news cycle with thousands of news agencies and a billion websites hungry for traffic, mostly people paid no attention other than to keep basic hygiene. It was covered in the press as a medical problem. The notion that there was a political solution never occurred to anyone.”

America Doesn’t Have A Justice System Anymore, by Kurt Schlichter, at townhall.com.         Excerpt from the article:

“The good news is that you might get out of future jury duty, because when you are asked under oath about your own biases during a federal criminal case jury selection you would have to answer honestly by responding, “Your Honor, I don’t trust a damn thing anyone in the FBI says.”

“Oh, and if an FBI agent asks if he can ask you some questions, try not to burst into laughter before you reply, “No, I assert my right to remain silent” and call your lawyer.”

“And this sorry state of affairs is all the FBI’s fault.”

Our Dress Rehearsal For A Police State, by Dennis Prager, at dailywire.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“But the ease with which police state tactics have been employed and the equal ease with which most Americans have accepted them have been breathtaking.”

“People will argue that a temporary police state has been justified because of the allegedly unique threat to life posed by the new coronavirus. I do not believe the data will bear that out. Regardless, let us at least agree that we are closer to a police state than ever in American history.”

“Police state” does not mean totalitarian state. America is not a totalitarian state; we still have many freedoms. In a totalitarian state, this article could not be legally published, and if it were illegally published, I would be imprisoned and/or executed.”

“But we are presently living with all four of the key hallmarks of a police state:

No. 1: Draconian laws depriving citizens of elementary civil rights.

“The federal, state, county and city governments are now restricting almost every freedom except those of travel and speech”

No. 2: A mass media supportive of the state’s messaging and deprivation of rights.

“…… mainstream mass medium ……. have served the cause of state control over individual Americans’ lives just as Pravda served the Soviet government. In fact, there is almost no more dissent in The New York Times than there was in Pravda.”

No. 3: Use of police.

“Police departments throughout America have agreed to enforce these laws and edicts with what can only be described as frightening alacrity.”

No. 4: Snitches.

“How do the police dispatchers learn of lawbreakers such as families playing softball in a public park, lone joggers without face masks, etc.? From their fellow citizens snitching on them.”

“If you love liberty, you must see that it is jeopardized more than at any time since America’s founding. And that means, among other things, that at this time, a vote for any Democrat is a vote to end liberty.”

The Three Nations Of Covid And A Windbag Named Fauci, by David Stockman, at lewrockwell.com.      Excerpt from the article:

“Indeed, with each passing update, the CDC data itself becomes an ever more dispositive indictment of the madness the Donald’s doctors have imposed on the nation. It is now strikingly clear, in fact, that when it comes to Covid-19 there are three nations in America, and that the attempt to shoe-horn them into a one-size fits all regime of state control is tantamount to insane.”

“There is first the Kids Nation of some 61 million persons under 15 years, where even by the CDCs elastic definitions there have been just 5 WITH Covid deaths thru April 28. You needn’t even bother with the zero-ridden fraction of 1 per 100,000 (its actually 0.008) to make the point.”

“That is to say, last year there were about 44,000 deaths among the Kids Nation – so corona-virus accounts for just 0.011% of the total, and in no sane world would it be a reason for shutting down the schools.”

“…..the Parents/Workers Nation. That is the 215 million citizens between 15 and 64, who account for the overwhelming share of commerce, jobholders and GDP.”

“Yet according to the CDC, there have been just 8,267 deaths WITH Covid in this massive expanse of the population, which figure represents a mortality rate of, well, 3.6 per 100,000.”

“But here’s the thing. The normal total mortality rate for the 15-64 years old population is 335 per 100,000. So we are talking about shutting down the entire economy owing to a death rate to date which amounts to 1.1% of normal mortality in the Parents/Workers nation.”

“Finally, we have Grandparents/Great Grandparents Nation, comprised of 52 million citizens. But they account for 32,000 or nearly 80% of the WITH Covid deaths as of April 28 – with 15,000 of these being among those 85 years and older.”

“By way of computation, that’s 61 deaths per 100,000 for the group as a whole and 230 per 100,000 for the 85 years and older.”

“Stated differently, the risk of death posed by Covid-19 is 7,600X greater for Grandparents/Great Grandparents Nation overall than for Kids Nation, and 29,000 times greater for the several million Great-Grandparents afflicted with severe comorbidity and likely as not to be in the care of a nursing home.”

“Needless to say, it did not take a catastrophic experiment with Lockdown Nation to figure this out. It was already known from China and the history of other coronaviruses.”

“If there were any reason or justice left in America, Dr. Fauci and the Scarf Lady and the whole CDC/WHO lobby that brought about this disaster would actually be headed for their own quarantine – the kind that doesn’t happen at home and which can’t be lifted by the whims of the Cuomo brothers or Mayor Robespierre.”

There’s Another Chinese Virus Infecting The Minds Of Intellectuals, by Andrew Klavan, at dailywire.com.             Excerpt from the article:

“……. during this Courtesy-of-Wuhan crisis, American tech companies “are proudly collaborating with one another, and following government guidance, to censor harmful information related to the coronavirus. And they are using their prodigious data-collection capacities, in coordination with federal and state governments, to improve contact tracing, quarantine enforcement, and other health measures.”

“Far from regarding this as an evil, or at least as an emergency contingency that needs to be walked back when the crisis ends, the professors believe that big business’ censoring and surveilling of Americans should become the new normal.”

“The idea of the piece was that during this Courtesy-of-Wuhan crisis, American tech companies “are proudly collaborating with one another, and following government guidance, to censor harmful information related to the coronavirus. And they are using their prodigious data-collection capacities, in coordination with federal and state governments, to improve contact tracing, quarantine enforcement, and other health measures.”

“Far from regarding this as an evil, or at least as an emergency contingency that needs to be walked back when the crisis ends, the professors believe that big business’ censoring and surveilling of Americans should become the new normal.”

“….the Chinese are forcibly harvesting the organs of dissenters and other marginalized groups in their concentration camps. These reports – which sound like something out of some preposterous thriller novel – were confirmed by an international tribunal last year. Mr. Mosher says the Chinese are using technology culled from America to render these prisoners brain dead in order to keep the organs fresh.”

“And yet, many in our academies continue to share our technology and research with China as if they were just another international neighbor.

 

Must Reads For The Week 9/6/14

September 6, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Anti-Obama Care Practice Booms, Along With A Growing Network Of Market Based Providers, by Mark J. Perry, at aei-ideas.org. As I’ve said before, Obamacare is going to create a true free market in health care because the patient and the doctor will not a have a third-party payer to screw up the price system. Competition will lower prices and raise the quality. We will end up with two healthcare systems, one will be a free market system and the other will be a government-run system consisting of Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, and the VA.

Investment bank, Moelis & Company, Announces  Appointment of Eric Cantor As Vice President And Member Of The Board Of Directors, at moelis.com. Crony capitalists hire former “Public Servants” like Cantor to help them wade through the maze of government regulations. This is like insider trading in information about the workings of government. If Government didn’t have as much power as it does, there would be no need to hire former politicians. His expertise doesn’t come cheap (read here). but is probably a bargain.

Climatology Crony Al Gore Warned In His Nobel Prize Speech That The Arctic Ice Cap Might Be Ice Free By Now, (Not Quite), at economicpolicyjournal.com. Why do we believe chicken littles like Gore. He has made a good living selling global warming snake oil ( read here).

Police Lock Down California Campus Because Of Man Carrying Umbrella, at theburningplatform.com. Can’t people use common sense to evaluate situations before they call authorities? Has Government made us so feckless we don’t even know the difference between an umbrella and a gun.

NY Farm Yanks Wedding Ceremonies After $13 Thousand Fine For Refusing Lesbian Wedding, William Bigelow, at brietbart.com. Two things I have a hard time understanding about this situation. 1) Why is the owner of property, in this case the wedding service, forced to “voluntarily” provide this service. If they make the decision to not sell their service to someone, they should suffer the consequences of that decision, not be forced to make the trade. 2) Why would you use Government to force someone to do business with you when they don’t want to? Do you have the right to the another persons approval? And what is their approval worth if it isn’t given voluntarily?

Guy Who Tried To Shut Down Kids Lemonade Stand Gets A Taste Of His Own Medicine. And That Totally Sucks, by Katherine Munga Ward, at reason.com. You shouldn’t wish Government intervention on your worst enemy.

Asian Property Prices Are Falling, “As If There Is A Global Financial Crisis“. at zerohedge.com. Another example of malinvestment created by central banks. The liquidation process is the cure for the previous malinvestment. Unfortunately Governments aren’t going to let this cure happen. They will try to artificially prop up the previous  malinvestments, using more counterfeit money and keeping  interest rates low, so the pain of the liquidation can pushed off to some date in the future.

If Police Come To Your Door Without A Warrant, Shut Them Down Like This Guy, by Matt Agorist, at thefreethoughtprogect.com. The police can legally lie to gain access to your home. Don’t let them in without a warrant. Government agents have used up all of the good intention chips they may have once had.

If Norman Rockwell Depicted America Today, at theburningplatform.com.

Must Reads For The Week 8/17/13

August 17, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

WE ARE IN THE DEATH THROES OR THE BIRTH PANGS OF LIBERTY OR TYRANNY!

THAT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE!

Harry Reid Says Obamacare Just A Step Toward Single Payer System, by Mark Tapscott, at washingtonexaminer.com. The progressive elites are all about incrementally getting to their real goal of a Government run healthcare system. Many of us said this was their goal, and were told, “your crazy, that can’t happen here”.

IRS Needs AR-15’s For “Standoff Capabilities“. by Joshua Cook, at benswann.com. It’s not just the IRS. The Department of Education, The Social Security Administration, and The EPA are all stockpiling tactical weapons and ammunition. Most people have their head in the sand (or somewhere else), when they say, “IT CAN’T HAPPEN IN AMERICA”.

Warrantless Vaginal Searches Conducted By Texas Police, by Kristin Tate, at benswann.com.  “IT CAN’T HAPPEN IN AMERICA”.  Watch the second video and let me know if  the police woman put on a new pair of latex gloves to search the second women after she searched the first woman?

Government’s Secret Snooping Programs, Video FOX news. I saw this at libertypen.blogspot.com. Quote from Judge Napolitano, “…When and how will this end? Why is there no outrage? Just ten days ago they asked for our passwords, and they were probably turned over. Where does it go from here?”  Oh, by the way, IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE.

Senate Committee Now Investigating Bitcoin, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Virtual currencies like bitcoin allow individuals to exchange goods and services without the Government extracting their “fair share”. But the main reason Government doesn’t like bitcoin is because they don’t want to give up their monopoly  power of electronically printing counterfeit money, because it is how they fund Government expansion.

The Growing Police State And The Chilling Effect, at econoicpolicyjournal.com. This is what they are hoping to accomplish by targeting people who don’t agree with them. Fear of Government repercussions keeps us from standing up against it.

More Americans Are Going Galt, by Daniel J Mitchell at townhall.com. I found this on libertypen.blogspot.com. People won’t abide by what they think are immoral laws. This is why prohibition didn’t work, this is why the War on Drugs isn’t working, this is why over half the cigarettes sold in NY State are smuggled. It should be no surprise that when the tax code becomes too onerous, people will avoid paying at any cost. The American Revolution was fought over onerous regulations by England. Liberty is still a part of our cultural DNA, and each person has his own level of tolerance before the marginal straw of regulation finally breaks the proverbial camels back. We got into this mess incrementally over a hundred years and we will probably get out of it incrementally (hopefully it takes less time).

ALL IS NOT LOST,  LIBERTY MAY BE WINNING!

Court Slaps Down Michael ‘Napoleon’ Bloomberg’s Soda Ban, at economicpolicyjournal.com. A bit of sanity rears its head.

US Judge Says Bloomberg’s “Stop And Frisk Policy Is Unconstitutional, at zerohedge.com. Another victory for liberty.

Marine Colonel To Town Council: “Your Building A Domestic Army; Are You Blind?”, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Individuals, like this marine, are taking a stand. It all starts at the local level.

Bono Is Now Preaching The Virtues Of Capitalism, by Mark J. Perry, at aei-ideas.org. Maybe many are finally realizing that free market capitalism is what produces the goods and resources that they want to redistribute.

Oil And Gas Extraction Increased To A Record High In July, by Mark J. Perry, at aei-ideas.org. The shale oil and gas boom (fracking), couldn’t be stopped by Government. It is happening on private lands, as Gov. has taken federal land off the table for extraction. The free market, as hampered as it is, always finds a way to thwart Gov. wishes.

Auston Kutcher On Opportunity, at economicjournal.com. He says “Opportunity looks a lot like hard work.” This is a great message for young people.

As Obamacare Deadline Looms, Doctors Are Opting For Cash Only Clinics, by Joshua Cook at benswann.com. A free market answer to the health care situation. If you get rid of third party pays, the price and cost will go down. Republicans follow these leaders and repeat after me, ” We’re going to replace Obamacare with a free market health care system.”

Must Reads For The Week 7/13/13

July 13, 2013

ARE WE MOVING TOWARD LIBERTY OR TYRANNY?  THE MIDDLE GROUND IS VERY CHAOTIC.

Fourth Of July: Up Against The State, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Power corrupts from the federal to the local level. These cops know they are violating this guys constitutional rights (on independence day no less), they admit as much on the video.

Third Amendment Violated? Police Invade Family’s Home For Use During Swat Call, Arrest Two For Obstruction When They Refuse, by Becket Adams, at theblaze.com. More abuse of power by local Government officials.

College Girls, Bottled Water, And The Emerging American Police State, by John Whitehead, at opednews.com. This type of enforcement activity will become more prominent as Government tries to micro manage society by passing more laws. You probably break some law everyday, and you don’t even know it.

A Lot Of People Are Interested In USDA Disaster Plans For Rabbits, by Bob McCarty, at bobmccarty.com. Can this really be true? Magicians are required to have disaster plans to evacuate their rabbits in case of a disaster. I think we need more regulations!

So Much For Peak Oil, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Just think how much we would produce domestically if the Administration would open federal lands and allow more off shore drilling? Would this create jobs? Would this drive the price of oil lower because of the increased supply?

Summer Violence Creates Need For Blood Donations At South Side Hospital, by Wendell Hutson, at dnainfo.com. The thing that struck me when I read this was how the shootings seemed to be so trivial.

Ohio School District OK’s Concealed Carry For Teachers, by Zenon Evans, at reason.com, and Illinois Becomes Final State To Embrace Concealed Carry, at latimes.com. Two articles that show that at some point logic trumps emotion.

How D.C. Police Can Seize Your Car And Hold It indefinitely, by Andrea Noble, at washingtontimes.com. This is what happens when you give law enforcement power. In the military it’s called mission creep. Those with the power will always wield it arbitrarily.

Did Justice Department Support Anti-Zimmerman Protests After Martin Shooting? at foxnews.com. This is why I hate politics in general and  bureaucrats and politicians in particular. They always stick their noses in places that angels dare to tread, creating a situation that becomes a complete cluster foxtrot.