Validation is aiding the enemy

 

When I was a kid I lived in California where we had to pay to park much of the time. If we had a doctor’s appointment we would take the ticket in to get it validated. The receptionist would stamp it and that meant the doctor paid for our parking.

 

Validation came to mind as I received an email alerting me to the fact Governor Branstad supports Common Core, a system of standards in education. Common Core is implemented by states in response to bribes from the federal government and is dictated by the United Nations to prepare the youth of the world to be productive corporate drones. An example of a pornographic book required for eleventh graders was used in the email to illustrate the evil of Common Core.

 

Common Core is not the problem. Government schools are the problem. People who are concerned about such programs as Common Core are being tricked into debating these details rather than the whole concept of forced schooling. In a free country we should not stand for such a thing as compulsory education or compulsory funding of education. We should not be put in a position of breaking the law to keep our kids from porn.

 

There are numerous issues where we fall into the same trap. Illegal immigration is one. If anyone should be against illegal immigration it should be big government liberals. The two main issues involving illegal immigrants are that they use government services and “steal” jobs. In using such arguments we validate the welfare state and protection from competition in the job market.

 

Americans should be for whatever system would allow the most workers to compete for available jobs in order to fill each job with the most qualified worker. That’s how a free economy increases wealth for everyone. I can imagine liberals wanting to restrict foreign workers in order to protect inefficient workers with the misguided idea that that would somehow improve the living standards of those workers. But in the big picture any manipulation of free exchange increases costs for everyone including the workers the tyrants intend to protect.

 

Is regulating who can be married something we want to delegate to the government? Is this not a personal matter? We get all worked up over judges making laws regarding gay marriage when the real issue is whether marriage should be any business of state authorities in the first place. The main points of contention in this area are the power of spouses in medical decisions and tax advantages of married couples. Medical decisions are delegated by legal documents already and can be done between providers and customers the same way for everyone. And by debating tax advantages in this area, once again, the intrusion of the state is validated by sidestepping the issue of the existence of income taxes to begin with.

 

Are conservatives being manipulated into validating a stifling nanny-state or do they actually prefer it that way? Would taking a principled stand for real personal freedom ever turn things around? Or is the proper course one of baby steps, picking away at the monster, cell by cell.

 

Focusing on details allows the enemy to incrementally ratchet up big government. It distracts us from drawing that line in the sand where our rights are being violated. We address details in order to stay part of the dialogue, a dialogue that wouldn’t have to exist if the true meaning of rights were understood.

 

If we continue to allow ourselves to be drawn into dialogue bounded by totalitarians, we will remain in the chains of the state. We need to focus on principle to avoid validating the Soviet style obedience that limits our prosperity.

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A Little Story From My Sweetie To Our Grandson:

This is Grandma.  I was walking beans today – which means that I walk up and down the rows of soybeans looking for weeds.  When I find one, I pull it so it dies and doesn’t compete with the soybeans for sunlight and rain.  

Anyway, I reached down to pull a button weed and I heard this screeching sound…a sound like someone raking a piece of metal over a cheese grater.  I had to find where it was coming from!  I searched and searched and finally found a frog with it’s hind end all wrapped up in tall grass.  It’s legs were stretched out straight behind him and he couldn’t get loose!  He was screaming for help!!! It didn’t take long. I set him free and he was a happy boy!
 
What I think happened was I startled him and he headed one way.  And then since I move pretty quickly through the field of beans, I passed him and he headed the other way, causing the entanglement.  
 
We sure see some weird stuff here on the farm!
Bye Ollie – just thought you’d like to hear my story.

At the Hampton ho-down last week Linda (Whatsername) Hendren sang Almost Lost My Mind that she had learned from Pat Boone. It brought back memories from my early days appreciating the blues. I saw Albert King play at The Ash Grove in LA four times. One time I took my mom, my Nana and my sister to see him on Mothers Day.

I had a job at a grocery in Pacific Palisades and on my way home to Santa Monica from work I  was at a stop signal next to Albert’s big white Caddie. He asked me how to get to Pacific Ocean Park. He was late fora gig there. I told him to go straight ahead to such and such a street. But he legally had to turn. I raced ahead and flagged him down. What a gracious and talented man. I’m so proud he called me Fritz.

Here is a You Tube of one of his greatest works:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXbqqh4V20w

Brett Pharo on Ed Snowden

Here is something from my friend Brett Pharo. I wish I had written it so I’m passing it on.

Interesting times we live in.  I remember back not all that long ago when a person making public the human rights violations by the Russian government might be given asylum by the United States.  My how the tables have turned!  Russia has extended at least temporary asylum to Edward Snowden.  Keep in mind that Snowden didn’t reveal state secrets to the enemy; he didn’t endanger any U.S. troops;  he didn’t blow the cover of any American spy legitimately operating to gain intelligence on foreign countries.  No, Edward Snowden blew the cover off programs through which the U.S. government spies on its own people.  These weren’t people legitimately suspected of crimes, but everyday citizens, citizens like you and I.

It has been argued that these programs were justified because they had been used to deter possible attacks.  That’s no justification for unconstitutional action by the federal government.  It has been argued that these programs were authorized by Congress and/or the courts.  That’s no justification for unconstitutional action, as even the Supreme Court has held that legislation passed by Congress that is not authorized by the Constitution is not law, and is as if it had never been passed.  The U.S. government was created by the states in their adoption of the Constitution.  The U.S. government is not the final judge of right and wrong.  The U.S. government is subject to the Constitution.

Supporting the U.S. government in unconstitutional actions against the American people is not an act of patriotism.  No, when the government turns to despotic treatment of it’s own people, true patriotism opposed that government.  We honor men like Patrick Henry, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and many others as patriots.  Why?  Because they opposed their own government when that government used despotic treatment against it’s own citizens.  Edward Snowden might be cut from the same cloth.  Rebellion against tyranny is no vice.

Indeed, now it seems that the U.S. is spying on its own people and Russia is giving asylum to freedom fighters. How the tables have turned!

Speaking of despots in power, the President has worked with Congress to give Congress and their staffers up to 75% subsidies on their health care costs under “Obamacare.”  Why?  Because they felt it was too big a financial burden for them to bear.  Huh?  How many folks getting this email make any where near what a congressman makes, or even what many of their staffers make?  If anyone of you still believes that these people, Republican or Democrat, are there representing you and looking out for your interests or for the interests of your country, you may want to check your pulse.  Indeed, if someone believing this were any less discerning they would need watering twice a week.

We know that this email, and all others, are currently subject to monitoring by the government.  That I sent it is traceable.  That you receive it is also traceable.  If you want to be taken off the list I send to, let me know.  Tyranny always stifles the majority.  Right does not require a majority.

Quotes from Mark Twain:

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

Do the right thing.  It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Clothes make the man.  Naked people have little or no influence on society.

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.  A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words!  His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.

Don’t Isolate Me

Don’t Isolate Me

I was pretty excited to learn Hampton would have a brew-pub. Like Tom T. Hall, I like beer. It makes me a jolly good fellow.

I could live without it but it goes good with food. I’ll have one with supper every night as long as freedom rings. When I learned that Rustic Brew had to wait for some sort of state control to serve their own concoctions, I just chalked it up to another notch in the grip of the state over its subjects.

As I visit with people in every conceivable business, it’s the same story; ridiculous regulations increase their costs which are then passed on to consumers. That is if they survive the tight margins created by these unnecessary rules that threaten their viability.

There has been a huge amount of growth in the micro-brew business. But much of it is hitting a ceiling. There are state limits to quantities a brew-pub can sell and they are limited to selling through established distributors.

I’m not getting into specifics in Iowa because this column is about the general effects of regulation and I don’t want them clouded by details. The article I read about this included a Michigan brewery that has put on hold a $2 million expansion and 120 new jobs because of state regulations protecting established breweries.

The question that should immediately come to mind is, who benefits from these laws? Of course it is the members of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. They see inroads by brewers of beer with taste, as opposed to yellow carbonated water, into their market, so they have given over $3 million in campaign contributions in order to supposedly protect the safety of beer and preserve an “orderly” market.

My dad often spoke of the damage trade associations do to consumers. But he fell into the same trap as many others. There’s nothing wrong with the associations; it is their influence on government that is the problem. The regulations shouldn’t exist at all. There is no need for them except as a weapon used to circumvent a market that might direct consumers to their competitors.

The examples above are but a tiny part of the problem. Remember the embassies being closed in the Middle East because of terrorist threats? When I heard about this I thought, that’s a good start. Why do we have embassies at all? Are they bases for spies? Spies would work better out of a less conspicuous base anyway.

What is wrong with Americans’ relationships in foreign countries bypassing the middlemen at embassies? For Americans who want to stay home, why should they pay taxes to support staff in luxurious mansions and offices all over the world getting in the way of free trade?

The reason for embassies is the same as the reason for regulations on micro-breweries; to protect businesses that shift their costs onto someone else. As we watch or read or listen to the news, where does it come from? Government. We’ve become accustomed to having all input filtered through government to such an extent that we accept the notion that nothing happens without it.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Government stifles. It doesn’t create anything. It merely shifts costs from the less connected to those with deep enough pockets to buy politicians.

If an American wants to buy rugs or sell farm equipment in the Middle East he should pay for his own protection or rely on police over there, just as we pay for law enforcement here to protect whoever comes here. The cost of that trade should be borne by the beneficiaries of that trade. If the farm machinery is important enough for the trading partner’s country to ensure the safety of trade reps over there, they will.

Embassies serve the same purpose as regulations of business. Without them, the true cost of products traded all over the world would be reflected in the price of the product, instead of distorted with taxpayer handouts to favored businesses.

Suggestions of closing embassies will be met with accusations of isolationism. But the truth is embassies and government relations with foreign governments in general are the epitome of isolationism. Embassies stand in the way of private citizens’ relationships overseas in the same way regulations stand in the way of me getting a good beer from an entrepreneur in Hampton.

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