Many thanks to all who linked to my piece about Obama — How does he get away with this?
A special nod to Green Mountains Homesteading, a place that philosophically speaking, kinda feels like home, and who has this prominently posted on his sidebar:
Heard around the Internet…
I believe that what I am witnessing in my own country absolutely disgraces the memory of those that sacrificed everything so that we could secure the blessings of liberty.
I believe the founding of this nation was a miracle,and unprecedented in human history.
I believe we have failed ourselves by not being jealous enough of our own freedom.
I believe democracy is incompatible with the concept of individual or minority rights.
I believe this nation was established as a constitutional republic.
I believe that individual rights are the reason this nation was founded and that any attempt to deny any individual their rights is an overt act of aggression.
I believe that self-defense is a fundamental,basic human right,and all arms control laws stand in opposition to that fact and are illegitimate.
I believe in self ownership and that no one has the authority to tell anyone what they may or must consume or purchase.
I believe that this country hasn’t operated under a free market system in over one hundred years.
I believe the failings we see in our economy today are the failings of socialism.
I believe what they call a public-private partnership today used to be called by its proper name,Fascism.
I believe that taxation of wages or income is modern day slavery.
I believe there is no such thing as a free lunch.Someone always pays the bill.
I believe that our own government is a much greater threat to our liberties than any group of individuals on the other side of the planet could ever be.I believe history bears out that fact.
I believe that at least 90 percent of what our federal government does is unconstitutional.
I believe that Madison was right when he said that if tyranny ever comes to these shores,it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
I believe Thomas Jefferson was right on just about everything.
I believe Ronald Reagan did Americans a great disservice by banning open carry of firearms in California during his tenure as Governor,and by signing the Gun Control Act of 1986 as President.
I believe that we are witnessing the last vestiges of human freedom being stripped from us by evil conniving men and women who cloak their intentions with lies of fairness,equality,tolerance,moderation and sustainability.
I believe that those who wish to remain free must realize the truth that people can only be persuaded by reason or force.That when free men refuse to compromise their liberty,evil men ALWAYS resort to force,and that force must be met with force.
I believe that We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
(I didn’t write that last bit,but I believe it nonetheless).
I believe the hour is getting late…
Masterfully authored by On to Liberty