by Donna Mancini
"As good as you are, as bad as I am. I am as good as you are, as bad as I am."
(One of my grandmother's favorite toasts)
- Donna Gosnell Walker (1893-1974)
The main thing that continues to boggle my mind in life is, even if the dead founders, or current ruling elites, have made "laws" that pass constitutional muster initiating the income tax; business licensing and regulation; gun control; the military draft; prohibitions of alcohol, drugs, trans fats or smoking… SO WHAT? I did not agree to follow any such rules or grant a so-called "representative" control over my life, nor did anyone I know for that matter!
I admit that most people I know think I am nuts. They wonder why I am unhappy with the status quo, which is, in my humble opinion, nothing less than slavery. My critics proceed to give me the old and tired, "Get-over-it-this-is-the-best-country-in-the-world story. The majority of these people have never been out of the region, much less the country.
Doesn't anyone question authority anymore or even care about freedom and personal responsibility, and see the two as a necessity or an advantage in life?
Government is a legitimate "servant" only if it has the permission and/or consent of the governed. People that lived before us cannot write a contract for us or put us, their heirs, into bondage. It is like paying off your mother's debt. You don't owe it!
I can only speak for myself. I pay my taxes and follow the "rules" because I am scared the government will confiscate my money and property; and, if worse comes to worse, imprison and kill me! These so called "public servants" are nothing more than armed thugs, also known as the enemy. In reality, where do these predators get off calling themselves public servants? Who do they serve? Certainly not me!
This past weekend in Louisville, KY, the government set up police-state style "Safety & Security Roadblocks" supposedly to catch drunk drivers. What a crock of authoritarian bull droppings! They wound up citing people for not wearing seat belts and hauled a bunch of people to jail who might have had a few; but, had not demonstrated any signs of reckless driving, broken any "laws" or hurt anyone. As a result of this "protection" peaceful people will end up losing their jobs, insurance, paying fines and attorney fees, and otherwise have their lives destroyed!
Practically all laws are arbitrary, "rules" designed to control people and plunder their money and assets. Laws and rules have nothing to do with right or wrong. Victimless acts (no one is complaining) should not be punishable crimes! Laws are tools the predatory elite uses to manipulate, rob and murder the rest of us laid-back, docile types.
Contrary to conventional wisdom that demands we not discuss religion or politics:
We freedom lovers should talk politics loud and clear, on a daily basis, to everyone we encounter, or at least give it a try! How about, "I am mad as hell and I just won't take it anymore for an introduction?" We should tell everyone within earshot we are sick and tired of being told what to do what not to do, and having our cold hard cash extracted from us by bullies that spend it on other people and things that we despise.
Then, when the State-worshiping crowd tells you to get out of the country if you don't like it, stand firm and say NO! I love my home and family; and, I am into the tough job of preserving Liberty, solving our American problems, and making things better for ourselves and future generations. Demand that our government bring our troops on foreign soil home now and stop trying to RULE the WORLD! Declare that war is evil and they are stupid to sacrifice their lives, fortunes and "our children" on the altar of the State.
We all know deep down that keeping your big mouth shut means you agree with what is being said, or at least you are afraid to confront your opposition for one reason or the other. That's why we Libertarians need to keep our big mouths open, (except when they are full of food).
To paraphrase Adam Smith: Self-interest works!
According to me: Freedom is LIFE.
Donna Walker Mancini is a columnist for Liberty For All. Find out more about Donna at www.myspace.com/donna4freedom.