by Steve Lancaster 12/26/13
Politics and Government:
The free market of speech and thought is beneficial and indispensable to an enlightened laissez-faire society; to limit speech because it is or might be offensive is to limit freedom. There is no such thing as “hate speech”. No one has a right to be listened to, only to speak his or her opinions. People must exercise their right to disregard speech that they find personally offensive; stop asking the government to do it, as this only makes the government more despotic and domineering. Silence and isolation quiets bad speech faster than dispute.
• Media and Communication:
The founders of our country knew that a free press was a bulwark against tyranny. It is fitting and proper that news organizations be able to investigate and expose criminal activity conducted by individuals or government. An important sidebar is the ability of individuals to communicate with each other without fear of government intrusion into their affairs. This is a part of individual privacy that a free society cannot be without. The ability to censor communication in any form will result in a lessening of liberty.
Immigrants must pass a difficult test to become citizens and must speak English well enough to conduct basic business. Citizenship can be lost by criminal activity, treason, and by renouncing citizenship. Citizenship can be granted without other qualifications for military service in a combat role. Illegal Immigrants by definition are illegal and lawbreakers and must be deported to their country of origin or entry point at their expense. Legal immigration is the only method of entry. There are no quotas for entry, as many from any country willing to become citizens are welcome. There are no hyphenated Americans, once you are a citizen you are an American. You are no longer African-American, Hindu-American, Chinese-American or any other construct.
New immigrants will only be offered the opportunity to achieve success with no support from government in any form, thus reducing or ending the heartbreaking existence of the bulk of the welfare system; unproductive immigrants will go hungry, return to their home country or be taken care of by their more successful relatives. The only action of the government is to ensure equal opportunity, not equal outcome.
Taxes will be set as an unchanging percentage of income not amendable by law, other than to reduce the percentage; at which time the tax percentage is locked and can never be increased to the old level. It is government’s responsibility to live within its means. The purpose of the free market works best when citizens prosper without confiscatory taxes. Governments often institute usage fees when they are aware that the prevailing tax rates are excessive. Usage fees are a tax by another name and will be eliminated.
Additionally, taxes on property are tyrannical to the concept of liberty and must be eliminated. The largest percentage of property tax dollars are spent to support government schools, privatizing the schools will eliminate the need for these taxes and keep the money with the taxpayers to make their choices, good and bad, on schools for their children.
As a consequence the amount of money available to government is in direct proportion to the prosperity of the people. In times of emergency, the government can ask for additional monies from the citizens, in the form of interest paying bonds, but has no authority to coerce compliance. The people will vote on the issue with their dollars. Foolish adventures in socialism and wasteful wars can be avoided in this manner.
State and local taxes will be set in the same manner once and for perpetuity.
Most crime is the dismal result of a lack of respect for others and the opportunity, perceived by criminals, to commit a crime. The first and most essential layer of law enforcement is the armed citizen. The second is sure and certain punishment for the crime. Killing a armed robber should not be a felony, perhaps a misdemeanor; like disturbing the peace or dumping trash in a public park.
Charity is not a function of government, nor is it a function of government to encourage private individuals to provide charity to their community. Thus, the tax credits to charities and churches must be eliminated. Religious establishments and charity must compete in the free open market, their success or failure will depend on the quality of the business model. The idea that the taxpayers should support religion or charity with their taxes is contrary to liberty, just because a majority of people view religious and charitable institutions as a social good does not mean they should be in any way be government supported. Charitable tax credits and exemption to churches and charities open the door for other “social good” tax exemptions and even more heinous Progressive ideas.
The Old Republic:
The republic the founders created died on the fields of the War Between the States. We now live in the progressive states of America where the central government is predominate.
In July 1863, the old republic devised by the founders died on the battlefields of Vicksburg and Gettysburg. After these defeats the Confederacy would never be able to marshal the resources necessary to fight the North to a draw. It was the death of states’ rights, the end of the 9th and 10th amendments and a loss of liberty for all Americans North and South. The expanded Federal government would continue after the war to become the leviathan it is today intruding into every aspect of individual life and freedom.
Importance of America:
The importance of America is that we assume that any man or woman has the capability to fill the highest of office and do an acceptable job. The job has 10 pretty good suggestions as a moral code, and 10 specifics written as black letter law, but in fact purely natural law. The further we stray from these 20 concepts of liberty the further we are from freedom.
• State Sovereignty:
The powers delegated to the federal government are limited and defined by the Constitution. The federal government is a creation by the states. The sovereignty granted by the constitution to the federal government from the states is limited and can be revoked or changed by the states. This follows with individual sovereignty. Sovereignty can never be completely lost, as long a free people are willing to say no.
• Federal Government:
The only functions accorded to a federal government that make sense are national defense/foreign policy, and law enforcement. Within law enforcement are implied fair courts, and fraud laws that allow for the settlement of torts efficiently; a justice system that is capable of admitting mistakes and rectifying those mistakes. All other functions of Federal government contradict a free society and must be eliminated, privatized or returned to the states. The money saved will fund the federal government for years.
• National Defense:
We must stress that there are groups and nations in the world that are enemies of liberty, however we must also recognize that it is not the function of the American people to engage in international policing. In the event of an attack on American people or property we must guarantee the world that our response will be overwhelming and that we will hold no people or nation harmless if they encourage or support our enemies. No option is ever, “off the table”. Perhaps, we should pick some enemy every five years or so and kick the shit out of them, just to demonstrate that we will.
• Withdrawal from the union:
The individual states have the right to withdraw from the national government for any reason. States may vote to leave the union by a majority plebiscite vote of all adults. States that withdraw from the union will be re-admitted by majority vote of the registered voters. In the unlikely event of a sovereign nation wishing to become part of the United States the same rules apply, no questions asked. • (1218 views)