The Philosophy of Liberty

I found this video on youtube and thought I would share it here.

One posting from the comments on this video that I really enjoyed is as follows:

ghengisconrad >> Capitalism and Communism are not systems, they are theories. One is similar to the theory of natural selection, another is similar to Intelligent design. Tell me, does your preferred theory require a magic man who can know and control everything to produce something wonderful and beautiful? Continue reading

What Israel can teach us about security

What Israel can teach us about security

December 31, 2009

Cathal Kelly

While North America’s airports groan under the weight of another sea-change in security protocols, one word keeps popping out of the mouths of experts: Israelification.

That is, how can we make our airports more like Israel’s, which deal with far greater terror threats with far less inconvenience.

“It is mind boggling for us Israelis to look at what happens in North America, because we went through this 50 years ago,” said Rafi Sela, the president of AR Challenges, a global transportation security consultancy. He has worked with the RCMP, the U.S. Navy Seals and airports around the world.

“Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don’t take s— from anybody. When the security agency in Israel (the ISA) started to tighten security and we had to wait in line for – not for hours – but 30 or 40 minutes, all hell broke loose here. We said, `We’re not going to do this. You’re going to find a way that will take care of security without touching the efficiency of the airport.’” Continue reading

An Independent Republic Still? – by Pat Buchanan

An Independent Republic Still? – by Pat Buchanan An Independent Republic Still? by Patrick J. Buchanan Two hundred thirty years have elapsed since Jefferson’s document was signed in Philadelphia, declaring the 13 colonies to be independent forever of the England of George III. In his Farewell Address, Washington defined independence in a single sentence: “It is our true policy to steer clear of any permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” Jefferson echoed the father of his country, declaring America’s policy to be one of “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”

Leno, Damon, Tennis Balls, and the Declaration of Independence

I found it of unique interest that Matt Damon, while reciting the Declaration of Independence, and juggling tennis balls on Leno’s show, stated that the “best part” is as follows:

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.

It is somewhat concerning that a progressive would find such a statement to be so interesting, being that the current administration is doing just that.  They are fundamentally changing this country to be more reflective of their desires in government.  The problem is the government they are constructing is very oppressive of freedom and denies many personal liberties in the name of making a certain few comforts more available.

- Independent Thinker

…and Entitlement for all!

Under the rule of Nature’s God, all mankind is born with three basic entitlements.  These entitlements are declared proudly in our Nation’s Declaration of Independence.  They are the motto of this website, and include: Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  In the arrogance of our modern Nation, we as a people have fooled ourselves into believing we are entitled to so much more!  We have come to believe that it is our right to have a roof over our head, a right to be cared for at the hospital, and a right to eat ourselves into obesity.  The list goes on, for some it is longer, and others it is short.  However, it is a lie that we have told ourselves to believe they are guarranteed, or even should be!  The crumbling wreck that our Nation has become is in great part attributed to this social attitude.  The offloading of these personal responsibilities, and that is truly what these luxuries are, to the state and federal government, is simply an adolescent attempt to shirk reality and live under the comfort of another’s direction.  This societal desire is exactly what has brought to us our current circumstance. Continue reading

March on Washington – Tea Party Time

September 12th, 2001

I remember this day for one distinct reason.  After the previous traumatising day, looking at the brutal attack waged against my fellow Americans, I left my home and began my morning bike rideto school.  I was concerned for what lay ahead.  Was anywhere safe?  How many attacks would happen today, I thought?  As I rode down the streets, I noticed something that made me feel a little more comfortable.  Before me, in front of each home stood the flag.  Old glory hung, half staff, on every pole, but in front of each house it was displayed with pride and solidarity.  It was an odd feeling seeing that every American felt the same way.  Patriotism was displayed in every window.  There was no bickering between partisans.  This fact had been displayed boldly by the singing of God Bless America the day before in congress.  America was changed.  We were fearful, but determined.  There was only one collective thought, we will triumph! Continue reading

Health Care, Taxes, & Personal Liberty

I was discusted the other day when I opened my paycheck.  For many reasons, really.  Considering how hard I had worked the last few weeks, my wages were insignificant.  My company doesnt have the money to give raises this year.  I looked at my witholdings and felt that familiar burn of anger in my mind.  Not only had I been deprived of my income for clerical reasons, I realised how much money I had truly had taken from me.  I considered the many things that could have been done to benefit my family with the money in question.  I pondered why the government believes it has a better idea of could be done with that money.  Aren’t I the final decider on how best to run my houshold.  I realised that the government doesnt think so.  Continue reading

My Path to Politics

I remember when I first started college I decided I was going to be a Democrat.  I looked at the greatness of University life and decided that if these “liberals” could build something so great, and dedicate so much to the enlightenment of society, I wanted to associate myself with that culture.  They must have better ideas because I never saw such extravagance from the conservative values that I had been raised with.  It felt good to be different.  To be “smarter” than those who raised me.  I started to talk down to those who subscribed to the traditional values that were so “old fashioned”.  There must be a better way, I thought. Continue reading