Winning the Political Debate

I have lived in many places across this country and debated lots of people alone or in front of friends and coworkers and actually managed to turn many self-avowed socialists into Federalists who would agree that we should have Libertarians run the Federal government without changing their core socialist beliefs; here is how you do it:

First, the goal is to convert or persuade not to destroy. Clear visions of Conan from your mind, it’s not “To crush your enemy and see them driven before you!” while this is good, it’s not the goal. Each person who would stand and debate you will stand and debate others so they are the target; once persuaded to join your ideology they will work to convert others.

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Swerving into the truth

“Never wrestle with a pig – you get dirty and the pig likes it.”

I try to follow that maxim, and I generally avoid embroiling myself in inane Facebook debates. But every once in a while, I just can’t help myself.  I find it somewhat amusing watching ignorance fully reveal itself.

Interestingly, if you lead some people along far enough, they inadvertently swerve into the truth, even if they don’t realize it themselves.

I had an experience like that the other day, and I thought I would share it for its illustrative value.

I was having a discussion with a friend about the 112th Congress opening by reading the Constitution. I expressed the opinion that, while it’s never a bad thing to read the Constitution, the whole thing seems  more of a political stunt than an act of any substance.

At this point, a friend of my friend – I’ll call him Soli – chimed in advancing the tired worn, argument that the “general welfare” clause in the preamble basically gives the federal government unlimited power.

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Courage to Resist?

Today the federal government is literally everywhere. It has its nose in everything, and it has been that way for a long, long time.

In the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison warned us that if the federal government were to have the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, its power would continue to grow – regardless of elections, the separation of powers, and other much-touted limits on power.

The principle behind these resolutions, that the power of federal government must be checked by state governments, has gained resurgence in recent years, and is growing more every day.

Those sound like nice words, but what does this mean precisely in application?

In order to restore usurped constitutional authority, a State must be prepared, at some point, to resist federal intrusion. In the American tradition, there is a long history of States doing just that. Georgia nullified the Supreme Court’s ruling in Chisholm vs. Georgia (1793); New England States nullified fugitive slave laws; and earlier New England townships nullified Jefferson’s embargo and the war of 1812 declared under Madison’s administration.

While over the last few years, dozens of states have literally said NO to Washington DC on issues ranging from national health care to medical marijuana, the real ID act, gun rights and more – some people feel that to really activate the constitution for the future, something more will be needed.

One idea, which will take a great deal of courage on the part of the People and their state governments, is to establish what’s being called a “Federal Tax Escrow Account.”

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1984 in 2011

This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound tracks, cartoons, photographs–to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date…” 

George Orwell was as prophetic as anyone when he penned one of the greatest literary works in the history of man–1984. What is 1984? You should know; you LIVE in a quasi-1984 society. A society where Big Brother’s everywhere (or at the very least, has the technology in-place and the court precedents to spy on anyone, anywhere). A society in which you’re not to think, as a matter of fact, to think outside-the-box, to be libertarian, and to love liberty, these are seen as Thought-Crimes. You’re coming against the system and the system’s not happy about it.

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Health Care Freedom Act Introduced in South Carolina

A flurry of Health Care Freedom Acts – both as bills and resolutions for state constitutional amendments – have been prefiled for the 2011 legislative session in South Carolina. As of this writing, there are currently 4 that have been introduced. The following are the bill numbers, links to the full text, and a brief overview of the direction of the legislation:

House Bill 3011 (H3011)

A resident of this State, regardless of whether he has or is eligible for health insurance coverage under any policy or program provided by or through his employer, or a plan sponsored by the State or the federal government, must not be required to obtain or maintain a policy of individual insurance coverage. No provision of this title renders a resident of this State liable for any penalty, assessment, fee, or fine as a result of the resident’s failure to procure or obtain health insurance coverage.”

Senate Bill 5 (S0005)

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Nine Thousand Dollars

According to Wolfram|Alpha, the world population is 6.79 billion people and the annual global GDP is $60.63 trillion.  Divide $60.63 trillion dollars by 6.79 billion people and you get 8,929.31 dollars per person (per year). Remember this number when you hear people, especially those from the United Nations, talking about “redistribution of wealth“, ecojustice or…

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We Want to be Our Own Masters!

The question has been asked “Who are you taking your country back from?” this is a very reasonable question, and deserves to be answered.

When you look at government through the lens of sovereignty the answer becomes clear. We were raised with the notion that we control our own lives, liberty, and happiness as long as we don’t deny others the same and play within the rules we get to keep those natural rights by virtue of our Creator; or our humanity as you will. Government was instituted to protect and defend those God given rights; our freedom does not originate from the bill of rights, the bill of rights is a restraining order on the Federal government.

To further protect our natural rights from government, power was divided into a compound republic (one with many parts) where each was to jealously guard its authority from the others and preserve the balance of that power so that no single part of the whole would become powerful enough to deny us those rights.

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