There Is More to Life than Elephants and Jackasses

This article is example #8,933 of the importance of Jack Hunter as an Old Right, non-neocon writer and speaker.  Jack discusses his meeting with Kirkpatrick Sale, the radical decentralist who had enough principle to have his name removed from the masthead of The Nation when that magazine began drooling over Obama.

Sale, whom I have also met, and who even contributed a blurb to Who Killed the Constitution? (which I wrote with Kevin Gutzman), is a very interesting person. Long associated with the Left (though not the managerial, centralist Clinton/Biden/Obama kind), Sale thinks the present system is evil and corrupt beyond repair, that it is possible for political societies (yes, ours included) to be simply too big, and that the only solution is a radical decentralization in which the imperial temptation to force every neighborhood into a centrally planned mold is set aside, and where everyone can simply find a place he likes.

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Reaffirming the Declaration this July 4th

The Fourth of July is fast approaching and will mark the 235 year since Americans declared their Independence and set forth principles for governance under the American experiment.  For most, July 4th is a day spent with family and friends, a town parade, the barbeque fired up, and capped off by fireworks.  This July 4th may also be a good time to reconnect with the actual words and spirit in the Declaration of Independence penned by Thomas Jefferson.

The Declaration is a one page document of modest length that is easily read and understood.  The Declaration has five principle parts.  The first part discusses the intent of the People of the then 13 colonies to separate ties from Great Britain and in doing so they feel obligated to “declare the causes that impel them to separation”.  The second part discusses the philosophical underpinnings for our unique existence as Americans: unalienable rights, the basis for just government, and the right alter or abolish forms of government.  Who can forget these timeless words?

“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”

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TSA forces elderly, dying woman to strip

TSA agents required a 95-year-old woman in the final stages of Leukemia to remove her adult diaper in order to complete a security screening at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend, according to family members.

Jean Weber filed a complaint with the TSA after her mother endured the 45 minute ordeal prior to boarding a flight to Michigan to be with family members during the final days of her battle with cancer, according to a Panama City newspaper.

“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber told the News Herald Friday. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”

Lena Reppert arrived at the checkpoint in a wheelchair. According to TSA protocol, passengers in wheelchairs trigger additional security screening, including a pat-down search, since wheelchairs cannot go through the X-ray machine.

“So they brought my mom to the side, and two agents just started patting her,” Weber told Fox News. “Eventually they found something that appeared to be hard and they said could be a concealed weapon.”

At that point, agents wheeled Reppert into a private room and found she was wearing the Depends undergarment. Her daughter sat outside the room.

“It was hard because the underwear was bunched up,” Weber said.

According to the New Herald story, agents came out and told Weber that they would need to remove the adult diaper because it was soiled and impeding the search. Weber took her mother to the bathroom and removed the Depend. She said they didn’t have another one to put on her.

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Kansas City Here We Come!

They don’t want us doing this. We’re doing it anyway. Nullify Now! Kansas City is Saturday, August 20th. Won’t you please JOIN US?

Tickets here – http://www.nullifynow.com/kansascity/ or by calling 888-71-TICKETS

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On the left, Rachel Maddow and MSNBC attack the nullification movement as “racist.” On the right, the Heritage Foundation calls it dangerous and stupid. The mainstream agrees – don’t resist unconstitutional acts on a state level….just wait for the next election and somehow everything will get fixed.

It doesn’t matter what political party is in power, or what person occupies the white house, federal power always grows. Going to the federal government to fix problems created by the federal government does not work.

There’s a different solution – one right from the pens of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison – it’s called nullification. This is any act or set of acts that results in a particular federal law being rendered null and void on a state level.

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At Nullify Now! Kansas City, you’ll learn not only the historical and constitutional basis for this, but how it’s being applied right now. States have been successful in rejecting two federal laws on a state level already. And, they’re considering similar actions for everything from national health care to federal laws TSA groping and more.

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Want to Understand the World? Read These Books

Here’s my short list of books I would recommend to someone who is interested in the ideas on this site and wants to learn more.  If you read and absorb these books you will never look at the world the same way again.

If you’re like me, you are annoyed by books that teach you three new things.  My time is limited.  I like books that are full of things I didn’t know, or ideas I’d never thought of.

The books I recommend below belong in that category.  They teach you something new and unexpected on every page.  And they are a perfect antidote to the propaganda fed to us in the ideological prison camps where most of us spent our formative years.  I list them in no particular order.

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My Take on the Evil of Centralized Power

My beliefs might be controversial.  I don’t care.   This country needs a good controversy if it is to be restored.

More and more people are writing things which demonstrate that they are coming to grips with a truism, and this truism is that it isn’t about left vs. right; it’s about the lengths to which people will go to make money.   Government is not a function of the people.  It is an investment tool.   If you can buy legislation, you can open new markets, exploit more people and amass even greater wealth.   Money makes the world go ’round.   They don’t write laws (like Obamacare) and ignore established laws (like the Constitution) because there’s no profit in it.   Trust me.  There is huge profit in law-making and law-breaking.  And our politicians are all bought and paid for.   They will let their masters suck blood from the masses all the way to the brink of collapse.   (TARP, anyone?)

Take, for example, securing our borders.   If anyone thinks either the left or the right wants to secure our borders, they are sorely, sorely mistaken.   We have 1969 miles of border to the south.   What would it cost to put a patrol officer every half mile around the clock, with the responsibility, “Guard the 1,250 feet to your left and the 1,250 feet to your right?”

Honestly, I don’t have an exact figure, but let’s say there are 3 shifts in a day and that each shift would cost $40,000 a year.   That’s $120,000 per post, times 4,000 posts.  At that rate, the cost would be $480 million.  You can double, triple or even quadruple the math if you wish.   It’s still chump change, considering our multi-trillion dollar budget.   So, don’t let politicians from any side say it is not practical to patrol our borders.   It’s bull.

The sordid truth behind the scenes is that the establishment feigns its incompetence to deal with the immigration problem, but to them, it is not a problem.  It is an opportunity.  Their failure to control it is by design, much like as described in this article about achieving unpopular goals by design while pretending incompetence.  And fresh off the press….  Obama is relaxing border control even more.  (Recall McCain and Bush promoted amnesty).

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The Principles of 98 Start to Flicker in Wisconsin

It seems as though Wisconsin is ready to assert its tenth amendment rights and claim state sovereignty!  Dozens of states have submitted similar resolutions and they have in most cases led to more specific legislation, such as health care freedom acts that nullify Obama’s health care and most recently, Texas, Utah and Michigan currently have resolutions going through the process to declare the unconstitutional searches by the TSA unlawful and subject to criminal penalties.

Texas has also just passed a Light Bulb Freedom Act which nullifies the ridiculous ban on incandescent light bulbs.  Hopefully, this resolution will lead to stronger, more specific legislation protecting the rights of the sovereign citizens of Wisconsin.

ASSEMBLY JOINT RESOLUTION 42  was submitted on May 25th of this year.

The resolution was introduced by Representatives Jaque, Kestell, Thiesfeldt, Zieglbauer, Krug, Kerkmann, August, Nygren, Meyer, LeMahieu, Strachota, Bies and Craig, and cosponsored by By Senators Leibham, Lazich, Kedzie and Galloway.

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Lighting up the feds

That flickering light of freedom down in Texas emanates from an incandescent light bulb.

Edison’s brilliant invention will soon go dark in the U.S., essentially prohibited by federal law. Beginning next year, the feds will force Americans to begin abandoning the old standard light bulbs in favor of compact florescent bulbs filled with mercury, or other more expensive lighting.

But not in Texas.

Last week, Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that will allow for the intrastate manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs in the Lone Star State.

HB 2501 rests on the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, affirming that the authority to regulate intrastate commerce remains with the states.

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SCOTUS Defending the 10th Amendment? Good Luck

That’s the message that Kevin Gutzman gave on the recent Bond decision, which ruled that an individual can sue the feds under the 10th Amendment. From 1937 to 1995, the Supreme Court did not rule a single congressional statute unconstitutional. One cannot take for granted that any constitutional provision will be respected if asserted against…

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Oberstar Comes to the EDA’s Defense

When Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN) lost his bid for reelection in November, it brought to an end a congressional career that spanned nearly a half century. As a former chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Oberstar’s faith in the ability of the federal government to turn taxpayer water into wine was typical for a politician ensconced in the Washington Beltway bubble.

Oberstar reemerged this week to voice his support for legislation reauthorizing the Economic Development Administration, which is still being debated on the Senate floor. In an op-ed written for The Hill, Oberstar says that “It is disheartening to see that the agency I helped create more than 45 years ago which has had constant bipartisan support is now under unwarranted partisan attack in an economic environment when the kinds of jobs this agency helps create are needed more than ever.”

Oberstar says that it is “particularly troubling” that the EDA is receiving scrutiny after being unanimously reauthorized only three years ago. And without specifically naming him, Oberstar takes a shot at Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) for turning against the agency after having previously “supported and praised EDA investments in his home state.” Considering how rare it is for a member of Congress to admit to having made a mistake, I’d say that DeMint’s recent admission in the Wall Street Journal that he was wrong to have supported the EDA is refreshing.

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