16 and Counting. Allegan County, Michigan Rejects NDAA

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich – Last week, the Allegan County, Michigan. Board of Commissioners passed a resolution opposing federal kidnapping powers

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Allegan County Board of Commissioners condemns in no uncertain terms Sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 NDAA as they purport to:

1)      Repeal Posse Comitatus and authorize the President of the United States to utilize the Armed Forces of the United States to police the United States of America,

2)      Indefinitely detain persons captured within the United States of America without charge until the end of hostilities as purportedly authorized by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force,

3)      Subject persons captured within the United States of America to military tribunals, and

4)      Transfer persons captured within the United States of America to a foreign country or foreign entity

The resolution overwhelmingly passed 8-3.


Mitt, Barack, Ron? Not the solution

Well, I’ve spent the last several weeks getting beat up by folks offended that I refuse to choose between the two big-government centralizers that the “mainstream” parties will offer me in November.

Most of those throwing punches  hang out on the red team. I wish I could harness the  energy spent by people trying to convince me I’ve GOT to vote for Mitt so we can get the horrible, Marxist, socialist out of the White House.

When I bother to respond, I usually point out the similarities between the evil Marxist, socialist and his Republican challenger. Sometimes I offer up a little wager: I’ll bet you $100 if Romney wins this fall, by November 2013, the federal government will be bigger, more intrusive and deeper in debt than it is on inauguration day.

No takers, yet.

At this point, I usually get a response like this from Daniel.

“It was baby steps, ignorance and pig headedness that got us here. And stomping around whining that Ron Paul didn’t get the nod to be the nominee is pointless and NOT helping. Romney is a baby step. The American people, business leaders and world leaders didn’t want Ron Paul due to the fact he doesn’t understand humanity’s base reactions. His economic policy was brilliant. His isolationism was laughable.”

Funny thing – I never mention Ron Paul.


Drug Laws and Tyranny

The American justice system is failing. America has the highest rate of incarceration with many offenders filling the cells due to mild, personal drug use, and while this is one of many reasons for the decimalization of drugs, the decriminalization of drugs isn’t the point of this article. The point is to focus on what this failing justice system means and how drug laws have in a very real way helped to create an American tyranny.

In 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution went into effect prohibiting the sale of alcohol in America not just by law, but by a Constitutional Amendment, but over a period of 13 years, Prohibition failed miserably, and in 1933 the Twenty-First Amendment was ratified placing alcohol back on the streets. The importance of this was two-fold: 1) There was documented evidence that making drugs illegal doesn’t work and 2) a precedent was set that to illegalize drugs a Constitutional Amendment is necessary.

In the first case, it is readily seen even today by mass incarceration of drug offenders that the illegalization of drugs still doesn’t work, but the focus of this article is on the second issue and the fact that that precedent is no longer being followed. Drugs are now made illegal simply by law and law alone. Now this might not seem like a big deal, but it is arguable that when America first stopped following this precedent, many seeds of tyranny were planted in the American garden.