End the TSA

Of the many schemes the federal government has instituted, the Transportation Security Administration is probably one of the most worthless.

The TSA has even failed at their own mission statement,

Protect the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

The TSA let 25 illegal aliens take flight training classes, mandate people to go through full body screening machines that don’t detect metal, and fail their own security tests, allowing drugs and explosives through checkpoints.

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Nullification Outlaws

Usually, nullifiers are called racists. But now we have some dude spouting on how dangerous the nullification movement is because he believes YOU are too stupid to handle liberty and take responsibility.

In the Philly Post, Charles D. Ellison equated nullifiers to Duck Dynasty watching, rebel flag waving, outlaws in the driver’s seat heading down the path to America’s apocalyptic future.

Mr. Ellison, master of the status quo, wanted to show how that the nullification movement is disrupting the balance between two parties. He went on to assert the Civil War obviously resolved the question of who is the sole authority over 100 years ago, and that this new pesky nullification movement is messing that up.

Ohhhh Charlie!!!! You are so lame. And ignorant!

But wait! We’ve been down this road sooooooo many times before that I’m willing to look at this differently. Hey, I’m adult enough to try and see this from Charlie’s point a view. Let me try it out. Let’s see what it looks like through the eyes of someone who ignores important parts of the supremacy clause, ignores the fact that our form of government is a republican form, and believes that the Civil War settled things.

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Alternative to University Research Funding for NSA Projects

Many think university research is funded by tuition and student fees. This is false. In fact, research in colleges (both public and private) gets most of its funding through federal grants.

In scientific research, a majority of these federal grants comes from the NIH, NSF, and DoE. Some of it comes from private sources, but most flows from federal sources. And private funding becomes harder to get every year. The Ghostbusters line sums it up: “Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college! You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results.”

This being the case, getting universities to stop accepting federal grants that promote NSA won’t be easy and will call for some creative thinking. But it’s not and impossible task.

What we need is funding competition.

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Immunity for War Criminals?

A Manhattan Project physicist once said, “secrecy, once accepted, becomes an addiction.”

The federal government keeps building up more and more tolerance of the crimes it must hide, and in doing so, is transforming itself into a centralized empire where nothing can be questioned!

The War on Terror tipped the balance between secrecy and privacy, yet many don’t even realize it. Today, we live in an age where secrecy has eclipsed privacy. In fact, there still are people out there convinced that if it concerns national security, they will give up everything for it. But no one can define it. It is ambiguous and ubiquitous at the same time. The 9/11 attack shifted the perception from inalienable rights, to rights not of natural origin and subject to the government’s whim. A symptom – the war crimes started with former President Bush, and have mounted with current President Obama.

Everything is a secret now days. From the crimes in Collateral Murder to the Snowden revelations, the federal government plays the “national security” trump card, or falls back to blatant denial.

As with any addict, the feds become tolerant to their drug of choice and need a higher dosage to feel a high. But as the atrocities mount, leaks of secret information hit our newsstands and Twitter feeds, and the approval rating of our government decreases.

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Chris Christie the Federal Puppet?

Chris Christie hides behind a political party principled in limited government, but always ends up showing his true statist colors.

In a recent press conference, Christie says doesn’t agree with states legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Nor does he believe that marijuana exists for medicinal purposes.

The Founders defined what form of government the United States were to become. In Federalist 39, Madison states,

A republican form of government is one of, “which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure, for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.”

Governor Christie hails from the favored class, the political elite, and has hijacked the term “republican.” Statists like Christie wallow in the despair when nullification chips away at this vision of consolidated states.

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The Second Amendment is Not Your Gun Permit

Fact: the Second Amendment does not grant you the right to keep and bear arms.

I’m probably going to make a few enemies here, but it’s about time to correct this common misnomer. You probably have seen this message a million times, especially on Facebook,  in some ad for a gun rights group, or a meme, or some person commenting in opposition to state concealed carry permits. They almost always say something like, “the Second Amendment is my only gun permit.”

Erroneous.

First off, the Constitution does not grant us rights. The Constitution serves as a rule book. It delegates power to the federal government, outlines its responsibilities and declares its restrictions.

Second, the Bill of Rights protects natural rights and privileges from federal government usurpation. That’s it. It further defines the limits of federal authority. It doesn’t give you a right. And it doesn’t stop other governments from infringing on them. It certainly doesn’t turn the federal government into a liberty enforcement squad.

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