Hat Tip: BB
By: Chad Kent
Whether he knows it or not, on Tuesday President Obama is going to make the case for enslaving Justin Bieber. He is headed to Osawatomie, Kansas in a desperate attempt to recreate Teddy Roosevelt’s 1910 New Nationalism speech – in which Roosevelt put forward the same Bieber-enslaving arguments.
In that speech, Roosevelt makes the point several times that individuals only have rights as long as they benefit his vision of the common good:
“It is not even enough that [great wealth] should have been gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community.”
Later he says:
“The essence of any struggle for healthy liberty has always been, and must always be, to take from some one man or class of men the right to enjoy power, or wealth, or position, or immunity, which has not been earned by service to his or their fellows.”
Roosevelt is all about taking property away from people when he thinks they don’t deserve it. What he never gets around to explaining though, is where he gets the authority to do that. It certainly isn’t in the Constitution.
But even if it were, what logical foundation would Roosevelt have for confiscating property from law-abiding citizens?
Imagine that a buyer and a seller willingly get together. The buyer firmly believes that the product or service that the seller is offering is well worth the asking price, so they engage in a business transaction.
Why in the world should Roosevelt be able to confiscate the seller’s profit just because he doesn’t believe the sale was in the public interest?
Take Justin Bieber for example. He willingly creates a product and the people who buy his music believe it’s well worth the money. But can anyone honestly argue that what he does is a “benefit to the community”? All Bieber does is turn 12 year old girls into overly emotional basket cases and annoy the crap out of almost everyone over 25. Does that mean the government should send someone to knock him down and take his money just because his music sucks?
Of course not – that would violate Bieber’s God-given right to property. He is the one who created that wealth and he did it without violating the rights of anyone else. So who else should have a claim on that property but Bieber?
Roosevelt’s approach would easily lead to the conclusion that it would be a good idea to violate Bieber’s property rights as long as it is in the best interest of the public. In other words, he believes it’s acceptable to subordinate the rights of one person to the benefit of someone else in society.
But by that logic, why is slavery wrong? After all, slavery is a violation of a person’s rights for the benefit of someone else.
It wouldn’t be hard to argue that all of society would be better off if we completely banned Bieber from making music and instead forced him to work as slave labor in a factory that produced toys for underprivileged children. If that arrangement promotes the common good, then why would it be wrong?
As great as enslaving Bieber might sound to any parent that has been forced to sit through one of his concerts, obviously slavery is always wrong. But it should be just as obvious that it is always wrong to violate a person’s rights.
Some people will say, “That example is over the top! Using slavery as an example is way too extreme.” Oh. So Roosevelt’s plan is ok because it only violates someone’s rights a little bit. In other words, the problem isn’t that slavery violates one person’s rights for the benefit of another… it’s how much.” Got it. That should work well. Who gets to decide how much is too much?
That is exactly why policies should never be made based on what’s in the public interest. The purpose of government is to protect and enhance the rights of individuals. Whenever decisions are made based on what is best for society, it always leads to these creepy justifications for who’s rights can be violated and when.
Once one justification has been made it is then much easier to make another, and before long the government has an incredible amount of power to impact everyone’s daily life. In the end, what was sold as just a minor violation of one person’s rights could open the door to the destruction of freedom for all.
By: Arlen Williams
What a state I’m in…
Wisconsin Tea Party Groups Solicit Volunteers from Across the Country for Online Recall Signature Verification Project
by Brett Healy
Who said the Tea Party was dead?
The MacIver News Service reportstoday:We the People of the Republic and The Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty, two of Wisconsin’s most prominent ‘Tea Party’ groups, are organizing an effort to check the validity of all signatures submitted in the ongoing gubernatorial recall.
The project is taking place, online, at VerifyTheRecall.com.
“Software has been developed that will help identify duplicate signatures and other signature irregularities (questionable addresses, etc.),” wrote Ross Brown of We the People of the Republic in an email to supporters. “Additionally, individuals will be able to look up their name and address on a website to see if they have been included as a petition signor.”
Last week, the MacIver News Service reported that despite requesting a supplemental budget appropriation in excess of $600,000, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board would not be checking the authenticity or validity of the more than 540,000 recall petitions.
“We have all been hearing reports of duplicate signatures, questionable practices, and downright fraud in the gubernatorial recall effort,” reads the introductory posting on the VerifyTheRecall website. “In the last few weeks, there has been a public outcry to build a system to check the submitted signatures after learning that the Government Accountability Board (GAB) will assume all signatures are valid unless challenged as otherwise.”
Ross said the effort is all about Wisconsin voters making sure their elections are clean and fair.
“By taking such efforts, we will be able to protect the integrity of Wisconsin’s elections by ensuring that only legitimate Wisconsin electors are counted – once – as signors of petitions,” Brown wrote.
Volunteers will not be able to start entering data into the database until the gubernatorial recall drive is finished and the data is publicly available from the GAB, which could take months.
h/t: Andrea Shea-King, The Radio Patriot
Previous items regarding this truly national issue, plus other aspects of Wisconsin’s case study in Marxist insurrection:
November 9, 2011, 6:54 pm By Arlen Williams
It has been a gross failure for America’s governors, including Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Ohio’s John Kasich, not to make it utterly clear that collective bargaining for public workers, who are forced to join unions led by Marxist revolutionaries, does the following in present day America: Drains the lifeblood of these workers and taxpayers’ money through union dues, to […]
September 18, 2011, 9:59 am By Guest Author
The following article demonstrates how neo-Marxism adulterates Christian churches and saps their funds, using many churches in Wisconsin as examples. To the other forty-nine, how does it compare to your state? One operation cited is the Gamaliel Foundation, former employer of Barack Obama in Chicago. […]
August 17, 2011, 6:00 am By Arlen Williams
Since passing very measured, self-compromised reforms of its public union regulations, Wisconsin has lost two state senators in recall elections. Yes, sure, we are left with a one-weak-kneed-senator advantage in our legislature. But, in two recall elections yesterday, my Wisconsin failed to defeat two “flee-bagger” Democrat incumbent state senators, in districts that are friendly to […]
June 6, 2011, 12:41 pm By Terresa Monroe-HamiltonNoisyRoom
Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques
April 11, 2011, 4:07 pm By Arlen Williams
After all the out of state money brought into Wisconsin, to press for the continued overrunning of the state’s budget, in large measure by forced, dues-extorted, public union membership… After all they hysteria, drum-banging, Capitol-besieging, death threats, and vandalism of the Madison as Cairo uprising… After all the further, corrupt efforts of union patronage armies, […]
April 2, 2011, 8:59 pm By James Simpson
First Reported at Examiner.com — update of original story On March 31st, Gateway Pundit posted the PeekYou profile of one Katherine A. Windels, thought to be the same Katherine R. Windels of Cross Plains, Wisconsin, recently charged with sending email death threats to Wisconsin state senators. Although the middle initial is different, Windels’ criminal complaint does list […]
March 25, 2011, 4:40 am By Trevor Loudon
The U.S. Socialist Workers Party is sending cadre fresh from the battlefields of Madison, Wisconsin to Cairo to peddle Marxist literature to the Egyptian masses. From the Militant: “I just returned from Madison, Wisconsin, this past weekend, meeting and talking to working people involved in the fight there, introducing them to the Militant,” said Dan […]
March 24, 2011, 1:23 pm By Trevor Loudon
A union activist emailed me a few days ago to challenge my coverage of the Madison Wisconsin labor protests. The anonymous comrade admitted that there might have been a few socialists in evidence, but there were definitely no communists. Well here’s a photo from today’s Peoples World that tells a different story. On the far […]
March 6, 2011, 7:24 am By Arlen Williams
The Heritage Foundation tells it as it is. Video, “Government Union Collective Bargaining 101“ “Raise my taxes! Raise my taxes!” “Where is da money? Where is da money!” Does it begin to sound like another phase of the Cloward-Piven strategy? It should. It’s what neo-Marxist revolution is all about. Now, if my Governor Walker would […]
February 25, 2011, 3:33 pm By Arlen Williams
Elements of this article have also appeared in “Truthing Up, in the Face of Marxist Spawned Power in Wisconsin.” On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Plunge right through that line! Run the bill clear through that crowd, Get out of debt this time! (U rah rah!) On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Or it’s Cloward-Piven time. Fight! Fellows! – […]
February 25, 2011, 1:22 pm By Jim O’Neill
“U.S. patriotism is inseparable from imperial warfare and white supremacy. U.S. flags are the emblem of the invading war machine in Iraq today. They are the emblem of the occupying power. The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military.” —Nicholas DeGenova, Columbia University professor “This is not a […]
February 24, 2011, 9:39 pm By Arlen Williams
Signs of the time, from last Saturday’s pro-liberty, pro-survival counter-protest in Madison, Wisconsin. You may give the photos two sets of clicks, if you wish to enlarge them. Although the rally began at Noon, I got there at about two p.m. and stayed till about six. The speakers had spoken, but I was more interested […]
February 21, 2011, 12:52 pm By Jim O’Neill
”[Progressives] have underestimated the good sense of the American people. They broke faith with independents, Republicans, and their own rank-and-file. They walked away from the foundational truths that made America the wonder and the envy of the world. The price of their infidelity will be high.” —Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to Oklahoma Council of Public […]
February 19, 2011, 8:51 pm By Arlen Williams
A Wisconsinite is reminded he is in Madison, when, looking for a parking place, his car rolls by a lot with a sign that states, “Private Parking; Violators Subject to Karma.” I did find a space, parked, participated, even found my car again, and write to you in a coffee shop in town – well, […]
By: Arlen Williams
Laying it straight, laying it down:
Video, “Student challenges Bachmann on marriage“
About the oxymoron of “gay marriage,” I would have preferred she had said “essential, natural law,” instead of merely “the law.” Legislation may change from one political body to the next, whether to be sound, or become groundless, especially in the irrational climate of Marxist postmodernism.
Nevertheless, so nice….
h/t: Andrea Shea King, Radio Patriot
By: Michael Johns
No Republican Presidential candidate has yet solidified the support of the nation’s tea party movement. But Newt Gingrich’s hugely positive reception this past weekend at a Staten Island Tea Party event certainly suggests that the politically burgeoning Gingrich has good reason for optimism. Reception to his remarks this past Friday was perhaps best captured in a New York Post headline: “Staten Island Tea Partiers: Newt’s a beaut.”
In his remarks to the Staten Island Tea Party, Gingrich challenged President Barack Obama to seven three-hour debates should Gingrich become the Republican nominee. “Let’s be fair. I’ll allow him to use a teleprompter,” Gingrich joked to the 700 attendees.
Gingrich also addressed head on the several Republican Congressional opponents who have announced opposition to his candidacy. “I am a very aggressive reformer,” Gingrich said. “I have stepped on a lot of toes. It means some congressmen who have petty interests find themselves unhappy,” he said.
Gingrich openly mocked Obama’s indecisiveness on a proposed Canada-to-Texas petroleum pipeline. “It’s one thing to say somebody can’t play chess. It’s a second thing to say somebody can’t play checkers. But you can’t play tick-tack-toe, too?” he said. He called Obama “delusional” for labeling himself a “friend of Israel” during a recent New York City fundraising visit.
Gingrich’s successful Staten Island Tea Party appearance was accompanied by news that former Staten Island Congressman Vito Fossella has endorsed his candidacy.
In polling, Gingrich has seen a substantial increase in his national support since Herman Cain’s announcement this past weekend that he was suspending his campaign. In an average of recent national polls conducted Monday by the political website Real Clear Politics, Gingrich has now surpassed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the leader among all Republican Presidential candidates. Romney, the Real Clear Politics poll summary showed, has fallen to third, behind Gingrich and Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX).
Hat Tip: BB
Hat Tip: SurvivalBlog