Thursday, November 29, 2012

"No true Scotsbertarian"

How many times have you heard- or written- "No real libertarian would ever...."?  Did someone throw the "No true Scotsman" fallacy in the mix right away?  Did it actually apply?

Because it often doesn't.

If you say "no true Scotsman can survive a complete decapitation", or "no true Scotsman is native to the Moon" then you'd be correct.  By definition.  It's not the same as saying "no true Scotsman would wear pink socks".

I've seen that fallacy called into play when someone says "no libertarian can be in favor of any form of taxation" or "no libertarian can support the 'troops'"

Yet, it is accurate to say that "no true Scotsman can flap his arms and fly to the moon", because any creature which could do that would not be human.  By definition he could not be a "true Scotsman".

So it is with the "pro-tax libertarian"- taxation is theft and is enforced by violating the ZAP, and the same goes for military "service".  Since the ZAP is the definition of "libertarian", no one can support those things and be a libertarian.  At least not a consistent one.

But, if someone claims "no real libertarian would use a public library", then you'd be correct in calling this a "no true Scotsman" fallacy.  There is no wrong in using what you are forced to pay for, as long as you don't advocate the continuation of the theft.  There will be a difference of opinion from person to person, and neither side is automatically eliminated from the category of "real libertarian".

Just because I apply a label to myself doesn't make the label accurate.  If I fit the definition, then I am what I say.  If I don't, then I am something other than what I claim to be.  And, that's fine.  People get confused over what words mean all the time.  It's not worth fighting over.  If you don't fit the definition, find where you do fit and correct what you call yourself.  But if you are not a Scotsman, don't be offended when someone points it out.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

See how helpful The State is?

I ran across a story in the news a couple of days ago.  It said that "For the growing number of teenage girls who are incarcerated each year, detention may be the only time they get health care."

I see more than one disturbing thing in that sentence.

First, that the number of caged teenage girls is increasing.

Second, that State interference has made health care inaccessible to so many people.

And third, that some people try to justify the caging by pointing out that these girls need health care they aren't otherwise getting.

Even though the one girl mentioned in the story wasn't there directly as a consequence of the stupid and evil War on Politically-Incorrect Drugs, I'd be willing to bet money her crime is somehow tied to prohibition.  As is the vast majority of the abuse and other health issues discovered in the health screenings

End that idiotic policy, prohibition, and there would be a fraction of the current number of political prisoners held in cages in America in a few years- if not immediately.  And the rest of the crimes caused or exacerbated by prohibition would dwindle as well.  It would put reavers out of a job, which would be a good thing.  It would diminish the power of the judges.  It would help ALL of society.  Except those who drag society down- the drug warriors and their buddies on the violent supply side (with considerable overlap between the two) of the drug trade.  Those allies are a burden that society can't afford.  Ending prohibition would pull the rug out from under them.  Soon isn't soon enough.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Control stifles economic process

Control stifles economic process

(My Clovis News Journal column for October 26, 2012.)

In normal life, people generally see a monopoly as a bad thing. Lack of competition leads to poor services or products, inflated prices, and customer service gets put on the back burner because the money will come in regardless.

Business monopolies can only exist in collusion with government. Without the protectionism of regulation and red tape, competitors would quickly arise to satisfy the unhappy customers. Government stifles this natural process for the benefit of its corporate supporters and donors, and to the detriment of everyone else.

Government is the ultimate destructive monopoly. One whose "services" you can't even refuse. This results in the worst possible scenario.

Why pretend this particular monopoly is good?

A local church doesn't declare rulership over its neighborhood; instead the members mix and mingle in the community on equal footing with members of other churches whose "territories" overlap without borders. You don't tithe to your neighbor's church, you are not subject to its rules, nor are you entitled to any help from them. Those who wish to opt out of membership altogether are not assaulted or robbed for not going along, nor are they forced to leave the area.

A legitimate government would follow the same template: overlapping autonomous "associations" competing for "customers". The only universal rules that would apply everywhere would be based on Natural Law: don't attack others, and don't steal or damage other people's property. Everything else is a matter of opinion.

Overlapping governments could allow people to contract with them, pay the applicable taxes, abide by a set of rules, and get specified benefits in return. Your neighbors on each side might contract with different governments than you do. When signed up with one government you owe no taxes to the others and could get nothing from them without paying for it directly on a per use basis. Only those who wanted to finance a service would have to.

Those who choose to not join any government at all would still have to pay for any government service they wished to use, or they could choose a non-governmental provider, since a lack of a monopolistic government would allow a market in services to develop- including those things people wrongly assume can only be provided by government, such as roads and bike paths, security, education, water and sewer, and justice. Anyone who feels they do not need any particular service would not be forced to pay for it. Then the market would decide whose services were superior and which would die off.

Everyone wins except those who want to justify their coercion and force everyone into a "one size fits all" mold.


Does complexity necessitate theft and coercion?

Does a complex society necessarily sustain its complexity through theft and coercion or could you have an honest complex society?

I have read things that explain how complex societies "require" a State, due to their complexity.  That a monopoly of force is required to keep strangers from attacking and stealing.

The theory goes that simple societies, such as primitive hunter/gatherer societies, can get by without a State because of their small size (fewer individuals and less-complex connections between them), but once you get enough people in a society a State becomes "necessary" to keep people from attacking or robbing "strangers".

If that is true it seems more reason to revert (or advance) to simple societies again, rather than justification for The State and its requisite theft and coercion.

I hope it isn't true.  I like technology and don't think very many of the people I like would survive long (or well) without it.  Even though I also like primitive technology, too.

Of course, I can't really see how anointing some with special powers to rob and kill is better than letting the bad guys just take their chances with robbing or attacking people who might defend themselves.  A monopoly of force just empowers those most likely to abuse it.

And, as I have pointed out in the past, just because something might have been true in the distant past doesn't necessarily mean it is still true today.  Humans haven't changed, but their environment and their world has.  I think technology- guns, internet/communication, and so forth- changes the game in fundamental ways.  I think it puts people on a more even playing field and makes it harder for the bad guys to hide, once you remove the veil of legitimacy that the State seems to confer.

I would be perfectly willing to be a guinea pig and test the theory by living without a State keeping me or my enemies in line in a modern society.


Monday, November 26, 2012

I Hate Cops

I Hate Cops

(Originally published in the Libertarian Enterprise)

Let me just start by saying I hate cops. Yes, I admit it may be an irrational hatred, and I probably shouldn't hate them—and I certainly shouldn't admit it. If you are just going to scold me for that stop reading now and go do something else.

I am also going to make wholly appropriate comparisons of cops to Nazis. If that bothers you, or if you feel tempted to misapply "Godwin's Law" in order to try to shout me down, go away.

I am also going to tell you right now that I am happy every time I hear of a cop being killed. I don't care what the circumstances are. I hate the fact that innocent people also die in some of the same incidents. "Collateral damage" is NEVER justifiable. But fewer live cops is invariably a good thing. If you disagree, fine. Some people would disagree that the earth is not flat and doesn't rest on the back of a stack of giant turtles. And that is just how much sense your objection makes to me. So don't waste my time or yours, and stop reading now.

As I say, I hate cops. And I'm not too fond of copsuckers, either.

I would be perfectly willing to sign an agreement stating that I will exercise my right to never speak to another cop for the rest of my life (obviously, unless I attack or steal and someone else sends cops after me instead of dealing with me like a grown-up), and in exchange I can never, ever expect a cop to come to my aid in any way, in any situation. It would be a low price for such liberty. I'd sign such an agreement in half a heartbeat. The cops could go their way and I'd go mine. I'd never bother them in any way, as long as they didn't attack me.

I know that would disappoint all the sincere copsuckers who love to claim that libertarians are fond of "hating on cops" until someone attacks us, then we run crying and pissing ourselves, begging for the cops to save us. I've never seen it happen, and I suspect it is simply projection on the part of the emasculated copsuckers. So, yeah, I'd sign. I don't "need" cops. There is no situation so horrible that it can't be made much worse by adding a cop to the mix.

Sure, some of you may know cops who you believe are "good" people. And, as long as they aren't being a cop, maybe they are. I have known cops, and I have had long conversations with some, so don't whine that I just need to "sit down with a cop over a cup of coffee" so that I can understand them. That argument is so empty it is silly.

I suspect—no, I am certain that most Nazis were decent people to those they knew. Very few were genuine monsters. The uniform and the swastika was just a "job"—one that was socially acceptable and even honored in society. They probably felt good about their "service"—about protecting society from "anarchy". Most probably never personally killed an innocent person during their whole Nazi experience. And not many cops are Joe Arpaio, either.

Not all bad guys are cops, obviously, but few bad guys self-identify as openly as do the badged reavers. The guy standing in line behind you at the grocery store might be a member of a violent youth gang, but if he displays any outward signs of this affiliation, they are likely to be noticed (or correctly identified) only by other gang members. If all violent gang members wore a tag on their chest identifying them as such in plain language or hieroglyphs, people would treat them differently. People might be more likely to interpret more of their actions as a threat and might be quicker to employ self defense. Since the roster of gang members in any particular gang is so low, this wouldn't be a good survival tactic on their part.

No one could be blamed too harshly for shooting a self-identified gang member who made an aggressive move. Just like no one could have been blamed for shooting anyone wearing the swastika openly who makes a move that seems to be a credible threat to initiate force. Even a nice Nazi like Oskar Schindler would have been a legitimate target simply because of the swastika gang sign he wore (I'm assuming he wore it at least when he attended official functions).

Today, of all the violent gangs, only cops openly display gang signs for all to see and interpret. There is no chance of a mistaken identification. So far, they have suffered no real costs for this arrogance. This is because their gang is not only the largest and most violent, but because they have the support of those they consider their enemies (or their "crop")—"the public". Defend yourself from one of these gangsters and the hordes sent to avenge them is never-ending.

"Law enforcement" is an inexcusably evil "job". There is absolutely no decency in it. That wasn't true of "peace officers", but once they were replaced by "law enforcement officers" no good person could fill that "job". Once a cop enforces even one counterfeit "law"—any law attempting to regulate or control anything other than aggression or theft—he becomes an evil thug. There are no two ways about it.

I don't fear cops, except when forced to deal with one. Too many innocent people get murdered on the altar of "Officer Safety" for my comfort, and there's no telling what will set the twitchy, guilt-ridden vermin off. So, yes, any interaction with a potential murderer is upsetting, especially since I never choose to interact with them voluntarily.

My most recent encounter with a LEO happened while I was driving my dad's pickup (I have been without a functioning vehicle for nearly a year now) a few blocks—just across the state line so my sister could pick up an item from the grocery store. I was pulled over because the license plate light wasn't shining. No aggression or theft on my part. Nothing even "unsafe" about that at all—simply a control/tracking issue. Something cops are becoming increasingly obsessed over.

The parasite approached with exaggerated caution and warned me to put my hands where he could see them. Coward. If I were going to defend myself from him (in today's climate, such a reasonable action is suicidal), he would have already been shot. Or, I could have waited until he relaxed a little and turned to walk back to his ThugMobile, and then taken my time with aiming and all the technical details. Nope, it's all about setting the tone.

I couldn't find all the demanded "papers" in my dad's vehicle, and was warned that "in New Mexico it is required that ...". Funny, it seems that the cop isn't allowed to apply New Mexico "law" to cars registered in Texas, when the Texas "requirements" are different. But I neither know "the law", nor really care. My dad, however, later showed me the demanded piece of paper and it stated quite clearly what was "required"—and the Texico, New Mexico cop was wrong. Surprise, surprise.

I was let off, without even a warning ticket. However I find myself not wanting to travel anywhere. I am tired of being surrounded by these parasitic vermin and seeing their disgusting thieving beside the road every time I go anywhere—even if I am not the victim.

America IS a police state—and it is called "The United States of America". And I hate cops.

Deal with it.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

The "Abolish the State button"

One of the standard arguments against liberty that always seems to crop up is that it is hopeless.  The State in some form or another is inevitable.  Liberty- anarchy- won't last long before another State grows out of the fertile soil; from the desires of weak-minded people to be led.

Why abolish The State if it'll just happen again?

OK, then.

I might as well never bathe or wash laundry again since I and my clothes will only get dirty and I'd have to wash again.

I might as well not eat since in a few hours I'll only get hungry once more.

Why bother even getting out of bed?  At the end of the day I'll just need sleep again.

It's really a very childish justification.

Sure, a new State might arise before too long, but not immediately, and it would take some time for it to become tyrannical again.  Is there no value to be found in the liberty the people would enjoy in the meantime?  I think there is.

I'm willing to hit the "Abolish the State button" even if it only turns out to be a "reset button".


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Addicted to a placebo during the plague

There once was a terrible disease that killed a great many people.  It was such a fact of life that, while some people did move to new lands in an attempt to escape its ravages, most didn't recognize the disease as such even as it killed them.  And, of those who tried to move beyond its reach, they invariably brought the sickness with them wherever they migrated.

A few doctors and pharmacists finally joined together, saying they would try to cure this horrible affliction.  They worked very hard under unpleasant, and even dangerous, conditions to come up with a new medicine.

When they announced their success they were hailed as heroes.

The public believed the new medicine would cure the disease, or at least control its symptoms enough that it wouldn't kill as many people.  Possibly, with the help of this new medicine, the disease could be harnessed, like a vaccine, to prevent even worse diseases.

So the new miracle drug was administered both as a cure for the disease and as a treatment to keep the disease from getting out of control- and at first it did seem to work.  There were signs from the beginning, though, that things were not quite as advertised.

Sadly, as the years went by it turned out that this apparent success was mostly a placebo effect.  It also turned out that the doctors and pharmacists hadn't really tried to cure the plague- only to rein it in.  See, some of them liked some of the side-effects of the disease.  It kept them in business, and allowed them to make a good living dealing with the symptoms.  Some of them even intentionally infected unsuspecting people so that they could then "help" them feel better.

The worst was yet to come.

In time the disease came back with a vengeance.  This time it was worse than ever.  It had become immune to even the mitigating effects of the medicine.  It was raging out of control and mutating in frightening new ways.  The medicine had failed.

Yet, strange as it may seem, some of the people had become addicted to the medicine and didn't want to give it up- even refusing to admit that it had failed.  Instead of finding an actual cure for the disease, they insisted that the medicine would have worked, if only it had been used as prescribed.  They became almost rabid in their promotion of the medicine as a treatment (or even as a cure), even as it kept failing to work as advertised, and even as the disease became a raging epidemic, threatening a pandemic of disastrous proportions which needed only the smallest, unpredictable trigger to become highly fatal.

Anyone pointing out that the medicine had failed, and that changing the dosage or forcing doctors to prescribe it wouldn't change the fact that the medicine didn't actually contain the correct ingredients to cure the disease, became the enemy.

So, here we sit.  In the midst of a plague of State that shows no signs of getting better any time soon, but instead seems guaranteed to get much worse before the inevitable collapse comes.  While those addicted to the placebo of the Constitution refuse to break their addiction and embrace the actual cure that a few ignored or reviled underground experimenters have discovered.

The disease may still kill you since those infected are very dangerous, but once you inoculate yourself against it at least you won't be spreading the disease to new patients anymore.  You will have become part of the cure rather than a contagious victim of denial.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Prejudiced for statism

Wow.  I get really insulted when people make the erroneous conclusion that when I say something, I have their statist prejudices.

If I speak out against coerced X, don't assume I am against the voluntary equivalent of X.

A while back on the newspaper's site, I read about a woman who had stopped smoking- in part because her young daughter said it was "disgusting".

In a comment I wondered whether the daughter had come to the conclusion on her own, or whether others had planted this notion (which, by the way, I agree with) into her head.  I mentioned "brainwashing".

I really didn't quite understand the objections to my comment at first.

Finally, after more commentary, I realized that while I was assuming that the others understood I was talking about other people- not the parents- putting ideas into the kid's head, the commenters assumed I was objecting to parents sharing their own opinions with their children.

It was a very statist assumption to make.  So, I clarified:

"I wasn't speaking of what parents tell their kids, but of what busybodies tell other peoples' kids. 
And, no, I don't want other people telling my kids things 'for their own good', since very often it is a matter of unsubstantiated opinion. This is where you get 'authorities' telling your kids that 'guns are bad, mommy and daddy shouldn't have them, and if they do they are bad people. Or 'daddy is killing the planet by not watching his carbon footprint'. 
This goes on in many parts of the country. Let me warn my kids of the dangers of smoking on my own, and I'll return the favor by not implanting my opinions in your kids' minds."

I have a very hard time remembering that when I am trying to communicate with statists, even the simplest of assumptions can't be assumed.  They have a hard time thinking without the statist prejudices.

I was waiting for someone to object by saying that by writing I am implanting my opinions in other people's kids' minds- but no one did.  I would have simply said that I put my opinions (or truth) out there, and if their kids are influenced by me in any way, then I am impressed that they can read, and that they can understand what they read, and that they can think rationally about what they read.  But that I am not forcing anyone to think about anything in any particular way.

So there!  :P


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Secession talk makes me smile

Those people who are emotionally opposed to secession and the breakup of the "United" [sic] States remind me of those people you hear about from time to time who kept a dead loved-one's corpse in the house for a few years, talking to it and ignoring the stench of death.

I am all in favor of secession.  Individual secession is my favorite, of course, but all secession is a step in the right direction.

Secession is like chopping up a gigantic, evil, GMO super-squid.  The more pieces you chop it into, the better, but all the chopping is a good thing.  Each chop makes me happy to see.

So, keep chopping and support any and all secession advocates- just don't let them know we'll keep seceding from the tentacles they revere, too.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

State should stay out of economy

State should stay out of economy

(My Clovis News Journal column for October 19, 2012)

The Clovis cosmetics plant fiasco is a good demonstration of the truth that the best thing government can do, about the economy and everything else, is: nothing. It's a result that it seems anyone who doesn't look at life through the "beer goggles" of government could have seen coming. Judging from comments I saw when the deal was first announced, I'd say many are not surprised.

Yes, the area could use more jobs, but handing out "tax" money to bring them in is just not a good idea, even if you believe it is ethical to do so. Apparently, it doesn't even work.

By all means give new companies a tax break, as a good first step. All new companies. Don't play favorites. Then get rid of local "laws" that prevent some businesses from operating in the area, eliminate red tape and anti-business regulations and zoning, and eliminate all the government fees and licenses. Deal with any actual problems- fraud, theft, faulty products, breach of contract- as they arise rather than punishing everyone based upon "what might happen".

Get out of the way and allow the free market to exist, and then stay out of the way to allow it to work. This is a big problem crippling the economy all across America: there has been no free market in at least a century. And yet, economic woes are somehow still blamed on "too little regulation" by the socialists who get all the attention. It's sickening.

Blaming the free market, or some imaginary "lack of regulation" for recent economic woes is like blaming ghosts for the loss of your chickens. The supposed culprit was nowhere near the scene of the crime.

America can't afford this kind of economic interference anymore. If it ever could.

The city still claims it didn't lose the money it handed out. Sure, the city can foreclose on the property in order to get its "investment" back- but unless someone buys that foreclosed property, what good does that do? The money is still wasted. It doesn't seem that the property is in great demand, otherwise someone would have purchased it on their own, voluntarily, without expecting government to give them money for the project.

Maybe somehow the deal will still pan out. Or, perhaps the property will get foreclosed and someone else will come along and buy it to start a business that will boost the local economy. If this happens, no one will have learned anything, but the harm will at least be mitigated. That's better than nothing.


Government should stay out...

I often hear a certain segment of the population say government should stay out of our bedrooms.  True.  But it doesn't go far enough.

They- those individuals who lower themselves to the point of working for government in some capacity- should stay off our property completely.

They should stay out of our bedrooms, our kitchens, our medicine cabinets, our pockets, our living rooms, our garages, our bars, our pet stores, our restaurants, our gun shops, our doctors' offices, our schools, our hospitals, our banks, our factories, our airports ... government should stay out of our lives.

A complete separation of life and State.  Staying out of our bedrooms is just the beginning.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Biology trumps all- except denial

I hesitate to post this one, because I know people will make assumptions and jump to conclusions and use this opinion as justification to dislike me.  Oh well.  Truth sometimes hurts.

There is a woman I have known since I was a teenager.  She has been a friend of one of my sisters since they were pretty young.  Her husband was a youth director at a church.  He apparently got caught "hitting on" (sexting? flirting with?) "young people" and lost his job.  And lost his wife.  He admitted doing it, and said he "has had this problem for a long time".  (I neither know nor care whether he actually did anything physical.)

There are plenty of legitimate reasons his wife could be angry at him or dislike him over this.  His violation of their marriage contract, for example.  Or the loss of his job.  Maybe even the fact that he used his position of "authority" as a way to find extramarital adventure.

But not because of who he is attracted to.  That isn't a "problem", it is basic biological programming.  Yet this is her apparent justification for ending the marriage in disgust.

Once a young person develops secondary sexual characteristics they become attractive to any normal sexually aware human (of whichever sex is attracted to their sex).  And, no person who is attracted to these sexually-developed young people can be honestly called a "pedophile"- these are not "children" in any meaningful sense of the word.  The artificial extension of "childhood" is a tragedy that is having disastrous social consequences, of which this subject is just one example.

Throughout most of human history, people of this age were sexually active, married, and reproducing.  It is not "wrong"; it just is what it is.  Youth is also attractive since that is a marker of "good breeding potential".  Sounds crass, but it is true, biologically and psychologically.  People can lie to others, or even to themselves, about this attraction, but it doesn't change the reality of the biological programming.

This biological truth trumps religion.  It trumps "law".  It trumps a wife's wishes.  It even trumps social programming and the risk of self-loathing.

I suspect a lot of people who find a job working with young people seek that kind of job specifically because of this stimulation.  Most of them probably never act on it due to social taboos, and they may not even recognize this attraction in themselves because of how they have been trained.  But it is there.  And sometimes, in some people, it will come to the surface.

As long as it is mutually consensual, no "law" can make it wrong.  If it isn't mutually consensual, no "law" can make it right.  And that includes sex.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gasoline at $9 per gallon? For your own good...

I have heard from time to time that the government's "Energy Secretary" (what a useless "job"!) wants gas prices to be between $7 and $9 per gallon, in order to coerce less usage.  I wouldn't doubt it, even though the tale may be apocryphal.

My dad blames this on (false) environmentalists.  He's missing the mark.

The government is anti-travel.  It has been for a long time- since long before I was born.

Just look at all the anti-travel "laws" and regulations it has put in place: "driver's licenses", license plates for cars, "drunk driving" laws, speed limits- all violations of the fundamental human right to travel unmolested, and all imposed by government.  Notice the pattern?

Sure, special interests/idiots clamor for one restriction or another, "for the common good" or for "safety", or to prevent theft, or whatever, and since the implications of the suggestions are anti-travel, the government is very happy to oblige.  The new restrictions are put in place and travel gets outlawed just a little more.

Who is really to blame?  It isn't the (false) environmentalists, it isn't the AAA (in the case of those "driver's licenses" all those years ago), it isn't the tee-totalers- they are just the useful idiots the government uses to get what it wants imposed on the rest of us.  And when we reject the lies and object to the new restrictions, we are castigated for being "selfish", inconsiderate, or " a danger to society".

Just like the gun "laws" imposed by this same herd of anti-liberty bigots, the restrictions on travel bring to mind just one thought: Not one more inch!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Seeing both sides

I think I see both (or more) sides of too many issues.  Seriously.

The "welfare thing" for example.  And lots of others.

It doesn't help me much, when trying to decide whom to defend.  It doesn't mean I think both sides are valid for me.  Or ethical for me.  But it makes it harder to condemn others for some of their positions.  Maybe that's a good thing.

If you are personally attacking the innocent, or stealing or destroying their property (or the value thereof), then I cut you no slack.  This is why I can't excuse cops for their acts.

But, on so many other issues the "black and white" is not so clear... if it even exists at all.  At least as I see it.

Certainty is so much more comfortable.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Emotionalism Part 2- "Super-Love"

As I said in Part 1, I often see the irrational "super-hatred" aimed at "sex offenders", while the irrational "super-love" frequently goes to "law enforcement" and the military.  But this is just two sides of the same corroded coin, and is often due to people being "too close" to the issue.

I'll focus on the irrational "super-love" this time.

One thing that really bothers me are those libertarians who make excuses for the inexcusable.  Those who "super-love" the enforcers (and to a lesser degree, any government tool).  Maybe a loved one is a cop or in the military, or for some other reason a strong feeling of devotion is experienced toward these enforcers and hired killers.  Maybe they are under the belief that enforcers are "a vital necessity" to keep predators from hurting innocent people.  Sure, it's a delusion, but it can seem very "reasonable" to them.

Recently on facebook I made a comment that was not "respectful" of the FBI.  In the story someone said, of their consideration to join something like the FBI, that they wanted to "stop bad".  O---kay....

I responded:

"You want to 'stop bad'? Don't join a gang like the FBI. Refuse to attack innocent people and don't violate anyone's property rights. Not even if it's your 'job'. Don't support the evil and stupid 'war on politically incorrect drugs' which fuels so much of the aggression in America and beyond. And stand up to those who do- especially when they lie and tell you they are 'the good guys'. Don't be a part of the problem."

It seemed a common sense reply to what I assume was a sincere remark.  I see nothing in my comment that should be offensive to any honest and consistent person.  Or so I thought...

I was told, in a reply from a self-proclaimed libertarian (my "boss"), that:

"[N]ot every good guy is a bad guy. There are true bad guys out there who will kill or harm others, and it takes good cops at all levels to protect the public from that. Are there personal violations that police or other government officials cause, to people and/or their property? Of course, that is and always has been the case. But not every one of the FBI or local police or bureaucrats are bad guys. There are more bad or stupid policies, like drug control, that detract from freedoms. I agree with you that people have an individual right to make stupid choices."

My response to this comment was too short due to me responding from my Kindle, so I will expand it here.

FBI agents are not "good guys".  For several reasons.

First, they are among the "true bad guys out there who will kill or harm others"- if they restricted this killing and harming to people who were initiating force or stealing, then they would be provisional "good guys".  They don't.

Cops of any sort are NOT "protecting the public", they are the primary predators in society today.  And their actions and enforcement of those admittedly "bad and stupid policies" is the only thing that gives those bad and stupid policies the ability to harm anyone.  The actions those cops take protect the freelance predators from reaping the just consequences of their actions. This is even pretending there is such a thing as a "good cop".

And to claim that "not every one of the FBI or local police or bureaucrats are bad guys" is missing the truth.  The FBI is unconstitutional.  If you believe the Constitution is what gives the US government its legitimacy, then FBI agents are bad guys before they even enforce their first counterfeit "law", and in doing so either initiate force or steal.  And kidnap.  Their very existence is in direct violation of the letter and spirit of the Constitution- where is a federal police force specifically authorized?  Nowhere.  If it isn't specifically authorized, it is illegal.  So every FBI employee is a criminal.  If you are not burdened by devotion to a constitution, then you don't even have to go that far to see that they are all bad- their initiation of force and their other enforcement of counterfeit "laws" is enough to show their wrongness regardless of their lack of Constitutional authority.  Even when occasional good comes from their actions.

A "good cop" would not keep his job for even one day.  The first counterfeit "law" he was caught not enforcing would be his last act as a cop.  You can not enforce these things and be a good guy.  Not even once.  There is no such thing as a good cop.  But there are some that are better and some that are worse.

As for the bureaucrats- name one bureaucrat who never violates the property rights of those who are forced to deal with his bureaucracy.  You can't violate property rights as part of your job and be a "good guy".  So if you are collecting fines, fees, selling licenses, writing up ordinances, dealing in permits, or any other bureaucratic "job", you are not a good guy.  Not in your "official capacity", anyway.  But, I admit, you may do some good on occasion- particularly by breaking the rules for the cause of liberty or to protect an innocent person from the unjust rules.  It would still be better to get an honest job.

If, as the commenter admitted, people have "an individual right to make stupid choices", then using violence and kidnapping to violate this right is evil.  Period.

Defending these guys is a very anti-libertarian thing to do.

I understand the desire to throw support behind something that at first glance sounds like it might be good for you, individually, or for "society".  (What I don't understand is the fear or helplessness that seems to be at the root of the belief that these thugs "protect" you.)  I understand the desire to look up to "authority", or someone you have been trained from birth to respect and revere.  It just really bothers me when libertarians ignore the principles of liberty because they have let their emotions get in the way.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Respecting liberty to fix America

Respecting liberty to fix America

(My Clovis News Journal column for October 12, 2012)

What is "America"? America isn't the landmass, although it does sit on a spectacular and rich piece of real estate.

America isn't the shared history, although that is a vital thread that gets neglected, inverted, or obscured today.

America isn't the US government or those employed by it, nor is it the massive mountain of "laws" that government has imposed.

America isn't even the individuals living here. Many who have lived here for generations, both in and out of government, violate everything America is with everything they advocate or support.

What America is, at its very core, is a way of respecting the liberty of the individual that had never been tried before.

An argument could be made that it was the Constitution- or better yet, the ideals spelled out in the Declaration of Independence- that made America what it was. Not perfect, but a good start.

A great many people feel, for one reason or another, that they owe an obligation of obedience, or even loyalty, to the government authority in America. What they miss is the fact that this "authority" is not embodied in any person or group of people. Not the president, the congress, or any employee or agent of the government. If there is any authority called "The United States of America" that you should respect, it is only in the Constitution.

Any government employee, from the president to the congress or the Supreme Court, is a legitimate government authority only as long as he strictly obeys the law that sets out his job parameters. When he fudges that obedience he is no longer a legitimate authority and you owe him nothing.

That means if he works for the government and supports any gun "law", no matter how "reasonable", he loses all authority. That means if he rules that the Patriot Act is "legal" (in clear violation of the letter and the spirit of the Constitution) he is no longer an authority. It means if he signs a health care bill, or a wealth redistribution plan, or keeps supporting any department or agency not specifically authorized, by name and function, in the Constitution, he has lost his claim to be an authority of the government. He is not "America".

This realization may disturb some people, but it may allow others to finally defeat the cognitive dissonance caused by feeling they are supposed to respect the government authority, while knowing that what government employees and agents do is wrong. They have been misinterpreting just what the authority is all along and throwing their support or obedience behind the false authority.

Getting this right is the first step in fixing America.


Emotionalism part 1- "Super-Hate"

Emotionalism.  We are all susceptible.  But too often this is the excuse for initiating force, or even (shudder) calling for government to stick it to ... whoever we are emotional over.  Or, it can be expressed by defending- against all reason- someone who is a real bad guy, but whom we "like" for one reason or another (this I'll discuss in Part 2).

I often see the irrational "super-hatred" aimed at "sex offenders".

Most of the time, but not always, this emotionalism is due to people being "too close" to the issue.  Maybe a "sex offender" abused them, or scared them, or they are worried about that sort of thing potentially happening more than most people are.  Unless you or someone you know has been violently violated in a sexual way, I think this "super-hate" gives sex a magical mystical quality that it doesn't really have, probably due to a certain degree of anti-sexualism or "Victorian" attitudes.  Perhaps in some people's lives it does have this power, and it lacks this power in other people's lives.  One size does not fit all.

Many times over the years I have watched as libertarian friends went ballistic in unlibertarian-seeming ways in their hatred of "sex offenders" who never actually initiated any force, but who lived up to the "offender" part of the label by offending someone (such as "the public").

I don't know of any other accusation where the accusation alone is sufficient to create this hatred. Not only that, but anyone who suggests that the alleged actions may not have actually happened, or may not be wrong in and of themselves gets covered by the "super-hate" along with the accused.  With accusations of theft or murder, anyone recognizing that the accused may not be guilty doesn't get treated this way, and neither does the accused in most cases.

It didn't matter that I basically agreed that their conjectured or real scenarios weren't good- I apparently didn't go far enough in my hatred, and I dared see the other side- and see that accusations do not equal guilt, and that if no force was initiated, the Zero Aggression Principle wasn't violated.  And, I admit I often played it up longer than necessary to see where it would go and see whether the root of the hatred would come up.  It usually eventually did.

One big part of the problem is that making exceptions for government intrusion or personal initiation of force is that once you let that camel get his nose under the tent, you can't stop it from lifting his head and removing your protection completely.  You only deserve the liberty you respect in others- even those you despise.

Once you stop reasoning with regards to someone, your enemies can move you just a bit further toward their position.  They make it OK to hate someone for their own purposes.  "Liberty doesn't deal with this issue- let us take care of it for you."  Or, the non-governmental way to say this is "Well, this really offends me, so I'll say this is an initiation of force, or a credible imminent threat to initiate force, and I'll use 'defensive' force against this person.  It's OK.  Really."

In either case, there is a danger of "mission creep".  Actually, let me re-phrase that- there is probably a guarantee of "mission creep".  More things will either "need" government "help" or will be called "aggression", so the justifications will get easier.  It's not just a slippery slope; it's one you willingly ran toward and jumped down.  And, bit by bit, your liberty is destroyed.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Dissecting a Post -Mortem

I'm not sure how to address this one (which I received in an email) without posting the entire original column. So, I will apologize.

Go to her link, so that maybe she'll get more traffic and won't be too mad.  If I get a complaint I may leave the link, but delete her paragraphs and just address the numbered points.

Once again, Republicans are seeing the results and fantasizing causes.

Laura Hollis

Nov 08, 2012Click if you like this column!

I am already reading so many pundits and other talking heads analyzing the disaster that was this year's elections. I am adding my own ten cents. Here goes:

1. We are outnumbered

We accurately foresaw the enthusiasm, the passion, the commitment, the determination, and the turnout. Married women, men, independents, Catholics, evangelicals; they all went for Romney in percentages as high or higher than the groups which voted for McCain in 2008. It wasn't enough. What we saw in the election on Tuesday was a tipping point: we are now at a place where there are legitimately fewer Americans who desire a free republic with a free people than there are those who think the government should give them stuff. There are fewer of us who believe in the value of free exchange and free enterprise. There are fewer of us who do not wish to demonize successful people in order to justify taking from them. We are outnumbered. For the moment. It's just that simple.

To believe Romney represented "a free republic with a free people" or "free exchange and free enterprise" is completely delusional.  You lost because you offered a candidate who was indistinguishable from his opponent- at least to anyone who wasn't just blindly "anti-Obama".  So yes, the pro-Romney people were outnumbered- by the pro-Obama people, the anti-Republican people, the Ron Paul people (who you stabbed in the back), the REAL pro-liberty people who see through the rigged game, the apathetic people, the disenfranchised, and the people who have given up.  Until you own it, you'll find yourself there again and again.

2. It wasn't the candidate(s)

Some are already saying, "Romney was the wrong guy"; "He should have picked Marco Rubio to get Florida/Rob Portman to get Ohio/Chris Christie to get [someplace else]." With all due respect, these assessments are incorrect. Romney ran a strategic and well-organized campaign. Yes, he could have hit harder on Benghazi. But for those who would have loved that, there are those who would have found it distasteful. No matter what tactic you could point to that Romney could have done better, it would have been spun in a way that was detrimental to his chances. Romney would have been an excellent president, and Ryan was an inspired choice. No matter who we ran this year, they would have lost. See #1, above.

Yes, it WAS the candidate(s)- at least to a large degree.  Pretending it wasn't is delusional.  Who cares if he "ran a strategic and well-organized campaign"?  You can try to sell sewage as drinking water with a "strategic and well-organized campaign" but if people see what you are really selling, don't whine that they didn't buy it.  "No matter who we ran this year, they would have lost."  That's just not accepting responsibility for doing something stupid.  And, yes, Romney was a stupid choice.  You alienated your voters base by nominating him against the wishes of the grass roots voters.  I personally know of at least three staunch Republicans- people I would have bet money on to vote for anyone as long as he ran as a Republican- who couldn't bring themselves to vote for Romney this time.  Two voted for Gary Johnson and one refused to vote for a presidential candidate at all because they couldn't vote for a liberal socialist even though he had an "R" after his name.  

3. It's the culture, stupid.

We have been trying to fight this battle every four years at the voting booth. It is long past time we admit that that is not where the battle really is. We abdicated control of the culture: starting back in the 1960s. And now our largest primary social institutions: education, the media, Hollywood (entertainment) have become really nothing more than an assembly line for cranking out reliable little Leftists. Furthermore, we have allowed the government to undermine the institutions that instill good character: marriage, the family, communities, schools, our churches. So, here we are, at least two full generations later; we are reaping what we have sown. It took nearly fifty years to get here; it will take another fifty years to get back. But it starts with the determination to reclaim education, the media, and the entertainment business. If we fail to do that, we can kiss every election goodbye from here on out. And much more.

Yes, it probably is the culture- and "conservatives" are half of the problem.  No one "controls" the culture, so you couldn't have abdicated that control.  The belief that "you" did once control it is a part of where you went off-track.  Those "primary social institutions" you speak of: "education, the media, Hollywood (entertainment), and marriage, the family, communities, schools, our churches" should be safe from anyone's political control- yours included.  Once you pretend it is OK for government to control, say, marriage, then your opposition will agree with you and try to control it in the way they would prefer.  Government has no business handing out "marriage licenses" or being involved in any marriage.  Gay marriage ceases to be an issue when you refuse to allow government to sanction or ration marriages.  The same goes for schools/"education".  Education is MUCH too important to allow government to control or regulate it in any way.  And if you allow religious ideas to be enshrined in "law" (anti-sex laws, prohibition, etc.), you open the door for religious ideas that you hate or fear ("Sharia Law") to be used in the same way- and once soiled by association with The State, your church is never again clean.  You can't "reclaim" things that never belonged to you.  Remove the government monopoly and then build your own "conservative" alternatives and let the market decide.  If you can't bring yourself to do this it may mean you know your "product" is not worthy.

4. America has become a nation of adolescents

The real loser in this election was adulthood: Maturity. Responsibility. The understanding that liberty must be accompanied by self-restraint. Obama is a spoiled child, and the behavior and language of his followers and their advertisements throughout the campaign makes it clear how many of them are, as well. Romney is a grown-up. Romney should have won. Those of us who expected him to win assumed that voters would act like grownups. Because if we were a nation of grownups, he would have won.But what did win? Sex. Drugs. Bad language. Bad manners. Vulgarity. Lies. Cheating. Name-calling. Finger-pointing. Blaming. And irresponsible spending.This does not bode well. People grow up one of two ways: either they choose to, or circumstances force them to. The warnings are all there, whether it is the looming economic disaster, or the inability of the government to respond to crises like Hurricane Sandy, or the growing strength and brazenness of our enemies. American voters stick their fingers in their ears and say, "Lalalalalala, I can't hear you."It is unpleasant to think about the circumstances it will take to force Americans to grow up. It is even more unpleasant to think about Obama at the helm when those circumstances arrive.

So, blaming everyone else is "mature" and "responsible"?  "Romney is a grown-up."?  Hardly.  But this isn't about Romney, no matter how badly you want that to be true.  It wasn't "Sex. Drugs. Bad language. Bad manners. Vulgarity. Lies. Cheating. Name-calling. Finger-pointing. Blaming. And irresponsible spending." that won.  No, it was government regulation of sex, prohibition, censorship, enforced "morality", and such as that which lost.  And, Romney is just a big a proponent of "irresponsible spending" as Obama.  RomneyCare?  A military that is bigger/more expensive than the militaries of the rest of the world combined?  How are those socialist programs "responsible"?  When Americans do grow up, if they ever do, it will be just as horrible for the Fathers of the Republican side as it will be for the Mommies of the Democrat side.  Overbearing and overprotective parents don't fare well if they try to hold down grown children.

5. Yes, there is apparently a Vagina Vote

It's the subject matter of another column in its entirety to point out, one by one, all of the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of the Democrats this year. Suffice it to say that the only "war on women" was the one waged by the Obama campaign, which sexualized and objectified women, featuring them dressed up like vulvas at the Democrat National Convention, appealing to their "lady parts", comparing voting to losing your virginity with Obama, trumpeting the thrills of destroying our children in the womb (and using our daughters in commercials to do so), and making Catholics pay for their birth control. For a significant number of women, this was appealing. It might call into question the wisdom of the Nineteenth Amendment, but for the fact that large numbers of women (largely married) used their "lady smarts" instead. Either way, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are rolling over in their graves.

Yes, this was stupid.  But the stupidity comes about because Republicans are so divisive on "female" issues.  When you shut out people over these issues, where do you expect them to go?  To your opponent.  When you allow The State to become involved in health care, why does it surprise you when it starts making demands you don't like?  When you impose your own type of "Christian Sharia Law" on people whose beliefs differ from yours, why does it surprise you that they go off the deep end in opposition to everything you "stand for"?  True, Democrats use gender (and race) just as much as Republicans, but in a way that seems to be welcoming as opposed to the divisive tactics of the Republicans.  Sure, Democrats are just using them for their votes, but as long as you make people feel welcomed...

6. It's not about giving up on "social issues"

No Republican candidate should participate in a debate or go out on the stump without thorough debate prep and a complete set of talking points that they stick to. This should start with a good grounding in biology and a reluctance to purport to know the will of God. (Thank you, Todd and Richard.)
That said, we do not hold the values we do because they garner votes. We hold the values we do because we believe that they are time-tested principles without which a civilized, free and prosperous society is not possible.We defend the unborn because we understand that a society which views some lives as expendable is capable of viewing all lives as expendable.We defend family: mothers, fathers, marriage, children; because history makes it quite clear that societies without intact families quickly descend into anarchy and barbarism, and we have plenty of proof of that in our inner cities where marriage is infrequent and unwed motherhood approaches 80 percent. When Roe v. Wadewas decided in 1973, many thought that the abortion cause was lost. Forty years later, ultrasound technology has demonstrated the inevitable connection between science and morality. More Americans than ever define themselves as "pro-life". What is tragic is that tens of millions of children have lost their lives while Americans figure out what should have been obvious before.There is no "giving up" on social issues. There is only the realization that we have to fight the battle on other fronts. The truth will out in the end.

"That said, we do not hold the values we do because they garner votes. We hold the values we do because we believe that they are time-tested principles without which a civilized, free and prosperous society is not possible."  You should try having some principles, then.  They are even more unpopular than "values".  And with principles you don't get caught up in the fact that you are outnumbered or lost an election.  "...we believe that they are time-tested principles without which a civilized, free and prosperous society is not possible."  So this is why you still support socialism, anti-liberty "laws", and government regulation of the economy?  It doesn't matter that your opponents do the same, only in different ways.  The most outrageous claim, though, is this: "We defend family: “ mothers, fathers, marriage, children“ because history makes it quite clear that societies without intact families quickly descend into anarchy and barbarism, and we have plenty of proof of that in our inner cities where marriage is infrequent and unwed motherhood approaches 80 percent."  Your beloved "War on Politically-Incorrect Drugs" is a HUMONGOUS factor in this destruction of families.  Every Drug War supporter values the authority to tell others what they may and may not introduce into their bloodstream above intact families.  Hypocrisy in the extreme!  "...many thought that the abortion cause was lost. Forty years later, ultrasound technology has demonstrated the inevitable connection between science and morality"- only to those who are already "true believers".  Don't give up on social issues, but realize that this isn't a legitimate political zone.  Trying to turn it into one is part of what alienates voters.

7. Obama does not have a mandate. And he does not need one.

I have to laugh- bitterly- when I read conservative pundits trying to assure us that Obama "has to know" that he does not have a mandate, and so he will have to govern from the middle. I don't know what they're smoking. Obama does not care that he does not have a mandate. He does not view himself as being elected (much less re-elected) to represent individuals. He views himself as having been re-elected to complete the "fundamental transformation" of America, the basic structure of which he despises. Expect much more of the same; largely the complete disregard of the will of half the American public, his willingness to rule by executive order, and the utter inability of another divided Congress to rein him in. Stanley Kurtz has it all laid out here.

"...America, the basic structure of which he despises"  And Romney differs, how?  Romney wouldn't know what the Constitution authorizes him to do if I sat down and explained it to him.  He wouldn't get rid of the Department of Education, Medicare, Social Security, the FBI, the military and its foreign bases, etc. etc. etc.  Nope.  These things are completely anti-American, yet he would embrace them and use them anyway.  This shows he despises the basic structure of America (the Constitution and Declaration of Independence- un"interpreted") just as badly as Obama does.  He just pretends better.  "Expect much more of the same “ largely the complete disregard of the will of half the American public, his willingness to rule by executive order..."  You can't seriously be claiming Romney would have not done this, are you?  

8. The Corrupt Media is the enemy

Too strong? I don't think so. I have been watching the media try to throw elections since at least the early 1990s. In 2008 and again this year, we saw the media cravenly cover up for the incompetence and deceit of this President, while demonizing a good, honorable and decent man with lies and smears. This is on top of the daily barrage of insults that conservatives (and by that I mean the electorate, not the politicians) must endure at the hands of this arrogant bunch of elitist snobs. Bias is one thing. What we observed with Benghazi was professional malpractice and fraud. They need to go.Republicans, Libertarians and other conservatives need to be prepared to play hardball with the Pravda press from here on out. And while we are at it, to defend those journalists of whatever political stripe (Jake Tapper, Sharyl Atkisson, Eli Lake) who actually do their jobs. As well as Fox News and talk radio. Because you can fully expect a re-elected Obama to try to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in term 2.

"In 2008 and again this year, we saw the media cravenly cover up for the incompetence and deceit of this President, while demonizing a good, honorable and decent man with lies and smears."  So, it's bad when the media does it to Romney for Obama's benefit, but it's OK that the GOP did it to Ron Paul for the benefit of Romney?   "Republicans, Libertarians and other conservatives..."?  Don't include libertarians in that disgusting gang!  Republicans have shown over and over again that they try really hard to use libertarians when it suits them, but throw us under the bus just as soon as we refuse to drink their poison.

9. Small business and entrepreneurs will be hurt the worst

For all the blather about "Wall Street versus Main Street", Obama's statist agenda will unquestionably benefit the biggest corporations which- as with the public sector unions- are in the best position to make campaign donations, hire lobbyists, and get special exemptions carved out from Obama's health care laws, his environmental regulations, his labor laws. It will be the small business, the entrepreneur, and the first-time innovators who will be crushed by their inability to compete on a level playing field.

Yep.  Exactly like what always happens under either of the "mainstream" parties.

10. America is more polarized than ever; and this time it's personal

I've been following politics for a long time, and it feels different this time. Not just for me. I've received messages from other conservatives who are saying the same thing: there is little to no tolerance left out there for those who are bringing this country to its knees, even when they have been our friends. It isn't just about "my guy" versus "your guy". It is my view of America versus your view of America;  a crippled, hemorrhaging, debt-laden, weakened and dependent America that I want no part of and resent being foisted on me. I no longer have any patience for stupidity, blindness, or vulgarity, so with each dumb 'tweet' or FB post by one of my happily lefty comrades, another one bites the dust, for me. Delete.What does this portend for a divided Congress? I expect that Republicans will be demoralized and chastened for a short time. But I see them in a bad position. Americans in general want Congress to work together. But many do not want Obama's policies, and so Republicans who support them will be toast. Good luck, guys.

"...there is little to no tolerance left out there for those who are bringing this country to its knees, even when they have been our friends"  So, it's "an eye for an eye"?  I don't delete anyone.  Those who I feel the most pity for need to be exposed to the truth.  They can then delete me from their "friend list" if they want, but that is their choice.  I don't give up on them.  "...America that I want no part of and resent being foisted on me"  They feel the same way.  This is why no one's "view of America" should be imposed on anyone else.  Live and let live- and shoot those who refuse to "let live".  I never want Congress to "work together".  I want them to all go home.  Short of that I want gridlock.  There is nothing, anywhere that "needs" a new "law".  The only possible useful thing Congress could ever do in the future is abolish "laws" by the thousands without passing a single new one.  They won't have the guts or the character to do that, so I don't want them doing anything at all.  Never.

11. It's possible that America just has to hit rock bottom

I truly believe that most Americans who voted for Obama have no idea what they are in for. Most simply believe him when he says that all he really wants is for the rich to pay "a little bit more". So reasonable! Who could argue with that except a greedy racist?America is on a horrific bender. Has been for some time now. The warning signs of our fiscal profligacy and culture of lack of personal responsibility are everywhere; too many to mention. We need only look at other countries which have gone the route we are walking now to see what is in store.For the past four years, but certainly within the past campaign season, we have tried to warn Americans. Too many refuse to listen, even when all of the events that have transpired during Obama's presidency; unemployment, economic stagnation, skyrocketing prices, the depression of the dollar, the collapse of foreign policy, Benghazi, hopelessly inept responses to natural disasters; can be tied directly to Obama's statist philosophies, and his decisions.What that means, I fear, is that they will not see what is coming until the whole thing collapses. That is what makes me so sad today. I see the country I love headed toward its own "rock bottom", and I cannot seem to reach those who are taking it there.

"I truly believe that most Americans who voted for Obama have no idea what they are in for..."  And neither did those who voted for his "white clone", Romney.  The bad things that happened during Obama's presidency would have happened under McCain.  And would have continued under Romney.  The Federal Reserve has been destroying the dollar since 1913- recent presidents have nothing to do with it, and can't fix it without eliminating "The Fed".  "...the collapse of foreign policy"?  Invading, murdering, and occupying is a "foreign policy"?  Seems like another few nails in the coffin of America to me.  Why do you falsely and ridiculously believe Obama's statist philosophies are any worse than Romney's- or Bush's, Clinton's, Bush the First's, Reagan's, Carter's, etc?  It's all the same game, and government keeps winning and liberty keeps losing.  This condition will not continue.