Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-13C: More Police State Blues

Hoplophobes & Hoploclasts
Chris Matthews: NRA Wants ‘Guns on Demand Like You’re Buying a Hershey Bar’


Nathan: Not quite, Chris.  Handguns, like prescription drugs and computer games and gasoline and other items that are easily shoplifted and high-value items, need to be properly secured.  But otherwise, yes, I should be able – ANY American, or for that matter, ANY human, ought to be able to walk into a convenience store or other retail store and buy a gun – no different than a chocolate bar or a bottle of milk.  And for those who don’t want to buy a full box of ammo, little containers right there at the checkout stand right next to the candy bars and gum and those stupid celebrity magazines should be available.  What don’t you understand about freedom?

Lawful gun use
Burger King diner defeats would-be robber by shooting him

(Washington Times)  A father who was trying to eat with his family at Burger King was able to defeat an armed robber by pulling his own weapon and shooting at him, Miami police said. It was at the height of lunch time, about 1 p.m., when a would-be robber walked into a Burger King, flashed his gun at one of the family diners, and demanded the diner fork over money and valuables, police said in a CBS report. The robber was exiting when the father, who feared for his and his family’s life, CBSsaid, took out his own gun and shot the suspect in the leg.

Nathan: Not exactly “self defense” but certainly a justified shooting – but bad form, too: shooting in the leg isn’t going to keep a thug from turning and shooting other people anyway.

Mama’s Note: Bad form, and bad timing. Shooting someone while they walk (or run) away is counterproductive to say the least. This guy needs a good self defense class and a bit more range time.

Theft by government
OMB: Obama Will Become First President to Spend $4T in One Year


Nathan: Look, it is fine to blame the man in the White House, but this is only what is allowed BY CONGRESS.  Legally, the “messiah” could not spend a single thin dime without Congress appropriating the money and authorizing its theft from the people and businesses of the world.  Until we face reality, NOTHING will change.

Stupid government tricks
Postal Service bows to pressure, won’t end Saturday delivery

(Washington Post) The U.S. Postal Service backed away Wednesday from its plan to end Saturday mail delivery in August, bowing to bipartisan congressional opposition that the postmaster general said two months ago he had the authority to bypass.

Nathan: Once more, government stupidity strikes again.  I know of several companies (and there must be thousands nationwide) who have already spent tens of thousands of dollars and made irrevocable decisions based on no Saturday delivery, and now are stuck – and may be driven into bankruptcy – because of this off-again, on-again nonsense.  Of course, it makes many of us more than ever convinced that, like government schools, government postal service is something we have to further divorce ourselves from it.

Mama’s Note: I had to send some money to a friend last week. It was the very first thing I’d put in the “mail” all year. And probably the last. There simply is no rational future for the USPS, and it does need to die – indeed, just as government “school” and a thousand other such things need to die.

Hoplophobes & Hoploclasts
Video: Firearms Company Relocating From Connecticut To North Texas

(Daily A firearms company that makes AR-15 style rifles for the iconic brand Colt, will open a plant in Breckenridge in Stephens County. Oregon company Bold Ideas confirmed the development Friday.

Nathan: I know, Daily Paul is sometimes not too trustworthy, but this is apparently the case.  Hopefully, as in Colorado (which Magpul and other companies are leaving) many more people and firms will pull out of the Connecticut Police State.  This is of particular interest to me as I had family living in Breckenridge (west of Fort Worth, and a location with a history of clashes between ranchers, farmers, and Comanche) for many years.  It is a nice town and the company will do well there, I think.

Mama’s Note: Well, an improvement over the east coast, anyway. Texas is not without its own problems.

Government-run, Tax-funded schools NOT
Ron Paul: Hey Teachers, Leave Those Kids Alone

( A quick overview of some of the materials provided on the Paul Curriculum website makes clear that students will be enlightened by the ideas of great Austrian economists and encouraged to be self-made citizens as well as vocal defenders of liberty. Alongside reading, writing and arithmetic are lessons on starting a home-based business and creating a successful social media presence. Historian and Economist Gary North, the program’s director of curriculum, put it simply that the educational track is designed to “teach the Biblical principle of self-government and personal responsibility” and give students the tools to recognize threats to their rights.

Nathan: Good for Dr. Paul.  I’ve not had a chance to go through the new curriculum yet, but it looks at first glance to be excellent.  One problem with many homeschool curricula (including both and several of the religious-oriented ones) is that there is too much government and state-worship in them. But it now becomes much easier to GET YOUR CHILDREN OUT OF THESE INSTITUTIONS.

The “messiah” – Growing government (4 stories)
Obama: ‘Prohibit’ Americans from Saving More Than $3M in Retirement Accounts


Nathan: Funny, can’t find that anywhere in the dead-letter Constitution or anything else.  First step to STEALING everything over $3 million too.  And makes the Social Security theoretically look better in comparison.

Obama’s Budget Asks $30 Million in New Funding for ‘Gun Violence Prevention

Nathan: Seed money for the “enhanced” registration and background check system.  This is primarily prevention of gun violence in self-defense against government agents.

Obama: Put Nation’s 4-Year-Olds in ‘Public Preschool;’ Will Save on ‘Child-Care Costs’

Nathan: “Brave New World” – crèches mean more subservient and controlled populations.

Mama’s Note: And, of course, will cost far, far more than any ordinary day care.

Obama’s Budget Includes Funding for U.N. Agency That Recognized ‘Palestine’(

Nathan: Never mind what Congress says or has said.  Never mind that there is NO constitutional authority to fund UN Agencies (or for that matter, foreign aid for either Israel or Egypt or “Palestineans” – we will see our stolen money wasted in this way.

Police States
Colorado Sheriffs Planning to Fight New Gun Laws

(Denver Post) Thirty-seven of the state’s 62 elected sheriffs are prepared to sue to overturn laws that now prohibit the sale of ammunition magazines holding more than 15 rounds and require background checks for all private gun sales, Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said Tuesday. …San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said he doesn’t think the new laws will be effective, but he won’t join in the legal action. “I’m not going to sue anybody for anything. I understand the frustration but I wouldn’t do that.”

Nathan: This is almost two-thirds of the sheriffs.  This is a surprise and a refreshing one at that – though it doesn’t mean that these sheriffs are truly lovers of liberty or even very constitutionally-minded.  Still, it is good to see that even those who are in “law enforcement” are trying to tear down the Colorado Police State.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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2 Responses to Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-13C: More Police State Blues

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    Doesn’t seem to me that any “uprising” is necessary, however likely it might be to happen.

    Most people continue to “elect” thugs, agree to pay the non-elected sort those thugs hire… and obey most of the immoral, illegal and irrational “laws” those thugs impose.

    Could people actually stop doing that and take back ownership of their lives? Could people finally see that all politicians and bureaucrats ARE “thugs,” regardless of their supposed motives and rhetoric?

    Yep, I can imagine that. So, if there were enough people for an “uprising,” all they’d really have to do is opt out of the thug’s system and, of course, defend themselves from the thugs for a while.


  2. Darwin Smith says:

    I’d prefer it were the citizens rising up against unjust laws, but in the absence of a popular uprising against oppressive government law, I suppose sheriffs will do. In the end, though, the people MUST learn. No one will defend their freedom for them. They must establish liberty for themselves.


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