Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-09A: Free Americans

By Nathan Barton

Good morning!  There are still people in this formerly united States that live free, who – while maintaining a low profile – are able to enjoy their liberties in some small ways.  I found a few stories about some, and think you might enjoy the thoughts.

In Washington State, an 11-year-old girl killed a mountain lion and saved her brother from the starving animal, which was tracking him.  She used a rifle to do that.  I am very surprised, given Washington State and its politics, that there has not been an enormous outcry over the fact that this child (a) had a cougar hunting license (b) had a rifle, and (c) had bullets.  Have they no safety locks for weapons in Washington?  Have they no love for small children, to allow them to even see (let alone touch or use) such deadly weapons?  Have they no understanding of how that gun could kill that child or her brother or anyone else?  Have they no common love for any of God’s creatures, like this poor starving female lion, perhaps desperately searching for food for her kittens?  Have they no public school teachers to teach this child about the importance of wildlife and the need to sacrifice over-populated, resource guzzling humans to let the wild animals prosper? (/sarc)

Seriously, once more we see that one size does not fit all, and that even people living in fairly settled country have a great need for the ability to defend themselves, even if just against wild animals.  And that stupid laws which seek to “protect” children by disarming them are evil and must be ignored and eliminated.

There are other brave Americans – in the full sense of that word – as Freedom Outpost tells about here. John Cinque makes his stand in a final statement, “I’m not speaking for anyone else here, but I’m telling you right now: I will not comply.”  When the lawmakers asks Mr. Cinque if he has been fingerprinted before, Cinque answers “Yes, but I also took an oath to protect against all enemies foreign and domestic. I got domestic enemies now that show their hands every day.”

Related to freedom; I suspect that there are more than a few residents of senior homes/assisted living in the United States who might respond the way this fictitious Canadian elder lady did.

At first, I thought it was a true story, that US agents attempted to raid a Candian senior’s home looking for pot, but The Lupine is the Canadian version of The Onion, and this IS a spoof.  And funny enough.  But the agreement between the US and CDN is real and the potential for something like this is high.  We have seen dozens if not hundreds of examples of local, state, and federal agencies attacking the wrong place, so this is only a matter of time.

This also in from Canada, and apparently NOT a spoof:  a famous Toronto barbershop, owned and operated by Muslims since 1925, refused to cut a woman’s hair for religious reasons: she is suing.  She is also a lesbian, which means that their refusal may violate Canada’s non-discrimination laws.  Interesting to watch two dogmatic, intolerant groups face each other.  No doubt we’ll see something like that in the US soon.  I don’t like Muslims overall, although I have been and am friends with some (probably heretics to most of their brethren) but they have just as much right to their beliefs and practices as any other of Her Majesty’s subjects in Ontario.  And I cannot believe that there are not many barber or beauty shops in Toronto who are more than willing to cut the hair of women, lesbian or not – or maybe especially if lesbian.  Clearly, intimidation is the objective here.

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the mess worsens.

The ousted Ukrainian president, now fled to Russia, vows to keep fighting, while the West applauds the violent rebels which have seized power.  And while local ethnic Russians are aided by troop movements of the Russian Army to occupy at least most of the Crimea where the Russian Navy is based.  DC seems to be pounding war drums, or else is trying to bluff, or are too stupid to really understand what they are doing.

But my sympathies lie with the Crimea, and with those who at least played by the rules. Neither the old Prez nor the new one are friends of liberty, and I seriously doubt that there are any real lovers of liberty in the Crimean parliament or administration.  But anytime a central government is weakened, and a small but identifiable region or district can win more freedom from its overlords, I see it as a win in the long term.

Mama’s Note: “…played by the rules.” Who’s rules? Who has the authority to make or enforce those rules? The people of the Crimea seem to be welcoming the Russians. I say, let them determine their own future. US politicians have no more legitimate right to decide that than the politicians of Ukraine, OR Russia.

Nathan:  Not so much “who’s rules” but what rules:  not initiating force is the main “rule” – and I guess that is God’s rule.  A second rule is also basic: that people have a right to chose their own destiny and not have one forced on them: but maybe that is just a restatement of the first.

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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