Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-21C: It is about the power

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.  Temperatures climbing nationwide as we enter summer but there are still lots of mountains with snow on them, and vast areas still to turn green.  Politically, things remain on the boil, but more and more people are frustrated more and more with government.

Earlier this week, the Fuehrer announced his ex cathedra decision to “almost” accept the military recommendation and leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after the end of this year.  The Pentagon had stated that if he left less than 10,000 troops, he might as well withdraw all of them.  The troops will include forces to train and advise Afghanistan’s military and a group of Special Operations forces.  Of course, this isn’t enough for the Fuehrer to show his distaste and disgust for the American military: just a couple of days later it was stated that by the END of 2015, there will be less than 5,000 US troops left.

Mama’s Note: Actually, there is no rational reason for any US military to stay there one moment longer, especially at taxpayer expense. If anyone wants to stay on their own nickel, at their own risk, more power to them. I don’t expect there’s be any takers. Obummer doesn’t have any greater distaste or disgust for the military than he does any of the rest of us. He just has a bit more control over them.

In Council Bluffs, Iowa,  a man says that while he was working on his tractor in his driveway, a van pulled up and a dozen men with rifles piled out and assaulted him.  As they bashed his head in, breaking bones in his face, he believed they were there to kill him.  It was later determined that police had attacked a completely innocent man due to a false police report, drawing questions about why police acted so brutally against a man who did not resist and made no threats.  This is happening more and more:  a family member (or neighbor or coworker) uses the cops and our carte blanche system of informants and “citizen concern” as a hammer to strike back at someone who has angered them.  This has always happened, but the police keep escalating and so it is no longer a ticket for an untrimmed bush or grass too high, no longer getting stopped and a ticket for a license plate lamp burned out: it is beating and tasing and hospitalization (or a funeral home) afterward.  SWAT teams look for a reason to exist and find it in hunting down and capturing, beating, and killing mundanes.

Crash of 2009: FIVE YEARS ON.  Reason reports that forty-eight percent of unemployed Americans have given up on work, and  say that they “haven’t had to look for work as hard” because of unemployment benefits.  I know that this is shocking, that Americans would just plain give up, but things happen.  Yesterday, I saw a few of those people wandering the neighborhoods and some business districts in Metro Denver, and saw the abandoned and decaying business buildings, vacant lots, even abandoned houses.  Yeah, there was a lot of new construction and a lot of demolition for new construction, at least SOME of which might be characterized as “makework.”  And all KINDS of highway construction (but at the same time, lots of really badly decaying streets and roads).

No, really? The Fuehrer’s consort states, ‘Parents have [a] right to expect their kids will get decent food in our schools’.  Right.  How many things are wrong with THAT little quote?  First “decent food” but NOT any right to a decent education.  Okay, got that.  Second, “our schools” (as in “it takes a village to raise an idiot?) or “me and my hubby’s schools” or what?  Third, just WHERE is this “right” stated and who pays for it and provides it?  I can guess HER answers.  Fourth, we already KNOW that her definition of “decent” is not those of most parents, much less the children, as food waste generation explodes in so-called public schools.  This sort of garbage spewing from her mouth is about the power of her husband and his shills and bosses, and has NOTHING to do with helping families with problems.

On to another quote: the EPA Administrator says: ‘I’m not against cars’ but I can imagine how she finished the sentence:  ‘I have one myself…’ or ‘for the people that deserve them…’ or ‘of the right kind…’ because the actions of her agency and other government agencies make it clear that privately-owned cars controlled by “average” private citizens (NOT the elite) and burning petroleum hydrocarbons (gasoline or diesel) ARE on their target list.  Again, it is NOT about “saving the earth” or protecting the environment, it is POWER.

Too little, too late.  Some denominational writer has called for the “Church” in America to call for an Exodus from public schools.  I don’t know if he thinks he has invented the wheel or not, but his idea of the “Church” is some mystical alliance of all “Christian” churches from all the various denominations and of public schools as some great monolithic windmill to tilt with.  This call is decades too late: the damage is done.  The churches of whatever beliefs have lost their way and are no threat to the great state religion in whatever form it takes. And what this guy and others promote is not truth, much less true religion, but a bunch of stories and fronts and unsupported doctrines of men that helped weaken the churches in the first place.  Their power, for the most part, is GONE because the churches surrendered it to government, and now government is using it for government’s own purposes, not purportedly to help the churches (as was claimed for so long).

Mama’s Note: Parents who truly care about their children and understand the damage being done to them, even in small part, do not need to be told by their church or “leaders” that there are viable alternatives. Unfortunately, even private Catholic schools have bent to the dictates of the new state religion, and are not much better than their public counterparts. I’m afraid that’s true of many others too. Homeschool remains the most likely answer, for the religious and others as well.

Quote of the Week: Ron Paul (oriented to minarchists, of course): “As Americans celebrate the Memorial Day holiday, we should remember that though the VA’s alleged abuse and neglect of US veterans is scandalous, the worse abuse comes from a president and a compliant Congress that send the US military to cause harm and be harmed overseas in undeclared, unnecessary, and illegal interventions. The best way to honor the US military is to honor the Constitution, and to keep in mind the wise advice of our Founding Fathers to avoid all foreign interventionism.” (From “The VA is Socialist,” LRC)

Of course, the VA is socialist, and has been since its creation: it is a creature designed to prove how much the White House and Congress love veterans despite the abuse, and could have been replaced about 99% by a simple voucher system whereby a wounded vet could get the medical care they need from a civilian, private or religious medical facility who bills for their costs to the DVA  (or its predecessors) to live up to the commitment.  But that way, there is no POWER over people.  (Or not as much.)

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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