Libertarian Commentary on the News, 6 July 2015, #15-27A: Insanity and stupidity in politics; liberty in retreat

By Nathan Barton

Two themes today: the first is again the insanity and stupidity of American politicians – and politics.  Two stories to illustrate that:

“Christie bids to replace Trump as most bat**** insane presidential candidate,” comments Tom Knapp, about a New York Post article: “The Chris Christie and Rand Paul feud just got more fired up. Christie, the newest [formally announced] GOP presidential candidate, lashed out against the Kentucky Senator Sunday for fundraising during his nearly 11-hour Senate speech against US national surveillance programs. ‘He’s wrong and what he’s done has made American weaker and more vulnerable,’ Christie said on Fox News Sunday. … The New Jersey governor offered a full-throated defense of the Patriot Act [USA PATRIOT Act] and the surveillance tools it affords law enforcement, whereas Paul, a civil libertarian, has been an outspoken advocate for more restrictions on surveillance of Americans’ data.”

Mama’s Note: It just doesn’t seem possible that thinking people would consider ANY of the current “candidates” – let alone these two – as potential “leaders” of anything at all. The whole farce certainly puts the lie to any political structure as a viable way to organize human society.

Nathan: The fourteen (or is it eighteen – I didn’t near how many more this weekend) GOP candidates show the insanity, not just claimed of Trump or Christie, but of the entire party and indeed, the entire system.  It is an “evil tree” and you don’t get good fruit from it. It is impossible for a process, a system, as badly messed up as the Federal/State political system of 2015, to produce anything but incompetent and deadly results for the nation and the world.  Once again 2016 will demonstrate this.

How’s that again? Asks Mama Liberty, about an article in the Tuscaloosa News reporting that in Puerto Rico, Governor Padilla blames creditors for politicians’ fiscal irresponsibility.  “Puerto Rico’s governor said Thursday that creditors are responsible for helping the U.S. island out of its economic crisis because they lent money knowing the government was running a deficit. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla also sought to clarify comments recently published in The New York Times saying he believes Puerto Rico’s $72 billion public debt is unpayable.”

She goes on to note:  Let’s see… stupid people loaned other stupid people lots of money, which they used in stupid ways and decided they would not pay back… so, the first stupid people are now somehow responsible for the second stupid people and are obligated to “loan” more money to the stupid people who will never pay back even the first loans… I think I got that right… but it’s so confusing.

Nathan: Of course, the root of this is NOT confusing: it is the irresponsibility of the politicians of Puerto Rico (and for that matter, Congress, which let the Commonwealth do this) AND the people of PR who elected these idiots, that created this situation.  Just as it was the stupidity of the various Greek governments, the European Union, and the European Central Bank, that created the mess now collapsing the Greek society and economy.  Ronald Reagan once famously compared politicians and governments to babies in diapers.  But babies grow up and learn to control their appetites and not mess in their pants: politicians never do.

Mama’s Note: I was being facetious, of course. It’s actually only confusing to those who have long decided they have every “right” to the lives and property of other people. After they believe that, the sky is the limit.

The second theme is the retreat of liberty, sometimes as a result of the insanity and stupidity, and sometimes its cause.  Sorry, but it seems to me that liberty is in retreat around the world today.  Stories in recent days point that out.  Here are a few.

New Zealand, formerly a free nation, had their House of Commons vote 116 to 5 to end most free speech on the internet, according to Everyday Joe.  “The Harmful Digital Communications Bill seeks to mitigate the harm caused to individuals by electronic communications and to provide victims of harmful digital communications with a quick and effective means of redress,” it says. So what counts as harmful communication? The bill defines it as such:

  1. A disclosure of sensitive personal facts
  2. Threatening, intimidating, or menacing communication
  3. Grossly offensive communication
  4. False allegations
  5. Breaches of confidence
  6. Encouraging anyone to send a message to send a message to someone else to cause harm
  7. Causing or encouraging someone to commit suicide
  8. Being racist, sexist, bigoted, phobic, ableist, etc.

How do you define these?  Well, apparently New Zealand’s government will define them any way they please.  Never mind that saying these things in private, or in a bar or at a party aren’t considered criminal activities.  No even “I’m gonna punch you in the nose” or “you’re drunk” or “your fly is open.” Insanity circles the globe.  And liberty is getting more and more scarce.

An excellent response to George Takai (who HAS now apologized for some of his racist remarks about Clarence Thomas) with a very libertarian point of view (although I am sure that many, MANY “libertarians” will continue to support Takai’s vicious and hateful comments as they do his perversions).  See Every Joe for an excellent open letter by Kira Davis. George Takai has clearly indicated that, despite history (including that of his own family), he is on the side of the control-freaks, the statists, the enemies of freedom.  As long as his own pet “liberties” are protected, he is willing to get rid of all other liberties. (He is, among other things, notoriously anti-gun and anti-self-defense.)  Again, where is the call for boycotting HIM and HIS projects, as was done to Trump and others?  Can any of us watch an episode of the original Star Trek and NOT remember what an evil and vicious racist he proved to be, when under stress?

Help in the Supreme Court for parents facing Child Protective Services?  Do not count on it, despite what World Net Daily talks about regarding a case now accepted for the next term by the Supreme Court in DC. A family moving into a new home in Arizona was besieged for hours by CPS and sheriff’s deputies demanding that the agencies be allowed to do a warrantless search of the home for “dangers” to the family’s children, under threat of having the children seized.  This is being fought by Home School Legal Defense Association and others as a violation of Fourth Amendment rights.  Each year, millions of children are the subject of investigations by the local version of CPS and homes are constantly invaded without any warrant or even solid suspicions of wrong-doing, much less any opportunity to confront their (usually anonymous) accusers.  WND and HSLDA have high hopes for the case. I do not, as it means taking power AWAY from government agencies.

Never miss an opportunity to trash a lover and advocate of liberty, eh?  The Daily Beast used Independence Day 2015 as an opportunity to throw slimeballs at Thomas Jefferson and a host of other people, pulling up this paragraph which didn’t make the final cut of the Declaration of Independence:

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation hither … And he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he had deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.

Now, the weird thing about this is that the Daily Beast condemns this as both “progressive and racist” and crows over the fact that it was dropped out, and that it was not until 1868 (“almost one hundred years later”) that the Constitution was amended to end slavery.  I guess I must be one of those racists that the Beast hates so much, because I cannot see just how this paragraph is racist, or for that matter, “progressive” as the term is used today.  Sounds pro-liberty to me.  Of course, at least part of the Beast’s diatribe could be read by me, and others, (with our “racist worldview”) as a reference to George Takai’s vicious attack on Justice Clarence Thomas (an attack at least condoned, I’m sad to say, by some “libertarians,” it seems). I am sure that was unintentional, and rather the Beast was attacking Trump, Willie Nelson, and those evil people who wrote and produced “The Dukes of Hazard” all those decades ago.

Mama’s Note: I am increasingly glad that I don’t read much of this stuff anymore. I don’t know what Takai or Trump or any other “celebrity” thinks about much of anything… and I simply don’t care. A pox on all their houses.

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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