Libertarian Commentary #16-06D By Nathan Barton
IT’S OVER. TOAST. Townhall reports that the last four people at the Malhour National Wildlife Refuge standoff have surrendered, apparently without bloodshed and with no promises of no arrests and no prosecution (not that such promises by the FedGov OR the State of Oregon would have been kept). Despite some final drama by one of the four, the 41-day standoff ended without gunfire. [Except the murder at the roadblock, of course. ML]
I still believe that it was too little, too early, and in the wrong location and setting. There will be another one, and another one. There are many lessons to be learned from this, and sadly, most people (on any and all sides) will NOT learn them. Finally one of these WILL spin out of control, and the killing will eclipse Ruby Ridge and Branch Davidian/Waco and Kent State and similar recent examples. Indeed, it may be the scale of violence as not seen since the Ludlow Massacre (striking miners in Colorado, killed by company police and National Guardsmen) or even Wounded Knee (Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Ghost Dancers and families killed by the 7th US Cavalry (which also took a fair number of casualties, possibly from friendly fire). The chickens WILL come home to roost.
Same thing when we look at other enemies of the people, peace, prosperity, and liberty of the Fifty states. An interesting piece in Eagle Rising reports that a Muslim in Detroit had targeted a church meeting for attack because it would be easy, since people are not allowed (in Michigan) to legally carry weapons in the church meeting house. “When investigators asked Abu-Rayyan why he allegedly wanted to target a church, he said, “It’s easy, and a lot of people go there, plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news. Everybody would have heard. Honestly, I regret not doing it. If I can’t go do jihad at the Middle East I would do a jihad over here.” Supposedly, unlike most of these incidents where some DHS or FBI instigator has egged on would-be jihadists, Abu-Rayyan had been preparing for quite some time and had even purchased an Ak-47 because he’d seen pictures of ISIS terrorists carrying them. He also kept a sword in his car because he had a fantasy of beheading someone, “It is my dream to behead someone,”he told investigators. The Muslim Michigander even spoke of killing the police officer who originally arrested him after hearing that the cop had had a heart attack and was in the hospital. Abu-Rayyan said that he wanted to do a “martyrdom operation” and attack the hospital in an effort to kill the recovering police officer.
The National Center for Political Analysis has a good analysis of the recent SCOTUS decision downchecking the current White House and EPA interpretation of the Clean Air Act. “Yesterday, the Supreme Court vote dealt a major blow to President Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone and five other pollutants considered harmful to public health and the environment. However, the Clean Air Act would have severe consequences, as emphasized here by the Supreme Court vote.”
This is near and dear to my heart, because EPA and State interpretations of what Congress put into the Clean Air Act and all the amendments to it over the years, hurt my clients constantly, and cost a great deal of money for VERY little (if any) impact on air quality. Remember that basically, the CAA and all the thousands of pages of regulations and thousands of permits issued to everyone from pet cremators to sand and gravel crushing and screening to paint spray booths in car repair shops, ALLOWS people and their activities TO POLLUTE, in violation of common law. But as far as the EPA and the various State (and Tribal) agencies are concerned, it is a source of power and creates the opportunity for even more corruption than would be the case otherwise (no government is free from corruption).
Mama’s Note: The common denominator seems to be that some can purchase an indulgence to pollute at will, while others are forbidden to engage in normal business endeavors that don’t even produce pollution of any kind. The massive C02 as “pollution” being one of the largest, but by far not the only example.
Politics 2016: feelings are mixed about John McAfee’s bid for the Libertarian nomination for President this year. Personal Liberty has an article about the centerpiece of his campaign: cybersecurity and the FedGov. He is, generally, for the first and against the other. But his software (no longer under his control, I understand) stands as a monument against him. And this “centerpiece” has an air of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. American liberty may not be toast but it seems to me that the LP is: Johnson and McAfee and ???
Mama’s Note: Sorry, but the Libertarian Party was “toast” the day the non-aggression principle was overshadowed by a dozen non libertarian platform planks… somewhere before 1980. Has been the fifth leg of the same old political dog since then.
Really? Katie Pavlich at Townhall looks at the results of this week’s primary in New Hampshire and jumps immediately to an unsupported claim and fear that “the millennial generation now sees socialism as better than capitalism.” She is referring to the free market, but is basing her claim on how DEMOCRAT voters in that age cohort were overwhelmingly in favor of Sanders and NOT Clinton. First, the major difference on economic issues between the two is that Clinton lies about being a socialist; Sanders does not. The other point she missed is that New Hampshire, and Democratic voters, do NOT represent ALL of that generation (or any other). Doesn’t mean that the country isn’t toast, but the real root reason is NOT socialism versus capitalism, but the state. If we accept the mandatory government idea of the state, in the long run, it is ALL socialism.
Mama’s Note: Far too many people have no idea what either term actually means, or how their chosen overlords plan to use them. They mostly want their cake and to eat it as well. They wish to be free to do what they like, of course, but reserve the idea that their government can and should redistribute the wealth to them, as well as prohibit things and actions, even feelings and thoughts of which they disapprove.