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The Reason Behind Liberty

In Ideology on May 16, 2010 at 8:28 PM

When one comes across an argument in favor of individual liberty and freedom from government intervention, both fiscally and socially, the argument usually centers around practicality.  The comment “socialism is great in theory but it just doesn’t work” has become all to common in my opinion. Take that and combine it with the old, “communism is the perfect form of government but it goes against human nature,” and you have a dangerous trend. True, though it may be, that socialism doesn’t work and that communism is against human nature, the other half of these statement are so very wrong. Saying communism and socialism are idealistic and would be perfect makes them into something beautiful and something to be striven for.

Communism and socialism, and their daughter with fascism, progressivism, are not in any way perfect, or idealistic, or in any way something to be striven for. The entire concept of any of these ideologies is that a man is incapable of running his own affairs, that individual rights and liberties are not only not a necessity but also damaging to the all mighty greater good. Fascism, which it is without doubt most people see as the world’s most evil ideology (partly thanks to the joint US-Soviet post WWII propaganda campaigns which focused on fascism and ignored the USSR’s own atrocities), is really no different then communism in all aspects but one, the fact that communism seeks a single world government, while fascism seeks to establish a single ethnic government but seeks to ignore the other nations. Both communism and fascism, and socialism for that matter, are evil. The goal is to wipe out the individual. Everyone is to think, act, speak, and live as simply part of the whole, part of the machine.

However, while these seemingly common arguments that socialism and communism would be perfect persist, the arguments for liberty and freedom are becoming weaker and weaker. The typical argument coming from the pro-liberty side of the great political spectrum is that a government that favors the rights of the people and the individual is more efficient and less debt ridden. For that matter the most ideological argument that comes from that side is that liberty is American and has always been American and that America should remain a land of liberty. Obviously both these are true, socialist economic systems have always ended up a muddled mess, leaving millions starving and hungry and very few people with a possession to their names, and America has always been that great shining city on the hill for all the world to look up to in terms of liberty. However we should not argue in favor of liberty because it is practical, or because it is American, or, for that matter, even that it’s what the founding fathers had in mind or that it’s what the Untied States is based on.

Those who make that argument that liberty is classically American should look back, really look back, at the founding fathers. They had no precedent to build off, they had no nation to conserve. Their goal was not to preserve liberty but to create it. This fact has become muddled in history and that great liberty they fought and died and risked it all for has become not only forgotten but cast aside, perhaps for one reason more then any other, those in favor of liberty no longer really argue in favor of liberty. It is time that we freedom minded peoples of this country changed our argument and tactics. As I said America should not have liberty simply because it has always had liberty or because a smaller government is a more efficient government.

America and everyone, for that matter, should have liberty because it’s what’s right. Everyone should have the right to themselves, to do as they please with their money and their land, so long as it hurts no one else. The ability for man to control his destiny is the fundamental goal we should be seeking.  We must begin to argue, as the founding fathers once did, that liberty and freedom are to be sought because the right to oneself is the single most fundamental and democratic right their ever was. The right to be able to tell the whole world you don’t care what they think and to do things the way you see fit. We must be wiling to engage socialists and communists and progressive and fascists in ideological debate. Because my idea of a Utopian society is one where the government doesn’t care what you do as long as you hurt no one else, a society where everyone controls themselves and I think that this idea greatly trumps that socialist utopia of everyone living as a single unit.

We must be willing to really defend liberty, defend the real reason behind it. Only when we start to engage them on their own battlefield, the battlefield of idealism, will we truly be able to ensure that the rights of life and liberty will forever be ensured to ourselves and our posterity.

The Left’s Paradoxical View on State’s Rights

In Recent News, Social Issues on May 12, 2010 at 8:59 PM

The left, the progressives and quasi-socialists, the ultimate federalists, have long campaigned non-stop against state’s rights, that is unless they benefit the left themselves. As anyone taking the time to read this blog likely already knows, Arizona recently passed legislation on illegal immigration. Personally I’m undecided on the bill, having heard so many different interpretations of it and not having a clear idea of exactly what it’s effects are. My personal position on immigration is that the key is to allow unlimited immigration and make it very easy to get a green card or some other form of legal identification. However, back to the point, many on the left side of the isle are outraged by the bill. This includes, as few will be surprised by, the great bastion of the left, California, where the right is everyone else’s left and the left is what we’d call crazy. In particular we have good old Los Angeles.

It was just recently declared that Los Angeles has declared a boycott on all commerce between the state of Arizona and themselves. Some experts expect this to cost Arizona as much as $4 million in business and investment. Personally I think it’s a little useless as I doubt Arizona is going to change their law just because LA disapproves, but if it’s what the people in Los Angeles want then go for it. However this brings us to the big point, the left’s paradoxical view on state’s and community’s rights.

As we speak the Democrats, RINOs, and other leftists are trying to get the federal government to do something to overrule or in some way combat Arizona’s new law. However, at the exact same time that they are declaring the the state of Arizona does not have the right to pass this law and continuing their never ending federalist crusade, they are maintaining that the city of Los Angeles has the right to limit all commerce between themselves and Arizona. I guess the left could argue that they favor city rights but not state rights…. not sure how far that’d get them, especially with the ultra federalist base.

Seriously, though, this flip flopping is just weakening their own stance and ability to argue against state’s rights. I personally stand by the constitution and my personal ideals and say that LA has the right to boycott Arizona if they so please, however, therefore, Arizona  also has the right to pass their own immigration laws.

A Beginning

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Ama-gi

I’m 15. Everyday, whenever you turn on the TV or read the news there’s someone, from some ideology, or some side of the isle, claiming that they are doing what is best for the future and the youth. Of course never do you actually hear the opinion of the ‘youth.’ Despite the fact that it’s our future, our America, our lives that they are deciding each and every day in Congress, it is assumed that anyone younger then their mid-20’s is incapable of forming an educated opinion or an opinion at all for that matter. I beg to differ. While many view the teens of this country as obsessed with pop culture and with little concern, as a group, for politics, news, or anything education, can’t the same be said for much of America? In fact, can’t the same be said for the very news programs we watch when such a large portion is dedicated to stunts such as balloon boy and octomom, pop culture stories and endorsement, and the back stories and personal lives behind politics. All this while the American public, youth, teen, middle-aged, and all other ages, remains sorely uninformed.

That is why I am beginning this blog. I have an opinion, a legitimate, thought out, opinion, one that no one seems to take the time to listen to. Personally I’m tired of Old Politics and the political establishment, and this includes Obama and McCain and the like whose claims of change are nothing but a sham. Everywhere I look, in every direction, on both sides of the isle, it seems that the political class is trying to tell the rest of the world what to do. On one side you have the progressives, I refuse to call the liberals but thats an argument for another time. They claim they know how you best spend your money, your earning. They claim to know what is best for you socially and fiscally. The neoconservative religious right  is no better. I was watching the Kentucky Republican Senatorial Primary Debate last night on C-SPAN and I saw a man by the name of John Stephenson who I believe epitomizes this. His entire argument centered around how we must force Christianity and, more importantly, strong moral guidelines upon all of Kentucky. Essentially this means he want let you do anything the church doesn’t want you to do, very different from not wanting you to do anything the church doesn’t want you to do. He’s very welcome to have his own thoughts and beliefs but when he tries to force them on others, that’s no better then the lefts socialistic tendencies.

For those interested about the name Ama-gi, and it’s traditional written form pictured at the start of this post, it is ancient Sumerian cuneiform. It means freedom. However it is more then that. Originating thousands of years ago, it was the first written concept of freedom, the first time the human mind successfully grasped and put that wonderful concept into words. Freedom is the base of this entire country and its about time that everyone, left, right, and center, realized this.