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Concerned with the tendency of Americans to squander liberty.
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I am a Florida resident. There has recently been a successful effort to get a proposed state constitutional amendment, amendment 2 legalizing medical marijuana, on the ballot which will be voted on during the 2014 general election. This has sparked significant controversy in the state as to what the precise... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Liberty Squandered
An interesting, although not surprising, situation has developed in the wake of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. whereas liberal-socialists have entered a new and even more irrational line of propaganda. In short, the Supreme Court determined that closely held businesses cannot be forced to pay for coverage which includes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Liberty Squandered
“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Liberty Squandered
In Federalist #78, Hamilton (1999) efforts to explain the importance of the relative permanency of judicial tenure as prescribed by the new Constitution. This question is still relevant today because citizens continue to question the purpose behind lifetime appointments to the bench. In explaining the position of the federalists, Hamilton... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Liberty Squandered
Poverty is an all important topic in America today. In fact, there has been considerable conversation about it since LBJ declared “war on poverty” in 1964; however, beyond the typical rhetoric that poverty is bad and people cannot be left to die in the street nothing is really seriously discussed.... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Liberty Squandered
To truly discover and enjoy freedom, we must all be able to accept one fundamental truth: freedom is uncomfortable at times. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Liberty Squandered
*What follows is an academic paper I wrote in October of 2012 which has some interesting background facts on Putin and the state of Russian politics. Additionally, I feel compelled to point out that I had a much firmer grasp on foreign policy than the Obama administration. I am unsure,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at Liberty Squandered
Our society speaks of things like social justice as if it were a victimless activity. As though giving to someone deemed “less fortunate” entails only the act giving without the taking. Where then does this magical manna come from if not from another citizen? Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Liberty Squandered
Greed…what a fun word! It is that invisible cause of all of society’s problems, right? Have an older car or smaller house than your neighbor? Don’t beat yourself up, they are obviously greedy. Textile manufacturing is now (predominantly) overseas? Duh…just a greedy capitalist. Walmart not forking over that mythical thing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Liberty Squandered
There is much talk of regulation and the need for it in every aspect of our “dangerous capitalistic” society; however, there is seldom talk of what regulation is and of what precisely it accomplishes. Ironically, the very people who exhibit the greatest disdain for “big business” are often the most... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2013 at Liberty Squandered
Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2013 at Liberty Squandered
I have often times found myself pondering the question: Why do people often use terms like “living wage” without understanding the implications of arbitrarily paying someone a sum of money for any job? Then, tonight, it hit me; finally a way to communicate the reason why incomes are as they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Liberty Squandered
Amidst all the incredulity that seems to be circling around the recent IRS scandal, I find shock in only one thing—that anyone is truly surprised. Perhaps much of the fanfare as to the “outrageous” nature of a part of the government, one which is under direct political control, acting in... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Liberty Squandered
The efforts of the secular movement must be understood for what they are--an effort not to free the world of religious intrusion, but to claim the ability of intruding in such a manner for themselves only. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Liberty Squandered
Good intentions…it has been said that they pave the road to hell. So, why is it our society is much more concerned with intentions and finds results to be somewhat irrelevant? Our entire political culture is preoccupied with the idea that as long as things are well-intentioned then the results... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Liberty Squandered
"The state is the great fiction by which everyone endeavors to live at the expense of everyone else." Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Liberty Squandered
There have been multiple articles/commentaries in the media that wish to dispel the petitions for secession as the manifestation of irrational fantasies; particularly in states which accept large quantities of “federal money.” However, it is important to realize that what is counted as federal money going into states transcends beyond... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Liberty Squandered
Since the election I have had several requests to do a blog about what the Electoral College (EC) is and what purpose it serves. The question is reminiscent of the same question that was asked following the 2000 election when the Electoral College and the “popular vote” split between Bush... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2012 at Liberty Squandered
(Note: if you do not read the entire piece you will miss the context…) It is a curious and saddening phenomenon that the people of our nation are so engrossed in the idea of class envy. We can see the rising tide of this sentiment throughout the current presidential campaign;... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2012 at Liberty Squandered
There is a significant obstacle facing government in any attempt at “fixing” the costs of medical care: reality. Yes, reality, that often loathed principle of life for which we cannot escape yet seem to try tirelessly to ignore. Obamacare seeks to repair healthcare through government subsidy, an increase in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2012 at Liberty Squandered
While casually listening to the news yesterday I heard a brief reference to the need for an increase in the minimum wage. So, as a public service, I would like to address this absurd notion before any lower and middle income workers speak out in a way that effectively lowers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Liberty Squandered
Here we stand, once again faced with abhorrent violence in the Middle East. Violence which we are to believe is random, spontaneous, and to some extent – justified(?). Through the blinding light of our own ignorance; the impediment to logic which is idealism; and paralyzed by the ongoing evidence that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at Liberty Squandered
Without liberty, we lose that which makes America unique among the nations of the world, in both the past and the present. It can hardly be said to be a coincidence that the most free people in the history of humanity have also become the most wealthy and powerful; but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Liberty Squandered
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