Monthly Archives: December 2013

Fascism: Are We There Yet?

While I am as fed up with government overreach as anyone, when a pundit or blogger asks such a question, I have in the past generally shrugged it off as hyperbole that isn’t necessarily helpful to the conversation.  However, increasingly there are some eerie parallels.    

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia define fascism as “a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government,” where the governmentstresses the primacy and glory of the state, unquestioning obedience to its leader, subordination of the individual will to the state’s authority, and harsh suppression of dissent.”  So what do we see? Continue reading Fascism: Are We There Yet?

Are We Willing to Use the Constitution to Save the Constitution?

“But, unfortunately, law by no means confines itself to its proper functions. And when it has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.”  Frederic Bastiat – The Law 

It seems that almost every day now we are learning about something else the federal government has done, or is plotting to do, to further regulate, tax, ban, confiscate, or otherwise limit our freedoms and those of our children – while the leaders who pass such laws “for our own good” find ways to exempt themselves.  All the while, our government has run up an oppressive debt which has become a significant national security threat.  In the not-so-distant future we will be making interest payments over $1 trillion – yet the spending, printing, and borrowing continues unabated. 

Even so, there is hope.  Continue reading Are We Willing to Use the Constitution to Save the Constitution?

51 months later and the Fort Hood Heroes are still DISHONORED

On September 5, 2009, an Army psychiatrist who is (and was) a self-proclaimed Islamist jihadist (I deliberately do not refer to him by name because he is a barbarian whose name should be ignored and forgotten) attacked his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas and slaughtered 13 (including an unborn baby) and wounded more than 30 in the name of Islam. When the incident first happened, the National Counterterrorism Center initially (and CORRECTLY) identified the attack as a “terrorist attack.” The attack was later reclassified to “workplace violence.” Continue reading 51 months later and the Fort Hood Heroes are still DISHONORED