Posts Tagged ‘liberty’

Barry Cooper hits NPR

April 11, 2010

This week on NPR’s This American Life:

Act Two. Taking a Big Pink Eraser to the Thin Blue Line

Michael May tells the story of Barry Cooper, a former crooked narcotics cop who has turned his interest elsewhere… to busting crooked narcotics cops. But after Cooper and a rich benefactor team up to set a trap for the police, Barry’s plans are put in jeopardy- including his dream of creating a reality show called “Kop Busters.” Michael May is the Culture editor at the Texas Observer. You can watch videos of Barry’s police raids at their website. (15 minutes)

The ending seems a little flat as in ‘you can’t fight city hall’ (propaganda phrase). Free Talk Live listeners have more of the background (March 26, March 13) but it does expose the drug war criminals.

Logan Bell – Liberty Walk

April 6, 2010

Candidate for 24th Congressional District of NY, Logan Bell, is taking his campaign to the streets. In a real grass-roots effort Logan is walking from Binghamton to Utica spreading his message of liberty. He has been well received along his walk and reports today that he is heading north out of Norwich on route 12.

When he reaches Utica (approximately Thursday noontime) he will deliver a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the office of Rep. Mike Arcuri. Logan believes that the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are the guiding principles for our country and that Arcuri may need to reread the documents.

Start of Liberty Walk in Binghamton NY

Logan and supporters in Binghamton NY

Self Defence

March 6, 2010

Sadly, there are people who will argue that you have no right to defend your life and property. They claim to be peaceful people but in New York if you were to walk around with a tool capable of helping you protect yourself they would immediately call a man with a gun to come and threaten your life. See, the do-gooders don’t directly assault your right to self-defence they use government to do the job so that they can pretend to be peaceable. When you take the tools of self defence away from the law abiding citizens, you make possible the attacks of criminals.

What New York needs is Warren Redlich as governor. Without waffling, Warren, answers the Gun Rights Questionnaire. You can get his answers here. I’d like to see a governor of New York who actually follows Law, I don’t need a ‘leader’.

H/T Rich Cooper

Tea Party

February 16, 2010

The N.Y. Times has a pretty good overview of the Tea Party movement. It’s a slightly lengthy article and I’d quibble over a few bits and pieces. I think this will be good to review at our upcoming Campaign for Liberty Meetup Sunday Feb 21 at 3:00.

Here are a few random paragraphs:

Worried about hyperinflation, social unrest or even martial law, she and her Tea Party members joined a coalition, Friends for Liberty, that includes representatives from Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project, the John Birch Society, and Oath Keepers, a new player in a resurgent militia movement.

Loose alliances like Friends for Liberty are popping up in many cities, forming hybrid entities of Tea Parties and groups rooted in the Patriot ethos. These coalitions are not content with simply making the Republican Party more conservative. They have a larger goal — a political reordering that would drastically shrink the federal government and sweep away not just Mr. Obama, but much of the Republican establishment, starting with Senator John McCain.

Fear of co-option — a perpetual topic in the Tea Party movement — lay behind the formation of Friends for Liberty.

The new grass-roots leaders of the inland Northwest had grown weary of fending off what they jokingly called “hijack attempts” by the state and county Republican Parties. Whether the issue was picking speakers or scheduling events, they suspected party leaders of trying to choke off their revolution with Chamber of Commerce incrementalism.

Government Schools Are Bad for Your Kids

January 4, 2010

Government Schools Are Bad for Your Kids is James Ostrowski’s latest book. I’m looking forward to reading it soon. I was going to call this post, ‘The Hardest Working Liberty Activist in New York’ but I had to stop and think about that and happily it’s not that easy to pick the top supporter of Liberty in this state. I’m more than a little surprised that in a state where the collectivist are constantly doing anything they can to control every aspect of our lives, we have more than a few people working tirelessly to promote Liberty from a Constitutional perspective. So I’ll just put James Ostrowski in my top three and enjoy a day of considering the others to put on the list.

Liberty for the New Year

January 3, 2010

The New Year has kicked off with a couple of encouraging announcements of Liberty minded people entering the political ring. On New Year’s day Logan Bell took to the cold snowy Ithaca Commons to announce his intention to run for Congress in the 24th district of New York. I was pleased to meet Logan and listen to his message of courage and liberty. I look forward to hearing more from him in the near future and hope he will be able to attend our Campaign for Liberty Meetup on Jan. 10th. He is off to a good start with coverage by the Ithaca Journal and Livingindryden.org. I certainly wish him well covering this large Gerrymandered congressional district.

Liberty lovers also have a possible candidate for Governor. Thanks to Rich Cooper for his Ground Report article covering Warren Redlich’s intention to run for Governor of New York. Warren has a long history in the struggle for liberty and access to the ballot for parties outside the oligarchy. As people become aware of our one party system, the Dem/Rep con job will lose support and their bogus divisive issues will lose traction. Well, that’s my dream. Good luck Warren.

Political class more important than the People

May 19, 2009

I had business in Ithaca yesterday that took me to the city hall. It has been a little while since I’d been there and there are changes. The front door is now locked a sign directs ‘All Persons’ to the side entrance. I’ve been casually studying a bit of law and I find this use of the term ‘person’ odd in this context. Why did they not simple have their sign say ‘Please use side entrance’? The term ‘person’ used in law may not mean what most people think it means, as a ‘person’ in law may be a legal entity such as a corporation. It is possible that the term ‘person’ does not refer to a man or woman, they are sometimes termed ‘natural person’. It’s part of a little game legislators play to steal the rights of those not paying attention.

I went around to the side entrance to enter the land of the bureaucrats. Another change is the officer and metal detector. Ladies and gentlemen if you’d like to do your public business, it would appear that you will need to forego your inalienable right to privacy. I didn’t get my chance to question this new system as my business was in an office to the side of the detector and I just walk around.

I seems that this grand security measure came about as the result of a shoe throwing episode this past February. The article does say whether or not the said shoe was a steel toed projectile. I didn’t notice a shoe check station, maybe they hand out fluffy slippers to wear into the city hall. I presume the grand mayor of Ithaca has a security detail with her outside the safety of the castle.

Are these people idiots, or are we?

Tax Day Tea Parties

April 13, 2009

The Ithaca Campaign for Liberty Meetup group will be gathering on April 15th to educate the public about the truth of our tax system. As the administrator of the Meetup (I fund it) I get to play dictator until I am overthrown. We had our tax day activities last year and naturally, we are doing it again this year. I’ve been asked if we are having a Tax Day Tea Party(TDTP), as though our event needs to grab onto a that special title.

I’ve looked into the TDTP groups and found a mixed bag. There are a lot of angry Americans out here looking for real solutions and they know that D.C. is not the place to look. There are also a lot of Republicans and conservatives feeling like they have been set adrift by the Republican Party. My concern is with the disingenuous types like Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich and American Solutions. I have no doubt that they have an agenda that is quite different than the true grassroots movement which pulled hard for Ron Paul. So, I have not labeled our Ithaca event as a TDTP.

There are genuine grass root organizations moving with the Tea Party theme and I hope there are enough of them to overwhelm the Astroturf versions. The disgruntled Republicans will be easy to spot, they will be the ones focused on Obama bashing. True Americans looking to restore the values that founded this nation know that both sides of the Duopoly are responsible for the rise and fall of the Imperial nation. We’ll have a good idea of the mix in the coming weeks.

Groups that I trust have their hearts in the right place:

I’ll look forward to an objective report from MCCS1977.

Western New York Tea Party April 18th

April 10, 2009

From James Ostrowski:

This event is co-sponsored by Free New York, Inc., BuffaloLiberty.com and PoliticalClassDismissed.com. The coordinator for the event is Jill Sinclair.

The tentative schedule is online here:

http://buffaloliberty.com/#tea1

This is a part of a national tea party movement against big government that is gaining momentum each week. We had nine people at our first event, thrown together on short notice. Then, on March 18th, over 500 people attended a tea party organized by Rus Thompson, Ellie Corcoran and Allen Coniglio.

We must keep building the crowds and the enthusiasm on April 18th and build up to a huge rally on July 4th weekend. We will discuss that event on the 18th.

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The Reform Movement

November 11, 2008

As surfing happens, one thing leads to the next; investigating a quotation led me to a little book at Google.

Imperialism in America Its Rise and Progress By Sarah E. Van De Vort Emery 1892
Once I found the quotation I had searched for I needed to find the context of this little book. It is pretty clear that it is written from a socialist perspective. Mrs. Emery does a very nice job of sorting out the ‘political tricksters’. I think she fell just a bit off point by dividing the social order as capital vs. labor. The problem there is that labor is human capital. Nevertheless she points out the problems associated with ‘money’ manipulation in a very understandable way.

I find it interesting that problems we face today are the same problems of the country over 100 years ago. I am encouraged to know the battle for Liberty has been quietly continuing for such a long time. On the other hand we have been slowly losing ground to the Hamiltonian vision.

Some interesting pieces:

Today they know that Republicanism or Monarchy must go down. These conditions cannot remain co-existent when brought in daily contact with each other. The governments of the world must assume one form or the other, and to overthrow Republicanism in America is to give a new lease of life to the despotisms of the old world.

When the morning of the twentieth century dawns upon this country, it will either look upon a nation of slaves or a nation of freemen.

From time immemorial governments have been instituted, nations have risen, flourished, and then ignominiously passed away, and in every case we find the oppression of the masses has been the signal of dissolution. Republics die because the people become indifferent to the boon of liberty, and their children, unmindful of the fact that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” let go their hold upon the principles which underlie self-government, and ere they are aware the boon of freedom is lost to them forever.

We find, then, that by controlling money, land, machinery and transportation it is an easy matter to control the labor of a people, and we find by taking advantage of these conditions a very few men are practically controlling this country with its 63,000,000 population.

The man who toils from year to year for the bare necessaries of life is a slave, whether it be on the cotton plantation of Mississippi or the cotton factory of Massachusetts, whether he be a black man or a white man, whether he be called a bondman or a freedman.

The first step is to gain control of the money; with power to inflate or contract it at pleasure. With this power all other sources of wealth are at the command of the money monger, who by producing a scarcity of his commodity is enabled to seize upon them at such prices as he may dictate.

There is no lever more powerful than prejudice, and nothing that fires the blood like the word “patriotism.” To the average man disloyalty to country embodies the entire category of crime, and to act in accordance with its best interests in his estimation is a virtue that atones for manifold sins.

There is no slavery so insidious as that of financial slavery, none which reduces the people to such depths of degradation and none to which they submit with such complacency; for their chains under the guise of freedom are unseen, and their clanking is drowned amid the boastful din of “our liberties.”

There is and always has been a class of men who seem to think the Almighty excepted them from the curse pronounced upon the human race, and that it is their special prerogative to eat their bread by the sweat of somebody else’s brow. Accordingly their chief study is to devise means by which they may obtain possession of what others have earned. Brave men accomplish this by means of physical prowess and valor, but cowards conceal themselves behind a barricade of law.

The money power is composed of the leaders of both of these parties, and however much they may feign to differ politically, their moneyed interests are identical.

The war of the rebellion wiped out chattel slavery, but out of its ashes has sprung a more gigantic system of wage slavery, founded on a system of monopolies and trusts – a mammon god – whose purpose is to consolidate the corporations, seize the powers of government and declare an empire.