The over-reaching hand of an out of control government knows no limits. It is greedy. It is hungry for more power. Every government agency must justify its existence. It goes forth among the people, regulations in hand, to let you know they are in charge. Whether it’s the BATFE, FDA, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, IRS, Department of Homeland Security with its many divisions and subdivisions, or any number of other federal agencies, the net result is the same; more control over every aspect of your lives. The powers are granted to them by the federal government to implement under their respective jurisdictions. There is a big question whether any of these agencies have actual jurisdiction within the states themselves. Clause 17 Article I Section 8 of the Constitution states that Congress does have the power to legislate over the federal districts, such as Washington D.C. and other territories ceded to the federal government by the states, these include military installations and enclaves. The states themselves usually concede authority to the federal government or face severe financial restrictions from their loving big brother. The states usually acquiesce in order to continue receiving these funds, so they accept the intrusion of their state’s sovereignty by coercion of the federal government.
The state and local governments are no better at creating a functioning viable alternative to the deep bureaucracies of the federal government. As a matter of fact, it may be worse on the state and local levels. The state legislatures look to their big brother in Washington as the example to follow and the result is often a bigger, bloated, and more sluggish political system within the states. They often have deep financial problems themselves and are dependent on federal dollars to keep them afloat. The borrower is the servant of the lender and most states fall into dutiful compliance with the wishes of the federal government.
State and local governments regulations and laws may be, and often are constitutional, yet it’s hard to make that case when they are coerced into compliance by big brother. The fear that federal dollars will stop flowing into their state strikes fear into their legislatures, so big brother receives voluntary compliance. Many state politicians will cry out against federal intrusion, but their arguments have no teeth. They understand that it is a political ploy to make their constituents believe they are fighting for them; but in truth, big brother wins and little brother continues to allow the federal bully to have his way.
The government grows and more regulations spew forth. Only “We the people” can stop this over sized federal bully.
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I came across a collection of videos on youtube from Libertypen.
In this video, Ayn Rand’s words are still relevant as much today as they were in 1959. Please take the time to watch this short clip and if you so desire, the rest of the videos on Libertypen’s youtube channel.
I don’t mean one of those slow, brain eating, “B” movie zombies that are so fun to watch in the movies. I’m referring to a real life zombie. There are several types of real life zombies amongst us. I know, because I have been one.
Zombie #1: These type of zombies are known for their extreme apathy towards things they feel they can’t change, such as their government. They probably watch the news and are moderately informed about the issues, but they don’t vote. They believe their vote doesn’t count so why bother? Over time, their apathy grows. They begin to watch mindless reality shows, or grow increasingly attached to their local professional sports teams. They increasingly waste more of their time watching television and contemplating the moves their sports teams make than on things of actual substance. They live in ignorant bliss of what is really happening in the world, after all who can be concerned with their local government when their team has an actual chance to make it to the playoffs? They are a fully functioning zombies. They work and put their money in the bank. They probably have a 401K, which they think will be enough when they retire. The worse thing about this zombie is they are usually deep in debt. They believe things will always be okay. When you attempt to inform them that things are not as they seem and they should prepare for the possibility of future problems; their normalcy bias kicks in.
Zombie #2: The second type of zombie are much more dangerous. These types of zombies dwell in more impoverished areas of society. They have a general mistrust of outsiders, authority figures, and politicians. They know the current financial and government systems are corrupt. They live with it everyday. They either see the hustlers on the street, or they’re a hustler themselves, so they recognize the bankers and politicians as what they truly are. Drug addicts, pimps, prostitutes, con-men, drug dealers, and gangbangers see the truth behind the corruption. “Game recognizes game” as they say. Any of these people will understand the truth for what it is, but since their lives revolve around surviving day to day, they have little time to invest in things that really matter. It’s interesting to note that if there is a calamitous breakdown in the social order, these zombies will thrive. They are already conditioned to living in hardened conditions. These are the zombies that will be on the hunt for resources; your resources.
Don’t be a Zombie, stay informed and teach others.
It is hard to grasp the concept of liberty in today’s society because we have so little true liberty by which to compare. The basis of liberty is in understanding self ownership. That’s right-you own yourself. You are your own property. No other person or groups of people have a natural right over your individual sovereignty or your property, which is YOU.
Free association with individuals or groups in a free society has led to some of the greatest concepts, ideas, and inventions. The free exchange of property, both physical and intellectual, amongst people is mutually beneficial in a free society, otherwise the people involved would not make the exchange. The freedom to join groups of like minded individuals, or not, is entirely up to you.
Groups or organizations using force to impose its will upon another sovereign individual is the epitome of the dangers involved in a true democracy. The strength of the majority does not override the natural rights of the individual. Even more reprehensible is organizations or people that force its agenda on the people by using the force of government by proxy.
The taking of your property by force or fraud is theft. It doesn’t matter if someone steals your guns by climbing thru your window in the dead of night or legislating it on the floor of Congress; it is theft.