A Tribute to Doc Thompson

I was shocked to learn last night about the passing of Doc Thompson. He did not succumb to old age or sickness, but instead was hit by a train while out for an afternoon jog. His death highlights how fragile and short life really is.

I met Doc a couple of times when he was still living in Ohio. The first time I met him was at a winery where he was there for an event against carbon taxes. I believe it was called something like ‘protest against the green weenies’ or something like that. He always made light and poked fun at liberal causes. When I met him he shook my hand as if he knew me already and made polite small talk and asked me a few questions. Then he ran off to give a quick speech at the podium and spoke in the same way in which he had just talked to me. He was always the same, both in person and in front of a mic.

The second time I saw him was at a Freedom Expo event in Kentucky. After the event was over I remember following him over to the Hofbrauhaus where we had great tall mugs of beer and talked about future politics. I remember him driving a tiny little Honda Fit, which seemed funny for a guy so tall as Doc. I learned from a later radio broadcast of his that it was once his mom’s car. Doc always did what it took to get around, even if it meant driving his mom’s car.

I used to listen to Doc in the mornings. He was always funny and full of cheer. What you heard on the radio was exactly what you got in real life. I’m saddened by his passing not just because such a lovely funny man is gone, but because he leaves behind a wife and young kids. I would ask that you consider donating to the go-fund-me page set up in his name to help his young family.

https://www.gofundme.com/doc-thompson

His passing is a reminder of how fragile life is and how we must always live in the moment and enjoy the time we have here. Growing old is a privilege.

Rest in peace Doc. Thanks for all the laughs.

The First Step in Saving America

Saving America from socialism starts at home. When you board a plane the safety demonstration always tells you to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others.

Stop trying to change the world. That doesn’t work. Start by changing yourself. Think about what you are doing, what are your contributions? What classes are you taking? What meetings are you attending? Which amendments are you practicing? Who are you teaching?

We lead by example and by taking our own steps we show others the way. A lot of people exclaim “we need to do something!” What they’re really saying is “you need to do something!” Otherwise they would already be doing it.

Politics is very divisive, particularly in this current environment. It would be very easy to fall down a rabbit hole of negativity and bashing those with opposing views. I think it is better to express our opinions openly and take the time to research what we are talking about. The more informed we are, the better we can give calm measured responses to those who question us.

You’re never going to get through to a person who is hardcore into their political position, but by being calm and logically stating your case, you might get through to a couple of people listening to your argument.

The better educated we each are, the better off our families, communities and country will be. The first step in saving America is by saving and improving yourself.

The tale of two cult personalities

This is a short tale of two cult personalities who once represented both the liberal and conservative disenfranchised.

The first is Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck led the pack during the opening days of the Obama administration. He exposed those behind the scenes and led us down a rabbit hole of conspiracies and corruption.

Glenn was supposed to be a conservative. Now that there is finally a candidate that wants to do everything he’s wanted and supported for years, he rails against him.

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Now it seems that Glenn has turned on the remainder of his core audience in a last ditch effort to save the establishment controlled government. He’s called himself a conservative, he’s called himself a libertarian. He’s appealed to the alt right type conservatives (that he’s now attacking) for years and tried to paint a rosy picture of biblical type conservatism. And yet at the very end, in reality perhaps he’s just a recovering alcoholic with liberal leaning ideology? Maybe he’s just confused? Maybe he’s been paid all long to put out disinformation?

Glenn’s anti Trump rhetoric leads one to believe that perhaps all he really wants to do preserve the system which has made him rich.

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In the end he did expose George Soros in a big way, and that has led many to seek out a leader in Donald Trump. So we should thank Glenn for opening Pandora’s Box. Maybe he is just too scared to see a good leader emerge in Trump. Or maybe he only opened the box to purposefully steer us away from ever electing a good leader so he could profit from the mayhem. Even those closest to him don’t know what to think anymore. Perhaps its a little like the Indiana Jones movies, too much information at once will melt you. Glenn has melted down one too many times and all that’s left is a puddle where he used to lead the lost and disenfranchised in this country. Now they turn to a true leader in Donald Trump. One who will actually turn things around and get things done instead of only ever complaining about them.

The second is Michael Moore

Michael in a way lead the movement to elect Barack Obama. He railed against George Bush for years, decrying the Iraq War and exposing the issues with the healthcare system.

Ironically and somewhat sadly, he now supports Hillary, who voted for the war and supported Obamacare, which has only made healthcare worse and more expensive.

Michael created a documentary called ‘sicko’. Yet supports Barack Obama and his affordable healthcare act, which only makes medical treatment more expensive and less available for the average American.

Michael is supposedly a big supporter of socialism, yet supports a fascist called Hillary Clinton. Remember the collusion of government and big business is fascism.

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Michael just doesn’t know what to do now. His world has been turned upside down. He’s supporting the very things he railed against in his documentaries.

Michael’s anti Trump rhetoric only proves that he is lost. Where has he been the last eight years anyway?

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In this tale of two cult personalities the moral of the story is that when a system gets shaken down, all those who have profited from it get tossed out. These two cult leaders don’t know what to make of it. All they know and realize is that their time is up, and they don’t like it. You have Glenn who is railing against everything he is supposed to love, and Michael who is voting for all that he is supposed to hate.

Cult leaders come and go. These two have seen their heyday and they know it. Be careful who you follow.

Changes in perception on libertarianism

For a while I considered myself very libertarian, and in many ways I still do, but perhaps now I am more of a little L Libertarian. I am finding myself ever more conservative, especially in light of recent events.

As the news sources continually pour out stories of Russia invading the Ukraine, the rise of the Islamic State, and general belligerence from other nations in the world, I find myself reassessing old points of view on libertarianism.

Point of View

During the 1800’s, from the time of the Napoleonic War all the way until the start of the first world war, Great Britain ruled the oceans. Being a mostly free nation, concentrated on trade, the world entered a boom phase. Not only did the United Kingdom lead the industrial revolution, it brought peace and relative stability to the world, allowing capitalism to flourish.

Today the United States of America is the world’s foremost superpower. It is a mostly free nation, concentrated on trade.  Since the end of the second world war, America has been dominant, maintaining relative peace and stability in the world.

Now, there have been many wars, and many lives lost over the last few decades, but those numbers pale in comparison to the lives lost in the two world wars. The US took up where Britain left off in maintaining trade and capitalism in the world.

America’s foreign policy is one of a projection of force. Most countries have the understanding that if they are peaceful toward us, we are glad to trade with them, if they are hostile toward us, we are likely to obliterate them.

There have been many mistakes in America’s foreign policies over the last few decades, many of which will be argued over for many more decades to come. A lot of people say that we should never have gotten involved in Iraq to begin with, and I can understand these arguments.

However. The rise of the Islamic State is not something the world should sit by and allow to happen. The Islamic State is a barbaric and backwards regime. Not only do they kill thousands of innocent people in droves, but they are totally hostile toward western civilization. They will not stop until we are either all Muslim, or all dead. Forget Al Quadi, they’re soft in comparison, these guys mean business.

As the world’s foremost superpower, we do have a duty to maintain order in the world. As a friend of mine once said “nature abhors a vacuum” Do you really want the likes of communist China, or soviet style Russia to be the world’s new superpower? Do you really think either of these countries will be even close to as fair as Britain and the USA have been to other nations throughout the last two centuries?

Do you really think if we just sit back on our hands that everything will just be alright?

I think not.

We, and we alone can stand up against these tyrants, we and we alone can restore capitalism, free trade and free thought to the world. The American way is one to be proud of.

Here’s to praying that the house and senate are swept with conservative republicans this fall, so that we can finally begin proceedings against our limp wristed, golfer-in-chief, The world will be a lot safer when we finally impeach this anti-colonial, communist traitor from the white house. Barack Obama’s lack of leadership has the world teetering on the verge of a third world war.

Real leadership is needed, and that starts at the grass roots. I am at least thankful for libertarians at that level, helping alter the progressive tendencies the republican party was heading in.

Another issue I am reconsidering is my old stance against Israel. Now, the very creation of Israel after the second world war, much like the creation of Syria and Iraq after the first world war, has caused nothing but problems for the surrounding area for the last few decades. But to say, as I did over a year ago, that Israel is inherently evil, is perhaps naive. Now, the Zionist Illuminati, and other such organizations, those are I believe not healthy to the world, but the Israeli state now exists, for better or for worst, and I do not want to see the killing of innocent women and children. It is not the fault of those born there that the state exists. It is evil however for an organization to launch rockets at peaceful population centers and use women and children as human shields. As the state now exists, Israel does have a right to defend itself. Hamas is an evil terrorist entity. Their emblem includes the communist hammer and sickle. This has made me rethink everything.

As for the general rule that many libertarians are atheist, I do not believe a lack of faith is healthy in society. Lack of faith leads to empty vessels, and after a couple generations of this, they tend to be hungry for new faith, which can be easily steered toward evil. The rise of radical Islam seems to take place right behind the rise of socialism. Socialism is the moral decay of a society, which puts altruism above self interest on the national level. Once this takes foot, it is hard to stop.

I believe in morality, in doing good to others, but also doing well for yourself, and setting a good example.

As for drugs and gay marriage, I do not like the idea of legalizing drugs, but I can see that the drug war has done no good to communities. For gay marriage, how can you support a notion which is generally not accepted by the populace, and damns the very idea of marriage itself?

These are questions I pose not only to my self, but to all libertarians. The fact that a group of people within a country can discuss ideas of freedom in such a way, is a miracle unto itself, but I do not know if all inclusiveness is sustainable.

I pray for the restoration and growth of this great nation and of her people.

Thoughts about libertarians and homosexuals

It’s hard to believe that it is already the middle of summer. 2014 has shot by for me so far. Between 50 – 60 hour work weeks, weddings, family gatherings, and helping my sister move to Ohio, I’ve literally not had a single minute to sit down and write.

I have however been keeping up with the news, the Obama administration’s endless list of scandals, and the many comings and goings of the world around us.

My viewpoints are beginning to change again. I find myself becoming more conservative in nature. Recently I watched Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America, Imagine a world without her’ at the cinema, and I didn’t realize just how deeply the progressives have penetrated our society. Up until watching this movie I didn’t realize that Howard Zinn was a communist, and I didn’t realize that half of all slave owners were black.

I find myself beginning to pull away from Libertarian ideas. Lately I have found that many libertarians are only interested in pushing gay marriage and legalizing drugs. I have seen very little from the movement in opening up free market capitalism, and other forces for true freedom.

While I personally do not think gays should be stoned to death or anything of the like, frankly it’s none of my, nor the government’s business what you get up to in the bedroom, I do not think gay marriage should be ‘legalized’. Honestly I don’t think gay and marriage should even be in the same sentence. The definition of marriage is between a man and a women, connected in holy matrimony. It’s supposed to be significant. It’s supposed to be meaningful. It’s supposed to be the commitment of two souls, to face the world, for the rest of their lives, no matter what the odds.

I have seen too many libertarians get married then divorced, like taking off a pair of shoes because they no longer liked the way they fit. These same people want homosexuals to be able to get married and divorced willy nilly also, like it’s dress up or make believe. This is the real world, not some fantasy where you get to change the rules every ten seconds. Marriage is supposed to be a higher ideal, not a bottle of lip gloss.

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If you’re homosexual, if you’re attracted to the same sex, if you want to spend your life with that other person, so be it, it’s none of my business what you do with your life. I won’t support the government coercing you into stopping your way of life. But this whole gay marriage issue has got to stop. It’s one thing to ask for some sort of civil union, its another entirely to redefine the definition of marriage. Also, if you want to be taken seriously, gay pride parades are not the way to do it. If you want to be treated like an adult, in an adult world, boys dressing up in flowery dresses, and dancing on floats in speedos are not the way to go about it. Like I said, I’m not against homosexuals, only against the idea of redefining marriage.

What I have found out is that the Libertarian party is largely funded by democrats, and its no surprise because the libertarians have been successful in fracturing the Republican party. In many ways this is a good thing, and I rode that wave because the Republican party has not kept to its principles for so long, and has become highly progressive. But as far as pushing open willy nilly issues such as gay marriage and drug legalization, are we not breaking down the fabric of a moral society? Are we not destroying the meaning of words to fit the progressive creed?

Think about it. This isn’t an attack on Libertarians or homosexuals, but rather a look at what we as a society are doing to ourselves. As I learned from watching ‘America’ the only way any nation can defeat this one, is if we rot away from within.

Redefining the meaning of words, tearing down the moral value of ideals, pushing openness and equality across the board without looking at what it truly means, is this really the way forward? Are you truly pushing for freedom, or trying to shove a warped view of reality onto others?

Take a deeper look at the issues you’re pushing. Do they actually benefit this nation, or do they help fracture it further?

Every cloud has a silver lining

It’s true; every cloud does have a silver lining.

I know that many of you reading this right now are sad, upset, furious, concerned, even frightened to death about Obama gaining a second term. I know it feels like the world is coming to an end, and I know that we are seriously heading for a bumpy road ahead. The US has kicked its debt about as far down the road as it possibly can, and now is the time to force congress to pull their thumbs out and actually do something about it. I suggest you get out there and start pressuring your representatives to do something about it, I don’t care if they are republican or democrat, do not let up until they fix it.

What gives me hope is that before Barack Obama was ever elected president, I could never have imagined such a thing as the Tea Party. Before Barack Obama was elected, I had never even heard of Ayn Rand. Before Barack Obama was elected people weren’t talking about individual liberties and deficits in daily conversations, and now it’s all over the place.

Between the Atlas Shrugged movies and the Tea Party movements, between the alternative media channels and the politically aware out there, I know that this country has the potential to have its brightest days ahead of it.

I knew months ago that Barack Obama was going to win a second term, and I said weeks ago that our battles are only just getting started. “This is not the end, this is not the beginning of the end, but this is perhaps the end of the beginning” as Winston Churchill would say.

The Tea Party of 2010 needs to reboot itself and concentrate on local issues once more. Read your constitution, know your rights. The police state, the nanny state, the socialists and the fascists all want you to bend to their collective will. Well to hell with them! We know our rights, and we won’t go without a fight. I will not shuffle off slowly and quietly into the night. Make your stand, let your voice be heard. They don’t control us, they might have won this battle, but we will win this war, and secretly they’re scared to death of us. So shine your individual beacon of liberty where the creepers hide in the shadows, and let not your hearts be troubled. We have a power in us than cannot be stopped.

“An Idea who’s time has come cannot be stopped by any army or any government” – Ron Paul

We will prevail!

Up or down

When you cast your votes tomorrow, you will be voting either up or down. In reality there is no left or right. Society either moves forwards or it moves backwards. Freedoms and liberties expand and go up, or they decrease and go down.

I have told you my personal beliefs many times over the last year, and I have backed up my theories with facts and figures to prove them.

Now the ball is in your court. You must decide.

Do you believe in the rights of individuals to determine their own lives? Or do you believe that the government must act as a nanny state to ensure you’re behaving yourself?

Personally I can’t stand drugs, but I believe everyone has the right to determine what’s best for them. I know that the free market and communities will stop drugs from being used on the streets. The conservative argument that people will be smoking pot on every street corner is as absurd as the liberals argument that if we allow fully automatic weapons to be sold, there will be blood on the streets. It is up to each individual to make up his or her own choice. Or would you prefer the government intervene at every level? Where does it stop? At one trillion dollars spent on the drug war so far, and the highest incarceration rate on the planet, wouldn’t you say that not only has the drug war failed, but that it has made our country far less free?

How do you feel on taxes? At what percentage does taxation become slavery?

How do you feel about the wars overseas? Are they necessary? Is it our job to be the policeman of the world? Do preemptive wars make us just like the Nazi’s of the 1930’s? Or are we justified in the murder of over 1 million people? Can we justify the trillions of dollars we have spent blowing up, destroying and rebuilding cities in the middle east?

Do you believe in free speech? Do you believe in the freedom of the internet? Or would you like censorship of everything you say?

There are many issues to consider, and many ways to look at them. I always look at them through the eyes of the constitution, and I ask myself the question “does this make myself and others free, or does it take away freedom?” Another thing to remember is that just because you don’t like something, doesn’t mean that it should be illegal. It is up to parents to teach their kids well, and it is up to families to reinforce morality. You cannot legalize morality, and when you try to, all you do is monopolize the states power against you, and divert its energy to sinister deeds. Once an issue becomes illegal; corruption flourishes.

To finish I’ll tell you a story I heard a while back, that goes like this:

“While walking down the street one day a Corrupt Senator (that may be redundant) was tragically hit by a car and died.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

“Welcome to heaven,” says St.. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”

“No problem, just let

me in,” says the Senator. “Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.” “Really?, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,” says the Senator. “I’m sorry, but we have our rules.”

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course.

In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes.

They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where

St. Peter is waiting for him, “Now it’s time to visit heaven…”

So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

“Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.”

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell…

Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls to the ground.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.

“I don’t understand,” stammers the Senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?”

The devil smiles at him and says,
“Yesterday we were campaigning,

Today, you voted..”

Now sleep on these thoughts, and in the morning, vote with your conscious, do not vote through fear; there are many seemingly well intentioned people who are trying to monopolize your fear to steer their agenda. Vote with your principles and convictions; remember even the smallest drops have ripple effects.