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 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?

Forging my own path

From the time I first began paying attention to politics, my path has varied, as everyone’s has. As a teenager my thoughts were more liberal and indeed socialist in nature, as you would expect of anyone brought up in a socialist country. Almost as soon as I moved to the US, my thoughts became more conservative. My actual voting record to date is purely conservative and libertarian. I have yet to vote for a single liberal.

During the 2012 primaries, right after I became a citizen, I was excited about Ron Paul and his message of peace and prosperity. My thoughts became very libertarian in nature. After my bitter disappointment with the GOP convention that year I became almost anarchist in my thought process, and back toward libertarianism in 2013. Recently I find myself more conservative again, as I do not always agree on the libertarian mindset. I am anti drug, and anti gay marriage, but understand where the drug war has failed, and where government should stay out of peoples bedrooms. I am pro peace, but understand that a strong English speaking nation patrolling the high seas has maintained the very prosperity we have enjoyed over the last few centuries.

It’s interesting to think about all the people you encounter on a daily bases, those who you work with, a family you marry in to, people you meet at gatherings and conventions. Just about everyone I have ever met has had some impact on my life and my thought process. That is not to say that I am easily swayed, far from it, but I am a big thinker, and I like to run down several avenues before I draw my conclusions.

Essentially I have always been pro freedom, I hate the idea of being told what to do, by anybody or any entity. I hated school for that reason, but I love to learn.

I have been very lucky in the people I have met. My wife is the most important person I have met, and her father, who inspired me to read philosophical and mythological works by people such as Joseph Campbell and Friedrich Nietzsche. I have met trustees of the Township I work in, I have met influential people such as Libertarian girl, and YouTube celebrities such as Supadupaflygirl. I have met members of the world stunt association, members of the Wild West Society, independent movie directors, and many others from all walks of life.

The life that my wife and I have forged for ourselves is already so unique. We cast off the acceptable shackles of society and cast off into the great unknown.

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As for politics, and indeed anything in life, you must speak up, you must say something, you must do something. Even if you might be wrong at first. We learn by making mistakes. I have gotten in so many arguments, even with good friends on this site, because of apposing viewpoints, but every time I learn something. I learn how to argue better, to argue smarter. I learn that the way I phrase things might be off. I learn to sharpen my viewpoints, to make more sense of them. It is better to be considered a fool for a moment, than to stay quiet and be a fool for your whole life.

As I continue to forge my path, I continue to learn, I continue to pay attention to the world around me, and to others who cross my path. My path is like no other. I came to a thick forest, and began hacking at the branches, learning as I went. Now, already my path is long, it has curves in it, and it is interesting. I continue to push on, deeper and deeper, discovering more and more of life’s treasures along the way.

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The freedom movement in this country is growing, and I am growing with it. This week the Tea Party turned five years old, and last year saw the rise of the libertarian movement. Conservatives are growing smarter, are growing wiser, and even liberals are starting to question their leaders actions. The world is waking up, and people are starting to walk off the beaten track.

What is your path, and where are you taking it?

Go watch Robocop!

As the evening grew dark, and snow continued to fall in South Western Ohio, my wife and I ventured out into the storm. It was Friday evening, and Valentines Day at that. The winter storm wasn’t going to hamper our fun, and my Jeep was all ready to tackle the un-plowed roads.

We ventured down toward the highway, and the jeep dug into the slushy snow mix left by the salt trucks, desperately battling the last in a series of heavy snowfalls. I pointed out where a car had slid down the embankment only a few days previously on my way to work. We talked about how hard the winter had been so far, how cold it was, and how much snow had fallen. We entered the highway and crawled along at a steady 40 mph with the rest of the traffic, while reminiscing previous Valentines day’s together. We left the highway exit, and rolled on down to The Streets of West Chester, where a big blue truck was doing its best to keep the AMC Cinemas parking lot clear for the movie goers and sweet hearts to enjoy their evening.

We parked up the Jeep, and headed into the movie theater to buy our tickets. We bought some popcorn and a big blue slushee, and headed into our theater room. We watched all the trailers for the exciting up and coming movies for the year. Then our film started.

I was a bit nervous about how good Robocop would be. I’m not one for remakes. I prefer originals. But I must say I was very impressed. I realized immediately why there were only two showings of this film at this theater, and why critics had been so hard on it. The film takes on a very libertarian mindset, and bashes heavily on the mainstream media.

Unlike the original Robocop, this film is not anti capitalist. This film depicts the future in which drones are still used overseas, and the mainstream media is still corrupt and used for corporatist interests. The film shows the struggle between a corrupt CEO and his paid off congressmen who are being used to strike down a law that prevents the use of drones and machines on American soil. Sound familiar?

The film was action packed, and very heart warming. It showed that human interaction is far superior to machines, and that even though we should use machines to our daily advantage, we should always be in charge of them, and not vis-versa.

When the movie concluded my wife and I turned to each other and remarked at what a great movie it was. When the credits ended we got up and headed out across the street to Bravo’s where I had reservations. The big blue truck was still trying to keep up with the snowfall, and was doing a good job of clearing a path for the few lovebirds who had dared to venture out into the wintery abyss. We entered the restaurant and were seated immediately due to the various cancellations.

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As we sat down, we people watched, and we pointed out to each other who were first date couples and who were long term married couples. We discussed the movie, its liberty mindset, and the direction movies are currently heading in. We discussed the state of the nation, and our plans for the future, all the while eating our delicious meals and reminiscing on our past.

When we had finished our meals, we headed back out into the frozen tundra, and I fired up the Jeep to the sounds of the beach boys ‘Kokomo’ as we rolled out through the snow back home.

Sometimes the greatest adventures come when they are least expected, and when everything around you seems to be trying to stop you.

As for the new movie, go watch Robocop! You won’t be disappointed!

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Glenn Beck reveals a secret

Last year I became disillusioned with the GOP following the corruption surrounding the Mitt Romney campaign, from the caucuses all the way up until the convention in Tampa.

Now that I have read this article from Glenn Beck, I am glad that things are finally starting to come back together. I knew that Barack Obama would be re-elected by default, but I had hoped that we would be able to move on and upwards with the Liberty movement.

Nearly a year after the re-election of Barack Obama, the liberty movement is in full swing. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are filibustering, the government is shutdown, Obamacare is the train wreck we said it would be. There has been a million biker march on DC, and this weekend the truckers are heading there to lock up the beltway. Liberty is in full swing, and there is open rebellion within the GOP, between the hardliner progressives, and the libertarian element.

GLENN BECK REVEALS A STORY HE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO SHARE FOR OVER A YEAR

Glenn Beck shared a story with viewers on Wednesday that he’s been keeping close to the vest since before the 2012 election, explaining that he’s been waiting for the right time to say what exactly happened, and what it means for the country.

It all began, Beck said, in what he believes was late August when he was getting ready to do a number of events with FreedomWorks.

“It’s about 4:00 in the afternoon and I get a call from the president of FreedomWorks, Matt Kibbe, and I can hear the distress in his voice,” Beck said.  “[Kibbe said], ‘Glenn, I’ve just been escorted out of my office by armed guards and told not to come back.’”

Kibbe added that he wasn’t the only one forcefully escorted out, and that they had been hijacked, so to speak, by the “old guard” GOP establishment.

“There was a coup during the election, and it was powerful,” Beck said.  “They were trying to get rid of the libertarian, Tea Party-minded power players, and first and foremost on that hit list was Matt Kibbe and his allies. They didn’t like the fact that FreedomWorks was cleaning house in the GOP…that they were targeting people like Orrin Hatch.  It didn’t sit well with the Karl Roves of the GOP world…”

Glenn Beck Reveals FreedomWorks Coup & Parallels With Senate Conservatives

Beck said that shortly thereafter he got a call from the man inside FreedomWorks who had “ordered the hit,” who explained how the whole situation was “really good” because now he was the face of FreedomWorks and people trust him.

“His face never saw the light of day on my program,” Beck said. “I hung up the phone with him, the next day I called board members of FreedomWorks…and we said we support the libertarian voice, and if you allow this coup to sit, we’re done and we’ll expose it.”

“It wasn’t even a week later the board took a vote and decided to reinstate Matt Kibbe as president,” Beck said. “All the libertarians that had been escorted out – reinstated all of them, and then escorted the leader of this coup and his cronies out the door for good.”

Beck spoke about the ramifications of the “coup” for the 2012 election, remarking: “So don’t tell me, GOP and John Cornyn and everybody else, about how FreedomWorks hurtthe election.  You tied their hands during the last election.”

And now, Beck said, “the exact same thing – the same people really – are doing this” within the Republican Party at large — particularly in the United States Senate.

“Anyone in Congress or the Senate who associates with FreedomWorks, the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Tea Party, anybody, anybody is being targeted by the same class of establishment Republican progressives,” Beck said.  “They do not like it when you organize. They do not like it when you choose the candidates that you actually want.”

Beck added that it’s the same reason lawmakers are not truly pursuing the IRS’ targeting of small government groups, because progressives on both sides “want that tool in place…to come after people like you.”

But with the same struggle that occurred within FreedomWorks now gripping the Republican Party, Beck said that puts you in a position of immense power.

“You are the ones that can change the path.  So when I said to you last week, ‘defund the GOP,’this is why I said it,” Beck explained.  “You are the board of directors…Luckily the board of directors actually believe in something.  And when they figured out they were being lied to, they didn’t want their money in it either. They didn’t want anything to do with it.”

Beck has said multiple times that he has no desire to see a third party, and just like FreedomWorks would have lost years of work and credibility had it given up and started over, so would conservatives if they attempt the same.

But that doesn’t mean that there can’t be an evolution of the Republican Party, Beck said, reminding viewers of how the party began.

“Before the GOP was in existence, it was a two party system – the Democrats and the Whigs,” Beck said.  “Charles Sumner was one of the most hated people by the Whigs and the Democrats…so much that he was literally beaten within an inch of his life on the House floor because no one stepped in to stop it.”

“Within four years,” he continued, “Sumner wasn’t the most hated anymore — he was the most beloved man in the Republican Party, and the Whigs were extinct…I’m telling you that’s what’s coming if we stand.”

Beck said men like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul may be the “Charles Sumner” of today, and he has no doubt they will be “the most beloved members of the new Republican Party, or whatever it’s called” in the near future.

I know that many people were upset with the libertarians after the presidential race last November, but many, including myself, are in it to win the war, not just all the battles. Like I said before, Romney was a necessary loss. It’s nice to see people like Glenn Beck starting to say the similar things.

In a few weeks time local elections will be underway, and next year the midterm elections will be going on, we are in a fine position to knock out not only progressive democrats but also RINO’s from the GOP.

Whether we end up infiltrating Republican party with liberty minded candidates, or we end up forming a new one, or renaming it to the capitalist party, whatever happens, we will prevail if we just keep our heads cool, and continue to point out the corruption, no matter how many progressives try to threaten us.

Liberty will prevail.