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.

Sold down the river

When I moved here I was sold on the idea of freedom.

The United States of America as it stands today; is not a free country.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are not going to save this nation. These two men are parasites. Mitt Romney is not a great businessman; he is a looter of the highest caliber. Paul Ryan is not a great Ayn Rand prodigy; he is a moocher. Paul Ryan practically begged for the auto bailouts which Obama has been ridiculed for over the last four years. There is no clear evidence to prove there is any real difference in policy between a Romney and an Obama administration. Both men support more government, both men will destroy this country.

It is upsetting and infuriating to see people around you who believe in freedom, and yet do not know that they are part of the wall that separates all of us from it.

When it comes to spending and debt; wars are the highest cost. You cannot be pro liberty and pro war at the same time.

You cannot say that you believe in liberty and freedom of choice and be against legalizing drugs.

You cannot be for fiscal and personal responsibility and argue for different forms of medicare/Medicaid and social security.

It is up to individuals to make their own choices in life. If they make bad choices; they should pay the consequences. It is not up to me, you or big brother government to enforce our opinions on others. I do not want the DEA breaking down my door and shooting my dog because they got the wrong house on some stupid drug raid. I do not want my friends killed in some foreign land so that corrupt politicians can make a profit on an out dated fossil fuel. I do not want my wife grouped at an airport so that a corrupt company can make money on cancer giving body scanners. I want to be left the hell alone so that I can live my life as I see fit in my own way. That is what I thought this country was about. But apparently I was wrong. And the upsetting part is that so many people are so plugged into the system that they’ll even fight for bad parts of it, just so that other parts can’t gain control. But you know what? When you fight for evil; evil prospers. You cannot win in a rigged game.

When I first moved here I thought this country had avoided the pitfall of socialism and that freedom was flourishing. Unfortunately I found out that both Britain and America have both thrust themselves headlong down the path of totalitarianism. What a tragedy for all the brave men and women, for all the families of those who died in the last world war who thought they were fighting to preserve freedom and democracy in the world. Well to be fair, perhaps they did, at least for a few decades. But now, things are about as bad as they’ve ever been.

I like my father-in-laws concept (adapted from Nietzsche) about the overman. He calls himself the overman warrior. It means that he has become more than man, better than man if you will, and is a warrior for advancement past the usual pitfalls of life. The overman goes beyond petty emotions and is strong where others are weak. The overman sees through evil and does what is right no matter how great the adversaries.

At the young age of 17 Rich’s first book ‘the symposium of justice’ instilled a lot of great ideals in me. After having read his book, he suggested I read ‘the hero with a thousand faces’ by Joseph Campbell. The top three books that changed my life are Robert Kayosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad, Rich Hoffman’s ‘Symposium of Justice’ and Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero with a thousand faces’. Between these three books during my teenage years, and some other great books since, I have been on a very different path than most. When you add that into having a great wife and having moved to a different country; it all adds up to a very different and very clear set of viewpoints on the world.

I absolutely adore Charlie Chaplin’s speech at the end of ‘the great dictator’. Every single time I watch his speech on YouTube I get a little choked up. How touching and how fitting it is for today’s global society, and how sad it is that it wasn’t paid attention to before all the killing of World War II.

“we don’t want to hate and despise one another…in this world there is room for everyone..” What a wonderful and touching thing to say.

I love capitalism, and when I say that I mean true lassie-fair capitalism. In its raw form it has brought the world from mud huts to skyscrapers, and from sweaty brick homes to air conditioned mansions. In its true form capitalism helps everyone.

I think the general population of the USA is being sold down the river in this election, in the same way they have been for the last few decades. It’s like the south park episode with the douche and the turd. Which crap do you want to vote for most?

I’m happy to report though, that there is a huge groundswell for liberty in this country. I love it’s history. People here have such an individualist attitude. Most people do not want to be told what to do.

There is a third option in this presidential race, and I am proud to say that I support it. I support it in the same way that the founding fathers supported and gave birth to the constitution.

I will help defend this fragile old document, because it is the most important thing worth saving in this country.

All the other subjects being talked about during the debates are just distractions to get you sold down the river.

Becoming American

Yesterday I became an American Citizen. I swore an oath of allegiance and swore to protect the constitution, and defend the republic of the United States of America.

I met my wife almost eight years ago, and four years ago we decided to marry. After three years of permanent residency within this country, I decided to become an American citizen. I chose to do this because this is the country that my wife and I will always live in, and I chose to make it my country because its values are in line with my own.

This is how the day went:

I woke up around 8:30, let our dog out, had some breakfast, then took a shower. I shaved, gelled my hair, and generally made myself look presentable, before putting on the same suit I wore on our wedding day almost 4 years ago. After dressing, tying my shoes, and looking at myself in the mirror, I grabbed my wallet, keys and phone, and headed out toward my in-laws mini-van with my wife, as they picked us up and drove us down to Cincinnati. It was quite cold outside, the coldest day of the year so far, and there were slight swirls of snow fluttering in the wind. We listened to the radio as Brooke punched in the address for my ceremony on her phone. When we arrived at the address, we were surprised to find out that it was a school, and found out when we walked inside that the court uses a different place each month for oath of allegiance ceremony’s, so that people from schools, universities and other places, can get a change to see new citizens being sworn in. I said hello to Brooke’s family, and took a seat up front with the rest of the immigrants who were to become citizens, and Brooke and her family took seats in the back. The immigration officials took our green-cards and remaining paperwork, and sat us in a particular order for our certificates to be handed out. The school choir then came out and sang some patriotic songs. The judge arrived and we stood up, the boy scouts then presented the colors, and we sat down again. The judge welcomed us and explained some of our new rights and responsibilities. A microphone was then handed around to each immigrant, and we said our name and where we were from. There were 123 immigrants from 49 different countries, and 4 Brits including myself. After we had stated our names and where we were from, we said the pledge of allegiance, and we were then asked to raise our right hands.

We then, as a group, pledged our allegiance to the United states, this is what we confirmed:

The Oath of Allegiance

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely

renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign

prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I

have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support

and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of

America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will

bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms

on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that

I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of

the United States when required by the law; that I will perform

work of national importance under civilian direction when

required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely

without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;

so help me God.

After the pledge, the court was adjourned, and we walked up line by line from our seating arrangement to receive our certificates of citizenship.

I went over and thanked Brooke’s family for being there with me, and we took a group photograph together, and also a picture of Brooke and I together.

After pictures were taken, and I shook everyone’s hand, we all headed over to the Hofbrauhaus to celebrate. The Hofbrauhaus is a German beer-hall, and the first to be built within the US. Although its not strictly as American as a hamburger restaurant, Cincinnati does have a rich German heritage, and it seemed appropriate to go there with such a large crowd, as they have great food, drink, and big long wooden tables. While we were there, I received gifts from Brooke’s grandparents and aunties and uncles. All of the presents were very patriotic, and had american flag themes to them. I felt honored to have them all there with me, and very humbled to feel like I was so much a part of the family. I stood up and gave a quick speech to thank them all. I really have felt like one of the family for years now, and to finally become a United States citizen, cements my future with my wife, and with her family.

Thank you to all of you who made it to my event, and to all those who couldn’t, thank you for sending your good wishes.

Now, many people may wonder why I would decide to become a citizen of a country that seems to have reached its peak, and looks to be on the decline. And to those people I say:

This country is the most free country in the world. There is no other country on this planet that protects its citizens from an overbearing government, and no other country which was founded upon the belief of freedom and self determination.

Unfortunately this country has become very corrupt, and bureaucracy has taken over. It is up to each individual within the US to protect him or herself from an overbearing government. The documents I listed in yesterdays post ‘documents to live by’ state that all men are created equal, and that it is the duty of the people to overthrow the government when it becomes too powerful.

In a civilized world, we do not wish to have bloodshed by a bloody revolution. Currently there are many grassroots campaigns going on to help the US elect better politicians to combat the corruption, such as one of the local tea party groups close to where I live:

As an American Citizen I will do my best to help elect local officials who will stay true to their words, and help cut corruption, so that productivity can resume and continue in my local community, and eventually the leaders of the local communities can become a part of the federal government and help combat corruption on a more national level.

I can see where Americans have lost their way. There are many distractions in the world, and it is all too easy to get wrapped up in what the mainstream media spews out on our television sets. It seems that the very technology that enhances our lives, has also eroded it from within.

I decided to start this blog a week ago, with the knowledge of my becoming a citizen, as my duty toward the country I call my home. Just as the American patriots of the past decided to part away from England and establish a free country of their own. I have decided to revolt away from modern England also, with all its socialist agendas holding its people back. America, for all its faults, is still a capitalist country, and despite the mountains of legalities and restrictions, is still a country driven by free enterprise. If there was any country left in the world, which could recover from a financial meltdown, it would be the United States.

My goal is to expose the truth that I see in the world, and to help teach people the true meaning of freedom and self determination. That if enough people stand up against totalitarianism and special interests, that if enough people sit down and read articles that expose the truth swept under the rug, that they can, with well informed minds, decide the future of their country.

One last thing about my citizenship ceremony yesterday. The judge showed us a copy of two documents of her grandparents. Both of whom were Italian immigrants. They had come to the US in the early 20th century, and she said that she would not be where she is today without them coming over here. She said that aside from native Americans, all 300 million Americans are either immigrants or descendent of immigrants, and that it is up to each and everyone of us to preserve and defend the united states, and to maintain the freedoms that we all enjoy.

Here’s to the judge and the speech she gave, here is to my wife and her family for supporting me, and here is too all the groups and organizations who are actively working to maintain, preserve and enrich the freedoms of this great nation:

God bless the United States of America!