Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Freedoms

So it's been awhile since I've posted here. I'm sorry.
I've been hearing a lot of anti-gun stuff again lately. I talked about it here and here. One thing people never seem to get is how fragile our liberties are.
In fact, some of our cherished freedoms are not as Constitutionally protected as one might think. The First Amendment starts, "Congress shall makw no law[...]" It doesn't say that the states will respect individual freedoms. Nowhere does it say that Utah couldn't make all citizens practice Mormonism. Quartering troops in wartime is to be done "in a manner to be prescribed by law."
Some of you may see this as madness. How could any part of my local, state or federal government strip me of those rights? Well, there's a protection. "The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." That's it. No "except according to the law" or "except to keep our streets safe." As long as we protect that right, the government will know better than to attack our other rights.
Am I a madman revolutionary? Possibly, but not likely. I'm not planning to overthrow the government, nor am I thoroughly prepared for a time I may have to defend my right to bear arms. I just practice my rights. Well, except the rights regarding to trials. I haven't found myself needing those.
If we allow the government to take the only right they expressly cannot, they will whittle away at the ones with a less solid base. And how will we stop them? An unarmed populus is nothing more than a herd of sheep.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

God Bless Freedom

For those of you who don't know me, I work as a security officer at Saint Martin's University (until August 27th). It’s an easy job that pays the bills... most of the time. Tomorrow I am going to be escorting a group of Chinese exchange students to Sea-Tac for their flight back home. I am going with them to ensure none of them flee, and try to hide out in the US. In essence, I am there to stop anyone from defecting to the United States.

When I was in high school, there was a Chinese foreign exchange student, Shabi (I have no idea how it is actually spelled). While she was here, she got a lawyer to inquire about her gaining asylum. The Chinese government found out about it, withdrew her visa, and demanded she return to China. She was arrested and put on a plane to LAX for the return flight. While at LAX she escaped and vanished into the crowd. Last I heard, which was years ago, she was hiding out somewhere in New Mexico.

Here in America we take our freedoms for granted, forgetting that the American life is not the norm around the world. We forget that there are people who will abandon their families and homes just for the chance to escape from their government. These Chinese students are a perfect reminder of that.

We do not know what oppression is. The whole Western World has forgotten what it is to live in fear, and dream of freedom. When another country cries out for help, we ignore their pleas. Almost all of Western Europe was against the liberation of Iraq, while almost all of Eastern Europe, where the memory of Soviet tyranny is still fresh in their minds, was in favor of it. We no longer heed the cries of the oppressed; instead we sit back and complain about American influence destroying foreign cultures, regardless how evil and sinister that culture is.

Tomorrow I am going to drive up to Sea-Tac and do my job. I am going to watch these Chinese students get onto a plane dragging them back to the domination of the Chinese Government... But if one decides to run, I will give them a head start.

God Bless America, and God Bless Freedom.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Liberal Fascism

fas·cism or Fas·cism: any movement, tendency, or ideology that favors dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition.

Modern fascism has found a new home here in Washington. Today, the government has decided that smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of any window, or door, regardless if the establishment is public or private, so long as it has employees. This not only limits the ability to create niche markets, but it moves us one step closer to having the government control our lives. The government is dictating our behavior by controlling private enterprises, and repressing all opposition.

Smoking kills people, but why is the government kicking people out of society; we should just let society do it. If so many people are unable to be around smokers, non-smoking bars would be able to flourish. Instead of having the government ban smokers from public, people should allow smokers to have their spot in society, and allow non-smokers their spot as well. There is no reason these two groups of people cannot co-exist.

I cannot turn on a TV with out seeing commercials warning people of the dangers of smoking. Every commercial break there are “kissing a smoker is just plain gross” ads blaring in my face. Why does the government only allow anti-smoking messages on TV? Why are they repressing the tobacco companies’ message? The answer is simple. The liberal fascists are worried that people might begin to believe that smokers are just people, not the animals they are made out to be. Smokers are not inherently dirty creatures; they are normal people. The question remains: Why have the liberal fascists spent their time and money to make smokers into evil personified?
The answer is staring us right in the face. The smoking ban will lead to more extreme government control. Already “fragrance free” zones are appearing. How long will it be before it is illegal for people to wear perfume or cologne? When will the government start banning other substances which people are allergic to? One of the most common, and serious, allergies is caused by nuts. When will the government outlaw peanuts from public? This is not a slippery slope argument. Twenty years ago who could imagine a world where smoking was outlawed within twenty-five feet from a building?

Now I901 did not pass itself. Who, you might ask, would be willing to vote for another move closer to fascism. The answer was you and I. I901 was approved by the voters. Much like the voters in Nazi Germany who elected Hitler, we are moving our state closer to the warm embrace of authoritarian government.

Today we hear the left complain about how President Bush is taking away our liberties in order to fight the terrorists. There are valid complaints here, but they should look at themselves, see how they are using the government to force their own ideas down peoples’ throats, before being too harsh on their opponents. Today we live in a liberal fascist state, where the government decides what we can say, do and think, and I am mad as hell.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

BBQ Politics

Last night I went back down to Tenino for a BarBQ at my buddy Ryan St.Jean's house. Good food and good friends made for a good Saturday night. As always the discussion quickly turned to politics. Iraq, Israel, Korea, etc. We started talking about a study which found that 1/3 of Americans believe that Bush was behind 9-11. One of the girls there, Syd, was a believer of these conspiracy theories. She cited the discredited "Loose Change" as evidence. St.Jean and I started to attack her position. Finally after being torn apart, she said, "Well, you guys are just stupid." We asked her why she believed that Bush was behind the attacks and she responded, "Well, I just hate Bush." Her entire belief that Bush committed the worst attack on America was based on the fact that she doesn't like him.
St.Jeans sister Megan was in attendance at the BarBQ. She is 21, married to Dane who is fresh out of the Marine Corp and worked in a kindergarten while in going to to school. One day it was time for lunch when one of the kids, remember these kids are 5-6 years old, said to her, "I want to move to Italy so I can kill Americans (I have no idea why he wanted to go to Italy, but that's what he said)." Megan was shocked. He husband was off in Iraq and some kid had just said just about the worse thing she had ever heard. Guess what she did. She stared right back at the kid and said, "Right now my husband is out there, protecting our freedoms, and the freedoms that each person ought to have. You sit there and think about how lucky you are to be an American." After that, she didn't allow talking during lunch. Instead she had the kids think about how lucky they were to be Americans.
It is amazing to see to what extent the left used the media to brainwash the young. Megan's story didn't take place in a ultra-left wing city... It happened in Idaho. The leftist media has convinced people all over the nation that: Bush is evil and must be hated, and that the only good American is a dead American. The left should be ashamed. While I am receiving emails from my friends emails from my friends entitled "Bye friends, going back to Iraq again," the left is shooting them in the back.
Our thoughts and prayers at with Corporal TJ Sjostrom, Marine Air Support Squadron 3, and his wife, Cheryl. Keep your head down buddy.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Inheritance

A lot of liberals love to talk about how the inheritance tax is necessary to fund this project or that group, but they always fail to provide reasoning as to why it is a good tax.
The inheritance tax is not a tax on income, which is all the 16th Amendment allows for. I know a few of you will try to claim that it is, since the heirs will find the inheritance to be an income, but the tax is not derived from what is received, but the total of the estate. As such, it is a vindictive tax on a person's savings over a lifetime. These assets have been taxed as income already, and any property has been subject to property taxes as long as it has been owned. We already have gift taxes that will handle cutting the inheritance down without a death tax.
As for the Left's assertion that it only affects the rich, ask yourself how much property might be valued at. Especially property that could be deemed profitable. At the highest exemption of the current system (the highest exemption will kick in in 2009), everything above $3.5 million will be subject to the tax. This may seem like a lot, but homes aren't cheap, nor are farms or other business assets. And neither of those is very liquid. An estate consisting of a somewhat large home in a relatively expensive area might be forced to sell the home just to pay the tax. Throw in a family business and you're suddenly forced to decide which one to keep. Assuming you can get enough out of the other to pay the estate tax. And in 2011? Back to a $1 million exemption. Grandma leaves a home? Well, you may end up with some money, but say goodbye to the memories.
Is it fair to tax a person's savings? No. Is it fair to tax those savings when that person dies? The answer is still no. The Constitution allows only taxes on income.
Why do the Dems focus on this issue? Simple, it wins them votes. Average Joe doesn't see a problem with taxing the rich, and the Left tells us that's all this does.
And since this has recently been linked to the minimum wage issue, here's something I wrote on that, too.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Anti-Semitism

I keep hearing about Mel Gibson's tirade and how horrible it was. Of course, this comes from the same media that bashes everything Israel does. If Israel tries to stop Hezbollah, it's because Israel is a horrible, warmongering nation--that's a given, according to the media. If Mel Gibson calls Jews warmongers, it's because he's a horrible, violent Catholic.
Hmm...Jewish state is evil, Catholic is evil for denigrating Jews...
Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's right to make those comments, but I also don't think it's right to have a news story about one man's anti-Semitism and follow it up with how horrible the Jewish state is. Besides, he has admitted that what he said was horrible, fessed up to his alcohol problem, and managed not to kill anyone. If he were a Kennedy, it would take a lot more to even make the news, much less garner the immense disapproval.

30 Days

I have become addicted to a new show: 30 Days. I don't know if anyone else has watched it, but it is wonderful. In its first episode this season it had some issues with telling the truth, but I am willing to forgive that. This episode was about a man whose job was outsourced to India. He traveled to India to take his job back.

I’m going to skip to the moral of the story because that is what matters. The conclusion which Morgan Spurlock arrives at is that outsourcing American jobs to India is a good thing, because they need the jobs more. He believes that more American jobs should go overseas because Americans are richer and therefore do not need these jobs.

He is a proven leftist, but I don't know what to make of this belief. It’s not right or left, it’s just insane. I cannot seriously believe that this guy exists. I am going to watch his show again next week just to see what crazy shit comes flying out of this guy’s mouth.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Terrorism in College

In 2002 I graduated from Tenino High School. I had been accepted into two universities: Oregon State University (OSU) and Southern Oregon University (SOU). Having lived in Corvallis, OR for many years I decided to attend SOU in Ashland, OR. This was the first time I had ever seen academic terrorism.
I was a naive 19 year old kid, away from home for the first time; I was excited about the opportunity to prove myself academically. The words of Mr. Stregal from Tenino High resonated in my ears, "I don't know why any of you are taking the SAT. There no college dumb enough to take anyone in this room." Determined to prove him wrong, I started taking classes. It didn't take long for me to discover that I was no longer in the preverbal Kansas. I had entered the world of leftist elites.
I am not going to relive every experience in my two years at SOU, but I would like to mention some of the more notable ones.
I was accepted into the Honors Program my freshman year. It was a wonderful experience. My main professor was Dr. Sandra Coyner, the director of the Honors Program. While she was without a doubt an extreme leftist, she was willing to listen to and debate different viewpoints. Based on my experience with Dr. Coyner I decided to apply, and was accepted, to the Churchill Honors Program. It was a very different experience. My first class was with Dr. Ric Holt, who was teaching Greek Philosophy. It took about a week for the class to learn that not only did he have no knowledge of Greek Philosophy, but he wasn't planning to teach anything on it. Instead he wanted to talk about the "Evil US" and how it causes all the worlds problems. This was a recurring theme at SOU. I had a Medieval History class discussion break down into 50 people yelling "Fuck Bush" at one another.
The second Churchill class I took was with Michael Holstein. It was one of the greatest classes I have ever taken, Enlightenment Ethics. At the end of his class he took me aside and asked me if I was going to continue with the program. I told him that I was, to which he responded, "Ryan, I like you, but you shouldn't take Contemporary Ethics. You are a smart guy, but your way too right-wing. I don't mark students down because of political philosophy, but she does (Sandra Holstein, his wife, and teacher of Contemporary Ethics)."
I didn't believe him, but I should have. Contemporary Ethics turned out to be, "White people are racists, and men are evil." I tried to interject some reason into the class, but to no avail. I brought in UCRs. I was told to put them away. I brought up the idea that black culture might be hurting itself. I was called a racist, and told that it was a "conservative idea" and therefore wrong.
I would like to say that these were isolated incidences, but that would be a lie. Almost every class I took was slanted to the left in the most extreme manner. This is the tactic most used by the left elites to force others to take on their belief system. First they remind students that they know more than the student, and cannot be wrong. Then they force students to worship leftist ideal, while forcibly removing opposing viewpoints. They remind students that conservatives are uneducated, illiterate monkeys. By using these tactics they allow people like Ward Churchill to flourish.
I would like to say that this only happens at SOU, but that also would be a lie. Everywhere I look I see the same thing. I was lucky enough to transfer to St. Martin's University for my last two years. I wish that I didn’t have to go to a private Catholic school to get an education, but that seems to be what it takes in modern America. This is not to say that SMU is without bias or that public schools are all evil, but the pervious are much more open to ideas than the latter.
Today students are fighting back. Students are recording their teachers to expose these extremist teachers. We need more of this type of action to bring schools back to where they should be... In the center. For places of learning and tolerance, it is amazing how little learning and tolerance you find.