After I watched Daniel Hannan’s impressive appearance on this week’s Freedom Watch I stumbled on another recent video of him giving a speech to some of his constituents in Great Britain. After finishing the video I am even more impressed by him.
He has a way about him that makes me want to listen and makes what he says sound like the most important thing in the world. Maybe it’s that english accent.
He has the Barack Obama charisma with the Ron Paul free market ideas. He is precisely the type of candidate the GOP desperately needs for 2012.
Given that much of our justice system has become a joke these days, it’s understandable when people are annoyed at getting selected for jury duty. Personally, I often fantasize about wiping my rear end with the paper and sending it back to them, but (lucky for me) I never have the courage to go through with it.
Enter Eric Slye of Gallatin county in Montana. He had no interest in playing nice, it appears:
(Click the image above to see what else he wrote). This guy is my hero. But, as Reason notes, one cannot insult a court with impunity.
Quote of the Day: “Utopia is not one of the options.” — David Bergland, Author, DC Downsizer
Here comes yet another bailout, and more corporate welfare. The Obama administration wants to use your tax money to bribe banks to renegotiate second mortgages. Projected price tag: $50 billion.
This may benefit some banks, and some people behind on their payments, but should the rest of us have to pay for it?
Banks already have a strong financial incentive to renegotiate rather than foreclose on delinquent mortgages. If banks don’t renegotiate a mortgage you can bet that’s because it makes more financial sense to foreclose. But . . .
Politicians always assume they know better. They think they know the best way to run . . .
* A car company
* An insurance company
* A medical practice
* A bank
There isn’t an area of human life where politicians don’t assume they know better than the people who actually work in that area.
We don’t need to believe the Utopian fantasy that business leaders are without error. But it’s even more Utopian to assume that politicians are competent to prevent such errors, or even to correct them after the fact. In fact . . .
The assumption should be that politicians are MORE prone to error than anyone else, because . . .
* They make judgements on more subjects than anyone could possibly master
* These judgements impact everyone
* They have little incentive to get it right
This last point is especially important because . . .
Another 9 official cosponsors have signed on to Ron Paul’s HR1207 bill to audit the Federal Reserve bringing the total to 109. It’s looking more and more like this bill will see the light of day. It can’t happen soon enough.
The latest names on the list:
Rep Bachus, Spencer AL-6 29-Apr-2009
Rep Bono Mack, Mary CA-45 29-Apr-2009
Rep Calvert, Ken CA-44 29-Apr-2009
Rep Hall, Ralph M. TX-4 29-Apr-2009
Rep Kline, John MN-2 29-Apr-2009
Rep McDermott, Jim WA-7 29-Apr-2009
Rep Murphy, Tim PA-18 29-Apr-2009
Rep Upton, Fred MI-6 29-Apr-2009
Rep Wilson, Charles A. OH-6 29-Apr-2009
Another wonderful week of Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano is in the bag. Attempts to unite Ron Paul and Daniel Hannan were met with technical difficulties, but both appeared on their own to great effect. Especially Hannan who had a quite eloquent answer to a question from the Judge about Constitutional responsibility. Watch that clip isolated here.
Or if you prefer to watch the whole darn show (and why not?) watch it all below.
Lew Rockwell, 2010 liberty loving candidate RJ Harris, Cody Willard, Free State Project founder Jason Sorens, Peter Schiff, and twitter-maven Shelly Roche also join the Judge.
Remember, all episodes are posted at http://freedomwatchonfox.com/ as soon as they are available. You can also find upcoming guest and topic lists as well as the latest news about the show there.
Ever since texas Governor Rick Perry remarked on the fact that the secession is a possibility if the Federal Government continues to encroach on states’ rights, and certain members of the left and the media overreacted with hysterical claims of treason, Ron Paul has been been talking to any media outlet that will have him to bring some sense to the situation.
In case you missed it, and wish to get Dr. Paul’s take on it, take a look at his weekly column Texas Straight Talk, where spells it all out:
Last week the governor of Texas ignited a media firestorm for his remarks involving the idea of secession. He did not call for Texas to secede from the United States. He merely pointed out that the federal government was treading heavily on the sovereignty of the states and that this can not continue indefinitely without a breaking point.
The reaction to Governor Perry’s statements has been nothing short of hysterical. He has been called treasonous for making this obvious point and opening up a discussion. I am not calling for secession either, however there is nothing wrong with a healthy and open discussion of this issue.
America was born from an act of secession.When King George’s rule trampled on the rights of the colonies, we successfully seceded from England. It took a war, but we were well within our rights. We applauded when former soviet states seceded from the USSR and declared their sovereignty. And hopefully the United States will eventually secede from the United Nations. We pay most of the bills of the UN, yet do not have the commensurate votes, so someday we will wake up and realize that membership, for these and other reasons, does not serve our interests. [Continue]
Ron Paul’s HR1207 is showing no signs of petering out. In fact, thanks much to the recent activities by the Campaign For Liberty to actively lobby Paul’s lawmaking peers to sign on as a cosponsor to the bill today it has 100 “official” cosponsors!
The Campaign For Liberty mobilized an effort to visit individual Representative’s offices imploring them to cosponsor and support the bill. The reports of this extremely effective effort are being posted on the C4L web site. I find each and every report inspiring in its own way.
HR1207 has almost doubled in cosponsorship in a week! In this era of economic uncertainty it will be almost impossible for our representatives to ignore this bill. That is especially true if we continue to hammer on them to sign on and support it.
I believe in liberty. Not the counterfeit liberty of Left versus Right or fatuous freedom fries. I believe in the liberty to get high on life, high on God, high on drugs, or all or none of the above.
I love liberty. She is my one true love. She lets me make mistakes, so I learn. It is a cheap tuition. I pay for it myself. That’s right, no government begging for me. The visible hand of government is haunted by the almost invisible fist of tyranny. Eternal vigilance is required to not get sucker-punched.
I adore liberty. The world gets too bogged down with the minutiae of partisanship, pop-culture, or the latest irrational bird/mosquito/pig flu. The real pandemic is the eternal erosion of freedom exacerbated by the ever-unquenched thirst for political power.
I pursue liberty like happiness. Too many are unwitting victims of government-induced moral hazard. The government is a Vegas casino and you are a neophyte gambler. The “house” always wins while you are left justifying your loss.
I dream of old school liberty, an impeccable restoration of the founding principles within our Constitution. Not some bastardized Frankenstution that lives and breathes itself out of existence without proper amendment.
Yes, you had it right, Mr. Henry: “Give me liberty or give me death!”
Liberty or not liberty, that is the question. When my generation shuffles off this mortal coil I see tombstones with epitaphs that read nothing more and nothing less: “Here lies one who believed in liberty.”
Will those tombstones with that revolutionary phrase be large in number or small? For our posterity, I hope that number approaches infinity.
What do you get when you cross Ron Paul, British MEP Daniel Hannan, and Lew Rockwell? Sprinkle in a bit of Judge Andrew Napolitano and a few other freedom lovers and you get Freedom Watch. Today marks the 12th episode and promises to be another great one.
In another wonderful Op-ed piece Sheldon Richman dismantles the notion that the government can effectively protect us. In “Government Is The Systemic Risk” Richman writes:
The Obama administration and congressional leaders assure us that the government can protect us from the “systemic risk” posed by big banks, insurance companies, and hedge funds.
But who will protect us from the government?
In light of all we’ve learned about the national government’s conduct in both domestic and foreign affairs over recent years, there is clearly no greater risk to American society than the government itself. Yet people look to it for security. That, I submit, is the fruit of propaganda and popular complacency. When can we expect the “eternal vigilance” that was supposed to keep us free?
One could go on at length about how the government — which includes the Great Counterfeiter, the Federal Reserve — threw the economy into turmoil with the housing boom and subsequent bust. Blame, as the politicians will, “Wall Street,” the fact remains that none of the firms there could have engaged in such systemically risky behavior without the partnership of the government. When Congress and the White House push and facilitate the guarantee of bad mortgage loans on a wide scale, while the Fed provides at least some of the money and a safety net to banks that get into trouble, you have the makings of a disaster that could never have occurred in a free market. Those who blame greed and deregulation have willfully blinded themselves for ideological reasons. The facts are plain for all who are curious.