According to Roberts' ruling, "liberty" is maintained as long as there is a choice between complying or paying a tax. Roberts claims as long as that choice exists, the government is not compelling persons to buy a product or service. What he overlooks is that by defining the choices, the liberty to seek other choices is eviscerated, and the Constitution no longer seeks to Secure the Blessings of Liberty.
Liberty per Roberts: Do as I say, or pay a tax. You are free to choose.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
"I bring you another special report from Tokyo. The Ghost Letter Reports was on the scene for a Anti-Nuclear protest in central Tokyo which quickly grew from 60,000 to well over 150,000 people in a matter of several minutes."
Historic Anti-Nuclear Protest In Tokyo. June 29th 2012
Nullification - Word doesn't appear in the story, but that must be what it is:
Gov. Scott Says Fla. Won't Comply with Health Care Law
...Florida is not going to implement Obamacare.
Found this gem of a post by Jeremy Ashton. The quote comes from The Long Winter of the Little House on the Prairie series.
The Ingalls had just run into an old friend, Mr. Edwards, who gave a great explanation of why he didn’t want to settle down by the Ingalls.
“I’m aiming to go far west in the spring,” he said. “This here country, it’s too settled-up for me. The politicians are a-swarming in already, and ma’am if’n there’s any worst pest than grasshoppers it surely is politicians. Why, they’ll tax the lining out’n a man’s pockets to keep up these here county-seat towns!
In an anxious conference call from Air Force One, Obama asked campaign donors to send more money. Lloyd Grove obtained the tape and describes the presidential pitch.
by Lloyd Grove | The Daily Beast
President Obama sounded weary and maybe a tad worried late Friday during a rambling conference call with campaign donors whom he repeatedly begged to send money—and send it now.
“The majority on this call maxed out to my campaign last time. I really need you to do the same this time,” the president said in a highly unusual (and presumably legal) fundraising pitch from Air Force One on his way back to Washington from Colorado Springs, where he’d been assessing the terrible damage caused by uncontained wildfires. A special phone on the government aircraft is dedicated to political calls that are paid for by the campaign.
“I’m asking you to meet or exceed what you did in 2008,” the presidential pitchman continued, speaking to donors who were invited to dial in based on their contributions during the last election. “Because we’re going to have to deal with these super PACs in a serious way. And if we don’t, frankly I think the political [scene] is going to be changed permanently. Because the special interests that are financing my opponent’s campaign are just going to consolidate themselves. They’re gonna run Congress and the White House.”
Continue reading at The Daily Beast
unCOOL: WTO Infringes National Sovereignty. US Country of Origin food labeling overruled by Geneva-based bureaucrats!Submitted by Blue Republic on Sun, 07/01/2012 - 07:40
The World Trade Organization overrules US laws requiring country-of-origin food labeling. These so-called free trade agreements seem to mostly about undermining national/local/individual sovereignty in favor of supranational bureaucracies and international corporations:
Note that the Obama administration is continuing to push the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) agreement which will bring more of the same...
(just one of several good DP threads about TPP)
by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
I am having a great deal of trouble typing this post. I am so upset and outraged over what was done to Jodi Ferris and her baby at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania shortly after she gave birth that I am having difficulty staying composed enough to write a coherent story.
If you recall, this is the same area of the state where officials allowed a serial child molester like Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach, to go free for decades and continue to abuse children unfortunate enough to come across his lecherous path while a mother who gives birth in a government hospital has her baby taken away for questioning whether vaccination with Hep B is truly necessary.
Does something seem very very wrong with this picture?
Jodi and Scott Ferris’ Story
Jodi had hoped to have a homebirth. After going into labor early and given the distance to the nearest hospital, Jodi and her husband Scott were advised by their midwife to call an ambulance and get to the hospital.
Continue reading at The Healthy Home Economist
The Redstaters are about to find a rat in their Kool Aid, and we shall never let them forget the taste...Submitted by blounttruth on Sat, 06/30/2012 - 20:51
It has been said that Ron Paul followers are uncompromising, irrational, and stuck on principle, but in reality it is the opposition in our own party who have failed our nation by uncompromising ignorance. The health care ruling is a real eye opener in that the Supreme Court has proven itself to be part of the status quo in a political sense, instead of doing it's job by defining law via the Constitution.
The interesting thing about this election cycle is the fact that Ron Paul supporters were called out for acting the same as their uninformed counterparts in the GOP. They say we would never sway from Dr. Paul, but isn't that exactly what our fellow Republicans have done? Back a candidate that is not polling well, and who they know will not uphold any of their principles if pressured in the least, when they had a true statesman to choose from.
Whether it was the racism portrait by the media towards Muslims that they grasped hold of, or the blood lust of endless and undeclared war is beyond my comprehension, but in the end the redstaters will eventually realize the error of their ways.
After the Supreme Court's ruling on ObamaCare, the posts heated up and they were truly focused on one thing: Getting their GOP 'betters' into office to stop and repeal this atrocious law. They still do not realize that the power elite will never relinquish this power, and they will be lied to again and again while they choose the lesser of two evils, simply due to partisan ignorance and misguidance by the media, whose kool aid they drink up like a camel at the 500 mile desert oasis. This is simply because an actor on Fox acts as if he/she supports their ideals, whether they really do or not.
The Beijing Weather Modification Office is a unit of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau tasked with weather control in Beijing and its surrounding areas, including parts of Hebei and Inner Mongolia. The Beijing Weather Modification Office form a part of China's nationwide weather control effort, believed to be the world's largest; it employs 37,000 people nationwide, who seed clouds by firing rockets and shells loaded with silver iodide into them.
(NaturalNews) Mother Nature has a way of interrupting our lives with not-so-subtle reminders to pay attention to reality. Over the last 48 hours, a blistering heat wave has swept across nine U.S. states, causing the power grid to fail for millions of residents. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency.
"Millions of people across nine states were reeling without power Saturday to deal with thermostat-popping temperatures after fierce thunderstorms pounded parts of the Midwest and Atlantic Seaboard," reports CNN.
Intending to respond to an earlier thread, where a theist and an atheist were discussing the GOD aspect of Liberty.... I was going to comment that I was a deist. And then I realized why I like this place so much.
Concurrently I realized it is after all Friday. Why not have some fun?
Ron Paul argues that "war" does not beget free markets (or free trade). Because wealth is redistributed to the Supply Chain and Warmongers (the profiteers of war) and according to Mises limits the power of the consumer to rule via the point of sale (POS).
Voting and Lobbying -- Is this an act of war, or forced-redistribution?
War is a Groupist Fight (one group against another)
---Impact: Grows the Size of Government
Voting is a Groupist Fight (one group against another)
---Impact:Grows the Size of Government
Corporations Lobby for Monopoly Positions as Supply Chain Engines when War comes along
---Impact:Grows the size of Government
Corporations and PACs Lobby for Monopoly Position of Authority over their Party (are we going for 10%, 20%, 80%, or 100% control over the GOP?)
---Do we have target goal?
---How much statism do we want to leave in power?
---Impact:Grows the size of Gov't
How did RP suggest we handle Vietnam -- by what mechanism did we have the greatest impact over their gov't? Do you remember that speech? It was via "trade" -- correct? Free-Trade.
Wouldn't it make sense then that the greatest way to influence a country from within is via "consumer-sovereignty" (i.e. free trade)?