I haven’t lived this life for stars. I haven’t lived it for stripes. The fact is I have lived in ignorance of how they have been molded in order that my subservience to them is legislated and conditional. I was always that kid who found the reciting of the pledge of allegiance quite strange; I was always that kid who felt discomfort in removing my ball cap and placing it over my heart before it being acceptable to sing, “The Star Spangled Banner”; I was always that kid who questioned the procedures and those who told me I had to do something in order to be respectful. Respect is earned, not to be expected due to the position one may hold, i.e. parent, judge, sheriff. You would certainly not expect someone to be respected for the foundational fact that they bore life, especially if that life was beaten in fits of vice and rage.
I do not understand the bloodshed we endure in order to raise flags on plots of land. I do not understand how bloodshed justifies celebration of and honor to them. I do not understand many things, but how we justify death in order to raise cloth over earth and pronounce it the station of humanitarianism is a very mysterious and irrational thing indeed. Who are these people? Who can ascertain peace with centuries of murder and pillage? Who can ascertain peace as restorative when murder is legislated and voted for by inconsistent and unworthy representatives of mankind?
Part of Judge Napolitano's What If... Series essays
Andrew Napolitano: WHAT If...? What if our democracy is a fraud?
Andrew Napolitano | July 23, 2014
What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted, the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person-one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance?
What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and, instead, turns political campaigns into beauty contests?
by William Vaughns | July 25, 2014
Residents of Boston do not need shotguns or rifles, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.
Boston's top cop made that statement Wednesday on Boston Public Radio in response to Massachusetts state senator Stan Rosenberg's position that there are already "sufficient controls" on long guns at the federal level, giving no need for new state laws that grant police additional powers to deny ownership to citizens.
According to WGBH, Evans responded:
Rider said the site is not affiliated with the Libertarian Party and would not comment on a widely presumed 2016 presidential bid by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the son of Ron Paul.
“This is about more voices from liberty-minded people, from the Occupy movement to Tea Partiers, from ‘big L’ libertarians to ‘small L’ libertarians,” she said.
"The annual parade and fair, which locals claim is the largest free fest of its kind, occupies most of the main street and all of a nearby park. By 11 a.m. the best seats along the parade route are taken, and the free sidewalk space has been chalked up, courtesy of a nearby church, with suggested prayers and Bible verses. As the crowd sweats, the grand marshal reminds everyone to return in August for a Vietnam veteran motorcycle ride. “They didn’t really get the respect they deserved when they returned home,” he says. “Let’s make it up to them.”
Vice takes an unprecedented look into the shadowy industry of Private Military Companies.
They're saving us money... right.
Most arguments for the existence of a State structured society boil down to a single premise - through the existence of a State, violations of Natural Law can can be minimized. For instance, “there will be less theft,” “there will be less murder,” and so on. On the whole, it is argued that, folks will be better off. This is the Utilitarian Argument for a State. Let's explore.
The following figure demonstrates the proposition. In the absence of a State, society would arrive at a Natural Equilibrium where the inherent – yet informal – organization would result in some baseline level of violations against Natural Law – which can be assumed to be measured in some arbitrary units of value (i.e. money, emotional value, etc - shown as blue).
When a State is put in place, money, sweat, tears, etc must be extracted from the populace to sustain its existence. Under the influence of a State, by Le Chatelier's Principle, the equilibrium level of Natural Law violations will be shifted – for the better or for the worse. Under a State, both of these must be assigned a value and, subsequently, added together. If the summed value falls below the Natural Equilibrium, the State could be said to be ”worth it” (shown in dotted green) from the perspective of a cost-benefit analysis – whereas the red dotted line represents the case where the sum exceeds the Natural Equilibrium, and so, is ”not worth it”.
Laura Ingraham On O'Reilly: Rand Paul's Isolationist Foreign Policy Captures What Americans Are Feeling (VIDEO)Submitted by emalvini on Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:15
BY FOX NEWS INSIDER
JUL 24 2014 // 8:50PM AS SEEN ON THE O'REILLY FACTOR
Laura Ingraham was on “The O’Reilly Factor” to discuss if Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) can be a viable presidential candidate with his isolationist foreign policy, which departs from that of many of his fellow Republicans.
Ingraham said Paul is capturing what a lot of Americans are feeling after wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus so many ongoing global conflicts.
What many of us here on the Daily Paul have been discussing for awhile goes mainstream.
Most scoff at a competitor to the US dollar- that is based less on analysis than an inbred mentality regarding the strength of the dollar.
In this episode of the Rare Report...
Do you want the NSA looking at your naked body? Americans are fed up with the NSA–but are they ready to do something about it? Have we reached a tipping point? What legal grounds do we have against federal workers who pass around nude pics of us and our loved ones?
Is it government’s job to tell you what we should eat, drink, smoke and think? Shopping carts with Michele Obama telling food stamp recipients what healthy foods to buy? Is this for real? Should government control what they–or you–buy?
Can you be a conservative without being a libertarian? Establishment Republicans are attacking libertarian conservatives like Rand Paul and Justin Amash every chance they get. But can you even be a conservative without, to some degree, being a libertarian? We take a hard look at the definition of conservatism and it’s future.
Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it’s worth looking back at another doomed passenger plane—Iran Air Flight 655—shot down on July 3, 1988, not by some scruffy rebel on contested soil but by a U.S. Navy captain in command of an Aegis-class cruiser called the Vincennes.
Lunatic MI Govt Terrorists FORCE Organic Farmers to DESTROY 248 Gallons of Organic Milk & 1200 Free Range Eggs!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:47
As my war-survivin' late grandma (who knew a thing or two about surviving war-induced famine) would say: to throw away food, is the gravest of crimes!
By Daisy Luther
The Organic Prepper
July 24, 2014
by Matt Ferner
07/24/2014 2:46 pm EDT
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday filed an amendment in the Senate that would protect states that implement medical marijuana laws, as well as patients and physicians in those states, from federal prosecution.
Dennis Kucinich just tweeted:
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Elizabeth Kucinich @EJKucinich 12m
Yay!! #GMOOMG is out & ranking #2 documentary on iTunes today. Here's the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/id898147912