To A Peaceful, Prosperous, and Rebellious 2013

Each of us makes a difference. Each of us, even in our own little world of stocking shelves, serving food, driving trucks, delivering goods, tapping on the keyboard, and talking to friends and family – each action that we take is profound.

 

The government is made up of people – human beings – that can be changed (or manipulated for that matter). We – you and I – are the people that can make our government exist of people who cherish liberty, our natural rights, our right to protect ourselves, our right to express ourselves freely.

 

We do this by our own little interactions – in our community, in our town or city, and in our County. We can participate in State and national politics – but our real power is with our small circle of 10 or 20, who we can trust, who we can talk to, and who we can build our armies with.

 

To a very rebellious 2013 – let us rebel against the evil powers that seek to destroy, and instead – cherish, promote, and empower the creative forces that embrace peace and prosperity. Let us rebel against collective rights, like political parties, who have their own agenda. Let us rebel against the manipulative monetary system that erodes the wealth and property of all people. Let us rebel against the tyranny that seeks to destroy our light, as free and loving people.

 

Rebel with me, and let’s use the amazing power that we have – for good.

 

In Liberty,

 

Tisha

 

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Merry Christmas – Jesus as Our Libertarian Friend

There are probably few better role models than that of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter what religion or spirituality encompasses your framework and world-view, looking at Jesus Christ as a person, based off of a well-known book called The Bible, shows that he is just the type of guy that many households could use right now – as a friend, a companion, a confidant, and a freedom-fighter.

 

As people who cherish liberty and our natural rights to do things like eat the food we want, maintain control over our property (including our body), and defend and protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm – we embrace individual rights. We embrace taking responsibility for ourselves. As Michael Badnarik eloquently points out in his lectures and Constitution classes, he says “I am King” – and that each of us, as individuals are Kings. We bow to no one. We are responsible for ourselves and cherish ourselves as individuals. This is unique to most forms of governments in the world – our country is still very free.

 

In Luke 17:21, Jesus is talking about where exactly the Kingdom of God is, and says that it is nether “here” nor “there”, “because the kingdom of God is within you” (New International Version Bible, 1984). Stop looking around – God is inside of us, and we are the Kings of our lives. And, as Badnarik would say, “It is good to be King”.

 

Jesus is the kind of friend that would not cast judgment on a person – he ate and drank with thieves (thieves at that time were the tax-collectors) and prostitutes, he was nice to everyone – he loved people where they were at. Like most of us who cherish liberty, we oftentimes find ourselves preaching to others, but we respect people’s individual choices and would never use force to change the behavior of another. Love versus force – a big gap in how to encourage behavior amongst our fellow men. I opt for using love to encourage behavior – not force.

 

Religions use “sin” as a word to cast judgment and prove “wrongness”. In Greek, “sin” literally means to “miss the mark”. And oh, how so many of us do miss that mark. Morality is subjective – there will be no agreement amongst humankind about right or wrong – but we can all think of ways that we “miss the mark”. In America, that mark is remembering that we are powerful individuals, and that our natural rights must be intact for us to not be slaves.

 

Jesus turned over the tables of the “money-changers” and was a rabble-rousing truth-seeker that caused problems for “the King”. Those money-changers (like the Federal Reserve today) and thieves (like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)) were called out by Jesus – for their robbery of the people. They were eroding the wealth and property of the people, and Jesus had enough of it. He did not lay down, he did not shut up, he spoke out and eventually his life was taken for it.

 

There is no better way to celebrate this holiday (again, regardless of what you believe in as “God”) than to celebrate the rabble-rouser whose birth so many celebrate. So, this Christmas, I wish to you a merry time with friends, family, pets, etc. in celebration of the birth of a man who made enemies of those who would keep us on our knees.

Collectives Always Erode the Rights of the Individual

I will say it until I cannot physically irk the words out any longer. A collective – be it a political party, an organization, or a government – eventually attempts to use force to erode the natural rights of the individual. It is just the way that human nature works.

 

The National Rifle Association (NRA), bending to pressure from media, government, and individuals said today that they are “prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again”.

 

I am hopeful that this means to actively participate in protecting their membership’s individual and natural right to protect themselves. Tragically – men, women, and children die every day because they are unable to protect themselves, all over the world. If our country (and in particular this organization) wanted to do something great, it would leave collective bargaining and “working with government” between individuals and their representatives. The NRA is a collective, and it will most likely eventually use its membership and “force” to make something “happen” in Washington, D.C.

 

Individuals, acting as individuals responsible for themselves, are the cure for our country’s ills. Government cannot help or save us – organizations like the NRA or the Komen Foundation cannot help or save us. Collectives – big groups of people – can become forces for a cause that eventually erodes your individual right. Our individual right to protect ourselves is on the line. What will you do?

Mental Health Treatment Issue NOT a Gun Issue – Tragedy at Sandy Hook

My heart and prayers are with the families and nation as we watch this horrific event unfold in Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  As we search for answers, I want to make very clear that if this young man who killed so many innocents was on any prescription drug to treat any mental condition, that that drug (that would have been approved by the FDA) should immediately be pulled and the people being treated with such treated with another approach other than mind-altering drugs.

 

Mind-altering drugs to treat mental illnesses are not tested with the thousands of variables that come into play with a human brain and the emotions of billions of different people.  We are all wired differently.  No man can create a panacea to cure all people of all things.  When it comes to emotional illnesses, many times prescription drugs can cause even more emotional turmoil and result in horrid, unspeakable actions.

 

• Jared Lee Loughner – the killer/shooter in Arizona who attempted to kill Representative Gabby Giffords used mind-altering substances and was described as mentally ill.

• Eric Harris – one of the killers/shooters in Colorado at Columbine High School was on an anti-depressent medication called Luvox- this is in the class of drugs called “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors” (SSRI).  The other killer/shooter, Dylan Klebold, was alleged to be seen taking Paxil and Zoloft.

• James Holmes, the killer/shooter in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater actually talked about his affinity for altered states of mind and was on mind-altering prescription medication at the time of the shooting.

 

That is just the start of the list, and these are just the cases of mass shootings – not individuals killing themselves, or killing “just” one family member.

 

Mass shootings by individuals are an American phenomena.  Armies and governments do such horrific things – but individuals acting out in such immense hatred and anger has been seen more-so in our very own country.  These impulses to kill massive numbers of people are not normal – they are something that is new to this century, and especially present and new since the introduction of mind-altering prescription medications.  The side-effects of many of these drugs are explicitly stated to be unhealthy feelings like: “agitation”, “memory problems”, “confusion”, “hallucinations” (Paxil), “racing thoughts, feelings of extreme happiness or irritability” (Luvox), “Mild Degree of Mania” (Zoloft).

 

Many of our children and youth are eating food devoid of nutrients – combine this with prescription drugs for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit disorder, etc. – and you have a toxic concoction that will result in horrific crimes in our country.  We must change our approach to mental health and the wellness of the young minds that are to become the leaders of this country.

 

 

The “beloved” conservative Ronald Reagan did our nation no favors when it came to the care of the mentally ill when we cut the funding for these institutions.  Personally, I believe this funding and all programs would be much more effective at a State level – nonetheless, his policy put many mentally ill patients on the streets, and has done our nation no favors when it comes to protecting innocent lives from the inexplicable actions of the mentally ill.  Ever since, there has been an increase in the types of crimes that have no real answers and make us question the morality and saneness of our nation.

 

This is not a gun issue – those guns were legally purchased by Adam Lanza’s mother.  This is a mental health issue.  And for those of you who think that taking guns off the streets will alleviate the violence of insane individuals, I have news for you – it will not and it would be impossible to enforce – criminals always get weapons.  The only way to protect our citizenry is to allow individuals the opportunity to be armed to take the lives of those who attempt to take our own lives, or the lives of our children.

 

There are angels in heaven who have the hands of those little kids, who are safe now and far away from the horrific actions of that day.  In memory of them, and to their sacrifice, I beg you to consider a strong and peaceful campaign again the pharmaceutical industry and doctors/psychiatrists who use these mind-altering substances to treat our children’s emotional disorders.

– Tisha T. Casida

Being Left High & Dry By The Law

Attempting to legislate away issues is like creating motion-censored bathroom facilities (e.g. toilets, towel dispensers, faucets).

Creating legislation to stop people from engaging activities makes these “smarter-than-thou” politicians automatically feel like they are creating a “safer” environment. For instance, some people believe that outlawing guns will stop crime (does that mean that police officers and politicians also must not carry weapons?). Pretend you believe that – you go walking around town feeling like you are safe because guns are illegal. What if – hypothetically – a criminal still gets a weapon (which they will – remember, the United States was arming criminals in Mexico just recently (Fast & Furious). Now that this criminal is armed, are you glad that you have no way to protect yourself?

This is the same as creating public toilets that flush automatically when you walk away. Sure, you think that they are going to flush, but they are not fool-proof (nothing is), and sometimes your excrement is left. If you want to be sure it flushes, you have to push the button yourself. You have to take responsibility.

Creating legislation that is supposed to solve problems, can create a lot more problems. For example, some people want laws that coerce other people to buy health insurance (first of all, if the economy was better and we could get our monetary policy in check, most people would willingly purchase insurance on their own). The people who want these laws believe that this will solve all of our sick-care problems – if people are paying into corrupt insurance companies (including the government through your taxes) that have in fact hidden the true cost of medical services – then somehow this is going to make us healthier. Will being forced to pay something you can’t afford right now help you take care of your health and well-being?

This is the same as having faucets that the only way to turn on is by wafting your hands underneath at the perfect speed and distance so as to get a flowing stream of water. It is magical – and no one is sure of the exact calculation – sometimes it works, but sometimes it doesn’t – and there is no way to turn it on for oneself. We can’t even attempt to take the responsibility for ourselves because we have no option – that is the same type of choice-scenario that is being discussed with “health-care” – where is my choice to know what medical services cost and pay for them out of pocket?

I believe in taking responsibility for myself, and I am sick and tired of politicians deciding my path for me – whether through legislation, laws on the books, mandates, etc. , it leads to an inefficient experience while trying to “earn a living”. I am not a criminal, and feel I deserve a less intrusive path to “the American dream”.

The same goes for these ridiculously “efficient” and “smart” bathrooms that attempt to think for me and don’t let me push the button – having “others” think for me and decide when the toilet flushes, when the faucet flows, and when the towels dispense, has left me high and dry enough.

Originally posted at PartyDumper.com

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