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.

The Abolition of Property Rights in America

Property rights are the basis for our Constitution – the trust between the people in this country, and the government who we have entrusted with certain privileges. Only individuals have rights. States governments and the federal government have privileges, which have been entrusted to them by us. You and me. We are the final say – we are the grand jury when it comes to protecting our lives and our property.

Whether you want to consider your body, your mind, your home, your land, and/or other intrinsic goods that you own, your property – this concept holds true for all of them – this is something unique to our Constitution and our way of life – where individuals have jurisdiction over their bodies and their property. We sometimes take this for granted.

There is a land-grab going on in our country and the basis for such is the dangerous and usurping heavy hand of the federal government, as well as international agencies and agendas like the United Nation’s Agenda 21.   Just as this affects the land and property that we own, where we make our livelihoods, and grow in our communities – the same threat is at bay for our own bodies – the ability we have to decide for ourselves what we put into our bodies, and our ability to eat nutritious, unadulterated foods and medicines that are an inherent part of the human species’ development (for example, with federal agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and with international agendas like Codex Alimentarius).

A good friend of mine has been attempting to build an addition to his mountain home, and came across several impediments – which halted his progress for almost a year. Some of these include local building codes, many of which can be traced back to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (and the Department of Homeland Security). Have you seen how much land in our country is in a “flood plane”– where it is impossible to get “insurance”? (Of course if you cannot get insurance, you are completely halted from using your property… why is this?)

 

What happens to the land if it is deemed un-usable to the general population? Well, it goes back to the government of course. Have you seen how much land is now “owned” by the federal government? (Not to mention how many homes are “owned” by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae thanks to the self-inflicted housing bubble in 2008 that caused an unprecedented number of foreclosures.)

 

Since the federal government is a trust between those elected and those represented by the people they elect, then doesn’t this mean that this land and property is truly ours – the people’s? And if this is the case, don’t the citizens of their respected States have the right to use their land as they see fit?

 

Perhaps it would make more sense if State and local governments decided upon rules and regulations for the intricacies of each area versus the out-of-touch federal government that cannot make effective blanket-policies that positively affect every community in this country.

In Colorado’s third congressional district, we have very diverse ecosystems and geography that are an inherent part of the daily lives and economic development of the citizens of our State. Tremendous amounts of energy resources, water resources, agricultural lands, mineral resources, and the tourism-related industries from the geography of the land (skiing, fishing, rafting, hiking, etc.) are increasingly protected and extinguished by the federal government. Through agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – copious amounts of red tape and “green tape” halt the responsible use of these resources that would positively benefit Colorado citizens.

 

There is a place for common-sense regulations, and when it comes to the resources, eco-systems, and land of a State – State and county officials should be the representatives protecting and enriching their citizens. Resources, eco-systems, and agricultural lands are unique and diverse, and the most effective means of protecting them is at the State and local level – where representatives and officials can be most transparent, accountable, and receptive to the needs of their citizens.

 

It could be (unfortunately) argued that we never had property rights. But since I am a fire-eater, I will go ahead and go on the record say that we do, and it is up to us to let the powers that be know where that line in the sand is drawn. We do have property rights and we have a right to use our land and resources as we as individuals see fit. Individual rights trump the rights of the State and the federal government, and I know of many individuals now who are fighting these federal agencies when it comes to using their own land and making their own decisions. This must stop. The federal government is a fictitious entity held together by the individuals of this country who have granted several privileges to them – and with the same power that we have used to grant them these privileges, we can entrust to State and local representatives the role of regulating the lands and resources we depend upon for our survival and for our economic well-being.

 

 

Republic versus Democracy – Why We Should NOT Be Promoting Democracy

We hear about our country’s stellar democracy and how important it is that we, the United States of America, “promote” (via war oftentimes) democracy to other countries.  People hear this and think that democracy is equivalent to freedom; of course for anyone who knows the true intention of (most of) the Founding Fathers, we understand that we shouldn’t be living in and upholding a democracy – it is a republic that is the purest form of government for protecting individual rights.

Republic: Where people vote for representatives to represent them and protect their individual rights.  Our representatives are not supposed to go to Washington to write and enact legislation that benefits majorities and minorities, or institutes and enforces the concept of collective rights – the only task of our representatives is to protect and defend the individual rights of the American people.

Democracy: Where everyone votes on everything – every issue, every problem, every concept.  However, when everyone votes on everything, the majority continuously erodes the minority – that minority eventually does not exist – and at that point, it is tyranny.  The small voice – the minority – eventually goes away – because the votes of the representatives form collective rights.  We vote for representatives that are supposed to represent us and our individual rights.  When representatives vote on every issue that may affect the American people (forming collective rights of special groups of people), this is different than simply representing them and protecting individual rights versus collective rights.  This is where our “republic” is today – our representatives vote on issues that protect collective rights instead of individual rights.

Now, we are far away from this concept of a republic.  Most congressional and presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle continuously “win the hearts and minds” of the people by promising what they will do for majorities and minorities – promising to protect the interest of corporations, promising to protect the interest of unions (as an example). The problem is that this is the antithesis of protecting individual rights.  The protection of special interests eventually leads to the division of people based on their emotions on social issues (which the federal government should have no part of).  The protected interest of certain groups, factions or political parties charges the debates amongst all people; all people who can generally agree on the fact that individual rights are a good thing to be protected (but this is not what we are focusing on when we argue back and forth about social or group issues).

The States that are in our Union of States, which makes up the United States of America, is a unique form of government, called a republic.  Our Republic has been under attack before, during, and immediately after the creation of the Constitution of the United States of America.  The only thing that protects that Republic is the very thing the Republic defends – that is the individual rights of the American people.  Democracy, which has been touted by Republicans and Democrats for many years, is a dangerous form of government that eventually erodes away individual liberties because it relies on the will of a majority.  This will always lead to tyranny.

Look at our country – do our representatives go to Washington, D.C. to protect our individual rights?  Or do our representatives go to write legislation that benefits a group?  Do presidential and congressional candidates campaign on promises of protecting your individual liberties?  Or do presidential and congressional candidates (sans Ron Paul) campaign on promises of protecting special interest groups – groups of people who are the “minority”, groups of people who want the government involved in social issues?

We are revolutionary – the American spirit runs pure in the hearts of many people of this great Republic.  The beauty of this is, it is not uniquely American – it is human – liberty and freedoms endowed by our Creator are an inherent part of the blessings of walking this planet.

Let us remember that spirit and remember the important of individual rights this election – look for candidates that promise to protect your individual rights, as that is the key to prosperity and peace.

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BANKING REFORM – Limited Purpose Banking

We will be continually promoting this concept that was brought to our attention from one of our readers – it is WE THE PEOPLE that will save this country.

Have you heard the term “limited purpose banking”?  It is a very simple, efficient, and honest means of getting our financial system back on the track of preserving YOUR money.  The concept?  All financial institutions change to operate strictly as “pass-through mutual-fund companies”(Bloomberg, 2010), where the investments can lost value, but the funds themselves can never fail.  Details about mutual-fund securities would be disclosed in real-time (giving the market valuable information to be able to make purchasing decisions).  This would also replace 115 federal and state financial regulatory bodies with ONE “Federal Financial Administration” to oversee limited-purpose-banking funds.

Create transparency, eliminate bureaucracy, and let the free-market work.  That is what I call smart and sustainable solutions to our banking industry.  Read more about it HERE.

– Tisha Casida

BANKING REFORM – Limited Purpose Banking

We will be continually promoting this concept that was brought to our attention from one of our readers – it is WE THE PEOPLE that will save this country.

Have you heard the term “limited purpose banking”?  It is a very simple, efficient, and honest means of getting our financial system back on the track of preserving YOUR money.  The concept?  All financial institutions change to operate strictly as “pass-through mutual-fund companies”(Bloomberg, 2010), where the investments can lost value, but the funds themselves can never fail.  Details about mutual-fund securities would be disclosed in real-time (giving the market valuable information to be able to make purchasing decisions).  This would also replace 115 federal and state financial regulatory bodies with ONE “Federal Financial Administration” to oversee limited-purpose-banking funds.

Create transparency, eliminate bureaucracy, and let the free-market work.  That is what I call smart and sustainable solutions to our banking industry.  Read more about it HERE.

– Tisha Casida

Across the USA – Save America's Future is Spreading the Word

Good American Post Staff Reports

The executive director of Save America’s Future, Kenny Thomas, isn’t just talking about educating people – he is actually doing something about it.

Following Historic US Highway 50 for 3,043 miles – Thomas will stop along the stretch of 12 states to talk to and survey residents about their awareness and feelings concerning their views on government spending and the role of government.  This will be done with the help of his parents – Wally and Marilyn Thomas who will be following him with their motor home.  Upon his arrival in Washington DC, he will deliver this information to Congressional leaders, while his wife and daughters who will meet him in D.C., will deliver to President Obama letters from elementary school students who are concerned with the nation’s national debt.

We cheer Kenny’s efforts as he makes his travels, and hope that you will too.  Visit Save America’s Future HERE.

Right, Left, Red, Blue, Middle, Green – UNITE!

“Where are the Greenies?” said a friend who owns property and has been vocal about the intrusion of the heavy hand of government in Colorado land law.

The reinstatement of the “Death Tax” in Colorado will have negative implications for land owners who want to leave their land to their children.  If HR 3524 (Colorado House) does not get passed, the Death Tax will come back in 2011 with even sharper provisions.

Positions of various government representatives seem to favor land-owners, that is, until you look at their voting records.  Politics is in full force at all levels of government – this includes state and local representatives as well.

Aside from the bureaucracy that so many of us are sick and tired of, another more positive and productive statement must be made.  That is, this particular issue, could really unite some facets of ideologies.

For example, land owners want to protect their land (via not being taxed at their death).  By farmers and ranchers wanting to protect their land and NOT sell out to developers, this is in fact preserving the land/environment/eco-system which can be decimated by urban sprawl and unsustainable development.

Farmers and ranchers want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to them and their children.  Environmentalists, and “greenies” if you will, want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to them and their children.

In addition to this, hunters and fishers want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to their sport.  People that are so often shoved into the category of “tree huggers” want the same thing.

So where are we?  Where are the Americans here?  We want the same thing – let’s take a harder look at the bureaucracy and red tape that is in place to “help” the heavy hand of government and see how we may be able to eliminate some of the negative consequences that hurt ALL OF US.

Whether you are conservative or liberal on land issues – this is one area where we should be fighting together.  The death tax, and any taxes that make it impossible to preserve land, wildlife, and eco-systems should be eliminated – we will all benefit and protect the very environments that we call home.

– Tisha Casida

A Little Thing Called FAITH

Another opportunity to watch Glenn Beck – with David Barton (WallBuilders) and Ira Stoll (Author of “A Life”) – leads to inspirational thoughts for lovers of liberty.

How in the world did I major in Political Science and not know more about my own country? A closer look at the “Father of the American Revolution”, Samuel Adams, will lead you to see how far away from our founding principles we are – as individuals, communities, and a country.

As the American Revolution was taking place, there were many instances when these brave folks fighting for liberty questioned what they were doing.  There was even dissent from people in this country (people who did not want to be “free”), and there were many battles lost before having any chance at succeeding.

However, these people had faith.  They believed that the plight of liberty and of INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, and that these superseded their own well-being.  They were willing to sacrifice their lives for their liberty and the liberty of future citizens.

If we could go back, if we could take back our representatives and our country, we could likely simplify the mecca of  bureaucracy that is leading to our enslavement to a political and economic system that will no longer allow for individuals to act for themselves in a market that is free.

And what should we do?  We have many battles that we are all fighting, in our own lives, professions, and communities.  We must keep questioning, fighting, and standing up for the principles this country was built upon.  And really, to do this effectively, one must have faith.  It is all we have at the end of the day.

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– Tisha Casida

The Case for Limited Taxation

Once again, in my home state of Colorado, I see why limited taxation and adherence to free markets makes the most sense for WE THE PEOPLE.

Because of a state law that requires online retailer, Amazon, to collect online sales taxes (up to $4.6 million/year) – the retailer is dropping associations with Colorado-based affiliate marketers (those that help sell Amazon’s products).  This extra money in taxes, required now by the State of Colorado, is supposed to make up for part of its $1.3 billion budget shortfall.

What happens then to Colorado-based affiliate marketers (including The Good American Post) that have been dropped by Amazon?  Extra commissions that we earn (as small-business-owners) are now GONE!

The internet, the freedom it encompasses and and limited red tape that it embraces, are the very reason that small-business owners and individuals can thrive financially.  The fact that many transactions are not taxed, allow WE THE PEOPLE, to make more money.  Which is a GOOD THING – it puts more money in our pocketbooks, which allows us to spend more money in our local economies.  Not giving more and more of our hard-earned money to governments to throw into the trough of their irresponsible spending.

By Tisha Casida

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