I Am Not a Number. I Am a Free Man!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 04 Oct 2002 12:00:00 GMT
From kaba -
Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. If men are to wait for liberty till they become wise and good in slavery, they may indeed wait forever. -- Lord Thomas Macaulay

From The Federalist (check out their redesigned web page) -

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be 'cured' against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. But to be punished, however severely, because we have deserved it, because we 'ought to have known better,' is to be treated as a human person made in God's image." -- C.S. Lewis
"America, true patriots recognize, is a nation and a system of laws and institutions designed to ensure individual liberty. The UN -- a few charitable enterprises notwithstanding -- is an expense-account boondoggle largely designed to fill the wallets of kleptocrats and assuage the egos of runner-up nations. And yet, for reasons that remain mysterious to me, many [Leftists] seem to think that the UN is somehow a democratic institution because its members vote. Never mind that many of these votes are cast by people who don't represent their constituents in any democratic sense. The same people who despise the federal and republican aspects of the United States -- states' rights, the electoral college, indirect elections, etc. -- will swoon over the moral authority of UN 'votes' criticizing the United States. This is like having a gang of criminals 'vote' on which old lady they're going rob and kill and then, looking at the corpse, say, 'Well, it was a democratic decision'." -- Jonah Goldberg
"America has an absolute sovereign right to defend itself. We do not need permission from the UN or anybody else to use military force. What is needed, however, is a congressional declaration of war. Our Constitution does not permit any President to initiate war simply because the UN gives him permission. When we seek permission, or even mere approval, from the United Nations, we give credibility to the terrible notion that American national security is a matter of international consensus. America alone should decide whether to send its sons and daughters to war. ...What is badly needed today is a coherent foreign policy based on American national security and self-defense, free trade, a rejection of entangling political and military alliances, and a wholesale removal of the U.S. from the clutches of global government." -- Rep. Ron Paul
"I wasn't surprised to hear that airport security at Los Angeles had seized from a British granny the 2" toy rifle of a GI Joe she'd bought for her grandson. Nor by the news that security at Reno Airport inspected a woman's breasts to check it was only underwiring she had in her brassiere. Nor by the news that a Long Island mom boarding at JFK had been made to drink bottles of her own breast milk in front of other passengers to prove it wasn't a dangerous liquid. Here at the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, we regard these as important victories in the war against terrorism. Whether these three suspects are, indeed, the world's most wanted evil masterminds -- where's my secretary's Post-it note? Ah, yes, here we are.... Whether these three suspects are indeed the notorious Osama bin Lactate, Mullah Ol' Bra and Saddam Hippain it's too early to say, but we do know that it would have been all too easy to insert a toy miniature rifle in the top of the rubber nipple of a baby bottle, give it a surreptitious squeeze and send the plastic projectile flying into the aisle to give the stewardess a nasty nick in her pantyhose. The day that happens you'll know we're not doing our job." -- Mark Steyn

I Am Not A Number.org is a Bureaucrash campaign opposing a National ID card. Bravo! The PDF flyer makes it more obvious that it's a gun pointing at the citizen's head in the picture below. [smith2004]

The League of Non-Voters encourages you to withdraw your support of the world's largest and most brutal organized criminal element: its national governments. [lew]

Black Ribbon Campaign Against Voting
"An election is nothing more than an advance
auction of stolen goods." -- Ambrose Bierce

Welcome to the League of Non-Voters. Sponsored by the Economic Government Group, this site is the focal point for the idea that political government doesn't work and, contrary to conventional wisdom, democracy may be the worst form of it of all. We offer essays and links to external resources, and invite you to participate in our Black Ribbon Campaign against voting.

JPFO Alerts - How to answer the Toughest Question - a good response to anti-gunners who ask why guns should not be registered and gun owners licensed. After all, cars are registered, and drivers are licensed. [jpfo]

Here is the answer you can give:

(1) Practically speaking, registration and licensing laws do not affect criminals, they only affect innocent citizens.

(2) Fundamentally speaking, citizens in a free society do not have to get permission from anyone to exercise their right to self-defense, just as they don't need permission to freely speak or worship. Licensing and registration schemes require citizens to get permission to defend themselves, so those schemes don't belong in a free society.

(3) Historically speaking, registration and licensing have been part of "gun control" programs that made possible the calculated mass murder of between 70 and 170 million people. Registration and licensing make genocide easier, not harder. I fight against genocide and I don't want to make genocide easier anywhere in the world.

GlobalResearch.ca at Rense.com - Regime Change In The US: Proposal From A Concerned Citizen - if you believe GW's rhetoric about Iraq, then why not believe this. Rings true to me. Sadaam Hussein has stayed within his own country for the last ten years. The U.S. has not. Sadaam may be attempting to build an atomic weapon. The U.S. has thousands of them with missiles able to deliver them anywhere on the face of the planet. [grabbe]

The United States possesses, and has openly discussed using, such weapons of mass destruction upon a great number of other nations. Among these nations are those listed in George Bushs' so-called "axis of evil" list, as well as many others which it says, "harbor terrorists". The so-called "War on Terror" targets Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Columbia, Nicaragua and many others. Upon these nations the U.S. has repeatedly issued a series of very aggressive and threatening statements to the effect of; "You are either with us or against us", implying dire consequences of economic, diplomatic and military measures in the case of non-compliance. It has openly discussed the possibility of a "first strike" use of conventional nuclear warheads, and "tactical nukes" on the battlefield. Its' military policy of, "win no matter what the cost of truth or human lives", as a surrogate for sane foreign relations, has earned the wrath of the world. U.S. belligerency has been a major contributor to international hostilities, instability, war and the creation of reactionary terrorist groups, as well as the oppression of peoples worldwide. Its irrational posture threatens to catapult the world into another, and probably final, world war.


The U.S. has repeatedly told its own citizenry to expect involvement in what amounts to a Permanent State of War, due to the "War on Terror". A large and increasing number of foreign nationals are being held in American prisons unlawfully, often without charges, legal due process or access to legal counsel. These persons are often subjected to psychological and physical torture due to their nationality or religious beliefs. Its' Afghan prisoners of war in Cuba are treated without dignity, in violation of the Geneva Convention. At the same time, the U.S. has insisted that its military personnel must be held exempt from war crimes charges by the international community, regardless of their actions.


For these reasons and others, it is hereby proposed that:

A United Nations resolution be created for the purpose of dis-arming and otherwise rendering harmless, the major threat to world peace which the United States has become. Toward this end the necessity of ousting its current dictator, George W. Bush, and the legislative bodies of that government which currently parrot him without serious debate, is self evident.

Linda Johnston at LewRockwell.com - Homeopathy, Economics, and Government - a short history of the growth of of American homeopathy in the nineteenth century, it's near death at the beginning of the twentieth, and its resurgence in the 1970s. The AMA has tried hard to vanquish the market, but so far they have failed. [lew]

Today, the legal standing of Homeopathy and Homeopaths is in limbo. Whereas in all but a few states, the restrictive laws are still on the books yet Homeopathy is thriving and riding high on a tidal wave of popular support. There is definitely an economic impact of all this popularity, yet much of it cannot be measured because the majority of Homeopaths are illegal practitioners whose work is not counted in statistics. Efforts at restricting the practice of Homeopathy today, as in the last century, have proven almost completely ineffective. People want Homeopathy and for that reason alone, it is here to stay and so is its impact on the economics of medicine.

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