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Steve Kubby’s MLK day message

In Celebrities, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Corruption, Crime, Democracy, Drug War, Economics, Libertarian, Media, Personal Responsibility, Politics on January 15, 2007 at 7:43 pm

This is an MLK day Message from Steve Kubby, Libertarian for President with markup links by me, paulie cannoli.

FREE AT LAST?

I wonder what Martin Luther King, Jr., would think of the America we live in — how he’d feel had he and his assassin not met on that fateful April morning and if instead he had awakened this morning to his 78th birthday.

I wonder what he’d have to say about a country that treats one in thirty of its own citizens as criminals.

I wonder how he’d characterize a country that imprisons more of its own people than any other nation on earth.

I wander what he’d call a country that incarcerates one in four of
its young black males
.

I wonder if he could tolerate a country that differentiates between
“white people’s cocaine” and “black people’s cocaine” in its sentencing laws.

I wonder if Dr. King would have the moral strength to stick to his philosophy of non-violence in this era of militarized police, “no-
knock” raids, death sentences for self-defense, and the cold-blooded murder of elderly black women by their alleged protectors.

I wonder if Dr. King would even recognize the America we live in today.

I don’t think he would. I think he’d still be leading marches and working for justice — demanding that America make good on what he called the “architects of our republic[‘s] … promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. … a promise that all men
would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Dr. King is not often described as a “libertarian” when his work for racial equality is remembered — and maybe there are other, better words to describe his ideas. Certainly the movemement he led for so many years has sometimes struck out in directions he’d likely not
have supported. But, just as clearly, he understood the importance of freedom. On this, his birthday, I like to take a few minutes to remember the closing words of his famous 1963 speech in Washington:

“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to
join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'”

I hope that you’ll spend a few moments pondering those words with me — and the coming years working with me to renew them and to make them real.

Let freedom grow!
Steve Kubby
Libertarian for President

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http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/15/steve-kubbys-mlk-day-message/

Rules are rules, and rulers are assholes.

In Civil Liberties on January 15, 2007 at 6:40 pm

A 17-year-old US student who enjoys re-enacting medieval battles has been banned from wielding his favourite sword in his graduation yearbook…The school rejected the photo, saying it contravened a strict zero-tolerance policy on weapons.

Yeah, OK. Because history enthusiasts are really a threat to safety. The ACLU is helping the student sue the school for restricting his speech.

Story from the BBC.

Dubai-ya Officially Declares Martial Law

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Corruption, Democracy, Democrats, Iraq War, Libertarian, Middle East, Personal Responsibility, Politics, Republican, Taxation, War on January 15, 2007 at 2:46 am

Can we all say Impeachment together yet?

At
http://www.infowars.com/articles/iraq/bush_vows_no_matter_what_surge_is_on.htm

Bush vows to 60 Minutes that ‘no matter what Congress wants’ surge is on

Raw Story | January 13, 2007

In an interview set to air on this Sunday’s 60 Minutes, President George W. Bush vows to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq “no matter what” the Democratic-controlled Congress tries to do.

“Do you believe as Commander in Chief you have the authority to put the troops in there no matter what the Congress wants to do,” 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley asks Bush in the short clip uploaded to the CBS News web site Friday night.

“I think I’ve got, in this situation, I do, yeah,” Bush said.

“Now I fully understand they will,” Bush continued, “they could try to stop me from doing it, but, uh, I’ve made my decision and we’re going forward.”

Now, I’m no great Constitutionalist; in fact, I’m rather a fan of Lysander Spooner on the issue.

But, a limited government with divided powers is at least preferable to an unlimited one ruled by an autocratic dictator. The Constitution Bush has sworn to uphold clearly says that all appropriations – including for the military – originate in Congress, and that only Congress can declare war. If the President can simply wage undeclared wars and appropriate spending without consent of Congress, is he not a dictator and a traitor to the Constitution?

Bush clearly believes that he can rule by decree, and spend money whether the Congress likes it or not. The new Democrat “opposition” in Congress has ruled out impeachment and the last convention of the Libertarian Party (?) voted it down as well, despite having been proud to be the first party to have officially called for the impeachment of Clinton. Why the double standard?

It’s time for all of us, as individuals and organizations, to stand up together and separately and demand impeachment hearings in Congress. If the Democrats and the LP can’t find the guts to do it, what about Representative
Ron Paul
who is now
a candidate for President
?

Angel Of Death – Slayer: BSG & CD Remix

via Scott Horton’s Stress

Health Care: Alternatives to Socialism and Fascism

In Civil Liberties, Corruption, Democrats, Economics, Health, Libertarian, Personal Responsibility, Politics, Taxation on January 15, 2007 at 2:07 am

Can liberals and libertarians find common ground on health care solutions?

At http://mutualist.livejournal.com/

01:30 pm – What is worse: socialized medicine or fascist medicine?
With the democrats retaking congress socialized medicine (er, “universal healthcare”) will once again take the center stage. While I certainly expect the far left to spew more rhetoric, I do not expect them to come anywhere close to passing a major health reform bill.

This year, I’m much more worried about the healthcare proposal coming from right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation and Newt Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation. The proposal is to legislatively mandate that everyone must buy health insurance and adds subsidies for families under the three times the federal poverty level ($60,000 per year for a family of four). This proposal is already law in Massachusetts, and California is considering adapting it as well.

The rub of the matter:

I think we all want a health care system that is broadly accessible. Rather than focusing on how to generate an accessible system, let’s change the focus on eliminating barriers to access. Of all the barriers to access I could name, the biggest barrier is employer provided health insurance.

After all, isn’t the root of the problem the fact that health insurance is tied to employment? This places all of the power in the hands of corporate managers, who decide whom will receive what benefits, if any at all. Health benefits are lost when people change jobs, reducing mobility, and the self-employed and chronically unemployed are often unable to obtain insurance. Health benefits are subject the budgeting whims of managers, who are increasing using cost sharing and reducing benefits to meet budgets.

The post details how WWII wage controls led to adoption of benefits as a proxy for raises, which in turn were made tax-exempt by Congress after the war. Later, this led to a price spiral in health care costs, eventually leading to the mess we have today.

To see how government started to created this problem even earlier, see

http://ruwart.com/Healing/chap5.html

Which details how the AMA-created monopoly on occupational licensing served to destroy alternative medicine and innovation, and to close the ranks of the medical profession to women, non-whites, and the poor for decades while limiting supply of services and raising prices.

Also, see
Health Care Issues: A Compendium of Posts
by Kevin Carson.

This post also appears at
http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/15/health-care-alternatives-to-socialism-and-fascism/