Papers, please! Show me your papers!
One morning in late September 2005, Deb was riding the public bus to work. She was minding her own business, reading a book and planning for work, when a security guard got on this public bus and demanded that every passenger show their ID. Deb, having done nothing wrong, declined. The guard called in federal cops, and she was arrested and charged with federal criminal misdemeanors after refusing to show ID on demand. - United States v. Deborah Davis
This is where I think all Americans can agree. This is bullshit.
What's the topper (makes for great press)? One of her sons is fighting in Iraq for "democracy and freedom." No the right wing isn't gonna like this, but the ACLU has taken the case. This is where we will truly see the diference between true conservative (limited govenment, states rights, fiscal conservatism) and the new national socialists collectively and euphamistically refered to as the Neo-Conservatives (strong central government in bed with the economically powerful). Funny how the conservatives want a conservative government here, but everywhere else they're finding justification to "liberalize" other countries. Everywhere else the "conservatives" in the government (like Iran, Russia, N. Korea) means human opression and strongman politicians.
Although the additional seizures under the Trading with the Enemy Act did not take place until after the war, documents from The National Archives and Library of Congress confirm that Bush and his partners continued their Nazi dealings unabated. These activities included a financial relationship with the German city of Hanover and several industrial concerns. They went undetected by investigators until after World War Two.- Read more about Grandpa Prescott Bush's Dresser Co., later to merge with Haliburton, and failing to divest in enemies of the state in WWII - Wikipedia.
On another note, while his personal business was his own and should have been left out of it and he tended to hold some values of the Democratic Party, Bill Clinton was not really a great friend of the average American, the poor, or states rights (which I mean to believe that states should be able to secure more liberties, not less). He signed NAFTA, he screwed the poor on welfare by kicking them off but failing to establish anything meaningful for them to do (like education or work programs), and he undermined California's attempt to legalize medical marijuana. And don't get me started on Hillary. I really wanted to like her. I was hoping for maybe the first woman president. But her insistance on towing the DLC line on Iraq and her foray into senate investigations of porn in videogames (ala Tipper Gore/PMRC) left me cold. In and of itself it seems inoccuous, but it's a sign for me. I don't care for video games, but I remember Jello Biafra, Dee Snider, and Frank Zappa testifying before congress about music. It rubs against the Libertarian in me.
Personally, just so it's known, I personally don't like weed. It's all wrong for my temperment (I'm INTENSE, damnit!!! Now, where's my Fucking Coffee!!!) I stick with the easily available drugs - caffeine, beer, and the occasional whiskey (Jack straight, thank you). I'll tell you, just about every cop I know thinks they should decriminalize weed. What a huge waste of our money criminally processing a bunch of laid back folks. I remember talking to one cop I know and asked him what he thought. He was used to busting up drunken college parties. He said that he's never gone in where "people were getting stoned and somebody wanted to fight him." Those getting high may bore me, but they've never been a threat to anyone.
And don;t get me started on the economic benifits that hemp offers to the individuall American. Check out this 1938 article from Popular Mechanics on the wonders of hemp.
Meanwhile, guess who owns Congress? So marijuana was outlawed in 1937 and they fanned the racism fires playing the racism card just like they do when they want to crack down on rock-and-roll or rap or hip hop or something like that. They said that smoking marijuana might cause you to fall under the influence of listening to jazz! I believe that it was even said on the floor of Congress that marijuana had to be banned because smoking it might make a black man look at a white woman twice. And let's not forget that U.S. Treasury Department funded documentary film, called, "Reefer Madness!" So marijuana was outlawed as devil weed in 1937. Only 53 years ago it was legal. Need I say more, on why our beloved fearless leaders go out of their way to censor our access to information so darn much? Can you imagine the mass outrage if this kind of stuff ever really got out? And people knew that this big drug problem that they keep reading about and hearing about is being caused by the government themselves? And people knew how easily each one of us individually could turn our ecological and human crisis around without resorting to Nazi malarky like oil wars and drug wars by just saying no! to George Bush. - "Grow more pot" by Jello Biafra
"What are you? A fuckin' commie? I don't want no commies in my car... No Christians either." - "Bud" (Harry Dean Stanton) from Repo Man
To me, "Libertarian" has always equated with liberal. The government's role is to protect freedom against tyranny and that also means tyranny of the masses. The government's role is to provide for American citizens. I pay taxes, damnit! I want more bang for my buck! I want free education! I want free healthcare! I want a strong DEFENSE! I don't want those assholes dictating morality to me!
Screw corporations, they're not a person/citizen and we should never confuse the issue! They do not have a right to free speech! They do not have a right to vote or donate to politics!
And the wealthy should be paying more than what they are on average in taxes. The wealthiest 5 percent have 59% of the wealth and pay 38.4 percent of federal taxes. The wealthiest 1 percent have over 38 percent of the wealth and pay 24.8 percent of federal taxes. These households have an average wealth of $10.2 million and pay only 3.5 percent of their wealth in taxes. By way of comparison, the bottom 40 percent of taxpayers have an average net wealth of $1,100 and pay 163 percent of their net wealth in taxes. - "What percentage of taxes are paid by the wealthiest 5% of Americans?", Facts about Taxes
We pay to play. We owe it to this country to pay for the environment that allowed us to excel. Think of it as a user fee.
If the left wants to build back up in this country, they're going to have to appeal to the libertarian ethic in much of this country.