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Political Strategy January 29, 2010

Posted by Beth in Politics.
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Lately, I have been receiving phone calls from various Republican fund raising bodies on an almost daily basis, and although I am sympathetic to some of their agenda, there is enough I dislike about the standard “conservative agenda”  and entrenched Republican politicians, I am unwilling to give the GOP any of my money.

I think of myself as a Reluctant Republican. I registered Republican so I can vote in the California primaries, but most of my votes in the recent past have been votes against the Democrats rather than for the Republicans. Not very inspiring or satisfying.

The recent escalating threats–as well as the concrete attacks– on our freedoms are too grave for me to ignore or remain inactive. So here is what I am planning to do.

I will watch for individual candidates who support a government limited to the protection of the individual rights of life, liberty and property. This means those who will promote economic freedom, equality before the law, and the simultaneous lowering of taxes and government spending. Those individuals and organizations will recieve my financial support–where ever they are in this country.

Occasionally, I may support a less-than-ideal candidate in an important race in order to send a specific message. The recent election in Massachusetts fit that bill when circumstances (and Scott Brown) turned the Senatorial race into a national referendum on Obamacare. (Message sent, but apparently not heard.)

My other goal is to expand my audience beyond blogging by submitting letters to the editor. Each essay I write will also be sent simultaneously to all three of my national congressmen (2 Senators and one Rep in the House.) In addition, I will also now send them to my state representatives. Much of what I envision speaking out about will be relevant at both the state and national level…so why not get as much millage as possible out of my time and effort?

We need to speak up. We need to let the politicians know that we are paying attention and we are not stupid. We  will not be fooled by such ludicrous claims as ObamaCare will reduce the deficit, or that the deals made with states and special interest groups are “compromises” –when they are in fact nothing less than bribes, kickbacks and extorsions.

And when I receive those phone calls from the Republicans, or money requests through the mail, I am telling them why I am not sending them money, and will not, until I see substantial evidence that they truly are going to work to reduce the intrusion of government into our private lives. There is a difference between a statist Republican and a statist Democrat. Just not enough.

Such Irony January 28, 2010

Posted by Beth in Education, Politics.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010 Washington Post

Home-schoolers win asylum in U.S

A U.S. immigration judge’s decision to grant political asylum to a German family with “a well-founded fear of persecution” for home-schooling their children should send a powerful message to the German government to change its stance on home schooling…Home schooling in Germany is illegal in most cases, and violators can be fined, jailed and even lose custody of their children.

And where do American’s go when they are fined, jailed or lose custody of their children for the crime of educating their children without the blessings of the state?

Politics and Music January 11, 2010

Posted by Beth in Music, Politics.
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Because sometimes, in hard times, we could all use a laugh.

For a more serious discussion of this issue, see Wealth Is Not the Problem.

In Honor of Heroes January 6, 2010

Posted by Beth in Miscellaneous Musings, Politics.
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I have been thinking about what I want to write in recognition of the changing of the year…so many things run through my mind.

What I accomplished.

What I didn’t accomplish but still want to.

Statements of gratitude and love to my family.

A political or personal summary or recap.

Yesterday’s news of an attack on one of the Danish cartoonists who 4 years ago caused such controversy helped me decide. I want to recognize and honor a set of people who have stood up for what they believe in–even when it meant risking public attack on their reputation and careers—and sometimes on their lives.  As I blog away in relative anonymity, I stand in awe of those who have had their integrity tested so severely, and who have faced the test with such  honor and courage.

Here are some of those heroes. Each image is linked to a piece of their story, providing just a sampling of why they are heroes.

Kurt Westergaard

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Wafa Sultan

Steve McIntyre

Richard Lindzen

Julian Simon

I am sure there are many others, but these are the ones who come immediately to my mind.

What about you? Who do you think deserves our admiration, recognition and gratitude?

Momnipotence, the FTC and Freedom to Blog October 27, 2009

Posted by Beth in Politics.
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Ooooo. What a great word–even if the concept it represents is one I would never want or seek. For a great post on just what this is, and why the FTC sharpening its regulatory sword in order to protect us all from ourselves–see Look Upon My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair! by Rational Jenn.

The desire for absolute power over others is as sick and evil as it is impossible. If there was such thing as a Soul-O-Meter,meter 0-120 I envision it clicking backwards toward empty each and every time I attempted to gain power over another–for being a Master is even more self-destructive than being a slave. Both lose their independence,  but a slave, at least,  can still retain his dignity, self-respect and integrity.

Over the past 2 years of blogging, I have intermittently posted quotes which spoke bits of truth to me. They are all worth reading again and again–each one a gem worth prolonged contemplation. Here are some I gathered to think about in relationship to current attempts by the FTC to regulate bloggers. (But be sure to read Jenn’s post too as she takes a slightly different –but equally important–tact on this issue.abraham-lincoln-1

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. “
-Abraham Lincoln(1809-1865) 16th US President


“If I want to be free from any other man’s dictation, I must understand that I can have no other man under my control.”

— William Graham Sumner (1840-1910) American professor at Yale College


Every man is, no doubt, by nature, first and principally recommended to his own care; and as he is fitter to take care of himself than of any other person, it is fit and right that it should be so.

— Adam Smith (1723-1790) Scottish philosopher and economist

thomas Jefferson

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Source: Letter, 23 December 1791

Here the great art lies,milton
to discern in what the law
is to be to restraint and punishment,
and in what things
persuasion only is to work.

— John Milton (1608-1674) Poet 1644


That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.

— Alabama, Declaration of Rights Article I Section 35

Powedouglasr concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they have resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.

— Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), escaped slave, Abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later the New National Era


“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money and promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one….”

James Madison, letter to Edmund Pendleton, January 21, 1792

The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition, when suffered to exert itself wiadam-smith2th freedom and security is so powerful a principle that it is alone, and without any assistance, not only capable of carrying on the society to wealth and prosperity, but of surmounting a hundred impertinent obstructions with which the folly of human laws too often incumbers its operations; though the effect of these obstructions is always more or less either to encroach upon its freedom, or to diminish its security.

— Adam Smith (1723-1790) An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776, par. IV.5.82


If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.
— W. Somerset Maugham(1874-1965)Source: Strictly Personal, 1941


The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly
is to fill the world with fools.

— Herbert Spencer(1820-1903) British author, economist, philosopher 1891


If an American is to amount to anything he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take pride in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others. He must face life with resolute courage, win victory if he can, and accept defeat if he must, without seeking to place on his fellow man a responsibility which is not theirs.

— Theodore Roosevelt(1858-1919) 26th US President


Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.

–Milton Friedman (1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan.


The battle I am fighting is not Right vs. Left or Republican vs. Democrat. The principles I believe in are all variations of one essential battle:
for Individual Rights and against Statism.

–Beth Haynes, 09-13-09, Values Clarification