Monday, November 12, 2007

Time For A Change...

I have decided to quit being a half assed blogger. In an effort to better organize my thoughts and efforts on behalf of Life, Liberty and Property, I have created a site titled Govern Thyself. I am retiring some of my previous blogs (Restore Our Republic, Cabarrus Critic, etc.) to simplify my on-line activism. My personal website, is also being “put out to pasture”. I will still maintain my organizational websites, including a new site, currently in the “beta” stage, which I will announce in the near future.

I will still be posting links to articles and stories relative to the struggles we face defending our natural rights. I promise to include my share of original content. I also promise to update the site several times a week.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Alan Stang On Ron Paul...

"Then, suddenly, without warning, there was an Incredible Hulk transformation. Godzilla was onstage, biting off heads, tearing off limbs and chewing on the bones. Who was he? Where had he come from? Who let him in? The reptilian media scumbags couldn’t very well drag him off the dais. The cameras were live. They had to sit there and listen while Dr. Ron assured them that his first official act as President would be to dismantle IRS.

And across the country, from the west bank of the Hudson to the California line, a roar erupted, as millions of astounded Americans who pay the taxes, fight the wars and go to work (unless their jobs have been deported), realized that Dr. Ron was saying in plain English what they believe in private. Most of the other candidates spoke boilerplate. They saw they were not alone and not crazy. "Imagine! A candidate for President who thinks like me."

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Oh Blackwater...Keep On Killing...

I like the Doobie Brothers' version better, by far. Blackwater USA, a private security contractor based here in North Carolina, is under "investigation" for murdering innocent Iraq civilians.

For more details, follow the links provided below.

Private contractors are feasting on the fruits of working peoples' labors. The average daily salary for a Blackwater employee is $600. Nice paychecks and the peace of mind knowing you will not be held responsible for your actions.

Welcome to 21st Century warfare... Neo-con style!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Ron Paul Wins Straw Poll in New Hampshire...

New Hampshire is looking better all the time. Republicans must be more intelligent up there. The NH primary will tell the tale.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Pro-Liberty Outreach In Cabarrus...

[Disclaimer!] The Libertarian Party of Cabarrus County DOES NOT endorse Ron Paul. Only individual members are promoting Ron Paul's campaign. No party funds have been, or ever shall be used to support any candidate outside the by-laws of the national and state Libertarian parties......

The Libertarian Party of Cabarrus County will be co-hosting (along
with the Liberty Preservation League)an outreach booth at the Cabarrus
County Fair. The fair runs for eight days, Sept. 7th - 15th.

This booth will be multi-partisan. The pro-freedom activist non
profit, Bureaucrash will also be represented at our booth. The RLC and
other pro-freedom groups are invited to participate and/or send

We want to showcase the diverse support the Ron Paul Revolution has

Attendance at the fair should reach 100,000 or better. We have 1,000
RP Liberty Cards so far. We are having a RP banner made for the booth.

Four members of the Cabarrus LP executive committee are die-hard RP
supporters. We have already spent several hundred dollars on our
booth. The lease and charge for electricity cost $390. We are by NO
means asking for donations. Send those to Dr. Paul. We are only asking
for participation and fellowship!

Peace & Liberty,

Thomas Hill
Chair, Cabarrus LP
Past Chair, Libertarian Party of N.C.

What It Means To Be A Libertarian...

According to Charles Murray, What It Means to Be a Libertarian, Broadway Books, 1997

The American Founders created a society based on the belief that human happiness is intimately connected with personal freedom and responsibility. The twin pillars of the system they created were limits on the power of the central government and protection of individual rights. . . .

A few people, of whom I am one, think that the Founders' insights are as true today as they were two centuries ago. We believe that human happiness requires freedom and that freedom requires limited government.

The correct word for my view of the world is liberal. "Liberal" is the simplest anglicization of the Latin liber, and freedom is what classical liberalism is all about. The writers of the nineteenth century who expounded on this view were called liberals. In Continental Europe they still are. . . . But words mean what people think they mean, and in the United States the unmodified term liberal now refers to the politics of an expansive government and the welfare state. The contemporary alternative is libertarian. . . .

Libertarianism is a vision of how people should be able to live their lives-as individuals, striving to realize the best they have within them; together, cooperating for the common good without compulsion. It is a vision of how people may endow their lives with meaning-living according to their deepest beliefs and taking responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Aaron Russo Passes...

I am saddened to learn of Aaron's passing. I remember R. Lee Wrights introducing me to Mr. Russo at a LPNC convention. I was put off by his cocky swagger. My first impression was validated the following day by his rude remarks directed toward long time LPNC activist, Tom Howe. I guess Aaron was just being Aaron. These differences of style and personality are small compared to the legacy Mr. Russo has left with us. His movie, America: Freedom To Fascism, is a milestone achievement in the Freedom movement!

We will miss you, Aaron!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Ron Paul, Iowa and The Presidency (Huffington Post)

Ron Paul, Iowa and the Presidency

by Karen Kwiatkowski of the Huffington Post

A lot of people are frightened of Dr. Ron Paul's possible presidency.
They're scared to talk about it, to consider it, or recognize its
possibility. Like so many frightened people, they are putting their
heads in the sand, and hoping it will all just go away.

Give us a snarky political professional like Guiliani or Clinton, or a
nicely coiffed white family man like Romney or Edwards. Give us a nice
neoconservative grandpa like Fred Thompson, or a grouchy
neoconservative grandpa like McCain. Give us an Obama -- for a change
of pace in everything but currently established domestic and foreign

But by golly, don't dare threaten the establishment with Jeffersonian
democratic vision and Washingtonian non-interventionism. Don't boldly
challenge the NYC/DC axis of politics with sheer constitutionalism.
Better yet, don't remind us that the American president is not the
commander-in-chief of everybody but a narrowly defined and legally
constrained institution that is only equal -- and certainly subject --
to our judicial and legislative bodies.

Ron Paul, Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich are the only candidates who
seem to understand this. They are also the only candidates who will
quickly, if not immediately, end the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Wait a
sec -- I mean end it peacefully. Ultimately, Iraqis and their
supporters around the world will bring down the American occupation --
but they will do so limb by limb, heart by heart, and soul by soul.
They will kill thousands of us and themselves before it reaches that
inevitable point of non-occupation and honest political independence.
Only Paul and two underfunded Democratic contenders offer wisdom to
Americans across the nation who are hungry for wisdom, at least in
foreign policy.

However -- it is in domestic policy where Ron Paul completes the
package. Unlike the democratic longshots, and the candidacy of
GuiliClintoRomnObamThomEdwaCain, Ron Paul is about real freedom.
Freedom to choose, freedom to live, freedom to decide for ourselves.
He offers freedom from excessive government mandates, excessive rules
and regulations, excessive confiscation of our life and property. In
this, Paul is the only real conservative in the group, and yes,
perhaps the only radical.

Social planners of all sorts -- some more Marxist in orientation,
others more nationalist -- present themselves as the American
presidential front runners. The media focuses cameras on their faces,
murmurs over their every word, and wonders if America and the world
will really like them as Most Supreme Leader of the World.

Ron Paul, humbly and simply, honors the Constitution -- and perhaps
this makes him boring to mainstream media. When asked recently how he
would use the great power of the executive office, circa 2009, Paul
indicated he'd use his power to restrain the natural temptation to
abuse that mostly unconstitutional concentration of power. He'd then
work to restore a constitutionally established presidency -- in part
by revoking the many executive orders to which we have all become inured.

Ron Paul may not excite the mainstream press, establishment policy
cheerleaders, big investors in government programs, or the
military-industrial complex. But Ron Paul really excites a whole heck
of a lot of regular people -- and puts the scare in the rest of them.

Ron's latest odds in the Iowa Straw poll are 8 to 1 -- and the big
Republican candidates who represent all-spending, all-war,
all-the-time are worried. So worried, many of them aren't even coming
to Iowa.

Those who wish to discredit Ron Paul as a viable candidate don't point
out his popularity among traditional Republicans, Democrats and
Independents. They don't point out that his "Don't Tread on Me"
libertarian streak is shared by half the adults in this country, and
three quarters of the teenagers. They ignore his grass roots support,
the money and the passion that flows steadily into his campaign.

The Republican Party, its Democratic emulators, and mainstream media
are living dinosaurs. All refuse to pull their heads out of the sand
and face the issues that really touch Americans, and to deliver what
Americans really want for themselves, their families and their
government. And unlike in previous elections, nobody in American
really, truly, cares what mainstream media thinks. It's not that Katie
Couric and her ilk aren't nice people. It's just that times have changed.

These dinosaurs -- and the theropods that report the news -- are
increasingly irrelevant. I believe that the other contenders for the
Presidency will soon begin to adopt Paul's message and attempt to
promote his agenda of freedom and peace, or they will become
politically extinct. As a peace and freedom-loving American, I can't wait.