Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Supreme Law Of This Land?

"Sir, where did this wonderful constitution come from, that you should describe it as “The Supreme Law of this Land?” Was it let down from the skies by a higher than human power? Was it a revelation from a higher than human wisdom? Did it originate with any body who had any rightful authority to impose it upon the people of this country? Was it not concocted in secret conclave, by some forty men, who had no more authority over the people of this country, than any other forty men in it? Was it originally sanctioned by any body but a few white, male adults, who had prescribed amounts of property? And who, by virtue of that property, presumed to announce themselves as “We, the people of the United States;” and to “ordain and establish” this constitution on their own authority alone? Was it not practically a conspiracy, on their part, to impose their arbitrary will upon a or, ignorant, and scattered people, who were too weak to resist?"

Lysander Spooner, "A Second Letter To Thomas F. Bayard

Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Right Of Juries...

"For more than six hundred years -- that is, since Magna Carta, in 1215 -- there has been no clearer principle of English or American constitutional law, than that, in criminal cases, it is not only the right and duty of juries to judge what are the facts, what is the law, and what was the moral intent of the accused; but that it is also their right, and their primary and paramount duty, to judge the justice of the law, and to hold all laws invalid, that are, in their opinion, unjust or oppressive, and all persons guiltless in violating, or resisting the execution of, such law."
--Lysander Spooner, The Right of Juries

Monday, June 18, 2007

Mutual Dependence/Reciprocal Interest

"Great part of that order which reigns among mankind is not the effect of government. It has its origin in the principles of society and the natural constitution of man. It existed prior to government, and would exist if the formality of government was abolished. The mutual dependence and reciprocal interest which man has upon man, and all the parts of civilised community upon each other, create that great chain of connection which holds it together. The landholder, the farmer, the manufacturer, the merchant, the tradesman, and every occupation, prospers by the aid which each receives from the other, and from the whole. Common interest regulates their concerns, and forms their law; and the laws which common usage ordains, have a greater influence than the laws of government. In fine, society performs for itself almost everything which is ascribed to government."
Thomas Paine (Rights of Man 1792)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

U.S. Troops In Harm's Way, Where I Stand...

This is a cross-over post from my Facebook page.

Two things happened over the weekend that influenced this note. The first was reaction to some bumper stickers laying on the Libertarian outreach table at the Twin City Ribfest in Winston Salem. One sticker said "Ex-Military, Anti-War". One lady seemed offended by it, saying she had two children in Iraq. I told her I hope they make it home and get to stay there. She thanked me. There were a few other negative responses to the anti-war stickers.

The second influencing factor was a group (Facebook) invitation I received. It was for a group called "Anarchists Against The Troops". The invitation came from someone I have a lot of respect for. I was about to hit the Join button when a thought came to mind. What if someone used my membership in this group to attack my congressional campaign? I paused a moment longer and proceeded to join the group. I refuse to allow fear to influence my decisions. I do not believe in censorship in any shape or form. I am willing to defend my beliefs against anyone.

Regarding the troops, I wish them a safe and speedy return home. I believe they should have the choice to lay down their arms and return home, without penalty or persecution. I have friends and family members who have served in Iraq. I care for them very much. I care about every human being, regardless of race, creed or country.

I wish for peace and goodwill among all mankind. I do not believe in killing people for the benefit of corporatism and it's fascist puppets.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

What A Free Market Is....

"The market in the broadest sense of the term is the process that encompasses all voluntary and spontaneous actions of men. It is the realm of human initiative and freedom and the soil upon which all human achievements thrive." - Ludwig von Mises

Friday, June 08, 2007

Restore Our Republic..and Make It Voluntary!

What ever happened to "consent of the governed"? If government is here to "serve" the citizenry, why do we have to ask permission to conduct our normal, everyday lives? They tell us what we can and cannot eat, drink, and smoke. They pry into our pocketbooks and our bedrooms. They seize the fruits of our labors and redistribute the wealth to people who have no moral authority to receive it.

It is past time for "We The People" to fight back. We want our Republic back, new and improved! Let's reshape our lost Republic into a voluntary social contract between those who wish live under it's peaceful and non coercive conditions. We should return to principles enshrined in our Declaration of Independence. A free people must be able to dissolve the political bonds that threaten to enslave them.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Leviathan On The Right

" Consider the following policy proposals that have been floating around Washington in the months leading up to the 2006 election: (a) creating a new cabinet-level federal Department of Families; (b) giving every child $2,000 at birth; (c) having the federal government fund 70,000 new math and science teachers; and (d) requiring every American to purchase health insurance. One might expect that those proposals were made by liberal Democrats, perhaps Ted Kennedy or Hillary Clinton preparing for their Senate majority. In fact, every one of them was made by conservative Republicans."

Michael D. Tanner

Sunday, June 03, 2007

My First Campaign Stop..Twin City Ribfest!

I am looking forward to working with the Triad area libertarians at the Twin City Ribfest in Winston Salem. The event is June 14th - 16th. We will be gathering ballot access signatures and sowing the seeds of Liberty!

I have hotel reservations in Greensboro the 14th - 17th. I have a LPNC meeting in Durham on Saturday. I plan to be at the Ribfest all day Friday and Saturday after my meeting in Durham.

Looking forward to seeing my Triad peeps week end after next,


Spread The Gospel Freely, Vol. 2

Spread The Gospel Freely, Vol. 1

Thomas Hill
Libertarian Candidate For U.S. Congress

Saturday, June 02, 2007

I'm Running For Congress

I have decided to seek the Libertarian Party nomination for U.S. House, District 8.

Help me spread the uplifting message of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. I will be adding information about my campaign to my personal website, , in the coming weeks.

Peace & Love,