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A Sad and Terrible Day


William Wallace:  "They may take our lives--but they will NEVER take our FREEDOM!" B.S., Billy boy.  Your descendants just voted to remain as slaves. [courtesy Google Images]

William Wallace: “They may take our lives–but they will NEVER take our FREEDOM!”
B.S., Billy boy. Your descendants just rejected freedom and voted to remain as England’s subjects.
[courtesy Google Images]

On Thursday, Scotland had an opportunity to discontinue its 307-year old association with Great Britain by simply voting to become an independent nation. This was no small opportunity since Scotland had been joined to Great Britain by force of conquest three centuries ago, and had brooded ever since about that injustice and longing for a moment to break free.

However, as reported in The New York Times (“Scotland Rejects Independence From United Kingdom”),

 

“Voters in Scotland rejected independence from Britain in a referendum that had threatened to break up the 307-year union between them . . . . With 26 of 32 voting districts reporting, there were 1,397,077 votes, or 54.2 percent, against independence, and 1,176,952, or 45.7 percent, in favor.”

 

 

Reuters reported (“ Scottish nationalist leader Salmond quits after losing independence vote”) that,

 

“ Scottish nationalist Alex Salmond [who supported Scottish independence from Great Britain] resigned as leader of his party on Friday and will quit as First Minister of his country after losing an independence referendum.

“‘For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream will never die,’ Salmond told reporters in Edinburgh.”

 

I don’t blame the First Minister of Scotland for resigning. The “dream” of Scottish independence is dead—murdered by the majority of the Scottish people.

So, therefore, Thursday was truly a sad and terrible day.

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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Consent, Fascism, Independence, Tyranny, Venue

 

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Ten Rules for Dealing with the “Po-Lice”


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Police Encounter (Photo credit: Huzefa Mogri Photography)

dislike some elements of this video because it seems to be conditioning all of us to be cooperative “house niggers” when we confront the police/massas.  It teaches people to be somewhat docile and overly polite, even when the police are unreasonable.  It’s tough to keep your cool when you feel your rights have been ignored or violated.  But the video says we must do so as the first requirement for dealing with a police encounter.

The video is right.  My instinct is wrong.  As much as I might like to give the officer a “piece of my mind,” it’s probably better to stay calm, make no aggressive “rants”–and take the time to sue the S.O.B. at some later date.

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Consent, Fascism, Police Abuse, Police State, Video

 

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Consent


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Founding Fathers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most radical statement in 2,000 years of western political history is found in the third sentence of the “Declaration of Independence”:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The Declaration that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights is the foundation for individual sovereignty and government as a public servant rather than a public master.

The third sentence of the Declaration is almost as profound:

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

The first half of that sentence declares the fundamental purpose of government as envisioned by the Founders:  to secure to every man, woman and even unborn child their God-given, unalienable Rights.

The second half expresses another principle that is fundamental to freedom:  governments derive their “just powers from the consent of the governed.”  Thus, the concept of “consent” is fundamental to the foundation of governments established by the Founders.

But what, exactly, does consent mean?  Can I run stop signs if I don’t “consent” to obey traffic laws?  Can I avoid paying income taxes by simply withholding my consent to be bound by Title 26 of the United States Code?

The concept of consent is both fundamental our de jure form of government—and extremely hard to grasp and apply.  OK—you do have the right to consent or not to consent, but you don’t have the right to consent or not to particular laws . . . or do you?

The concept of consent is particularly important if a fundamental hypothesis advocated on this blog—the difference between The State (the States of the Union) and “this state” (an administrative division of a singular territory of the United States)—is valid.   If “this state” is a real governmental structure that exists as an alternative to The State, it appears that we may only be subject to the laws of “this state” based on some manifestation of our consent to submit to “this state”.

Thus, if we could more fully understand the concept of consent, we might be able to avoid being subject to the laws of “this state”.

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“Hell No! We Won’t Pay!” “Hell Noooo! We won’t Paaaayyyy!!!”


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The anti-government demonstrations of the 1960s were motivated by the draft.  Government demanded the power to compel young men to spend two years of their lives, fighting, killing and possibly dying in the jungles of Viet Nam.

Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of young American men refused to be compelled to fight, and therefore burned their draft cards, demonstrated, rioted and, in rare cases, bombed government facilities.

The draft resistors’ favorite chant was “Hell No!  We Won’t Go!”

Over time, the draft resistors won.  Government recognized that the draft (compulsory military service) caused more domestic chaos than it was worth, and moved to an “all-volunteer” military.

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I Do Not Consent


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The attached video is of a school teacher (probably on Texas) instructing his class on the dangers of apathy and mindless consent to government powers.  His lesson is both impressive and surprising since it’s the kind of speech that might get a public school teacher fired.

The teacher uses the story of Jews in Nazi Germany to illustrates the dangers of mindless compliance with government orders.  I.e., by failing to instantly resist the early anti-Jew propaganda–the Jews implicitly and effectively “consented” to evermore virulent attacks and ultimately, to their own annihilation.  They were unwilling to stand up for their own reputation and freedom, and that failure ultimately led to their destruction.  They were not simply innocent victims.  They were complicit in their own destruction in that they were a people who lacked sufficient intelligence or courage to resist when resistance was still possible.  They weren’t executed simply because they were Jewish–they were executed because they would not simply speak up and fight for themselves.

I admire the video, but I quibble with its title (“NO, I WILL NOT COMPLY!”).   I’d say that the issue is ultimately not simply about “compliance” but, more fundamentally, about consent.

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Posted by on December 4, 2010 in Consent, Government as Gangsters, Treason, Values