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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The State vs. Cliven Bundy

I haven’t discussed the Bundy Ranch incident on my blog here because I just haven’t had the time.  In reality, I have been greatly concerned for the Bundy family and their well-being as I am sure now the Federal government wants them all dead a la Ruby Ridge or Waco.

And no, I am not joking when I say that.  What happened last week was nothing short of a humiliation for the Federal government and demonstrated that all that needs to happen to defeat tyranny is for a few good people to put their lives on the line.

When I first heard the story, I knew that the Feds’ claim about protecting turtles or tortoises was complete and utter horseshit.  I knew that there was something else going on.  That dirty money was being used to make certain friends richer at the expense of a rancher.

And lo and behold if Senator Harry Reid did not show his true colors once people really start looking into it.  It is clear that this is nothing short of cattle rustling being employed by a prominent United States senator and his wormy son.  A crime, by the way, which warranted the death penalty back in the day.

I don’t know Cliven Bundy.  I hardly know anything about his land, his way of life, or his ideals.  He could be a hardcore communist for all I care.  That doesn’t matter.  What matters is that it was his cattle and he was allowed to have them graze on that land longer than the Federal government has had nukes.

Suddenly, the Federal government decided that all of that land was theirs without so much as any compensation for the true owners, the ranchers of Nevada.  They then had the gall to charge them for using that land.

Such is the behavior of tyrants, not “public servants.”  Hell, even an enlightened despot would not do something like this.

This case illustrates why I believe that the Federal government should be completely disbanded, its assets seized, and all its leaders be exiled to Haiti.  They no longer operate on behalf of the American citizen but in spite of him or her.

I know that sounds extreme and a few years ago I would have argued that things can be fixed.  But they cannot.  The Federal government is too corrupt, too rotten, and too powerful to ever be fixed by the actions of a group of angels.  And since we are short on angels as it stands, I have my doubts that any man or group of men could do much better.

With each passing year, more laws, more mandates, more inflation, and more downright corruption appears.  And just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, it does.

It is high time we broke up the nation, dissolved the United States government, and had a peaceful divorce.  Of course, such things are never peaceful or pleasant for anyone.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Saving Civilization: Restorative Justice

Modern society is collapsing as it is criminalizing everything.  The justice system is overwhelmed with people who are accused of breaking laws that getting a speedy trial, despite being a right, is now a mathematical impossibility.  An argument could be made that too many laws is a violation of the Constitution as it hampers the right to a speedy trial.

The reason behind this is because our culture has lost sense of what real justice is.  To us, justice is about punishing lawbreakers by locking them up in prison or a mental ward or, in rare cases, putting people to death.  To us, justice can only be served through the judicial process.

But what if true justice had nothing to do with the government?  What if a society that recognizes true justice as being about restitution rather than simply punishment?

True justice is about restitution being made for an infringement on another person’s life or property.  By property, I mean something physical that someone owns.  Ideas are not property.  Claiming ownership of an idea does not mean you get to keep it from another person.  But that is another topic.

So what does restitution look like?  As an example, let me share you something from my own life.  Back when I was in college, I would work golf course maintenance in the summer to earn some money.  One day, my boss told me to clean the bathrooms at the shack.  I didn’t do it at the time.  In effect, I had stolen from the company I worked for by not doing what I was being paid to do.  The next day, I was of course given a very nasty “talking” to.

So what did I do?  I simply clocked out and proceeded to clean the bathroom on my own time.  This was because I owed them that labor.  In effect, I was providing restitution for a wrong I had committed as a matter of justice.  My boss had not told me to clock out.  Indeed, I don’t think he could legally tell me to both clock out and clean the bathroom as that might violate the thirteenth amendment (you know the slavery one).  But I believed that I owed my own time and labor to the company I worked for because I had stolen it from them the previous day.

This is not bragging on my part.  This is simply a story to illustrate what real justice is about.  Was I punished?  In a sense I was.  But that punishment was merely a side-effect of the true purpose of what I was doing.

When Moses laid out the law for the Israelites, a key feature of this law was that justice was restorative and that human life was sacred.  You always repaid your fellow man for damage that you caused in some way and you were always held liable for a person’s death, regardless of whether or not it was an accident.  The restitution for lost property was usually payment.  The restitution for rape was usually death or forced marriage without hope of divorce along with a dowry payment to the parents of the rape victim.  A murderer had to flee to a sanctuary city or face death at the hands of his victim’s relative and may face death if two or three credible witnesses confirmed the murder was intentional for there was no word for manslaughter among the ancient Hebrews.

It wasn’t a perfect system.  It had if flaws but a key feature of justice was about restitution rather than simply punishment.  The modern world has no sense of justice, I would argue, only punishing people who commit crimes as defined by the State.

And there are numerous laws to break.  Some have said that everyone commits at least three felonies everyday.  Should we all be locked up in prison then?

Prison has become it’s own industry these days.  In the old days, it was merely a holding place for you while they handled your case.  Gradually, it became the new way of “restitution”.  But tell, how is locking up someone for snorting cocaine restorative justice?  Provided that person has not damaged another person’s property or killed anyone, nothing is being restored in this case.  We are merely destroying his or her life because we simply did not like them engaging in their vice.

I remember what Tom Woods, Jr. said about locking people up for marijuana.  He basically said that we are condemning a pot smoker to be raped simply because we don’t like them smoking pot.  That is what happens in prisons these days.  People are murdered.  People are raped, either by other prisoners or by guards themselves.  Gang activity is a necessity in order to survive in some cases.  And let’s not forget that most prisons still are able to get drugs inside, in many cases the very crimes that most people are in there for in the first place.

The natural reaction to this is to desire stricter prisons.  And while that is a solution, maybe the solution is that most people shouldn’t be going to prison in the first place.  If most crimes focused on property rights violations, then the laws would be changed to reflect restitution rather than imprisonment.  If a thief gets caught, he must repay all the people he has stolen from along with a little extra for their troubles.

But then how do we deal with the loss of human life?  The problem is that human life is not something you can simply place a price on.  It is one of the few sacred things in this world, despite how regularly it is discarded in the civilized and uncivilized world alike.

From my view, if a person is murdered, that is intentionally killed, then the perpetrator or perpetrators need to be put to death.  However, if a person is accidentally killed and a person is found to be liable, then he or she needs to make restitution to the relatives in some way.  This might entail providing for a widow who has lost her primary means of support as an example.  It is hard to say really.

Our current system of justice, however, seems to reflect something else entirely though: it is a system that punishes people for things that most people don’t like.  It has absolutely nothing to do with morality or justice for that matter, but simply whatever the majority of people don’t like.

What needs to happen in order to fix this is for our culture to shift away from seeing justice as a means to do away with trivial behaviors we don’t like and to focus instead on restitution for real crimes.  This is not something that can be done through government as government profits from two things: war and crime.  No, it will take more than just a simple law or politician to change things.  It takes a huge shift in attitude, something which I don’t think many people are willing to push.

But true justice in this world is about restitution and holding human life sacred.  Ask yourself, does the system I live under reflect that or pervert it for it’s own purposes?

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Parable of the Good Muslim

There was an American walking home one night.  As he was traveling, some thugs surrounded him and proceeded to rob and beat him.  He put up a good fight but in the end there were just too many.   Because of his resistance, the thugs spent extra time beating the poor man as he lay there.

They left for dead and he laid there all night.  In the early hours of the morning, a jogger ran by him without giving him a second look.

Likewise, a police officer passed by the man with a slightly disgusted look on his face as he drove his squad car.

But a Muslim man walking just after his morning prayers came upon the man and had compassion on him.  He tore his robe and made some bandages for the more serious injuries and called an ambulance.

He rod with the man as the paramedics got him to the hospital.  While at the hospital, he told the staff that all medical expenses would be covered by him and to not charge the man at all for his hospital stay.

The Muslim came in every day to see how the man was doing as he recovered and made sure that the man’s family was informed of the situation as well as provided some additional support as he slowly recovered.

So tell me, who was this man’s neighbor?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism is a sham.  It always has been, always will be.  At best, it is merely a bunch of white elites trying to find redemption with the minority classes they revere so much.  Yet, when it comes down to reality, they can’t even accept that some cultures may have differences that are the exact opposite of their values.

The progressive Left is especially guilty of this conceit.  They like to think of themselves of tolerant of others, no matter where they come from, but have you ever met someone more intolerant than a progressive Leftist?  They literally cannot conceive that there are people who are both sane and disagree with them.

This is why they drove Brendon Eich out of Mozilla.  They could not conceive of a man who has a valid disagreement with their own moral code.  And so they chased him out of a company he helped build.  Indeed, Brendon Eich created (or helped create) Javascript, literally making the modern web page as versatile as it is today.  But his accomplishments do not matter, his own sanity is in question to the Left.

Likewise, when it comes to foreign governments or foreign cultures, they cannot abide by unacceptable standards in other cultures as well.  One of their twisted standards is that women do not get to reap the consequences of their bad choices.  Take this recent article on women in Tunisia where women there are forced to cover up the fact that they are not virgins to their spouses due to societal pressures.

But we can’t have that, can we?  Leftists need women to be treated like the goddesses they are and to allow them the freedom to do whatever they want without accepting the consequences of their actions.  This is one of the core values of the progressive Left.

So when one of these core values conflicts with a cultural value of a completely different nation and culture, they throw fits.  They write nasty articles or sob stories about it.  They cut funding.  They get people to resign.  In some cases, violence is used, although this is usually under the guise of the legal use of force from the State.

Back to multiculturalism.  It is the idea that our nation can have many different cultures living together in unity and harmony.  In reality, it is just smokescreen for winning power over the majority group in this country.  The best way to get rid of the majority is to get all the minority groups together and outvote the majority.  This is best done by massive immigration, fast-tracks to citizenship, and calling people racist if they disagree.

The people at the top are not idiots.  They do not care about the common person, be they white, Hispanic, Asian, or (especially if they’re) black.  Male or female, they don’t care, so long as you give them more and more power.  Multiculturalism is nothing more than a power game being played by the progressive Left.

The United States already had multiple cultures before the influx of immigrates.  The differences between a Virginian and a New Yorker were as different as an American and a Chinese man.  The Secession War (or the ‘Civil’ War for you history revisionists) was all about a clash of cultures.  And in some of these foreign cultures, which we are importing now, we see actual wars being waged between two people whose only difference is really just what tribe they were born into.

I remember a poster I saw in my High School building as I was standing in line to graduate.  It read “Unity Through Diversity”.  It was very quaint but I asked cute teacher (she was maybe 5-10 years older than me at the time) how that was possible?  Both concepts are contradictions and they do not go together.  Diversity does not create unity, it creates chaos, which is not always a bad thing.  She just stared blankly at the poster and then escorted us out to the ceremony.

This is the problem with multiculturalism: it doesn’t work.  The best way for it to work is for each community to establish themselves within their own sphere.  Even in big cities like New York we see this happening.  There is nothing wrong with it.  It is more about preserving the peace and working together.  The progressive Left, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with such notions and instead seeks to disrupt things because these are people who should be like them.

You know, empty, irritable, and malicious.