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Sunday, April 17, 2016

F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Donald Trump phenomenon

I see a parallel between Trump supporters and James Gatz.

Gatz, later Jay Gatsby, fell in love with an idea. He personified that idea in the form of a woman, Daisy Fay.

Gatz wanted that idea so badly, he was going to get it by shear force of will. He was going to attain by wanting it really hard. He dedicated his life to making Daisy his. Yet he ignored the fact that Daisy was not who he wanted her to be. No one could have possibly been what he wanted.

That tiny detail did not deter him from pinning all his hopes and dreams on this idea.

It did not work.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Ken Buck, another "conservative" with disdain for the US Constitution.

Hey, Ken Buck, regarding your federal "hate crime" legislation that treats law enforcement as more important than us mere serfs, you might take a lesson from Barry Goldwater.  Check out that part in his book "Conscience of a Conservative" where he said "I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible."

Still waiting to hear which part of Article I, Section 8, (or any other part, for that matter) of the United States Constitution gives the federal government any authority over intrastate crime.

... crickets....crickets....crickets....crickets............

When "conservatives" ignore the enumerated powers, they have no standing to criticize when "progressives" do it.

The modern GOP is useless when it comes to protecting the Constitution. It's worse than useless. It is complicit in its destruction.

And Ken Buck is the latest exhibit.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Stop the self-delusion regarding Trump and the GOP

 “They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse, believe me.”

--Donald Trump, March 3, 2016, on the military refusing to follow his illegal orders.

Thus spake the Republican frontrunner for the party's nomination for President of the United States of America. These are not the words of a leader. They are not the words of a statesman.

They are the words of a thug. They are the words of tyrant.

Of course, this is only latest example of the man's true nature and complete lack of principle. There is no need to catalog them all here. But what makes him so dangerous?

Is he a narcissist? A sociopath? I do not care. Not a whit. I have no interest in providing a Dime Store analysis of the man. My only interest is in defeating enemies of freedom.

Donald Trump is an enemy of freedom.

And any political organization that would nominate him as their candidate for President of the United States of America is, likewise, an enemy of freedom.

So let's end the charade. The GOP has as much interest in curtailing federal power as the Democrats.

Republicans can continue to lie to themselves about this. Self-deception is a powerful, powerful force. But the sooner unpleasant truths are acknowledged, the sooner actual progress can be made. Lies are like anchors. They keep us moored to failure. They keep us moored to pain.

And make no mistake, a political collective like the GOP, which still nominally believes in freedom and the Constitution, pretending that a tyrannical thug with no concern for either freedom or the Constitution is a worthy representative would, in fact, be a massive failure. It would, in fact, lead to massive pain.

Many of us recognized the truth a long time ago: The Republican political collective is just as authoritarian as the Democratic political collective. We knew this long before the ascendancy of Trump.

But for those that still need convincing, Trump should be all it takes.

If he is not the final straw, the fly in the ointment, the monkey in the wrench... then we, as a country, are doomed. We are done.

So reject Trump. But more importantly, reject the lies of the political collective that allowed the tyrant to take over. I submit you consider Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party. But ultimately I don't care how you demonstrate your rejection of the lies. Just reject them.

The worst thing you can do is to blindly support your political collective out of some misguided loyalty. How many other people does your spouse have to spend the night with before you figure out loyalty is no longer required? At some point, misguided loyalty becomes self-destructive.

If Trump does not represent that point for you, nothing ever will. 

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Trump v Hillary? Ready to vote Libertarian now?

So the Republican grassroots really believe in limited government, huh?

The assertion that the Republican grassroots really believe in limited government and the constitution, and it was only GOP leadership like McConnell and Boehner that worshipped at the altar of big government and betrayed the "true" Republican membership....

Has been completely destroyed by the success of the big government, corporatist clown Donald Trump.

Ladies and gentlement, the charade is over.

The only limited government political party is the Libertarian Party

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Existential crisis

I have to seriously reconsider my entire definition of self.
I am listening to a Pandora station. A song with which I was unfamiliar came on. I liked it. I went to the computer to see who it was.
My entire life came crashing down on me as I saw the name...

"Justin Bieber."

If you do not see me for a long, long, time, it is because I have left on a spiritual journey to rethink everything I thought I knew.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On "Winning" elections

Play along with me here, for simplicity's sake.

Say the political spectrum runs from 1-100. One group thinks the country will be better off if we are at "1." Call this group "The Ones." Another group thinks the country will be better off if we are at "100." Call this group "The Hundreds."

Which direction we are going is an ongoing political battle.

Let's start with the country at "50." The upcoming election is between a candidate who is at 51 and another one who is at 55. The Ones, obviously (duh), vote for Mr. 51, because he's not as bad as Mr. 55.

The Ones prevail and Mr. 51 wins. They celebrate and party!

The next election is between Mr. 55 and Mr. 60. Again, obviously, the Ones vote for Mr. 55. They prevail! The Ones celebrate and party.

The next election is between Ms. 65 and Ms. 75. The Ones are up in arms against Ms. 75. Yeah, Ms. 65 is bad, but not as bad as Ms. 75. The Ones prevail again!!! They celebrate and party.

The country is now at 65.

The Ones have won three elections in a row. Yet the country is further away from 1 than it was BEFORE the "victories."

And these "victories" are celebrated by those that actually lost.

Moral of the story:

Libertarians don't give a bucket of hog slop for your "victories." The Ones have deluded themselves into cheering for their very defeat.

So save the tripe about being able to "win" elections. You have defined "winning" in such a way you that are facilitating your own suicide.

Y'all should just quit doing that. That'd be great.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

When the System is Stacked Against You

David K. Williams, Jr. presenting at the February 17, 2016 meeting of Liberty on the Rocks at Choppers Sports Grill, Denver, CO.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The words that destroyed the constitutional enumeration of powers...

"...even if appellee's activity be local and though it may not be regarded as commerce, it may still, whatever its nature, be reached by Congress..."

--Wickard v. Filburn, 317 U.S. 111 (1942)

In other words, the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce includes the power to regulate things that are neither interstate nor commerce.

Of course.

Come hear me speak on the criminal justice system...

Liberty on the Rocks Denver

What:  When the System is Stacked Against You
When:  Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Where: Choppers Sports Grill, 80 S. Madison St, Denver, CO 80209  Phone  (303) 399-4448

People start gathering at 6:00 p.m. for food and drink, program starts at 7:00 p.m.

The American criminal justice system is supposed to be blind. It's supposed to be "innocent until proven guilty." It's supposed to give the accused the benefit of the doubt (literally). It's supposed to acquit when the prosecution doesn't prove its case - even if everyone thinks or "knows" the accused did it. Well, is that how things actually work in the real world with real people accused of real crimes?

This happy hour, we will be joined by longtime Liberty on the Rocks member and Denver attorney David K. Williams, Jr. Dave will be presenting on the lopsided nature of our criminal justice system - with occasional reference here and there to the Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer." So if you haven't seen any of it yet, go ahead and watch the first episode at least. (Then *try* to stop watching).

Speaker bio: Dave graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1992 with Honors. He clerked for a federal magistrate judge before entering private practice, where he eventually was on the appointed list for indigent criminal defendants in both state and federal court. He has tried felony cases, including a three week long drug trial in federal court. He also successfully argued a case before the North Carolina Supreme Court in a death penalty case.

The "controversy" over Antonin Scalia's replacement is just the latest example of political hackery.

When your team does it, it's cool. When the other team does it, it's an outrage.
Obama can and will nominate whomever he wants. The Senate can say "yes," "no," or do nothing.
The sanctimony from Obamaphiles is quite absurd, especially since Obama filibustered Justice Alito and Chuck Schumer called for the Democratically controlled Senate to approve none of W's SCOTUS appointments.
Just stop with the indignant pearl-clutching. It's how the game is played, and both sides play it the same way.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Super Bowl disclaimer: Confessions of a Carolina Expatriate in Denver.

I have been in Denver, for good, since September, 2002. I remember seeing the Denver skyline rise from the horizon, the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, as I cruised west on Interstate 70 as Ted Nugent blared over my car radio. Good times.

As a child, I lived several years in Fort Collins while my dad got his Ph.D. at Colorado State University. Growing up, we returned almost yearly to ski. My parents helped build a house near Salida in the ‘90’s which we still use. So my Colorado connections are solid.

But, historically, my Carolina ones may be stronger. My family moved to Greensboro in the middle of my ninth grade year. I went on to attend college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for seven straight years. (And I’m THIS CLOSE to getting a degree…). I was there long enough, I became a local in the college town.  I eventually got married. I worked in Carolina. I was involved in the state.

Then the NFL started talking about expansion. My wife at the time and I lived about 90 minutes north of Charlotte. We got on board the Permanent Seat License express, where we paid money for the right to buy season tickets if Charlotte got a team. (Hey, I didn’t say we were all that bright).

The NFL awarded Charlotte and Jacksonville, FL, teams. (I remember one jilted city complaining that Jacksonville beat them out: “Jacksonville!? Jacksonville makes Charlotte look like Paris!”). The Panthers first home game was played at Clemson University, in South Carolina, in 1995. I was there.

Their permanent home was built in Uptown Charlotte (Yeah, “uptown.” Not “downtown.” Forget the good ol’ boy NASCAR stereotype. Charlotte is a town run by bankers. They can be pretentious.) Each of the original PSL owners had their names inscribed on the base of one of six huge Panther statues circling the stadium. My name is among them.

I was a regular until I left Carolina in the fall of 2002. I still have a Julius Peppers’ #90 Panthers jersey.

So, I am conflicted. I admit it.

But I have been here, in Denver, for nigh on fourteen years. I’m ready to commit.

Go Broncos.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Eric Garner and LaVoy Finicum aren't that different.

Eric Garner was killed by government agents attempting to arrest him because he was violating a government mandate by selling untaxed, loose cigarettes. He was harming no one.

LaVoy Finicum was killed by government agents attempting to arrest him because he was violating a government mandate by squatting in an unoccupied building. He was harming no one.

Of course there are important differences between the two deaths. But we should be focusing on the similarities.

Government agents are not keeping the peace. They are violently breaching it.

Let's quit arguing about our differences. Let's focus on our similarities. Let's unite against the abuse of government power.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Libertarianism. It's simple.

Libertarianism: Just quit using the government to force other people to do what you think they should do.

I know you think you are smarter than they are. I know you think you are more righteous than they are. Maybe you are.

So what?