Archive for November, 2010

Losing Our Autonomy: The TSA

Posted by courage On November - 28 - 2010

What will it take for Americans to finally stand up in mass and say NO?  Continually our freedoms are being eroded through a government which stretches its web of control tighter, squeezing the blood of liberty from the veins of the populace.

The government believes us to be sheeple and perhaps we are; blinded by their claims of false security, at the expense of   our individual autonomy.  The abdication of autonomy comes in small incremental steps, with statements made by individuals who fail to connect the dots to the larger picture of freedom.  With the Patriot Act common declarations were, “ I have nothing to worry about, I’m not a terrorist” or “anything they want to do to make us safe, is okay with me.”

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Video of Rockefeller:

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”

AS Rockefeller blabs about his “hunger for quality news,” I, desire for elected officials who understand and adhere to the Constitution. For someone in Rockefeller’s position as a long standing Senator, to easily wave aside the First Amendment and opt for what… some state sponsored media to filter the ideas and viewpoints presented to the American people would pave the road to tyranny.

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Earmarks: Time to Stop the Congressional Pork Games

Posted by courage On November - 15 - 2010

As early as tomorrow (11-16-2010) the Senate may take up pork barrel spending otherwise known as earmarks.  You know those pet project add-ons which Congress critters slip in to legislation to show the folks back home they are doing something for their constituents.

Often these add-ons are totally unrelated to the legislation which they are attached to.  They are not reviewed by committee and are “favors” to the Congress critters whose states/districts they will eventually land in.  You’ve seen them reported, things like studying the impact of cow flatulence on the environment, the effects of alcohol on prostitutes in Taiwan, the mating habits of mice or installing new windows in a visitors center which has long ago been closed; none of these “projects” would stand peer review for their inherent worth.  In fact I would suggest that none of them would pass unless attached to some other “vital legislation.”

It is time that Congress starts being honest with Americans and shuffling earmarks in to legislation is a violation of the trust we given elected officials.

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