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The Freedom to Make Bad Decisions ~ Guest Post by Ryan@TSLRF

The following article was reposted with permission from Total Survivalist Libertarian RantFest. What Ryan has to offer is perfectly in line with our beliefs about the political world, and this post was just one example!

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Alternate Title: Libertarians and Puritans
I am typically a pretty concrete writer. I write about things I have done, things I am doing or the like. I am far more likely to be talk about how to pack a bag, ways to get in shape or how to improve your finances than some philosophical or political stuff. These are my strengths and the things that typically interest me so I play to them. Today we are going in a whole other direction. I posted a picture recently (probably a couple weeks or even months by the time this posts)that basically said if you don’t want people telling you what to do don’t try to tell them what to do and it brought a lot of discussion. I replied to folks in the comments section but it got me thinking.

The thing about freedom is that it isn’t just about good decisions.  In fact I would argue that it is mostly about bad ones. Also there is the thorny issue of which omnipotent power decides what exactly constitutes a good decision and what gives them the right to tell anybody else what to do.

Everywhere you go there is some darn politician or expert who wants to be able to tell people what to do. Now I like experts. I have a money person, a weight training person, a conditioning person, some tactical training people, etc. The thing is that I choose to solicit their advice and follow it if I want to, for as long as I want to. If someone wants to tell me what I HAVE TO DO that is an issue for me.

Who the hell do they think they are? Why are they so inherently superior to me that they can tell me what I have to do? If their argument was actually convincing I will probably have gone along in the first place and they wouldn’t need a regulation or a law at all. I don’t think anybody has my best interests at heart more than I do.  More to the point if I am doing something that isn’t clinically and scientifically perfect but I really enjoy it then why should they get to tell me that I can’t? It could be smoking or drinking or eating ice cream or whatever. If I want to spend my time and money on something to try and bring some enjoyment or happiness to my life it really isn’t anybodies business.

Look at the First Amendment to our Constitution, freedom of speech and religion and a bunch of other stuff. You never hear about a freedom of speech case where a nice woman said something polite to her friend. Freedom of speech is about Larry Flint offending just about everyone and the Westborough Baptist “church” spewing ignorant  hate at military funerals. These things are offensive to any reasonable person.

Not many people would like to have Larry Flint over for Sunday family dinner.  Pretty much everybody hates that “church” full of idiotic hate mongers. If 20 rough men with ax handles showed up at their next funeral protest and cracked some skulls I would be fine with that, and I don’t think I would be alone.  The thing is that the freedoms built into our governmental protect those idiots. This is a good thing. It is built on centuries of accumulated customs and philosophy which culminated in the great nation of America. Really if you want to get deeper I believe these rights come from God.

The point of freedom is that you can do what you want unless it infringes on somebody else directly. Not “well studies show” or “second order effects of” or “society” but directly. Obviously Rapist Jim’s desire to rape doesn’t allow him to infringe on Suzie’s right not to be raped. More to the point as long as I am not threatening, menacing or vulgar I can tell anybody what I think of them at any time.

 I can quit my job and start hitchhiking around the country like some 50’s beatnik. If I could physically do it I could smoke a whole carton of cigarettes in a day. I can wear my shoes on the wrong feet and tap dance in the rain. I can borrow money I know I shouldn’t for stuff I don’t need.

All of the things I talked about are stupid. Quitting my job to chain smoke cigarettes and hitchhike around the country tap dancing in the rain while running up a huge visa bill would be stupid all around. The point simply put is that it is my life and I am free to do with it what I wish, good, negligible or bad.

I can bust my hump, save like crazy, start a business, invest wisely and then make huge money or I can get a shack in the woods, have a still and some chickens and get drunk in a hammock during the summer and a recliner in the winter.  It is my life to do with what I wish.

The thing about freedom is that it doesn’t mean freedom from consequences. I am free to tell a 6’8” 400 pound biker covered in prison tattoos that black leather and motorcycles are just a sad cry for help based on impotence, homosexual tendencies and mommy issues but I doubt that would end well. I am free to tell my boss what I really think of him and after that I would be free to find a new job. I am free to eat McDonalds twice a day every day if I want, and I will become obese and probably have a heart attack at 50. I am free to blow my earnings on gambling knowing full well the odds aren’t in my favor and if I play long enough losing is a virtual certainty but I have to deal with the after affects. I am free to neglect my family and start chasing cocktail waitresses but that is going to cause issues in my marriage and likely I would be doing it from a half empty studio apartment before long.

For everything we do there is a consequence or more accurately numerous ones. There are first, second and third order affects of everything we do if you look hard enough. Take enough simple little decisions like charging a nice dinner out or hitting the gym and skipping desert and they add up to huge things. 

To say you believe in freedom except for this that and the other thing doesn’t work. Really that is just “I am right and you are wrong”. To think that everything you believe is good should be allowed and everything you think is bad should be banned is the most egotistical and idiotic political philosophy out there. My son thinks that way. He will move things or throw them to suit his desires. He will hit people or try to move them or harass them if they don’t want to/ can’t pick him up or otherwise are bothering him. Whatever he wants is right and what he doesn’t is wrong. This is ok because he is a one year old and thinks the world revolves around him. Over the next few years he will grow out of this. I expect it from him so I don’t think it is too much to ask of adults.

That reminds me of the Puritans who fled England because they were persecuted and ultimately came to America, where they promptly persecuted anyone who didn’t believe exactly what they did. I find the comparison between the modern religious right and the pilgrims to be striking. They have strong beliefs and think they should be able to force you to have the same beliefs. Moreover they think they have the right to punish you if you do not have those beliefs. At least the pilgrims went to a new place to force everybody to act like them (though they did it because they were persecuted back home) unlike the religious right who think they can make everyone act like them wherever they are. 

My family is very socially conservative. This is for a lot of reasons but it boils down to us believing it is the right way to live. Other than the various sects that say we can’t have booze and have to do other wacky things we live a lifestyle that meshes quite well with conservative republican/ Christian standards. That isn’t the issue. The issue is that we choose to live this way; we don’t do it because somebody told us to or wants to compel us.

I have realized recently that I can’t even call myself a Republican with a straight face anymore even though I may (or may not) vote for them. There are probably some republicans who are not fascists or puritans but they have been keeping a low profile for awhile now. Is it too much to ask for a candidate who isn’t a shameless whore to big business (crony capitalism, not free markets) or an evangelical who wants to force me to live by his particular religious code?

I just don’t see why anybody has the right to tell me what to do with my own life, money and body and by logical extension I don’t get to tell them what to do with theirs. When it comes to some religious issues I do not see why it is any different. I’m certainly not going to live under Islamic law and someone who is a Buddhist or an atheist shouldn’t have to live under a set of rules they don’t agree with. Also I tend to think that religious issues get sorted out elsewhere.

I have a live and let live philosophy about other people’s beliefs and ways of life. This extends from whacky religious nut jobs and vegans all the way people into weird sex stuff, drug users and the like.  To paraphrase Commander Zero “I don’t really care if people have gay orgies while snorting a mountain of cocaine on top of rocket launchers as long as they do it on their own land and kids are not involved.”  It doesn’t mean that I approve of it, just that it is none of my business and as such I stay out of it. We all have to bite our tongues now and then but we get to do what we want, seems like a fair trade off to me. Also life is short and if a person thinks something will make them happy then I wish them the best.

In closing the freedom to make bad decisions is something I firmly believe in.

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Editor’s note: Please check out Ryan’s blog! He has some great insights to offer and if you have beliefs anywhere similar to ours, I really think you’ll enjoy his writings.

Ron Paul comes to town

Mutual friends connected me with a woman in the area who had an unassisted birth last year. I have been looking for women willing to share their birth stories on my other blog during my babymoon, and S’s story offered encouragement and inspiration that I just had to share with my readers! So after meeting her briefly we scheduled a visit at her place to chat, and while I assumed we would have a few things in common, I was in for a big surprise.

I drove down her street looking for the one that would fit the right description, and low and behold, the one that matched had a huge Ron Paul banner on the fence! Oh please let that be her house! I silently hoped, and it was!

Long story short, thanks to the lack of media attention, it was only through this meeting with S that Papa and I learned the exciting news that Ron Paul was coming to town. The kids just happened to have a scheduled sleepover that night, and while it would have been a great homeschool opportunity it worked out well to attend the town hall-style event on our date night.

I’ve been telling everyone who cares to listen who refreshing it was to hear him speak for more than 20 seconds at a time, the equivalent of what he gets at the presidential debates. He is a wise man with mission, not just to spread a message of liberty but to win the presidency, and we are behind him 100%.

Papa and I love freedom. And Ron Paul is a true freedom fighter. Hearing him speak of bringing the troops home from all over the world, defending our borders, supporting the middle class, giving property rights back to the people, and ending the federal reserve, the internal revenue service, and the patriot act… you could just feel the energy of the people in that over-crowded room saying a big hell-yes! to overhauling the federal government, starting with a president who doesn’t bow to special interests and the party line.

Chants of “President Paul!” and “End the Fed!” greeted Ron Paul as he entered the room, and those of the crowd backing out into the parking lot who wished to stay longer were able to shake hands with the icon of liberty and have their pictures taken with him. We had other plans so weren’t able to, but it looked like most of the crowd was trying to line up as we were squeezing our way out!

Another really cool thing that happened, bringing attention to my discomfort with getting attention and at the same time pointing out the values and character of the people who attended the event, involved my blossoming belly. Who knew that a 7 (or 8?) month pregnant woman could attract so much attention?!

First, you have to understand, there were a lot of people standing in the room as there were not enough seats, or places to put them. Despite the fact we arrived an hour early we were plumb out of luck and ended up standing. After turning down a seat from a male friend in attendance, and a woman passing by saying she would grab a seat for me if she could, the man who would proceed to introduce Ron Paul came down off the stage and began looking for someone to offer me a seat! I wish I could remember his name… I told him I was okay, that there were a lot of people standing, and so on, but before I knew it, Scott D’Ambois, the man running against our anti-liberty U.S. Senator, had given me his seat! I figured I ought to sit down before I garnered more attention, but it did make me wonder – in what other audience I would be blessed with this attention?

Okay, enough of our experience, here’s a clip of the man himself speaking. Keep in mind, this was taken with Papa’s cell phone, so the sound isn’t that great. My appologies.

 

At least in the uSA we have freedom to worship at home…….NOT!

All I can say is that when they come kicking down your door without a warrant for illegal contraband (which is an appropriate double negative in this case) you have seen the writing on the wall. All of the goody-twoshoes Christian folk that believe it is an obligation to bend over grab their ankles and take it @&$?$+’*@?@ are going to wish they hadn’t. This is only a small county in state far away and has no impact on me but this is the stuff that spreads like wildfire. Remember the days of metal detectors at the airports? Now you get groped, finger raped, and shot with radiation. That my friend happened almost overnight. Remember papa’s forecast where I talked about government job holders would have targets on their backs especially the employees of lower holding authority.

These kinds of actions by an out of control government build up in people like a heavy metal in the body. There will be a day when a hell breaks loose as pent up frustration and decadent society explode like a fission reaction. Who will be there to control and fight this fire? Who’s head will the firestorm seek? Yes, it will be the frontline g-men; the cops, town officials, local politicians….

If you think I’m looney great. I hope you’re right. But I encourage people to honestly answer this question.
( is it in peoples gut to feel better or worse when a cop or politician dies?)

I know for sure that when I ask people that question the immediate responce is always lacking in compassion toward the government officials. I say this because I believe when at the honest core of peoples heart there is a deepening chasm void of compassion. It has and is becoming more and more of us vs them which is not condusive for healthy relationship.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/california-city-closes-down-bible-study-in-private-home.html

God stands for Justice (not tyranny)

Not another one of those God rants, you’re probably moaning. Yes, I’m going to share my opinion once again on another religious issue.

So, turn on Christian talk radio and you are bound to hear the word justice tossed around, without giving it any real meaning. In today’s politically-correct world, you’ll probably hear it in reference to “social justice”, or involuntary charity. Or you may even hear that a Christian is being “just” when they forgive wrongs done to them.

Let’s get this straight. Justice is not about spreading the wealth around, and it’s not about letting bygones be bygones. God is the God of Justice, of assigning merited punishment where it is due, which is why He sent His Son to die on the cross. Malign the word and you are removing significance from the work Christ did on the cross.

While punishment for sin has been paid, consequences still remain. Examples fill the Bible of situations in which God intervened or approved interventions that brought violent justice to wrongdoers and protected the innocent.

And that brings up another issue because, along with redefining the word justice, many Christians have come to believe that “good” Christians are only peace-loving and mild mannered, and that the business of justice should be left to God and government.

Anyway. God used force all the way through the Bible, and nowhere did He say that when justice was needed that we should stand around looking dumb at each other, hoping someone else will do something useful, and then say justice was done. Christians can be so backwards sometimes.

Here is some food for thought:

“And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David, and Samuel and the prophets – who through faith… enforced justice…” ~ Hebrews 11:33

“Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!” ~ Matthew 23:23-24

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” ~ Micah 6:8

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” ~ Isaiah 1:17

He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.” ~ Psalm 33:5

“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgement. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” ~ Deuteronomy 16:18-20

God is not a wimp, and He doesn’t want us to be wimps. He expects us to stand up for things that are right and to speak up when things are not right. Stand for justice!

This applies today because we are living in a very interesting time period. Our country, which once stood for freedom and justice, is now becoming tyrannical. Actually, it has been tyrannical for the past 150 years or so. Families are in danger of having their rights taken away by the United Nations, the Feds are putting more and more restrictions on gun ownership, and even the seemingly little things like mandatory vaccinations, the Patriot Act, and giving travelers a choice between killer radiation and sexual molestation; these are but a few of the areas where justice is not being served, and those who do stand up for justice are punished!

We need more people to do what’s right, and that includes Christians. If you are a Citizen of the United States of America, you are obligated by the Constitution to become involved in your government and say no to tyranny. Without the people taking a stand we will lose more and more of our rights, little bit by little bit.

I could go on about how we can stand for justice, because this is an important issue to our family, but I just wanted to point out the crucial piece, that believers in Christ have just as much reason and obligation to stand for justice as any other citizen. The same people who cry over the fact that this country was founded by Christians and yet it has strayed so far, feel they can’t do anything more than vote for a Christian who will enforce their values on others. That is not what justice is about! And we’re talking about our very freedom here! Isn’t that important to you?

Thought for the day

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. ~ Goethe

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