U.S. Embraces What Cuba Rejects September 16, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

September 16, 2010

In a recent interview with a writer for The Atlantic magazine, Fidel Castro admitted ? after four decades of tyranny and the slaughter of tens of thousands ? that Cuba?s socialist economic model ?doesn?t even work for us anymore.?

Castro?s admission is not so much a confession of error, as a lament that there is nothing left to plunder in the country he and his cronies have ruined.

London?s Financial Times reported a more substantive admission from the Cuban government, which is now being run by Castro?s brother Raul. A document circulating within the upper echelons of the Cuban Communist Party predicts that the government will purge nearly a half-million state employees from the payroll next year.

Just a few weeks ago, Raul Castro gave a speech in which he said that Cuba ?will no longer be known as the only country where you do not have to work to live.?

Current trends here in the supposed land of the free suggest that the government ruling us is embracing the model Cuba is finally abandoning.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

State Terrorism in Michigan September 14, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

September 14, 2010

Sal Agro, a 67-year-old man from Lake Orion, Michigan, died of a heart attack on September 2. His death was almost certainly a belated result of his experience a week earlier.

Agro ran a facility called Clinical Relief that provided medical marijuana to physician-approved customers under a 2008 state law. In late August the city government lifted a local moratorium on sales of medical marijuana.

Days later the Sheriff?s Department, in open defiance of the law, raided Agro?s clinic. According to Agro, the officers ?had ski masks on and acted like the Gestapo.? The officers tore up his home and office. They also violated the HIPPA law ? which protects patient confidentiality ? by seizing medical records.

The same lawless behavior was on display at another facility called Everyone?s Café, where police threw cancer patients to the ground and held them at gunpoint.

Sal Agro, a beloved and well-respected local figure, was a victim of state terrorism carried out in the name of fighting drug use.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

The World Is Not Enough September 13, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

September 13, 2010

It?s tempting to describe a recent essay by economic analyst Kevin D.Williamson as a ?reality check,? but the problem is that if it were a check of any kind, it would bounce.

Williamson points out that by even the most optimistic calculation, the U.S. national debt as of 2008 was $70 trillion. The gross economic output of the entire world economy in 2008 was $60 trillion.

Since that time, leaders of both major political parties have collaborated in the nationalization of trillions of dollars worth of bad Wall Street debts, bailouts, and so-called stimulus packages (don?t forget that )George W. Bush offered a stimulus program of his own before Barack Obama?s election . During the same period, economic productivity has collapsed.

Policymakers in the State Department and Pentagon are worried that our metasasizing debt has become a national security issue. In fact, it?s an existential threat to our national survival ? and we?ve done it to ourselves.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Anti-Christian Intolerance in the Middle East September 10, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minutes

September 10, 2010

Two years ago, religious zealots in the Middle East collected hundreds of copies of the New Testament and burned them in a public square. This was done with the support and involvement of local civic authorities.

A few months earlier, the son of a local Christian leader was nearly killed when a package bomb delivered to their home exploded in his hands. A year earlier a prominent Christian meeting house was set on fire. The same chapel had been burned down by extremists exactly 25 years earlier.

A recent gathering of the nation?s leading religious scholars endorsed the idea that the faithful are permitted to murder infidels to ?curb their evil inclinations.?

These events didn?t happen in Iran or Saudi Arabia, but in Israel. It?s not fair to hold all Israelis ? let alone all Jews -- responsible for the bigoted and violent acts of a handful of extremists. That principle should apply to people from other religions as well.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Canyon County's Lawless Prosecutor September 9, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

September 9, 2010

John Bujak, County Prosecutor for Idaho?s Canyon County, doesn?t have much use for the law.

In October 2009, Bujak ?instructed? local law enforcement officers to ?target? people who are observed texting while driving, despite the fact that the state legislature had voted down a measure banning that behavior.

This year, Bujak is promising to prosecute juveniles found in possession of a product commonly called ?Spice? ? a form of incense sometimes called synthetic marijuana. He also threatens to prosecute retailers who sell Spice to youngsters.

Inhaling Spice is stupid, but it?s not a crime in Idaho. The same is true of texting while driving. However, Title 18, Section 702 of the Idaho Code makes a criminal of any public officer who ?arrests any person or detains him against his will? without lawful authority.

John Bujak -- who profits from misdemeanor prosecutions -- has committed that offense at least twice, and he shouldn?t be permitted to get away with it.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Should We Burn the Koran, or Share the Bible? September 8, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

September 8, 2010

Terry Jones, who presides over a small congregation in Gainesville, Florida called the Dove World Outreach Center, has a peculiar genius for self-promotion.

His proposed ?International Burn a Koran Day,? which is scheduled for this Saturday?s anniversary of the 9/11 atrocity, has provoked protest rallies in Kabul and a complaint from Gen. Stanley Petraeus, the military commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Gen. Petraeus warns that the Koran-burning event will aid Taliban recruitment efforts and ?could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan.?

The General?s objection is rooted in the odd assumption that the exercise of individual rights by civilians ? including, in this case, the right to engage in childish, ill-considered public displays ? is subordinate to the best interests of the military.
While Petraeus is clearly wrong about this, what Jones is doing is neither commendable nor helpful.

If Jones seeks to reach Muslims for Christ, he should share the truths of the Bible, rather than burning the Koran.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Don't Wait for Permission to Panic September 7, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

September 7, 2010

As H.L. Mencken pointed out decades ago, governments prosper through the manipulation of panic. Rulers are always adept at manufacturing or exaggerating problems and crises.

The other half of that equation is this: Governments likewise seek to suppress concerns over genuine problems that undermine their authority. Yes, people are encouraged to panic ? but only when prompted by their rulers, and then only about officially approved crises.

For example, we have standing orders to be alarmed over the supposed threat of global warming or the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, but no permission to recognize the accumulating crisis of unconstitutional deficit spending, which is bringing about a systemic economic collapse.

As Barack Obama rolls out another $50 billion ?stimulus? proposal, the prospect of ?sovereign debt default,? both here and abroad, is becoming a near certainty. So concludes the investment house Morgan Stanley, which warns that we?re about to enter ?an age of `financial oppression.?? This is a perfect time to panic, with or without official permission.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Welfare and Human Bondage September 6, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

September 6, 2010

What the government subsidizes, it controls. This principle applies not only to institutions, but also to individuals.

One possible future is foreshadowed in San Diego, California, where under a program called ?Project 100%? anyone who receives county welfare subsidies is subject to unannounced visits from law enforcement officials.

Supposedly intended as an anti-fraud measure, the program permits police to rifle through closets, drawers, bathrooms and bedrooms seeking evidence of criminal acts. As attorney Christopher Brauchli notes, the assumption is that ?welfare recipients are forced to trade the protection afforded by the Fourth Amendment for welfare benefits.?

Three years ago, this policy was upheld by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court declined to review that decision.

The growing influence of government over the economy ? a trend that began decades ago, accelerated dramatically under George W. Bush, and escalated even more radically under Barack Obama ? portends a not-distant time when each of us will be subject to similar all-encompassing state control.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Hasn't Afghanistan Suffered Enough? September 3, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

September 3, 2010

Following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Washington dispatched advisors to set up a banking system modeled after our own. Thus it shouldn?t surprise us to see that Afghanistan is in the middle of a systemic crisis quite similar to the one that is destroying the U.S. economy.

Afghan depositors are making a run on the Kabul Bank,
which has been a cookie jar for cronies of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a cut-out for various international financial rackets. Its board members include Mahmoud Karzai, the president?s brother, and Haseen Fahim, the brother of an Afghan vice-president.

President Karzai insists that the Kabul Bank is fully backed by his government, which has provided $110 million to stabilize the institution. Significantly, that money is not being used to guarantee deposits but rather to pay the salaries of 250,000 government employees.

Thanks to American intervention, Afghanistan is ruled by a corrupt central government rooted in Sharia Law and financed through fractional-reserve banking. What a splendid accomplishment.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

James Lee: Environmentalist in a Hurry September 2, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

September 2, 2010

?The planet does not need humans.? This assertion, embedded in a manifesto published by the late James Lee, is a tidy summation of the biocentric worldview that inspires radical environmentalism.

Lee was killed by a SWAT team at the Maryland headquarters of the Discovery Channel, where he had taken hostages. He demanded that the network promote his view that ?filthy human children? not only contribute to pollution, but that they ?are pollution."

Lee, who claims that he was ?awakened? by Al Gore?s agitprop documentary ?An Inconvenient Truth,? littered his rambling manifesto with references to Darwin and Malthus and novelist Daniel Quinn, whose ?Ishmael? books depict a series of dialogues between a man and a wise and sympathetic gorilla, including what are described as ?provocative? re-writings of the creation accounts from Genesis.

The logic of radical environmentalism dictates that humans should vanish in order to save the planet. Whether through conviction or dementia, Lee was eager to put that principle into action.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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