American Expats Flee the Omnivore August 3, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

August 3, 2010

Amid the perennial debate over immigration, relatively little attention is paid to the tiny but growing number of Americans repudiating U.S. citizenship in order to save their earnings from the collectivist omnivore called the federal government.

?At the U.S. Embassy in London, there is a waiting list that none of the officials like to discuss,? reports the Financial Times. ?On the list are Americans hoping to give up their citizenship, as they seek shelter from the Internal Revenue Service.? This is a serious and troubling step, because ?If you give up a U.S. passport, you take the chance that you will never be able to go back and live and work in the U.S. again.?

Some who make this choice are understandably alarmed over the government?s relentless profligacy, which will inevitably result in confiscatory taxes.

The immigration rate is down, and expatriation is increasing. What do those trends say about the prospects for renewed prosperity and the future of freedom in this country?

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

The Arizona Model: How Politicians Profit from Panic August 2, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

August 2, 2010

During an interview with Fox News, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer made a remarkable and terrifying claim:

"We cannot afford all this illegal immigration and everything that comes with it ? [including] the drugs and the kidnappings and the extortion and the beheadings?.?

County medical examiners in Arizona have not documented a single murder involving a beheading.

Arizona is not under siege. Apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the border are down sixty percent since 2000. The illegal immigrant population has declined by 18 percent since 2008. Brewer claims that Arizona is ?inundated with criminal activity,? but the violent crime rate is lower than it has been in decades.

Particularly during a recession, most governors would seek to attract business and tourism. Yet Brewer is perversely determined to portray the Grand Canyon State as a spectacle of hideous violence and turmoil. Could it be that she ? like other politicians emulating her example ? places political profit over her state?s economic health?

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

Why Are Police Trained to be Cowards? July 30, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 30, 2010

Why are police trained to be cowards? This question is raised by the arrest of 20-year-old California resident Melissa Greenfield when she refused to surrender her cell phone during a traffic stop.

Sgt. Jonathan Burke of the Delaware County, Ohio Sheriff?s Office asked Greenfield?s boyfriend for ID at a truck stop. Melissa produced a cell phone and announced that she was quite sensibly making a record of the event ?for legal purposes and our own safety.?

Burke demanded that Greenfield surrender the camera. She properly refused that demand. So the armed stranger abducted Greenfield under color of supposed law by arresting her and charging her with ?obstructing official business and resisting arrest.? She spent three days in jail.

Burke claimed that he feared Greenfield could have been carrying a cell-phone gun. After it became clear that the mysterious object was a common cellphone and not exotic Eastern European spy technology, it was returned to Greenfield, but the video record of the police stop had been erased.

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

A Commoner Dies in Brooklyn July 29, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 29, 2010

According to multiple eyewitnesses, the traffic collision that claimed the life of Brooklyn resident Aileen McKay-Dalton was a clear case of vehicular homicide.

The mother of three was driving a Vespa motor scooter when she was blindsided by a dark Ford Explorer driven by a man wearing a shoulder holster. Eyewitnesses told the police that the driver of the SUV ran a red light. Yet the police contemptuously dismissed those accounts and released the man without taking him into custody.

?You can stay or you can go, I don?t really care,? one witness was told by an officer when she offered to give her account.

Incredibly, the police initially claimed there were no witnesses to the crash. The NYPD also said the SUV is owned by the US Treasury Department ? which helps explain the otherwise inexplicable police indifference to the killing. The assailant was a servant of the ruling elite, the victim a commoner. Nothing to see here ? please move along.

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

The Government's War on Food July 28, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 28, 2010

The LA District Attorney?s office recently conducted an armed raid on Rawsome Foods, a Venice, California restaurant that sells unprocessed dairy products and other unlicensed organic food.

Surveillance video of the raid shows four police with their guns drawn and pointed at employees. As described by the Los Angeles Times, the heroes in uniform ?ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed potatoes and to step away from the nuts.? Those intrepid defenders of the public good will doubtless receive commendations for valor.

This incident was not an aberrant example of overkill; it is typical of the growing government crackdown on people who produce and consume such products as unpasteurized milk. Such people, reported the Times, prefer foods that have not been ?run through a federally mandated pasteurization process?.?

The government ruling us is willing to kill people in order to protect them from the risks of buying and selling unprocessed foods.

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

Prepare for Weimar America July 27, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 27, 2010

According to the chairman of China?s largest credit rating agency, ?The US is insolvent and faces bankruptcy as a pure debtor nation?.?

For years, Beijing has bankrolled Washington?s deficit spending, including the trillions of dollars spent in recent years to expand the Homeland Security apparatus and pay for two useless foreign wars.

The previously quoted Chinese official makes a telling point when he observes that ?the huge military expenditure of the US is not created by themselves but comes from borrowed money, which is not sustainable.?

If China dumps the dollar, the Regime in Washington and its quasi-private counterfeiting arm, the Federal Reserve, will have to monetize the debt, which will lead to Weimar-style hyperinflation.

Germany?s central bank began the radical expansion of its money supply in 1920, but the hyperinflationary effects weren?t felt until 1922. Ominously, the radical expansion of the monetary base by the Federal Reserve began two years ago.

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

Viciousness vs. Criminality July 26, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 26, 2010

Lysander Spooner, the renowned 19th century constitutional attorney, drew a critical distinction between vices ? ?those acts by which a man harms himself? ? and crimes ? ?those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another.?

Unless that distinction is recognized,? there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property,? Spooner wrote.

Government efforts to enforce so-called laws against vice constitute one of the largest threats to life and liberty. This was recently illustrated in the death of 48-year-old DeFarra Gaymon of Atlanta, who was shot to death by an undercover police officer in a Newark, New Jersey park during a so-called ?sex sweep.?

Gaymon, who was unarmed, allegedly engaged in what was described as a solitary sex act. Though immoral and disgusting, such conduct is a vice, not a crime. The real crime here was the lethal force used against Gaymon when he fled from the police ? but state-mandated crimes are rarely punished.

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

Suddenly, It's OK to "Cut and Run" July 23, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 23, 2010

In a June 2007 opinion column, Joseph Farah, founder of WorldNetDaily, described Texas Republican congressman Ron Paul as ?clueless about the nature of the threat we face from Islamo-fascism.?

While professing to admire Dr. Paul?s commitment to the Constitution, Farah wrote that he couldn?t support the congressman?s presidential bid because ?America is under siege from Islamo-fascist enemies?.This is no time to back down or even to appear to be weak. It would be disastrous if we cut and run now as Ron Paul suggests.?

Three years later, with a Democrat in the White House, Farah has endorsed the wisdom of cutting and running.

?For the life of me, I cannot begin to understand our objectives in either Iraq or Afghanistan,? he wrote on July 22. ?[E] nough is enough. We have spent over $1 trillion on these two wars and spilled far too much American blood? What is the point??

As Ron Paul understood years ago, those wars are pointless and should never have been fought.

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

Servicing the Banks, Suffocating the People July 22, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 22, 2010

Lord Acton, who famously warned about the corrupting influence of power, shared another critical insight: ?The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.?

When allied with political power, banking establishments, Thomas Jefferson warned, are more destructive than standing armies. Neither Jefferson nor Acton would be surprised by the fact that banks bailed out with money stolen from taxpayers are refusing to renegotiate mortgages that desperate, upside-down homeowners simply cannot repay.

Bank of America, which received $25 billion in bailouts, is being sued over its refusal to comply with the Home Affordable Modification Program, supposedly designed to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. The lawsuits allege that BoA employs delaying tactics -- such as conveniently misplacing critical paperwork ? to avoid negotiating with debtors until the mortgages are in default.

Our current political system is servicing the banks and suffocating the people. That?s one of the most important reasons why it simply cannot survive.

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

The Takers Thrive, the Makers Suffer July 21, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 21, 2010

In a recent opinion poll, 45 percent of the professional class in Washington, D.C. said that the economy was heading in the right direction. This must reflect the fact that all of our wealth is being siphoned away from those who make it into the hands of those who take it.

As Politico notes, ?The massive expansion of government under President Barack Obama has basically guaranteed a robust job market for policy professionals, regulators and contractors for years to come.?

In fact, the dramatic increase in the size and expense of government began under Bush, whose term saw a radical expansion of both the Homeland Security State and domestic welfare programs.

While the tax-consuming class expands, the productive class is being annihilated. Nation-wide, the jobless rate is well into double digits: The authoritative ShadowStats economic report calculates the actual unemployment rate at 22 percent.

What will the takers do once they have driven the makers into extinction?

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

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