Tortured by Self-Pity July 20, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 20, 2010

In her study of Nazi totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt pointed out that those who committed officially sanctioned atrocities were often hindered by their conscience.

To overcome that divinely instilled moral impulse, secret police chief Heinrich Himmler taught his subordinates to re-direct their pity toward themselves. Instead of saying ?What horrible things I did to people!? they would say, ?What horrible things I had to watch in the pursuance of my duties, how heavily the task weighed upon my shoulders!" observed Arendt.

A similar theme could be heard in the recently publicized May 26 Senate committee testimony of Judge Jay Bybee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a Bush administration official, Bybee signed off on memos ratifying the supposed presidential authority to order the torture of detainees.

Asked if he has any regrets, Judge Bybee lamented the professional and personal pressures he has experienced, and the ?kind of attention [that] has been visited on me and ? my family."

Judge Bybee has clearly mastered Himmler?s tactic of re-directed pity.

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

Government, or Terrorism? You Make the Call! July 19, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 19, 2010

Every time talk turns to the necessity of cutting budgets, headlines scream about the heartlessness and parsimony of those who would deny children school lunches, or shut down national parks.

As the depression deepens and revenues dry up, some police chiefs and sheriffs are employing a shockingly cynical version of this familiar tactic: They are literally trying to terrorize the public into supporting their budget demands.

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts recently announced that because of budget cuts citizens shouldn?t expect police to respond to calls involving 44 kinds of crime, including burglary, grand theft, and other serious offenses.

In Sacramento County, the Sheriff?s Office published an ad depicting what appeared to be a sexual assault on a child. ?Don?t let them cut deputies and put your family at risk!? screamed the ad copy.

The essential message here was: Give us what we want, or people will get hurt. How does this differ from terrorism?

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

Subsidies and Shackles July 16, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 16, 2010

Many corporate leaders were eager to buy in when George W. Bush, and then Barrack Obama, sought partners to promote subsidized corporate bailouts. Some of the Leviathan State?s corporate supporters are feeling a twinge of buyer?s remorse.

John Castellani, former head of the Business Roundtable, eagerly supported the Wall Street Bailout and other corporate socialist ventures. In recent weeks, however, Castellani lamented what he called the ?unintended consequences? of that partnership, such as onerous regulations inflicted on businesses under Obama.

Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner writes that the US Chamber of Commerce ?boosted the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Detroit Bailout, stimulus, and cash-for-clunkers.? Chamber President Tom Donohue now assails the Feds ?for killing jobs and entrepreneurship.?

Even GE CEO Jeff Immelt, who openly calls for a Euro-Socialist style corporate state, complains about the burdens of the federal regulatory state.

The corporate leaders who helped build our economic prison are tardily coming to realize that subsidies always come with a matching set of shackles.

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

The Imperial Road to Bankruptcy July 15, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 15, 2010

Someday soon the American Empire will die from accumulated debt and be buried in a foreign grave.

This is the urgent prediction of Harvard historian Niall Ferguson, an English scholar who has written extensively about the American imperium.

The collapse may come ?within the next two years,? Ferguson declared in his keynote address to the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival. In fiscal terms, he continued, Washington ?is very near the edge of chaos. And we?ve seen already in Greece what happens when the bond market loses faith in your fiscal policy.?

Both the Soviet and Roman empires experienced a sudden collapse when the cost of servicing debt exceeded the government?s military budget. ?That has not been the case I think at any point in U.S. history,? Ferguson pointed out. ?It will be the case in the next five years.?

As Ferguson told his audience, Americans are the ?Redcoats? now ? and national bankruptcy will be the price of playing that un-American role.

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

Obamacare Begins in Idaho July 14, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 14, 2010

Obamacare has yet to go into effect, yet as Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation notes, the government is already forcing doctors to ?treat patients according to the government?s terms and conditions. If they protest, argue, complain, fight or plead, they will be pegged as part of a grand conspiracy and silenced.?

Orthopedic surgeons in Boise rebelled against government ?established reimbursement rates .Exercising their right to assemble peacefully in order to seek redress of their grievances, the doctors communicated with each other to complain and organize. Scores of doctors announced they wouldn?t continue offering treatment under the reduced reimbursement schedule. Many of them reversed that decision once the rates were increased.

This refusal to accept government price controls was treated by the federal government ? and the Idaho state government ? as a criminal ?price-fixing conspiracy.? The physicians were forced to accept a settlement that, among other things, would make it a criminal offense for a doctor to complain about price controls to his professional peers.

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

Liberty, Not Democracy July 13, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 13, 2010

Democracy is based on the morally unsupportable assumption that violence against the individual can be sanctified through the political state, and justified through majority vote. That?s why the American Founders abhorred democracy, choosing instead to create a constitutional republic.

Milton Friedman warned that democracies end in bankruptcy. Economic commentator Neil Reynolds observes that ?Democracies have made people more dependent on the state than any humanitarian necessity required.?

A study published by Italy?s Sapienza University entitled Democracy, Debt and Disorder indicts John Maynard Keynes, the intellectual pontiff of the welfare state. Keynes ?provided politicians with a rationale for borrowing money to buy votes,? notes that study. The political class redistributed wealth from the future to fund an orgy of corrupt spending in the present.

As the accelerating collapse of the welfare state demonstrates, that future has now arrived ? one in which majority rule degenerates into undisguised mob violence, as seen in Greece and elsewhere.

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

Murdered By Police Before His First Breath July 12, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 12, 2010

Indianapolis resident LaDonna Dixon was frantic to help her friend Ashley, who was having a seizure. While LaDonna retrieved Ashley?s medicine from her car, Officer Scott Childers arrived and took control of the scene.

When Dixon attempted to give Ashley her medication, Childers threw her to the ground, maced her, and then beat her into unconsciousness, despite the fact that she was in an advanced state of pregnancy.

As Childers beat Dixon, the father of her child arrived on the scene and pleaded with the officer to stop, to no avail. At this point, the father was morally justified in using lethal force against Childers in order to defend his family, had this been possible.

When Dixon awoke, she was in a holding facility. She was bleeding, and her face was burning from the mace. After her jailers refused to take her to a hospital, Dixon gave birth to a dead child ? who was murdered through police abuse before taking his first breath.

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

Government's Thuggishness Unveiled July 9, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 9, 2010

Every once in a while a member of the wealth-destroying class will abandon any pretense of civility and display the true nature of the state in its full malignant majesty.

The aptly named Michael Nutter, who afflicts Philadelphia by serving as its mayor, recently performed that disgusting but vital service while addressing city residents who have avoided Nutter?s tax shakedown.

?We want our damn money,? grunted Nutter. ?You owe it, we want it, and I plan to collect it.?

Philadelphia Revenue Commissioner Keith Richardson promises to work with the DA?s office to identify and prosecute so-called tax scofflaws, who may be imprisoned for up to seven years for the supposed crime of protecting their earnings from Nutter and his criminal cohorts.

Taxes aren?t ?owed?; they?re stolen. People who surrender them aren?t tax ?payers,? but tax ?victims.? And politicians like Nutter aren?t public servants; they?re officially sanctioned criminals who confiscate wealth at gunpoint. Brazen thuggishness of this kind will become increasingly commonplace as the depression inexorably deepens.

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

In Obama-Speak, Theft is "Investment," and Thrift is "Hoarding" July 8, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 8, 2010

When governments steal from the productive and lavish the plundered wealth on politically favored parasites, they call this corrupt activity ?investment.? When productive companies seek to protect their honestly earned profits, governments call this ?greed.?

A recent column by Fareed Zakaria of the Washington Post invited us to be outraged that America?s 500 largest non-financial companies have accumulated $1.8 trillion on their balance sheets.

In any recession or depression, it?s important to save cash rather than spend it. This is particularly important with the government directly seizing control of huge sections of the economy and regulating what remains into oblivion.

Consider the case of White Castle,
the Ohio-based hamburger chain. Although that company has offered health insurance for employees since 1924, it stands to lose 55 percent of its net income thanks to ?Obamacare? mandates. Rather than using its earnings to expand, White Castle is hanging on to what it can in order to survive as our rulers systematically destroy our economy.

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

Remember This Phrase: "Come Back With A Warrant" July 7, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 7, 2010

When police seek to enter private property, they can obtain a warrant, secure the consent of the owner, or enter without consent if they?re acting on probable cause in exigent circumstances.

Police and other officials in some jurisdictions are circumventing the constitutional impediments to warrantless searches by creating special teams composed of police and safety personnel. Under the guise of conducting safety inspections, the police gain access to apartment buildings ? often with the help of landlords ? and collect evidence to be used in prosecuting residents for various offenses, typically involving narcotics.

In Oakland, for instance, the police have created a unit called SMART ? Special Multi-Agency Response Team ? that includes two police officers, two building safety enforcers, and a fire inspector. For several years, SMART has conducted warrantless searches of apartments and other rental properties, sometimes thoroughly demolishing living quarters in search of drugs or other evidence.

This is the kind of thing that drove our colonial ancestors to take up arms against their government.

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

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