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What Is Freedom & Why is Private Property Important in a Free Republic?

This kind of reality always cancels individual rights and the superior position of the people to the state, thereby spoiling the protection of Natural Rights that a free republic has to offer.

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“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”  —Mao Tse-tung, proud mass-murderer of 65 million Chinese, including 46,000 scholars, according to The Black Book of Communism

 

Why Life in a Republic Is Preferable to Life in a Democracy

A republic (Latin: res publica = people’s thing or public matter) is a form of government in which governance is considered the “people’s thing”—a matter for the public to direct.  The executive power is not above the law and may only execute the laws, not make them.  All state officials are either elected or appointed by elected officials.  However, in contrast to a democracy, which is Majority Unlimited, a republic is Majority Limited, protecting the rights of every individual person, every minority group, against the whims of the majority.  Every citizen of a republic is recognized as having Natural Rights that no majority has the legal authority to infringe or abolish.  America is a republic, not a democracy, and for good reason.  In fact, not once does the US Constitution make mention of the word “democracy.”

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The Republican Principle Promotes Liberty for All

The Republican Principle is this: Freedom is more important than Majority Rule.

A republic legally restrains the whims and prejudices of the majority from harming the individual.

 

The Democratic Principle Permits Tyranny of the Mob

The Democratic Principle is this: Majority Rule is more important than Freedom.

A democracy legally permits the whims and prejudices of the majority to harm the individual.

 

Freedom Means Power to the People

A free republic uses a constitutional framework to fence off the Natural Rights of the people, so they may not be violated by policy or by law.  This means that certain kinds of rules are illegal to make.  Therefore, in the United States, a law that infringes the freedom of speech is illegal and will not stand; likewise, a law that disallows one’s being permitted a fair fight with a criminal assailant is off-limits; and so is any law that allows spurious government searches of a person’s property or prevents freedom of association or other important rights.  In a free republic, the burden of proof is on the government to show there is probable cause to conduct a search or to file a criminal charge, and the government must prove criminal misconduct beyond a shadow of a doubt before imprisoning an individual, since every person has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty—and accusations are never proof of wrongdoing.

Because the majority is not allowed to make certain kinds of rules, individuals and minorities enjoy legal protections against all ill-informed prejudices of the mob.  Freedom is considered more important than majority rule in a republic, whereas, in a democracy, the majority can make whatever rules it wishes against minorities and individuals, which is why so many elitist oligarchies and socialist dictatorships rise to power in democratically-elected governments that are not limited by the fencing-off of individual rights, in accordance with the principles of republicanism.  Natural Rights are important: with them, freedom reigns, and the people govern; without them, tyranny rules, and the people groan.  Without the retention of Natural Rights by the people, the government assumes dictatorial power to grant rights as privileges.  And these privileges are all politically determined, such as Hitler’s issuing of the privilege to own a gun for self-defense only to fellow National Socialists.  One of the first priorities of socialists like Hitler is the confiscation of all weaponry owned by individuals and minorities who are not in sympathy with the goals of socialism.

 

So, What Is a Natural Right?

A Natural Right is something that one is naturally permitted to do independently for oneself with the reasonable expectation that no person and no state entity will impede one from doing it: speaking one’s mind, defending oneself and one’s loved ones from harm, minding one’s own business on one’s own property, deciding how one wishes to make a living, peaceably gathering with whatever group of people one wishes to spend time with. . . .

In a republic, all human beings possess the same rights—which means that government agents are not allowed to exercise rights that the citizenry does not possess—and one must not violate someone else’s rights in order to procure a good or service.  In other words, a man has the right to hire a doctor to examine his children, but if he must take money (a form of property) from a third party, by threat of force at gunpoint (via government taxation), in order to pay for those medical services, then he has violated someone else’s property rights in order to obtain those services; or if he compel the physician to examine or treat his family, by using physical force against the physician, then he has directly violated the right of the medical professional to determine his own actions, free from coercion.

One has the right to work to earn money to purchase healthcare, and one has the right to barter for medical services by providing services to a doctor in exchange for his.  But the minute taxes are collected to pay for services that not all members of the general public derive equal benefit from, then the general welfare is not being promoted, only some individuals’ welfare at the expense of other individuals; this is wrongful taxation, because some people are being harmed by having their rights violated, so that others may receive a special privilege not being offered in equal measure to the persons taxed.  A free people must always keep in mind that government depends on force, and, although some government is needed to keep people from harming one another, government should not itself be facilitating harm by infringing the people’s Natural Rights.

 

Private Property: Without It, There Is No Individual Freedom

All crimes are crimes against property.  Slavery is perhaps the worst crime short of murder.  And it is a crime against property, since one’s person is one’s first and most intimate property.  Therefore, the theft of a person’s labor, even by government force, is a crime against property.  The fruit of one’s labor is one’s property; thus, forced confiscation of any portion of the fruit of a person’s labor for purposes unavailable to him is a violation of his Natural Rights.  Every crime is, at its root, an act of theft: murder is stealing a life; slavery is stealing someone’s labor; and taxation for purposes unrelated to the general welfare is a form of stealing, as well.  Creation of a law that makes self-defense illegal is stealing the rights of potential victims to enjoy equal protection of their lives, along with the criminals who wish to bring them harm.  Democratic government is, therefore, a constant risk to life and limb, since a simple majority vote can wipe out all fairness with regard to the needs of individuals and minorities to protect themselves by legal right.

A republican state is limited in its ability to convert rights into privileges and, therefore, is safer for the people.  Since a constitutional republic creates an even playing field—rather than allowing the kind of political rule-making that gives all the advantages to people who refuse to follow rules altogether—individuals have the power to limit evil interference by use of the same weapons that criminal assailants have at their disposal.  This is an important Natural Right for the people to retain, for, without it, all crimes are not only enabled, but encouraged, including the possibility of corrupt politicians’ criminal acts against the citizenry in ways against which there would be no recourse to act as a check upon their criminality.

The right to protect private property is necessary in order for citizens of a republic to enjoy their Natural Right to protect themselves against criminal behavior—whether that be against the criminal activities of a single individual or of a collective entity, including a tyrannical state.  And if there be no right to protect property—and thereby no right to protect one’s own physical person—then the most basic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness cannot be guaranteed, except by special consideration of the state, in the name of the collective majority.  This kind of reality always cancels individual rights and the superior position of the people to the state, thereby spoiling the protection of Natural Rights that a free republic has to offer.

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AG Barr Weighs in on Epstein Case, Says No One Entered His Cell on Fateful Night

It is unclear whether or not Barr’s insinuations will quell the avalanche of online conspiracy theories, however.

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Despite all of the pop culture chaos surrounding the death of Jeffrey Epstein, Attorney General Bill Barr has found some more cold water to throw into the conspiratorial fire.

For weeks now, the internet has been rife with memes videos of people intimating one, singular truth to be held above all others:  Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself.  This is, of course, a reference to the alleged suicide of the wealthy and well-connected convicted pedophile who mysteriously “hung himself” in one of the nation’s most secure prisons while awaiting trial on charges of child sex trafficking.

Given Epstein’s vast connections, and accusations that he was grooming child sex slaves for the wealthy elite, rumors began to swirl after his death.  This gossip was compounded by a consortium of suspicious details and unanswered questions.

Now, Attorney General Bill Barr has characterized the unbelievable story as a “perfect storm of screw-ups”.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said his concerns were prompted by the numerous irregularities at the Manhattan jail where Epstein was being held. But he said after the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general continued to investigate, he realized there were a “series” of mistakes made that gave Epstein the chance to take his own life.

“I can understand people who immediately, whose minds went to sort of the worst-case scenario because it was a perfect storm of screw-ups,” Barr told the AP as he flew to Montana for an event.

Furthermore…

The attorney general also sought to dampen conspiracy theories by people who have questioned whether Epstein really took his own life, saying the evidence proves Epstein killed himself. He added that he personally reviewed security footage that confirmed that no one entered the area where Epstein was housed on the night he died.

Of course, the concept of these conspiracy theories seem to constantly question the official narrative, and it doesn’t get any more official than the word of the nation’s top cop.

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Chick-fil-A Caves to Leftists, Will Stop Donating to Christian Charities

One of America’s favorite fast food places has finally caved into the hate-filled demands of leftists and has announced it will no longer donate to Christian charities.

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One of America’s favorite fast food places has finally caved into the hate-filled demands of leftists and has announced it will no longer donate to Christian charities.

The nation’s favorite chicken sandwich place has been under fire from religion-hating leftists for decades over its frequent donations to organizations that espouse traditional Christian views against gay marriage and the radical homosexual lifestyle.

But on Monday, the company announced that it will no longer give to organizations that do not toe the radial LGBTQ line.

“We made multi-year commitments to both organizations and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018,” a representative for Chick-fil-A said, adding that its new donation scheme will focus on “education, homelessness and hunger.”

The restaurant reports that it intends to donate up to $9 million to charity include a $25,000 to a local food bank every time it opens a new location.

Critics say the change in practice was clearly made as the company looks to expand overseas, something it has not yet done much despite its success in the U.S.A.

“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow. “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”

A clue to the imputes for the change might be read into the company’s closing of its only British location which was shuttered in Reading, England, after rabid gay activists boycotted the place and threatened violence.

In the end, it is just another example of dangerous liberals getting their way by threats. But Chick-fil-A will not likely find sudden acceptance by the hate-filled left. Liberals have marked Chick-fil-A not for coopting, but for destruction. Rabid, slobbering, LGBTQ terrorists won’t be happy until the company disappears. This move by the restaurant will not in any way placate them.

Chick-fil-A has just sold out its principles for nothing.

And now, many of its loyal Christian customers will also abandon it:

As always, conservative satire site Babylon Bee had it just right:

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Veterans Day, 2019: Remembering America’s Beloved Veterans

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America is a singularly different nation where it concerns our military veterans, and not just on Veterans Days. We love them. We even have a national holiday to honor them. This is not so in most of the rest of the world. Elsewhere soldiers are not as loved as they are here in these great United States.

Is that because the United States is the Sparta of the world, loving war more than anything else? Hardly. In fact it’s because our soldiers bring peace wherever they go, not perpetual war.

In other countries, soldiers are often the dregs of society, living off the people while at the same time lording over them with machine guns and violence.

In other countries the military is feared by both the people and the government because all too often the army is used to take power and steal away the government for its own aggrandizement. There is no accident that the word “coup” is one rarely spoken in the USA unless when viewing foreign news.

In other countries when people see soldiers they fear them, they loathe them. In other countries they don’t want to sit near soldiers on public transportation, they avoid eye contact. Here we shake their hand and ask if they need anything.

In the USA we respect our soldiers because as a rule they respect We The People as much as they respect the law.

When an American sees a soldier an American feels pride, not fear. When an American learns of a fellow’s service, an American is compelled to thank him for that service.

So, from us to you, our dear military veterans, we thank you. We thank you for putting your lives on hold while serving us, while making sure we are safe and able to go about our business unafraid of danger, and time and again for putting your own safety at risk.

Happy Veterans Day to you all.

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Mike Rowe Blasts Student-Loan Crisis: ‘We’re Rewarding Behavior We Should Be Discouraging’

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Mike Rowe Blasts Student-Loan Crisis: ‘We’re Rewarding Behavior We Should Be Discouraging’

Mike Rowe blasted our country’s massive student loan debt as “nuts” saying that children are learning poor behavior by borrowing money they most likely won’t payback.

“This is why, in my opinion, we have $1.6 trillion of student loans on the books and 7.3 million open positions, most of which don’t require a four-year degree. We’re just disconnected. We’re rewarding behavior we should be discouraging. We’re lending money we don’t have to kids who are never going to be able to pay it back to train them for jobs that don’t exist anymore. That’s nuts.”

Watch the short clip below:

TDC:

If you want to know how Mike Rowe feels about something, just ask him. He’ll tell you in no uncertain terms.

Rowe, the host of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” and former host of of the hit TV show “Dirty Jobs,” appeared Thursday on Fox Business to promote his new book “The Way I Heard It.” On the show, Rowe was asked by host Stuart Varney what he thought about the $1.5 trillion federal student loan debt.

“We have unintendedly maligned an entire section of our workforce by promoting one form of education, in my opinion, at the expense of all of the other forms,” he said.

“Forty years ago, colleges needed a PR campaign,” Rowe added. “We needed more people to get into higher education, but when we gave the big push for college back the in ‘70s, we did it at the expense of alternative education. In other words, we told people, ‘If you don’t get your degree, you’re going to wind up turning a wrench.’ ” More

Watch the full video below:

Got to love Mike, he’s this generation’s, Paul Harvey. As usual, he nails it! The left doesn’t care about exploding student loan debt, they only want free college so that they can get even more people into their indoctrination mills.

The government loan programs have made the American taxpayer liable for any student defaults. Neither the banks loaning the money or the universities have any liability for bad loan decisions. This is a travesty. 

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30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Thirty years ago today the dreaded Berlin Wall fell in Germany. It is a day that should be celebrated in every school.

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Thirty years ago today the dreaded Berlin Wall fell in Germany. It is a day that should be celebrated in every school, but a day few are remembering as more Americans than ever are falling for the lies of socialism.

The Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, freeing half of an entire country from a 30-year-long prison sentence.

The loathsome wall was erected between the eastern and western sectors of the German city of Berlin starting in the year1961. On August 13 of that year, East German troops positioned themselves by the Brandenburg Gate and started sealing off the communist-controlled sector of the city.

The wall ran 155 kilometers around West Berlin and prevented all residents from being able to move freely between the east and west sectors.

The wall finally fell on Nov. 9, 1989, marking the beginning of the end of the communist-led regimes from Central Europe to Soviet Russia.

The wall was a prison made by communists and socialists to keep the western world out. It also served as a stark warning to citizens of the communist sector: cross and die. It is estimated that at least 80 East Berliners were gunned down by communist troops for trying to cross the wall to freedom in the west.

While the wall was intact, the world and modernity passed by the citizens of East Germany. East Germans will still living like it was 1961 when the wall finally fell.

Last week, a statue to Ronald Reagan was unveiled in Berlin to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall. Regan defied international convention and his own speech writers to deliver a searing speech on June 12, 1987, demanding that the Soviets tear down the Berlin Wall. It took another 2 years, but that wall finally fell.

This is the sort of prisons socialism builds.

And yet, today Democrats in America are increasingly fascinated by socialism and communism and more Democrats than ever would love to vote for a socialist.

It only goes to show how our left-wing educational establishment has failed this country.

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William Shatner Gets Into Epic Twitter Feud With Millennials

“Sweetheart, that’s a compliment for me.” -William Shatner. 😂

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William Shatner Gets Into Epic Twitter Feud With Millennials

“Star Trek” actor William Shatner got into a Twitter feud with millennials calling him a boomer: ‘That’s a compliment for me.’

He takes ‘entitled’ millennials to task in a heated Twitter exchange, calling one a diva and corrects her grammar after she blamed his generation for the ‘hardships’ she faces.

In case you didn’t know the phrase ‘OK Boomer‘ is used to show youthful annoyance at older people. 

Fox News:

“Star Trek” actor William Shatner got into a heated Twitter exchange with millennial users who incorrectly targeted him with the popular “OK Boomer” jab.

For those unfamiliar, “OK Boomer” is a popular phrase used to dismiss the opinions of baby boomers that younger people deem irrelevant or uninformed. Shatner was commenting on a back-and-forth between “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron and viewers upset about Sean Spicer’s continued presence on the show when one of his followers directed the “OK Boomer” jab at the 88-year-old actor.

Shatner was born in 1931 and is, by definition, not a boomer. More

Boomer is the new dirty word to describe opposition to the socialist left. I love that he stands up to SJW’s, snowflakes and PC nonsense. Far better than the virtue-signaling celebrities that are now so prevalent.

Thank you, captain! I’d take Boomer over whiny, entitled millennial any day. I agree it’s a compliment even though I’m a gen X’er.

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Gov’t to Raise Vaping Age Limit to 21, Ignoring Black Market’s Role in Deaths

The feds are really missing the mark here.

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There are few instances in which our government is more inept than when it is attempting to tackle the issue of illegal drugs.  Sure, there are plenty of bonehead moves outside of drug policy, but there is little doubt that the war on drugs takes the cake.

First, let’s look at what’s legal and what’s not.

Opioids:  Perfectly legal to possess and use, so long as a doctor said so.  But these pain pills have become the plight of the suburbs, as their active ingredient is the same as we find in heroin.  Instead of track marks, your average suburban junkie could instead be having a glass of chardonnay at the local Applebee’s while getting loaded from the pills in their purse.

Adderall, which we give our nation’s youth:  Perfectly legal with a doctor’s note.  Again, this is nothing more than the corporately-manufactured version of methamphetamine.  Heck, even generic Adderall simply comes in a bottle marked “amphetamine”.  They aren’t even trying to hide it.

But marijuana, a plant that makes some people feel a little funny, is highly illegal at the national level.  Furthermore, the black market created by this prohibition has killed and incarcerated untold numbers of Americans – including a rash of vaping-related deaths earlier this year.

Those deaths, which were falsely attributed to e-cigarettes, came after counterfeit marijuana vaping liquids were cut with vitamin e acetate – a compound that will turn phase into a gas at vaping temperatures, but then reconstitutes itself as a gel-like liquid as it cools.  That meant that users were coating their lungs with the normally harmless substance, essentially drowning themselves from the inside, unknowingly.

Now, in a stunning act of ignorance, the federal government has decided to move against the e-cigarette companies as opposed to tackling the black market of counterfeit marijuana vape cartridges.

The United States plans to raise the age limit for vaping to 21, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, adding that his administration would issue its final report on such products next week.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, did not give further details about the administration’s regulatory plans or give a specific date for any announcements.

U.S. health officials have been sounding the alarm amid a nationwide outbreak of serous lung illnesses linked to vaping, and have raised concerns about the use of electronic smoking devices, particularly among youth.

To make matters ever more remarkably asinine, 21 years is already the legal age that you must be to purchase and use marijuana products in states where it is legal.  Were the federal government to nationally legalize marijuana it would not only completely decimate the black market that caused these deaths, but it would also decrease the number of underaged users at the same time, were they to adopt similar guidelines.

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