Thursday, September 30, 2010

Resentment Toward Government and the Democratization of Media

Resentment toward government"Resentment toward government" -that's the search term that alternate media source InfoWars.com encouraged its users to start searching en masse Thursday in order to push the term to the top of Google's trends page.

The goal was to draw attention to a recent article on InfoWars, reporting that over a hundred law enforcement personnel and federal agents gathered at Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York to attend a presentation on new biometric computer technology that developers claim can detect signs of resentment toward government in the decibels and crescendos of telephone users.

The man behind InfoWars.com is Alex Jones, a radio show host and conspiracy theorist whose beliefs and methods I have strongly criticized here in the past, criticisms I still stand by today. Accordingly, I am not a regular reader of his websites, but when I see an InfoWars article from time to time like today, I am careful to fact check it because I believe most 9-11 Truthers are pretty gullible people.

Having done that today, I'd say the InfoWars piece on resentment toward government passes muster as far as it quotes a reputable newspaper for its source. Does the new technology scare me? Not really. All any federal agent needs to do is read this blog to find out that I have a lot of resentment toward government. Hi, Janet!

Seriously. I have a whole lot of resentment toward government. Why? For being so stupid, for being so incredibly head-up-the-ass stupid with so many trillions of dollars of other people's money, with so many millions of people's lives and futures, with so much blood and treasure. I think that's a pretty valid reason to harbor resentment toward government.

And by the way- that's why most 9-11 Truthers like Alex Jones and the readers of InfoWars.com are awfully gullible- because there's just no way that a government as stupid as ours could possibly have pulled off something like 9-11, much less covered its tracks so well that only Alex Jones and Rosie O'freaking Donnell would question what everybody else saw that day.

But I think the most interesting angle here is Alex Jones' clever method of bringing attention to his resentment toward government story, which was to encourage his listeners and readers to search "resentment toward government" on Google so many times that it would get pushed to the top of Google's search trends page.

That is some clever viral marketing and another example of the "democratization of media." Alternate news sources with a good story and some creativity can get their ideas out to the rest of us in a way that simply was not possible before the Internet. So while Jones and I may have our differences, I've got to hand it to him for a well-executed effort to get out his story. Gotta love the Internet.


Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Peace, Love, and LiberTea

Not so long ago I was on the road and discovered a delightful product called Peace Tea. It seemed interesting and the art was nice, so I tried all four flavors. Each can has messages of peace on them, and it just so happened that one of them was very libertarian.

On the Razzleberry flavor can the messages are emblazoned:

"Don't tread on me."
"We are all in this together."
"True freedom comes with great responsibility"
and of course: "We must think for ourselves."

Let's give some thought to this, just as the Peace Tea creators would desire.

"Don't tread on me" is a statement of the utmost power. It is in fact the most rational and complete statement of peace one can make. To say this is to say that so long as you do not tread on my life, liberty, or property, then I will make no aggression toward you. What could be more peaceful? This exemplifies the libertarian non-aggression axiom.

Paired with the above statement is, "We are all in this together," which could hold a number of messages. Perhaps this gives an additional reason not to tread on another's life, liberty, or property; that we are all experiencing the same grievances at the hands of the State. We are all in this together in that sense.

"True freedom comes with great responsibility." This is possibly the most libertarian statement that is on this can. One of the foundational principles of libertarianism is personal responsibility. This is the not-so-radical notion that the State's role is not to take care of us, and that people must exercise personal responsibility in their personal decisions.

Furthermore, with the freedom that we seek, we take on responsibility for not just our selves, but our communities, our country, the whole world, and the entire universe. In the absence of Statist controls on human behavior we have the responsibility to take care of these matters ourselves, voluntarily.

"We must think for ourselves." As bastions of one of the few remaining philosophies of individualism left in the modern world we simply must think for ourselves. If you are reading this, then it is likely enough that you march to your own drum beat, to quote Thoreau. But why? Why must we think for ourselves?

Because in the absence of independent thought, government-created thought will take its place. Let us never have our minds guided by the state. Let us never be told how to dress, what to say, where to say it, whom to associate with, and whom or what to worship. Currently the Bill of Rights still secures much of this in the United States, but in many places in the world people are not so fortunate. Once it has been won, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

So in conclusion, are we to suppose that these deeper meanings were also intended by the artists that designed this can of tea? Possibly not. But after all, that is not the point!

"Peace Tea is all about one single and perfect and fundamental truth: To evoke an emotion, or perhaps even more importantly, an action. Peace Tea is whatever you want it to be."



Eric Sharp
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Regular Columnist, THL
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Ron Paul Video: Let the Revolution Begin

A video tribute to Ron Paul, one of the few honest men left in Washington, and one of the few who ever seems to speak out in the halls of Congress against the destructive policies that our government is enforcing.




Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

One in the Senate: Rand Paul Money Bomb Today

OneInTheSenate.com

I'll be hosting the Rand Paul money bomb telethon today from 2 - 4 pm Central Time and interviewing Jake Towne, Clint Didier, and Gary Johnson. To stream the show live to your computer, visit OneInTheSenate.com.


Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rand Paul Money Bomb Telethon Sept 29, Wes Messamore Hosting from 2 - 4 pm Central

Hey Patriots! Tomorrow is the start of a two-day money bomb for U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul. Accompanying the money bomb is a live-streaming telethon (with video!) from 8 am to 4 pm Central Time (9 - 5 Eastern). Hosts will include Kurt Wallace, Jack Hunter, Robert Scott Bell, and Yours Truly (I'll be on from 2 - 4 pm Central Time).

Confirmed guests will include many luminaries and big names in the libertarian, conservative, and Tea Party movements.

Check out the money bomb page for more details.
Also please dig deep and pledge to give.
With one month to go, it is essential that
we get Rand Paul past the finish line.
We've never been closer!





Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Wasteful Healthcare IT Spending Underway With Federally Created Regional Extension Centers

The government is using $662 million from the 2009 "Stimulus Bill" to create "Regional Extension Centers" or RECs. These organizations are mandated to help 100,000 health care providers implement electronic health records in 24 months. There are fundamental flaws with this program and taxpayers dollars are at stake.

To learn more about RECs, visit the Software Advice blog at: Five Reasons We Think RECs are RECkless.

Follow the San Francisco Chronicle's Example?

It is rare that I would advocate anyone following the example of The San Francisco Chronicle, but their editorial board's refusal to endorse in California's senate race commands our consideration.

Claiming that "Californians are left with a deeply unsatisfying choice for the U.S. Senate this year," The Chronicle on Sunday refused to throw their support behind Barbara Boxer or Carly Fiorina, claiming that Boxer lacks the effectiveness in advocating the liberal causes the editors advocate and Fiorina stands in the way of those very causes.

While the paper reasons from flawed premises which differ greatly from my own, they are right to notice that it is unwise to throw support behind candidates that do not share or cannot effectively implement one's values.

Too often we are told to choose the lesser of two evils and support one of the major party candidates even if neither represent the values we desire in a candidate, but this urging is misguided and down right foolish. All we do when supporting the "lesser of two evils" is reward political parties for running "evil" candidates, create a continued cycle of "evil" candidates in each election, and place "evil" people in office.

The lie that one party is better than the other is revealed every time a poor candidate is rewarded with victory; they govern in a way not unlike their opponents and we wonder why things never change. It is philosophy, not party, that truly distinguishes candidates.

If we truly seek to advance liberty we must stop blindly supporting major party candidates if they are not worthy of our support. While we will never find someone we agree with 100% of the time, we must be careful not to quickly compromise our principles. Much of the poor situation we find ourselves in can be linked back to similar compromises in past elections.

Whether it be in primaries or general elections, those of us who are serious about liberty and the creation of a free society must follow the example of The Chronicle--if no one is worthy of our support, let's withhold it.


Daryl Luna
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Regular Columnist, THL
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Latest CA poll shows Democrats with the lead, Republicans with the energy

"With polls reflecting such a close race, we can only guess that it will be whichever party successfully convinces a key swath of Independent voters that its candidates will affect real change in the three areas that make voters most anxious:

Transparency, Accountability, and Fiscal Responsibility."




W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Republicans repeating history with pledge

"In the end, Republicans who cheerfully recall 1994 and say that history is repeating itself, might be disappointed to learn just how right they are."



W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Tea Partiers Are NOT Buying The Republican Party's "Pledge To America"

'The Tea Partiers and conservative / libertarians are not buying the farce that is the Republican Party "Pledge To America". Why not? Well first off the GOP has proposed their big-government version of healthcare takeover by actually including elements of ObamaCare in the "Pledge"!!!'




Matt Collins, Regular Columnist
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Neocons in Retreat

"Like Clinton in the ’90s, Bush in the last decade and Obama in this one, when it comes to foreign policy our government has always posed more of a threat to the American people than any of the near–mythical foes it likes to scare us about."





W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Left and Right Libertarianism. Do They Exist? What Are They?

Weekend thread: Is there such a thing as left libertarianism and right libertarianism? Why or why not? And if there is, what are they and how are they distinct (and is one better than the other, and why?). This discussion is important to defining libertarianism itself. Have at it!

Unsuccessful Conversion Experience


I had an unsuccessful conversion experience this past weekend.

A Canadian man sat down next to me at a baseball game and started talking about how great socialized "everything" was in Canada, and how much everything here sucked. And let me admit...I was excited. I was delighted for the opportunity to persuade him. Honestly, I was thrilled for the opportunity to intellectually crush him.

And he left that night unchanged. And I left that night realizing I don't exactly know how to make people open to the idea that government doesn't need to be in charge of things.

Hanging out here, I feel like I'm learning all the talking points. I'm absolutely convinced in both the moral and effectual benefits of freedom. And yet, I am only currently able to persuade already-conservatives to move toward a more consistent and holistic view of freedom. For those who believe solely in the benevolent arm of the federal government to right the wrongs of an uncharitable populace, my words falter. They don't pierce.

Help me.



By: Eric Olsen, Regular Columnist
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

THL Surpasses 500 Subscribers!

Today The Humble Libertarian hit an important milestone with over 500 subscribers now reading its daily posts about news, current events, and politics from a libertarian perspective! What an incredible honor and pleasure it is for me and my contributors.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this happen, especially this website's sponsors who have made it possible for me to grow the site by launching promotional contests and using their contributions to get targeted, paid advertising to the website during these contests and offer the chance to win prizes as an incentive for new visitors to stick around and see what we have to say here.


Here's to the next 500 and to the eventual dominance of the political blogosphere by liberty websites like The Humble Libertarian! Cheers!



Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL

Republicans' Pledge to America Tastes Like Watered Down Tea

The House Republicans' Pledge to America might just be too little, too late. I have marveled for a year now at how easily the Republicans have let Democrats get away with calling them "obstructionists" and accusing them of having no ideas or solutions of their own, only criticisms of the Democratic agenda.

Some of the best, most practical, most obvious, most necessary, least extreme, least partisan, and least ideological ideas there are over the last two years have been coming from the Tea Party movement brewing in the "center-right" of the country's political divide. But for two years now, the House Leadership has preferred to ignore them, and is now plagiarizing and betraying them at the same time with its "Pledge to America" (M).


A Real Pledge to America

The Republicans' rising star, U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul has said repeatedly on the campaign trail that we need a balanced budget amendment requiring Washington to do what every small business has to do: balance its budget.

He has advocated a law that would require Congress to wait one day for every twenty pages in a bill before it can pass. That would give everyone- including the Congressmen themselves- time to actually read the bill before Congress votes on it. Additionally, Rand Paul wants to require Congressmen to sign a legal document attesting that they have read a bill before voting for it.

Finally, Rand Paul has called for term limits, which would curb the ambitions of career politicians and make our nation's highest offices more accessible to its every day citizens.

These are all policies that make sense to most Americans. Washington simply cannot spend more than it takes in. That is not an extreme, partisan, right-wing idea, but a simple and unavoidable reality, and frankly a balanced-budget amendment might have prevented the so called "tax cuts for the wealthy" that the Democrats rail against.

And reading a law that affects and changes people's lives before voting on it also just makes sense. It would create real transparency in the legislative process. Any politician who opposes such a policy cannot claim to be for transparency. If a "Read The Bills" act had been in effect over the last decade, many of Washington's worst bills like TARP and the Patriot Act may not be law today.

The Phony Pledge to America

But during some of the most critical moments in recent legislative history- like the fight over health care reform as well as the bipartisan Washington orgy that gave birth to the TARP bailouts- the Republican Party seriously fumbled an opportunity to stand up and fight for some of the best solutions its members had to offer.

House and Senate leaders let the Democrats control the narrative, define the debate, and label any Republican opposition to the consolidation of Washington's power as obstructionism. The Republicans appeared then as they do today- positively impotent.

Now that they have finally managed to do something that should have been done over a year ago, and craft a coherent message, the Republicans have exacerbated their tardiness with their cowardice and offered their country a watered-down, unserious, and impotent version of the Tea Party's platform.

The Republicans Pledge to America that they will establish strict budget caps and put us "on the path" to a balanced budget, but Americans want more. We want a balanced budget, and we want some more substantive reforms that will get us there immediately because it can't come a moment too soon.

The Republicans Pledge to America that they will reform Congress with a citation of constitutional authority in every bill and a three day waiting period before bills can come to a vote. Why even bother? Waiting three days to vote on a 1,500 page bill is only slightly less laughable and criminally negligent than waiting one day.

The Republicans Pledge to America that they will strengthen our national defense while offering nothing substantive or truly game-changing other than the embarrassingly useless suggestion to fund a missile defense program. Hey Boehner- it's 2010. The Cold War's over. We're fighting a different kind of enemy now. Or didn't you get the memo?

True Leadership

If Boehner, Cantor, and company don't really want to lead the GOP, as they have made abundantly clear in their lame attempt at Republican solidarity, which they are pawning off as a Pledge to America, then I invite them to add a provision to their pledge that Congressman Ron Paul will be nominated for Speaker of the House after the Republicans sweep to victory this November.

Then at least, they can blame the House agenda on him and get through the real reforms this country needs with their lack of integrity or boldness still intact.


W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Silver Circle Contest Winners

The following are the winners of the Silver Circle Contest:

Mike of Virginia won the 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin!
Randy of Texas won a Silver Circle comic book!
Adam of California won a Silver Circle comic book!

There's one winner I still haven't heard from, so I may end up drawing a second time from the pool of entries for the third comic book winner. An announcement will be forthcoming.

It's worth noting that once again, two of the winners (Mike and Randy) were the ones who had the most entries in the contest. All they did was take a minute and e-mail five of their friends to let them know about the contest. Next time a piece of fine silver or other great prize is up for grabs here, you absolutely can increase your chances of winning by participating more!

If you want to take a look at the prizes again, visit the contest page here, and don't forget to take a look at our sponsor's website: SilverCircleMovie.com

PS: Thanks to you we are on the cusp of 500 subscribers! That is an awesome milestone! Thank you so very much for all your help and support.

As announced yesterday, I will be doing a live streaming radio show tonight at 8 PM Central to catch up with all of you.



W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL

Video: More "Transparency" from Obama

President Obama's rationing czar, who controls the health care of 1 in 3 Americans and has a budget larger than the freaking Pentagon's refuses to answer questions, grant interviews, or testify before Congress. Transparency? I think not. Hat tip to Michelle Malkin for the video below:




W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Most Private Companies Aren't "Private"

I work at a private university. And I recently heard a student complaining about the red tape and lack of communication surrounding our financial aid process. A fellow employee aware of my political beliefs said, "Even at a private business, things don't always go right, do they, Eric?"

Now, there is an important lesson here. Because yes, private businesses can still suck. Just because they're private doesn't make them benevolent. It simply forces them (in most cases) to respond to the market.

But, the FAFSA process at a "private" institution has nothing to do with a private business. A private business will struggle with any horrendously managed, government-run bureaucracy.

It's the same reason I want people to stop complaining to me about Boeing. It's not a private company, by any means. Those of you who have watched the film "Why We Fight" or seen Eisenhower's Farewell Address warning us about the "military industrial complex" know what I'm talking about.

A private industry dependent on federal subsidies isn't private, doesn't follow the same rules, and doesn't deserve my defense.



By: Eric Olsen, Regular Columnist
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Radio Show Wed at 8 PM Central (For Real!)

Hey Patriots!

After almost doing this on Sunday and then canceling it at the last minute due to a concussion, I will now be doing a live radio show, streaming straight to your computer on Wednesday 22 September 2010 at 8:00 PM Central Time. The purpose will be to catch up with all you fine people, have a good time talking, and share some of my stories and experiences as an intern in Washington DC for the summer.

You can listen to the show live during the appointed time at this link.

The call in number is 646.929.2657

Peace!
Wes



Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL

White House scrambles for answers as Americans become more desperate

"I'm exhausted. I'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now."

That's what President Obama heard from a middle class, African-American woman at a townhall meeting Monday, who identified herself as a wife, mother, veteran, CFO for a veteran's services organization, and middle class American.


Read the rest of her statement at my CAIVN article.


W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Oh Please? House may adjourn by end of week

"House leaders are considering adjourning as early as the end of this week, which would give lawmakers five and a half weeks to campaign before the Nov. 2 election but could also leave them exposed to allegations that they didn't finish their work in Washington.

The House hasn’t adjourned before Sept. 30 in an election year since 1960."




W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Lies and the Lying Democrats Who Tell Them

Yesterday the New York Times reported (M) that Obama's political advisers are trying to think of ways to give Democrats a boost in the final months leading up to the midterm elections, including national advertisements "to cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by Tea Party extremists."

A winning strategy? Absolutely not. In a year that is going to swing in the Tea Party's direction, identifying your opposition with the Tea Party is only going to strengthen it.

But more interestingly, this new line of propaganda contradicts the Democrats' earlier line that the Tea Party was a pawn and puppet of the establishment GOP. Which is it, Democrats? Are the Tea Partiers just AstroTurf puppets on the strings of the GOP, with no principles and no purpose but to get Republicans elected; or are they rabid ideologues with "extremist" principles who have hijacked and now control the GOP?

Hmmm? Which is it? Because it can't be both. But you know that don't you, Democrats? Your Alinskyite training and principles tell you that the truth doesn't really matter at all, and that the purpose of words is to help you gain power, not to help you communicate truth- isn't that right?

Everything that's been said about the Tea Parties by the Establishment media and partisan machine has been fabrications from the very beginning, often contradictory and transparently false ones. All of the shrill denouncements, fabricated smears, and contradictory narratives say a lot more about those making the accusations than about the Tea Party- that the accusers are scared witless.

For once in recent history, average, white, middle-aged, middle-class, Christians with families and jobs are actually rising up and raging against the machine, criticizing corporate malfeasance, demanding accountability and transparency in Washington, and hoping for a major public policy revolution that will finally break the decades-long status quo of consolidating federal and corporate power.

This should have been any honest liberal's greatest dream, but we know Mr. Obama and company are not honest liberals. That's why they lie and denigrate the Tea Parties, because they can't afford any real Hope or Change in this country.


W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Radio Show This Sunday At 8 PM Central

**UPDATE**
**SHOW CANCELED**

I'm so sorry to do this everyone! I just went out to a local skate park yesterday experiment with skating in a half pipe for the first time in my life, and took a major fall that has resulted in a mild concussion.

I figured I'd rest up a little bit and see if I'm up to doing the show tonight, but I'm still not quite "myself" and feeling a little mentally slow, so I don't want you guys to have to listen to concussed Wes for an hour and a half as entertaining as that may be to some of you sadistic bastards. (I kid.)

So I will be rescheduling the show for Wednesday at the same time.

Sorry again!
Wes

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Hey Patriots!

As previously mentioned, I'm doing a live radio show, streaming straight to your computer on Sunday 19 September 2010 at 8:00 PM Central Time. The purpose will be to catch up with all you fine people, have a good time talking, and share some of my stories and experiences as an intern in Washington DC for the summer.

You can listen to the show live at this link.

The call in number is 646.929.2657

Peace!
Wes



Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL

Friday, September 17, 2010

Who Will Win The GOP Nomination in 2012? And Who Should?

Weekend thread: Who is going to win the GOP nomination to challenge Mr. Obama for the White House in 2012? And secondly, who would you like to win? These are of course, distinct questions. Discuss/debate away!


W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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Editorial: It's Time America Had a National Small Business Owners Day

Caught this editorial a little late, but it's an excellent one. Isn't it time to celebrate the people that sign the FRONT of the paychecks of more than half of all U.S. workers?

Some other interesting facts from the article: "Small businesses represent more than 98% of all U.S. businesses and produce more than half of the U.S. $13 trillion GDP."

Read the entire article at Manta.


W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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