The Struggle for Individual Liberty Never Ends

Politics may be a "team sport," but the battle for limited, constitutional government is not.

For supporters of limited government who are closely following the 2012 presidential race, I've got good news and bad news. The good news is the "Cult of Obama" is dead.

A recent Reuters story explores the Obama campaign's marketing difficulties, and the headline says it all: "Obama's Slogan: Looking to Replace 'Hope and Change.' "

The article then delicately explained that "a new tagline will have to reflect a new reality."

The bloom is off the rose. Not long ago, Shepard Fairey, the aging graffiti artist who refashioned an AP photo into the iconic "HOPE" poster, told a reporter he wasn't going to vote for Obama: "Obama was the delivery device in theory. Now, I realize that he maybe is not the correct delivery device."

Amber Lee Ettinger, the bikini-clad Obama Girl whose video "I Got a Crush on Obama" racked up over 16 million views on YouTube, has fallen out of love. She isn't sure now who she'll vote for come November 2012: "I want what this country wants. I want this country to be better. I want everyone to have jobs and for gas prices to go down." (Who doesn't?)

When Obama has lost the guy who made the HOPE poster—and Obama Girl—we've hit a tipping point. We've definitely passed "peak hope."

The bad news, of course, is the Republican field. It might tax even H.L. Mencken's cynicism to imagine an American public credulous enough to view Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, or Newt Gingrich as paladins who can "renew America."

At the GOP debate in Phoenix two weeks ago, Santorum explained why he voted for No Child Left Behind: "Sometimes you take one for the team, for the leader..."

As the crowd began to boo, he continued: "You know, politics is a team sport, folks...and sometimes you've got to rally together!"

Inspiring.

With Obama in the White House, Republicans are finally worried about the massive concentration of power in the executive. They've got plenty to worry about.

Among other things, with the waiver authority embedded in the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama Education Department has begun implementing federal curriculum standards in an area where the Constitution gives the federal government no authority whatsoever.

And, via the Clean Air Act, the administration has begun implementing comprehensive climate-change regulation, massively restructuring domestic energy use despite Congress's refusal to pass "cap and trade."

Most of the recent controversy over birth-control coverage under Obamacare has focused on whether Catholic hospitals will be required to provide contraception to their employees.

But even the concessions offered by the administration assume a staggering degree of presidential power. In the course of explaining the administration's compromise, an Obama official told the Washington Post that "insurance companies will be required to reach out to directly offer contraceptive care free of charge" without raising premiums—per the president's decision.

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  • Almanian||

    One of those fake "motivational" posters had the pic of Washington crossing the Delaware, with the caption:

    "America: We'll Kill You On Christmas While You're Sleeping"

    LOL! Loved it!

  • Perpetual Motion Machine Sale!||

    Aisle 4, next to the limited, constitutional government.

    DISCLAIMER: May not work as advertised because of neocortex size as a constraint on group size in primates.

    Do you want all the extra shiney frippery of mass society? Or do you want liberty? You may only choose one. Better ask your woman (Eve) first. Thanks for playing the city-Statist (civilization) Lotto!

    _______________
    Dunbar, R.I.M. (June 1992). "Neocortex size as a constraint on group size in primates". Journal of Human Evolution 22 (6): 469–493. doi:10.1016/0047-2484(92)90081-J.

  • Shorter Whyte Injun||

    derp!

  • Journal article too difficult?||

    I wonder when Fibertarians will build a Capitalism museum next to the other fundamentalists' Creationist museum.

  • Paltrow Bock||

    Nice article Gene... we will all keep tilting at those windmills.

  • George Washington||

    First! President!

  • Thomas Jefferson||

    Oh no you don't. My turn.

  • Fuck both you Statist assholes||

    The White Indians of Colonial America
    Axtell, James. (1975) The White Indians of Colonial America. The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Jan., 1975), pp. 55-88
    www.shsu.edu/~jll004/colonial_.....ndians.pdf

    (Chapter 13: The White Indians (p. 302))
    The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America
    James Axtell
    Oxford University Press
    www.oup.com/us/catalog/general.....0195041545

  • Thomas Jefferson||

    Sigh.

  • TisNt genocide when we do it!||

    Thomas Jefferson, acclaimed proponent of freedom and democracy, argued that the United States government was obliged "...to pursue [Indians] to extermination, or drive them to new seats beyond our reach."

    Savage Indians
    www.bluecorncomics.com/savagena.htm

  • Almanian||

    Politics may be a "team sport," but the battle for limited, constitutional government is not.

    And that's why I love me some 2nd amendment....in the end, it always comes down to power. Humans always are wired thusly.

  • ||

    we are the most heavily armed people on the planet with the the _possible_ exceptions of the Israelis and the Swiss. So. What do you think it will it take to get the powder to blow?

    The British tyrant was far less tyrannical than what the current federal system has become. We are fondled when we travel. The tax system has me enslaved from Monday morning till Wednesday morning. OK?!?

    Then there are the restrictions on what I smoke, drink, eat, etc. Federal restriction on the way I treat my property. Then there is the lovely fact that my electronic activities are monitored. So much for the hallowed 4th amendment.

  • Ready to harvest civilization?||

    Although Jacob (the city-slicker deceiver) is a bad name choice, maybe we few, we happy few, we band of Esau's brothers may yet "harvest civilization."

    "You might even say that barbarians operate at a meta-level: they plant and harvest value out of civilizations. They are civilization farmers, just as they are animal herders."

    The Return of the Barbarian
    by Venkat on March 10, 2011
    http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2011.....barbarian/

  • ||

    Hey phat boy. You could not harvest a tomato plant w/o having a heart attack. Your phat ass is a ton of mushy fun for the STEVE SMITHS of the world. Three pushups = mission impossible for the White poser.

  • Are you scared?||

  • Sovereign Citizen||

    It all comes down to jurisdiction. We still have our rights in the Constitution. But the devil is in the details. Is a citizen of a State a United States Citizen? And "subject to the jurisdiction thereof"? Look up some definitions in Blacks Law Dictionary. If enough of us take Ghandi's approach and refuse to cooperate with a gov't that is violating our inalienable rights, we can win.

  • you still have your rights||

    in that lifetime guarantee from 1968 too, from whatsit corp.

    White Man's Ghost Dance.

    Wovoka has spoken.

  • ||

    I wonder how many Americans will actually manage to become violently outraged when the shit hits the fan. 20,000,000? 30,000,000? Probably less.

  • Realist||

    You're kidding....you'll be lucky if you get 30.

  • ||

    The sheeple shall graze!

  • Jacob = Domesticated Sheeple||

    City-Statist slickers like you are like a bunch of yapping poodles.

    The Domestication of the Human Species
    Peter J. Wilson
    Yale University Press

  • ||

    Elections matter....

    aaanndddd, you lost me.

  • True||

    Welcome to elections, where everything is made up and the votes don't matter!

  • ||

    The most effective way to protest government violations of its legitimate grant of power and/or civil rights is to herd the Libertarian cats to claim about 10 exemptions on their W-2 and refuse to file a tax return.

    Hitting the government in the pocketbook might get their attention and they can't prosecute say 2 million people.

    But, this won't happen either.

    fortunately, the government is starting to bail out people who bought multiple houses.

    One wonders if there will be further bailouts after WWIII breaks out in a month or two.

  • Sovereign Citizen||

    You're on the right track, PG. I'd add to that rescinding our social security numbers. When we were conned into applying for them we checked the box that said we were a United States Citizen. Once we did that, we waived our common law rights and became "subject to the jurisdiction thereof." But if we try to opt out of income taxes without first re-claiming our sovereign status and rights, they can and will prosecute. They still may, but we'd have a more defendable position.

  • np||

    Well, remember Irwin Schiff?

    "herding libertarian cats" lol

  • Sovereign Citizen||

    There are a lot of innocent people in prison.

  • Tony||

    Slogan slogan slogan... more profits for Exxon.

    The end.

  • Hope and Change!||

  • Pay your fair share!||

  • IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!||

  • General Motors ||

    Is it okay if WE make a profit, Tony?

  • Tony||

    No. Profits are evil. They should be illegal.

  • ||

    This must be a spoof: not even the real Tony is this obtuse.

  • The Pointer-Outer||

    From what I have observed, someone may well be spoofing Tony... but they're doing a good job of it.

  • Tony||

    Humanity should be illegal. If government can't control us, why should we do it ourselves?

    Really. You libertarians make me laugh. Ha, ha.

  • ||

    maybe not, the TEAM BLUE kool-aid has been getting stronger as of late.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Was that another Tony spoof? It's really hard to tell.

  • ||

    Why wonder. Toni=Asshole. Simple, elegant, accurate equation.

  • ||

    Unless the pols get their cut.

  • George Soros||

    Your weekly check is in the mail. Tony.

    Now, put down the keyboard, and service me as per our agreement.

  • shrike||

    When's my next appointment, Boss? By the way, I went to the dentist today, and he filed down that sharp tooth you said was chafing your shaft.

  • Max||

    ARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARF

  • Exxon pays for it, right?||

    Reason Foundation has received $381,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

    Holy fuck, there ain't no "freethought" here.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    So fucking what?

  • I guess it doesn't matter then||

    Reason Foundation has received $381,000 from [George Soros] since 1998.

    What if it said that, eh? Hey, it's just money, right? LOL You're a sad monkey, FIFY.

  • Shorter Whyte Injun||

    Fuck, you're stupid. Thanks for proving it over, and over, and over...

  • ||

    One wonders if there will be further bailouts after WWIII breaks out in a month or two.

    Naw the winner wont need a bail out WWIII will do it for them.

  • Barack the Jaunty Future King||

    Let Me be clear.

    You little people need to give up thinking about useless terms like "individual" and "liberty". These words do not please Me, and interfere with My Plan for you.

    So... unless you give up this pointless struggle, or I send some troops to your homes to give your worthless hides a good whuppin'.

    Your choice.

  • You sound like Fibertarians...||

    ...who are in thrall to agricultural city-Statism (civilization) and appreciate that you're still enforcing Gambol Lockdown.

  • Gamble Lockout||

    Indian Chieftains' Casino Profits for Obama 2012.

  • Casinos = CityStatism||

    But I bet Libertard thinks Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball is an example of a Non-State tribal sociopolitial typology too.

  • ||

    "Santorum explained why he voted for No Child Left Behind: "Sometimes you take one for the team, for the leader..."

    Did Santorum ever state "where" he "took it" for the team and his "dear leader", also was wondering if they wore a rubber or did he demand "if it's not skin, it's not going in"

  • ||

    He had sex just one time, he didn't penetrate, and he did not like it.

  • ||

    "Santorum explained why he voted for No Child Left Behind: "Sometimes you take one for the team, for the leader..."

    Did Santorum ever state "where" he "took it" for the team and his "dear leader", also was wondering if they wore a rubber or did he demand "if it's not skin, it's not going in"

  • ||

    insurance companies will be required to reach out to directly touch the reproductive parts of women

  • Sovereign Citizen||

    Are happy endings the next 'right'?

  • ||

    Definitely; there's a push for public funding of IVF treatment in Canada. A bundle of joy is a human right for a woman, isn't it?

  • THE RIGHT TO TAKE||

    Talking about rights...my curiosity is piqued...

    • Is any white person's right an individual or collective right?
    • Is the right to take a negative or positive right?

    "[The Native Americans] didn't have any rights to the land ... Any white person who brought the element of civilization had the right to take over this continent."

    ~Ayn Rand, US Military Academy at West Point, March 6, 1974

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    This is usually one of the points on which even Randites like me take issue with Rand. You're barking up the wrong tree.

  • Communist True® Believer||

    If a Marxist says: "This is usually one of the points on which even Marxist like me take issue with Marx. You're barking up the wrong tree."

    Does anybody hear it?

  • ||

    my curiosity

    Your what?

  • Questions too difficult, baby?||

  • ||

    Your level of curiosity is somewhere between that possessed by Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila melanogaster.

  • Questions too difficult, baby?||

  • ||

    People suffering from OCD aren't exactly known for their curiosity.

  • ||

    paging Dr. S. SMITH

  • Realist||

    Democracy: A form of government where fucking idiots with no integrity, are elected to power, by fucking idiots with no integrity.

  • Observe Dunbar's Number ||

    A man has got to know his limitations.

    Dunbar, R.I.M. (June 1992). "Neocortex size as a constraint on group size in primates". Journal of Human Evolution 22 (6): 469–493.

    Maintaining stable social relationships in a Mass Society is impossible.

  • Brain the size of a bus needed||

    ...for third-of-a-billion republic.

    TURN YOUR WALMART BODY FAT INTO BRAINS AND BE FREE NOW!

  • ||

    The obvious solution given the argument you continually repeating, is a population draw down. You first. OK?

  • ||

    jacob, sir, there is no honor or victory in arguing with the mentally ill.

  • It's not a "solution."||

    It's an inevitable consequence or your agricultural city-statist stupidity.

    Hey, is that your daddy third picture down?

    Wolves & Dogs
    by Jason Godesky | 13 November 2006
    http://rewild.info/anthropik/2.....index.html

  • Socialism is Murder||

    Godeski is high-tax KopState proponent masquerading as an anarchist.

  • Civilization is murder||

    Fibertarians are city-Statists masquerading as freedom activists.

  • Constrained group is Murder||

    Tribe/Band/State against Individual/Independent/Dissenter

  • Rand was wrong. So are you.||

    Historically, people in non-state societies are relatively autonomous and sovereign. They generate their own subsistence with little or no assistance from outside sources. They bow to no external political leaders. Nor are they routinely exploited by outsiders.

    Elman R. Service (1975), Origins of the State and Civilization: The Process of Cultural Evolution. New York: Norton.

    NON-STATE AND STATE SOCIETIES
    http://faculty.smu.edu/rkemper.....ieties.pdf

    Tribe/Band/Individual/Independent against the Agricultural/City/State

  • redefiler||

    Are you just stupid or have you really never heard of Ghengis Khan? Wasn't like his whole career built on exploiting others in both non-statist and statist societies?

    The days of wandering around in universal collectivist bliss died when Dag hit Chonk with a club to take his fire. I think you're 'ideas' might work only if the entire of human history were ignored, then you'd be absolutely correct.

    I don't think this word 'statist' means what you think it does.

  • ||

    Two wolfs and one lamb voting on lunch menu.

  • ||

    "Shepard Fairey, the aging graffiti artist who refashioned an AP photo into the iconic "HOPE" poster, told a reporter he wasn't going to vote for Obama: "Obama was the delivery device in theory. Now, I realize that he maybe is not the correct delivery device." "

    Wow. I think that says it all.

  • ||

    "Amber Lee Ettinger, the bikini-clad Obama Girl whose video "I Got a Crush on Obama" racked up over 16 million views on YouTube, has fallen out of love. She isn't sure now who she'll vote for come November 2012: "I want what this country wants. I want this country to be better. I want everyone to have jobs and for gas prices to go down." "

    HaHaHa I guess it doesnt say it all. Double Wow.

  • I predict in 4 years...||

    ...you'll say you've fallen out of love with the Republican Savior.

  • ||

    One cannot fall out of love with which one has not fallen in love.

  • Don't bullshit, you vote REPUG||

    And you love it.

  • ||

    And he has told the Dims in congress and the senate that they wont be receiving any financial help on their campaigns.....pissed off the dope smokers and faulted on his promises about gay marriage......but at least he has the Catholic vote in the bag. And the Jewish vote. And the votes of the minority of people who buy gasoline. And definitely the gun nuts.

    I predict a landslide of historic proportions. The first landslide in history where the majority of votes are cast against a candidate instead of for one.

  • shiggz rocketsurgeon||

    When watching idocracy I never imagined that Mike Judge had undershot it. Now I have to imagine the tv is all propoganda. The ass in the movie is of indeterminate race. The BJ's are subsidized and the junk food is illegal.

  • myfriend123||

    Great.

  • taxkilla||

    six months on #ows has incited change for no one. government continues to take from millions of citizens and give to a handful of courtiers.

    protest raises awareness but does not change the system. this is because tyranny does not rely on your opinion to continue - it only requires your money.

    taxKilla offers a way for each of us to have a real impact on government.
    www.taxkilla.com

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