As an elected official sworn to uphold the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I believe it would be a constitutional violation to infringe on a person’s inherent and indefeasible rights to not allow someone to acquire property, e.g., chickens, to pursue one’s own happiness. Who am I to tell our responsible neighbors and constituents what they can or can’t have on their lands, especially when it is not harming anyone else in their community? It reeks of our county becoming a “nanny state” and takes away their freedoms as taxpaying citizens of our county, Commonwealth and freedoms of living in the United States of America. By doing so we limit individuals’ happiness to love a pet or pets and/or limit their ability to pursue healthier and organic sources of food for their family.
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Letter to the Editor: An excerpt from Thomas Paine’s “The Crisis”
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in a crisis, shrink from the service of his country: but he who stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: ‘tis dearness only that gives everything its value.
Silence is Compliance: The tireless minority
The cornerstone in this country now is control. Everything is about control, and unless you want to be an overt, literal slave to the State then you might want to pay attention, because we’re now that close to such a scenario. Every time one of these “officials” speaks to the nation on national television I have to cringe as I wonder if this will be the time when they just openly decree that “for the security of the country” there will be no more orchestrated shows to give you the illusion that you’ve voted in a new “leader” . . . because you need to know your place.
Silence is Compliance: Would you recognize tyranny? Part II
Now, in 2014, this government admits to wiretapping every single American, and the following claim might sound like hyperbole if it were not true, but the entire world is now being spied on. The U.S. government has written into law the power to do literally anything it wants to you and you have no say about it whatsoever. They can kidnap you, throw you in a cage forever, and you will never see a lawyer, let alone see your family again. But I guess that pales in comparison to the fact that they can murder you without you ever getting a chance to face your accuser in a court of law or make your case for innocence. If your family wants to know what happened to you, they will be told that “it’s classified, National Security,” and all of this can be made upon the decision of one person who doesn’t even need to explain to anybody why he made such a decision.
Silence is Compliance: The paradigm shift
That we face an uphill battle is abundantly clear. That is, if one’s stance lie on the side of individual liberty, self ownership, and property rights, and against a police state, surveillance society — in general, if one does not want others to have the final say in how he lives his own life. With the fascist government/corporate hybrid that never stops introducing new programs, rules, regulations, and laws that restrict human behavior and interaction — yet never seems to offer more liberty or freedom — it should be obvious that the logical and natural conclusion to this pattern is complete totalitarianism. Examples can be seen in federal legislation such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), in states with laws like New York’s “Safe Act,” which makes it nearly impossible to have any type of gun, even in your own house, and in the “new standard” in government-run education termed Common Core. Curiously, it seems that the Common Core Standards are supported by nobody, except for the individuals who have vested interests in the federal initiative, of course.
On Buddhism and Liberty
I was raised Jewish. Well, sort of. More accurately, I was raised Jappy, a “JAP” being a Jewish American Princess. But as long as I can remember, I’ve identified as a Buddhist. Don’t get me wrong, I’m also an atheist. At least on days when I’m not an agnostic. Some moments I do believe in God. These are fleeting, prompted by the smell of a coconut, the sound of thunder, the sight of the Caribbean sea. Particularly vexing is the destructive beauty of a volcano.
Liberty Essay Contest
Win Cash in the Cause for Liberty! Announcing the first annual high school Liberty Essay Contest, sponsored by Luzerne County Campaign for Liberty in conjunction with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Independent Gazette.