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Jacob Hornberger, the Libertarian Party, and the 2020 Election

The 2020 presidential election campaign seems to give us an incumbent Trump, who looks like he will survive this impeachment stuff, and a bunch of anti-freedom candidates who want to oppose him. If he is removed by the Senate, that will give us a President Pence, who is an even worse warmonger and socially repressive than Trump! But, I don’t think he will be removed.

I have been either voting for third parties or not voting since the 1990s. I refuse to vote for the “lesser of two evils,” because the “lesser of two evils” is still evil, in my opinion. Both major parties are evil. They are anti-freedom, warmongers, anti-due process, and fascists. It used to be that the Libertarian Party, the “party of principle,” was for the principles of freedom that America was founded on.

But then the Libertarian Party had Gary Johnson whose only issue was pot legalization, not on principle but because he just loves pot. And he’s also a “social justice” guy, no understanding of freedom, property rights and freedom of association. If you ask me, the “social justice warriors” in recent years are not concerned with justice when they shout people down and attack people physically at demonstrations. So, they aren’t even concerned with acting decently, you know, in “social” interactions with others. How about treating others with respect, even those with whom you disagree?

But now we have a more principled candidate for president with the Libertarian Party, Jacob Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF). I have linked to his articles here before (I think). Unlike Gary Johnson and Bob Barr, we can definitely compare Jacob Hornberger with Ron Paul who was the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in 1988. However, Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012 was perhaps a little less libertarian and principled especially on the immigration issue, when Paul ran for president as a Republican.

But Jacob Hornberger is more principled in his views and support for the non-aggression principle, private property rights and freedom of association, and non-interventionism in foreign policy. He also has the same kind of understanding of free-market economics that Ron Paul had, unlike Gary Johnson. Well, I’ll try not to bring up Gary Johnson again.

Imagine abolishing the IRS and the income tax and the federal reserve, closing down all the foreign U.S. military bases abroad and bringing all the troops home, ending the feds’ wars on drugs and immigration, getting rid of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and all those other unconstitutional agencies in Washington. If you think that all that is extreme, you can read Jacob’s blog on the FFF website and read his explanations for those things. Abolishing the welfare/warfare state and restoring our freedom is not extreme. It’s those bureaucracies and the feds’ thefts of the people and intrusions into their lives — that’s extreme!

Also read Jacob’s blog on his campaign website. He frequently cites the works of economists Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard. I very much recommend their writings at those links.

However, Jacob may have his work cut out for him in getting the Libertarian nomination, because the party has become more “social justice” oriented i.e. abandoning the principles of freedom, such as freedom of speech. So, his dealing with things like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 may be like walking on eggshells.

And also, Jacob is definitely not on the side of the “lone nut shooter” theory promoted by the government and the mainstream media regarding the JFK assassination. He certainly has written about that many times as well. See this by Jacob Hornberger, and this page that contains a reading list regarding the JFK assassination that includes some of Jacob’s articles. I can predict that when some people google Jacob Hornberger they will see his JFK assassination articles and say, “conspiracy theorist,” albeit naively and ignorantly, in my opinion. But we learned a lot as far as what the feds have been up to, especially since 9/11 and the “War on Terror” i.e. war on freedom, and the hysterical campaign to get rid of Trump as well. The FBI and CIA don’t like Trump because he criticized them during the 2016 campaign, and that’s a no-no.

Anyway, I hope that people have an open mind. If you don’t like Trump or Pence, and don’t like what the Democrats have to offer, maybe consider the Libertarian Party and Jacob Hornberger.

World War II Veteran Simone Faflick Has Died

World War II veteran Simone Leboulanger Faflick has died at the age of 96. I knew her during the 1980s during my college years, and she was a very nice lady and an excellent teacher. Simone was born in France and went with her family to Algiers in North Africa during the start of World War II. After her experiences as a Second Lieutenant during the war, in which she was a translator for American, British and French personnel, she came to the U.S. and settled in Lexington, Massachusetts and she taught French at Boston University.

I had done some Googling, and found this page on North Africa 1942-43 survivors’ stories. Apparently a documentary film had been in the works, and the website includes some video excerpts with veterans, including an interview of Mme Faflick.

In the article on Simone Faflick it mentions that during the first year of the war, she had been a student at the University of Algiers while her parents ran a school for children. But in a short time she and her parents were not able to return to visit Brittany in France because of the German subs.

As a student Simone was part of a French resistance movement, and, according to the article, in 1942 her fellow student Ferdinand Bonnier de la Chapelle had assassinated Admiral Francois Darlan, a Nazi Germany collaborator. As part of the interviews for that WWII veterans project mentioned above, Simone explains the incident here. Bonnier de la Chapelle was tried and executed the next day, but a posthumous acquittal after the war noted that his assassinating Admiral Darlan was “in the interest of liberation of France.”

That sure must have been quite a thing for Simone to have known that kind of dedicated resister of fascism.

The article also quotes from Simone’s diary from the war years, in which she described some of her more intense moments during the war. In one instance, prior to her being made a Second Lieutenant and beginning work as a translator in 1943, Simone wrote:

“One morning was as I was riding the bus, there were the shrieking sounds of sirens. Everyone had to get off the bus. I could not miss my class. Taking a detour through a small park I felt somewhat protected by the trees. Once in the avenue I started running from building to building, stopping at each doorstep to inspect the sky. I did get to my class alive and in time. Another day, a very gruesome sight welcomed the students at the University. A German soldier, all entangled in his parachute, had fallen and died impaled by the spikes of the main gate.”

I am certainly impressed that SImone was a part of a Gaullist French resistance movement with other students, and I’m sure glad that she was able to survive throughout the war in North Africa and come to the U.S. and teach French at B.U.

Vaccine Mandates vs. Freedom of Choice and Informed Consent

For some reason, the news media are covering the opioid addiction crisis, and government officials such as state attorneys general are suing pharmaceutical companies. But when it comes to the vaccine issue and the problem of vaccine injuries, the situation is in the reverse. People who are complaining about vaccine injuries are dismissed by the “authorities” and there is heavy criticism thrown against those who choose not to vaccinate. Why is this?

On the opioid issue, in my opinion the biggest problem is the damn doctors who are prescribing those pain killers to people who don’t really need them, and getting them addicted. We need to publicly name and shame those doctors. And that is what I think about that.

But the opioid issue is not why I’m writing this post. It’s the vaccine issue. I have written here about the vaccine issue and posted several links to articles on the issue. My main concern is the government making vaccines mandatory, whether for kids or for adults.

Sorry, in a free society people have a right to not have their bodies subjected to forcible intrusion of any kind. Right?

The problem is that, because of the power that the pharmaceutical industry has especially in its collusions with government bureaucracies, many people are more influenced by propaganda and fear-mongering than by rational discussions of the issues.

Vaccine skeptics are now labeled “anti-vaxxers,” and “dangerous,” although many of those people are really ex-vaxxers, they are mothers of vaccine-injured kids. For example, the heroic mothers who were engaged in protests in California to try to derail the bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law to mandate vaccines and/or remove exemptions.

Another problem is, regarding how influenced people can be by mass media, many news media outlets have pharmaceutical companies as their important sponsors. So, news editors, producers and reporters don’t want to “rock the boat” when it comes to the vaccine issue. And also a lot of people don’t read, so they are not exposed to non-Establishment medical information, such as the rates of vaccine injuries, the fact that injuries are way under-reported, the connections between Big Pharma execs and FDA bureaucrats, and so on.

Regarding the California mandate issue, in her comments on the mothers who were demonstrating, chanting and disrupting legislative sessions, Bretigne Shaffer writes:

More fundamentally though, these laws represent a violation of some of our basic rights: The right to bodily autonomy for ourselves and for our children, and the right to associate freely with others (in this case, schools) without interference from the state. In essence, the State of California is holding hostage our children’s ability to attend school (public or private), unless we subject them to medical procedures we may not approve of.

So what do we do when we are faced with illegitimate laws that violate our rights?

Those mothers had the right idea when they shut down the California Senate last Monday: Disrupt the activities of those who would trample our rights, and make it impossible for them to do their jobs.

I thoroughly agree with this view of non-violent civil disobedience. When the people’s rights are being trampled by the rulers, they are right to have the courage to exercise their First Amendment right to protest, and even engage in civil disobedience if necessary.

Dr. Mercola also has a recent article on vaccine injuries and mandates, doctors withholding the information on the risks of vaccines, and the bureaucrats who are now taking over medical decisions in California. This vaccine fascism (call it what it is, quite frankly) is also going on in New York and other states, by the way.

Dr. Mercola points out some facts that we don’t or rarely hear in the mainstream news:

Another example is “Deaths Reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, United States, 1997-2013, published in 2015. In this report, it’s stated that of the 1,469 child death reports, 79.4% had received one or more vaccines on the same day they died.

The most common cause of death, based on autopsy records, was sudden infant death syndrome, accounting for 44% of cases, followed by asphyxia (6%), septicemia (4.9%) and pneumonia (4.6%). In adults, the vaccine associated with the greatest number of deaths was inactivated influenza vaccine, which featured in 51.4% of adult deaths reported to VAERS.

Despite these shocking findings, the report concludes that “No concerning pattern was noted among death reports submitted to VAERS during 1997-2013.” How can the fact that 79.4% of infant deaths occur on the same day that they’re vaccinated be a pattern of no concern?

Unfortunately, it seems that most people aren’t getting any of this kind of information. Information is necessary to make a decision, and that is why people have a right to consent or not consent to any kind of intrusion or medical treatment.

In a free society, nothing should be involuntary as ordered by the government! Don’t you think so?

In California, a government bureaucrat will be the final authority on medical exemptions for vaccines, not actual medical doctors. And this is very dangerous. It’s bad enough that we have doctors who are in bed with pharmaceutical companies and there may be a quid pro quo going on with the vaccines and other drugs being given out by doctors like candy. But when a bureaucrat is in charge, in my opinion it is reminding me of the awful things I have heard about in medicine in the Soviet Union.

And also, now that Gov. Newsom has signed the bill into law, I hope that medical freedom activists will monitor which bureaucrats have that actual authority, and whether those bureaucrats have any ties with pharmaceutical companies.

And finally, a great article by Dr. Meryl Nass, MD posted on Health Impact News, with a lot of information for those who want more information on the vaccine issue. Apparently, Canada is catching up with the U.S. and the crony welfare queens of Big Pharma  are getting rich based on mass ignorance, hysteria and propaganda.

I will just quote from the first several paragraphs here:

I am a veteran of the vaccine war in the US, and today I feel compelled to speak about what I saw in that war.

Legislators were forced to change their votes to revoke vaccine exemptions and rescind the historic right to consent to medical procedures.

The vaccine war is a dirty war, in which platitudes about protecting the most vulnerable are invoked by the same pharmaceutical companies that paid $2.7 billion in criminal penalties in the US between 2012 and 2015.

The vaccine industry generates enormous profits (estimated 10-40%), benefits from a government-guaranteed market, and receives almost total liability protection.

No other industry can rival these benefits.  And this industry’s rapacious desire to grow and guarantee its Canadian market is the reason we are here today.

Let me add context to this discussion by noting that in 2014, the NY Times said it cost $2200 to fully vaccinate one child.

At that price, it cost $163 billion dollars to fully vaccinate every US child.

May I apologize at the outset for using mostly US data?  I provide Canadian and New Brunswick information when available.

Pharma’s Pilgrimage to New Brunswick

Since March 2019, representatives of the three largest vaccine manufacturers in North America:  GSK, Merck and Sanofi, have made their way to New Brunswick to meet with ministers, public servants and lawmakers.

This is not coincidental. Pharmaceutical companies are colluding to expand on legislative victories gained in the US.

Using a media storm over measles, censorship of numerous vaccine-related websites, new support for mandates from professional organizations that have benefitted from industry largesse, and deals with Democratic party leaders, the right to religious and philosophic vaccine exemptions has been voted away by legislatures in California, New York and Maine.

In the recent case of New York, the Speaker of the NY Assembly was caught on videotape directing a committee member to change his vote in order for the mandate legislation to move forward.

This was not an idle pilgrimage to one of Canada’s smallest provinces. For Pharma it is the gateway to all of Canada.

The vaccine industry in 2019 is at a crossroads.

On the one hand, the vaccine business is booming.  Several vaccines have been newly licensed, a robust industry-FDA revolving door has been established, and the children of North America are receiving more vaccines than ever before.

Merck, for example, reported increased sales in the second quarter of 2019 for Gardasil HPV vaccine of 46% (to over $3 billion US annually) compared to last year, and increased sales of 58% for its MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella) vaccine.

These are Merck’s 3d and 4th biggest sellers.  This year’s US measles outbreak (about 1200 cases) and media-driven fears of contagion contributed to vaccine uptake.

On the other hand, the industry does not want to shoulder the considerable expense of developing, testing and licensing new vaccines–over 100 of which are in development–without a government guarantee that they will be purchased.

Vaccines are being developed for everything from acne to cancers.

Vaccine mandates guarantee a vaccine market, now and in the future. Mandates put in place today will enforce the uptake of vaccines on the currently required list, plus other vaccines yet to be added.

I very much recommend that article. It goes on to give a lot of important information that most people will find very useful. I say “most” because obviously the cronies of Big Pharma will not find it in their own interest. That is why there is so much censorship going on now in social media, Amazon deleting books with critical vaccine information (that Amazon ignorantly or dishonestly calls “misinformation”) and so on. I really hope that pattern reverses itself.

British Politicians!

Anti-Brexit politicians are trying to call on Parliament to sabotage the U.K.’s leaving the European Union. Some of them and their supporters and twitterers are saying that Boris Johnson’s getting the Queen to suspend Parliament is “anti-democracy”! But the people of the U.K. voted in a democratic election on Brexit, and the majority of them voted to leave the European Union.

So, the people trying to stop that (trying to reverse that decision) are the ones who are “anti-democracy”! Am I wrong about this? (I’m glad I don’t live in the U.K., quite frankly.)

The “Anti-Vaxxers” Believe in Consent

You can say what you want about vaccines, vaccine safety, and those who question the safety of vaccines. But Bretigne Shaffer makes some very good points, particularly that many “anti-vaxxers” are really “ex-vaxxers,” especially mothers who saw with their very own eyes the reaction their children had directly following a vaccine.

Activists demonstrating peacefully against mandatory, forced vaccines are being called “violent” extremists, even though they are peaceful. But what is it when the “authorities” want to forcibly inject substances into other people’s bodies without their consent?

As Bretigne Shaffer puts it,

To see just how “violent” these activists are, watch some of the video footage of their testimony against California’s SB277 in 2015, or against SB276 this year. Here’s what you will see: Hundreds and hundreds of parents, standing patiently in line for hours, sometimes in unrelenting heat, following all the rules, no matter how arbitrary, and then when their turn comes to speak the few words they are allowed, doing so in a calm and respectful manner to a group of politicians who demonstrate no respect for them.

The audacity required to twist that reality into a self-serving fantasy of violent extremism is nothing short of breathtaking. There is a reason anti-mandate activists have chosen that particular word to stamp across the senator’s face on their posters and t-shirts.

And there is a deep, deep, irony in the feigned pacifism of a politician who seeks to use the power of the state to force a medical procedure on children against the wishes of their parents. Those who wield state violence like to pretend that it is somehow benign, that it is not violence at all. But anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of it knows better.

Internet Censors Are the Intolerant “Book Burners”

I have found something that expands on what I was writing here a few days ago. Here is a terrific article by Daisy Luther of the “Organic Prepper,” on the censorship of alternative media being a virtual book burning. That’s exactly right. The censors of Google, YouTube, Amazon are just like the book-burners of Nazi Germany and the old days in some parts of the U.S.

Google And Social Media Censorship of Non-Establishment Health Information

There is an extensive article on SelfHacked.com about Google’s censorship of non-Establishment health information. SelfHacked.com is a “simple blog for biohackers…recognized among the most trusted sources for natural health research on the planet.” That post was linked to by another informative health website, GreenMedInfo.com.

Now, over the past many years since my medical ordeal with my Establishment doctors’ bad advice and bad prescription drugs, I have relied mainly on alternative health news. Because of my ulcerative colitis sensitive condition, I can’t eat certain foods that are actually important for our health, such as most vegetables and nuts, and other foods that are not easily digested. But the various foods and supplements I have now (as alternatives) I learned about not from doctors but from the Internet. What if the censorship campaign that seems to be unfolding now was already underway during the 2000s and later? How would I have known about my alternatives? For instance, how would I get further information on and comparisons and ratings of magnesium supplements?

Another recent article on the theme of alternative health censorship is on Dr. Mercola’s website, regarding the “technology tyrants” and their attempts to “control the masses through massive data collection, surveillance and censorship.” Dr. Mercola discusses an article that Washington Post reporter Lena Sun is preparing, a “hit piece” for which Sun interviewed Mercola via email and he published her questions and his answers in his article. She seems intent on doing a hatchet job on someone who provides important information that the general public are not getting from their doctors or from the mainstream media.

And I am not sure if I covered it here, but also recently Jon Rappoport’s blog on WordPress.com was taken down without explanation. I can just guess that it was because he has written a lot of posts on the vaccine industry and on the link between vaccines and not just autism but other neurological problems as well. I have also written some posts on vaccines on this WordPress.com blog and other more personal posts that I have spent a lot of time on, like the one on my ordeal with the doctors’ bad advice and their damn prescription drugs. I hope my blog doesn’t get taken down also.

By the way, Jon Rappoport’s blog is back up on his own website, No More Fake News. (I think it’s getting a bit more difficult to hope for no more fake news, since there’s so much of it now.)

There is propaganda everywhere now. From the college campuses with the wacky professors and the easily-triggered “snowflakes” shouting down any speaker they disagree with, to the news media who act as unchallenging press spokespeople for government bureaucrats and corporate fat cats. You have to really have an open mind and you have to have access to the Internet to do your own research to get the real truth.

But it is quite concerning with the young people now, many of whom are graduating from the schools not only ignorant of history and whose critical thinking skills have been squashed by intolerant teachers, themselves quite ignorant. But also the young people having been brainwashed with various irrational social and cultural beliefs. That is distressing.

And the workers at the Big Tech companies such as Facebook and Google are of the younger variety in their 20s and 30s. A lot of them supposedly are “Social Justice Warriors,” but not really. They are just “Control Warriors.” Their activism is mainly for the sake of control, controlling what other people say or what other people are allowed to think. This is not good.

So, how many vaccine doses are these young people given now in their earlier years? 60 vaccine doses by the age of 6? What are the vaccines and their adjuvants such as aluminum doing to these young people’s brains? And that’s in addition to the prescription drugs such as Adderall and Zoloft that are also screwing up the young people’s brains. Add to all that the marijuana and other street drugs they take in their teens and 20s.

But we’re not allowed to say those things, because we’re not allowed to say that aluminum being injected into little kids bodies accumulates in the brain and affects the kids’ brains in their early developing stages, and their little neurotransmitters.

Another worrisome part of society now is how a lot of people are literally addicted to their computers, phones and social media. They just can’t let go of their phones. Is Big Tech hypnotizing the young, and turning them into zombies?

And so, it might sound a bit “conspiracy theory,” but besides acting on behalf of Establishment medicine and Big Pharma/Big Agra, the propagandized robots of Big Tech really have been colluding with government agencies, including the “intelligence” agencies, to “influence” people’s thinking. (On that last issue, see this, this, this, this, this, this, and this.)

You’re Too Young to Marry, But Not Too Young to Be a Sacrificial Animal

The nanny state of Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed legislation to make it illegal to marry under the age of 18. Now, I don’t believe that the government should get involved in marriage one way or another. Total separation of marriage and state. People shouldn’t have to get the permission of a government official to marry.

But if they are teenagers, the parents should have a say in that, obviously. However, there are plenty of people who are much more mature at age 15 than many people are at age 40. The same thing should apply to drinking alcohol or using drugs, by the way. And parents can have a say in those things if the teens are living under the parents’ roof and being provided for by the parents.

Meanwhile, advisors and recruiters for the U.S. military are suggesting lowering the enlistment age from 17 to 16!

What? I thought it was 18! When was that lowered to 17? But 16?

So, “unique benefits”? Like to Northrop Grumman? And Raytheon?

It’s a sick society, in my opinion, that engages in child sacrifice especially to serve the state. But at the same time the enforcers are throwing young people in jail for smoking or drinking something or marrying, or otherwise engaging in peaceful behavior.

Why would any sane person want to be in the military anyway? To sacrifice your life for oil, or for politicians egos, or for General Dynamics and Boeing’s profits? As Dr. Laurence Vance would say, serving in the military could be hazardous to your mental health as well. “No wonder so many veterans and active duty military personnel commit suicide, are addicted to drugs or alcohol, can’t hold down a job after coming home from Afghanistan, have PTSD, or suffer from mental health issues!”

Donald Trump, Authoritarian

Some people are viewing Donald Trump’s recent tweets toward four congresswomen as racist. He told the four congresswomen to go back to where they came from, implying that they came from foreign countries. Actually, one of them did, but the other three were born in the U.S.

But it was Trump’s reason for telling them they should go back to where they came from that shows his authoritarianism and true ignorance of what America stands for.

Trump tweeted, well, I’ll just quote the relevant passage: “…and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came…”

Here it seems that Trump doesn’t understand exactly why the Founders wrote a Bill of Rights into the Constitution.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that Trump swore an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend,” protects the right of the people to criticize the government that rules over them, and to tell the politicians
“how our government is to be run,” as Trump put it.

The First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Now, those four congresswomen are U.S. citizens, and of course they have a right to express their view on what’s wrong with the U.S. government in Washington. All human beings have a right to freedom of thought and conscience, so, even non-U.S. citizen foreigners have the right to criticize the U.S. government’s bad policies, just as I have a right to criticize the governments of Saudi Arabia, the U.K., and China and their bad policies.

But Trump is even worse than ignorant, because here he is a total hypocrite. For years, even decades, Trump has spent many speeches and tirades criticizing the U.S. government’s wars, its irresponsible spending, etc.

Congresscritters Want to Brand the People Like Cattle with a Medical “Patient ID”

There is an article by Dr. Jane Orient, MD, on the website of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons discussing the proposed national patient ID. As I have mentioned before, the AAPS is the decent version of the corrupt American Medical Association, a.k.a. AMA, the Establishment medicine group.

Dr. Orient says that the “Unique Patient Identifier” (UPI), as it would be called, would not work in the government’s attempt to deal with the nationwide opioid crisis. The claim is that addicts get their opioids from “doctor shopping,” yet, as Dr. Orient points out, 97% of the abused drugs are coming from a single doctor or from an illicit source.

Another desired purpose of the Patient ID is supposedly to prevent misidentifying a patient’s medical history and thus preventing medical errors. Are you kidding me? I personally experienced a lot of medical errors by ignorant doctors with their bad advice and bad prescription drugs!

And regarding how to prevent medical errors, Dr. Orient notes that “you need alert nurses and doctors—and the UPI is not going to fix the hazards of the electronic health record. The EHR, touted as the solution that will bring efficient, quality care, has created its own type of errors.”

And, “There may be critical gaps as patients withhold information they don’t want in a federal database. The new problem that brings the patient to the hospital won’t be in the old record—but may be the result of an old misdiagnosis that should be corrected instead of copied.”

Speaking of misdiagnoses, one study published in 2014 concluded that about 5% of medical diagnoses were in error, roughly 20 million people in the U.S.

However, prior to that, in 2013 a study at Johns Hopkins concluded that “diagnostic errors — not surgical mistakes or medication overdoses — accounted for the largest fraction” of malpractice claims. 28.6% of the claims were because of misdiagnosis. More recent studies showed that among malpractice claims 38% were due to misdiagnoses.

So I’ll bet the frequency of medical misdiagnosis is quit a bit higher than just 5%!

If the U.S. government forces any kind of “Medicare for All”  or  “single payer” (same thing) on us, then doctors will become essentially government employees or bureaucrats, so if that ever happens in America then expect that percentage of misdiagnoses to go up, up, up. (Because most government bureaucrats have no idea what they are doing!)

So, what the national “Unique Patient Identifier” would really amount to, and the real reason why government bureaucrats want this, is for tracking and surveillance of the people. Government bureaucrats like to have a lot of power and control, and that is why they don’t believe in privacy or medical freedom. And in medical care they don’t support the confidentiality between doctors and patients.

Independence Day in the U.S.

It’s not really “Fourth of July Day,” or “Fireworks Day,” but Independence Day, the celebration of America’s independence. I don’t think we have as much “independence” in America as people may have had many decades ago here, but whatever.

So the Declaration of Independence is an important read, I think.

The Declaration of Independence

Written by Thomas Jefferson, with changes made by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin

July 4, 1776

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Will The Donald “Keep America Great”?

Donald Trump had his Big Announcement to run for reelection in 2020 to the cheers of thousands. Hooray! And in Orlando, no less, home of Walt Disney World. (Might as well.)

So, Trump says that he has already “made America great again” and so his new slogan will now be, “Keep America Great.” Well, I can’t see how this authoritarian militarist and police statist can “keep America great” when his anti-freedom actions and policies are in contrast to the freedom-loving policies of America’s founders.

So, besides being authoritarian, Trump also surrounds himself with crony corporatists, which is not to America’s benefit, that’s for sure.

For instance, the acting Secretary of Defense has been longtime Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan, that I had described as the “Secretary of Boeing” (i.e. conflict of interest much?). And now Shanahan is leaving because of questionable alleged behavior in his personal life, that being alleged domestic abuse and a controversial divorce.

Boeing is the #2 top military contractor.

And now Patrick Shanahan-Boeing is being replaced by Army secretary Mark Epser, who Donald Trump wants to be the official Secretary of Defense. Get this: After several years as cannon fodder for the Army, and as a military bureaucrat and then political flunky for Chuck Hagel, George W. Bush and Fred Thompson, Esper has been a lobbyist for … Raytheon, the #3 top military contractor. So, I guess that means that Esper will be the “Secretary of Raytheon.” But wait. Now that Raytheon will very likely merge with United Technologies, their new racket outfit may actually become the #1 top military contractor.

Ah, the old “climbing up the ladder of success” thing (at taxpayers’ expense, of course).

And I’m not going to call them “defense” contractors, because the wars or “campaigns” the U.S. military has been involved in have not been “defensive” but offensive. The Vietnamese, Iraqis, Afghans etc. did not come over to the U.S. and commit violence against anyone here. (The 9/11 hijackers were mostly Saudis, and there is now evidence that shows that the Saudi regime played a large role in the planning and carrying out of the 9/11 attacks. No Iraqis, no Afghans, despite all the propaganda of the warmongers in Washington.)

No, the U.S. government and military initiated wars of aggression against those countries and their people. And that’s the truth, now. I think that the truth is important. I try not to let government propaganda influence my thinking, whether it’s to do with wars or medical issues or vaccines, etc.

So, those corporations are not selling their products to the government for “defense,” it’s just the opposite.

Another bad outcome of the militarism and corporatism with the warmongering of the past 2 or 3 decades has been the police state. For example, the Patriot Act, which eviscerates the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments (and probably the Second, too) of the U.S. Constitution. In addition to the Patriot Act, the NDAA which empowers the feds and military to arrest and detain anyone for any reason. No due process.

But what has really been bothering me has been the conservatives and radio personalities who seem to love Donald Trump, and who have been talking endlessly how the FBI and DOJ have been abusing their powers to spy on the Trump campaign and attempting to get Trump impeached based on false accusations with no evidence of “Russian collusions,” and so on.

Which is all quite true, by the way. There is no evidence to back up any of those allegations, and the Mueller investigation said that. But there is evidence of the FBI and DOJ conspiring to abuse their Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) power to spy on their political opponents (Trump). All the facts of that will come out over the next year. Yes, let’s “investigate the investigators.”

However, when Sean Hannity and the rest of them are criticizing this “police state,” I cringe because they themselves are police statists in their support of the aforementioned Patriot Act, NDAA, DHS, ICE, etc.

Hannity is the worst of them (at least, the worst on the radio). For example, in response to school shootings, Hannity’s idea is to put military and local police in the schools. Okay, he really says “former” military and police, but the schools are already a police state, including teachers and administrators calling the police and arresting some little boy for drawing a picture of a gun or some such thing.

And I don’t know about this “former police and military” stuff, because they probably still retain that authoritarian and goonish attitude that’s required of armed government officers. So when a teenage kid might be acting up in the school hallway or being a little obnoxious, the “former” police or military soldier is very likely to go into “berserker” mode and probably shoot the darn kid! (Sometimes police and military people tend to go nutso, especially those with PTSD, and those who are gobbling up those steroids that have terrible aggression-related side effects.)

Unfortunately, Donald Trump seems to have that authoritarian mindset in his love of the government soldier and enforcer with the government badge and gun. I don’t see how he’s going to “make America great again,” or “keep America great” or whatever he’s saying now.

The Nixon-Hoover-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump police state has not made America great, only less so, because America was formed based on freedom and due process, not a police state.

And the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump wars overseas and the failed and futile war on drugs have not made America great, only less so. The government steals so much from the people in taxes including the inflationary stealth tax, as the bureaucrats in Washington squander and squander trillions, making America less great. The Donald is continuing that trend, in my view.