Restore the Fourth on the Fourth

Libertarians can commemorate Independence Day by joining protesters in cities across America who will gather on July 4, to demand that the U.S. government adhere to its constitutionally dictated limits demanded by the Fourth Amendment.

restore_the_fourth_logoTwo of these events will be held in Raleigh, starting at 10 a.m. at the N.C. State Capitol, 1 Edenton St., and in Charlotte, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the corner of Trade and Tryon in Uptown Charlotte.

The rallies are being organized by Restore the Fourth, a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonviolent movement spurred by revelations made by whistle blower Edward Snowden of the government’s widespread practice of spying on Americans without a warrant.

The July 4 demonstrations seek to demand an end to the unconstitutional surveillance methods employed by the U.S. government.

Libertarian National Committee Executive Director Carla Howell will speak at 12:30 p.m.. at the Washington, D.C., rally being held at McPherson Square from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. Libertarian candidate for Virginia House of Delegates District 53, Anthony Tellez, will speak at 1:15 p.m.

U.S. appeals court says ‘caveman diet’ blogger can speak

The Carolina Journal’s Sara Burrows reports that the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed a trial judge’s decision to dismiss Charlotte-area “paleo diet” blogger Steve Cooksey’s free speech case.

The N.C. Board of Dietetics/Nutrition tried to censor Cooksey’s blog Diabetics Warrior because they alleged he was giving dietary advise without a license when he wrote about the diet of cavemen.

Read more at Carolina Journal Online.

Watch a video on the case by the Institute for Justice.

‘Broken system’ subject of Constitutional Caucus symposium

The Citizens Constitutional Caucus is planning a day-long symposium to discuss “Preparing and Passing Constitutional Legislation in a Broken System.” Richard Fry, a nationally-recognized Constitutional expert, will conduct the session.

The symposium will be June 28 at the Hampton Inn, (I-40 Exit 290) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a break for lunch. Cost is $15 prepaid, $20 at the door. There will also be a town hall discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The caucus will hold its second quarterly meeting the next day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn.

“What we citizens are experiencing with our political systems in America is what I call a representative disconnect,” Fry said. “The majority of our ‘public servants’ either do not understand or do not care that after supporting and defending the Constitution, securing our fundamental rights, their job is to do what the majority of citizens want, not what they think is best for us, within the bounds of the Constitution.”

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Citizens Constitutional Caucus wants to ‘keep the Republic’

At the close of the Constitutional Convention, so the story goes, a woman approached Dr. Benjamin Franklin and asked, “So, Doctor, what have you given us? A Republic or a Monarchy.”

Franklin replied “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

The Citizens Constitutional Caucus was formed to respond to Dr. Franklin’s concern.

CCC_Logo“The Citizens Constitutional Caucus is not just another Constitutional organization,” explained Don Watson, founder and coordinator of the group. “We have a very narrow focus. We’re not going to look at a proposed bill or resolution and decide if it’s good fiscal policy, if it will it help the children, or if it is moral or immoral. Our only question will be: Is it Constitutional?”

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Where are the protestors?

Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of Future of Freedom Foundation, writes what I have been thinking:

It is so amusing to see mainstream commentators condemning Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi, for assuming dictatorial powers. Their critiques are well-taken … But what’s amusing about the mainstreamers is how they can so quickly identify and condemn dictatorial conduct on the part of foreign rulers but maintain an absolutely obsequious blind spot when it comes to the dictatorial actions by their own ruler.

Morsi, so far, has only talked about suspending the rule of law. American presidents, including George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama, have already done it, torturing and murdering even American citizens. To our shame, there have been no demonstrations and they were both re-elected.

“Democracy” isn’t worth a damn if there is no rule of law, if we merely get to “choose” which dictator will rule us.

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for. – Thomas Jefferson

Drug prohibition second ‘only to slavery’

Libertarian vice presidential candidate Judge Jim Gray said that the issue of drug prohibition is “second on to slavery” in importance and called for the decimalization of drug use during two educational talks at two North Carolina universities.

Here is a report from the News & Observer:

CHAPEL HILL – During a two-day campaign swing through North Carolina, Libertarian vice presidential hopeful Jim Gray stopped on Tuesday at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to rail against U.S. drug policy.

Gray and Johnson support decriminalization — unlike their Republican and Democratic opponents — but Gray was sure to make a distinction: decriminalization doesn’t mean legalization. It means that illicit substances, like marijuana and cocaine, would be regulated similar to alcohol or prescription medication, whereas full legalization would mean such substances could be sold over-the-counter.

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Incredible but not surprising letter

“Our rights come from the Constitution of the United States of America.”

This is a quote from a letter-to-the-editor that appears in today’s News & Observer. My first reaction was, “Incredible, but not surprising.”  The first thing I though of was that this statement was direct evidence of successful of the indoctrination by the taxpayer-funded, government-controlled educating system (otherwise known as public schools).

The only thing unusual about the letter was that the writer stated the view so directly and clearly. Because this is exactly what the ruling elites who control and run the Democratic and Republican parties believe. Individual rights do not exist, except by the magnanimous and benevolent grant from government – the State.

America’s Founding Fathers had an entirely different view, of course, but anyone today who actually believes the “self-evident” truths that all people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” is “scary” in the writers view.

Free speech is sometimes hard to hear

The current firestorm raging over comments made by Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy is in some way amusing, but on a deeper level very disturbing. It’s another example of how uncivil and mean American political discourse has become. Politicians and political agitators of all ideologies pervert every issue into a war, which destroys any chance for honest people with differing views to engage in meaningful discussion.

All Cathy said was that he personally believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. He didn’t say gay people should be denied equal rights under the law. He didn’t say gay marriage should be banned.

All he said was what he believed. He also said he was proud of still being married to his “first wife,”  a remark that could be taken as a criticism of divorced people if some person or group wanted to go to war over that issue.

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Return to the Rule of Law

If the president acts above the rule of law and fights his own wars, and Congress Acts below it by letting him get away with it, what can we do about it, asks Judge Andrew Napolitano in an op ed “Rule of law provides equal protection.”

The answer is simple: Vote Libertarian. And if you can’t do that, write in a name (even though it won’t be counted) … or don’t vote at all.

“The rule of law is a three legged stool on which freedom sits,” Judge Napolitano  writes. The first leg requires laws be enacted publicly, by legitimate authority, in advance of the behavior they’re supposed to regulate, and must be designed to defend individual freedom.

The second leg holds that no one is above the law, and no one is beneath it.

The third leg requires that laws can only be enacted by fundamental structures that can’t be changed arbitrarily, capriciously, or quickly, even by an overwhelming majority.

Remove or weaken any of these legs, and the stool collapses. That appears to be what is happening today:

In our era, the violations of the rule of law have become most troublesome when the government breaks its own laws. Prosecute Roger Clemens for lying to Congress? What about all the lies Congress tells? Prosecute John Edwards for cheating? What about all the cheating in Congress when it enacts laws it hasn’t read? Bring the troops home from the Middle East? What about all the innocents killed secretly by the president using CIA drones? Can’t find a way to justify Obamacare under the Constitution? Why not call it what its proponents insisted it isn’t — a tax?

Read the full op ed.

Court Decison An Incredible Blow to Freedom and Liberty

The Supreme Court decision upholding the Constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act is disturbing, but not surprising. It’s disturbing to anyone who appreciates the original intent of those who wrote the U.S. Constitution.

But it’s not surprising to anyone who recognizes that presidents and congressmen of both major parties, and Supreme Court justices, long ago stopped respecting the idea of a limited federal government laid out in that document.

Both Republicans and Democrats favor big government in all things, including healthcare. It’s only a question of whether big government will be large or huge.

Republicans and conservatives are already clamoring that the only way to repeal “Obamacare” is to fire President Obama and replace him with Mitt Romney. That idea is ludicrous. Romney won’t undo “Obamacare,” he’ll just “fix it” and make it “better.”

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson called the court’s decision “an incredible blow to the bedrock principles of freedom and liberty.” I could not agree more.

The governor said, “Whether the Court chooses to call the individual mandate a tax or anything else, allowing it to stand is a truly disturbing decision. The idea that government can require an individual to buy something simply because that individual exists and breathes in America is an incredible blow to the bedrock principles of freedom and liberty. It must be repealed, and Congress needs to get about doing so today.”

I wholeheartedly endorse Gov. Johnson’s statement and pledge that if elected to Congress I will work to repeal The Affordable Health Care Act