USAA is helping federal employees affected by the government “shutdown.” What are the federal employee unions doing? They are suing. Maybe I missed something in civics class, but wasn’t one of the reasons unions were formed in the first place to help union members when they were out of work?
Federal unions sue the Trump administration to get paid for shutdown work
The Hill: Federal employee unions sue over shutdown
Of course, USAA is a private, voluntary organization and federal unions are not voluntary.
When I was in the U.S. Air Force, went through one government “shutdown,” but there was never any talk of walking out by fellow airman. We took the words “public service” seriously. I know people who work for the government who will be hurt by this “shutdown.” I sympathize with them. Getting back pay after the fact is little consolation. Their bills are due now.
But let’s not get distracted by the real problem. First, this entire shutdown is a “manufactured crisis” created by a narcissistic president and irresponsible Congress. The U.S. Congress abrogated its responsibility on just about all it duties — including not passing an actual budget in more than 20 years. Democrats were in favor of border barriers before they were against them. The $5 or $6 million in question is a drop in the bucket compared to other wasteful federal government projects including our perpetual wars.
Sean Haugh, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, said today that events in Ferguson, Mo. are the horrible and inevitable result of the federal government flooding local communities with weapons of war.
“When you give the police military powers, equipment and training, and you fill them up with the war mentality, well you’re just asking for trouble,” Haugh said in his latest YouTube video. “The only enemy they can possibly find to combat here at home is us – the citizens they are supposed to protect and serve.”
“Don’t think Ferguson is an isolated incident,” Haugh warned.” The federal government has been flooding our own streets with the weapons of war just as they have been arming everyone abroad.”
All in all, the state of our union is a big mess created by Republicans and Democrats. That was the reaction of Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
“Thanks to unprecedented levels of government interference and government coercion, Americans’ rights are violated like never before,” said Benedict in a statement posted on LP.org. “We are harmed by taxes, regulations, prohibitions, and shocking privacy intrusions”
Benedict said it was unfortunate that most of the harm and injustice of government occurs because too many Americans support existing government policies.
“We’re suffering under a tyranny of the majority,” he said. “Our Libertarian hope is that we can convince enough Americans to change their minds. We hope voters will come to understand that government is force, and force is unjust.”
Libertarian Party press release
The heroic revelations made by whistleblower Edward Snowden have let the world know: The National Security Agency is watching you and has undermined the fabric of the Internet. Its overreaching surveillance creates a climate of fear, chills free speech, and violates our basic human rights — your Fourth Amendment right to privacy.
But a movement is building to change all this.
The Libertarian Party was among the first groups to join a growing coalition of organizations operating under the umbrella Stop Watching Us, which aims to stop the NSA’s mass surveillance of Americans.
The coalition will hold a rally in Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2013, on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act. Thousands of people from across the political spectrum are expected to unite in Washington, D.C., to demand: Stop watching us.
Speakers at the rally will include 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson. A march before the rally, music, and other festivities are planned for the day.
Show your determination to stop government surveillance and come to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 26. For more details about the rally, visit: https://rally.stopwatching.us/
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Thomas E. Woods, Jr., an historian and best-selling author of the book “Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century,” will give the keynote speech at the Nullify Now! Conference in Raleigh October 19 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
The Tenth Amendment Center has been hosting events around the country to educate and activate people on the topic of Nullification since September 2012. At a Nullify Now! event, you learn nullification’s constitutional basis and when it has been used in history.
Is this a subliminal message from the U.S. Post Office?
Turns out it is not. It’s just an example of a bureaucratic blindly following a rule that says when a stamp’s image is portrayed anywhere they must line out the denomination.
See “Is the post office trying to send us a message about freedom?” on the Action Institute PowerBlog.
But I’m going to buy a bunch of these stamps just in case.
There’s no clearer example of how Congressional dereliction of than its failure to pass a federal budget in more than three years. The recently brokered deal between the Democratic Senate majority leader and the House Republican Speaker to fund government with a continuing resolution until Oct. 1, conveniently bypassing the November election, is a depressing attempt to cover-up their negligence.
This is not gridlock. It is not hyper-partisanship. It is blatant irresponsibility. Approving the budget is one of the most fundamental duties of Congress.
BURNET, Texas (Nov. 5) – One of the first things you do when you’re applying for a job is to read the job description to find out the qualifications, duties and responsibilities of the office. After listening to years of presidential campaign speeches and debates, it seems to me that most candidates for the office simply haven’t read the job description for President of the United States. The Founding Fathers wrote it some 200 years ago, and despite some wear and tear, it is still perhaps one of the finest job descriptions ever written for the leader of a free republic.
The presidential job description was drafted, refined and honed during the months of the Constitutional Convention held in 1787. The duties of the President of the United States are outlined in Article II. The placement is deliberate. The first article of the Constitution establishes the Congress, the legislative branch, because the Founders believed the legislative was the most important function of government. As if to emphasize that point, the first mention of the President of the United States in the Constitution is in Article I, Section 7. This section says he must sign a bill passed by Congress before it becomes law. If he does not sign it, or he vetoes it, it can only become law if two-thirds of each House vote to approve it.
So what does the presidential job description say? First, there are three simple qualifications: you must be a natural-born citizen, 35 years old, and a United States resident for 14 years. I am all three. The “selection committee” for the job is technically the Electoral College, composed of people chosen by the states.” But in reality, it is the people of the United States who hire the president. The length of service is four years.
The first thing a new president does is to take an oath. It is a plain and simple oath, similar to the one I took many years ago when I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. The oath states: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” But in those few words lie some very powerful sentiments.
“Every word of a constitution is the difference between power and freedom.” – James Madison
BURNET, Texas (Aug. 29) – Taking a break from the campaign, let me offer an idea for consideration by local Libertarian Party affiliates. I offer this not as a Wrights 2012 campaign initiative, but simply as something that has been successfully used by Libertarian Party groups for promoting libertarian ideals. Not all Libertarian Party activism needs to be political actions or campaign activities. Often we can more easily and more effectively promote the libertarian message of individual liberty and personal responsibility by simply being good citizens and participating in civic action.
The Triangle Committee to Stop FBI Repression is planning an “enlightening form of civil engagement” for April 27 — filling out Freedom of Information Act requests. They group wants to find out what information the government is collecting about its members. The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Durham Solidarity Center, 331 W Main St.
“We encourage activists and organizers to fill out FOIA requests,” said Kosta Harlan, a member of the committee. “We know the FBI has been spying on those of us who peacefully exercise our First Amendment rights to speak out against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. What we don’t know is the extent of the surveillance here in our community.”
A federal agent infiltrated the Minnesota Antiwar Committee and for two and a half years. While pretending to be an active member of the committee, the agent raised money, befriended members, and gave public speeches on behalf of the group. He also handed internal reports to the government that described plans to go on an international solidarity trip to Palestine.
“By collectively filing these FOIA requests, we are demonstrating that we are not afraid to defend our rights, and we will not be deterred from working for peace and justice,” Harlan said.
The committee is organizing this event to generate FOIA request to find out what level of scrutiny the movement in our parts is under. This collective action is part of a larger efforts to find out where the FBI has been collecting information.
The committee believes it is critical to let the FBI and the federal government know that people are paying attention. Representatives from the National Lawyers Guild will be on hand to guide people through the process.
For more information, contact the Triangle Committee to Stop FBI Repression at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their website.