In today’s late-coming admission that the Obama Administration has assassinated four American citizens with drone strikes, Attorney General Eric Holder described the death of one of those four, 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, as a “mistake.”
A mistake is when you write “2012” instead of…
The good thing that will come out of this Oklahoma disaster is that we get to see how incompetent FEMA is (again)
How Are We Supposed to Know What the Government Does?
You should probably be afraid, at least a little, of the federal government. The reason for this doesn’t have anything to do with conspiracy theories about fluoridation or the Obama administration hoarding ammo to keep it out of the hands of True Patriots. It’s simpler than that: you should be worried about the US government because it is huge and well funded and powerful and, most importantly, you don’t know what it’s doing.
The civics class version of government—that there are three branches, each with its own checks and balances and blah blah blah—is hopelessly outdated. For one thing, the legislative branch is paralyzed by partisanship and a set of rules that make it impossible for it to do anything but stop laws from getting enacted. For another, as documented by the Washington Post in 2010, the governmental agencies that are in charge of “national security” have grown like not-all-that-benign tumors, consuming billions of tax dollars, constructing massive top-secret facilities, and employing hundreds of thousands of people whose job descriptions you don’t have the security clearance to know. The national security state is vast and unknowable, practically its own branch of government at this point, with its own secret history. Millions upon millions of documents are classified, many unnecessarily. By some counts, there are more pages of classified documents in the US than there are unclassified—and the government spends $12 billion a year keeping all that information under wraps.
What do anti-pornographers, homophobes, gun control activists and in short, prohibitionists all have in common? I think, their fear and anxiety, their aversion, grows from a very intense and repressed desire. I think the people who are most intensely for gun control are the people who are most intensely afraid of their own nature, intensely afraid to turn off the light. What would they do if they had a gun? These are troubled people and they deserve our sympathy.
Adam Kokesh was arrested today in Philly. Just 20 minutes east of me at a marijuana rally. He didn’t even smoked yet and was arrested. Even if he had smoked this shouldn’t be illegal. I don’t smoke pot and I hate the smell, but the government shouldn’t be telling people what they can and cannot put in their bodies. I hope he is released soon.
Adam Kokesh getting arrested at Smoke down Prohibition V
The IRS scandal is that they steal your money at the point of a gun — and they’re doing more and more of it right now — not that they question some conservative group’s tax exemption.
—Lew Rockwell (via laliberty)