Suddenly I want to fly the Stars and Bars

Rothbard Has The Last Word On The Confederate “False Flag” Issue

I have no love for the Confederacy.  It was just another short lived government in the history of mankind that liked to talk a lot about freedom and liberty, but was designed to subvert both.  However the old battle flag to me, rather than representing some sort of racial oppression, should be a symbol of how the United States Government raped, murdered, and burned through the South solely for its own glory and that of its leaders, Grant, Lincoln, and Sherman.  That brainwashed schoolchildren are taught this was all done to end slavery is one of the many crimes of the government schools.

So all this nonsense from the totalitarian Left about how we need to “end hate” by removing this flag from the public sphere just makes me want to hoist it up on a flag pole in my front yard for the first time in my life.  Murray Rothbard put it best when discussing the false history inflicted upon us in modern day Amerikkka:

The Union was taken, by its Northern worshipers, from a contractual institution that can either be cleaved to or scrapped, and turned into a divinized entity, which must be worshipped, and which must be permanent, unquestioned, all-powerful. There is no heresy greater, nor political theory more pernicious, than sacralizing the secular.

Of Lincoln, Grant, and Sherman he had this to say:

Perhaps, someday, their statues, like Lenin’s in Russia, will be toppled and melted down; their insignias and battle flags will be desecrated, their war songs tossed into the fire. And then Davis and Lee and Jackson and Forrest, and all the heroes of the South, “Dixie” and the Stars and Bars, will once again be truly honored and remembered.

I urge you to read the full article.  It’s short and it needs to be read by anyone who values the truth about our history.  I also recommend Tom DiLorenzo‘s article over at Lewrockwell.com.

The anti-Confederate flag hysteria is only one small part of the Left’s general strategy, however.  It is part of their overriding strategy of diverting the public’s attention away from all the grotesque failures of leftist interventionism, from the welfare state to the government takeover of education to the war on drugs and beyond.  The neocons who run the Republican Party are usually complicit in all of this.

And Judge Napolitano dismisses the whole idea that government can somehow outlaw hate.  However, he argues State governments should remove the Confederate Flag from their state houses:

If I were in the South Carolina legislature, I’d vote to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse because I’d silence all government speech except that which is universally accepted

Happy Independence Day

Independence Day, usually now referred to by just its date, the 4th of July, has devolved into another State holiday where Americans shoot off fireworks and celebrate “the troops.”  Rather than celebrating freedom, we’re being instructed to celebrate empire and war.

In a way it’s fitting that a holiday meant to commemorate the ideals of the enlightenment, where educated wealthy men who formed a natural aristocracy threw off the chains of an oppressive foreign government and founded one based on individual rights, has come to this.

Why do I say this?  Well the very men who promoted and carried out the American Revolution proved quite tyrannical in their own right when they themselves came to power.

A few examples:

George Washington, the father of our country, also put down the whiskey rebellion (a tax protest) by force.

John Adams threw aside free speech concerns with the Alien and Sedition Acts.

Thomas Jefferson used “public money” to purchase a giant piece of land through the Louisiana Purchase without consulting Congress.

James Madison launched a war of conquest against Canada.

Happy 4th!

Happy Presidents Day

Today is Presidents Day.  Technically we’re supposed to be celebrating George Washington’s birthday, but since only government parasites get Lincoln’s birthday off anymore, this has morphed into a celebration of the two of them and executive power in general.  Now we have a day to celebrate Barack Obama, two George Bushes, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and all the other thieves and war criminals that have taken up residence in the White House over the last couple centuries.

Historians will often use today as an excuse to type up a list of the best presidents in American history.  I could do that, but it would really be more of a list of which ones, in my opinion, did the least amount of damage during their reigns.  So rather than bore myself by reading through Wikipedia pages of the Grover Clevelands and Calvin Coolidges of the world, I’ll make a short list of who I consider to be the worst presidents.  You’ll notice these are mostly the same guys who would appear on a typical best presidents list.

1. Woodrow Wilson.

Where to start.  Woody solidified the Democrat Party as the “progressive” party moving forward, stealing the title away from the Republicans who had been the openly Big Government party since the Civil War.  He handed over control of the currency to bankers with the Federal Reserve Act.  He actually lowered tariffs which would be good except he made up for it with the first income tax since the Civil War.  The worst thing he did was plunge the formerly “isolationist” United States into World War I.  After getting a few hundred thousand Americans killed for the British and French Empires, he helped negotiate the Treaty of Versailles leading to World War II.  There’s a school of thought that had he stayed out and minded his own damn business, that the Europeans would have had to make a true negotiated peace.  This could have avoided Nazism and Communism, but hey, those isms were a small price to pay to make the world safe for democracy.  He reinstated the draft, locked people up for criticizing him, and did his best to nationalize the economy.  The best thing ‘ol Woody did was drop dead.  Unfortunately it was a few years after his second and final term ended.

2. Abraham Lincoln

Honest Abe’s number 2 on the list for the sheer body count.  One million casualties. 625,000 dead soldiers.  50,000 dead civilians.  The war that Lincoln unleashed set the standard for total warfare that the rest of Western Civilization would continue in WWI and WWII as the Union Army burned southern cities to the ground and starved women and children.  Slavery eventually ended following the Union victory, but considering the cost of the war, one would think he could have simply bought all the slaves and set them free.  It should be noted that he didn’t start the war to end slavery, that slavery existed throughout his presidency in several of the Union States, and that he actually supported the Fugitive Slave Act as well as a constitutional amendment saying the Federal Government would not interfere with slavery where it already existed.  The war was mainly fought so he could consolidate Washington’s power over the southern states and raise the protectionist tariff to benefit his crony capitalist benefactors.  He also sent the army west to clear the Indians for his former railroad company clients.  He was assassinated while still in office, and has since been considered a Christ-like martyr for adherents of a strong executive and expanding National government ever since.

3. Franklin Roosevelt

FDR’s New Deal prolonged the Great Depression and set the stage for government dependency that’s been growing among a larger and larger portion of the population ever since.  It also made the individual states ever more dependent on Washington so as to decrease any resistance to the Federal Government.  I won’t go into the details here, but the economic and political arguments I find persuasive are easy to dig up with a quick google search.  He also stole every American’s gold.  Roosevelt’s worst crime was certainly getting the US involved in World War II.  Like Wilson he lied about wanting to stay out of it while he was doing his best to provoke first Germany, and when that failed, Japan. He allowed the soldiers at Pearl Harbor to be murdered so he could get a back door entry into the European war.  He then proceeded to wage Total War on the civilians of Germany by fire bombing their cities.  For good measure he locked up Japanese-Americans in concentration camps based on their perceived disloyalty.  The one good thing he did was help repeal the 18th amendment.

4. Harry Truman

Truman tried his best to continue FDR’s interventionist economic policies, but he was thwarted to a large degree by a Republican Congress following WWII.  So what gets Harry on this list is his reckless foreign policy.  First off he continued FDR’s Total War policy and refused any negotiated surrender from either Germany or Japan, ensuring a much higher death toll. He firebombed Tokyo and dropped Atomic bombs on two Japanese cities for the sole purpose of killing as many people as possible.  Whether this was done just to show off to the Soviets or because he was trying to break the will of the Japanese people is irrelevant. There is no justification for the carnage he unleashed.  After WWII was over he helped his buddy Stalin continue slaughtering German civilians while he enslaved half of Europe.  He then started NATO and helped ignite the Cold War.  Later Truman launched the Korean War.  This was done without asking Congress for a declaration, setting the stage for the Imperial Presidency we have today.

5. Lyndon Johnson

Created the modern Welfare State.  Launched a bloody and senseless war in Vietnam which was eventually lost anyway.  I could go into more details, but I’m not sure there are many people who actually like this guy anyway.  Unlike the previous four, LBJ is usually not on any Great Presidents lists.

Dishonorable Mentions

I know that 4 out of 5 on my list are Democrats, but if I had kept going there would have been plenty of Republicans.  I’m a non-partisan hater:

Teddy Roosevelt, Bush 2, Obama, Nixon, Clinton, Grant, Bush 1, McKinley.

Obama vs. King George

Since we’re supposed to be celebrating the Declaration of Independence today, let’s see how Obama stacks up against the tyrant King George III:

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. I suppose most of these “offices” were created by his predecessors, but he has certainly used the EPA, TSA, NSA, IRS, among other federal agencies to harass, spy, and steal from the American people.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.  The legislature certainly consents to standing armies, but Obama uses these armies to wage war without bothering to ask Congress.

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:  Depends on how you look at this I guess. He occasionally signs onto UN treaties, but that’s not really the issue since it’s mainly for show.  He doesn’t expect the Senate to ratify them. What’s more relevant to this grievance of Tom Jefferson, is Obama’s attempts to force states to comply with his gun laws despite having no real authority on the matter in the Constitution or by any laws passed by Congress.

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: He’s not really guilty of this, but he does continue to restrict trade and makes it completely impossible with some countries such as Cuba.

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:  The whole idea that he can “regulate” carbon means he can tax our energy supply as much as he wants without any input from Congress.

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by JuryBradly Manning was held for 3 years before trial.  Plus there’s Guantanamo Bay which he famously promised to close.  And let’s not forget Obama claims the right to kill anyone, anywhere, without evidence.

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.  Congress has become increasingly irrelevant. Today the Executive Branch Bureaucracy holds the real power.

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. I guess it would be the people of Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia that would have a gripe here.

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. I think this kind of describes all recent American presidents pretty well.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

E. J. Dionne: Propagandist for the State

Check out this quote from a Dionne article:

We had something close to a small-government libertarian utopia in the late 19th century, and we decided it didn’t work. We realized that many would never be able to save enough for retirement and, later, that most of them would be unable to afford health insurance in old age. Smaller government meant that too many people were poor and that monopolies were formed too easily. And when the Depression engulfed us, government was helpless, largely handcuffed by this antigovernment ideology until Franklin Roosevelt came along.

Tom Woods Does a great job destroying this argument, and I would urge everyone to read it. However, without even getting into specifics, it’s easy to see how stupid this paragraph is:

“We had something close to a small-government libertarian utopia in the late 19th century.” Libertarians do not claim a free society would be a Utopia. That’s for socialist central planners.

“we decided it didn’t work.” Yes “we” all got together back in the 19th century before we were born and decided this.

“Many would never be able to save enough for retirement” Yeah everybody in the 19th century was worried about “retirement.”

“Most of them would be unable to afford health insurance in old age.” Who the hell ever said this back in our “Libertarian” days? How much did health insurance cost back then E.J.?

“Smaller government meant that too many people were poor” Yes that’s why there were so many poor people in the US in 1950 before the “War on Poverty” compared to the “Big Government” Soviet Union.

“Monopolies were formed too easily” That’s why prices fell during the 2nd half of the 19th century.

“The depression engulfed us” It just came along…no need to ask why.

“government was helpless, largely handcuffed by this antigovernment ideology until Franklin Roosevelt came along.” Yes, Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Herbert Hoover were all “antigovernment.”

Lincoln the Racist

The Mail Online has the guts to inform its readers that Honest Abe was a racist. They further reveal that Spielberg’s new Oscar nominated movie is nothing more than fantasy. Lincoln actually did very little to free the slaves contrary to what Hollywood would have you believe.

For those who would like to learn more about actual history rather than statist hero worship, I highly recommend the book The Real Lincoln by Thomas Dilorenzo.

Germans were Ethnically Cleansed from Central Europe

Just wanted to point out a very interesting article at the Bionic Mosquito blog about the war crimes committed by the allies in Europe following WWII. It should go without saying that my linking to this in no way means I endorse or sympathize with the Nazis. It does mean however, that just because Hitler was bad, the American and British governments had no right to conspire with the Soviets to force civilians (mostly women, children, and the elderly) on a death march from their ancestral homelands.

I’ve written a similar critique of the war crimes committed against the Japanese, but obviously I don’t endorse or sympathize with the Japanese government of the 1930’s and 40’s.