07 July 2014

Regional Store Chain Takes Down American Flag

(Spoilers....you'll either agree or disagree with me after reading this)

Like most people out there, I have friends/family that work at a regional chain store. Scanning my Facebook feed today, I found an interesting post that talked about how at least two stores in this chain had taken down the American flag that had been flying for several years. The original poster initially posted that they were taken down because of a complaint by an individual from Iraq and asked their thoughts. Later on, they posted that the store took them down outside because they weren't part of the "sign package" for their store. So what?

To me, it's the Store's property, they can do with it whatever they please to do. If they decide today to have the flag of Germany, and then Tuesday, the flag of Greece, then on Thursday, the flag of Mexico, and on every third Sunday, the flag of the United States of America flown upside down, that's their call to make, unless it isn't a "free country" after all (spoilers....it isn't).

The thing that interested me was the comments people made, and to which I devote most of this post to. Two posters said that if the person from Iraq didn't like it, they should leave and go back to Iraq. I find this view a bit ignorant. It also shows their complete lack of historical knowledge. If they could go back to the 1600's how would they feel if instead of the native peoples inhabiting the Americas being welcoming to the settlers, who were trying to leave persecution for their beliefs, they were met with the "if you don't like it here, leave" rhetoric that today is put out there by "nationalists"? I think many people would not want to live the native lifestyle. Would they leave and go back to their place of origin?

What if the native people's decided that the lifestyle of the settler's wasn't acceptable. Would the settler's have left? History records the deaths and tragedies that the settler's caused toward the people of the native inhabitants seems to answer that question.

I also find that those who would agree that the National Socialist German Workers' Party flag should never been flown, especially, in front of people of the Jewish faith. That these same people are being hypocritical when it's their chosen flag being asked to be taken down for the same exact reason. That to other people the "United States flag" is a reminder of the men and women who murdered their friends and families.

Asking the flag of those who murdered your family members, or caused to be murdered, to be taken down at a business that is open to the public, isn't asking much, in my opinion. If the business had the policy of "no "Iraqis"", it might be more reasonable to tell them, I'm sorry, your business isn't wanted here, so no we will continue to fly the "American flag" as a warning to you that you aren't wanted here. I doubt this was the intention of the commentators, but that is the message they are broadcasting, if they realize it or not. Of course this is a public business, who wants everyone to feel welcome to shop there. If they have to take down a flag to make someone welcome to their store, I think it's appropriate. Isn't that also the reason why the "United Nations" flies all those flags too, to make everyone know they are welcome there?

Another commentator said this "...[I will] not so kindly remind them about the sacrifices our troops have made!!" in regards to the original poster's question, should it be found that the reason they took the flag down was because an "Iraqi" complained. The sacrifices that the "troops made" weren't for the "people" but for the "government" that sent them there. Too many people believe that the "troops" are there to protect them, and while they are protected to some extent, the sole purpose of the "troops" are to protect the "government" not the people. This is how it has been for the last several thousand years. In case you don't believe me, look back to Hurricane Katrina, and watch the "troops" taking, by threat of force, and actual force, weapons from the "people" in direct violation of the "Law". You may justify this action with the belief that "it was required to maintain the peace" or "to stop the looters" but this action also killed people because they couldn't stop the looters with the threat of force, or actual force. It was also against the "Law".

While we are on "the troops" and their so-called "sacrifices" what about their real crimes? Obviously murder is one of many. Many would retort, "this is war, there is no murder". This isn't war. War has rules. One of those rules is you declare war before you can engage in acts of war. Another is you don't invade someone's "sovereignty". What about their own "law",  they don't follow those and no one objects when it goes against their vested interest. For some examples the "law" that requires a "declaration of war" before engaging in combat, the various Treaties that require certain rules to be followed, specifically attacking only military targets, differentiating between military and civilian targets. Soldiers are accountable for their actions, including following illegal and unconstitutional orders. Of course, commanders are also responsible for the actions of their men. What about the highest authority who issues unconstitutional and illegal orders, aren't they also criminals as well?

One last commentator said "[p]olitical correctness is part of what's destroying this country." Really? Of all the much bigger things you could cite that are destroying "this country" you talk about "political correctness"? How about blind obedience to authority? How about violations of your rights as a human being that you just let happen everyday? How about people killing others and claiming that you gave them the authority to do so?

As an aside to those whom believe I'm anti-military or a military basher. I state the following because you'd never know otherwise.  My mother, whom served 25 years in the military, whom taught me everything I know about the military first hand, passed away recently and was given full military honors at one of the National Cemeteries.

I believe in a proper armed defense force. What we currently have isn't one. It's an armed offensive force, utilized by men and women who want people to murder, enslave, and destroy for them to help them enrich their own lives. When the men and women who are tasked to execute those orders fail to act properly, they are criminals. Those who question those orders when they violate the oath that each member takes before assuming the role of soldier, and are called traitors, and are jailed, such as Bradley Manning, are the real heroes. As Thoreau said, "[u]nder a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison."

10 February 2014

Why do we need a standing congress?

    I was reading an article today that sparked a internal discussion within me and I thought I might share that. The question was 'Why do we need a standing Congress?'
   So, currently, we have a standing Congress in the United States. Going back to the beginning of things, the founding fathers made a rule, Congress must meet once a year to address the nation's needs. In their minds, at the time, it was thought that without such a rule that this group of 'representatives' wouldn't come together unless there was some pending need to do so. Ironically, the founding fathers thought we shouldn't have a standing military, but we should have a standing congress. An army of trained killers is just as bad I think as an army of rights violators.
   Congress has strayed so far from the imaginings of the founding fathers to become that which the founders they themselves fought so hard against. According to the founders, the purpose of government is to protect the life, liberty, and property of all the people. Today, however, congress feels the need the interfere with almost every aspect of our lives.
   Like a parent, Congress feels the need tell you where you can shop, what you can buy, where you can live, how you raise your kids, and everything else. But let's stop for a moment and recognize that 'Congress' is just a concept, it isn't a human being like your inappropriate Uncle Joe, it is just a collection of human beings. If they have a right to tell you what you can and can't do then you are their slave.
    Slavery is easily defined as 'one who has to bend their will to another', that of course fits what the individual people calling themselves Congress do every day isn't, they create their will and force you to bend to it or face having your property, liberty, or life taken from you.When they say to you, 'you can't use that kind of gun to protect your family because criminals use that kind of gun to hurt your family', what they are really saying is that you are a slave, and slaves can only do what we tell them they can do. Ironically, it's the criminals in that situation, that don't follow the individuals who call themselves Congress will anyway because they are criminals and will still use those guns to harm your family anyhow and you can't protect your family anyway. They paint "victim" on your forehead for all the criminals to see.
    I wonder if you, like myself, have ever examined the relationship between your and the individuals who call themselves Congress? So you have two individuals, A and B, who ask you to give them your endorsement. You can't give both of them it, so you have to choose one. You choose A, they are more inline with your personal beliefs then B is. So finally it comes time to count the votes and B wins the election and now B is your "representative". I find the idea of calling someone whom you didn't choose can't honestly be your "representative". To me it's like saying I want this real estate agent to represent my interests and someone comes up and gives me a different real estate agent.
    The difference between the individual "representing" your interests in Congress and the individual representing your interests in real estate, is you can fire them if they don't do a good job. But you think, you can recall an individual in Congress. Have you ever seen what it takes to recall an individual calling themselves Congress? You have to get a number of people in every single political subdivision of the "State" you live in sign a petition to recall that individual. It doesn't stop there, however, once you get that, then their is an official vote where everyone else decides if that person should be "recalled" and the number of people who are required to vote "yes" is some where in the fifty to sixty percent range. So, if you believe the individual claiming to represent you in Congress is doing something wrong and should be recalled, your view can be overridden by a simple majority of other individuals who are probably not paying attention to the facts anyhow.

    How is it that this individual claiming to represent you could in fact even represent you. Imagine you and your neighbor George have opposing opinions on one single idea but in all other ideas you agree. You and George force individual B, who claims to represent you in that collection of human bodies calling themselves Congress, to choose which side of that idea to represent. If he chooses George's side, then he isn't representing you is he? If he chooses your side of the idea, then he isn't representing George.
    Of course this would put any average individual who wants to represent people in to a quandary. Of course, the simple answer would be to just ignore you and George and represent they own side of the idea. This is what most of these individuals who claim to represent you who call themselves Congress do anyhow. You don't need to have to be a rocket scientist to see the facts staring you in your face to realize it. Take the issue called "Obama care", according to the media, most people opposed it. Most people told the individuals claiming to represent them and calling themselves Congress, to not vote for it. What did they do? They almost all voted in favor of it.
    Back to the question of "why" we need a standing Congress. The founding father's created the concept of Congress to protect life, liberty, and property, and as high on a pedestal as we put them, they were human beings capable of making mistakes. The idea of Congress can now be seen as a mistake since this collection of men and women have been found to be as much of a threat to the concepts of life, liberty, and property as any other potential threat. When you tell someone they are a Hammerer and you give them a hammer, after they run out of nails to hammer, they might start thinking that everything else is a nail.
    I personally am not a follower of the "Cult of Government", but if you are, and you value your life, liberty, and property, it would seem that the individuals in Congress are acting like the bullies. It may be a good idea to limit the amount of damage they can do by limiting the amount of time they have to do that damage or even better, only be called up when a big enough issue faces you and you need them to lead.