Thinking like a Pilgrim or Settler

Jamestown-Settlement-1607-shipsIn the 1600’s two groups of people in England sat around kitchen tables, fireplaces, pubs, and churches and began to wonder aloud if staying in England was going to bring them the greatest chance of liberty and a better way of life. I suspect we all learned during our education that in December 1606, one hundred and forty four people boarded the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery and in September 1620, one hundred people including a group referred to as pilgrims boarded the Mayflower to sail west to the promise of religious liberty and/or a better way of life.  We may not remember these specifics that clearly, but at some point, we were all exposed to these historic facts. Try to put yourself in their shoes; imagine both the fear and excitement they felt about traveling across a dangerous ocean in less than optimal conditions for four months to arrive at an uncertain and perhaps even dangerous destiny. What motivated them to take such a tremendous risk?

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Taxation is theft and extortion (Regaining moral clarity)

My friend Dennis Marburger from Michigan posted this meme as a way to simply and concisely explain why taxation is theft and extortion. It’s generally a pretty good overview of the immorality of taxation, especially income tax. But the idea of income taxation is based on a very faulty premise that most people have bought… Continue Reading

Constitutional Rights…a misnomer.

Did you know that claiming to have “Constitutional Rights” is a misnomer and actually weakens your argument against ending the tyranny of the federal government? Why? Because by using this term, “Constitutional rights” you’re agreeing that the Constitution grants rights. Which of course, it unequivocally does not do. The Constitution organizes a government…that’s all it… Continue Reading

Apocalyptic Decision Making and Presidential Elections

Apocalyptic Decision Making and Presidential Elections

Recently, Glenn Beck made the pronouncement: “This is your last call, America,” Beck proclaimed. “This is your last call.”  Over the next few days and weeks, we’ll be treated to essentially the same thing from other talk show hosts and other politicians. They may not use the same words, but the theme will be the same;… Continue Reading