Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others."

"Of Liberty then I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others." — Thomas Jefferson

As I wrote previously, there has been much ado in the media about the recent swine flu outbreak. Most of this centers around alerts issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite having no constitutional or moral authority to exist, the CDC goes about its mission, accomplishing nothing of value, but spending billions of dollars every year. One overbearing government agency is never enough, though, for a tax-fattened bureaucrat. Most fortunately for us, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its chief, Janet Napolitano, are overseeing the CDC in coordinating the swine flu pandemic.

The DHS is yet another unconstitutional, immoral, and bloated bureaucracy. As Becky Akers put it: "The DHS is a bureaucracy’s bureaucracy: unwieldy, inflexible, absurd, gargantuan. It makes work for roughly 210,000 leeches and will cost us $50.5 billion in 2009 – over $375 per taxpayer (based on 134,362,678 income-tax returns filed in 2005)." Not surprisingly, the word 'homeland' is Nazi terminology. But what is homeland security, anyway? Isn't that simply insuring that the country is defended from attacks? If so, then what, pray tell, is the Department of Defense (DOD) for? Of course, as we all know, the DOD doesn't actually defend our country. The DOD attacks other countries. If they did defend our country, perhaps 9/11 wouldn't have happened. On that day, they couldn't even defend their own headquarters.

Despite claiming to 'represent' us, the government doesn't allow the citizens of this country to select the head of the DHS. That being that case, I'm confident that it was done fairly and based on credentials and experience. What, exactly, are old Nappy's credentials, anyway? Nappy is the former governor of Arizona, which is the number one place to be kidnapped in the United States, and the number two place to be kidnapped in all of the world. Quite an accomplishment! But why did she, a governor who couldn't keep her own state secure, get appointed to the post of keeping our entire 'homeland' secure? To answer that question, we need to find out who appointed her. That would be dictator-in-chief, Barack Obama. Obviously, Nappy has no place directing the security of anything, but, she was owed a favor. During the primaries of 2008, Nappy endorsed our current dictator, in the state where his opposition was a sitting senator. Government being the disgusting political orgy that it is, Obama decided to stick her in the DHS.

Since becoming the head bureaucrat of the DHS, Nappy has not managed to disappoint. While apparently trying to draw attention away from her own poor record of border security as governor, she declared that the hijackers of 9/11 infamy crossed the border from Canada into the United States. Later, she issued a weak and idiotic apology to outraged Canadians, saying, "Nonetheless, to the extent that terrorists have come into our country or suspected or known terrorists have entered our country across a border, it's been across the Canadian border." Not wanting to miss a beat, she issued a report naming military veterans, pro-life advocates, gun owners and advocates, those who dislike the federal government's constant nannying, and those who support the constitution as extremists and probable terrorists. This is the person who is in charge of keeping us safe?

If there was any real threat of a disease pandemic, we would be in trouble. The bureaucrats in charge have no idea what they are doing, and the bureaucracies supposedly entrusted with saving us from harm actually do nothing but harm. As Thomas Jefferson pointed out, "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others." The rights of the people of the United States are trampled every single day by the likes of those living of the fruits of others' labor. The government employee's actions necessarily injure those who actually produce, only to have their products taken from them, like feudal serfs.