We Have a Problem with China

I hate jumping on the bandwagon. It’s unimaginative and makes me feel unmotivated to write. Unfortunately, we are living in a time now where there are certain existential threats that simply aren’t being addressed by our government, whom we have put in place to protect us from dangerous entities abroad. While I am certainly against being overly involved in the world at large, we need to have a balance of minding our own business and actively protecting our own interests through participating in world events.

Let me start by saying that while this post is a call to action against China as a country, I adamantly reject any statement that might attempt to construe this article as racist against Chinese people. Our fight is with the communist government of China, a regime with intentions of world domination. Chinese people as a whole are generally good people who just want to live their lives, and anyone who transfers their fear of a government to the people that government oppresses is ignorant. We must learn to separate the government from the people.

That said, we have a serious problem with the Chinese government that may be too late to reverse. Corporations and firms have moved into all parts of the world, acquiring property and establishing businesses whose allegiance is to the Chinese Communist Party, which makes each of them de facto enemies of all democratic nations. These entities do not have a primary goal of making a profit; their intention is to move into an area and establish as much control as possible. Their status as being under the thumb of their government means that it is the ambitious Chinese political system that is expanding, not honest businesses.

The expansion hasn’t been limited to far away countries in Africa or Europe. It’s happening right next door in the Caribbean. China has invested heavily in the island nations just to our south, providing funding for infrastructure improvements and buying up land in an attempt to gain an oppressive hold over the citizenry there. When you owe a country a significant amount of money, it becomes very difficult to voice objections to their wishes, and China is aggressive enough to make direct threats and act on them.

While this has been going on, our politicians in America have watched and done nothing to combat the advance of this dangerous regime. Former President Trump made several attempts to push back against these puppet businesses during his term, but had almost no support at home and wasn’t really able to go as far as he needed to in order to make any real headway in the fight. Our trade war with China hurt our pocketbooks, and because we no longer have the backbone to push through adversity to do the right thing, it was used as ammunition against him during re-election.

Expecting any sort of serious action in this new administration is foolish. President Biden is showing obvious signs of mental decline, barely getting through his first press conference. It was painful to watch. The left is far more interesting in maneuvering to get him out of the way and prepare the far more radical Vice President Harris to replace him. It isn’t unreasonable to predict that it won’t be much longer before we have a change in the White House, and while they are fixated on their own personal agendas, they are ignoring the dangers that are rapidly advancing toward our own shores.

The unfortunate reality is that for the next four years, China will have unbridled freedom to move about the world and advance their interests with little or no interference from the western world. We no longer have the courage to stand up to the true bullies of the world, and much like Neville Chamberlain we will capitulate to their demands because we’re afraid of a fight. It won’t be until we’re forced to accept that the fight is coming no matter how we feel about it that we will finally get up and raise our fists. By then it will be too late.

We need a serious push from our population against the apathy of our government. It’s too late to completely reverse what’s going on, but at the very least we can start limiting how bad it will get in the future. We are the most powerful nation in the world, and we still have a lot of influence and stand as the beacon of freedom for all to see. With a bit of courage and a heavy hand with our lazy politicians, we can protect the lifestyle we so value and stem the tide of this oppressive government.

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Should Voting Be an Earned Privilege?

This is probably not going to be a popular viewpoint. As a person who stands for maximum freedom, it contradicts some of the things I stand for. However, sometimes in life you have to stand firm on a viewpoint in some parts of your life while going in the opposite direction in others. This is not hypocrisy, it is pragmatism. An ideal only works if it is applied correctly, and sometimes you have to place limits even on your own ideology to ensure it has a chance to flourish in the real world.

Our nation is set up on the notion that all citizens are created equal, and this is true to some extent. We don’t want to be a nation where the elites run everything and we want to maintain the idea that the average citizen has a voice in how the country gets run. The problem with this is that the average person just doesn’t know anything, and a significant portion of our modern citizenry has a vested interest in promoting policies that are not healthy for our economy, social structure, or just the future in general.

I was watching a podcast by Timcast IRL where they were talking about Democrats wanting to adjust the voting age to 16, and then started throwing out ideas about when it would be appropriate for citizens to be allowed to vote. The idea that resonated with me was when you start paying taxes. It seems fair to me that when you are contributing to the system, you have earned the right to have a say in how that system is run. Our nation was founded on the fight against “taxation without representation”, and I have to agree that this should be the case.

What this means, however, is that we really need to radically adjust who is allowed to vote based on this, and that means that a huge portion of our population will lose a right they have today. If you are benefitting from our tax structure in such a way that you are not taxed at all, or are receiving refunds that you didn’t pay for, you should not have a voice in how the country chooses to spend money. This is akin to members of Congress voting for pay raises for themselves; it’s a conflict of interest.

As I said, this is a direct contradiction to my general stance that we should allow maximum freedom for every individual, but it is not a hypocritical position for a libertarian minded person to have. It is completely fair to limit the rights of others who are unable to meaningfully contribute to society or the economy because our rights are predicated on the idea that we are all working together toward a common goal. We pay taxes on the things that we all use, and if you are not paying and are still benefitting then you are a drain and not an asset.

Many of the problems we have in our country today are a direct result of this policy of allowing beneficiaries to continue voting for candidates that add to their list of benefits. Why would anyone vote for rational laws that make logical sense when those people don’t stand to benefit at all? As more people join this financial class, it only gets worse. People at the low end continue to increase the burden on the high, and the people actually making the country work lose more and more say in the matter. This simply isn’t fair.

I personally believe that we need to develop a stringent list of criteria that qualifies a citizen to vote. It doesn’t need to be a cumulative list, but at least one item should be checked before you are allowed to vote for anything. Paying more in taxes than you receive in benefits, military service and participation in public services like police and fire protection could be easy things we put on that list, because those are things that positively contribute to our society and economy.

Should we help those less fortunate than we? Absolutely. Should we allow those same people to decide how we spend our money? Absolutely not. While freedom is critically important to a good society, at some point a line needs to be drawn that says that only certain people may participate. It is unfortunate that this is the reality, but in the end we have to make sure that only the people who have to pay for these things get a say in what we decide to do. Anything else is simply wrong.

How do you feel about voting? Do you agree with the idea that all voices are equal, or should there be a standard to be met before you are allowed to vote? Many will disagree with this post, and I can totally understand why, but we need to seriously consider what we’re doing with our politics. Some people simply shouldn’t have a say in what happens in our country, and we must be very careful about who we allow into the fold.

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Debt: Learning to Wait for What You Want

This has been by far the biggest struggle of my life. Growing up in a society that pushes the idea that you deserve everything and you should have it all right now, it has been nearly impossible for me to simply wait until I can afford things to acquire them. The call of awesome things is so strong and so easy to get the wrong way that nearly all of us succumb to one of the most nefarious financial tools ever created: credit.

How much money have we wasted in interest charges over the course of our lives? I know that I have spent far more than market value for many of the things I’ve owned due to interest charges. At the time it always seems like a fair trade: pay a little more to get what I want right now. This emotional decision has cost me so much money over the years, and when I think back on it I wonder how much more I could have right now if I had been able to just wait to pay cash for things.

Another thing we don’t think about, in addition to paying more, is the fact that we are locking ourselves into a payment agreement for several years, if not decades. Even something as simple as a car loan typically takes five or more years to pay off these days, and once we sign that piece of paper we are obligated to hundreds of payments regardless of how our life circumstances or preferences may change. After the agreement has been made, the bank usually has no further interest in your feelings and are solely concerned with collecting their payments from you.

This is a problem if you have a change of heart at some point during this process. Once you lock yourself into an agreement, you options immediately become more limited because you have this obligated monthly payment. I have had many times where I regretted purchasing something large because I wanted to make a change, but I simply couldn’t afford to because I owed more for something than it was worth and couldn’t trade or sell it.

I find myself in this position right now with my travel trailer. My primary dream has always been to live on a sailboat and cruise the world, and I’m at the point now where I would love to buy a very cheap one with cash and then live on it while fix it up over time, but I owe far more my RV than I could reasonably sell it for, so instead of being able to shift gears into a boat I’m forced to stay in my current situation until I can figure a way out of it.

The advantage of experience is that we learn lessons that we aren’t equipped to understand when we’re young. What isn’t so good is that it takes us making these mistakes over and over again before we finally get over ourselves enough to learn from them. After many years of working and spending, I have finally reached the place where just the thought of borrowing money makes me shudder. My goal is to become debt free and remain that way. I just don’t need these things so badly anymore that I’m willing to lock myself into a situation to get them.

Now for the political part: our country suffers from exactly the same problem. We feel an urgent need to spend more than we make. In our desire to push this grand social agenda that many in our government espouse, we have borrowed trillions of dollars against our future to secure things that we are too impatient to wait for today. We justify this by telling ourselves that we are “saving lives”, but the truth is that we are simply trading lives today for our children’s lives tomorrow. There will be a reckoning when we finally borrow so much that it becomes clear we’ll never be able to pay it back, and it will be they who suffer for it.

There is a lot of talk about “reducing the deficit” in our budget, but this is an example of our unwillingness to do what is necessary. A reduction of our deficit simply reduces the rate at which we borrow money. It means we’re still spending more than we make and increasing how much we owe. The goal should be getting to a budgetary surplus so we can start paying back the money we owe, not reducing how much we borrow, but that would require we give up our pet projects and no one seems willing to do that.

Our national debt crisis will end at some point in the future, but the question is how will it happen? My gut tells me that we are too selfish and inconsiderate to set aside our pride and start making smart financial decisions to turn back the tide. Instead, we will continue borrowing and borrowing until our financial system totally collapses and we no longer have any credibility in the world. I shudder to think what things will be like then.

How do you feel about debt? Have you mastered your control of it, or do you live like most of us do? What about our government? How much longer do you think we can last this way? Credit always feels like this amazing solution to get what we want, but we never see the other side of this incredibly sharp double-edged sword. If we want to have any chance of a brighter future, we must learn to avoid this insidious tool whenever possible.

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Proactive vs Reactive Law in a Free Society

We all want to live in a safe society. The idea of living in a world where we can be harmed or killed at any time scares us more than we usually think about, and we try to put measures in place to mitigate the risk of something happening to us. It is reasonable to be cautious about our own personal risk, but when do we cross the line from being cautious to delusional? Like many things, it is a blurry border.

Western society has for many years been predicated on the concept that individual sovereignty is the primary goal. Especially in America, we have been brought up to believe that we are the land of the free and the home of the brave. I grew up on that saying. We believed in it so strongly that our military has fought wars around the world trying to stop the spread of ideologies that oppress individual liberty.

Like many things, however, as time moves on the ideals get shifted to the point that it becomes corrupted. We have added more and more restrictions as our rulebooks continue to bloat into an unmanageable mess. Endless regulations and prohibitions are choking our freedoms out one at a time. What used to be a reasonably free nation has turned into a quasi-socialist state, and there is no end to the madness in sight.

The primary reason for this is our incessant need to try to control the uncontrollable. We put restrictions on our citizens in the name of public safety, and punish people before they ever really do anything wrong in the hope that doing so will prevent something bad from happening. We put speed limits on our roads to reduce the chances of accidents. You can’t start a business without a government issued license, because we’re afraid of bad actors so we want everyone to be supervised. In places like California, you can’t even make modifications to your own home without approval from the local authorities because people think you might do something that endangers yourself or others.

I’ve written a couple of times now about the slippery slope, and our mentality about law is another prime example of this terrible effect. It used to be that we focused on putting in place penalties for crimes committed against people, but today we are trying to simply pile as many rules on top of us as we can in the hopes that it will stop bad people from doing bad things. We just won’t accept that fact that you can’t legislate good behavior, and the rules we pass only affect those who wouldn’t do the bad things we’re afraid of anyway.

That is the crux of the issue, in my personal opinion. We are so fixated on creating a safe environment that we convince ourselves that people are inherently good and we just need a good enough rulebook to prevent the random things that people do. We believe that crime is an accident that we can prevent with enough preparation. The truth is that people have both good and bad inside them, and no amount of iron fist legislation will ever change that. If someone wants to do harm, they will find a way.

The longer we go ignoring this basic fact, the worse things will get for the people who just want to go about their lives. Preventative laws are simply wrong, because we end up punishing people who have done nothing wrong. A crime is something that brings harm to someone, but these rules we put in place are about things that don’t harm anyone. Until a person reaches the point where they have actually hurt someone else, we should have no fear of the law. This is called the “non-aggression principle“.

If we extol logic as one of the premier features of we human beings, then we must stop making emotional decisions and start using reasonable starting points for the ways in which we regulate our society. We have more than three hundred million people in our country, and each is an individual with their own hopes and dreams. Putting any rules in place at all will infringe on those individual desires, but we accept that a certain level of restriction is required to maintain the peace. Knowing this, our goal should be to create as few rules as possible so we minimize the effects on individual people.

A good starting point would be to use the non-aggression principle as the primary node for deciding whether a law should be passed. We should always be asking ourselves: does this punish someone for actually causing direct harm, or are we just trying to prevent people from being bad? If the answer is the latter, the law should be discarded. If we value our freedom, then we should be skeptical of any law at all, but even more so about those laws intended to regulate our behavior through prevention.

What do you think about the law? Is it a useful tool or a dangerous, bloated mess? How much regulation can you accept in your life? What would it take for you to rebel against the system? As we move into the future, it is clear that things are only going to get worse. It seems like there is nothing we can do about it, but perhaps it might not be too late to take a hard look at the path we’re on and find a different way.

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Labels Are a Double-edged Sword

I mentioned in a previous post that one of the things we need in the world is the ability to group together with other like-minded people to support each other in the way of life we prefer. Nationalism is a good thing in a world with billions of people who each have their own idea about how their lives should be. By compartmentalizing ourselves with others who share our values, we can work together to push into the future.

On the other hand, this mentality can be taken too far. When it is applied broadly as part of a general value set that is flexible enough to apply to millions, it is a helpful framework to keep us on the path. Our natural tendency, however, is to start narrowing our categories to further and further define our groups. It is when we refine the concept down too far that we start running into trouble.

The primary ideal in our country used to be that we are all Americans and our focus was to push the nation forward. Our predecessors valued the country over themselves and, even though we fought about a great many things, the spirit of that fighting was to create a better life for our citizens. The disagreements we had were discussed rather than shouted, and while some things required radical action to get done, most of our issues could be resolved with dignity and respect.

Our situation today is far more precarious. We have taken the idea of healthy group identity and distilled it down to a micro level. The focus is no longer on our nation and our citizens as a whole, but on what group we belong to and how we can seize a piece of the pie that is America. As we watch radical groups on both sides of the ideological spectrum maneuver for power, those of us in the middle who just want to live our lives are caught in the crossfire.

This is the problem with taking anything too far, especially something as dangerous as identity politics. As we sink further and further into these groups, we lose our shared sense of collaboration toward a larger goal. We turn into squabbling tribes clamoring to hold onto our tiny bit of real estate. This unnecessary competition breeds discontent and violence, and it becomes impossible to get to any kind of peaceful resolution on anything.

Perhaps the biggest label war that we still have to deal with today is “race”. We have been brainwashed into believing that the color of our skin has some kind of bearing on our interactions with the world around us. The ugly part is that this we have made this the truth. Rather than recognizing that skin color is a horrible way to judge someone, we continue to try to use it as a metric to implement our will in the country. Instead of striving to remove “race” from our consciousness, we cling to it in an effort to get whatever we can from it.

The single biggest factor in our return to this kind of barbarism is the rampant advance of technological media. We are so connected now that it is impossible to filter bad ideas from good ones. The vitriol of faceless public discourse has thrust us right back into the hateful bigotry we once strove to overcome. There are no consequences for saying anything horrible when no one knows you’re the one who said it. And as more people jump on your bandwagon, people looking to score points for their own ends speak out publicly because they believe they have the support to do so.

What can we do in the face of this? The problem has advanced too far to undo the damage. All we can hope for at this point is to figure out a way to heal the wound and live with the scar. We could never support the level of oppression it would take to purge what has happened from our society, so all we can do is bandage it and hope for the best. Sometimes time is the only thing that can fix things.

Between now and then, however, we need to do our best to continue pushing for reasonable discussion rather than sensational grandstanding. It’s certainly more exciting to listen to a great orator railing against a perceived injustice, but like most things in life we need something much more plain than that. A healthy diet is a boring one, and the same applies to our politics. We need to shift away from “charismatic” politicians who convince us to follow their cause and move our votes toward sober, responsible people who truly have our best interests at heart. Only then can we hope for a better future.

What do you think about labels? Do you truly identify with how others classify you, or are you more than that? How do you feel when someone brings up something like “race” or “political party”? If we can learn to choose the right labels and discard the bad ones, we might have a fighting chance to save our country. If we don’t, we will continue to march down that path of inevitable destruction that once befell the Roman Empire.

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Censorship is the Great Evil of Our Time

There aren’t a lot of popular or engaging Libertarian voices out there in social media. One of the hallmarks of this philosophy is the idea that we want to keep to ourselves, and we want you to leave us alone and we’ll leave you alone. Because of this, and the fact that a significant portion of my viewpoints are conservative in nature, I tend to listen to more people on the right than I do on the left. It is simply a numbers game.

I bring this up because one of the voices I listen to on a regular basis is Steven Crowder. He’s a right leaning comedian who does a political podcast that covers a range of issues that are important for the country. His attitude is very aggressive and he has no patience for political correctness. I warn you now before you watch him: if you’re slightly sensitive about anything, you won’t like it. He goes out of his way to be offensive, and I like that because I’m tired of how easily offended our society has become.

The reason I bring him up in this post is because his YouTube channels have been temporarily banned because of some of the videos he has been posting lately. Primarily, he uploaded a video where he sent fact checkers to addresses used for voters in the last presidential election and they were empty lots or other such anomalies. At the time of this writing, that channel is up, but the video where he explained how his channel was suspended was completely removed for violating the YouTube terms of service. I’m sure if you dig down deep enough, there is probably a section in there about not speaking out against YouTube, but frankly that is a ridiculous attitude for a platform to have.

I can only think of one thing when I see things like this happening the world: unfettered evil. There is no possible way to turn a blind eye anymore to the seeping corruption that is big tech liberal bias. You never hear about left leaning channels or pages being removed because of “misinformation”. Even if they are posting outlandishly false things, the fact is that no one is even reviewing those pages because the focus is on people with a conservative viewpoint. I have seen articles and videos where people have literally gone line by line debunking far left content, but nothing ever comes of that. It’s only those on the right.

This is a dangerous time in America. Our right to free speech is under just as much threat as our right to bear arms. There is a battle for control in not only our government, but also in our new method of public discourse. It has become unacceptable to speak your mind, even if you are offering your point of view in a civil way. The moment you say something that those in power disagree with or find threatening to their control, you are completely removed from the scene and your message is quashed.

Censorship used to be a dirty word. In the twentieth century, one of the biggest battles in media was the fight to increase what could be shared in public. We used to value freedom of expression, even if we disagreed with the message. It was understood that diversity of opinion is what makes our country great, not because every idea is good, but because when we throw as many ideas at the wall as possible, we get a lot more that stick. Increasing the pool of knowledge allows us to pick and choose from a wider field, and we all benefit.

There can be no justification for censorship, save those things that directly incite criminal behavior. Even then, I struggle to agree with that. Words are words, and words can’t hurt us. Even extreme calls for violence are borderline with regard to being acceptable for censorship. Our government has stated that it is not protected, but then again, one of the reasons we have the Second Amendment is to protect our rights under the First. I suppose “hate speech” is the line, but that’s still very subjective. In the end, I can only really support laws against actual physical violence. Speech is too much of a gray area.

I may on the fence about censoring violent speech, but I am completely opposed to any form of quashing the opinions of others no matter how unsavory they seem. We have a right to think what we want to think, even if it’s not factually accurate. That is part of what it means to be an individual. It is not required for us to conform. The beauty of this country has always been that we can all have our own way of thinking and we figure out a way to make it work. That’s getting lost in this soup of social media homogenization.

Luckily, it seems as if the number of people who can’t take this anymore is growing. People just like us are getting up of the couch and starting to push back against this ridiculous movement to force a single view on everyone. No one wants to live under this kind of oppression, and it is my hope that we will all fight back. I yearn for the days when we could share a funny thought without having to worry if someone was going to get us in trouble over it. This is supposed to be a free country, but it’s up to us to keep it that way. We should never be afraid to speak our mind.

How do you feel about censorship? Do you agree with social media platforms removing content or shutting down pages over “misinformation”? Should these providers be policing their content, or are we each responsible for our own message? We need to resolve these issues as soon as possible, because the longer we wait, the harder it will be to reverse. If we’re not careful, we will wake up one day to find that we’ve lost the biggest freedom we ever had: the ability to speak.

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The Second Amendment Isn’t for Personal Defense

Don’t let the title of this post mislead you. One of the implied rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment is that you have the right as a citizen of this country to keep and bear arms for your personal self defense. The court system has put this interpretation into actionable law and there is no longer any legal question as to whether or not the Second Amendment applies to individual citizens.

The point of the title is to tackle another aspect of the amendment that was the primary impetus for its addition to the Bill of Rights. Our new nation had just exited a bloody war with Great Britain to secure our freedom from the tyranny of the crown. With this fresh in their minds, the founders of the nation wanted to ensure that future generations would have the ability to do the very same thing in the future should the citizens ever fall under the iron fist of another oppressive form of government.

It is the primary function of the Second Amendment to prevent our government from disarming us as a means of control. The purpose of a militia is to band together in the common defense of the citizens against enemies that seek to oppress or injure them. Given that our country was birthed from a revolution against authority and our founders put in place legislation that furthered our ability to do that, it is clear that the point of the law is to allow law abiding Americans to be as armed as they need to be to resist unjust infringement of their rights.

One of the biggest arguments against this is that in our modern time, the average citizen doesn’t stand a chance against the most powerful military in the world. I find this an amusing argument because the people who say this obviously don’t pay attention to history, or even the world around them today. There are many examples of limited armies holding out against our military over time.

From 1950 to 1953, we fought on the Korean Peninsula in defense of the democratic South Korea. We had superior weapons and more highly trained and experienced soldiers who had only recently participated in the Second World War. Our air power and endless military budget should have secured a total victory, but in the end all we could manage against the communist north was a stalemate that we are still dealing with today.

It was even worse during the Vietnam War. For nearly twenty years we struggled in that part of the world to prevent the spread of communism. Despite our vastly superior technology, we simply couldn’t use our advantage to make any real progress. We eventually had to give up on the entire enterprise because the cost was too much and the people had enough of it. Despite all of that, even if we had tried to continue, it is unlikely we could have ever really won that war.

We still struggle with this problem today. For twenty years now we have been in a protracted war against agents who want to reign destruction down upon us. These people have basic firearms and primitive explosives, yet the most powerful military in the world is unable to completely wipe out these fanatical fighters. The supreme force in the world can’t seem to put down a threat that by all rights should be a cinch to wipe from the face of the earth.

What do we learn from this? The reality is that the only way our government can ever truly control us is if they can take away our ability to defend ourselves. They understand that even the most basic of weapons like handguns or semi-automatic rifles poses a real threat to their ability to force us into doing what they want. A dedicated, passionate citizenry can do quite a lot with very little, and even if we don’t have the fighter jets and cruise missiles, we can outlast them until they run out of resources and ultimately take our country back.

I previously discussed the concept of the slippery slope, and when we look at how effective regular people can be when they are properly armed, and how the people in power understand this fact, it is perfectly reasonable to believe that we need to be very careful about any advancement of gun control legislation. The reason there is so much pushback against things that seem reasonable is because every little step we take to limit access to firearms is another step toward taking away our ability to prevent our government from oppressing us.

What do you think about the Second Amendment? Do you think it’s just for self defense, or is there more to it than that? What can we learn from history to help us better understand why it was created in the first place. On an issue as charged as this one, it is more important than ever to set aside our fears and emotions and focus on critical thought to come to a logical conclusion. To do otherwise invites danger to our doorsteps.

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No Vaccine for Me Please

I try not to publish too many articles at one time in the hopes that I can build up a small library of posts that I can count on to cover those days when I’m not inspired to write anything. However, today seems to be one of those days where certain topics feel very time sensitive and placing an issue at the back of the list seems like too little, too late. Today is one of those days where there are several issues that are critically important that need to be addressed, so I am including this third article in my publishing for today because it is so urgent to me.

Our country has moved to a very scary place for those of us who detest government intervention in our personal lives. The global scare of a disease that turned out to not be nearly as scary as everyone anticipated it would be has transformed a people who love freedom of choice into a nation of sheep who simply do what they’re told. After a year of being locked down, we no longer question what our government officials are laying out in law. We simply obey.

I watched a video that was shared on Facebook that lays out everything we all fear about government overreach. Laws that start treating people differently based on whether they receive the vaccine or not are already starting to surface in countries overseas, and are well on their way to becoming a reality here. We are in danger of being permanently locked down based on submission to a rule stating that we are required to put a foreign substance into our body regardless of whether or not we want it.

Vaccine passports are now being proposed to ensure that anyone who travels has received the required injections. People are writing about this like it is some sort of revolutionary and amazing thing and we should all be excited that we’re going to be allowed to move around again. All I can see is a direct comparison to the communist Soviet Union, where you were only allowed to move around if you had the proper papers. We clearly have not learned from the past and are on the verge of repeating the mistakes that led to millions of death under oppressive government.

When in our country have we ever accepted restrictions on our freedom to move around America? The sad part is that people are all too willing to simply submit to such things because we are so tired of the lockdowns that we will accept any condition just to feel like we have a small portion of the freedom we used to. Our first mistake was submitting to the lockdowns in the first place. This next mistake might be the point of no return. Once the government has the authority to dictate who can move based solely on submission to their control, we have no further basis for arguing against future restrictions.

I for one will not submit to this new vaccine. First and foremost, the entire thing was rushed beyond any reasonable time frame. The average vaccine takes between 5 and 10 years to make its way through the proper development channels. The COVID-19 vaccine took less than a year to develop and begin rolling out. To say that this truncated time table is astonishing is an understatement.

The time frame has been written off as due to a new technique in vaccine development. The new mRNA process for the development of drugs is a promising new technology that will likely lead to amazing pharmaceutical advances in the years to come. I will not deny that science can do amazing things for us as we improve our ability to bring healing to the masses. But the truth is that I’ve never heard of vaccines developed this way before, and until these types of vaccines go through the proper procedures like the previous versions did, I have no reason to trust them.

The second reason is that there are some pretty severe side effects that come along with the vaccine, not the least of which are fever, nausea and general muscle pain. The symptoms of the actual disease itself include fever, nausea and general muscle pain. It seems pretty insane to me to submit to a vaccine that produces the side effects that the disease itself causes, especially if you’re of an age where the most severe symptoms are highly unlikely to be present.

Finally, it all comes back to the principle of the matter regarding my freedom to choose how I live my life. The government should not have any right to dictate what I put in my body. Vaccination has always been a choice in this country, and has never been a condition for being able to go where we want. I’ve never had to show vaccination papers to drive across the country or go into a store or participate in an official function. If a person wants to take the vaccine in the hopes of protecting themselves from the disease, that is their choice, but I should always be free to take whatever risks I deem necessary to live the life I want to live.

I have a lot of fear going into the next phase of our nation. We are rapidly abandoning the principles that made our nation great because we have become so timid and afraid of everything that we are trading our rights for a false sense of security. The public at large has fallen into the same trap that so many before became victims of: the nanny state. As we hand over more of our lives to people who only care for their own level of control, it is only a matter of time before we look up one day and realize it’s far too late to stop it.

It might already be.

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Protests Are No Longer Relevant

At the time of writing this post, there are protests being held against the recent rash of violent behavior against Asian Americans. This is certainly a noble cause for people to stand up for, and it is our tradition as Americans to get out onto the streets to make our voices heard in opposition to things that are happening that we disagree with. Protests have been a visible part of our society all the way back to the Revolutionary War, and it will be until the sun sets on our great nation.

In the past, the people marched in huge numbers on issues critical to the progress of our nation. Women marched for voting rights. Martin Luther King Jr. led a nationwide movement for equal rights for all Americans. The protests during the Vietnam War played a large part in getting us out of that war and our troops back home. All of these were important issues that became important to the American public as a whole, and they became turning points for our nation.

Unfortunately, though, we have reached a point where protests simply aren’t as relevant as they used to be. The events listed above were systemic problems with our government that could only be addressed by having attention brought to it and the politicians being forced to do something about it through public pressure. They required passionate people to get on the street to bring attention to the nation so the laws could be changed to right a systemic wrong.

The recent violence against Asian Americans is a terrible thing and needs to be stopped, but it is very difficult to pay much attention to the protests surrounding it. There hasn’t been a systemic problem for Asian Americans in our country for a very long time, and this recent rash of discrimination is a result of world events, not an underlying hatred of people from that part of the world by our citizens. Yes, the people doing the violence probably feel that way, but the public at large doesn’t.

We have a terrible tendency to react rather than respond to events in our world. The problem with this is that we end up having a protest over every issue that bothers us, and this leads to protest after protest until individual issues become two second afterthoughts. Protests should be reserved for oppressive, long standing injustices that pervade American life as a whole, not single events. Marching for individual, single issues reduces the value of the protest and turns it into a mundane thing that no one pays attention to.

How often do you really pay attention when you read or hear about a protest? I get as far as the headline for the news article before I shake my head and move on. I’m just not interested in reading about it. It doesn’t move my heart. There are so many protests that one just blends into another. People end up wasting their time hoping to move Americans who just can’t be moved anymore because we are so bombarded with other people’s opinions that we just don’t care. Our hearts have been turned to stone by a barrage of discontent.

We need to get back to a state of mind where protests are about fixing the problems of our government. Fixating on temporary issues and marching on it might make us feel good, but it doesn’t get anything done and it just wastes a lot of time. For things like Asian hate crimes, we already have laws on the books for that and it is up to our law enforcement, not the public, to address these issues. The people who hate aren’t going to be affected by marching in the street, and the rest of us have seen far too many protests for yours to be important to us. We already care about your issue, and protests just aren’t rare enough anymore to be special.

What do you think about protests? Do we need to march for everything that upsets us, or should we be focusing on major issues? How do you feel when you read about a protest, even if it’s about an issue you care about? The American protest is part of the bedrock of our nation, and it is critically important for affecting change in our politics, but great care must be taken to make sure we’re marching for the right cause.

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When Are We Old Enough to Decide?

As a father, one of the scariest things that is going on in our modern society is this new push to allow children to make their own decisions about life altering changes. We have reached the point where grown adults are somehow completely oblivious to the fact that they are proposing some of the most dangerous ideas that have ever been conceived, all because they want to cram their ideology down our throats. It may not be far in the future when we become oppressed by the law for trying to uphold traditional values.

The spark for this particular article is the recent trend toward allowing children to decide what gender they want to be. This isn’t much of a problem all by itself, except that parents in some parts of the world are now being forced to allow their children to make decisions about their bodies that are irreversible. Instead of the argument being to allow children to express themselves how they want, we are being told that we need to physically alter them to match that expression.

I can imagine few things more horrible than what our children are going through today. It isn’t enough that they have to live with the confusing changes that their bodies are going through naturally all on their own, but now they have to deal with this impossible choice being presented to them to decide for themselves who they’re going to be for the rest of their lives before they’ve even learned anything about themselves at all. Our brains aren’t fully developed until well into our twenties, but we are now allowing children who are only a few years old to make a complex decision with an undeveloped mind.

There can be no logical justification for this attitude amongst the extreme left. This is fanatical ideology pushed to the limit. The fact is that less than one percent of our population truly identifies as transgender, but we are pushing an agenda that allows many more children to indulge in something that will be devastating to them later in life. These people don’t care about the children; all they care about is advancing their own position. The suffering that will inevitably result from these truly evil policies is immaterial to people who only care about their specific issue. It’s all collateral.

The scary part is that some government are now putting people in jail simply for speaking out against their children starting to physical transition to another gender. In British Columbia, Robert Hoogland was jailed for refusing to call his daughter by her “preferred pronoun”. As any good father would do, he is trying to protect his child from these dangerous ideas, yet the government has usurped his rights as a parent and stepped in to force an extremist ideology. How any parent can accept this is beyond me, and with so many of us in the world it boggles the mind how this sort of thing is allowed to happen.

Of course, it isn’t really that confusing when you think about it. Like most things in our lives, we are solely focused on what we have going on and struggle to really care about anything until it comes to our doorstep. The problem is that by then it is too late. Once it has become prevalent enough to affect the average citizen, it has become far too established to reverse it. Our inability to pull ourselves out of our own lives and look at what is going on around us is what will bring about our downfall.

As parents, we have to start taking a closer look at what these radical people are doing around us. Even if you agree with some of their viewpoints, we need to start prioritizing our families over these individuals who want to upend our society to suit their own selfish desires. Allowing radical ideologues to run around forcing people to bend to their way of thinking is extremely dangerous, and if we wait until it starts affecting us then we have no one to blame but ourselves. No one wants a fight, but it has come to that.

What do you think about children deciding the rest of their lives? Are they ready to make such decisions, or is something else behind this push? How would you feel if your child wanted to change themselves and you had no voice? We have to be extremely careful about how we move forward with issues such as this. Sometimes change isn’t a good thing, and we have to know where the line is. We need to look long and hard at what we are doing to prevent disaster in the future.

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