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Stop eminent domain abuse by RTD. Vote Dave Williams, District E


Eminent domain abuse by RTD is one of my major concerns as a candidate for Board of Directors in District E.

RTD has used the process to condemn land not just for rail expansion, but for developers to build near light rail stops.

While legal, it is immoral to force a property owner to give up his land so the government can sell it to someone else for development.

Vote Dave Williams for RTD Board of Directors District E.

(This is a nonpartisan election and will be on the same ballot as all the big races, like President and Congress, etc.)

“Last on the ballot, first in your heart!”

Find your RTD District here:

http://www.rtd-denver.com/BoardDirectors.shtml

A serious problem within the “liberty movement”


What does it mean to be in the “liberty movement?” Well, I guess, it means you want to move society toward liberty. So what is liberty?

I suggest there is no better authority than Thomas Jefferson. He said that “no man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.”

There ya go. Can anyone who owns a Gadsden flag disagree with Mr. Jefferson? I think not.

So, according to the father of the American liberty movement, liberty means man should be free to do anything that does not infringe upon the natural rights of another.

Once we start making exceptions to this rule, we have forfeited all moral highground. Once we say, “well, doing X doesn’t infringe upon the rights of another, but it is still such a bad idea, the law ought to restrain people from doing it,” we have opened the entire debate to what justifies exceptions to Jefferson’s definition.

Who would argue such a thing? Well, we all know professed believers in liberty who say they absolutely believe in Jefferson’s vision, but marijuana is an exception because smoking weed is too important an issue to leave up to individuals. The state must take control. That is why they oppose Colorado’s proposed Amendment 64.

These people no longer have any moral ground upon which to claim liberty as a reason to keep the state out of healthcare. The “progressive” merely has to point out he believes in liberty, too, but that health care is just too important to leave it up to individuals. The state must take control. That is why they favor Obamacare.

So, how can one distinguish between the person in the liberty movement and the person in the progressive movement in such an instance?

One can not.

This, my friends, is why freedom is dangerous. Live dangerously. Don’t be scared of it. Embrace it. Without exception. Can you imagine a truly free society? How great it would be? If achieving that goal means we – GASP! – have to let people smoke marijuana, is that really that high a cost? I say it is a pittance.

Another very basic example of “progressive” ignorance

Cynthia Tucker perfectly demonstrates why “progressives” base their entire philosophy on an incorrect premise.

They equate “charity” with “government.”

In her article “Ayn Rand is curious choice for conservative veneration,” she writes

[Paul] Ryan’s indifference to the plight of weaker members of society shows how the modern conservative movement has tortured and refashioned traditional Christian beliefs. There is very little of the teachings of Jesus — who told a rich man to sell all he had and give the proceeds to the poor — in a right-wing religious nationalism that holds the poor in contempt.

Ms. Tucker, and “progressives” in general, fail to see the distinction between (a) the rich man giving the proceeds to the poor and (b) having the state take the proceeds from the rich man. Ms. Tucker, and those that share her world view, see these two things as equivalent.

It is abjectly absurd.

There are many other things Ms. Tucker gets wrong, but they all spring from this basic error.

An incredibly thinly veiled parable about the two party system and third party minorities.


A group gathered around a burning building. Some said, “This is awesome! Let’s add some gasoline!” A second group said, “No, that’s crazy! We need to put this fire out! Let’s add a bunch of dry straw and twigs!”

A tiny, third, group said, “Wait a minute. We agree with the second group that we need to put out this fire, but straw and twigs won’t do it. No, it’s not as bad as putting gasoline on it, but it’s still going to make the fire bigger. Let’s put water on it, instead.”

Leaders of the first two groups yelled at the third group, “Shut up! You have TWO choices! You can either help us put gasoline on the fire or you can help put straw and twigs on the fire! We are having a vote. What do you vote for?”

“Neither. We want to put OUT the fire. We vote for water.”

“Well, if you want to put out the fire, you better vote for straw and twigs. Otherwise, you are just supporting the gasoline guys. You will be helping the group that wants the fire to get bigger. You will be working AGAINST what you want, don’t you see that? Are you stupid?”

“No, actually, we aren’t stupid. That’s why we vote for water. Even if only 1% of us vote for water, we still believe that is the best – indeed, the only – solution. We will not vote for straw and twigs just because it is not as bad as gasoline. Even if you don’t agree with us, can you at least see our reasoning?”

“NO! You are helping the gasoline people! You are stupid!”

… and so the discussion ended and the vote was held.

BlueCarp

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C’mon, Mitt. Quit allowing Barack to pretend outsourcing is evil.

So, Mitt is upset with Barack because Barack claims Mitt was still involved with making management decisions at Bain Capital after 1999. What happened after 1999 that is so damaging to Mitt?

Bain “outsourced” jobs to foreign countries. You know, where businesses can hire people for less money and pay fewer taxes? HORRORS.

Mitt is way too uptight about this. He should mock Barack for getting his facts wrong and not understanding that owning shares in a company does not equal making decisions for a company. But no, Mitt has to act like outsourcing jobs is some horrible sin  that makes him a criminal. Even if he did it, it just means he understands how things actually work. He should own that. He should explain.

Companies exist to create products or provide services to customers. This should not be controversial, but apparently it is. The cheaper the company can do this, the more product it sells or services it provides. This makes consumers happy, because saving money on one purchase means that have money left over for other things.

(Little known fact ignored by the media: You, me and everyone we know are consumers. Yep. It’s true! WE benefit, all of us, from lower prices. Blacks, whites, Native Americans, blue bloods and mutts; Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and atheists; homosexuals, asexuals, transexuals and even heterosexuals! We all benefit. Let that soak in for a bit. It could change your entire world view. It would certainly change Obama’s.)

Mitt, thankfully, is pointing out that Barack’s policies promote outsourcing by raising taxes on people in corporations. When people making decisions for corporations can operate more cheaply somewhere else, they will. Again, this should not be surprising, but apparently it is: “What:?! They are moving facilities where they can pay fewer taxes!!!! How could they?!!! That is just unbelievable!! Who EVER would have thought of such a thing?! How can we make policy when people CHANGE behavior based on how much we make them pay in taxes?!!”

Outsourcing allows companies to stay in business. It allows them to stay competitive. It allows them to produce things so poor people can afford them. (What? Low prices help poor people…..? This … is… so… radical…..Can not… process…..)


If Mitt would just quit pretending he doesn’t understand this, we’d all be better off. By pretending outsourcing is evil, he is allowing Barack to sell his message that higher prices are awesome. They are not. Not for anyone.

BlueCarp

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EPA to subpoena God in effort to get answers on Colorado wildfires

Due to the massive environmental damage caused by recent Colorado wildfires, the Environmental Protection Agency will be serving God with a subpoena to answer some questions before a congressional subcommittee.

“It looks increasingly likely that most, if not all, of these fires were naturally caused,” said Lisa P. Jackson, Adminstrator of the EPA. “The Rocky Mountains contain an incredibly fragile eco-system. This kind of damage will take decades, if not centuries, to recover from. The EPA takes these matters very seriously, regardless of the cause. They say the Lord works in mysterious ways. Well, we just want to ask a few questions of the Supreme Being about those mysterious ways and why it had to result in so many dead fish in our pristine rivers.”

Sources indicate the EPA hopes to reach an agreement with God that all future naturally occurring devastation meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act.

President Barack Obama, concerned about potential controversy on which God is subpoenaed, instructed federal lawyers to individually subpoena Yahweh (which, according to theological experts in the White House,  includes both the Jewish and the Christian God), Allah, Buddha and Xenu. According to an unnamed source, the decision to include Xenu on the subpoena list was controversial within the White House, but fear of alienating Hollywood donors by leaving him off the list was the deciding factor to include him.

“Look, this isn’t a religious issue,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at a press conference, “it is an issue of responsibility. This White House takes its responsibility to enforce environmental laws very seriously. Regardless of whether it is Yahweh, Allah or even Xenu who is eventually held liable, President Obama is emphatic that this region of the U.S. be made whole and damages are paid. Nature is our responsibility.”


A. Well, first of all, Doctor, I think it's a terrific question, and it's something that touches us all personally, especially when you start talking about end-of-life care.  Some of you know my grandmother recently passed away, which was a very painful thing for me.  She's somebody who helped raise me.  But she's somebody who contracted what was diagnosed as terminal cancer; there was unanimity about that.  They expected that she'd have six to nine months to life.  She fell and broke her hip.  And then the question was, does she get hip replacement surgery, even though she was fragile enough that they weren't sure how long she would last, whether she could get through the surgery.

And the President continued...

But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system that's not making anybody's mom better, that is loading up on additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care, that at least we can let doctors know, and your mom know, that you know what, maybe this isn't going to help, maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.

And this sums it up. Read that last part again: "...at least we can let doctors know, and your mom know, that you know what, maybe this isn't going to help, maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller."

And you know who decides that you are better off taking the painkiller and not getting the surgery? 

Well, it ain't you.

BlueCarp

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In his own words, Obama’s thoughts on healthcare decisions.


Barack Obama, from a Town Hall meeting, June 24, 2009. From the official White House transcript

Q: … President Obama, if your wife or your daughter became seriously ill and things were not going well, and the plan physicians told you they were doing everything that reasonably could be done, and you sought out opinions from some medical leaders in major centers and they said there’s another option that you should pursue, but it was not covered in the plan, would you potentially sacrifice the health of your family for the greater good of insuring millions, or would you do everything you possibly could as a father and husband to get the best health care and outcome for your family? 

A. Well, first of all, Doctor, I think it’s a terrific question, and it’s something that touches us all personally, especially when you start talking about end-of-life care.  Some of you know my grandmother recently passed away, which was a very painful thing for me.  She’s somebody who helped raise me.  But she’s somebody who contracted what was diagnosed as terminal cancer; there was unanimity about that.  They expected that she’d have six to nine months to life.  She fell and broke her hip.  And then the question was, does she get hip replacement surgery, even though she was fragile enough that they weren’t sure how long she would last, whether she could get through the surgery.

And the President continued…

But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system that’s not making anybody’s mom better, that is loading up on additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care, that at least we can let doctors know, and your mom know, that you know what, maybe this isn’t going to help, maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.

And this sums it up. Read that last part again: “…at least we can let doctors know, and your mom know, that you know what, maybe this isn’t going to help, maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.”

And you know who decides that you are better off taking the painkiller and not getting the surgery? 

Well, it ain’t you.


Certain statist ideas recur in every one of these debates. They are as predictable as a Lindsey Lohan car wreck. I found the following, verbatim, moments ago:

Quit paying taxes, using the post office, close all the public schools, and cut your own grandma's off Medicare, and then you might at least be consistent with the illogical ranting about government involvement. Cheers.

This sums up the statist belief. Every pro-freedom idea is always, in the end, trumped with "you just want to kill your grandmom!" Then the statist walks off, smug in his love of your grandma and, indeed, all old people.

But let's address these assertions and see if we can find a theme:


"Quit paying taxes." Many would, but government agents with guns will take them away and put them in cages.

"Quit using the post office." Many would be glad to do so, but government agents have declared that only the USPS can deliver first class letters. If they set up a competing business to do that, government agents with guns will take them away and put them in cages.

"Close all the public schools." How about letting parents use their education tax money on attending any school they wish? Lots of people would keep that money and make their own decisions, but government agents with guns would take them away and put them in cages.

"Cut grandma off Medicare." How about letting grandma keep all that money that was taken away from her while she worked her entire life? Lots of people would keep that money and make their own decisions, but government agents with guns would take them away and put them in cages.

Did you spot the theme?

The statist philosophy is simple: The government knows best. The government is compassionate. Comply with its good intentions for your own well-being. And if you don't, government agents with guns will take you away and put you in a cage.

It's compassion at bayonet point. Cheers!



BlueCarp

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Spot the statist theme!

Facebook can be a great place for the exchange of ideas and challenging debate. In between playing online poker and that killing-zombies game, I’ll even sometimes stumble onto one of those debates between libertarian ideas and statist ideas. I just did.

Certain statist ideas recur in every one of these debates. They are as predictable as a Lindsey Lohan car wreck. I found the following, verbatim, moments ago:

Quit paying taxes, using the post office, close all the public schools, and cut your own grandma’s off Medicare, and then you might at least be consistent with the illogical ranting about government involvement. Cheers.

This sums up the statist belief. Every pro-freedom idea is always, in the end, trumped with “you just want to kill your grandmom!” Then the statist walks off, smug in his love of your grandma and, indeed, all old people.

But let’s address these assertions and see if we can find a theme:

Quit paying taxes.” Many would, but government agents with guns will take them away and put them in cages.

“Quit using the post office.” Many would be glad to do so, but government agents have declared that only the USPS can deliver first class letters. If they set up a competing business to do that, government agents with guns will take them away and put them in cages.

“Close all the public schools.” How about letting parents use their education tax money on attending any school they wish? Lots of people would keep that money and make their own decisions, but government agents with guns would take them away and put them in cages.

“Cut grandma off Medicare.” How about letting grandma keep all that money that was taken away from her while she worked her entire life? Lots of people would keep that money and make their own decisions, but government agents with guns would take them away and put them in cages.

Did you spot the theme?

The statist philosophy is simple: The government knows best. The government is compassionate. Comply with its good intentions for your own well-being. And if you don’t, government agents with guns will take you away and put you in a cage.

It’s compassion at bayonet point. Cheers!

LOTR(RR) June 4th at Rock Rest!

Red Rocks Returns to the “Center of the World!”

“Earl Bandy (Republican Liberty Caucus) Talking Liberty!”

Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour

Rock Rest Lodge   http://www.rockrestlodge.com/index.php

16005 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Golden, Colorado 80401
Monday, June 4 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Networking till 6:00, program begins at 6:00, happy hour till 7:00)

We have reserved a portion of the outdoor patio and the lower bar for our meetup! Timely RSVP’s are always appreciated so that we may better inform management of staffing needs!!!

The starting line-up for the night:

5:30 – Networking

6:00 – “30 Second Soapbox”

Brief comments from Earl Bandy, Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado

Networking

Learn more about Earl Bandy and the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado, and what criteria they use when endorsing candidates at http://www.rlc.org/. Liberty on the Rocks does not endorse or support candidates as a non-profit, non-partisan organization, but we do hope everyone takes every opportunity to learn about Liberty-based options, including Mr. Bandy and the RLC!

Rock Rest offers great food and beverage prices!!! BTW, the ambiance is Liberty rustic and casual.
Located less than 2 miles from the intersections of I-70 and Colfax and US-6 and Indiana at Old Golden Road and Mt. Vernon Road.
Map link: http://tiny.cc/kd3odw

Upcoming events

July 2nd
Red Rocks Happy Hour @ Rock Rest Lodge

Freedom Rocks!
Jeff Sacco
Chapter President
sacco@LibertyOnTheRocks.org

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

It’s On! May 7th LOTR(RR) Meetup at Rock Rest!

Red Rocks Returns to the “Center of the World!”

Education Reform on Tap with Sheila Atwell & Karin Piper”

Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour

May 7, 2012

MISSING LIBERTY? AW SHUCKS, RED ROCKS WILL SPRING FOR A FEW APP’S AT 6:00 TO SOOTHE YOUR PAIN!!! :)

Rock Rest Lodge

http://www.rockrestlodge.com/index.php

16005 Mt. Vernon Rd.

Golden, Colorado 80401

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Networking till 6:00, program begins at 6:00, happy hour till 7:00)

We have reserved a portion of the outdoor patio and the lower bar for our meetup! Timely RSVP’s are always appreciated so that we may better inform management of staffing needs!!!

The starting line-up for the night:

5:30 – Networking

6:00 – “30 Second Soapbox” & “Ask an Austrian”*

Brief Education comments and Q&A with Ms. Atwell & Ms. Piper

Networking

Learn more about our special guests and their organizations:

Ms. Atwell, is the Executive Director of Jeffco Students First (a non-profit foundation for education reform) at http://jeffcostudentsfirst.org/

Ms. Piper, is the Founder and Executive Director of Parent Led Reform (a multi-issue united parent network which leads meaningful reforms for America’s future) at http://www.parentledreform.org/

Rock Rest makes the wait worthwhile with great food and beverage prices!!! BTW, the ambiance is Liberty rustic and casual.

Located less than 2 miles from the intersections of I-70 and Colfax and US-6 and Indiana at Old Golden Road and Mt. Vernon Road.

Map link: http://tiny.cc/kd3odw

Freedom Rocks!

Jeff Sacco

Chapter President

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

*”Ask an Austrian” (AAA), is a continuing series to attempt to learn more about the basics of Austrian Economics. This segment will generally last from 5 – 15 minutes in duration, and on any given day might be an exercise, simple Q&A, or brief comments, and will be handled by an Austrian enthusiast when/if present. We would encourage our attendees to bring a pertinent article(s) to share with the group. Our hope is for a member(s) to step up and take on a position to implement AAA programming as a standard segment past our introductory year.


UPCOMING EVENTS

May 4thThe Truth Behind “Green” Energy and How it Will Affect Our Lives

Beer/Wine/Snacks/Liberty Friends

Speakers: Amy Oliver Cooke, Donovan Schafer

Details at:http://www.facebook.com/events/283350128418520/


NEXT MEETUP
June 4thRed Rocks Happy Hour

Remember, our summertime schedule will most likely involve rotating venues and we will not be meeting on the 3rd Monday of the month during the summer. If giving up Liberty on the 3rd Monday of our summer months is too much of a burden for you, please feel free to host/coordinate a backyard or patio bar meetup. I would be happy to notify our followers if you write up the details of the event. Also, ideas and suggestions on promoting Liberty and defending our freedoms are always appreciated. After all, Liberty is yours and only you can protect it! Just saying:)