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NDAA, The Federal Reserve and Co-hosting The Joe Harting Show On December 20, 2013

December 22, 2013 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Last week I was happy to return to co-host the Joe Harting show heard on 105.1 FM The Big Talker. I want to thank Joe Harting for giving a shout out to this blog and allowing me the opportunity to once again discuss issues from a liberty perspective on the show.  I encourage my readers to subscribe to the Joe Harting Show youtube channel which can be found HERE.

The video of Friday’s show is posted below but first I want to post some links and a few additional thoughts to supplement the discussion.

Libertarian Solutions To Environmental Issues

During the show I mentioned Russell Means and his thoughts on the environment. Here’s a short quote that kind of sums up where he was coming from:

“A libertarian society would not allow anyone to injure others by pollution because it insists on individual responsibility. That’s part of the beauty of libertarianism.” –Russell Means

The big question is how do we enforce that idea when some people are not responsible? Especially when politicians all too often write in exemptions for their irresponsible buddies and financial interests. In the discussion that followed on the Joe Harting Show facebook page, many possible solutions were brought up including tariffs, allowing energy competition, and prison for major offenders.

I am confident that there are libertarian solutions to the environmental problems we face and will be writing more about this in the future. In the meantime, here’s an article I wrote a while back discussing liberty and the environment:

Flagstaff City Council Considers Energy Caps

Also, I double checked my claim on the show and it is true that some scientists did say that Northern Polar waters would be ice free by 2013. This study was quoted by Al Gore during his acceptance speech at the Nobile Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo in 2007 (SOURCE).

NDAA Renewed

While everyone was focused on Duck Dynasty and preparing for the holidays, the United States Senate quietly renewed the National Defense Authorization Act which (as you probably know) allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens.

AZ Senator Jeff Flake was one of only 15 senators to vote against reauthorizing the NDAA. I don’t often say kind things about Flake but this is one case where I think he should be thanked for voting the right way. More info on the NDAA renewal can be found here:

Senate Passes 2014 NDAA via Fast Tracking, President To Sign

Duck Dynasty

I am sick and tired of this story but since people keep asking what I think about it, here you go:

I believe people have a right to say what they think even if it’s not popular. I also believe private companies have a right to fire people for any reason as long as the contract allows for it. And of course, everybody has a right to boycott anybody they want for any reason they want.

All I see here are a bunch of different people exercising their rights. Let the marketplace of ideas and values sort it out. What I don’t want is for people to ask government to step in and use the force of law to get their way (this goes for both sides in the debate).

Michael Badnarik

On the show I mentioned that Michael Badnarik sparked my interest in Libertarianism when he ran for president in 2004. I encourage my readers to check out his book:

Good To Be King: The Foundation of our Constitutional Freedom

Federal Reserve

Tomorrow (Monday, December 23) is the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve. Protests are planned around the country and along with the sign waves people will be calling their representatives to encourage them to support audit the fed legislation. I recommend the following books for those interested in learning more about the Federal Reserve:

The Creature From Jekyll Island: A Second Look At The Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin

End The FED by Ron Paul

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The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin

A Government Of Wolves

During the discussion of ALEC on the Joe Harting Show I mentioned John Whitehead’s most recent book dealing with the American police state and the ever growing threat to personal freedom in the United States. Several chapters deal with ALEC and their support of laws that create more criminals and more private prisons which in turn creates more money for the prison industrial complex. This just might be the best book of 2013. Highly recommended:

A Government Of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State by John W. Whitehead

Safer Arizona

I am currently circulating petitions for Safer Arizona, the initiative to legalize marijuana in Arizona. If we’re successful in collecting enough signatures this will be on the ballot in 2014. Spending billions of dollars to incarcerate non-violent drug offenders is ridiculous and it’s time to put a stop to the nonsense. You can learn more about the Safer Arizona campaign HERE.

Kiehene For Congress?

If you live in Arizona Congressional District 1, please check out the VIDEO of the CD1 GOP congressional candidate debate which was organized by the Navajo County Republican Committee last week.

I will be voting in the Republican primary and I can confidently say that Gary Kiehene will be getting my vote. I liked most of his answers but more importantly, he is the only candidate who did NOT vote to support HB2305 (the bill which attempted to keep Libertarians off the ballot in Arizona).

Kiehene is also the only candidate who answered the “should America be the policemen of the world” question correctly (he said NO period). Rep. Adam Kwasman also said no and then supported policing Iran and Libya which came across as a lot of doublespeak.

As I said last week, Andy Tobin has the GOP nomination in the bag because he has the establishment’s backing but after watching the debate, it’s clear that Kiehene is the perfect protest vote.

HB2305

Arizonans need to send Andy Tobin, Adam Kwasman and everyone else who voted for HB2305 a strong message that this bill is a deal breaker and that it’s NOT ok to step on the little guy for political gain. They’ve gone too far and we’re not going to let them get away with these types of dirty tricks anymore.

Follow Me On Twitter

I have been extremely busy with work and various projects lately and I have found that when I’m short on time a short post on twitter is the best way to get my thoughts across. If you’d like to keep up with my daily rants and ramblings please consider following me on twitter. You can find me here:

https://twitter.com/dorfsmith

Joe Harting Show

Finally, here’s the video of me co-hosting the Joe Harting show on December 20th:

Thorpe Attacks Underdog Candidates, Endorses Underdog Candidate

December 16, 2013 6 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

“If a person absolutely doesn’t even have a chance of winning and they still throw their hat in the ring why exactly are they doing it?” –Rep. Bob Thorpe

AZ State Rep. Bob Thorpe has said multiple times on The Big Talker and Flag Mornings that candidates shouldn’t run for office if they can’t win (he was defending his vote for HB2305 that destroys ballot access for third party candidates).

If candidates should not run if they can’t win, why is Rep. Thorpe supporting Adam Kwasman for CD1? Andy Tobin (love him or hate him) already has this primary race in the bag. Kwasman will never win in CD1. Maybe it is time for Rep. Thorpe to admit that he was wrong and sometimes it’s ok to support an underdog candidate?

In the video below FLA board member Travis Estes discusses HB2305 and ends up debating Rep. Bob Thorpe. Thorpe calls in at about the 7:30 point. Enjoy.

Education, Food Freedom and The American Police State

December 6, 2013 2 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Over the past couple months I have focused considerably more time on reading than writing. I have covered liberty topics from just about every angle I could think of on my blog and sometimes I feel that my concerns fall on deaf ears. Reading books from authors who express what I have been struggling so hard to say is a refreshing change of pace. Some of these books are best sellers and it is encouraging to be reminded that the message of liberty is being embraced.

Longtime readers of my blog know that much of what I write about is comprised of topics related to education, food freedom and the police state. Today I am happy to highlight and recommend three fantastic books that deal with these issues.

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A Government Of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State by John W. Whitehead

A Government of Wolves by John W. Whitehead examines the ever growing American police state and shows how anyone who thinks outside the box or defies the norm is in danger of facing the heavy hand of the law.

Every American is a potential criminal and our every move must be watched. Meanwhile, in the shadows of the legal system, there lurks a prison industrial complex lobbying lawmakers and raking in billions on the criminalization of just about everything.

I was pleased to see Whitehead cover many of the police state topics discussed on my blog over the years. Mandatory minimum sentences, private prisons, Patriot Act, NDAA, TSA, NSA, raids on raw milk, illegal lemonade stands, you name it.

Equally engaging is all of the references to dystopian books and films including favorites discussed many times on this blog like V For Vendetta, 1984, Brave New World, Minority Report,  They Live and Farhenheit 451. We are becoming the very society that these works warned us about and like a frog in boiling water, most of us don’t even realize it.

A Government Of Wolves is an extremely well researched book that will make an excellent gift for that “I’m not concerned because I have nothing to hide” person in your life. It’s a loud and clear wake up call. I’ll be buying extra copies to give away.

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Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat by David E. Gumpert

Some people wonder why I spend so much energy and time ranting about food freedom and the right for people to grow food for themselves and their families. If you need a reason, look no further than Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights by David E. Gumpert.

In this book Gumpert gives example after example of Federal agents raiding food co-ops and small farms, investigating truckers, threatening and intimidating anyone and everyone who looks past their local grocery store for an alternative food source.

Sprinkled within the well documented stories of food police clamping down and trampling our rights are stories of people rising up and fighting back.  At what point will we say enough is enough? Perhaps not being allowed to eat or feed our children healthy food will be the last straw.

One reviewer on Amazon asked why the small food industry is such a big threat to the government. I believe we can find that answer if we follow the money. Corporate food companies are buying politicians and using the FDA and other militarized agencies to enforce their goals and eliminate all competition.

Are you angry yet?

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The School Revolution: A New Answer For Our Broken Education System by Ron Paul

As someone who was homeschooled from 2nd grade through high school and as a homeschooling father, I was happy to see Ron Paul write a book about homeschooling and the state of education in America.

In the early 80s homeschooling was banned in most states. My parents were pretty much homeschooling pioneers in the little town of Big Bear, California where I grew up. During the first few years nobody in my town was aware that homeschooling was even an option. One person told my parents that keeping their kids out of public school was a form of child abuse.

For a while Big Bear had a truant officer who got a lot of enjoyment out of harassing homeschooling families. I remember friends being turned in by their neighbors and receiving a visit from the authorities. Even with all the proper paperwork filed, parents were continually threatened with fines or jail time. Some families were afraid to let their kids have recess outside.

We’ve come a long way since then. Homeschooling has become a mainstream alternative to the public education system. Even public schools are embracing certain aspects of homeschooling. The myths about homeschoolers not being able to survive in the real world have been proven false.

In The School Revolution Ron Paul promotes his new home school curriculum, gives a shout out to Khan Academy, explores free market solutions to educational challenges and talks about the importance of leaving a legacy. An important and enjoyable read for parents and non-parents alike.

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