Liberty Still Lives

This is one of most eye opening interviews I have seen in a while. Is is possible that we have moved so far away from the feeling of liberty that we don’t even know what it is anymore? Have we become so comfortable that we have forgotten that we have rights?

The interviewer is Jason Stapleton and the one being interviewed is Kris Ann Hall.

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8 Responses to Liberty Still Lives

  1. Christopher says:

    Yes, we have rights and should be defending them. But, we also have duties to go along with our rights. In my view, we can’t have one without the other.

    If my neighbor sets up a target at the bottom of his / her garden and starts using it. That impacts my ability to peacefully use my garden. Whose Liberty is more important? How is that decided?

    In order to live in society we need to give up some of our liberties; most people don’t drink and drive, for example. Most of the time, we don’t kill our neighbors because they’re playing their music too loud or are a different color or religion from us.

    While it’s imperfect, that’s why we have a political and judicial process. They will make decisions that we like and some we don’t. It’s up to us to get involved and to make changes, run for office, campaign for change, etc.

    We can’t have every individual deciding which laws they are and aren’t going to follow. That’s chaos and isn’t good for anyone.

    • You are right, that would be pure chaos. This is why we elect officials to create laws that protect our liberty. It is only these elected officials who should be creating laws and not agencies who are run by people who the people never elected to mandate rules that are equal to laws. Our Federal government has limited power over the States, yet too many times we allow their agencies to limit our God given liberties. Their is too much tax money going to the Federal Government where it should be supporting our States, Counties and Municipalities.

      • Christopher says:

        Lawmakers can’t cover every eventuality and handle the day to day events and so they delegate responsibility and authority to officials. Where I think the lawmakers are failing is that they aren’t keeping the officials under control and holding them to account.

        State governments say that they want to control their destiny. But, they constantly run to the Federal government demanding money from it. Federal government gives them money but puts strings on the money and so gain control over the States. States get between 22 to over 40% of their revenue from the Federal government. To be independent, States need to reject Federal funding and fund themselves.

      • I agree. This would mean that most of the federal departments would need to be shut down, federal taxes lowered to where they were initially intended to be by the US Constitution and States given back the responsibility of governing their own states for the people and by the people. Congress needs to go back to being congress, the Senate needs to regain their decision making abilities for the States, the Supreme Court needs to be not obligated to make decisions in favor of one party or the other, rather making decision based solely on the laws written in the Constitution. And the Executive Branch needs to go back to the responsibility of foreign matters and the military. Congress needs to make the decision of going to war or not going to war and creating a balanced budget which by the way the President has no power to veto according the the Constitution. Insurance companies need to removed from the equation of any type of health care. Then and only then can we consider any type of universal plan that is affordable for all. Sorry, I got started on a rant. 🙂

      • Christopher says:

        As we’re ranting, there’s a couple of changes I’d like to see.

        1. Expand the veto so it’s a line item veto, especially for the budget. The possibility of a veto is, often, the only thing that restrains Congress.

        2. Expand the Supreme Court to a minimum of 21 justices with 9 deciding cases. They draw lots to see who’s going to judge a case. Currently, each individual justice has too much power and that needs to be diluted. They’re judging according to their prejudices, not the Constitution.

        3. Ban elections for judges. The best qualified people should judges, not people who run a good campaign.

        4. Only living breathing human beings can give money to candidates for elections, ballot measures, etc. Only people who live in a state can give money for a ballot measure in that state. Strict limits on the amount of money a person can give to a candidate, a political party or a political action committee.

        5. States to have a constitutional duty to register all 18+ citizens to vote and provide them, for free, any identification needed to vote. Citizens to have a duty to vote.

        6. The President to be elected on the basis of the popular vote.

        7. Districting to be taken away from policitians. They continue to prove that they can’t be trusted with it.

        I could go on and on any on but I won’t. 😀

      • I would go one step further on campaign finance reform. There is non. Not a single dime could be raised and not a single dime would be allowed to be spent. The vote would be based on a populace vote like you said but all candidates would be given ample time on public radio and public TV. There should be no money involved at all for any elected official. Duty and honor to country should be the only motive for seeking a position of public office. This would take away the biggest problem we have right now which is of course corruption. All businesses should be allowed to prosper without using the power of public office to become a monopoly of wealth. Strict laws in place that would allow a business to thrive without the possibility of overtaking a whole market. We are a point where we have the ability to make this happen with all the technology we have in place. When a leader leads from the principles of creating a creating a land of opportunity for all, it is then that all will prosper.

  2. Thank you for posting this interview. Also thanks for the link to Kim’s site. The problem is are complacent. No one has even bothered to take the time to realize what is going on, let alone speak up. This is all while everything goes down the shoot. The evil corporations that do not care about our wellbeing and only aim to harm us, for the buck, are in charge now. The public is on their ball and chain and so are those in office. I have heard other interviews that are similar and much was discussed about starting w/ a solution on the local level, rather than going to a state or national level to start.

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