As the State Accrues Power, Liberty Abates

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To the extent that government power grows, liberty diminishes. Remember this as you vote, America. Liberty is at a perilous crossroads thanks to lunatic voting of the Far Left and Right. Obama and Bush accomplished more in the name of government intrusion and centralized power than the last 42 Presidents combined.

Presidents are not Gods to be worshiped but men who are voted in to office to do the bidding of the people. Every power that they accrue to themselves comes at the expense of the citizenry. Every worshiper of the office of the President and of the men who are elected President chips away at the sovereignty of the American Citizen.

The trend continues towards centralization of Executive Power. The trend continues towards the diminishment of civil rights. The State grasps for power continuously. It is the responsibility of the American Citizen to ensure that our Liberties remain. If Liberty is lost, we have only ourselves to blame and Liberty, once lost, is never regained without revolutionary bloodletting.

“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.”
— George Washington (Farewell Address, September 17, 1796)
(see George W. Bush’s comment on this subject)

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
— Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Archibald Stuart – 1791)

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
— Wendell Phillips (speech in Boston, Massachusetts, January 28, 1852, citing Thomas Jefferson, though it has also been attributed to Patrick Henry)

“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.”
— Thomas Jefferson (attributed to Jefferson, by his contemporaries)

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”   — John Quincy Adams (attributed to Adams, by his contemporaries)

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The Patriot Act is the most unconstitutional legislation since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, which proscribed speech critical of the government; yet the FBI loves it. Its premise is that in dangerous times, if we surrender our freedoms to the government, the government will keep us safe until the danger passes. This is a flawed argument.

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Abolish Incumbency

Abolish Incumbency

#Idiot America

Congress is universally hated, disregarded, abhorred, disrespected. Congress has our disdain. They’re earned no respect.

Yet, we send these criminals back term after term.

Are the American people just plain stupid?

We Disapprove…but fuck it! Let’s re-elect the criminals anyway!

An Idea So Good That There Is No Way Congress Will Go For It!

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What One Stimulus Buck Could Do

Mazria has vetted his plan with bankers at Wells Fargo, Bankers Trust, and Bank of the West, all of whom are interested in providing loans; while in Washington, he also met with the Teamsters, who are eager to get in on the green economy. The city of Des Moines, whose mayor, Frank Cownie, helped Mazria develop and pitch his proposal to state and federal leaders, has been fully on board. Cincinnati has expressed interest, too. Ditto Atlanta, Dubuque, Santa Barbara, Albuquerque, Fort Wayne. North Little Rock, population 61,000, is “absolutely” planning to file a 14x application, according to Mayor Hays.

The Arkansas contingent, in fact, is already devising new twists on the concept. Green business pioneer Martha Jane Murray, an architect and shoe factory co-owner who set up free home energy audits and energy-efficiency loans for her employees, is now considering ways to incorporate mortgage-rate paydowns into her program. By offering cheaper home loans as an employee benefit—contingent on an energy retrofit—a company could effectively give workers a pay raise that encourages them to stay put. Mayor Hays suggests that cities might even use such incentives to, say, entice police officers to live in what he calls “challenged” areas of town. “It’s a simple idea,” he notes, “but it certainly seems to hold promise for some profound opportunities.”

DOE officials seemed “real excited” about 14x, Mazria says, and will likely look favorably upon local variations of his plan as the stimulus money begins to flow in earnest in late June. (“Yes, we’re excited,” confirms Claire Johnson, the department’s efficiency advisor for the stimulus package, “but we’re excited by a lot of things. The department is always interested in innovative ways to increase energy efficiency.”)

Phase 2 of the plan would elevate the concept to the federal level. Mazria envisions dipping into the $1.2 trillion pot the Federal Reserve has set aside to buy up debt and toxic securities and bolster Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A mere $60 billion of that money, Mazria says, would enable the federal government to tie mortgage-rate paydowns to energy efficiency on a grand scale, leading to $572 billion in construction spending, 9 million jobs, and $40 billion in state and local tax revenue.

Best of all, the whole thing will pay for itself: Within a year, Mazria calculates, that $60 billion will have brought in a whopping $120 billion in federal taxes. “To turn the country around,” says the architect, “you need to turn the building sector around. And you have an opportunity to transform it as you’re bringing it back.”

Michael Mechanic is a senior editor at Mother Jones. For more of his stories, click here.

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Just think if the American Political Leadership did something right for once…

What a concept!