"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." -John Adams

Welcome to Patriot's Lament. We strive here to educate ourselves on Liberty. We will not worry ourselves so much with the daily antics of American politics, and drown ourselves in the murky waters of the political right or left.
Instead, we will look to the Intellectuals and Champions of Liberty, and draw on their wisdom of what it is to be a truly free people. We will learn from where our Providential Liberties are derived, and put the proper perspective of a Free Individual and the State.
Please join us!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Will Grigg, badass of liberty, introduces Ron Paul

Will Grigg (one of my favorite LRC columnists) recently gave a absolutely amazing introduction for Ron Paul in Boise, Idaho. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Patriot's Lament Feb 25, 2012: Challenge Political Law

In this episode we start off with a discussion of new FBI regulations on hobby shops and observe that all of the major TSA/FBI "busts" recently have been cases where the agencies themselves provided both the motive and the means. Additionally, after a very interesting call, we call in to question the possibility of all the police state measures being effective at accomplishing their stated goal.

In the second half hour we discuss with a couple callers the idea of political law as opposed to justice. There is no single, immutable "law" as we are commonly taught ... and to the extent that the state gains a monopoly on deciding what law is, consistency in both enforcement and judgement are greatly diminished. It is historically the case that the rise of political law itself (and the subsequent displacement of private law) brings about social upheaval. Thus, it is the state that destroys the natural order of an otherwise "anarchic" or "autarchic" society.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Whatever Happened to Justice

As mentioned on the show, here is a link to Richard Maybury's book, Whatever Happened to Justice.

Also available on Amazon through their used book marketplace.

All of Maybury's "Uncle Eric" series of books provide a very understandable and relatively brief introduction to the concepts of the origins of Justice, Law, Markets, Money, History, etc. A terrific way to get started if you're not ready for Mises' epic work Human Action yet.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Patriot's Lament Feb 11 and 18

Patriot's Lament Feb 11, 2012: Might Makes Right

In this episode we discuss a new fundamental flaw in the "vote for someone who is electable" argument. Primarily that it undermines the theoretical basis of the already tenuous idea of democracy. If you're not voting for someone who really represents you, then democracy can't even work in theory.

We then move on to discuss the meaninglessness of the conservative movement's opposition to the so-called "mandated funding of abortions" in the Obama health care bill ... because the same conservative movement has no problem whatsoever with half of the entire federal budget (1 trillion dollars per year) being spent specifically to kill foreigners (i.e. war and the military). Such conservatives do not oppose what I refer to as "fourth trimester abortions." What a principled stance.

Patriot's Lament Feb 18, 2012: Govern By Consent

In this episode, we start the show with the question, "what liberty?" Revolution for what? Replaced with what? Basically who and what would replace what we have now. No one understands or comprehends what liberty is, they think joe miller is a " constitutional " scholar, which proves our point. What is liberty?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gasoline Prices Are Not Rising, the Dollar Is Falling

From Forbes.com (sent to me by a good friend)

Panic is in the air as gasoline prices move above $4.00 per gallon. Politicians and pundits are rounding up the usual suspects, looking for someone or something to blame for this latest outrage to middle class family budgets. In a rare display of bipartisanship, President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner are both wringing their hands over the prospect of seeing their newly extended Social Security tax cut gobbled up by rising gasoline costs.

Unfortunately, the talking heads that are trying to explain the reasons for high oil prices are missing one tiny detail. Oil prices aren’t high right now. In fact, they are unusually low. Gasoline prices would have to rise by another $0.65 to $0.75 per gallon from where they are now just to be “normal”. And, because gasoline prices are low right now, it is very likely that they are going to go up more—perhaps a lot more.

Read the rest HERE

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Governments are the terrorist! Undie bomber follow up

During this time, I questioned if my country intentionally put a known terrorist onto my flight with a live bomb. I had many sleepless nights over this issue. My answer came shortly thereafter. In late 2010, the FBI admitted to giving out intentionally defective bombs to the Portland Christmas Tree Bomber,the Wrigley Field Bomber and several others. Further, Mr. Chambers was quoted in the Free Press on January 11, 2011 when he indicated that the government's own explosives experts had indicated that Umar's bomb was impossibly defective. I wondered how that could be. Certainly, I thought, Al Qaeda wouldn't go through all of the trouble to plan such an attack only to provide the terrorist with an impossibly defective bomb.
In closing I will just say that regardless of how the media and government try to shape the public perception of this case, I am convinced that Umar was given an intentionally defective bomb by a U.S. Government agent and placed on our flight without showing a passport or going through security, to stage a false terrorist attack to be used to implement various government policies...
Again, who are the terrorists?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Undie bomber, the real story

This guy makes a very poor liar.
Surely our government would not be apart of something like this, just so they could use it to take away more of our freedoms? Surely there isn't any Fascist crony capitalism going on?
Just who are the terrorist again?
It's all a big game, we the serfs are the pawns.

Wake up!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

What Liberty?

Liberty. What a concept. 
But who's is it? What does it even mean? 
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
--Thomas Paine: The American Crisis
What does Paine mean by "Freedom"? How can we "undergo the fatigue of supporting it" if we don't have the first inkling of it's meaning? And what is the correct way in which to support it, if we knew what it meant?
 Does Liberty mean our Declaration of Independence? What does it mean," All men are created equal with the Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?
What Liberty? 
We hear all so often of well intentioned folks ready to "Bare Arms" in defense of Liberty.
What Liberty?
If you are to take up arms in defense of Liberty, what Liberty are you defending? What "Liberty" will you put in place to replace what we have? And who will decide?  
"The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." -- Thomas Paine
We hear all too often that we need to "get back to our foundations, back to what was intended."
And what would that be?
What Liberty are you espousing we revert back to?
What is your concept of Liberty, and what "Liberty" would you force on me?
 Our fight is not with Arms, it is an intellectual fight that cannot be lost. What good does your gun do Liberty, if you are but the next tyrant in waiting?
 "No one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction.  Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle.  None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result." -- Ludwig von Mises
Do you understand Liberty? Where it comes from, where it originated? Do you know that the Right to Private Property is a thought only a few hundred years old? Do you know from whom Jefferson got most of his thoughts from when he penned the Declaration of Independence? Do you understand where Locke got his thoughts from when he wrote the Treatise on Government? Do you understand Locke's "Letter of Toleration" and the influence it had on Freedom of Religion?
Do you understand the importance of a Trial by Jury of ones Peers ? Do you know where it had it's most powerful introduction? Do you know what year the Magna Charta was written, and why it has influenced where you are 800 years later? 
Do you know where your Liberty comes from? Do you understand who Liberty is afforded too?
Do you know the Bill of Rights doesn't give you anything?
Do you know the Constitution didn't give any government the Right to rule over you?
Do you know that Revolution is a state of mind that must constantly be burning in our Souls?
Do you know Liberty is a constant progression, and looking back only chains us to the inadequacies of our Forefathers, not give us more Liberty?
“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.” John Adams
Do you know being content with the Liberty you have today is stealing from the Liberty of your Posterity?  
Do you know we should constantly look towards a New Liberty?
Do you know that the basis of Liberty is not something you do to someone, rather, it is what we do for ourselves, and what we allow for ourselves, to each his own?

Do you know that the cause for Liberty is still the same today as it has been for all time?

"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite." -- Thomas Jefferson

Quit looking for governments and man to tell you what your Liberty is. 
Learn it.
And most importantly, Live it! 

"Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual."--Thomas Jefferson

Monday, February 13, 2012

Latest three episodes (Jan 21 - Feb 4)

Patriot's Lament Jan 21, 2012: SOPA, PIPA and Ron Paul

In this episode we discuss the SOPA and PIPA anti internet freedom legislation, discuss so-called intellectual property, and talk about Ron Paul's opposition to these bills and his ongoing campaign to educate the American public on the idea of liberty.

Patriot's Lament Jan 28, 2012: Inflation and Energy Prices

In this episode we discuss the myth that energy prices have risen on their own by comparing the price of heating fuel to the price of cheese. This in fact shows that the price of all goods is rising in a semi-uniform fashion while wages are not rising as quickly. This indicates not a general increase in prices, but a general decrease in the value of money due to monetary inflation. The uneven distribution of new money that results in increased prices but flat wages is known as "Cantillon Effects" named after the economist Richard Cantillon.

Calls for a government program to "reduce energy prices" must result in new money creation, which would just increase inflation and therefore increase long term energy (and cheese) prices.

Patriot's Lament Feb 4, 2012: Put Em In a Cage

In this episode we discuss the unique trait of all political systems: forcing you to support its institutions regardless of your personal beliefs and moral code of conduct ... or spending your life locked in a cage for withdrawing your support.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Constitution of No Authority

Writes the great Lysander Spooner in No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority:
Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bird hunting anyone?

Well I would be upset if they said 50,000 or more, but I think 30,000 is a number I can live with.
Funny story, when you get to the part where they justify themselves with " welp, we can use them to fight fires too". Duh.
Are we this stupid?
Helloooooooo republicans, your party had to vote for this for it to pass.
I wonder if they use these in......name your "unfree" country.
Congress insisted they be used more.
Screw them.
Anyone up for some skeet practice?

The Iranian Threat

From the LewRockwell.com Blog.

January Radio Shows

Here are the first two radio shows from January (for those who missed them).

Jan 7, 2012: Get Your ASSets Out
This week we discuss methods of removing our consent and sanction from the current American political system by diversifying our assets overseas. There are many ways to do this but of course talking about it does nothing. You have to take action.

A couple of my favorite internationalization sites:
International Man: http://www.internationalman.com/
Dollar Vigilante: http://www.dollarvigilante.com/

Jan 14, 2012: Change is in the Air
In this episode we talk about the real political change in America stemming in large part from Ron Paul's ongoing philosophical education of the general public. We discuss the short and long term prospects for liberty in light of this profoundly fundamental change in the political discourse.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Some friendly advice

I am sure the Republican establishment doesn't come around here to the blog much, but just in case someone from there does, I thought I would try and give some friendly, and from what I've seen, good advice to them.
First, I know you are trying to protect the Neo-Fascist party from being augmented into an obscure faction of political nothingness, but you've got to get your game a little tighter. Seriously. So here are some suggestions.

1. You have got to get with the MSM on this one: announcing the winner of a vote after 3% of the vote is in, even if you are going to manipulate the vote to turn out that way, is a little suspicious. Wait until at least 63% of the vote is in. Sixty-three is a nothing number, so no one will think twice if you broadcast the winner then.

2. Religious litmus test. Bad bad juju. Come on guys, if you are going to thin out who comes to vote based on some big political donations to one of your boys, you can't flat out have people sign a religious waiver under penalty of perjury. Think of something more acceptable. Good grief...even Janet Napoletano could come up with something more sneaky than that.

3. And this is a real doozy. And a heads up. CNN broadcasted LIVE the caucus vote count in Clark county. And they counted twice. You can't go to area 51 and recount them and say the guy who got 58% of the vote actually got 3rd. Again, better coordination with the MSM on this stuff, guys, and please, let's get some situational awareness going on. I suggest you go back to fraud 101 and reread that book. That was a grade school mistake.

Hopefully, some of you will read this and be better prepared for Tuesday, because this was quite embarrassing. I mean, come on! If you can't do better, Jimmy Carter is going to come in with some UN coalition to do election monitoring . You have to be no smarter than the goons in 3rd world countries to pull this off.  Wow.

Finally, I leave you with this little quote from John F. Kennedy. Yes, I know he was a democrat, but hey, since when was there a difference?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable”.

And for those of you who already know, just a little reminder.

"It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes." (Josef Stalin)

Happy voting!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Today's radio program

A fellow called today and asked," Well, what would you do about all the drug pushers in public school? That's a real problem in today's schools. Wouldn't you want to arrest those people who push drugs on your kids in school?"
My answer was this," If this is such a problem, why do you send your children to public school, where you have no control over someone pushing drugs on your child in the first place?" I don't have that problem, because my 8 children do not go to public school.
Quit asking the state to take care of your children, people. If you are going to send them off to a public cage system, don't gripe about the dangers they face there. Who in their right mind would send their child to the battlefields of Iraq? Who in their right mind would tell their 8-year-old, "Son, I know there are many dangers in this world, but you're a man now, deal with it. If something happens to you, I will call the school admins and chew them out."
You know there are dangers there and you send them for 8 hours a day EVERY day?
Who should be locked up?
If you are willing to send your child to a public system of brainwashing so you don't have to take care of them or educate them yourself, don't gripe about the dangers they face when they are there!
But you don't want to do that, do you? Instead, you want to force me to PAY for the brainwashing of your children so they can continue the Leviathan State when they grow up, so they can STEAL from my children, or lock them in a cage if they REFUSE to pay for that which they find morally wrong.
I have children of my own. What gives you the right to steal from me to supposedly educate your kids, because you are too lazy and selfish to educate them yourself? Your career is so much more important than mine, that it is right to you, to take from me, and the fruit of my labor, to educate your children? Don't tell me it is for the good of society, I have no interest in that dribble. You know you are wrong, you know you are selfish, you know you put your child in danger from the moment you send them from your sight.
Don't send your child to public school. Do your job!!
Occupy yourself and "Train a child in the way he should go!"
And leave me and my children alone!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Thanks to Arctic Patriot.

A lesson from James Madison

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."

"Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other."

"No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

And finally;
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."  

I know these days people don't have much respect for those old dead guys who lost blood and fortune to secure our Liberty. I know they weren't perfect men, and they sometimes did things that flew in the face of the very Liberty they sought to secure. Oh sure, we hear talking head idiots say things like,"the founding fathers told us," then they do the exact opposite of what they did tell us.
But we would do ourselves Justice to look at the writings and the warnings these men gave us. Who can look at our history this past century and see where we have gone to war and come out being more free here at home?
September 11th, 2001.
Under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy, we have the Patriot Act. We have seen the president kill American citizens without due process. We now get groped when we want to fly within our own country. We now have roadside checks where your car can be searched merely because you are traveling.
And now, the NDAA. Soon, the expatriation act. And don't think it's going to get better. They are warning us now.

"For him who has an ear, let him hear".

We may well be going to war with Iran. Many know this would be a stupid idea, but the chicken hawks want it. And I think they will get it. So what's the point of this post?

They are coming to get us!!!

Maybe the folks in charge (the guys that have all the guns pointed at our heads) actually have read the writings of Madison, maybe they read these quotes and said," Hey! That's a great idea!"

I wonder how many miles they will get out of this gallon of gas.