"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!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

If you don't vote, inferior people will govern you.

Or so says local Fairbanks radio host Michael Dukes, referring to Plato.
Sorry Mike, just because his name was Plato, doesn't mean he was always right.
Today was our statewide primary voting day. And the local radio shows went on and on about the need to vote. They even went out of their way to mention Patriot's Lament, and ridicule our stand on not voting.
Doesn't bother me. I listened to all their arguments for voting, and they all made me laugh. Just the fact that they have to devote their whole show to advocate for voting, makes me laugh. If it is the natural right thing to do, you shouldn't have to devote 3 hours advocating for it.
I love the "It's your duty and responsibility as a citizen to vote." First, a citizen is a slave, he is under someone. Second, in what founding document of our country, by any of our Founding Fathers, is it written that it is a duty to vote? In what document do any of our American Founding Fathers say voting is a responsibility? Not gonna find it. So quit lying about it and trying to make your fellow servants believe it or feel guilty that they have unknowingly broken a solemn oath if they don't vote.
There are plenty of other things that the Founders said was a duty, like the Juror's duty to vote against the government, or his duty to cast off tyranny, but I can't find anything about a serf's duty to "Vote" for a ruler.
Michael Dukes said, Look, the options are this, cyanide or arsenic, but we have to choose one or the other. Cyanide will kill you instantly, but arsenic you can spit out and maybe last longer. And that is our only option!
What is that supposed to mean?
Sorry, Dukes, I will not choose suicide. Either slow or fast.
My real beef?
"If you don't vote, inferior people will govern you."
Hey, Michael, anyone who forces himself on me is my inferior! Who knows how best to govern myself but me?
If a man should govern another man, he should also govern how a man worships God. Michael, do you think a man should govern how I worship my God?
 How can anyone, who has 2 arms, legs, eyes, and a brain the same as I have, rule over or govern me?
A lady called in and tried in vain to ridicule our position. She said," We do not live in ultimate tyranny!" We should all participate in the process"!
And that is why we should vote?
 Maria, the boys at Lexington did not live in ultimate tyranny. In fact, they had MUCH more Liberty than we have today. But they chose Liberty over ANY and ALL tyranny.
Every example you gave of your freedom today, was just an example of what the government ALLOWS you to do! That is not Liberty. That is slavery.
So is voting. Voting is a slave deciding on which master will beat him, but the plantation never changes!

Simple-minded serfs. You will not take dominion over your life, or even responsibility.
So-called Christians, you tell me I should have a king? You point out his evil and then tell me I must participate?
I have no man/god. I have no man/king. I have no man/priest.

I choose not to give my consent to any evil. I will not vote to use force of violence against my neighbor.
So what if my decision "doesn't change anything"?. I am not called to force the world to change. I am called to be the change.

That is my vote.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Patriot's Lament July 28, 2012: Who Is The State and Firearms And Freedom

In this episode we talk about the non-existent being called the state. Who is the state? Government. What is this being? Is it you? Does he/it exist? Are you the government? No. Of course you are not. In the second hour we discuss guns and whether or not they are tools we would use to secure our freedom, or are they a fool's tool, used for bravado. 
Not if they come for my guns!! Really?

If we faint not.

I love this song, not to mention the band, yes, one of my favorites when I was a much younger man.

You say you're getting tired of the spiritual march, your life is slowly growing cold. Life just seems so much harder: all the battles day by day. That's when we must stand up and be bold. Be bold. So, let us not grow weary in doing what is right. God shall renew our strength to fight. Remember, we reap what we sow. Flesh sows corruption, Spirit everlasting life. It's yours. We shall reap - if we faint not. Seeing that we have a great high priest, Jesus: the Son of God. In all points tempted as we are. Sinless, He won the battle; given power to His own. Look up, your redemption is not afar. Be ready. We shall reap - if we faint not.

Another song that I like a lot, "What a Joke," has these lyrics: "Law enforcement, politicians, and businessmen, these days for most of them, corruption is a synonym."

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Uncanny Likeness

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of Election

Please tell me you are mocking this guy

Under attack by Democrats for his budget cost-cutting plan that proposes a major transformation in how Medicare works, Ryan has gone on the offensive, charging that President Barack Obama would take billions from Medicare to pay for his 2010 healthcare reform law.
With that, he has also begun to align himself with presidential candidate Mitt Romney's approach to Medicare, one that would spend $716 billion more than either Obama's or Ryan's over the next 10 years.
Ryan personalized the issue at The Villages, the world's biggest retirement community and a bastion of Republican support in a key swing state.
"When I think of Medicare, it's not just a program, it's not just a bunch of numbers, it's what my mom relies on, it's what my grandma had," Ryan, 42, said.

His mom relies on it. How come Ryan? You made $350,000 last year. Couldn't take care of your mom with that? Had to rely on stolen goods from people you don't know to take care of her? He has aligned himself with Romney's plan to ADD $716 billion more than Obama, who is the socialist? HAHAHA.
If you can't see how stupid this man is, and how he will SELL HIS SOUL OR ANYTHING HE HAS TO for power, then you deserve what is coming.

Bigtime fiscal conservative Paul Ryan. Oh yeah, he might be a Libertarian he is soooo different than the others....puke.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

End the Empire

What if D.C. IS the world government Christians say that they're afraid of?

By Michael Rozeff

The empire has put in place the pseudo-legal "laws" that it needs to repress dissidents within America. It will use these "laws" and executive orders in order to quell restiveness and resistance among Americans. The reason for the domestic suppression is because the empire cannot expand overseas if its domestic population is not under firm control. The driving force in domestic suppression is the goal of world empire. This is why lovers and supporters of liberty should strongly condemn all of the many U.S. actions to expand empire.
The idea that I've just expressed is not widely known, much less accepted. So I'll repeat it again. The U.S. wants a world empire and is actively trying to achieve that aim. That's its number one priority. In order to achieve that, it needs a cooperative, compliant, and productive population and one that does not resist that aim. That is why the government has been putting measures in place that are repressive and destroy judicial rights.

According to an Iranian analyst who specializes in Russia, the Russians now understand what the U.S. is after. It has taken them a while for this to penetrate. He writes of the Russians
"Russian analysts maintain that the current foreign policy of the United States is based on two theories: 'ultimate realism,' and 'new liberalism.' As a result, the Americans actually believe that world countries are simply divided into the United States’ friends and enemies. Hostile countries, therefore, should be weakened and their presence in global and regional strategic arenas should be limited and even suppressed in political, economic and cultural terms.
"The new liberalism also claims that all wars break out between non-democratic states. Therefore, all countries should go through an American style democratization process and if needed, military means such as preventive war, can be used to achieve that purpose.
"As a result of the above arguments, Russia believes that the current political developments in the Middle East and North Africa are steered by the United States. Moscow firmly believes that a new wave of the world order has been initiated by the United States in order to create a new version of the past unipolar world system. The main targets of this wave, Moscow maintains, include North Africa, the Middle East, Iran, Eurasia, and finally China and Russia."
The U.S. supports radical Muslims and al-Qaeda operations when they stir up trouble in Muslim populations in regions near and in Russia so as to weaken Russia.
Readers will recognize that the doctrines described as applicable to the U.S. foreign policy are the Bush Doctrine and associated Bush and neoconservative ideas. The Obama administration has continued these policies. It has expanded them, innovated within them, and intensified them.
9/11 was a first class disaster for America's future due to the political forces it has unleashed and facilitated. Bin Laden is dead but he is getting his revenge as the U.S. government destroys American values in the name of those very values. I cannot think of a more insidious subversion.
The current election offers no choice on this central issue, which is not even seen as a central issue.
End the Empire.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me

There shall be no strange god among you;
    you shall not bow down to a foreign god.

Psalms 81:9 

But as David pointed out in an earlier blog, here, we do have a strange god. And that god is the state.


Churches as polling places 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Choose, then shut up and accept the consequences.

This goes along perfectly with the previous post today. 

Get on out there and VOTE your life away.

"Give us a King".

Here you go.

Leave God alone, you have chosen whom you will serve.

1 Samuel 8:10-18

10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14  He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men[a] and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 1He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

"No Kings, No Priests"!!!!

The Only Choice on November 6th

People don't want to hear this, and it's sad to me every time I hear, "Well, if we don't vote then..."
We have been harping here for quite a while, voting is a scam, and a false choice for Liberty.
It's set up that way. Don't participate. Make this your vote.
Refuse consent.

From Lew Rockwell;

You might say that this is ineffective. But what effect does voting have? It gives them what they need most: a mandate. Nonparticipation helps deny that to them. It makes them, just on the margin, a bit more fearful that they are ruling us without our consent. This is all to the good. The government should fear the people. Not voting is a good beginning toward instilling that fear.
This year especially there is no lesser of two evils. There is socialism or fascism. The true American spirit should guide every voter to have no part of either.

Read the full article here.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Lupe Fiasco: Words I Never Said

Patriot's Lament June 23, 2012: Term Limits Encourage Destruction and Forgotten Founding Fathers

 In this episode we touch on the impossibility of Limited Government, and government theft and monopoly. We also talk about the Schaffer Cox (241 trial) verdicts, and point out the flaws of the verdicts. We discuss thought crimes, and imagined crimes. We also talk about the need for the Jury to understand their duty to vote "not guilty" when a fellow American is brought up on trial by the state. We suggest that a guilty vote is a sentence that damns every American, even the Juror himself. We claim that in a Just society one should have the Right to Secede from that society, and talk about the Anti-Federalist, including Patrick Henry, and the "Father of the American Bill of Rights", George Mason.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dear Freedom Movement

Over the last three years or so I have become increasingly disappointed with the freedom movement as a whole. Basically it's a bunch of people who whine about how enslaved they are while refusing to do anything that is actually within their own personal control about it. In the meantime most of them are completely dismissive of suggestions and strategies that would give them much greater personal decision making authority over their own lives and the lives of their loved ones (isn't this what freedom is?).

They bitch about taxes in America, about inflation, about property and zoning regulation, about EPA restrictions on cars and heating devices, about TSA gate rape at the airport ... ALL VALID COMPLAINTS. Here is what they do about it: --->                <---

In general, they don't withdraw their energy, wealth, or consent from the system they complain about non-stop. They don't diversify assets overseas. They don't consider moving (or even traveling just to see if moving is something worth considering). They don't reduce their dependence on the state institutions around them. They don't even save fiat dollars in a totally unstable banking system or pay down debt. They dig the hole deeper as they complain about how deep the hole is. I'm also going to throw out my opinion that moving out into the woods when you don't actively want to live in the woods is NOT withdrawing consent. It's making yourself irrelevant while simultaneously destroying your ability to make enough money to actually reduce your dependence on the institutions around you (ones which are not looking so stable these days). "I'll kill a moose and cut firewood" is not only a naive statement for most people, it also makes you a sitting duck for all those "Feds" who are going to round you up and take you to a camp. If you're really THAT scared of the system around you, entrenching yourself deeply and permanently within that system's claimed area of control is unbelievably stupid.

Well guess what all you slaker "patriots"? YOUR freedom is YOUR responsibility. Stop kicking the can and making excuses. No one is listening to you because no one wants to be like you. You don't exemplify a free individual who is realizing their maximum potential in a world that is overflowing with opportunities. You exemplify a lunatic isolated survivalist hovering over MREs in your basement with a completely useless gun in your hand, afraid of a boogey man that either doesn't exist, doesn't care, or one you could simply walk away from. You spend your time throwing rocks and sticks at Mr. Boogeyman just so he does something to you to "prove your point." This not only makes you look stupid, it makes the message of liberty look very undesirable to "normal people" and sets back the progress of literally the entire human race.

It's time to practice what you preach. It's time to stop talking about living free and to start ACTUALLY LIVING FREE.

This video was posted on the Lew Rockwell blog today. I thought it was excellent and it pushed me over the edge in finally writing this post.

I can already anticipate the comments, "We are not the most free people in history." Depends on your metric. Your ability to travel anywhere in the world is probably better now than ever before. Your ability to communicate with anyone for education, commerce, or personal reasons, also better than ever before. The number of hours worked to amount of leisure time is, even with all the inflation, still close to being the best it has ever been historically...if you don't dig a giant debt hole for yourself (which is YOUR choice, not "the system" forcing you).

Finally, two brilliant articles posted on International Man.

First, "Gold Can't Solve Everything"
As the author notes, "...many people reading this should remember that, often, individual procrastination is the enemy, not the State."

Second, "Last Exit Coming Up"
"In actual fact, few prepare an exit then delay the date. What is delayed in most cases is the preparation - researching destinations, choosing a country and creating an exit plan."

This is you Freedom Movement. Your MREs are not going to save you. They are not actually a reasonable preparation at all. Time to put up or shut up.

Just to be clear, I am not saying "do this" or "do that." I am saying that as adults, we need to solve our own problems to the maximum extent possible. If we don't do this first we are in no position to help anyone else.. It turns out that once we stop whining, a lot of problems can be solved with minimal effort.

Patriot's Lament July 21, 2012: Who Are You Not Voting For and Consequences And Compliance

In the first hour we talk about the non-choice of Romney vs. Obama. In the second hour we talk about getting off our knees and being a people of Liberty. We read an excerpt from Etienne de Le Boetie, and discuss his call to non-compliance. We discuss civil disobedience and the consequences of it. We also talk more about leaving the U.S.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Guest post from Jim in Kenai...(Thanks Jim!!)

There are certain philosophers I find to be particularly good, and when I hear them say something radical and think, "There is no way that can be true. They're great on X and Y, but on Z they've just gone too far," I for these particular people, though I invariably later come to the conclusion that they were right on X, Y and Z, but I was just not ready to hear about the Z part.

To demote Jesus to the level of philosopher for the purposes of this discussion, He is one of those. So much of my early Christian life was spent in rationalizing away the uncomfortable parts of His teachings, with the help of my pastor. "The kingdom of God is within you." The disciples didn't want to hear that. They wanted something to DO NOW which would make the kingdom of God a physical reality. They wanted the reins of political power, "Jesus, who'll sit at your right and left hand?" They recognized the truth of some of what He said, but they were unable or unwilling to let go of their preconception of what He was here to do. But even knowing how that story ends, we're no different! How many Christians sort of think that the US is the Kingdom of God? They don't say it, but they believe it, as evidenced by their actions, the warmongering, the desire to legislate everything, etc.

"What is to be done?" Live a free life in obedience to Christ (those two are amazingly compatible thoughts!). The state sets an unending list of positive laws as snares before us to keep us ever in fear, but violating those isn't an offense to God or conscience. Dealing with the consequences provides an opportunity to witness to the liberty in Christ to be compared to the slavery of being in State/Satan.

If Christians were actually FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST we'd be a light unto the world for temporal living as well as eternal salvation, rather than what the majority of us currently are.

Cynicism is the reaction of someone who's put his faith in the wrong place and hasn't yet put his faith in the right place. I'm working to come out of my cynicism. It has been a tough 7 years, but it is coming.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

End of Days

What would you do? And Do you believe in Justice?

In the first hour, we claim that the government is an immoral entity. We also discuss what we would do in the collapse of the the U.S. system. One of our first callers claims we would have to institute a "Leader," which we reject. We discuss the common law, and the fact that the American people cannot think outside political Law. In the second hour, we ask the people to get off their knees and quit begging for a man to rule over them.. We also discuss the difference between "government" vs. "governance," and whether we can discern between political law and common law.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ready,Aim...Submit!! By Jeff Berwick

It’s funny, because the pro-gun crowd says that guns are inanimate objects that can’t hurt anyone by themselves when they are arguing with anti-gun types, but don’t want to own up to the fact that the same inanimate object cannot make them free.
For a gun to work, you have to pick it up and pull the trigger.

Here are a few tidbits of the article.

"Many stated, "when the time comes we will fight and win."  To this, my question is, what are you waiting for?  You say you believe in freedom and will fight to the death for it.  Well... you live in one of the least free countries on Earth currently.  Only Cuba, North Korea and perhaps Belarus are noticeably worse.  The government extorts you for half your income every year.  They are already running massive prison camps where people get hauled off daily for non-crimes (no victim, no crime).  The US has the largest amount of people in cages in the world by a factor of nearly 4 times over the next closest on a per capita basis."

"The funny part is that the slaves will crow, proudly, how they are "allowed" to have guns.  They'll state, "I would never live in Mexico, you aren't allowed to have guns their."  That's slave talk.  Free men don't care what is allowed."

"In fact, of almost any country, the people in the US are the most servile and submissive when it comes to the police and government.  There are countless YouTube videos of the police in the US beating innocent people brutally and all the people around them do is say things like, "Sir!  Sir, please stop!!  Sir, stop!"  Slave talk.

"The fact of the matter is that most people today are whipped dogs compared to even a few decades ago.  In the 1960s, people were much more willing to react violently in response to government actions.  Back then, there were citywide riots in multiple places across the USA.  Today, Occupy Wall Street gets told they must stay in a special free-speech designated park and after a few months they all just go home.
Left-wing groups like the Weather Underground would bomb the capitol building, the pentagon and the Department of State building and claimed they wanted to overthrow the government (possibly in the form of Barack Obomber, they are now succeeding). There were widespread student protests. Today?  Nothing.  Only one person has done anything violent to the US Goverment in the last decade and he wasn't even American. Hero, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, threw a shoe at George W. Bush in 2008 stating, "This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog."

Read the rest here, Ready, Aim...Submit