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Elton John Loves Conservatives but Hates Their Kids

In Liberty, Taxes, True nature of the State on July 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Does Elton John Hate the kids of Conservatives? If he praises the actions of Compassionate Conservatives then I think he does.

‘We’ve seen George W. Bush and conservative American politicians  pledge tens of billions to save the lives of Africans with HIV. Think of all the  love. Think of where we’d be without it, nowhere, that’s where. We’d be nowhere  at all,’ John said at the International AIDS conference in Washington on  Monday.”

I like Elton John. I want him and everyone else to be able to Marry whomever they want. I want him to be free to write more great hits like “Sad Songs”  and “Tiny Dancer”.  I’m a fan. But what I am not a fan of is his Collectivist Ideas of praising “Compassionate Conservatives” for using the force of Government to steal property from some, in order to give it to others, even if it is to “Save Lives in Africa”. More Government always leads to less freedom, for Elton John, for individuals in America and around the world.

Elton exclaims “think of all the love” that the actions of the Conservative politicians produced, but is taxation and redistribution an act of love?

When property is stolen from “taxpayers” in the form of taxes, they suffer and so do their children. Having children at all for the productive class is an economic decision and taxation and inflation are key drivers in that decision. In effect when Government steals money from a mother and father they are being deprived by force of their resources, which they can spend on their offspring which in effective limits how many children they have. This reduces the “Love” an individual can show to themselves, their living children and the children they choose not to have due to economic reasons.

Stealing money from one to give to another isn’t an act of love, either from whom its stolen from or to whom its bestowed upon.  Think about the corruption these “Billions of Love dollars” will perpetuate in Africa and here at home.  Where is this money going to? Who benefits? I bet it is going to benefit the politicians and their cronies more than any Aids infected individual in Africa. The Drug Companies win, the NGO’s win, and the local corrupt chieftains in America and Africa win as well.

Instead of advocating for more Government, I wish Elton and others would be advocating for protecting the Natural Rights of every individual, whether they are gay, straight, live in Africa or America or have AIDS or not.  Everyone on Earth has a right to their life, liberty and property. No one has a right to take away anyone’s  life, liberty or property even if it is to “help” someone else.

The planners in Washington who think they can spend your money better than you can never miss an opportunity to do so. This is just such an opportunity. If individuals want to give to charity that is their business. It is no business of Government to do so.

Elton John doesn’t hate the kids of Conservatives but by praising and putting his stamp of approval on Conservative Politicians redistributing the wealth of others, limits the life and “love” of individuals from whom the tax dollars are stolen from. It is a violation of their God-given Natural Rights. If it’s okay to take money to help AIDS infected individuals then why shouldn’t the government confiscate all taxpayer income and allow politicians to dole the stolen wealth out to the “needy”?

A lot of people who have a cause turn to government for help. But Government has no money of its own. It steals what it has from those who provide a service or product that others voluntarily purchase, whether that be the service of a bank teller or a Master Song writer producing a heart wrenching “Sad Song”.

Property should only be taken from someone who earned it on the Free Market through voluntary exchange as a recourse to satisfy a victim after that individual committed a crime.  I have committed no crime against any African who  contracted AIDS. Why should the government steal money from me that I work for to give to them? That is the crux of the matter. No one has a prior lien on my earnings, no matter how much they are in need.

“Whether you should or should not give a dime to a beggar.  That is not the issue.  The issue is whether you do or do not have the right to exist without giving him that dime.  (or Individual with Aids). The issue is whether you must keep buying your life, dime by dime, from any beggar who might choose to approach you.  The issue is whether the need of others is the first mortgage on your life and the moral purpose of your existence.  The issue is whether man is to be regarded as a sacrificial animal.  Any man of self-esteem will answer: “No.” Altruism says: “Yes.”  Ayn Rand

The misery and poverty of billions of people around the world is terrible. But having the government steal money from taxpayers and then dole it out to the “needy” is not the answer. What keeps people in poverty is Government and specifically the Authoritarian Collectivist Ideas upon which it is based. They are the same ideas that Elton John is unwittingly supporting when he praises and in effect advocates for more of the same Government actions that perpetuate poverty and misery here and around the world.

Individual Liberty and Private Property and the idea that the Individual is sovereign instead of the “Collective” has raised the living standard of Billions and saved the lives of Billions as well. What Elton and others who advocate for collectivism forget is that the wealth that is stolen from productive individuals was created not because of government but because of the voluntary exchanges of the free market. More freedom equals more wealth and because of that more people will be helped. Voluntary Charity is huge in this country and would increase in direct proportion to the decrease in Government theft (taxation).

Taxation is theft and not an act of Love. Love is a personal act and by its very nature can only be voluntary, or it is not Love. It is the willing sacrifice of yourself for another because you want to enjoy the life of that individual. Love is not force, it is the opposite of force. Government is force and as such is the opposite of love. If a thief steals a hundred dollars from you and gives it to someone who “needs” it, does that change the fact that the theft took place? Aren’t you still out the hundred dollars? . Taxation for “Good” is still theft.

These “Humanitarian Highwaymen” of the government who steal from you to “help others” remember do so at the barrel of a gun. Just try not paying your share of helping someone over seas. The friendly “Humanitarians” at the IRS will begin a dialogue with you that has the full force of Government behind it. And if you persist in not “paying your humanitarian share” they will come and seize it, and they will do so like the highwaymen of old with a gun. And just like the highwaymen of old they will not hesitate to kill you if you persist in not giving up your property in a timely manner.

All Government Humanitarianism is based upon this model. Give up the loot or give up your life. This is why so many go to the government for the support of their cause. There isn’t a better armed “highwayman” in the world.

I think Elton and most people who look to Government to help their cause are trying to do good even though they don’t consciously understand that taxation is theft, and in essence armed robbery. I hope that those like Elton instead of advocating for more Government theft will advocate for less, because the more Freedom people have the more prosperous they are the more they are able to help themselves and others.

“The solution to the social problem lies in Liberty” Frederic Bastiat

Brad Miller


Do Conservatives Secretly hope Obama Care will Stick?

In True nature of the State on July 20, 2012 at 2:48 am

Who were the Conservatives in the colonies during the Revolution? They were those loyal to the Crown. They were those who supported the status Quo because of the State privileges that they received. Today unfortunately Conservatives do the exact same thing.

The fight today isn’t between Conservatives who are interested in Individual Liberty  and Liberals who are interested in Socialism. Neither party are interested in more freedom for you. They are interested in Power and Money. The both revel in the sovereignty of the State and the subjugation of the individual. That is no different then the attitude that King George had in regards to his “Subjects” in the American Colonies before the Revolution.

The Revolution of 1776 was the opposite of Conservatism. It was a revolution of thought in which the individual was Sovereign and Government was the servant. Like Judge Nap used to say on Freedom Watch (which was cancelled by Roger Ailes a Conservative) “Does the government work for us or do we work for the government?” That is a fundamental question that the history of Conservatives in this country have gotten wrong.

The victories of the Collectivists in this Country are never Rolled back. The New Deal by FDR and the War on Poverty by Johnson which  are typically expounded by the Conservative intelligentsia as the reason why we are living in an increasingly Collectivist society have been cemented into American Society and added to. If you want more Freedom in this coutnry today your best bet you are told is to support Conservatives. Are they the party of Liberty like they claim?

Why is it that after 1960’s the Conservatives no longer desired to Rollback Social Security or the major programs of the New Deal? Why is it in less than fifty years from the expansion of Welfare under Johnson did Conservatives create Medicare Part D which added adding massively to the Deficit, Debt and collectivist Growth of the State?

If Conservates were truly the Party of Liberty why is it that even when the Paragon of Conservatism was in the White House, The Gipper,  the National Debt continued to grow?

Without Conservatives tacit and outright support of the Collectivist Programs there would be no Medicare, Social Security or Obama Care today. Like Murray Rothbard writes , Conservatives only pay lip service to the principles of Liberty and are only interested in the “Socialism they can control”. They are the “Loyalists” of today.

Obama Care today could easily be called fifty years from now “Conservative Care”. Because after the people get used to the hand outs and the false security of the smooth hand of government Conservatives will not in any way shape or form take it away. In fact they will do everything to keep it place like they do with Social Security and Medicare today. That is the definition of conserving.

Today the tepid outrage over Obama care is pathetic in the House and Senate. That is because everyone in Washington (with few exceptions) desires power. And the way they gain that power is through the power of taxation and inflation. The more Government that exists the more they can tax and the more they can inflate. Which benefits those who are close to the Levers of power while the rest of us suffer.

The whole idea that there is some ideological battle being waged in Washington between Conservatives and Liberals is ludicrous.

Why is it that no matter who is in office the Debt grows? Why is that when anyone is in Control of the Congress Government Grows? Why is it that overwhelming majority of Americans want to keep Social Security and Medicare? It’s because the Conservative core of America likes the Security of Government. That’s why they don’t support any cust to the  Trillion dollar imperialist War Budget. And in a telling poll a few years ago over sixty five percent of Tea Party folks in a poll said they wanted to cut the National Budget but not to cut Social Security and Medicare.

Maybe John Roberts is giving the American People, Conservative and Liberal alike what they want?

I think its ludicrous when I hear Rush or other Conservatives say they are trying to “Conserve” the American institutions and traditions that made this country great. The simple concept that made prosperity possible in this country is “Liberty” and the lack of Government to interfere with that Liberty.  It’s not the ordered Liberty that Conservatives crave. It’s the “Invisible Hand” or the “Market Anarchy” that for over a hundred years laid the foundation of Prosperity of this Society which is now unfortunately increasingly crumbling under our feet.

This crumbling Free Market Infrastructure  in America today is the true infrastructure crisis we face today.  The roads and bridges are  just a system of the true disease. (I believe that roads and everything else should be paid for by private means under private control.)

Conservatives help “conserve” and “concretize” the collectivist programs that the left pushes for. This is tyranny, plain and simple. Conservatives coat the current collectivism in terms of the Revolution but in fact are doing nothing more than supporting the State and destroying Individual Liberty and the prospects of a better life for most Americans.

Conservatives and Liberals are all part of the One Government Party. One pushes forward increasing the Power of the State. One flaps its gums about the “unconstitutionality” of that increase but never repeals any of the “evil socialist laws”. In fact once it becomes law the Conservatives fight to keep it because people like free stuff and don’t typically vote for people who take away their free stuff. Look at the Income Tax, The Federal Reserve System, Social Security, Obama Care and the 3.729 trillion dollar Federal Budget.

Conservatives are hypocrites if they say they want to repeal Obama Care and do not in the same breath say that Social Security and Medicare should go as well.

Let us not forget it was a Conservative administration in 1913 that ushered in the income tax.  And how many Conservatives seek to get rid of the Federal Reserve System? Both of these are anathema to the ideas REvolution of 1776 and Indivdidual Liberty. Without these two Collectivist lynch pins the Welfare State would not exist and the Perpetual War for Peace policy began under Teddy Roosevelt and furthered by every President since including Ronald Reagan could not exist.

Conservatives, conserve the status quo and allow those who have benefited from the system to continue to use the system for their benefit. They only time Conservatives battle with Liberals is when their cronies don’t get enough of the taxpayer pie.

Mitt Romney and Barrack Obama are no different. They both have ZERO intention of shrinking the debt. They both will sign off on Spending Increases. They both will increase the size and scope of Government and limit your freedom. At best Romney is a place holder for where we are today. At worst he will grow the government but only slightly slower than  Obama. Both believe as King Georgedid  back in 1776 that individuals are merely subjects.

The principles are what matter. Either you believe in Individualism where every individual has a God-given right to their life Liberty and Property or you don’t. Mitt Romney and Barrack Obama both Believe that you don’t have any inalienable rights and that the State administering the Collective will grants you the rights you have and can take them away at anytime.

Maybe John Roberts is right? He wrote that the individual mandate of Obama Care is a tax.  He sees that this is just an extension of the principle on which Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are based upon. Maybe his take is that if the people want this, then let them have it. Who is he to prevent the “ignorant masses” from destroying themselves? Or maybe he thinks that Conservatives when they get into office will be able to “manage” this huge new bureaucracy and be able to dole out even more tax payer dollars to their own cronies. Either way he was not basing his opinon on the Ideas of the Revolution. He was simply helping to conserve the principles of Collectivism.

Until there is a fundamental move from Conservatism back Principles of Individualism which the Revolution of 1776 were based upon this country will continue to slide down the road to serfdom. Conservatism is just a “governor” which only slows down the rate of speed at which we travel down the road to serfdom. Make no mistake their destination is the same as the Progressives, Liberals and Socialists, for you, which is more Government control over your lives and less Individual Liberty.

I hope that all Conservatives will drop the idea of “Conserving” the current mess and join with Libertarians, Radical Individualists and Anarcho-Capitalists who seek a Peaceful Revolution to overthrow the current status Quo.

I agree with Like Frank Chodorov who defined what kind of Revolution we need:

“And by “revolution” I mean the return to the people of that sovereignty which our tradition assumes them to have. I mean the return to them of the power which government confiscated by way of the Sixteenth Amendment”.

If Conservatives wanted to Conserve the ideals of the Revolution repealing the Sixteenth Amendment would be a good start. But let us not forget that its only Libertarians who are so bold as to propose that today. All the Conservatives want to do is “simplify the Tax Code”. Stated differently they want to “Conserve the Tax Code”.  Which means conserving the power of the State over the subjected individual.

“The independence of the people is in direct proportion to the amount of their wealth they can enjoy. We cannot restore traditional American freedom unless we limit the government’s power to tax.” Frank Chodorov

If you call yourself a Conservative and believe in the Principles of Liberty I urge you to drop that label and not support anyone based upon that label. Look at the fundamental principle behind what people are peddling. It’s always a matter of the individual vs. the State. That is the only ideological fight we have.

Brad Miller

Advocate of Liberty