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Historical Lessons in a Digital Age

History, being a subject all but forgotten in a digital age, possesses with it essential information regarding who we are and where we came from. It is often said, though misquoted, that “those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” I state “misquoted” as the original remark was “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This often misquoted remark was penned in Reason in Common Sense by George Santayana published in 1905.

Give Me Liberty

I am often confronted by political detractors stating that my ideas of the Constitution are “quaint” and “outdated.” Indeed, I hold the ideals of the founders of our nation in high esteem. They were not perfect men by any stretch of the imagination, nor the Constitution a perfect document. However, both accomplished something never before realized in history. A nation was born where the framework established that government obeyed the laws of the people, and the people were the sovereigns of a nation.

These very detractors are often those who promote a concept where the rule of law applies only to those outside their immediate peer group. Regardless of political positions, be they leaning right, left or somewhere outside of the “mainstream,” they promote the concept that government may employ whatever measures necessary to advance their agenda regardless of the ramifications to those who are not in agreement with their goals.

University of Houston Speech

I was recently asked to introduce Mr. William Rodriguez at the University of Houston. Mr. Rodriguez was the last survivor of the WTC to be rescued. He was a custodian in the south tower for 20 years. His story should cast doubt on the current accepted theory of events. However, as with many situations today in America, many ridicule him because he continues to demand answers. Whatever position you may take on an issue, it is always wise to keep an open mind. The following is my introduction speech.

Government Run Amok

A few days ago, I was asked about my position on a city ordinance that required home and business owners to repair city infrastructure abutting their property. I must admit that I was totally unaware of the ordinance. Upon reading the ordinance, I felt astonished that the city would act with such hostility towards the members of my community. One of my colleagues recommended that I attend a special meeting regarding this ordinance. Upon my discovery of the flagrant property rights violations contained within the measure, I could not refuse.

I have taken the liberty, as a matter of portraying simple fact, to post the ordinance on this site. I believe all that visit this site are more than capable of reading and comprehending the "language" contained in the ordinance. I have warned many, that with politicians you must watch what they do and ignore what they say. In this context, our city representatives have failed in their obligation to respect the rights and property of the citizens and attempted to transfer liability away from the city.

Furthermore, I would like to remind all persons that this is not a matter of preventing blight, abandonment or neglected properties. The issue at hand is who is responsible to repair or maintain city (public) owned property. What follows is the statement I read to the assembly.

Response to Digg Post

I was going to comment on the recent fiasco in Boston regarding the Police vs. LiteBrite advertising, however I found something more interesting. Recently, a poster at digg.com posed the following:

I often hear a libertarian ’s opinion on something and end up agreeing. However, I’m still clueless about a lot of libertarian positions, so I’ve posted 13 questions in the first comment. I’m posting this on Digg because it seems a lot of members lean libertarian. The link just takes you to Wikipedia. Thanks for helping me understand.

Then, the poster posed the following questions. I have provided my responses. Mind you, I do not claim to speak for all / any libertarians other than myself. I do, however, believe that my responses are reasonable. Please take the time to comment.

Here are my 13 questions about libertarian philosophy. I know that not all libertarians will agree on every issue, and that some questions might even divide libertarians. Also, I know some might seem pointed or hypothetical, but I’m looking for genuine responses. When replying, it could help to indicate whether or not you consider yourself a libertarian as well. Thanks for helping me understand.

1. Should the federal government protect the environment? Should there be national parks or endangered species laws?

Recent Solicitation

As a small business owner, I frequently receive solicitations from various groups. This particular solicitation, I felt deserved to be exposed for the edification of the public. The Republican Party is solely responsible for the sad state of my industry due to their support for increased regulations and their favoring large corporations over the small business owners. Portions of this conversation were actually recorded as I was awaiting a call from the appeals judge. I have changed the name of the caller to protect her identity. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed reciting it over the phone.

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