Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day, Taking Back Freedom.

Yesterday I bemoaned the fact we have lost sight of being independent. I am not against certain rules to make society pleasant for us provided they are on a local level. I believe the Federal government should be the weakest when it comes to telling us what to do. Next should be the state and then the local government being the most powerful. This ensures the most accountability and if I don't like the rules I can live in the next town or the next state or work to change the rules. We have it all backwards, the federal government violates our constitutional rights every day, for example, we are supposed to have 'freedom of religion' but they have twisted it to be 'freedom from religion' The government tells churches they can't oppose the government publicly without fear of loosing their tax exempt status (unless of course you have Jessie Jackson speaking) but fact is churches should be free to rant all they want about government injustices.
I strive to exercise my freedom in every way I can. I don't rely on government to provide for me. I take responsibility for my actions and accept the cost. I refuse to abide by stupid regulations which violate my constitutional rights. I treat others like I expect to be treated.
 It is impossible to avoid all government control but here are some ways I exercise freedom, I won't even give a disclaimer by saying 'don't try this at home' you live your own life.
My basic philosophy is as long as it doesn't hurt others then what the government doesn't know doesn't hurt them.
I am a rebel and freedom lover to the core, this is one reason I like my motorcycles. In Florida motorcycles don't have to have insurance and if I don't want to ride with a helmet then I don't, if I do want to use a helmet I do. When I rebuilt my old Harley I refused to include turn signals, I have open pipes with no muffler, why? because I wanted it that way, I had no thought to what the DMV said was legal, it doesn't bother me, I ride by cops all the time and they don't seem to want to be bothered either. Same goes for seat belts in my car or truck, if I want to use them I do, if I don't I don't.
Our state does not require guns to be registered (and if they did I hope they hold their breath waiting for me to) nevertheless I prefer to buy my firearms privately with no paperwork or forms to fill out. It is 100% unconstitutional for the government  decide if I can buy a gun. If a person commits a crime and they pay their debt to society then they should be free to buy a gun, if they murder or rape execute them. I promise they will never do it again and I can assure you crime would be way down.
I carry a gun because it is my right. I have only called the police once. Over 20 years ago someone broke into my neighbors home while they were away, instead of wasting time I grabbed 2 guns and headed out the door and got in my truck. My intent was to block their car and catch them but they sped away before I could maneuver into position. I pursued them around back streets at high speed till I had them cornered in a church parking lot only then did I call out for a neighbor to call the police (before cell phones) so they could be arrested. The car they were driving turned out to be stolen and I felt good knowing I had help retrieve it and put the criminals behind bars (incidentally one of the two thieves committed suicide a month later) anyway the point being I did not say "not my job man" I acted as a free man and did what I wish someone would do for me if my home was broken into and BTW the police officers thanked me. 
We are taxed on top of taxes for this reason I buy as much as possible on line (out of state) or privately through garage sales, flea markets, Craigslist etc to avoid sales tax, it is one small thing I can do to cut the governments funding. Bartering is another excellent way to do this. If you buy a vehicle from a private party the state charges you sales tax on the purchase when you record the title, in our state you can write "trade" (most states would be the same I guess) as the price and there is no tax. It is no business of the state what you traded and they have never asked me.
Bottom line is when I want to do something the last concern is if  the government approves. My first thought is will this harm someone else, will it hurt my neighbor, my family or friends. Next I decide if it is worth the effort and cost. For example, if I want to put new windows in my house I decide it will not hurt anyone in fact it will help keep my family safer and the cost will be offset by the savings in heating and cooling cost's. I do not care if the government wants me to get a permit and inspect the workmanship so I don't involve them. If they want to pay for the windows then they can inspect them. In fact I can post 'no trespassing' signs on the property and they can't legally enter the property without permission they can only inspect what they see from the street. Side note: The reason the local government wants you to get a permit has nothing to do with your safety or well being it is strictly to monitor upgrades to your property in order to raise your taxes, If they worried about your well being they would inspect your car after it was repaired but they can't make money off that.
When someone broke into my neighbors home I did not think "is it legal to chase and catch thieves with a gun" I acted to protect my neighbor like I thought was the neighborly thing to do. If I get in my car and don't feel like wearing a seat belt I don't but if I am on the highway and want to I do. The governments wishes are no concern of mine, I have never had a ticket for it but if I did that would be my cost for my decision as a free man.
It gets me when someone says "you know that is not legal" or "you should get a permit to do that" I look at them with a blank stare as if to say "excuse me, you obviously mistake me for someone who gives a rats rear end"   
Let me let you in on something, there is nobody in the government who goes about their daily work thinking about what you would like so I refuse to give any time or thought to what they would like.
This is not just a catchy slogan, it is the truth.
I won't totally incriminate myself but I choose to "Live Free Or Die" I am not a rampant law breaker, I respect proper laws but government has no more power over me than I allow. You have heard 'all is fair in love and war', well make no mistake we are in a war....a big war for the survival of our freedoms. I choose to live as free as possible. Government is a power hungry machine with little regard for the constitution or your freedoms. If you doubt me see what the SCOTUS did last week.

27 comments:

  1. Great post Duke. What is your opinion on property tax?? Can we legally not pay it??

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    1. Rob, I hate property taxes and I think there is nothing more un-american but i don't know how to avoid them. There is some ways to lower them but it is a hassle.

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  2. excellent post buddy! i especially liked:

    "excuse me, you have obviously mistake me for someone who gives a rats rear end"

    bahahahahahahah! that was killer funny and i am glad that you kept it family-friendly - bahahahha!

    i wish that you were my neighbour as we feel the same way about "the neighbourly thing to do" - good on ya. yer a true and proper American gentleman, Dear Duke, and the world is sorely lacking in your kind of late. sad.

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, you are kind to say so. Thanks.

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  3. Another good one, Bubba. If people wonder why we're such good friends, you just put it into words.

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    1. Thanks Bubba, I thought you would agree.

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  4. Duke,

    Thank you for the great post :-)
    I believe we need to look out for one another. We look out for our neighbors and they look out for us. God Bless You My Friend and Have a Beautiful Independence Day!

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    1. Sandy, thank you, I do think this world would be better if we treated others like we would like to be treated. You have a good day as well.

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  5. You really do say things very powerfully!

    Hope your day is a good one!

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    1. agirlandhergun, thanks, glad you enjoyed.

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  6. You hit that one out of the park. I hope everyone takes the time to read this today.

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    1. Brigid, You made my day. Thank you my friend.

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  7. Amen, very well said and I couldn't agree more. May God give us strength for what will come. God Bless John's wife Carol

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    1. Carol, thanks, We will need God's strength.

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  8. Amen, brother. Give me liberty or give me death.

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  9. my brother, consider yourself patted on the back. good job! the rat

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  10. WOW! Great post. And so right on the mark.

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  11. Flier389, Thanks friend. Glad you enjoyed
    DFW, Thank you.
    Old NFO, I try. Thanks.

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  12. What a great post! I just discovered your blog, and will definitely be keeping up with what you have to say on future posts. It just irritates me no end about some of the things government does; just one small example: the light bulb issue. How can anyone, government included, tell me what kind of light bulbs I can use?

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    1. Meadowcreek, thanks friend. Glad you found your way over.

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