Bill of Rights

Are Atheists Normally Socialists?

Is there no hope left in America to try and keep our individual freedoms out of the hands of the religious right?

[fRtF] 12/14 - LIBERTY FOR ALL, by Elizabeth Price Foley

Thought of the moment:
'from Reason to Freedom' seems to be banned in China, if true, we must be doing something right. . .

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LIBERTY FOR ALL, by Elizabeth Price Foley
http://www.reasontofreedom.com/liberty_for_all_by_elizabeth_price_foley.html
Specifically, I will document and discuss the significance of two foundational principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution: limited government and residual individual sovereignty. I will explore how these twin foundational presumptions evince a morality of American law itself, a set of higher values by which to gauge the legitimacy of ordinary laws. Subordinate to the Constitution are ordinary laws, enacted by a legislative majority, that tell citizens what specific actions are punishable. These ordinary laws often reflect "public morality"--i.e., the passions, prejudices, and moral beliefs of a portion of the citizenry. But are they legitimate exercises of governmental power? Should we restrain our neighbor's liberty because she engages in an activity we consider icky, gross, or just plain wrong? This book will argue that the answer is no because public morality--based laws are immoral exercises of governmental power, inconsistent with the morality of American law.

LIBERTY FOR ALL, by Elizabeth Price Foley

Specifically, I will document and discuss the significance of two foundational principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution: limited government and residual individual sovereignty. I will explore how these twin foundational presumptions evince a morality of American law itself, a set of higher values by which to gauge the legitimacy of ordinary laws. Subordinate to the Constitution are ordinary laws, enacted by a legislative majority, that tell citizens what specific actions are punishable. These ordinary laws often reflect "public morality"—i.e., the passions, prejudices, and moral beliefs of a portion of the citizenry. But are they legitimate exercises of governmental power? Should we restrain our neighbor's liberty because she engages in an activity we consider icky, gross, or just plain wrong? This book will argue that the answer is no because public morality—based laws are immoral exercises of governmental power, inconsistent with the morality of American law.

[fRtF] 12/1 - Americans voted NO on the Bush Administration. Mark December 10th as Impeachment Day

Thought of the moment:
Good men and bad men differ radically. Bad men never appreciate kindness shown them, but wise men appreciate and are grateful. Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to everyone else.
-- Buddha

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Americans voted NO on the Bush Administration. Mark December 10th as Impeachment Day
http://www.reasontofreedom.com/vote_no_bush_december_10_impeachment_day.thml
American has never seen an administration more corrupt or more arrogant that the one that confronts us lead by George W. Bush. Fed up with the systematic abuse of our freedoms, Americans came out in droves to fire the GOP. Now, it looks like the Democratic contingent moving in will refuse to do what 51% of Americans want, move for impeachment. So Americans are now ready to take action. The Sons of Liberty would recognize them as soul brothers.

Please join the True American Patriots on December 10th and call for impeachment.

Americans voted NO on the Bush Administration. Mark December 10th as Impeachment Day

American has never seen an administration more corrupt or more arrogant that the one that confronts us lead by George W. Bush. Fed up with the systematic abuse of our freedoms, Americans came out in droves to fire the GOP. Now, it looks like the Democratic contingent moving in will refuse to do what 51% of Americans want, move for impeachment. So Americans are now ready to take action. The Sons of Liberty would recognize them as soul brothers.

[fRtF] 11/24 - An open letter on Iraq

Thought of the moment:

Every freedom won for women in the United States, small or large—wearing bloomers, riding bicycles, not wearing bonnets in church, being permitted to speak in pubic, to attend universities, to enter professions, to vote, and own property—was opposed by the churches.

— Annie Laurie Gaylor, http://www.ffrf.org/

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An open letter on Iraq
http://www.reasontofreedom.com/an_open_letter_on_iraq.html
Since I declared my candidacy for our party's 2008 presidential nomination back in August, one of the most frequently asked questions of me has been "where do you stand on the war in Iraq?" Some of you have found my answers unsatisfactory. I apologize. I've been thinking through a problem and haven't found an answer ... so I'm just going to bring it to you. We need to talk about it.

MADD is mad

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has apparently lost their ever-loving minds and wants to eventually place a breathalyzer in every vehicle.

They obviously don't understand the concept of, "Innocent until proven guilty."

Until everyone has the same standing under the Constitution it means nothing. Ratify the ERA

It has been said that freedom is the one thing you cannot have until you give it to everyone. 96% of Americans agree that men and women should be equal under the Constitution but it has never happened. Ratify the ERA. Then we can get on with rescinding the statutes that are choking Americans to death.

Celebrate an American Anniversary: December 16, 1773 The Boston Tea Party

August 14, 1765 marked the founding of a revolutionary secret society made up of individuals whose actions would be echoed in the quote by Margaret Mead, "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Remember and celebrate the Boston Tea Party on December 16th.

GHOST PLANE, The True Story of the CIA Torture Program, by Stephen Grey

Welcome to the Grave, as this place is known to the inmates of a global network of prisons.

The Grave received its name because the cells are little larger than coffins. Pay close attention, because this is a key destination in the war on terror. Admittedly, it is not where President George W. Bush would take visitors on a showpiece tour, and yet here in this dungeon, on this day, December 17, 2002, are at least seven prisoners who claim to have arrived courtesy of the United States.

In charge of the center is a man named George Salloum, an officer of the Syrian military intelligence, dressed in a pair of pressed pants, a golf shirt, and a pair of fine leather shoes. He might seem an unlikely ally for the United States. By profession he is the head of interrogation of suspected terrorists at the Palestine Branch. In short, a torturer. The vice or virtue of his methods, and whether, in the war on terror, such methods may regrettably be necessary, will be examined later. But suffice for now to say Salloum extracts information, or at least confessions, by extreme force, both physical and psychological. The Palestine Branch is a house of confession.
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Ain't no lesser of two evils

Libertarians, especially the anarcho variety, wonder why anyone who truly has values would bother to vote at all. Between the Donkeycrats and the Grand Old Partyarchs there ain't no lesser of two evils. Below are excerpts from one such mass-circulated dreadmail stating the horrors of a Democrat win (each one is reprinted verbatim), followed by what, based on their track record, Republicans would do instead, followed thereafter by the libertarian response to both.

[fRtF] 10/27 - The Military Commissions Act: Mary Stromberg from Alabama asks a question of educators in her state.

If you're a Texan (or from Oklahoma, Kansas, or other states going north that will be subjected to similar fates) you might like to read the latest submission regarding the Trans-Texas Corridor boondoggle Toll project spearheaded by Rick Perry and his band of 40 looters.

The Military Commissions Act: Mary Stromberg from Alabama asks a question of educators in her state.

Mary Stromberg is a grandmother in Alabama who is concerned about what her grandchildren will be learning. Her concerns started when Congress passed the Military Commissions Act and moved her to ask educators in Alabama what children would be told when the Act was signed by Bush on October 17th. Mary and all Americans want to know.

Re: Military recruiters leave no child off their lists

Mr. Goodman, I applaud your expose of the Orwellian No Child Left Behind Act, but, seriously, FOUR years after the fact and just because your kid has just entered High School? What kind of reporter do you wish to present yourself as? If you had been on the band wagon prior to the Act passing, (and yes the knowledge was readily available, but few reporters bothered to "make a big deal" of it) I'd give you kudos and major snaps for having some effect in blocking the passage of the Act.