The offspring would be… Not sure there’s even a word for that.
'Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there. You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?' the officer, who identified himself as Ray, told the caller.
You know what is a good way to ask someone to go away?
A .357 to the chest.
One of the more common refrains from people who don’t share my political and socioeconomic views is that because I don’t believe in stealing money from the haves and simply giving it to the have-nots, that somehow I don’t care about them.
In one way, that’s accurate. I don’t care about anyone outside of my monkeysphere and neither do you. Most people use “I care about [nebulous concept]” more as a “I am so holier-than-thou it f***ing hurts” than a statement of actual caring, so I try to avoid it. Honestly, unless I know the person directly or their story hits close to home, I don’t generally care about individuals’ plights because they don’t directly affect me, and that is totally and completely natural. See “monkeysphere” above.
On the other hand, my concern for the downtrodden is a form of self-protection. I’ve been there. I’ve had to split a single pack of Ramen noodles so I had both lunch AND dinner. I was too proud to ask for help because I realized my situation was of my own doing (poor financial management) and that there were others who were truly needy. However, even I, Mr. I don’t need a handout, easily found support from charities, family, church, etc. I didn’t even have to look and it was there.
Just because I don’t think the government can appropriately mete charity doesn’t mean I don’t believe charity should be done. One would think this is a self evident thing, but it’s not. But I’ve seen the corruption, the waste, and fraud in government programs and I’ve worked with private charities and see that they are much better stewards of the funding they receive to realize that you do not help the poor and downtrodden with government. In fact, you tend to do the exact opposite as you create entire generations of dependent people who then in turn spawn children who know no other way of life.
Demanding the tax man put his gun against my head to force me to pay into what you think is moral and correct is not charity. Doesn’t matter if you think orphans living on the street deserve food and that anyone who would disagree must be a monster, your sense of right and wrong may seem self evident but to others it might not be or, in many cases, may not be the same level of priority. Feeding the poor may be lower on the scale of charity for someone than providing medical care to children, or education, or many other things.
I’ve also found out that most of the people I know of as being ‘left of center’ tend to be the least charitable. When asked, it’s because they believe the gov’t is where charity lies. This is laziness, not compassion. These people walk into a voting booth every few years, tick off a few check boxes and think to themselves “I am a good person. I voted for the person who promised to do all the work I refuse to do.”
My belief is that you better serve the poor by granting them opportunities rather than handouts. Yes, this means those who do not seek to put in the effort to better their lives may in fact suffer, but that is their choice. Those who cannot better themselves due to actual physical or emotional problems can easily find charity that will help them, and those charities would have to turn down donations if the gov’t would stop stealing from people in the form of taxes.
History has shown time and time again that handouts hurt more than they help. The cliché of giving a man a fish vs. teaching him to fish is perfectly valid. Society benefits more by holding Fishing Clinics versus handing out all you can eat tilapia. Expecting people to work for their sustenance is not cruel or heartless, teaching them a life of dependency is.
Another thing that seems to be missed here is that in the US, most of our ‘poor’ are fat, have cable TV and are forced to drive a 10 year old BMW with the shitty rims that don’t spin very well. Our concept of ‘poverty’ is pretty perverted compared to the rest of the world, and the primary reason is because most people have never seen real poverty, which happens in places where there is no opportunity.
Now, think about this – Have you ever seen a clean common area? Think about where you work, or public places. Common areas tend to get filthy because few people concern themselves with what they perceive to be someone else’s issue. Using the government to help the needy is the same as treating them like a common area, and the results are similar.
I care about creating a society where everyone has the opportunity to better themselves. This means that yes, some people are going to suffer and get swept aside, but that happens anyway and worse with the system we’ve put in place. I do not believe that any society can last that does not take care of those at the bottom, but I also believe that using the force of government isn’t a substitute for caring about your fellow man and in fact, lessens people’s desire to help.
Sometimes this may seem cruel and heatless, but in reality, I simply believe it to be a more effective way of dealing with the problem. So, if you’re going to argue with me about ‘helping the poor’, do so by pointing out the benefits of your system versus starting from the belief that I simple don’t care.
And now you know a little more about me.
Arguing on Twitter is, to put it nicely, a waste of valuable time. For one, 140 characters isn’t enough to get much more than a snarky comment across and two, the most common thing I find is that people argue with me based on a completely incorrect stereotype of what they think I should be like rather than who I really am. So, I’m going to write up a few articles about myself so that I can tiny url them to squash those misconceptions before they start.
Plus, I get to write about my favorite subject – Me.
Today Florida Carry, Inc., filed an action to stop Daytona Beach's illegal practice of refusing to return firearms to people, including veterans, who were Baker Acted but found to be no danger to themselves or others. For too long, many jurisdictions throughout Florida have refused to follow the law. In 2009 the Florida Attorney General made clear in an opinion that the continued detention of firearms after a person was released without being found to be a danger to themselves or others was prohibited by Florida law. Despite the clear instruction from the Attorney General and the legal prohibition on creating their own firearms rules since 1987, these individuals and agencies who have sworn to uphold the law, have instead violated the law and the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Florida gun owners. It is time to hold these jurisdictions responsible and require that these people in authority follow the laws they swore an oath to uphold and enforce.
As we previously reported, an honorably discharged combat vet called a veteran’s assistance hotline for someone to talk to. Instead of finding the sympathetic and understanding ear of a fellow vet, the VA hotline worker got the police to come out and take this man who has stood in defense of our country from his home and submit him for mental evaluation. The police officers also seized his firearms, bows, arrows, ammo and protective equipment. One talk with a qualified mental health professional was all it took for the doctor to determine that the vet was never a threat to himself or anyone else.
Now the police department refuses to give this man who has stood watch for our defense his guns back despite numerous previous court decisions and instructions from the Florida Attorney General that all instruct that his property should be immediately returned.
This problem has been found statewide and Florida Carry got involved in this case to protect the rights of all Floridians. The denial of personal property rights without just cause and the denial of the right to bear arms without due process of law must end now.
The case filing can be read here: Complaint_A.B_and_FL_Carry_v_Daytona
Case updates and relevant filings can be found starting tomorrow on the Florida Carry Webpage's Litigation Section.
About: Florida Carry, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental rights of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self-defense as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. Florida Carry stands only to represent our supporters, members, and the over 7-million gun owners of Florida. We are not beholden to any national organization’s agenda that may compromise that mission.
Florida Carry works tirelessly toward striking down ill-conceived gun control laws that have been proven to provide safe havens to criminals and be deadly to law-abiding citizens.
Florida Carry, Inc.
I’m a firm believer that corporations never pay taxes anyway and that any new taxes are simply passed onto their customers in the form of higher prices.
However, I realized something mid-3rd-cup of coffee – This isn’t exactly true, and for the worse. You see, taxes can be raised on companies who will then delay the felt effects by their consumers. They can take a tax hike hit for a while until things get thin, then raise their prices. This delay serves to disassociate a politician’s tax hike event from the effects, thus after X Time the consumer simply assumes the corporation is just being greedy by raising their rates because they’ve forgotten about the tax hike.
It’s a kind of political jujitsu where you use capitalism’s built in price controls (a.k.a. the free market forcing people to sell at the lowest price) against itself to further your needs.
SPECIAL NOTICE: DO NOT call Senator Kotowski unless he is your Senator, and even then be very careful. Kotowski has a track record of having the State Police investigate and harass people that disagree with him.
I want you to read that statement a few times because it might not sink in right away.
Here we have a state senator who has been known to have the
Stasi State Police intimidate his detractors and yet both the Senator AND the police who have assisted him are both still employed and not in jail where they belong.
This isn’t new, and it’s not a Democrat vs. Republican thing. Corruption is a bipartisan effort and the corrupting influence of power stains all who hold it. We, as a society, have allowed this to continue to this point and there’s no way to remove the cancer without harming the host. We’re just seeing it more now because we have better communications, and I’m not sure if it’s because people simply don’t care, or can only focus their energies on thirty-seven scandals at a time and numbers thirty-eight to infinity are just going to have to wait.
Buckle up ladies and gentlemen. We’re in for some bumpy times.
“This is the government your forefathers warned you about.”
This video is just… amazing.