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I started writing this several months ago when gas prices started rising again and everyone was complaining about the oil companies and their huge profits. The topic was spotlighted again when President Obama made his recent remarks that apparently credited the mere existence of roads for all successful businesses in this country. His comments added a new angle to the favorite trump card argument of every Big Government type, “what about the roads?”. Enjoy.

Most people that I talk to aren’t aware that there is a Federal excise tax imposed on every gallon of clear diesel or gasoline purchased by consumers in this country, there are also variable state, county, and municipal fuel excise taxes. This excise tax is not a sales tax. It is also quite sizable…..

“The United States federal excise tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents per gallon (cpg) and 24.4 cents per gallon (cpg) for diesel fuel. On average, as of April 2012, state and local taxes add 31.1 cents to gasoline and 30.2 cents to diesel for a total US average fuel tax of 49.5 cents (cpg) per gallon for gas and 54.6 cents per gallon (cpg) for diesel.” – courtesy of Gas Price Watch.com (emphasis added)

These excise taxes supposedly exist for the purpose of building and maintaining roads. They are essentially usage taxes that are intended to fund the roads and infrastructure that your vehicle needs to operate on.

If you have ever argued with a big government type about the elimination of income and property taxes they immediately whip out their go to argument, “what about the roads?!”. Clearly, they are not educated in the way that the taxes they advocate are intended to be allocated.*

I assume that if you read this blog regularly and were not previously aware of this fuel excise tax, you are most likely not shocked to hear of its existence. (After all, isn’t everything taxed?)

Now that you know the Federal, State and local Governments in America make money off of every gallon of gas sold you have to question why Big Government types argue for federally mandated higher MPG standards for cars when higher MPG’s mean less fuel used. Logically if less fuel is bought then less fuel tax is collected.

Isn’t this a direct contradiction?

I have to ask these people, “What about the roads?!”.

They obviously don’t see that supporting Federally mandated higher MPG standards will reduce the government excise tax revenue thus depleting funds available for road work and repair. Unfortunately in this scenario there are likely just as many cars on the road as before, but there is less money coming in to maintain the roads. This inevitably leads to the unchecked degradation of infrastructure.

This same consequence can of course occur naturally in a free market as well. Let’s assume MPG standards are not artificially set by the Federal Government. We can also safely assume that the price of fuel will fluctuate as a result of supply and demand and other market factors.

When fuel prices trend upward the demand for inefficient vehicles goes down. As more fuel efficient vehicles take to the streets the consumption of gasoline goes down. (additionally due to higher prices people will car pool, drive less often, etc., further reducing consumption) As the consumption of gasoline goes down the tax revenue from fuel excise taxes goes down as well.

In this scenario, the reduced tax revenue for road maintenance is offset by the fact that less cars are on the road traveling less miles. As a result, less maintenance and construction is required due to less wear and tear.

The major difference between the government regulated MPG scenario and the free market MPG scenario is that:

The reduction of consumption is artificial when Federally mandated MPG standards are imposed – The market did not influence auto makers and buyers to have higher MPG’s, government regulation did. This can negatively effect the price of vehicles as well as artificially diminish tax revenue for road construction and maintenance.

Vehicle Prices:

With MPG mandates imposed on auto manufacturers the price to produce a vehicle goes up artificially. The automaker is required to invest more dollars into each unit it produces in order to meet the new mandates. To recoup these additional costs, the manufacturer must raise the selling price of each unit. In some cases the new high MPG vehicle may be a flop because the market does not demand it, in which case the automaker suffers a huge loss from manufacturing a vehicle that nobody will buy. (See the Chevrolet Volt)

Without MPG mandates if the market demands vehicles with higher MPG’s then the producers are capable of selling vehicles at a higher price that the market is willing to bare because they are supplying a demand for higher MPG’s. Higher demand with lower supply means that each unit is worth more (scarcity). This increased price per unit justifies the additional expense of each unit on behalf of the producer. (See the Toyota Prius several years ago as an example)

Excise Tax Revenue: The MPG mandates cause excise tax revenue to decline as described earlier in the post.

To combat the diminishing tax revenue resulting from lower consumption and better MPG’s the government in all of its wisdom is mulling creating a mileage tax. That’s right not only will you be taxed for buying your car, owning your car, and buying your fuel; you will get the pleasure of being taxed for driving your car! Eventually the mileage tax will lead to a limit on miles that can be driven. Because once the government tracks how much of something you are doing, they ultimately want to be able to tell you to do it less or face the consequences.

What is the point of all this?

My point here is that when you advocate less tax there are “intellectuals” who quickly attempt to paint you as a hypocrite over issues such as the funding of public roads. The goal is to claim that you take advantage of what you rail against, as a result your argument is invalid in their eyes. It is the typical strategy of discrediting the messenger and avoiding the message.

Typically, the people who rush to call me a hypocrite because I want less tax but drive my vehicle on the road are the same people seeking to limit the funding of roads through unnecessary and harmful Federal mandates such as higher mpg standards, mileage taxes, etc.

Aren’t they the hypocrites?

Yes they are.

What’s more troubling about the Federal Excise Tax on fuel in particular is the blatant disregard for making prudent spending decisions and complete lack of financial oversight. (Surprised?)

As usual government takes your money for one purpose then just uses it for whatever the hell they want, mostly funding the bureaucracy. According to Wikipedia, in 2007 Transportation Secretary Mary Peters stated that 60% of federal excise tax collected went toward the funding of road projects. The remaining 40% went toward earmarks. (I could not find statistics from the current administration)  The following are a couple of earmarked projects from the 2005 Highway Funding Bill.

– $8,000,000 to build a parking garage at a hospital in Harlem, New York

– $223,000,000 for the “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska.

The above examples are just a drop in the bucket of Government waste and fraud. I believe it has become clear that Government will not keep itself in check. Without the vigilance of the public to keep them honest and responsible the Federal Leviathan will undoubtedly continue on its path to totalitarianism….but at least we will have roads.

For a stunningly comprehensive analysis of the downfalls of Federally controlled road projects click here.

* I do not believe that government agencies are either the best or cheapest method of building and maintaining roads. When private firms compete for the work the taxpayer benefits drastically.

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Thank God for the “Affordable Care Act”!

We now have the Federal Government ensuring that as Americans we all have……….

……..A militarized civilian police force?

The text in bold is the text as taken from the Affordable Care Act. The standard text are my questions and analysis of this section of the law.

See the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, page 1312:

SEC. 5210. ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS. Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows:

SEC. 203. COMMISSIONED CORPS AND READY RESERVE CORPS.

(a) ESTABLISHMENT–
(1) IN GENERAL.–here shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency. (What constitutes a “national emergency”? This vague term does not identify what conditions must be met for an event to be considered a national emergency.)

(2) REQUIREMENT.–All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to the Classification Act 2 of 1923, as amended. (Notice that this specifies commissioned officers must be legal citizens, it does not state that enlisted individuals must fulfill a citizenship requirement. The Classification Act 2 and civil service laws apply to civilian government employees. The only government employees that are not subject to the civil service laws are the military. The ready reserve corps will operate without regard to these laws, one can easily infer then that this corps is more of a military branch than it is a branch of the civil service.)

(3) APPOINTMENT.– Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President and commissioned officers of the Regular Corps shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. (Note that officers of the corps are appointed by the Executive branch without any Senate oversight)

(4) ACTIVE DUTY.–Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall at all times be subject to call to active duty by the Surgeon General, including active duty for the purpose of training. (This is a standing force that is on the ready at all times.)

(5) WARRANT OFFICERS.–Warrant officers may be appointed to the Service for the purpose of providing support to the health and delivery systems maintained by the Service and any warrant officer appointed to the Service shall be considered for purposes of this Act and title 37, United States Code, to be a commissioned officer within the Commissioned Corps of the Service.

(b) ASSIMILATING RESERVE CORP OFFICERS INTO THE REGULAR CORPS.—Effective on the date of enactment of the Affordable Health Choices Act, all individuals classified as officers in the Reserve Corps under this section (as such section existed on the day before the date of enactment of such Act) and serving on active duty shall be deemed to be commissioned officers of the Regular Corps. (Effectively any Presidentially appointed reserve corps officer will be automatically assimilated into the regular corps without any oversight or requirements. )

(c) PURPOSE AND USE OF READY RESERVE.–
(1) PURPOSE.–The purpose of the Ready Reserve Corps is to fulfill the need to have additional Commissioned Corps personnel available on short notice (similar to the uniformed service’s reserve program) to assist regular Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions. (At this point the “ready reserve” and “commissioned corps” are being compared to the “uniformed service’s”. This wording infers similarities in organizational structure with the military.)

(2) USES.–The Ready Reserve Corps shall–
(A) participate in routine training to meet the general and specific needs of the Commissioned Corps; (nothing real special here)

(B) be available and ready for involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises, similar to the uniformed service reserve personnel; (Did you notice the word “involuntary” in that sentence? And again a reference to similarities with the “uniformed services”)

(C) be available for backfilling critical positions left vacant during deployment of active duty Commissioned Corps members, as well as for deployment to respond to public health emergencies, both foreign and domestic; and (DID YOU READ THAT!? BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC! So we are discussing a military style “civilian” corps that can be involuntarily deployed to a foreign land as deemed necessary by the President for an undefined “national emergency” or “public health emergency”. Currently the military is the only place that this type of stuff exists. So again, more similarities with the uniformed services.)

(D) be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities (as defined in section 399SS) to improve access to health services. (I can’t help but think of the scenes in movies like Shindler’s List where the poor and destitute Jews were stood in line and watched over by the military police. Most of which were under the impression they were in those lines for their own good.)

(d) FUNDING.—For the purpose of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Commissioned Corps under this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to the Office of the Surgeon General for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Funds appropriated under this subsection shall be used for recruitment and training of Commissioned Corps Officers. (WHAT!? A vague definition of how money will be appropriated and allocated…..no, not from our government!)

The hardcore Obama supporters out there will excuse this obvious power grab as nothing more than our dear leader and his minions filling the gaps in our nations emergency response preparedness. There are rebuttals out there stating that this is simply the creation of a reserve corps for the Public Health Service. The PHS does not have a uniformed reserve and has had past difficulties in fielding adequate numbers of their people to emergencies, such as after Hurricane Katrina.

What they will and have failed to address are the questions I raised above.

They will fail to address why essentially another branch of the military has been created.

They will fail to address why this new force answers directly to the President and requires no formal declaration of any type by Congress in order to be deployed domestically and abroad.

They will fail to address why this was snuck in with the “healthcare law” to begin with.

They will fail to address what a standing civilian army operating under its own set of rules implies for the future of our country.

They will fail to address the dangers of having solely executive appointed leadership operating a militarized force.

They will fail to admit that these are Obama’s “brown shirts”.

The term “brown shirt’s” was a nickname for the Nazi paramilitary police force the Sturmabteilung, or SA. The SA were a force created by the Nazi party that existed outside of the military but mirrored military ranking and operational procedures. The SA carried out the bidding of the Nazi party and was assigned to special duties by the party. They were an intrical part of the rise of the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler into power. Eventually the SA was dissolved and replaced by the more famous SS…..but that would NEVER happen in America.

The main argument supporting that this will not be a militarized force is that this is intended to be a corps of doctors, nurses, medical professionals, etc. But where is this specified? I did not read any requirements for members of the corps. If the requirements still need to be written then the legislation should not have passed. Half cocked legislation is dangerous and leaves an open door for the abuse of legislative power.

Maybe it wont be President Obama who misuses this new “corps”. Maybe we wont see misuse in our lifetimes, maybe we will. But the first question that needs to be answered is why is this even necessary? What void exists in the current plethora of military and police forces that exist at the Federal, State, and municipal levels?

Am I missing something?

The stated use for this corps is for national emergencies….which happen frequently enough that a new paramilitary force should be created and kept on standby at all times, right?

What is a national emergency anyway? We often hear declarations of a “state of emergency” for cities, counties, or nearly entire states due to flooding, wildfires, tornados, hurricanes, etc. In these circumstances we have municipal city and fire departments with back up from surrounding communities or county offices. Then there are the National Guard and FEMA as well. Not to mention the thousands of volunteers, hundreds of non profit organizations and many church organizations that pour into any disaster area in the nation to help with relief.

To have a national emergency we must have to have such a massive natural disaster that it throws our entire nation into chaos, or we are invaded by a foreign military, or we have a pandemic, or we are invaded by aliens. In those circumstances I would say that a national emergency could be declared. In those instances what good will the brown shirts serve?

It seems to me that the dangers that exist with a standing paramilitary force are far greater than the rewards. After all, if this is such a great thing that is highly necessary….why did it get snuck through in the healthcare reform law?

Concerns such as mine are being dismissed as “conspiracy theory”. This is a convenient scape goat term that is used as a blanket to cover any descending point of view. It is the fastest and easiest way to discredit and devalue analysis that does not coincide with the “official story”. Once something is labeled a conspiracy theory a whole new set of requirements is put on the idea that even the original story did not meet. I do not find this issue to be a conspiracy or a theory about a conspiracy at all! This has happened. The law exists, the text is there, interpret it how you may. I am attempting to point out some things that seem off to me.

I can’t pinpoint the reason behind all of this, but I can tell you that it appears to me this was created with intentions beyond the stated official story. I don’t think it bodes well for the future of America to have such things in existence. I think that the creation of a paramilitary force acting under direct authority of the executive branch is a sign of what is coming. I don’t like it. I think that it is the end of America as we knew it.

What do you think?

Updated material is past the previously posted story.

Remember the movie Eagle Eye? Remember how the computer could see where the guy was the whole time and all it had to do was tap into ATM cameras, traffic cameras, security cameras, etc. To accomplish it.

Well it just got easier.

http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/7/coming-to-a-sky-near-you/

According to that article we should expect 30,000 drones in our skies by 2020.

On a typical day there are some 4-6,000 commercial jets in the sky at any time. Think about it, any time you look up you can usually see at least 2-3 planes crossing the sky. Imagine 5 times that number of planes in the sky, that will be the quantity of drones in our airspace by 2020.

There are roughly 35,000 cities and towns in the United States. This means there will be enough drones in 8 years to put one on patrol over almost every single city or town in the US.

There are roughly 350 million people in the United States. Making the 30,000 drones, approximately one drone per each 11,500 people. There are only 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the US, that is approximately one per every 29,000 people. There will be over 2 times the amount of drones in the sky as there are McDonald’s on the ground.

There are roughly 150 million homes in the United States. Approximately one drone per 5,000 houses. Google how many houses are in your area.

The land area of the United States is 3.79 million square miles. Divided between 30,000 drones that is only 126 square miles to patrol in order to canvas the United States.

The patrol area of a Northrop Grumman Global Hawk drone is 4000 square miles per day. At that rate, the 30,000 drones could survey every square mile of the country 32 times every single day. Consider that there are vast expanses of mountains, water, and desert that would be virtually unnecessary to patrol because they are uninhabitable.

Combine these drones with GPS in our phones, RFID tags in our credit cards and ID badges, Onstar and GPS in our vehicles, traffic cameras, security cameras, police car dash cams, etc. And you have a scenario where if the right person is looking they can find you, watch you, and record you, whenever and wherever they want.

The drones eliminate the little privacy that was left when hiding from cameras and other tracking devices.

Consider:

Traffic cameras can’t see into your fenced in back yard to watch your kids play, or your wife sunbath.

Security cameras in the store can’t create heat signature images of the inside of your home from thousands of feet in the air. Drone operators will know how hot you take your showers, what time you go to bed, etc., etc., etc.

You can put your RFID credit card in a blocking wallet to prevent unwanted transmission of personal data. Unless you’re underground, you can’t hide from the drones.

You can yank your dash GPS out of your car and throw it in the ditch, or leave your phone at home, or have Onstar removed from your vehicle. But the drones will still fly.

Keep in mind, not all drones are created equal. Not all drones are equipped with only cameras. Some drones are quite powerful. The link below is for one of the first hunter killer drones built and it has replaced F16 fighter jets for an entire squadron. It is currently in service with the United States border patrol.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Atomics_MQ-9_Reaper

We aren’t talking about SkyNet, this isn’t a sci-fi movie, this is real life. This is the police state in action.

UPDATE: the following links expand on what I previously reported in this post. I feel this is one of the biggest issues facing our country, that is why I am reposting this with new information.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/06/04/the-age-of-drones-military-may-be-using-drones-in-us-to-help-police

http://www.infowars.com/epa-using-drones-to-spy-on-cattle-ranchers-in-nebraska-and-iowa/

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-boeing-spy-drone-phantom-20120604,0,3627487.story

http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/11/border-agency-overextended-drone-program/

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/2269/706/The_Insects_Are_Watching:_The_Future_Of_Government_Surveillance_Technology.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2161647/Is-really-just-fly-Swarms-cyborg-insect-drones-future-military-surveillance.html

!http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/magazine/the-drone-zone.xml

http://m.cnet.com/news/us-drone-hijackings-raise-security-concerns/57466445

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/07/12/navy-beginning-to-implement-underwater-drones-in-gulf/

http://m.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/07/small-drone-missile-soon/

http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2012/08/10/boeing-demonstrates-drones-that-perform-like-swarm-of-insects/

Read the story at the following link to better describe the title of this post.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150281/REVEALED-Hundreds-words-avoid-using-online-dont-want-government-spying-you.html?ICO=most_read_module

My friend Kyle Herron, who wrote the previous post “Do We Really Need A Leader” for Less Than Unique, recently gave a speech to a local “Rock The Vote” event. Kyle was kind enough to pass on the text of this speech to share with the Less Than Unique readership.

Thanks Kyle.

“The biggest threat to a tyrannical government is a well-informed public.

I have spent the last few years of my life traveling to different countries around the world and spending time in their cultures. A common theme in most of these countries is a lack of individual liberties and an overbearing government. You see, the most important reason our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution and enabled us to vote was to protect the liberties of every individual.

Each and every individual in this country has liberties that are endowed to them and cannot be taken away. We do not get our rights by being a certain race, religion, or the member of some group.

So where do we get our rights? Many will claim it is from a benevolent creator, and that may be a fact. But what about people who are not religious? Do they have rights?

The Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed with our rights by our creator. We all obviously exist so we were created by something. It could be nature, God, or our parents for that matter.
The simple fact is that we are all given those rights by being individual human beings.

While I was traveling the world I had several incidences where I was judged because of the group I belonged to whether it be Caucasian or American. Once I was forced to go to the back of the line in an airport and wait for all the native people to board before me, when I got on board I had to wait until the native people had been seated before I could sit in a less desirable seat.

These discriminatory tendencies are allowed in those countries because they believe that they received their rights based on what group they belonged to, not as individuals. These policies are great for the group that is in favor but not so great for those being held back. Don’t get me wrong I am not denouncing all governments, and I understand that government has a role that it must fulfill. But government must be under the close watch of an informed, and active citizenry.

Governments have the ability to, and the track record of attempting to fool their citizens into blindly following the leadership of the current administration. Sometimes those lies and propaganda have deadly consequences.

The Soviet Union forced millions of its citizens into forced labor camps where many of them died.  By the end of their rule they had murdered 61 million of their own people.

The Communist Chinese government murdered 35 million citizens.

We all know the stories that have come from WWII and the terrible death camps. Were you aware that it was not just the Jews who were persecuted? All of the German citizens were forced to wear armbands to identify them with a certain group. They also persecuted Jehovah witnesses, Gypsies, Homosexuals, and almost anyone with a mental illness. By the time the Nazi reign was over it had murdered 11 million innocent humans in an attempt to clear the earth of GROUPS of people.

Have any of you noticed a trend here? Powerful centralized governments murdering millions of people.

There is a reason the founding fathers set the separation of powers and the system of checks and balances into place. Many of the genocides took place under authoritarian governments where the people had little to no voice to speak out.

But the right to speak out and be heard is not something that can be taken away, it is something that is given up by the individual out of fear or in an attempt to gain stability. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

All of these murders were aided by lies put out by the government and dressed up in propaganda campaigns. All of these could have been prevented if people understood that our rights are not given to us by the government, and the government has no right to take any of them away from any individual.

Being informed about bills and amendments being passed by your government is the first step in keeping  government in its proper role. I served overseas in two wars and I can tell you from first hand experience, ALWAYS QUESTION THE OFFICIAL STORY!

It blows my mind how people will shut down their train of thought as soon as the “Official story” has been produced. It is like they refuse to accept that our government is not all knowing. Our government has its own track record of lies and enforcement of unjust laws.

Slavery was only possible in America because government wrote it into law and enforced it through the barrel of a gun. After slavery had been done away with government enforced Separate but Equal laws and enforced them across the land. Even now to this day government continues to use race as terms to get a loan, a job, or an education. 

Haven’t we seen it time and time again? A government official dresses up the facts in front of congress, he gets called out on the lies he made to the American public and they brush it off like its nothing. Then American citizens laugh it off and say “all politicians lie.” The only reason politicians lie and get away with it is because we allow them to. It is our responsibility to hold them accountable. Why is it okay for a Politician to lie to its citizens, but it is a felony to for a citizen lie to Congress?

The only way to truly stop bigotry is to stop looking at people and associating them with groups, we must look at them for their individual qualities. We cannot continue to allow ourselves to be sectioned off into groups. We must force everyone to look at us as individuals who have certain inalienable rights given to us at birth.

We all know about SOPA and the attack on internet privacy.  Our elected officials are slowly trying to take more and more rights away in the name of security. The attack on the privacy of the internet is far from over, just because SOPA did not pass that does not mean they will not try again. Just look up the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) How many of you have heard of the NDAA? More specifically sections 1031 and 1032.

Did you know that your government now has the ability to detain you indefinitely without a trial if you are suspected of being a terrorist? Did you know that the U.S military is now authorized to operate as Law enforcement inside of U.S borders now? Where do they get the authorization to do this? Not from the Constitution that is for sure.

They are able to do these things because we allow them to.

We allow them to do so by our silence on these issues. I hear a lot of people talking about how slow congress operates, or how it takes too long for our government to effect change. Though some people refuse to believe it, this is actually how our government was designed to work.
When governments are allowed to enact programs on the spur of the moment they are most often based purely on emotion.

Our founding fathers set procedures in place to slow our government down to prevent overreacting to the problems. The overreaction to a problem and the implementation of ill thought-out programs will lead to unintended consequences.

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

You will have people who tell you should trust government, and that having distrust of government is just paranoid delusions . Nothing could be further from the truth . Not keeping a watchful, objective eye on your government is what leads to the slow decay of your rights as a citizen.

I ask you to look into each candidate that you plan to vote for. Fight bigotry and tyranny at home by voting for candidates who understand that you are an individual and that you cannot be grouped into the masses. You are special in your own way. With your own tendencies different from any other. Relish in your culture, enjoy your history, but embrace your individuality and let no one take it from you.”

From time to time I hear someone say that the institutionalized segregation of Black and White Americans ended as a result of the passage of the “Civil Rights Act”. To me a statement like this is similar to celebrating the government for ending prohibition……they created it in the first place!

I will concede that there were most likely some businesses that did feel compelled to desegregate as a result of the legislation rather than face penalty. I can’t argue that sometimes a law, no matter how overdue it is, can have the results it is intended to have, at least to some extent.  I do however argue that crediting the government with ending institutionalized segregation is wholly inaccurate and deeply disrespectful, I will elaborate later in the post on these statements.

I also believe that all individuals in this nation are equal, thus, they should be treated equally. The law cannot treat one group more favorably than another. It is this fact that determines the responsibility of the law to protect any individual from being discriminated against for being different.

With these statements made, I am going to offer my opinion on the Federal Government’s participation in segregation and desegregation in the USA.

To say that the United States Federal Government is responsible for desegregation is inaccurate and disrespectful. Millions of Black Americans risked their lives, risked their families lives, and peacefully fought to end institutionalized segregation in this nation. To credit government legislation for ending segregation is to discredit the efforts and struggle of those Black Americans.

What was accomplished by the Black Civil Rights Movement was monumental and unparalleled in American history. Similar to the American Revolution, this group of people was fighting for their right to exist as equals and not be subservient to any other group. Unlike the American Revolution the Civil Rights Movement was mostly peaceful. Sure, violence and bloodshed occurred, but the vigilance and determination of figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. guided an overwhelmingly peaceful revolution. The successful desegregation of America was not done by government, America was desegregated by a motivated, organized, and intelligent movement of oppressed individuals who wanted to change things to embetter their lives.

I firmly believe that desegregation would have occurred sooner if it hadn’t been for the Federal Government. Terms such as “seperate but equal” were created at the hands of government. Laws and regulations perpetuated the problem and gave those practicing inequality a legal leg to stand on. The system was set up to allow for the oppression of Black Americans.  The apathy and racist tendencies of the majority allowed for the legal plunder of the minority, the exact problem that a Republican form of Government is intended to prevent. “The tyranny of the majority” is a side effect of democracy and was a key reason for the United States founding fathers adoption of a Representative Republic over a Democracy.

Bureaucrats capitalize on the struggles and successes of the oppressed to further their own agendas. They ride the coat tails of the real heroes and loudly credit themselves for the achievements of others. While they frequently fail to admit that they themselves or their uncontested counterparts were the origination of the oppression being fought.

Please, credit the revolutionaries, not the bureaucracy. People make the changes not government. Angry people who can’t suffer through government sanctioned intolerance any longer. Oppressed people who refuse to continue to be held down. Awakened people who defy the lies and propaganda they had been lulled to sleep with.

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The Government likes to tell us what we can and can’t do. Here is a list of government approved activities.

You may…..

Join the military at age 17 or get drafted at 18*

Just don’t try to smoke a cigarette, drink a beer or gamble before you go to die for your freedoms….

Have Sex*

*just don’t do it anally, or outside of your home, or unless you’re both over 18 (Im not advocating pedophilia with that last statement. Im referring to a situation where a 17 year old boy gets charged with statutory rape for having sex with his 16 year old girlfriend)

Get Married*

*after you fill out these papers, pay this fee, file the proper tax forms, and of course are of the opposite sex.

Eat Food and Drink*

*just not raw milk, raw beer, water from an uninspected well, in some places water from plastic bottles, soda but only after you pay the soda tax, fried chicken as long as it is free of trans fats, etc.

Work on your house*

*after you have obtained a building permit and paid the necessary fee, also throughout the process and after its completion you must pay for inspections. Some work may be required by law to contract a professional, even if you are fully capable. Work includes: installing a hot water tank, any electrical or plumbing repairs, structural changes or repairs, repairs to roofing, painting, pouring concrete, window replacement, etc.)

Grow a lawn*

*lawns are still allowed but care may be restricted in some areas. Watering, fertilizing, and mowing are all subject to oversight. Also, if you have a dog and he wants to poop in your grass, you need to pick it up and dispose of it in the garbage.

Open A Business*

*after you get a Federal EIN, a taxpayer identification number, file articles of incorporation with the state and pay an annual fee, file your EIN with the state, get a state sales tax number, create a state sales tax account. Then you can open up….wait no, now you need your building inspected, your floor plan approved, a city business license issued, in some cases state and/or federal licenses are required (all licenses have fees), property tax will also need to paid, now just hire employees?….nope not yet, each prospective employee will need a background check, drug test, and be reported to the state and the federal government as being your employee. Don’t forget to hire a person to worry about keeping up all of your taxes, licenses, and accounting. So now you’re pretty close to opening your business….assuming you have any time or money left to do so.

Babysit Your Friends Children*

* In some places you will need to first be licensed as a child care professional, also the people you are babysitting for may need to issue you a 1099 at the end of the year for your wages earned.

Have A Group of Friends Over For Game Night*

* In some areas a gathering of a group of people (over 2) inside of your home requires a permit and your “facility” faces inspection by the fire marshall to determine whether it meets the requirements set out for public gatherings locations (This could mean no Sunday Bible Study groups, no childrens sleepovers, no holiday family dinners, and no “game nights” without government approval)

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