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I have met some social liberals who were not statists. They called themselves Libertarians and/or peaceful anarchists. I will address these two groups in another post. I also know some social liberals who call themselves fiscal conservatives, but they are kidding themselves. When push came to shove, their statism showed right through. But, what IS a statist?

A statist is a proponent/advocate of statism which is defined as: a concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry. Basically, anyone who advocates that the government “do something,” is a statist. Anyone who looks to government to solve problems is a statist. Policies of statists create “big government.”

Sadly, many statists don’t even know they are statists. They’ll say things like, “Well, I don’t believe we need more government interference, but they need to make sure businesses can’t refuse service to anyone.” Yep. That’s a quote from a thread on my Facebook page. This person self-identified as a Christian conservative who was for small government. This type of disconnection from reality is NOT uncommon…look at John McCain. Need I say more?

But, here’s where it gets really tricky. I have seen many an argument about “Republican” and “Democrats,” when really the discussion should have been about statists in both parties. One party wanted one kind of big government and the other party a different kind of big government. In the end, there is no difference when dealing with statists. Some want total government quickly and some are content to get there more slowly. The goal is the same.

It’s not the direct fault of most people that they have no clue where the Constitution lies on the continuum and what it means to be a statist.

Most of us were told, in school, that Communism and Socialism are on the “left” and Fascism is on the “right.” We all believed this, right? I mean, sure, that makes sense…until you ask where the Constitution and anarchists fit in this supposed spectrum. What we have is a bunch of names for different types of total government. So, where do the Constitution, Libertarianism, and Anarchy fit?

The graph that accurately shows the spectrum looks like this (from The 5,000 Year Leap):

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Truly, government equals coercion. You don’t pay taxes because you want to. You pay them because, if you don’t, they’ll fine you, or eventually throw you in jail. You don’t get a driver’s license because it’s a wise thing to do. You get it because driving without one will be made unpleasant by the state government, if you get caught. Coercion. Sometimes it’s necessary to have coercion (laws against murder, etc.), but we have to know that it is, always, coercion.

So, we see that the argument we have about “right” and “left” in this country – mostly by elected officials (think Lindsey Graham and Nancy Pelosi) – is really about how much total government we want. Pelosi wants massive government, and Graham wants slightly less massive government. The REAL place we were meant to be was even further into the space of where a republic lives…where the rule of law is paramount.

The Rule of Law is where all laws apply equally to every single person in this nation, where everyone gets equal protection under the law, where every single individual has rights that are given to us by our “Creator.” I’m not making this up, either! This is the basis for our entire country. These rights cannot legally be infringed upon by anyone. They are not given by men, because, if so, they could be legally taken away by men. Our founders and framers set up a republic for us.

First, right now, click on the link at the right and buy my book. It’s a book that’s great for kids and adults alike. It’s funny history with cartoons…what’s not to like?

Then, watch this video. This video (worth EVERY SECOND it takes to watch) will explain why we are a republic, and what the consequences of being anything else are:

Now, after watching this, and reading this post, you’ll know what I mean when I reference “statists.” Liberals, Progressives, Socialists, Communists, and Fascists ALL fall under the title of statist.

Make sure you know where you stand.

In Obamacare, we find that if someone is of some particular religion, that must be disregarded when they are running their business. They must, even if they object on moral grounds, to offer birth control in the health plans to their employees. Many seem to think this is okay, and, in light of some Supreme Court cases, that seems to be the trend.

But, all we have to do is look at the first amendment to see that this is wrong. It’s simple English: The Congress cannot make any law that prohibits (restricts) the free exercise of religion.

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Let’s not worry right now about free speech, press, or assembly. This is about religion. Now, it’s clear that CONGRESS ONLY is not allowed to “make [any] law prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. The state governments are not denied this. They ARE denied some things, and those items are listed in Article I, Section 10. There are only a few things denied to the states, such as not being able to, as individual states, enter into treaties with foreign governments. It’s a logical list.

Now, you might be all up in arms about this saying that there can be NO restriction on speech or religion!! But, states make laws about slander and libel, and they can outlaw Satanic rituals. That makes sense, and keeps society civil. However, Congress cannot make laws about slander and libel. They also cannot regulate religion.

So, the Congress cannot make ANY law in regards to the free exercise of religion, even telling businesses what type of health care insurance they have to provide to their employees.

If this is not enough to make you understand and be persuaded to see the truth of my argument, let’s turn the tables and see how this works on the reverse. If you are an atheist, and you do want to provide your employees with health insurance that covers birth control, but Congress makes a law that this is illegal. Regardless of your personal beliefs, you cannot offer that type of health insurance. Is that right? No. And, neither is it right to force those who don’t want to offer this to do so.

Another argument is that the employees do not have the right to choose. But, that choice was made when they agreed to work at a business that is run by a certain religion. If I applied for a job where I knew the proprietors were Scientologists, I might not be surprised when they don’t offer health insurance for antidepressants. Since when am I forced to work for them? I’m not, and neither are the people who work for Catholics.

The right of conscience, the ability to live your life, in all spheres, according to your beliefs, is a foundational right in this country. Only when your beliefs infringe on the rights of others can the STATES intervene. For instance, if your religion believes that if a child misbehaves, that the parents can kill the child, this is an illegal act and will be considered a crime, even though it’s in your belief system. This is because the child’s right to life is not to be taken from them. That can only happen legally if they have been convicted of crimes suitable for the death penalty, or if some individual kills them in self-defense. States have the duty to protect the inalienable rights of their citizens. If you are confused about what a right is, or whether health care insurance is a right (hint: it’s NOT), please see my blog about rights.

This bill was passed by the SCOTUS because they said the government has a right to tax its people. Even if we ignore the fact that the tax is on NOT doing something (one of the “taxes” is for those who don’t get what the government deems proper insurance), the ruling totally ignored the first amendment rights  of all individuals to exercise their religion, even in the public square. The amendment does not read, you see, “Congress shall make no law…prohibiting the free exercise [of religion], unless you open a business or are out in public.”

Get a copy of my book about The Declaration of Independence by clicking the link on the right. That document is the premise for our country, and everyone needs to read it. Now, it’s Made Easy! Get your copy today!

John Adams

“I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Painting and Poetry Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine.”

~ John Adams in a Letter to Abigail Adams, post 12 May 1780
A dear friend recently told me that she sees me as being all about God, family, and country. I replied in the affirmative. What I didn’t get a chance to tell her is that, while I very much enjoy spending hours each day studying history and economics, I do this because I feel the need to make the case for liberty in this country as so many have never even given it a second thought. I never used to, but now I KNOW what’s going on and it’s crappy.
I would love to read more fiction and literature, spend more time playing, or cleaning my house (okay, that one’s a lie…), but I feel that, being one who sees what our country is headed for, I have the duty to share the knowledge I’ve gained.
It’s not a pretty picture, either. Try that one on for size. I have no message of “Don’t worry!! If we can just beat those [fill in political party here]’s in the next election, everything will be FINE!!” Nope.  My message is, “If we don’t change our mores and see how we are flushing our remaining liberties down the toilet, as a country, we’re toast as a civilization.”
Yeah, I’m a hoot at dinner parties…
But, I do it so that people will again have conversations in this country that start out with, “Gee whiz, about that new legislation they are looking to pass, I wonder what the real ramifications will be?” instead of, “How could anyone want GUNS in the hands of CRIMINALS??” as if that’s what anyone wants.
I do it so that my kids will be able to live in a land whose laws are not based on envy of what others have. I do it so that we can have a discussion based on facts, not feelings. I do it so we can restore the Declaration of Independence (totally buy my book for more on that – just click on the link to the right!!) and the US Constitution. I do it so people will take the time to truly understand what those documents mean and why abolitionists back in the day, like Republican Frederick Douglass in June of 1863, said things like this:Frederick Douglass
“Let me tell you something. Do you know that you have been deceived and cheated? You have been told that this government was intended from the beginning for white men, and for white men exclusively; that the men who formed the Union and framed the Constitution designed the permanent exclusion of the colored people from the benefits of those institutions. Davis, Taney and Yancey, traitors at the south, have propagated this statement, while their copperhead echoes at the north have repeated the same. There never was a bolder or more wicked perversion of the truth of history. So far from this purpose was the mind and heart of your fathers, that they desired and expected the abolition of slavery. They framed the Constitution plainly with a view to the speedy downfall of slavery. They carefully excluded from the Constitution any and every word which could lead to the belief that they meant it for persons of only one complexion.The Constitution, in its language and in its spirit, welcomes the black man to all the rights which it was intended to guarantee to any class of the American people. Its preamble tells us for whom and for what it was made.”
If a runaway slave with no formal education can dissect and grasp the principles of the US Constitution, so can we, daggumit!
And, that’s why I write this blog. Please share it with everyone. Then, buy my book. We have a country to save!

In 2006, my husband was in the AF and we had just been stationed to Fairchild AFB in Washington State. I loved my friends there…but HATED the weather.

 

Hate is not really a strong enough word: maybe loathe, detest, abhor…you get the idea. I found out that I am solar-powered and there was just not a lot of that to go around up there. This is totally simplified, but trust me, I was NOT happy there. And, you know how it goes: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

 

While this was playing in the background, I got the itch to go back to college. Easier said than done when you have three kids (all young), and a husband who has a boss that would buy cots for them at the office if he were even remotely allowed. Also, the college was about an hour’s drive one way and the pocket-book was a little thin to fund that.

 

Long story short, I decided against going back, and as I was not well versed enough in the art of online anything, online classes were out for me at that point. In any event, it was put on the back burner when I had reconstructive abdominal surgery (did you know that some people’s bodies literally come apart at the seams after having kids??).

 

I guess something got knocked loose at this point, I suppose, because I started hatching this plan. Let me lay it out for you and you can decide as to the level of sanity I was experiencing at the time:

1. Get out of the AF (Got that? Ditch the solid job and paycheck!)

2. Move to Texas

3. Use GI Bill and other funding to have BOTH Kristian and I go back to college at the same time.

4. Rent a small apartment in town, and alternate days we went to school, and figure out a way to juggle part-time job(s).

See how insane this sounds as I type it out? How I EVER got Kristian on board is beyond me.

 

Luckily, my mom said, “Oh, I thought you’d come to live at the ranch while going to school!” and so we did. It started out that we would get our degrees and then move, but things never turn out how the way you plan them. Well, for me they don’t, and thank goodness, because we are still here. My folks aren’t getting any younger, and, well, there are just lots of factors.

 

As we were getting things buttoned up to move (Kristian transferred to the AF Reserve to finish out his enlistment, we applied to the college, yada, yada), we found out that there was not any good school option out here for the kiddos. The ranch is in the middle of nowhere, and it’s a long story, but we ended up home schooling. My father has always been a big proponent of home schooling, and I thought, “Well, why not?”

 

Now, fast forward a year and I’m diggin’ this home school thing. I figured out that a curriculum is just what some person said a kid should learn and how. Sure, maybe they’ve done it before, but they’ve never met MY kid. I did mass amounts of research on curricula, we tried several different kinds, and finally found one that I (and the kids, most importantly) love.

 

Plus, my dad has the kids help work on his tractors, they built a to scale solar system that was over a mile in diameter, my mom teaches them games and interior design, the kids got some chickens…it’s all kinda good.

 

Okay, so this is the dénouement! The answer to the question: “Why did I write my book?”

 

During the course of the past 5 years, I have been ravenously devouring info about the past (not revisionist history I’ve been fed my whole life), the founding, the framing, and economics. I wanted to give my kids the real story from the get-go and looked for books that did just that.

 

What I found, sadly, was that there WAS (hint, hint there is now!) nothing out there for kids that is fun about the founding while also being factually accurate. The entire idea of liberty, what a “right” is, from whence it came, etc., seems lost!

 

And, it’s not just kids! I read The 5,000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen, but even that is too deep for people who have been deprived of that knowledge for their entire lives. In fact, while I had intended the book for kids, I have gotten more positive feedback from adults than from their kids!

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