What I have written some time ago regarding gun registration and tyranny in Ideas on Liberty and NewsMax.com still holds true today for the establishment of a National Identity Card and paving a road to the new authoritarianism:
Georg Hegel (1770-1831), the father of dialectical idealism, which Karl Marx transmogrified into dialectical materialism, lamented that one lesson we can learn from history is that man does not learn its lessons. Despite what we have learned from history regarding National Identity Cards in other countries, particularly during the turmoil of the last century, politicians with authoritarian leanings continue to beat the drums for the establishment of national identifiers. National ID cards and personal privacy are inextricably intertwined. Once the government can identify you, and possesses every minutia about your personal life, bank accounts, medical history, etc, and neatly collects it within the purview a National Id card, it will in effect, own you. And what the government owns, it will control. As Thomas Jefferson once wrote, the tendency is for liberty to yield and for government and tyranny to gain ground. And that is why in a...
Rejoice and be glad, Americans!
Owing entirely to the visionary compassion of the Dear Leader and his party, the same regime that has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans, that poured trillions of dollars into the coffers of Wall Street kleptocrats, that brought its unique healing touch to victims of the post-Katrina disaster in New Orleans, and that routinely commits similar acts of divine charity, will now relieve you of the burden of making your own health care decisions.
This point was made — albeit unintentionally — in a widely syndicated "news analysis" intended to celebrate this development.
"Rarely does the government, that big, clumsy, poorly regarded oaf, pull off anything short of war that touches all lives with one act, one stroke of a president's pen," observed AP commentator Calvin Woodward. "Such a moment has come." (Emphasis added.)
War requires the domestic regimentation of all private life and the confiscation of private property to accomplish the mass destruction of foreign property and the mass annihilation of foreign lives. Mass murder is the only undertaking in which government consistently out-performs...
The final word from medical moguls and other pundits is coming out in full force on health care and medical journalism: Americans must be prepared, from the top down, to accept drastic medical and health care rationing. Why? Because "the establishment of the rational allocation of finite resources" (translate: the extensive rationing of medical services) will be desperately needed, if universal coverage, socialized ObamaCare medicine is to have a chance to work in this country.
To reach the goal of universal coverage and capture those elusive 30-45 million Americans, who remain uninsured and, inconveniently for government planners, refuse to buy coverage, the rest of America will be saddled with socialized ObamaCare, more taxes and less coverage, as in Canada and the United Kingdom. Remember, the elderly, those unable to work, and the very poor are covered under Medicare and Medicaid or both!
So those recalcitrant, individualist 30-45 million Americans will be forced to buy government insurance via private or public options, whether they want it or not, for those are the choices, backed by mandates and force, not the free market. And we better get used to it:...
Robert Eringer's book, Ruse — Undercover with FBI counterintelligence (2007), is a hell of a suspenseful ride! A good patriotic hustler, who risks his life for country and justice, Eringer goes after traitor Edward Lee Howard in post-communist Russia, assists in the capture of notorious killer Ira Einhorn in France, hoodwinks die-hard communist KGB Chairman Vladimir Kryuchkov in Moscow, and plays the Great Game skillfully with Cuban Intelligence in Washington and Havana. Kudos for Mr Eringer's book, an excellent sequel and denoument for David Wise's The Spy Who Got Away (1988)! Highly recommended for those who, like me, prefer cold war non-fiction, real life spy thrillers to fiction, cloak and dagger potboilers!
Originally published on Amazon.com on October 6, 2009 by Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D., Former Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel (1996-2002), Editor Emeritus, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS); Author, Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); and Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002).
In Part I of this article, I discussed a concept that is always on the mind of the socialist planner and that is "social utility." To fully understand this concept one has to understand the socialist philosophy, if it can indeed be called a philosophy — in general, philosophies are analytical. In their world view, which is basically a gnostic one, the world is occupied by two basic forms of human life — those who are wise and chosen, and those who make up the common rabble, i.e., the masses.
The wise, in an older gnostic view, are anointed by the divine force to lead mankind and mold his nature based on an understanding derived from arcane knowledge carefully guarded by mystics of the ancient world. This idea, that certain men are chosen to rule mankind has permeated many governments of the world since and in modern times has attained a less metaphysical tint, but which is still divided between those who cling to the ancient notions of gnosticism, such as the theosophists (Alice Bailey), and the modern view of the New World Order Movement. Of course, they intermingle quite often. We are witnessing an exploding interest in wisdom derived from the gnostic gospels, as...
One characteristic of the collectivists is that when a particular term becomes unpopular, such as the word socialism, they create a succession of more socially friendly terms. For example, in the 1800s they did not shy away from the term socialism, but as people began to understand that socialism was a form of social control and engineering, they dropped the term for more acceptable terms such as liberalism, progressivism and collectivism. The socialist promoting a government-run health care system did likewise. Knowing that the term socialized medicine was frightening to a great number of people, they began to use such terms as national health care, universal health insurance and now single payer system.
I find it ironic that no one asks these socialists, who is that mysterious single payer? Should the public consider this for even a moment, they would quickly realize that the single payer is the taxpayer and the administrator of the system is the government via an army of bureaucrats. The socialist has, over the years, become quite adept at selling his wares. It was the Italian communist Antonio Gramsi and earlier the Fabian socialists, who understood that most of the...
Last month the Georgia legislature, House and Senate, passed House Bill 89 and sent it to Governor Sonny Perdue (R) for his signature. This legislation makes significant and much-needed improvements to Georgia's Right to Carry laws. Our legislators have worked hard for the citizens of Georgia in framing and passing this legislation, which allows lawfully-licensed gun permit holders to possess a locked firearm in any private motor vehicle while on a public parking lot and other establishments, and permits them to carry their firearms for self and family protection in state parks, recreational and wildlife management areas, restaurants, etc.
Thousands of Georgians are very worried that the Governor will not sign this important bill HB-89 because of the pressure being applied by, among several groups of usual suspects, the big business community, which claims that private property rights supersede the right to self and family protection, the same inalienable right to life and liberty enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.
Governor Perdue needs to sign this important piece of legislation which expires soon!
As the laws now stands, what is the use of...
Kudos for The Telegraph report [07/02/07] describing the current tax situation in Bibb County that may saddle county taxpayers with thousands of dollars in penalties and tax arrears.
Now we read that Bibb County Chief Appraiser, Jim Davis, is looking for a private consulting firm with an incredible price tag of $2.5 million to do another property tax assessment in Bibb County.
This situation should make property owners tremble, not only because of the penalties and accumulating bills, but also because of the coming tax increase that will follow, if the situation in neighboring Baldwin County is any guide.
In 2004, Baldwin County property owners had the misfortune of having a tax reevaluation assessed by a private consulting firm, Technical Appraisal Services of Georgia, whose web site address is Macon, Georgia. Arbitrarily, Baldwin County property owners, particularly those on Lake Sinclair, suddenly saw their property assessments skyrocket without on-site inspections and without furnishing any evidence the real estate market in Baldwin County had bloomed to anything approaching the extent of that increase.
Property tax assessments were doubled from...
Kudos to State Rep. Allen Peake for his valiant efforts and much-needed proposal to eliminate the increasingly burdensome property taxes in the state of Georgia. No one should be surprised that Mr. Frank Gadbois is against it! His aversion to individual freedom and free market capitalism is well known. Instead, Mr. Gadbois is for "progressive taxation," confiscatory, class warfare socialism first enunciated by Karl Marx in the second plank of his Communist Manifesto (1848), in which he called for "a heavy, progressive or graduated income tax."
Thanks to the Woodrow Wilson administration and those who labored to change this country from a republic to a social democracy, progressive taxation came to pass in 1913.
The middle class was seduced into accepting progressive taxation because its proponents claimed it was only aimed at the top 5 percent of the population. During World War II, taxes increased to include the middle class who accepted it as a hardship war tax. The cold war is now over, but heavy taxation remains in property taxes, income taxes, death taxes, etc. The middle class has simply fallen in the same deepening hole they intended for the super rich....
The latest medical reports from Havana assert that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who is 80-years-old and has ruled the island for 47 years, will recuperate from his mysterious intestinal illness and return to "public life." Venezuelan president, and Castro's sidekick and fawning admirer, Hugo Chavez, likewise affirms that Castro does not have cancer, does not have a terminal disease, and that he will recover, and together they will lead the new Latin American socialist axis of Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, and, of course, Cuba. The Venezuelan strongman has just recently twisted the arms of his rubber-stamping Assembly to force it to grant him the power of legislating by personal decree - that is, dictatorial powers - to accelerate the conversion of his oil-rich nation into another socialist paradise a la Cuba.
But the news from Spain's leading newspaper El Pais regarding the health of the Maximum Leader is not so rosy. While El Pais corroborates that the debilitating illness is not cancer, it does intimate that, had the condition been originally treated elsewhere by competent physicians, a successful outcome could have been attained. Obviously, Cuban surgeons in the...