Vol. 1 No. 2 September 2004
Three Years Later
Nineteen Islamic men on a suicide mission hijacked four planes and slammed the planes into buildings. They had a severe hatred for the United States. This is what the government told us.
The majority of Islamic suicide bombers are poor and uneducated. None of the alleged hijackers was poor and at least a few of them held degrees.
It seemed a bit strange that all the military talking heads said that Osama bin Laden was to blame immediately after the collapse of the buildings. We have supposedly been trying to capture Bin Laden for years prior to September 11 2001. Officials in other countries were ready to hand him over to the United States twice during the Clinton administration.
The reason why we have not captured bin Laden is because he is still a CIA operative. A country with the intelligence capabilities like the United States can find anybody if they really wanted to. The United States helped planned the attacks.
The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan during the Cold War. The CIA trained Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda to fend off the Soviets. The invasion was unsuccessful mostly because the resistance was greater than the Soviets had anticipated.
The French newspaper Le Figaro reported that Osama bin Laden sought medical attention at a U.S. military hospital in Dubai. This visit was in August 2001.
We are fighting in Afghanistan, but we have not found Osama bin Laden. We are fighting in Iraq, but we have not found weapons of mass destruction. We are still in Bosnia. Do not expect to get out of any of these countries soon.
Questions remain unanswered from September 11. Why did the government heavily guard the rubble at Ground Zero? Why did they swiftly haul the debris to landfills? Why is security at our borders, our shipyards, and out airports lax after foreigners have attacked us? Why did we invade Iraq? Why did President Bush stay in the classroom when Andrew Card whispered to him that we were under attack? Why were all the talking heads immediately able to conclude that the attacks were the works of Osama bin Laden? The Bush administration has a lot of explaining to do and many questions to answer.
Stealing Political Ideology
The Republicans recently accused John Kerry of stealing a quote that Vice President Dick Cheney used in the 2000 Republican Convention. It eluded them; however, that President Bush stole the concept of closing bases in Germany and Korea from the Libertarian Party.
This is not the first time Bush has stolen Libertarian ideology. Bush ran for President in 2000 with the notion of “smaller government.” Bush never carried through with the “smaller government” concept. He probably will not be in any hurry to withdraw the troops either.
Vortex of Freedom encourages the Bush campaign to steal all of the Libertarian Party positions on the condition that he implements those ideas.
Did We Win the Cold War?
The legacy of Ronald Reagan was that he was largely responsible for ending the Cold War and for telling Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down that wall.” In the years that followed, the Soviet Union collapsed and many of the former Soviet satellites now have democracies.
The sick irony is while these countries are now enjoying freedom, the United States has adopted many of the old Soviet-style laws. Many communities have hidden cameras planted in traffic lights so that they can ticket traffic violators. The police can now seize property without a search warrant if drug trafficking is suspected. This has already imprisoned innocent people.
The Internal Revenue System has used Gestapo-style tactics on citizens whom they claim have not paid taxes. They have no qualms with throwing innocent people in jail and making them prove their innocence. The powers of The Patriot Act are not limited to deterring terrorists. The “Trap and Trace” portion of the Act pertains to common crimes and makes it easier for law enforcement to tap phones of common Americans.
The Swift Boat Distraction
The reason why talk radio has been hammering away at John Kerry’s record in Vietnam is twofold: The first reason is that the diversion does the Republicans a favor by taking focus off the war in Iraq and off recent unfavorable economic news. Unemployment is rising, more people live in poverty, and gas prices are about to rise again.
The Democrats are also benefiting from this tactic. The Swift Boat story is making people forget that Kerry has never proposed significant legislation in his nineteen years of service in the Senate. John Edwards is as popular in his state of North Carolina as a New Yorker.
The media would like us to think that Bush and Kerry are the only candidates running for president. Neither Bush nor Kerry wants to debate Mike Badnarik, Dave Cobb, Ralph Nader, or any other candidate for president. Unfortunately, this means the two worst candidates are the only two getting attention, and Americans will get four more years of policies detrimental to America’s future.
Abolish Your DMV
Why do states have a Department of Motor Vehicles? Almost everybody has a driver’s license. In addition, many of the people who have a suspended license either have a court order, which allows them to drive to work or give no credence to the fact that their license is suspended, and they drive regardless.
The only purpose of a Department of Motor Vehicles is to generate revenue for the state. There are several laws already in place pertaining to what a driver can and cannot do.
The only purpose of the Department of Motor Vehicles is to collect money from people who want to drive. Bureaucratic fees and mandating auto insurance make driving financially impossible for the poor and lower middle-class.
By abolishing the Department of Motor Vehicles and maintaining the laws on the road, we can maintain road safety while saving taxpayers and drivers a lot of money.
Anarchy vs. Libertarianism
The dictionary states “Anarchy” as either the absence of government or political disorder. Libertarianism is the belief of full individual thought and action.
Libertarians believe in a limited form of government. The purpose of government is to protect our rights. The basic philosophy is “No harm, no foul.” If you are not bothering anybody, then government should leave you alone.
Americans suffer from the “Gladys Kravitz” mentality. Gladys Kravitz was the nosy neighbor on “Bewitched” who spent a lot of her free time spying on Samantha Stevens. Gladys bugged her husband every time Samantha performed witchcraft. Samantha never performed witchcraft on Gladys, yet Gladys felt obligated to scout the Stevens’s property.
Anarchists are in New York City for the Republican National Convention. The anarchists plan to throw rocks into windows, shoot horses with slingshots, and other acts of violence. Vortex of Freedom does not condone these actions. Anybody who causes harm to a person, animal, or property is a criminal and has to take responsibilities for his or her actions. Anybody who harms another person or one’s property has to be liable.
If corporations really wanted to maximize profits, why do they vote for Republicans instead of Libertarians?
No government program works as politicians say the program intends to work.
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