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Vortex of Freedom Archives – September 2004

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.


Observations

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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Vortex Archives – August 2004

Vortex of Freedom

Vol. 1 No. 1 August 2004

A Need for Change

George W. Bush has brought us into an inhumane and unjust war, violated our freedoms with the Patriot Act, and lied about making government smaller. These are among the reasons why Bush should not be re-elected under any circumstance.

John F. Kerry voted for the war and does not intend to make smaller or less intrusive. One should feel as safe with Kerry as president as with a Chihuahua guarding a person while walking the streets of South Philly.

The rhetoric of Democrats and Republicans are different, but their actions are often the same, especially the office of President. The President is often a centrist, often because of attempting to convert voters on the opposing party.

It is time for a genuine change in who we vote for in elections. Democrats and Republicans have spent like kids in a candy store and shown no regard for the Constitution. It is time for a fundamental change.

Vortex of Freedom endorses Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik for President. Critics say that minor parties have no chance to win so they end up voting for the lesser of “two evils.” We cannot afford to give Democrats and Republicans another chance to fix the things they have broken.

The legacy of the two-party system is a $2.4 trillion budget, a disregard for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, and a prohibitive taxing system. It is time to vote for people who are fiscally responsible, who will restore our rights and freedoms, and who realizes that the money sent to Washington is ours. Michael Badnarik is uniquely qualified amongst all candidates for presidents. These principles are the mantra of the Libertarian Party.

We encourage all voters to vote for Libertarians in local, state, and federal elections.


Overhead – Government’s Favorite Social Program

The federal government offers its’ employees a chance to donate to a wide variety of non-profit charities and organizations. One of the guidelines for a non-profit group to become a recipient of these funds is that the group cannot spend more than 30 percent of funds on overhead. The irony of this is that social spending by the federal government in the fiscal year 2004 budget is over 80 percent!

The percentage increases in federal spending always surpasses the rate of inflation. And in spite of cuts in benefits, the cost of many of these programs almost always increases (sometimes at a substantial rate.) Federal spending on welfare has increased in spite of the fact that fewer people are on the payroll.

Welfare fraud is a crime. Collecting money for welfare and keeping the monies allocated in the hands of bureaucrats instead of in the hands of the intended recipients is an outrage.


Everywhere a Moo-Moo

The farming industry is burdened with excessive regulations which increase the price of dairy products in spite of government capping the prices. Virtually every aspect of farming is regulated. Corporate farms lobby in Washington to pass laws which will favor them and hurt the small farmer.

The regulation of prices on dairy products has made it very difficult for small farmers to keep their farms. Corporate farms can live with the prices because they’re able to buy materials in larger quantities, thus saving them money.

Some farmers are forced to sell their farms while others are given subsides not to grow crops. The argument is that if too many of a certain crop is grown, then the price of crops would drop to the point where farms couldn’t profit. But the farming industry shouldn’t be different than other industries in a free-market economy.

If government had not meddled in the affairs of farming, then prices would be more affordable and more farms would still be in operation.


Is it a Coincidence?

Two hot topics which the government intervenes the most are education and health care. Every year, education and health care costs rise at a much higher rate than inflation. Government’s response is to spend more money.

Before we spend another dime on education or medical care, (neither of which is constitutionally essential) we need to find out where the money is going. We need to be more insistent that money towards education, health care, or any other government expense is actually needed.

One of the problems with the system as it is currently run is the more these institutions get, the more we want. They then find more things to spend money on and then they need more money, which the government gives, which raises the price of services and our taxes.

Once the line is held on how much money is given out, then these (and other) institutions will be forced to spend their money more responsibly.


Observations

Why is it that the more taxes we pay, the fewer rights we have?

Why does Bush’s “smaller government” cost significantly more than Clinton’s “massive bureaucracy” did?

Polls that include minor party candidates often have a three-way race.

The largest building in many school districts is the administration building.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) gets to approve cell phones. Are cell phones food or a drug?

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You Deserve This Depression!

I warned you.  I have been warning you for years.  Instead of listening to me, you decided to vote the way for Republicans and Democrats.  I warned that the spending can not continue.  You opted to vote for Republicans and Democrats because other parties “didn’t have a chance.”  You opted to vote for one of the parties who can’t balance a budget.  You voted for a party that believes that saving the middle class is to write a blank check to financial institutions, only to come back a month later because they need more money.

You voted for this shit.  Eat it.

Fuck you!  You DESERVE this Depression!

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Wake Up, America!

Sometimes the Europeans are correct about Americans.  Take the recent election for example.  In spite of the fact that Congress had a 15% approval rating, an overwhelming majority of House members were able to win reelection.  We tend to suffer from “battered spouse syndrome” when we vote.  While we are able to recognize that Congress is seriously flawed, we deny that our representative is responsible for the ills in Washington.

The time to change the tide is now.  We have to quit electing Democrats and Republicans if we want to restore what made our country great.  I would like to see the third parties get together and join forces in fundrasing.

The sooner the facade that the two corporate parties represent mainstream America is exposed, the sooner we can save our country.

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Wake Up, America!

If you ever watched presidential debates from the past, one of the things you will notice is that many of the issues they were debating then are being debated today.  The two parties take turns playing “Good Cop, Bad Cop.”  The Democrats play the “good cops” by promising social programs.  The Republicans play “Good Cop” by offering tax cuts.  The two parties take turns playing the “bad cop” with our civil liberties.

Once upon a time, the United States had the best health care and the best education system in the world.  Then government got involved, and we have been in a downward spiral since.  Why has our education and health care systems gotten worse even as we throw more money towards them every year?  The answer is “Human Nature.”  The more one has, the more one wants.  

Another problem is that there is no accountability with government.  Some elected officials get caught in scandals.  Even when they are caught, little is done.  While Americans want to make a politician from an opposing party pay for his or her crimes, we make excuses when our officials fail ethically.

With less than two months until Election Day, the cable news network has been giving extensive coverage to the mainstream presidential candidates.  In spite of the coverage, little is known about their policies.  The media is too fixated on such urgent topics like lipstick on a pig and Obama’s middle name to spend time on the issues affecting America and the plans Obama and McCain plan to offer.  The two parties have stripped many of our liberties and have run up a $10 trillion debt. 

There are alternatives to the stranglehold the Republicans and Democrats have had on our country.  People will tell you that other parties don’t have a chance.  This is no excuse to give the Republicans and Democrats another chance.  Choosing between a Democrat and a Republican is like choosing between cyanide and arsenic as a health supplement.

Another problem is that both parties say one thing and do another.  Republicans claim to be fiscally conservative, but spend more than what is brought in from taxes.  Democrats claim to be against the war, but continue to fund it because they want to look “patriotic”.

The sooner we kick both of these anti-American parties out of Washington, the better chance we have of saving our country.

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The AIG Debacle – A Precursor to U.S. Federal Budget Woes

When will we learn?  Will we learn at all?

Fannie Mae, Freddy Mac, and AIG should be a lesson for us all – too much debt can wipe you out in a bad economy.  They needed major infusions of cash to save themselves. 

The United States is currently running a $10 trillion debt.  Who will save the United States if the government cannot pay off its debts?  What will happen to American sovereignty?  Why is the debt not being addressed by the media nor by the presidential candidates.

We need a balanced budget.  The best way to balance the budget is to cut spending.  Abolish or privatize all non-essential government services.  The government will be fine limiting itself to constitutionally essential functions.

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Where is Bob Barr?

“Vortex of Freedom” Radio Show – Saturday 6:00PM Eastern

Where is Bob Barr? Vortex of Freedom will take a look at the Bob Barr campaign and why he isn’t being mentioned anywhere in the mainstream media.

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