Dead Things To Memorialize

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Published : May 27th, 2013
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On this Memorial Day it is appropriate to memorialize a number of long-dead American institutions (RIP). The first would be the main principles of the Declaration of Independence, beginning with the notion that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. The Lincoln administration destroyed that principle long ago when it responded to the withdrawal of consent by eleven Southern states by waging total war on their civilian populations for four long years, killing as many as 400,000 Southerners according to the latest research, while bombing, burning, and looting Southern cities and towns.

The Declaration of Independence also declared in its closing paragraphs that the states were "free and independent" of any other government. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! At the time, "free and independent states" meant that Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, etc. were considered to be free and independent states in the same sense that Great Britain, France and Spain were free and independent states.

Treason in the U.S. Constitution is defined as "only" levying war upon the states, or giving aid and comfort to THEIR enemies. This of course is exactly what the Lincoln regime did, while redefining treason to mean exactly the opposite of what it means in the Constitution: opposition to the federal government.

The notion of "limited constitutional government" is also long dead, thanks to the victorious Hamiltonian nationalists in American politics. It was Hamilton himself who invented the notion of "implied powers" of the Constitution almost before the ink was dry on the original document. In Hamiltonian language, "implied" means "unlimited." Jefferson believed that the Constitution could "bind" the government in "chains." His nemesis Hamilton was of the opposite opinion that the Constitution could be used to rubber stamp anything and everything the central government ever wanted to do as long as it was "properly" interpreted by slick, conniving lawyers like himself (or by fellow nationalists like John Marshall or Abraham Lincoln). Hamilton's view has prevailed, as was proven for the millionth time by Chief Justice John Roberts when he declared the Obamacare mandate to be a "tax" and therefore constitutional despite the fact that Obamacare's proponents argued before the Supreme Court that the mandate was NOT a tax.

Also dead is the notion that there is such a thing as personal liberty - at least in the eyes of the federal government. The government now claims to have a "right" to spy on every citizen without a search warrant, to monitor the mails, bank accounts and emails, to grope and sexually assault each and every citizen passing through an airport, and even to murder American citizens with drones, on American soil, in the name of "security."

What's left of America's market economy is controlled, regulated, regimented, and suffocated by more than two hundred years of accumulated government bureaucracy. American businesses are regulated by more than 80,000 pages of fine print regulations in The Federal Register; by dozens of federal regulatory agencies whose agents often carry firearms to enforce their edicts against the citizens; and by hundreds of other state and local government regulatory bureaucracies that attempt to regulate and tax all aspects of business life. There are even local government taxes on the air above "public" sidewalks if occupied by a commercial enterprise. It is all a part of government's relentless, never-ending war on capitalism and freedom.

Almost twenty-five years after the worldwide collapse of socialism the American regime has embraced socialist central planning with tremendous zeal. The primary vehicle for the American version of Soviet central planning is the Federal Reserve Board, which claims "authority" to control, regulate, and regiment all aspects of financial markets. It is devoted to destroying market interest rates, which are a necessary ingredient for real capitalism to exist, and believes in the "fatal conceit" of a centrally-planned economy. Its head, the bearded Ben Bernanke, even looks a lot like Lenin.

Also gone are the days when American politicians would be praised with words like "he kept us out of war" or took seriously Thomas Jefferson's warnings about "entangling alliances" with foreign countries. The new foreign policy mantra is: "Do As We Say, Or We Will Invade and Occupy Your Country and Murder Your Citizens by the Hundreds of Thousands." "Soldiers" are not defenders of American freedom but paid murderers for the state. Endless military intervention all around the world has made life more dangerous and more insecure for Americans by creating endless enemies who resent it when other countries invade, bomb, and destroy their homelands. Nothing has been more destructive of American freedom than the state itself and its military-industrial-congressional complex. War is the health of the state, and an expanded state is always and everywhere the enemy of personal freedom.

Governments at all levels have been very busy for a very long time destroying American freedom and prosperity. A single day could never be long enough to memorialize all of our lost freedoms, but I guess one has to start somewhere.

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Thomas DiLorenzo is professor of economics at Loyola College, Maryland, and a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is the author or co-author of ten books, on subjects such as antitrust, group-interest politics, and interventionism generally
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Modern day slaves are those who rely on foodstamps and other government handouts.
Get out of the system if you want to be free.
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DiLorenzo has no credibility when it comes to individual rights. His constant defense of Southern secession with slavery a case in point. The only group that slanders Lincoln and defends the old South more are the Neo-Confederates.

One might understand such a defense based on the North violating the individual rights of Southerners -- but given that was not the case, and given that it was the Southerners themselves violating individual rights, one has to wonder where and when DiLorenzo got his brain twisted.

What does deserve memorializing is the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery forever in the United States.

Thank you Mr. Lincoln.

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More blah blah blah fromm Jim, gee I'm surprised. Here's an idea Jim, why don't you go devote your life to rewriting history and make it look like Lincoln was a good guy while in fact he hated black people and kept slavery alive in the north where he could have stopped it PRIOR to the war. Why did he never get his in-laws to release their slaves? Why did he wait a year till after the war, when he had to make a show, before taking action to abolish slavery?

Lincoln fought the war to free slaves. That's like saying you shop at Walmart because you support small business.
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Verboten....people don't like hearing the truth, therefore, they vote you down. Don't ever worry about those down votes when you have the facts on your side. I don't. You simply stated the facts, and though it might burst some bubbles, it also just might help wake a few people up.
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Verboten, samking73, Jim C is a blithering idiot. Nowhere in this post does DiLorenzogo go on about individual rights. Nowhere does he defend the actions of the south. Yet here we are with one more comment from Jim C ranting about DiLorenzo and his lack of attacks against the south. If DiLorenzo wanted to do an post about the south he would, if in such a post he were to show a biased approach then Jim C might be justified in attacking him. There is another thread on this site wherein he is currently being buried in facts about the type of oppressive dictator Lincoln was. This individual (hard not to call him for what he really is) does not seem to possess the ability to take in facts, process them and then make an evaluation without letting his personal bias determine what he posts. In addition to this lack of intellect he goes on the offensive against others who have posted valid arguments detailing why Lincoln was a dictator. He makes things personal rather than answer the post and questions others, myself included, have posed to him about the contents of the post. He slanders the writers and all after trying to make it look like I was doing the same for giving an author grooming advice.
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Only a complete fool like you would denigrate Lincoln while not even mentioning the evils of a state or states defending with violence their right to enslave others. You are a disgrace as an American.

As long as DiLorenzo spews out his slanted view of history, and draws kudos from imbeciles, I'll correct him.

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You troll. You completely miss the point every single time. DiLorenzo writes about how Lincoln was a jackass and no better than the jackass that's in the Whitehouse today yet you keep dragging up a subject which has nothing to do with the topic, slavery. Its all your mind can focus on, slavery. Yet with all that focus you still cant see that Lincoln was far worse then the men from the south.

If DiLorenzo was ever to write a piece extolling the virtues of slavery and glorifying those who would have fought to keep slavery alive I would myself dump on him. Fact is he hasn't and does not promote those who would have kept slavery alive, he simply and accurately points out Lincolns many failings and the dictatorial way he ran things.

If for some reason you are unable to separate the two very different topics then it's best you not say anything. You have become nothing but an internet troll. From the Urban Dictionary, the definition of Internet Troll:

"An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion."

This describes you exactly. You disrupt on topic discussions and your always looking to push someone's buttons, then when they attack you, you chastise them for personal attacks. Another term that was used in the past for trolls is "loser", again something that accurately describes you. You bring this upon yourself Jim.

As for my being a disgrace as an American, I would counter that comment with the fact that it is you sir who are a disgrace as an American and as a human. You perpetuate lies and half truths, you glorify someone who purposely prolonged slavery for the selfish reason of wanting to be re-elected. You hold up as virtuous someone who has abused his power going outside the law to quell descent. You promote someone that was a war monger and took executive actions to start a war as a man of peace. In your mind all of this is fair game as long as Lincoln did it.

Who's the real disgrace here Jim? Who's the real imbecile?

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Looks like Jim C is up to his childish antics again. Someone reports his post as being abusive (which it was) and he goes after Hart.

Careful Hart you have stirred the beast in Jim C and he wont take lightly his ignorance being challenged.

To the site admins, please have a chat with Jim C and relate to him that these forums are for discussion purposes, not the promotion of personal agendas and hatred.

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Jim, it wasn't Hart that reported your post as abuse, it was me. You posted crap and then dragged Hart into it with no justification. Then you go and report his post as abuse like some second grader. When will you grow up! If I had any control over this site all of your abusive and ignorant posts would be removed and you account closed.

You rip anyone that dares to mention something about you personally yet 90% or better of all your hate filled comments are targeted against an individual and not the matter being discussed. Hart is correct, you are a troll.
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Jim, it wasn't Hart that reported your post as abuse, it was me. You posted crap and then dragged Hart into it with no justification. Then you go and report his post as abuse like some second grader. When will you grow up! If I had any control over this  Read more
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