DELIVERANCE from evil... laws

As soon as Americans hear a single stanza of DUELING BANJOS, they cannot avoid the Pavlovian reflex of imagining Burt Reynolds and his friends canoeing down a remote Georgia river. I challenge you NOT to think about Ned Beatty struggling to crawl up a muddy hillside near the river's edge. Like it or not, that movie has left an indelible mark on the American psyche. Wikipedia says, Deliverance was well received by critics and is widely regarded as one of the best films of 1972. The film was selected by The New York Times as one of The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made, while the viewers of Channel 4 in the United Kingdom voted it no. 45 in a list of The 100 Greatest Films. By the time this movie hit the big screen, I was too old to remain a Boy Scout, but I confess that I often wore a sleeveless vest over my bare chest whenever I went camping. But I digress.

Unless this is the first time you've read my writing, you know that I'm not invoking these images for simply prurient motives. I am hoping to draw your attention to the irrefutable law of survival demonstrated moments later in the movie. As a terrified Jon Voight is belted to a tree across his throat, he notices his guide and mentor (Burt Reynolds) standing at the river with his powerful hunting bow pulled to full draw. The audience takes a collective gasp as the evil mountain man is struck through the heart by an arrow, and dramatically breathes his last. The relief they feel that the danger is over is soon replaced by an overwhelming sense of societal guilt, played skillfully by Ronny Cox (Drew). The following script excerpt concludes with the topic of this newsletter in highlight.

Drew: Now you listen, Lewis. I don't know what you got in mind, but if you try to conceal this body, you're settin' yourself up for a murder charge. Now that much law I do know! This ain't one of your f----' games. You killed somebody. There he is!

Lewis: I see him, Drew. That's right, I killed somebody. But you're wrong if you don't see this as a game...Dammit, we can get out of this thing without any questions asked. We get connected up with that body and the law, this thing gonna be hangin' over us the rest of our lives. We gotta get rid of that guy!...Anywhere, everywhere, nowhere.

Drew: How do you know that other guy hasn't already gone for the police?

Lewis: And what in the hell is he gonna tell 'em, Drew, what he did to Bobby?

Drew: Now why couldn't he go get some other mountain men? Now why isn't he gonna do that? You look around you, Lewis. He could be out there anywhere, watchin' us right now. We ain't gonna be so god-damned hard to follow draggin' a corpse.

Lewis: You let me worry about that, Drew. You let me take care of that. You know what's gonna be here? Right here? A lake - as far as you can see hundreds of feet deep. Hundreds of feet deep. Did you ever look out over a lake, think about something buried underneath it? Buried underneath it. Man, that's about as buried as you can get.

Drew: Well, I am tellin' you, Lewis, I don't want any part of it.

Lewis: Well, you are part of it!

Drew: IT IS A MATTER OF THE LAW!

Lewis: The law? Ha! The law?! What law?! Where's the law, Drew? Huh?

Most people consider themselves law abiding, but what law? The law that pretended to justify the Holocaust? The 23,000 laws that pretend to place conditions on my right to keep and bear arms? The pretended laws perpetrated by Homeland Security and the TSA? What laws are you willing to follow? Are there any laws that you refuse to follow?

The type of law demonstrated in this memorable scene is the law of survival. When the discussion remains philosophical, everyone agrees that violent force can be used legitimately to defend your own life. Far more equivocation (ie. whimpering) happens when people are forced to confront this issue in real life - or even in a dramatic movie. Though few people are willing to exercise their right to survival and self-defense, it remains a universal motivation for all living creatures.

Of course, very few people would ever find themselves canoeing down a rural river into a primative, sexual ambush, therefore the chances of requiring excellent archery skills is infinitesimally small. But there are more realistic dangers in the common, urban lifestyle that most people take for granted. The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that it is against the law to defend yourself against renegade police officers in the Hoosier State. (Read my previous article, Indiana's Surpremely Arrogant Court) I insist that Indiana has as much authority to overrule your right to self-defense, as they do to exempt themselves from the law of gravity. However, if we are to live in a civilized and peaceful society, where marksmanship and hand-to-hand combat are just hobbies, we must come to a common understanding of what legitimate, justifiable law actually is.

I now direct your attention to Fredric Bastiat's The Law

Written in 1850, The Law, in my opinion, is the best and most succinct explanation of what legitimate law should be. Starting with the "obvious" (in quotes because nothing is obvious), he states, "We hold from God the gift which includes all others. This gift is life - physical, intellectual, and moral life. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it." This fundamental precept is clearly NOT obvious to the rulers and politicians who assiduously pass legislation to steal our property and violate our unalienable rights.

Bastiat logically concludes that "If every person has the right to defend - even by force - his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force - for the same reason - cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty,or property of individuals or groups."

I cannot urge you too strongly to READ THIS BOOK!, but perhaps you'll listen to Walter E. Williams who wrote the foreword to this printing of the book. He says, "After reading the book I was convinced that a liberal-arts education without an encounter with Bastiat is incomplete. Reading Bastiat made me keenly aware of all the time wasted, along with the frustrations of going down one blind alley after another, organizing my philosophy of life. The Law did not produce a philosophical conversion for me as much as it created order in my thinking about liberty and just human conduct."

For those of you supporting Ron Paul's campaign, these are the very principles that he courageously defends every time he steps up to the microphone. If Ron Paul is your hero, you should not consider yourself a true supporter if you haven't read The Law.

WELL DONE


This is very well written - just beautiful.  I have read The Law by Bastiat and think that every American should read it.  Thank you for what you are doing for liberty.

Thank You


The recommendation to read The Law is timely and important and I thank you for it, as I am homeschooling a high school-age son.  This will be among the books he relies on to form his life, and so will It's Good to Be King, by Michael Badnarik. 

I used a quote from you twice this week. 


Bastiat


 Hear! Hear! Mr. Badnarik, yet again.

I have Bastiat's "The Law" at hand.  For anyone who hasn't read it, the "good news" is the book is all of 55 pages in length.  It's a wee little thing and won't take much of your valuable time to read through.  I'd hope and intend that you find yourself returning to it's pages to really take it apart and digest it.

It doesn't take 60,000+ pages of legal-ese to lay down the law.  

"The law perverted!  The law - and, in its wake, all the collective forces of the nation.  The law, I say, not only diverted from its proper direction, but made to pursue one entirely contrary!  The law becomes the tool of every kind of avarice, instead of being its check!  The law guilty of that very inequity which it was its mission to punish!  Truly, this is a serious fact, if it exists, and one to which I feel bound to call the attention of my fellow-citizens."  --  Frederic Bastiat 

Thanks for turning us on to the booklet THE LAW


Mike:

Thanks for turning us on to the booklet THE LAW.  Several of us in the Quad Cities, Illinois and Iowa, are reading it.  I read most of it last night, and my husband wants it next.  I wonder if my socialist Dad and his wife would understand it.  They don't get it that IT IS IMMORAL TO STEAL FROM SOME PEOPLE TO GIVE TO OTHERS.   This booklet makes that clear.

I love the way it says something like just because the government doesn't practice philanthropy it doesn't mean that philanthropy won't exist.  Philanthropy, education, religion, etc. can all exist and prosper without ANY government involvement, especially if we had the money on hand which we currently pay in income tax, 90+% of which is consumed by government waste.  Also, if we weren't spending so much trying to get freedom back, we would have the time to do good toward our neighbors.

Keep the good info coming,
Nancy

From Rick WosIllinois


From Rick Wos
Illinois Delegate to the Continental Congress 2009

As usual, Michael is long winded. And as usual, Michael hits the nail on the head.  Bastiat is a MUST read for all, Democrats and Republicans alike. [oh yeah, and third parties too].
We will NEVER be "given" our rights back. They will have to be taken, one way or another, or they will simply be gone forever.

The Law in MP3


Michael,

For those who might wish to listen to Bastiat's "The Law" (and several other essays from Bastiat for that matter), they can download or stream it from LvMI here:

http://media.mises.org/mp3/audiobooks/TheLaw_Bastiat.mp3

It spans 2hrs 12min and is a 51.3Mb download.

Enjoy!

Ed

Operation Bold Quest, another defilement of the law


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Let us not forget that President Obama, a globalist puppet, like George Bush, and Bill Clinton before him, was following orders from the United Nations to unlawfully order the US military to participate in the attack on Libya, WITHOUT A CONGRESSIONAL ORDER, as mandated in Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution.  What is next?  Hilary Clinton signing a UN treaty to disarm all personal firearms, without any regard to the SECOND AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION, WHICH AFFIRMS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, could then have NATO OR UN TROOPS ENFORCE SUCH AT CRIMINAL TREATY AGAINST US CITIZENS!  It is much more likely that foreign soldiers who are not permitted to have weapons as civilians in their own countries would have no problem ATTEMPT TO FORCEFULLY DISARM US CITIZENS.  Note the word ATTEMPT.  It is pretty clear that most of our US troops, national guard, law enforcement, and first responders know better than to follow such an insane mandate, especially those that are OATHKEEPERS (www.oathkeepers.org).  Therefore, it would require foreign troops to execute such criminal rules.  Please understand that just 3 years ago I would have never even dreamed such madness could happen in this so-called “land of the free, home of the brave”.  I was simply a small town, blue collar, spine neurosurgeon trying to keep my small solo practice alive, helping patients get rid of debilitating pain and back to their lives, while keeping  my employees paid.  However, after waking up to the unassailable facts all around me, especially after reading “The Creature from Jekyll Island” by G. Edward Griffin, about the private banking cartel we know as The Federal Reserve, many things that were not making sense became crystal clear.  That red pill of liberty is not easy to swallow, but once you have, there is no going back!  Has anyone noticed we are in endless war, for no clear reason?  Has anyone noticed that the value of the dollar as disintegrated at a log scale pace over the past few years (hello, skyrocketing gold and gas prices…)?  Has anyone noticed the huge market bubbles that form and burst, over and over again (dot com, housing, etc.)  Has anyone noticed the catastrophic effect on our economy, expansion of the welfare state, joblessness, and destruction of our educated civil society?  Has anyone noticed the perpetual intrusion into every aspect of our lives by government, with regulations greater than could ever be reasonable, on commerce and free enterprise?  This is not a coincidence, dear humanity, it is all intended by the power elites that see us not as free and sentient beings with our natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and property.  They see us as chattel, to be herded, enslaved, and eliminated as needed.  If you are just now starting to get a bit uneasy, then it’s time that you WAKE THE HELL UP to what is going on!  What can you do about this?  First, educate yourself.   Read “Creature from Jekyll Island”, go to Sons of Libertywww.sons-of-liberty.net, check out Sons of Liberty Riders (www.americanlibertyriders.ning.com), listen to Mike Church (www.mikechurch.com), and countless other sources on the internet; learn about Agenda 21.  DO NOT expect to hear anything close to the truth on your TV set, except for Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano.    Other sites I check out are Drudge Report, Lew Rockwell, Infowars, RTR.org,  Freedom Force International, www.constitutionpreservation.org, and the late Joan Veon’s Womens Media Group are just a few.  You must do your homework and your own research, synthesize the information, and like Kwatu said “open your mind”. Be ready to understand that most of what you have been led to believe all of your life has been distorted and untrue.  Learning what is true will set you free.  The media is terrified of Ron Paul because he is the only presidential candidate that has been telling the truth for decades, and has been marginalized and ignored by them.  Now that everything he has been talking about has come true in spades, he can no longer be ignored.  Once informed, you will find the best path for yourself, your family, and your community.  We can’t sit on the sidelines any more, or this criminal bureaucratic global collectivist monstrosity will destroy us all.  As Thomas Jefferson said “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”  You can never go back to sleep….




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