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Birth Control, Hobby Lobby, and Common Sense

Posted in Argumentation, Feminism, Government, Healthcare, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , on July 8, 2014 by Xajow

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby does not have to pay for providing birth control to its employees. Some people have claimed this is next door to fascism. Others have claimed this is an open door to anarchy. And many have claimed this closes the door for access to birth control for the employees of Hobby Lobby. None of those claims are even remotely close to the truth. Continue reading

Why I Am Proud to Be A U.S. Citizen

Posted in First Amendment, Government, Patriotism, Philosophy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2014 by Xajow

I have talked here many times about the foolishness of politicians and some of the ways I think the U.S. government is doing things that keep making things worse here in the United States. But despite all of that, I do love this country, these United States of America. Since Independence Day is nigh, and before I go back to all of that criticism, I would like to talk about part of why I am proud to be a citizen of the United States. Continue reading

Why Gradually Encroaching Authoritarianism Is a Bad Thing

Posted in Government, Libertarianism, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by Xajow

Some of you readers may wonder why I talk about the ever encroaching government authoritarianism with disdain. Because the politicians who are pushing it believe we are all stupid fools who need them to tell us what to do. If you object to a patronizing patriarchy depicting women as weak and stupid, then you should worry about patronizing politicians who are forming policy on the belief that we citizens are all weak and stupid. If you object to racial discrimination that depicts people of dark skins as lesser humans, then you should object to politicians acting and talking as if we citizens are all stupid morons who need the masters in government to tell us how to behave. What has me talking about this? Glad you asked. Continue reading

Libertarians and the Law

Posted in Anti-libertarianism, Argumentation, Government, Libertarianism, Morality, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2013 by Xajow

In a previous post I mentioned the oft used “if you think X should not be illegal then I guess you’re okay with murder” argument. There is a notion out there in the political ether that libertarians who oppose certain laws are just foolish anarchists who want all laws abolished. While some libertarians are anarchists, most, if not the vast majority of them, are not. “You don’t get to pick and choose which laws are obeyed/enforced,” is the general reply to that. “For if everyone only followed/enforced the laws they liked, that would make the law ineffectual and impotent.” Perhaps, but insisting we have an obligation to obey any and all man-made laws makes the law a tyrannic oppressor rather than a protector of rights. Protecting rights is the true purpose of just laws. Continue reading

The Case for Free Enterprise

Posted in Argumentation, Capitalism, Economics, Fairness, Free Enterprise, Libertarianism, Morality, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2012 by Xajow

No, no, no, this is not a post about the television show Star Trek: Enterprise. And no, this post is not about an obscure film called “Free Enterprise.” This is a post about some short films promoting the concept known as free enterprise, also sometimes called capitalism. Yes, I like capitalism. I believe it to be good for society. Why? Well, I will let the short films explain. Continue reading

Do Not Apologize for Free Speech!

Posted in Argumentation, First Amendment, Foreign Policy, Government, In the News, Philosophy, Politics, Rant, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2012 by Xajow

Yes, I know that some stupid and poorly made video has been used as a lame excuse for a lot of people in the Middle East who are rioting and killing people. What has been the response of the President of the United States, land of the Bill of Rights? To essentially apologize for the video and to insist that “those who love freedom for themselves must ask how much they are willing to tolerate freedom for others.” And yet, he is still a serious contender for re-election. WTF? Continue reading

Does the Government Own You?

Posted in Government, Libertarianism, Philosophy, Politics, Rant, Running for President with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2012 by Xajow

I am going to use a short video that apparently comes from the DNC, but do not think I intend to criticize just Democrats. Both Democrat and Republican political leadership are equally guilty of the attitude I am going to mention. Continue reading