A Superior Post from Tom at his Hamstermotor Blog on Yale's intention to "amend our constitution". Read it all, it is nothing short of brilliant. It's alot to ingest and digest but it is one of those rare important pieces that warrant it.
Treason is defined as "a crime that undermines the offender's government."
The erection of a "constitution" which would annihilate the restrictions on government enshrined in our Constitution, in fact embracing the totalitarian control of a complete welfare state, oppressing the individual through the same parasitic burdens applied by tyrannies since time immemorial, is clearly an attempt to undermine the Government of the United States of America. It is the very epitome of treason.
Powerline posted the notes of a Yale Law School student present at the weekend's conference dedicated to the formation of a "progressive" constitution to topple our current one.
I will post the notes ad serratum with my fisking:
Roosevelt's speech came at the end of a three decade-long (The 1913 Federal Reserve act to his speech) failed experiment in Keynesian economics and government intervention which created a depression over 4 times longer than any in our nation's history. He had a communist spy (Alger Hiss) in his top cabinet, propounded an "economic bill of rights" that claimed people had a "right" to recreation, and gave Stalin millions of slaves as war reparations in the Yalta Agreements. Roosevelt only looks good because the evil he was fighting was the epitome of evil.
Our Constitution limits the power of the government within a permitted sphere bounded by the equal freedom of all individuals. My right to life is synonymous with your restriction on killing me. My right to property is synonymous with your inability to rob me. Humans cannot survive under the threat of violence. It is by means of these restrictions on violence both within and outside the government, that humans may produce, plan, and enjoy what happiness they earn. As Bastiat said in Economic Harmonies, (I will garble him), "once the use of force is accepted, there are an infinite number of ways to apply it to mold the society to your image." What is the trend in political violence one era, will become obsolete by a new trend in political violence in another era. Only a government limited in its use of force will withstand the varied pressures tempting new (and not so new) attempts to mold society into the image of its would-be saviours.
In all of human history, not a single act of government force beyond the protection of life, liberty, and property, has achieved the results sought without negative results. In theory and in history, there is no justification for government intervention as a means of achieving the universally sought ends of peace and prosperity.
Alll rights depend on the right to life, and that is inextricably bound to the right of private property. The protection of private property by police, courts, and the military is the only basis of government which will achieve peace and prosperity. Every attempted alternative has led to famine, oppression, and pestilence.
Freedom is the absence of coercion. The only support I or anyone needs to be free, is a gun held to the head of the man who tries to rob or murder me and my family.
Curious. John Maynard Keynes, the man who codified the spurious economics of prodigality which our government had embraced since the 1913 Federal Reserve act through Herbert Hoover's government intervention, said in 1936 that his economics could most efficiently be practiced in Nazi Germany. The practices embraced by Keynes and Roosevelt, price-controls, wage controls, limits on interest rates, inflation, subsidies, tariffs, etc, are all key features of fascism. Roosevelt's attempts to replace the plans of each individual with his own plans, may have been a small-scale form of fascism compared to his contemporaries, but the suffering produced is evidence that even a mini-fascist will drastically impact the well-being of a nation.
There are 24 hours in a day. Every minute a government spends on debating the proper curvature of bananas, the cubic capacity of toilets, and the amount of money taken from some to give to others, is one minute not spent protecting the rights to life, liberty, and property. A government limited as ours by the Constitution is forced to spend its time protecting rights, i.e. security.
Montesquieu has been fisked enough by Bastiat in The Law. I will only point out that despite Roosevelt's intentions, his ideas led to a decade of poverty and suffering.
The juxtaposition of James Madison with FDR is sacrilegious and in a just society grounds for deportation to North Korea.
The existence of "positive rights" destroys "negative rights." Freedom is the absence of coercion, and cannot be gained by selectively privileging some with the ability to coerce others.
Property is protected by law. It is created by Man.
GO READ IT ALL!