August 28

Domestic War On Tyranny

Recently I had a chance to attend two of Florida-01 Congressman Jeff Miller’s town hall meetings. At the latter, he made some comments about the need for the US to start drone-bombing into Pakistan more and more, without Pakistan’s permission – which is an act of war against the country of Pakistan itself. I got a chance to address him on this, and the transcript of our somewhat heated back-and-forth is below.

My name is Calen Fretts, I have a few questions for you. First on Pakistan. You brought up how basically you think we need to be bombing into Pakistan, trying to get the Taliban. Pakistan is a sovereign country. At the same time that you’re saying this you’re talking about Libya, the Libya “kinetic action” (not war), being an “arbitrary war” and “how do you choose which country we bomb?”…

(Miller interrupts): Alright let me answer your question.
Fretts: Can I finish the question?
(Miller interrupts): No, let me answer your question.
Fretts: Can I finish please?
(Miller interrupts): NO, let me answer your question.

Miller: Your question is “why would I support sending a missile into Pakistan vs sending a missile into Libya”, correct? I think that’s what you asked.
Fretts: Not exactly. I didn’t get to finish.
Miller:  Well that’s “kinda” what you read. Alright, because the people in Pakistan are killing our men and women in uniform every single day.
Fretts: Can I finish the question?
Moderator: Go ahead, let him have his follow-up.

Fretts: It seems you’re being just as arbitrary as Obama is on this. And my question is, do you support the sovereignty of other countries, and why do you seem so eager to drag us into yet another never-ending war front in the middle east?

Miller: Okay, I appreciate your question that was designed to try to pull me off of something whereby I believe that if people are killing our American men and women and sending them home in body bags, sending them home maimed without arms and legs, the United States of America has every right to go and find these people and kill ’em. You don’t believe that, I do.

(And the crowd goes wild… it’s MILLER TIME! Moderator pulls mic away from me and tells me “That’s it, you’re through!” when I try to respond.)

Since I wasn’t given the opportunity to respond to Miller’s statement then, I’d like to do so now. By Miller’s logic, we ought to invade Libya, and if any American troops get killed or maimed, then the invasion would be justified. OR, you could use reasonable logic, and realize that if we withdrew our troops from the middle east, they would NOT be getting sent home in body bags, or getting killed and maimed, not to mention spending trillions of dollars of taxpayer money on wars that we just don’t need. So, Miller wants to start a new war on a new front. He doesn’t want to end any wars in the middle east, clearly. And he just wants to arbitrarily pick and choose which countries we invade. He doesn’t want to support Obama’s war, he just wants to support his war – whatever the Republicans choose. There you have it.

After seeing what the past decade of war has done to this country, I am now convinced that the only war we should be fighting is a Domestic War On Tyranny. That starts with kicking ALL the bums in DC out of office, including Jeff Miller.

Video: Congressman Jeff Miller town hall 2011-08-26 – War on Pakistan

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June 13

my new form of activism

so I had a long, boring drive from the ATL to the RIC ahead of me today, so to spice it up I decided to get a bit, uh, controversial, I guess. so I painted this onto my back window:

stop the welfare
stop the wars
stop big brother
go libertarian
or Atlas Shrugs

my main goal was to spur my fellow roadsmen on their respective journeys to give a little extra thought towards the state of things, and maybe incite some discussion amongst their passengers. after all, I believe debate is one of the greatest factors towards intellectual revolution. I expected a couple nasty looks, but to my surprise I didn’t get any. I think most people that would be put off by one of the sentiments tend to agree with the others, so it’s a bit perplexing. I did get a “two thumbs up” and smiles from one couple, though. only one, but that’s better than zero. I saw a few people taking pictures too, which was funny.

anyways, I think this might by my new form of activism. I might try to use a different phrase every week or something, and report here about the feedback I get. hopefully it won’t attract too many cops to check me out, since my tags have been expired for a year and my license is expired and according to the State I’m a “terrorist” anyways. eh, somehow I was able to avoid the 5-0 all the way home today, and it’s not like I wasn’t speeding. must have been that invisible cloak I bought recently…

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July 12

isolationism and our Founding Fathers

by now you know that I’m a Ron Paul supporter. you may also know that Ron Paul is opposed to the Iraq war (and has been from the beginning) because he is opposed to all [unprovoked] wars in other countries, and is in favor of a strong defense [the Iraq war was not provoked by Iraq or Iraqis, it was an act of terrorism – though who those terrorists are or where they live is something I’ll leave for another day]. an interesting question came up recently: if it weren’t for countries helping other countries win wars, if it weren’t for the help we were given from France and Spain, we would never have won our independence from Britain! so why shouldn’t we help other countries in the same way?

well, for one thing, France and Spain only helped us out because they were already fighting Britain, and wanted to force the war to a third front. so it was strategic. but the contemporary ‘short’ of it is… America must “remove the log in its own eye” before trying to impose our will on and fix other countries. our country right now is spiralling out of control (and has been for decades). our money should be focused on one thing: making the united States a better nation.

there are no doubt civil injustices, dark circumstances, cold-blooded murders, happening across the world. many Americans feel a strong moral obligation to ‘fix’ those problems. but one must ask, why wouldn’t the people of that land take arms? if a tyrannical state started imposing itself on Americans, wouldn’t (shouldn’t) we fight for our freedom, to the death, instead of depending on another nation? there will always be fighting between nations or peoples, but whenever we get involved it weakens us financially and militarily as a whole. the US is not crowned (nor should it be) the adjudicator or policeman of the world.

apart from that, I stay true to the traditional libertarian view as it applies to most issues: the more power we give to our gov’t, the more they will screw things up, the more corruption takes root, the more abuse occurs. look at the Iraq War. we (may have) had good intentions, but now a lot of Iraqi citizens hate the US because they are imprisoned or killed trivially, and we are seen as imperialists (which we are). and Halliburton/KBR are making a fat paycheck.

I would also point out that staying out of other countries’ political affairs is not isolationism, it is non-interventionism; isolationism includes non-interventionism as well as protectionism (economic isolationism), something RP does not support. we should seek to trade freely and to seek peace and prosperity with other nations; we should be the friend of the world, not the enemy.

We have a lot of goodness in this country, and we should promote it; but never through the barrel of a gun.

– Ron Paul

June 17

why I fight

there’s an episode of my favorite miniseries of all time, Band of Brothers, called “Why We Fight”. well, this is why I fight.

one question I’ve pondered and heard from others is: there’s no use – why should we try? the Bible says there will be an end time, and if this is it, why should we try to resist the inevitable? some people will even mention Romans 13, which talks of submitting to the authorities. well, this is true when the government is just. but when it is not, the Bible teaches us always to fight evil; to simplify, if a police officer ordered you to kill your own family, I hope you would not comply. I feel that, even if we are currently set on the path to the end, if we change our ways God will forgive us. “The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).

but what effect do I have? true, my voice probably has little effect or impact on the occupiers of DC as they currently are; most of them are corrupt, power hungry, and set in their ways. but when the whole of the People are armed with knowledge, they will no longer be silent. they cannot, it’s against our human nature not to crave freedom. so I will keep ringing the bell until either everyone joins, or there is no one left to hear me. like the protagonist of the 1976 movie Network, “I want people to be mad as hell! I want you to stand up, open your windows, and yell ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

our government has openly declared war upon We the People. every day their actions confirm this, they just haven’t verbalized it. every disregard of the Constitution, the charter of the very government that ignores it, is an act of war. they are taking our liberty, and it is going further than legislation, stepping into the world of physical violence. I am personally being attacked by the very institution which is sworn to defend me; this is why I fight.

“I swear upon the altar of God, eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
– Thomas Jefferson

UPDATE 7/15: Chuck Baldwin wrote an article “Romans Chapter 13 Revisited” on the same topics discussed here. I’m sure he read my post! ;)