The Virginia Constitution Forbids Charity By Force

February 6, 2011

I know this notion ruffles the feathers of our state senators for Fairfax, but the rules are very clear. Ken Cuccinelli’s “opinion” was not earth-shattering or “irrelevant.” He simply quoted Article II section 16 of our Constitution. The General Assembly obeyed this section all the way up until 2006 (debunking our wonderful state senators’ claim that we have always done this) which prompted delegates to ask the Attorney General for a ruling on the matter. He sided with the Virginia Constitution and there are good reasons for him doing so.

In 2008, former national LP chairman Bill Redpath and Virginian came to speak to the Tidewater Libertarian Party. He was running for US Senate at the time and he said something that really stuck with me:

“We won’t begin to address the fundamental problem of government overspending until the American People position government as an agent for justice, not an agent for good, as there is an infinite amount of good to be done in this world”

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Fishing in the Federal Pond

July 31, 2010

If I were to suggest we meet at City Hall, and for every Twenty dollar bill you take from your wallet and burn, you can also burn one of mine, you would think me an idiot for making the offer and yourself a bigger idiot if you accepted. Yet we do this every day in pursuit of Federal funds. It’s really not so different from fishing. Read the rest of this entry »


Guns and Crime

March 3, 2008

I am opening threads on firearms policy this week in parallel with the Virginian Pilot’s series on gun control to provide a forum for those with ideas that are more complex than the 750 character comment section there will allow.

There are really two classes of firearms issues, the armed citizen as a check on government power, and guns as an factor in crime and self defense.

Regarding guns and crime, I will state that when bad things happen, even the best police response takes several minutes, while the issue will be decided in seconds. Read the rest of this entry »


Guns and Government

March 3, 2008

I am opening threads on firearms policy this week in parallel with the Virginian Pilot’s series on gun control to provide a forum for those with ideas that are more complex than the 750 character comment section there will allow.

There are really two classes of firearms issues, the armed citizen as a check on government power, and guns as an factor in crime and self defense.

Regarding the issue of armed citizens, refer to our Declaration of Independence, which states in the second paragraph that “…in order to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

I will postulate that the notion of government by the consent of the governed is meaningless if the citizens do not retain the means to withdraw that consent.