Gad-zooks, I've run out of letters! Nobody ever tells me these things!
After my initial panic-attack subsided, I had a brief email conversation
with Jason about what to do next. His suggestion was to do an "Issue of the
Week". And to prove we're not a cult of personality, I though I would do a
why-something-might-be-an-issue-in-the-first-place series first. The English
language may need 26 letters to enlighten the masses, but the Constitution
of the United States of America only needed 10 ten amendments to set it
right. Well, at least initially. Well, "set it right" may be a bit strong.
Well...cut me some slack, I'm not Prof. Amar. Anyway, assuming none of them
get rescinded by the time I finish writing these, it will help to serve as a
basis for discussion on the issues of concern for the Free State Project and
it's participants. Ok, ok, I could have gone back to the original seven
articles of the Constitution, or better yet, natural rights, but that would
have been Soooo messy.
[Keep in mind this is the *Federal* government we're talking about here.
After the Free State is chosen, we'll have to take a good, long look at its
state constitution. For quick links to the candidate states' info, see
http://www.freestateproject.org/aotw.htm#Q - darn that ego again :)]
Article the third [Amendment I]
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Hmmm, Let's see how we stack up. Is anyone violating any of these?
Establishment of religion: Well, the violations go back a bit, don't they?
When did "IN GOD WE TRUST" (yes, in all capital letters) appear on the
money? (We won't even discuss whether or not the Federal Reserve is a
"branch" of the government.) And besides, where's all this WE business come
Prohibiting the free exercise thereof: I wonder if the government would have
something to say if I televised (nationally) a weekly live, baby Harp seal
sacrifice to Poseidon. How about, "Survivor: Last to be Sacrificed!" Wow,
think of the ratings! Would Bernardo Gui be allowed "the free exercise
Freedom of speech: This one, at least, seems mostly intact, although I doubt
the Capital police would tolerate my spewing forth of copious racial
epithets from the steps of the Jefferson monument. Not to mention the
"public" universities that have "free-speech zones". That means the vast
majority of the campus is a "only-approved-by-(blankout)-speech zone".
Freedom of the press: We may want to take this one up with Irwin Schiff. I
wonder what law the judge cites as referring to "abridgment of the press, if
it concerns federal taxation". Would "The Anarchist's Cookbook" be allowed
under the...I can't say it, U-S-A-P-A-T-R... act?
Peaceably to assemble: As much as I may disagree with some of the
protestors these days, restricting them to a particular area seems to be
"making a law respecting". Either it's public property or it's not (right
Tim?) I wonder if the Communist Union of Feminine Falangist & Uniformed
Satanists (CUFF-US) would be given a "permit" to march on the Mall.
Petition the Government for a redress of grievances: I am *glad* to say that
I am free to petition the government for a redress of grievances, but I am
*sad* to say that I won't be holding my breath waiting for a reply of any
consequence. Besides, the immunity of federal employees chaffs a bit (right
along the handcuff line). I don't even know the difference between
sovereign, official, and qualified immunity, much less how I can get some
for myself. :-#
Well, how's that for a first "issue"? Please forgive my rudeness in not
supplying emesis basins for everyone, but time is short and the Free State
Assorted hyperlinks, in no particular order.
The Constitution Society: http://www.constitution.org
The Electronic Frontier Foundation: http://www.eff.org
Irwin Schiff (tax book guy): http://www.paynotaxes.com
Some bits on immunity:
No-nukes protestors/vigilers: http://www.prop1.org/legal
Ok, these guys too: http://archive.aclu.org/issues/freespeech/hmfs.html
And the solution to most of the violations: http://www.FreeStateProject.org
The views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the Free State
Project, its Officers, or Directors.
And the views expressed by the Free State Project, its officer and Directors
do not necassarily represent those of the author, so there. And the views
expressed by my great-aunt Mary do not necessarily represent those of the
Communist Union of Feminine Falangist & Uniformed Satanists.
If I missed an important resource, gotten something wrong, or if you'd like
to make a suggestion or comment, feel free to email me at
In case you're wondering, that was an echo from the FSP starting gun.
It went off quite a while ago. That particular echo was heard at the
conclusion of the state vote (Last October, in case you were asleep).
Starting gun for what, you ask? Well, my lethargic liberty-lover, the
start of recruitment! I'm no mathematician, but 6,000 does not equal
20,000. Now it is true that I personally feel the FSP has succeeded
in the most important ways (identifying a freer-than-most state,
focusing the attention of the liberty-minded, and reenergizing the
freedom-lovers in NH and around the country - dare I say world?), but
there remains that semi-magical participant count of 20,000. The
number suggested as needed to keep the liberty bell ringing and to
even add a few peals.
Twenty thousand. Quite a few in many ways, but only a drop in the
bucket to the span of history. But unlike that bucket of water that
Columbus could have dropped in the ocean way back when that we would
today find one molecule of in every teaspoon, the porcupines of the
FSP are like ice-nine. Well, let's call it ice-five and three-
quarters instead. The porcs won't lock up all of the liberty-minded
people on the planet into a never-changing paradigm of forced
freedom, they will instead spread the freedom meme around the state,
country and world.
So start running, don't say no one told you when to go. The clock is
ticking, its ticks and tocks sounding in our hearts and minds,
crescendoing until we really do grow too old, and fall into that
silent shade. Reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors and,
if they are willing to work for freedom, give a pen and sign 'em up.
I came across a great quote the other day:
On the Plains of Hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions
who, at the Dawn of Victory, sat down to wait, and waiting - died!
(George W. Cecil)
K.V.'s Ice-nine: http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/content.asp?Bnum=415
P.F.'s Time: http://www.pinkfloydonline.com/lyrics/dsotm.html (scroll
down a little to the song "Time")
(Tax Dollars at work) "Official government time":
[Phil's ego is wondering if he'd look good as a bleached blonde and
apologizing for the rather clumsy sentence structure.]