Constitutional Libertarianism

Constitutional Libertarianism

Monday, August 16, 2010

Riding on a hijacked bus

Here we all are, passengers trying to get to the places in our lives we are trying to go on a bus called America.

We have to hire a new bus driver and bus management company every so often to maintain the bus and keep schedules, etc...

There happen to be at least two unions that represent bus employees.

One union that wants to give bus rides for free to everyone, but they want to tell you how to route your trip and where you should go as well.

The other union says you should go where you want to go but everyone has to pay their own way. They also want to keep the bus fare costs high so that only those who can afford the ride can get on the bus.

They both think that some of the riders should be given special privileges along the way with the privileges coming out of the bus fares of everyone else.  One of them thinks the special privileges should go to those who could barely afford the bus fare, the other thinks the privileges should go to those who who give the biggest tips.

Many of the bus riders don't want to hire from the union pools at all.

Some of the riders want to hire employees who have their own plans for the bus company and just do the best job of getting everyone to their destinations with the same privileges and bus fares that will meet the needs of the bus maintenance, etc..  yet keep in mind the money comes from and belongs to those who pay the bus fares.

Obviously, a lot of the bus riders want to get those special perks and privileges while on the bus and so for the whole ride, there is nothing but arguing on the bus as to which union to hire from or not hire from in the case of those wanting non-union employees.

Of course, when the bus company was first put together by those who were to be it's first riders, they made a list of rules that applied to everyone equally so to keep everything going smoothly.

Neither of the unions wants to pay much attention to that list anymore as they say and do just about anything to get people to keep hiring from their union halls.

Now, in today's world, so many years after the bus company was first put together, the unions are more like gangs.  They don't compromise, they make threats and constantly try to undermine each other instead of trying to be better at the jobs.

They have become hijackers of the bus and bus company, trying now to use propaganda and rhetoric to sway bus riders to their cause. 

It's high time the bus riders, ALL of the bus riders, got together and fired both of these unions, never to hire from either of them again.  instead hiring only those who stand on their own principles and abilities, promising to do their best for all the bus riders, not just those who take their side.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

When the government spies on it's own people

It's bad enough that the FBI, CIA and other 'law enforcement' and 'intelligence' agencies turn their attention to American citizens.

Local law enforcement is also using technology and spying on their own constituents as well.

From street light cameras to parking lot cameras and now internet technology like Google Earth.

It's all seemingly innocuous, so they would have have you believe.

The biggest 'protections' American citizens have is that we cannot incriminate ourselves.  We are entitled to a reasonable level of privacy.  We are presumed innocent until "proven" guilty.

People have taken measures to ensure their privacy, such as building privacy fences.  This is to have privacy when they want to work or play on their own private property, swim, sunbathe, etc...

When you put a privacy fence up, you are declaring to those around you that prying eyes are not appreciated AND that you are trying to be considerate of passersby and neighbors sensibilities and show off your private activities for all to see.

It is a responsible thing to do and should be respected.

Still, people will take steps to invade that privacy, such as trying to find or create holes to see through, climbing up and looking over the top, using a camera from a higher level of a neighboring building, with telephoto lenses, etc.. 

These most often are, and should be, punished by courts because they are blatant examples of deliberately invading others privacy.

What about when the local government uses a satellite image to investigate residents private property intentionally looking for things they can fine and ticket residents for?

Isn't that the same as someone peering over the top of a fence or peering down from a nearby balcony?

It's very easy to hide behind the excuse of 'protecting' people from themselves  and others.

The problem is that people really don't need that much protecting.  Especially when it comes to using invasive methods and technologies to acquire information.