Saturday, April 28, 2007
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A government is not a business and should not be run like one. A business seeks to make a profit, it seeks to grow, increase its revenues. The operations of a business are not open to the public. A business can seek to serve a special segment of society rather than all.
The goal of the Founders and today's libertarians, is not to make government more like a business, the goal is to reduce government to its proper size. Efficiency is not the goal. Governments require certain checks and balances in order to limit the power hungry. Checks and balances aren't efficient. A small inefficient government is much better than a large efficient one.
"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwanted financial burden. ... And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and in that cause I am doing the very best I can."
-- Barry Goldwater, Republican Presidential candidate in 1964
I don't think Barry would be welcome in the modern Republican Party. Ron Paul is one of the few Republicans today that believes in truly limited government.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
As with the State case, sentencing has been delayed while the federal investigation into the Atlanta Police Department continues.
Three of the police officers involved in the raid: Gregg Junnier, Arthur Tesler and Jason R. Smith were indicted Wednesday by a Fulton County grand jury. According to the Atlanta Constitution:
Smith was charged with 13 felonies, including four counts of felony murder, violation of an oath by a public officer, two counts of giving false statements, two counts of burglary and one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and perjury.
Junnier, who has retired, was charged with three counts of felony murder, violation of oath by a public officer, criminal solicitation, two counts of burglary and one each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and making a false statement.
A third officer, Arthur Tesler, is charged only with three felony counts involving making false statements. Tesler, with eight months on the job, has vowed to fight charges against him.
In a plea deal, Smith and Junnier plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges and several other felony counts today. Sentencing is on hold as the two police officers work with Federal investigators looking into the shooting.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
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Sunday, April 15, 2007
According to a report published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Gregg Junnier one of the Atlanta police narcotics officer involved in the raid has reached a tentative plea bargain. Junnier was facing posible murder charges in the Nov. 21 raid at the home of Kathryn Johnston.
A Fulton County grand jury was to consider charges of felony murder, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and making false statements against the three narcotics officers, including Junnier, involved in obtaining the warrant for the drug raid. The deal reportedly prevents Junnier from being indicted for murder.
If you are unfamiliar with this story, here is some background information from a previous post:
On November 21, Atlanta narcotics officers went to the home of Kathryn Johnston in northwest Atlanta to execute a "no knock" search warrant for cocaine. Johnston an elderly woman who lived alone, Johnston fired at the officers as they entered her home after breaking down her door. Johnston was killed and three officers were injured in an ensuing shootout.
No cocaine was found in the home and it later was revealed that the narcotics officers had supplied false information in order to obtain the no knock search warrant.
After the raid two of the officers tried to cover up their lies by getting a police informant to falsely claim that he had made a drug buy in the home.
Sunday, April 8, 2007
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We believe that the constitutional right to bear arms is primarily a collective one, intended mainly to protect the right of the states to maintain militias to assure their own freedom and security against the central government. In today's world, that idea is somewhat anachronistic and in any case would require weapons much more powerful than handguns or hunting rifles. The ACLU therefore believes that the Second Amendment does not confer an unlimited right upon individuals to own guns or other weapons nor does it prohibit reasonable regulation of gun ownership, such as licensing and registration.
A collective right??? Anachronistic??
To believe this, the ACLU has to totally ignore the opinions of the Founders and those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Quotes from Thomas Jefferson:
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them."
Quotes from George Mason, who is known as the Father of the Bill of Rights:
"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
"I ask, sir, what is the militia. It is the whole people, except for a few public officials."
Finally a quote from Samuel Adams:
"The Constitution shall never be construed ...to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
The whole basis of the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution is that of the superiority of individual rights and the subservience of government to the people.