What is Freedom?

Benjamin Franklin freedom quote

Much has been written on the subject of freedom. Many have lost their lives in the pursuit of it. Others have spent an eternity searching for it. Some have even feared its existence and sought to deny others their right to it. So what, exactly, is freedom and why is it so important to us? This site will attempt to answer that question.

I am a professional writer and a patriot. The purpose of this site is to educate, enlighten and, hopefully, inspire you to value freedom as much as I do.

Today is the day we fight back . . . again

The Day We Fight Back

In January 2012, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA) were defeated by the largest Internet protest in history. This legislation, if enacted, would have gone far beyond their stated intention and would have severely limited our ability to use the Internet. It is time to rise again.

Today, Mass surveillance is out of control. If passed, the FISA Improvements Act  will make things even worse. The very freedoms protected by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are under attack and this must be stopped.

Please watch the following video and join us in pushing back against those who seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Use the form at the bottom of this page to contact your representatives and demand that they oppose the FISA Improvements Act, support the USA Freedom Act, and enact protections for non-Americans.  Together, we can make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with our Constitutional form of government. Together, through our persistence, we will win this fight.

The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance video

Is Corporate America truly evil?

Many people are upset with Corporate America these days. They are seen as greedy entities that care more about their own bottom line than the quality of the products that they produce. While this may be the case in a few instances, I would argue that it is not Corporate America that people should be upset with. Corporate America provides the goods and services that make our lives easier and more enjoyable. They provide the jobs that give us the wherewithal to buy the goods and services that help us live our daily lives and that gives us the opportunity to pursue our dreams. Instead, bankers and the banking system should bear the brunt of the general public’s ire for they are the true greedy profiteers who produce nothing other than the enslavement of mankind both at home and abroad.

Here’s one of the reasons why I say that.

I’ve been reading the book American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company written by Bryce G. Hoffman. For those of you who don’t know, Ford was the only one of the Big Three U.S. automobile makers who did not take a bailout from the American people after the market crashed in 2008. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. It reads like a good drama novel that you can’t put down — only it’s not fiction.

Although the main story is about Alan Mulally, one of the most respected and sought-after chief executives in the country, there’s a side story here that merits attention. There comes a time in the saga of Ford where Mulally’s game plan for turning things around begins to gain some traction. It takes time to right a ship as big as Ford Motor Company, but the actions Mulally takes begin to turn the company in the right direction and you can see that the new path they’re on is beginning to take them out of the abyss. Then the sub-prime lending market crashed. Bear Sterns and Lehman Brothers went under, credit tightened, it became too expensive for companies to borrow money to cover day-to-day operating expenses, and both GM and Chrysler came to Ford looking to merge in order to stay afloat. Consumers all but stopped buying vehicles because they couldn’t get credit. Others lost their jobs and simply couldn’t afford to buy a new or used car. The bubbles that had been created by the banking industry were not only taking down the housing market, they were also taking down many other sectors as well. This nearly took Ford out of the game despite the incredible work Mulally and the team at Ford had done up to this point. Ford is hanging in there, but many other companies did fall and GM has since been sold to China.

In contrast, the six largest banks have gone on to make record profits and continue to show resistance to changing the behaviors that created the financial crisis in the first place. Just what are these behaviors? The following video explains:

The Fourth Amendment is on life support

The New York Times recently reported on the expansion by the TSA of passenger screening methods. The screening, which will take place before a passenger even arrives at the airport, will include information from a wide variety of government databases which can include things like tax records and whether or not you make your mortgage payments on time.

Instead of probable cause and a search warrant being required, all passengers are suspect. This is in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment which states that the right of the people “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

You can read more here.

How well do you know the U.S. Constitution?

U.S. Constitution

If you’re like me, you were too busy doodling on your notebook or passing notes to your friends during Civics or U.S. History class. Well, fortunately for us, there were people like the below gentleman who not only paid attention in class, but who also took it upon themselves to educate people like you and me as to what our Founding Fathers intended when they wrote the U.S. Constitution.

The below video series is a class given by former U.S. Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik that examines the U.S. Constitution in detail. It’s one of the best I’ve seen. As you watch these videos, feel free to post your questions and/or comments below.

If you prefer a more interactive experience than watching a video, Michael travels around the country presenting the same information live. You can register for one of his classes here.

Michael Badnarik’s Constitution Class

“Nothing to hide”

“I’ve got nothing to hide.” This is a phrase I’ve heard some use when referring to the increased reach into our lives by the Federal government through programs like the Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and through organizations such as the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). However, is this really a true statement when you stop and think about it? For example, would you want someone looking over your shoulder every time you and your significant other got affectionate or listening in on the most private conversations you have with your doctor? Maybe neither of those scenarios bother you, but I’ll bet you can think of at least one that would.

The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Thousands of people are marching on Washington today to protest the increasing infringement on the rights covered under the 4th Amendment. Take a look at the following and let me know what you think.


Which would you choose?

I ran across a video recently of a speech given by Ronald Reagan back in 1964. In it, he describes the difference between the system of government that our Founding Fathers put in place and a government that thinks it should have more control over our lives. Which would you choose and why?


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