Scope of Government.

Either limit the scope of government or limit citizen liberty.

Scope of government has broadened so much that there is now little of the living of life that is not subject to regulation.

Vic Biorseth, Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Our Constitution is a quite short, succinct and easy-to-read document, as you can see in the American Constitution page. That one, brief document, along with its Bill of Rights, is the blueprint for the setup, organization, running and operating rules for the most powerful nation the world has ever seen, in all of world history. As a legal document, there is nothing complicated about it; indeed, it is very simple. If you are reading and understanding these words, then none of it is beyond your ability to read and comprehend.

Article I lays out for us the Legislative Process, describing our two Houses of Congress, their makeup, their members, their rules of election, service and operation, and their powers. Section 8 tells us what they are to do – a description of their official responsibilities.

Article II lays out for us the Executive Process, describing our President and Vice President, their offices, their rules of election, service an operation, and their powers. Sections 2 and 3 tell us what they are to do – a description of their official responsibilities.

Article III lays out for us the Judicial Process, describing our Supreme Court and inferior courts, their jurisdiction and their responsibilities.

The Bill of Rights establishes limitations on government protecting certain American citizen rights, which are not granted by government, but by God, as described in the American founding document, the Declaration of Independence. Most specifically, these rights involve freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition of government and gun ownership. These are rights we already had and they were not granted by government; rather, government is prohibited from interfering with them or hindering them.

Note that there is nothing in the Constitution regarding any increase in government control in any area, or of limiting citizen liberty, or of collectivization or redistribution of anything. Those things were born in another document titled The Communist Manifesto and they are directly opposed to the makeup, organization and operating rules of the United States of America.

Nor is there anything about government attacking such problems as illiteracy, childhood obesity, healthy eating habits, smoking, producing carbon, etc. Nor is there anything about government requiring private enterprises to produce products such as cars with special airbags, or built-in “crushability”, or any particular fuel-mileage requirements, etc.

Today we have not only high ranking bureaucrats, but our President, instructing us on the proper way to cough or sneeze, while pushing another false “emergency” regarding a completely bogus influenza “pandemic”. You could be written up for sneezing into your cupped hand instead of your sleeve, if you are seen doing it. This stuff happens at state and local levels, too. In some places, government requires the local mom and pop diner to put the calories-per-serving beside all the specials listed on the black board, or on all menus, if they have printed menus. There is no end to it.

None of this is the proper business of government.

We have no need for any Surgeon General of the United States, or of any bureaucracy beneath that title or function. Medicine is not the business of government. If it isn’t in the Constitution, what is its justification for existence? Pork? Political payoff? Reward for services rendered? Opportunity to grow the government and increase government reach?

Our government has no business “donating” our money to support such abominations as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA.) If art is worth a dollar, someone will pay that dollar, as fair market value. If art – or blasphemy – is not worth a dollar, why should the tax payers be forced to pay that dollar? Art can stand on its own whenever and wherever there is a market for it. If an artist cannot sell a Madonna with feces on it, or a crucifix in a jar of urine, then he richly deserves the title Starving Artist. If he cannot sell his work in the free and open marketplace, the tax payers should not be his safety net. There is nothing special about art. Lots of real artists are quite rich. Fakes are not worthy to be recipients of any involuntary redistribution of other people’s money.

The wonderful thing about America, as founded, is the existence of a strictly private sphere of activity beyond the reach of government. We call it opportunity. So long as we do not defraud or cheat, we are free to act in this sphere completely free from any control or any interference from government. This stems from the natural right to private property. This basic, fundamental human right is implicit within the Commandment “Thou shalt not steal” and it guarantees the right of an individual to ownership of something. If he owns it, he has certain rights over it, and no one can take it away or damage it.

Walter Williams, the professor/economist/philosopher of note, has pointed out that some or most of these intrusions into this private sphere of citizen activity as violations of the human right to private property. He illustrated the point by talking about smokers and smoking. My body is my property; so is my health. If I choose to smoke, that is my choice, and no one else’s choice.

The notion that smokers hurt health insurance costs for everyone is bogus. Insurance companies have no problem denying claims for high risk customers. If you die sky diving, of scuba diving, or hang-gliding, guess what – your life insurance is going to deny your claim. It would be just as easy for a health insurance company to deny a lung cancer claim of a smoker. Similarly, it would be just as easy for a car insurance company to deny a claim of someone who did not use a seat belt and was thrown from a car and injured or killed.

At a higher level, my house is my property. If I want to allow smoking in my house, that is not the business of government. If I own a restaurant, and I want to allow smoking in my restaurant, that is not the business of government. If I own a business, and I want to allow my workers and customers to smoke, that is not the business of government. The private sphere of private citizen activity free from government control or interference is shrinking down to nothing.

Now, I am not a smoker, at least not for the last 35 years or so, and I have now hit the point where cigarette smoke bothers me. However, Walter Williams is quite correct. It is astounding how American smokers seem to be just rolling over with every new wave of restrictions on where and when they can smoke, and on ridiculously higher and higher taxes imposed on cigarettes in hopes of driving usage down, but in the real world, feeding cross-county and cross-state black markets in cigarettes.

A thing such as tobacco, or liquor, or drugs, should either be legal, or illegal. If a substance or product is legal, then there should be no restrictions on it and no special usage or punitive taxes associated with it. The only restrictions on alcohol and tobacco that I am aware of involve age of majority. I wonder why we even have a police agency titled ATF, or Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Alcohol is legal, tobacco is legal and firearms are legal. So why does the ATF exist? To check IDs at the retail counter?

We need to get government back to doing what it is Constituted to do. If they would pay more attention to the budget, that would be nice. I really believe that what Rush and Sean say is quite correct: we now have professional politicians who make their living and ensure their job security by spending other people’s money. And they do that by growing government, not shrinking it, which, again, is more in tune with the Communist Manifesto than the American Constitution.

God help us.



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Date: Sun May 30 23:01:42 2010
From: Gertrude
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Location: Tampa, Florida
Comment:

What about customers who have serious problems such as asthma? Where are they supposed to go if everyone can smoke everywhere?


Date: Mon May 31 09:26:58 2010
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Gertrude:

To those restaurants or other commercial facilities that ban smoking. You are always free to take your business elsewhere. There is a market for smoking customers, and there is a market for non-smoking customers, and a free market will always satisfy those needs.

As Prof. Williams said, you are free to avoid smoke filled restaurants, and smokers are free to support them. Workers are free to shop for smoke free working environments, and others are free to seek employment where they can smoke. So long as tobacco is not illegal and you may not be imprisoned or otherwise punished for use or possession, why should there be laws on the books forcing all businesses to not allow smoking on their premises? Customers and workers and clients can vote with their dollars, and their available labor.

Regards,

Vic


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Pulled the trigger on the 301 MOVE IT option June 1, 2014. Working my way through all the webpages.  . 

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A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.

Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.

The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words.  The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."

Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies "grading" doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?

On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.

Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again

Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future. Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.

Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.

The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.

Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC. There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.

Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.

What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite? I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic.  But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.

Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE  NuVo Initiative still stands pat.

The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard". The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.

Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.

Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.

Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.

Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.

Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.

"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great) Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.

Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture.  What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?

If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it?  Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility.  If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?

So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible.  Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.

Taking a look at Illegal Imigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem. 

First journal / blog entries when the thinking catholic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing. 

On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006. Adding items to book store. 

Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.

Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.

Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.

Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.

The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now.  Well … so what?

Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace.  Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.

Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.

Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine no such thing as the USA?

More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.

Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.

Website Status Update 11/09/10. Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.

Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.

Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.

A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense.  Why?

God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.

Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.

Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.

Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania. 

The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.

Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.

We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?

Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper.  The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.

Tea-Party-Candidates-04-18-2014.  The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.

Ecce homo; Behold the man.  Ecce Homo.  Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.

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