I am a liberty-oriented person. I believe in freedom in a general sense- certainly beyond my own personal choices.
I am interested in living in a free, honest and peaceful society.
I am not comfortable making choices for others.
Did 20 years in the Marines & noticed- somewhere after 911- many patriotic Americans seem to have embraced the idea that “The Troops” are fighting to protect our rights and freedoms- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.
I am fascinated by this concept.
When word came of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison, government credibility was lost.
We have security cameras in our mini marts and casinos, but none in place to prevent international incidents inside our military prisons, or to counter the idea that people at the top had no clue what was going on.
I am no longer recommending the US Armed Forces to young people.
I would have- maybe 10 years ago.
What’s changed in the past 10 years?
I am interested in alternative media, investigative journalism and stories that appear to be underreported.
Honest management of public information is essential.
JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-
The “War on Terror” has had a big impact in Western Washington.
Suspicionless checkpoints & ID checks away from border crossings and ports of entry, gunboat escorts on Puget Sound, a new 50 agent US Border Patrol station at Port Angeles, sensitive Dept. of Homeland Security documents released to the public at a garage sale- all are topics of interest.
In 2010 & 2011- as an unpaid volunteer- I was able to collect more than 1000 signatures in the Port Townsend area for marijuana legalization.
In the case of the initiatives I volunteered for- legalization meant ending all penalties for adults (18 & up) at the state level.
American culture is big on a lot of talk about freedom- several government holidays are dedicated to this theme.
After playing make-believe during federal holidays, it’s back to reality and living in a world of authoritarian mandates on personal behaviors that harm no one.
Possession laws, paraphernalia laws, open container laws, sales restrictions linked to location, hours, day of the week, holidays, prohibition laws for adults age 18-20, suspicionless roadblocks and checkpoints away from border crossings, etc.
The people who run both major parties & the conventions that nominate presidential candidates agree on the Drug War.
Ditto for the TV networks that host presidential debates & ask scripted questions of candidates.
Both major parties are OK with decades of ongoing, undeclared wars overseas.
Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.
Americans were never meant to agree on matters of a personal nature. This is why we have so many different churches here.
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Not trying to do away with minimum wage, smoking bans or any of the rest. Business owners should be free to opt in or out.
McDonalds banned indoor smoking in Washington State before they were forced to- imagine that.
Government controls should apply to government facilities.
I am not interested in controlling peaceful & voluntary adult behavior.
Recommendation for a free society-
Stay away from one size fits all mandates.
Let business people make business decisions.
Let customers support or walk away from the businesses of their choosing.
We should get away from dividing people up into groups- then assigning a separate value to each group.
I enjoy our local Farmers Markets.
I enjoy taking photos of local scenes, here on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
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