American culture is big on a lot of talk about freedom- several government holidays are dedicated to this theme.

We are told that ongoing military operations in distant lands serve the purpose of protecting our freedom.


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.


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.

Pay to camp here overnight- but don’t get caught drinking a beer during your stay-


Preserving a free society, free markets, free trade, private property rights, & a minimal bureaucracy where violent SWAT raids are used to go after adults who want to peacefully grow a marijuana plant in the back yard.


Democrats are A-OK with the violent SWAT raids too- they just talk less about personal responsibility, individual liberty, constitutional principles, smaller, limited government, free enterprise, private property rights, etc.

He got paid to say this-


Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.


Public Places- Paid for with Public Money

At Joe’s Bar & Grill, Joe should decide if smoking is OK. Ditto for the use of plastic bags, menu contents, choice of lightbulbs, minimum wage, etc.


Voluntary action is preferred.

I am much more open minded to donating to the Girl Scouts, carrying reusable shopping bags, supporting recycling, going to church, etc. when presented with a voluntary option.

Whole Foods Volunteers to Stop Use of Plastic Bags

McDonalds banned indoor smoking in Washington State before they were forced to- imagine that.

Government controls should apply to government facilities.




Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center