September 11, 2001

Another year has gone by, and it seems that no one, outside of a few television specials, seems to understand the significance of when foreign terrorism came to the United States.  The calls of the politicians and leaders of that day to “Never Forget!!” have largely been forgotten or minimized.

Today, it’s been sixteen years since the attacks that ended the lives of almost 3,000 people, affected millions more, and continues to impact our lives today.  Legislation (the civil rights violating Patriot Act), mindless & endless regulations, and the creation of two more governmental agencies (Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)) affect our lives as Citizens of this country in ways that would have been unthinkable twenty years ago.

In the wave of current day terrorists and politicians to wipe out the history of this country, we should take time to look back and see what has happened, and read not what has been curated and edited beyond recognition, but to contemplate the human side of this event.  For that, please read the following posts:

Remembering 9/11 is a post that I wrote on the five-year anniversary.  These were my thoughts of the events and implications of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Remembering 9/11 – A Tribute was written as part of Project 2996 to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Be well, my friends.

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Our Fellow Man

The following showed up in my personal Facebook feed, and it states very eloquently what the deplorables do when their fellow person needs help.

Cajan Navy

Let this sink in for a minute…..Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston. Almost all of them driven by men. They’re using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.

Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there’s a preponderance of camo. Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump.

These are the people the Left loves to hate, the ones Maddow mocks. The ones Maher and Olbermann just *know* they’re so much better than.

These are The Quiet Ones. They don’t wear masks and tear down statues. They don’t, as a rule, march and demonstrate. And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods.

But they’ll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging gators and water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available; and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help. They’ll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.

When disaster strikes, it’s what men do. Real men. Heroic men. American men. And then they’ll knock back a few shots, or a few beers with like-minded men they’ve never met before, and talk about fish, or ten-point bucks, or the benefits of hollow-point ammo, or their F-150.

And the next time they hear someone talk about “the patriarchy”, or “male privilege”, they’ll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.

In the meantime, they’ll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work’s done.

They’re unlikely to be reimbursed. There won’t be medals. They won’t care. They’re heroes. And it’s what they do.

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What is a Right?

With so many people demanding their “rights” I thought it would be prudent to post something that I found a couple of years ago.  From LinkAmerica:

A right is the sovereignty to act without the permission of others.  The concept of a right carries with it an implicit, un-stated footnote: you may exercise your rights as long as you do not violate the same rights of another—within this context, rights are an absolute.

A right is universal—meaning: it applies to all men, not just to a few.   There is no such thing as a “right” for one man, or a group of men, that is not possessed by all.  This means there are no special “rights” unique to women or men, blacks or white, the elderly or the young, homosexuals or heterosexuals, the rich or the poor, doctors or patients or any other group. 

A right must be exercised through your own initiative and action.  It is not a claim on others.  A right is not actualized and implemented by the actions of others.  This means you do not have the right to the time in another person’s life.  You do not have a right to other peoples money.  You do not have the right to another person’s property.  If you wish to acquire some money from another person, you must earn it—then you have a right to it.  If you wish to gain some benefit from the time of another person’s life, you must gain it through the voluntary cooperation of that individual—not through coercion.  If you wish to possess some item of property of another individual, you must buy it on terms acceptable to the owner—not gain it through theft.

Alone in a wilderness, the concept of a right would never occur to you, even though in such isolation you have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  In this solitude, you would be free to take the actions needed to sustain your life: hunt for food, grow crops, build a shelter and so on.  If a hundred new settlers suddenly arrive in your area and establish a community, you do not gain any additional rights by living in such a society nor do you lose any; you simply retain the same rights you possessed when you were alone.

A right defines what you may do without the permission of those other men and it erects a moral and legal barrier across which they may not cross.  It is your protection against those who attempt to forcibly take some of your life’s time, your money or property.

Animals do not have rights.  Rights only apply to beings capable of thought, capable of defining rights and creating an organized means—government—of protecting such rights.  Thus, a fly or mosquito does not possess rights of any kind, including the right to life.  You may swat a fly or mosquito, killing them both.  You do not have the right to do the same to another human being, except in self-defense.  You may own and raise cows, keep them in captivity and milk them for all they are worth.  You do not have the right to do the same to other men, although that is what statists effectively do to you. 

There is only one, fundamental right, the right to life—which is: the sovereignty to follow your own judgment, without anyone’s permission, about the actions in your life.  All other rights are applications of this right to specific contexts, such as property and freedom of speech.

The right to property is the right to take the action needed to create and/or earn the material means needed for living.  Once you have earned it, then that particular property is yours—which means: you have the right to control the use and disposal of that property.  It may not be taken from you or used by others without your permission.

Freedom of speech is the right to say anything you wish, using any medium of communication you can afford.  It is not the responsibility of others to pay for some means of expression or to provide you with a platform on which to speak.  If a newspaper or television station refuses to allow you to express your views utilizing their property, your right to freedom of speech has not been violated and this is not censorship.  Censorship is a concept that only applies to government action, the action of forcibly forbidding and/or punishing the expression of certain ideas.

Statists have corrupted the actual meaning of a right and have converted it, in the minds of most, into its opposite: into a claim on the life of another.  With the growth of statism, over the past few decades, we have seen an explosion of these “rights”—which, in fact, have gradually eroded your actual right to your life, money and property.

Statists declare you have a “right” to housing, to a job, to health care, to an education, to a minimum wage, to preferential treatment if you are a minority and so on.  These “rights” are all a claim, a lien, on your life and the lives of others.  These “rights” impose a form of involuntary servitude on you and others.  These “rights” force you to pay for someone’s housing, their health care, their education, for training for a job—and, it forces others to provide special treatment for certain groups and to pay higher-than-necessary wages. 

Under statism, “rights” are a means of enslavement: it places a mortgage on your life—and statists are the mortgage holders, on the receiving end of unearned payments forcibly extracted from your life and your earnings.  You do not have a right to your life, others do.  Others do not have a right to their lives, either, but you have a “right” to theirs.  Such a concept of “rights” forcibly hog-ties everyone to everyone else, making everyone a slave to everyone else—except for those masters, statist politicians, who pull the strings and crack the whips.

Actual rights—those actions to which you are entitled by your nature as man—give you clear title to your life.  A right is your declaration of independence.  A statist “right” is their declaration of your dependence on others and other’s dependence on you.  Until these bogus “rights” are repudiated, your freedom to live your life as you see fit will continue to slowly disappear.

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