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Number 444, November 18, 2007

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Gold From Straw
by L. Neil Smith

Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when Bill and Hillary Clinton—Waco Willy and Polly Pot—stopped cold in their slimy political snail-tracks by Rush Limbaugh and other right wing talk show hosts, tried to blame the Oklahoma City/Murrah Building bombing on right wing talk radio, as a trial balloon for shutting it down.

The fact is, although I know more than one grassroots liberal who values free speech fully as much as I do—along with the rest of the Bill of Rights and even, increasingly these days, the Second Amendment—I have never known of a so-called liberal at the national level who could abide vigorous, outspoken opposition and didn't burn, secretly or not, to silence it somehow. Simply consider the way the same kind of "thinkers" have managed to gag free speech on American college campuses, and even make their victims apologize for trying to exercise it.

Although I strongly disagree with what Limbaugh had to say about those American soldiers who have come to publically oppose George Bush's illegal and fascistic wars, for almost a full picosecond, the Democrats' vicious attack on that neoconservative gasbag (they were demanding his removal from the air, the same way Don Imus was removed) almost pushed me over onto his side. Is this what the Left hoped to accomplish with what amounts to their latest assault on the First Amendment?

I don't care for Limbaugh, especially since 9/11, when I stopped listening to him altogether, but it must be freely acknowledged that he saved us all from HillaryCare during her husband's eight endless years in the White House, and possibly from even worse things. If he wasn't a shameless apologist for this administration's mass-murdering, Constitution-raping fascism, he might serve his country in the same capacity once again. But the trouble is, by becoming a conscienceless pimp for Bushevism, he's worn out any credibility he may ever have had.

So here we are again. The Democrats all have their fingers in the air, trying to see if they can censor talk radio by bringing back the egregiously misnamed "Fairness Doctrine" and crush the First Amendment by regulating the content of the Internet. If you think this eight years have been hell for individual liberty, wait'll you see the next eight.

Those who value individual liberty now have a little less than a year to convince rank-and-file Democrats that things aren't going to get better under the control of their wing of the Boot-On-Your-Neck party. Whoever is elected will ecstatically seize upon all of the illegitimate power accumulated by the Republicans and add as much to it as they can, in order to reduce us under absolute despotism until not a single moment of our lives goes unscrutinized and "politically corrected".

The Republicans made this mess. They're not going to admit to what they did, to the crimes against humanity they've committed, by voting to repeal the Patriot Act they voted for without reading. They have a different solution in mind—a Final Solution, perhaps. They have their FEMA concentration camps and imagine they have the power to disappear dissenters into them. One of their number recently attempted to link those who refuse to believe the government's lame account of 9/11 with Al Quaida, exactly as the Clintons attempted to link Oklahoma City with right wing talk radio. None of this ever really changes.

We all have a lot of work to do if we want to get our America back. Serious restitution must be made to American taxpayers and the Iraqi and Afghani people—not to mention to GIs and their families, exploited by the State, and every individual kidnapped, illegally imprisoned, and tortured. The Republicans don't have the testicular fortitude to force the liquidation of war profiteers like Blackwater USA and Halliburton. Nor could they stomach seizing the salaries and pensions of every member of the House and Senate who rubberstamped the administration's illegal and destructive policies. Yet this, and many more things like it, must be done, if American civilization is to survive.

Criminals like Geore Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, and the rest (I am by no means excluding members of the Clinton Administration or the George H.W. Bush Administration that preceded it) must not only learn—the hard way, if necessary, which could prove instructive to future politicians—to abide by the rule of law, they must learn, as well, that the highest law of this particular land is the Bill of Rights.

At the present moment, most Democrats clearly understand the deadly danger of excessive government power. And yet the instant one of them is elected to the Presidency, they will forget they ever knew about the danger of power, and they will excuse any excess their own side wishes to commit, however evil or illegal. Republicans are just the same, of course, which is how we got into this mess in the first place.

All of the Democratic Presidential candidates want to raise taxes. Yet this is precisely the opposite of what we must do if we desire peace, freedom, progress, and prosperity. Taxation is the fuel of despotism and war. It must be drastically reduced—if you're thinking anything less than 99%, then we're not on the same page at all—or eliminated altogether. Either course would be acceptable in the short run, but if we choose to reduce rather than to eliminate, our grandchildren will wind up fighting this same battle all over again.

In any case, it is absolutely vital that the voice of liberty continues to be heard, loud and clear. Americans must be given reasons to believe in their own future again, and only libertarians can do that.

Only libertarians can spin the gold of freedom from the straw of oppression.

Only libertarians.

Four-time Prometheus Award-winner L. Neil Smith has been called one of the world's foremost authorities on the ethics of self-defense. He is the author of 25 books, including The American Zone, Forge of the Elders, Pallas, The Probability Broach, Hope (with Aaron Zelman), and his collected articles and speeches, Lever Action, all of which may be purchased through his website "The Webley Page" at

Ceres, an exciting sequel to Neil's 1993 Ngu family novel Pallas was recently completed and is presently looking for a literary home.

Neil is presently working on Ares, the middle volume of the epic Ngu Family Cycle, and on Roswell, Texas, with Rex F. "Baloo" May.

The stunning 185-page full-color graphic-novelized version of The Probability Broach, which features the art of Scott Bieser and was published by BigHead Press has recently won a Special Prometheus Award. It may be had through the publisher, at, or at


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