Posts Tagged ‘Freedom’

Unless you’re living under a rock or in a badger cave (I’m actually not sure where badgers live, a den?) you’ve probably heard of Andy Johnson. He has been all over national media outlets in recent weeks telling his story of his battle with the US Environmental Protection Agency: Fox News Story

Johnson and his wife spent 5 long months of hard labor (labor of love) constructing a beautiful pond intended to be an oasis for his livestock and for wildlife, and more importantly, a place of recreation and memory making for his family to enjoy for generations. Johnson did his due diligence jumping through all the necessary hoops as instructed by the state of Wyoming.

Johnson revealed he is confident his neighbors alerted the Feds which ultimately turned his family’s life upside down. Without any indication of a violation, he was informed by the EPA that he was being fined $187,000 per day (not the $75,000 originally reported in the media) unless he filled in his pond. Johnson has vowed not to pay their fines and to fight to the bitter end.

He tells his story and discusses why he thinks they came after him in our recent interview:

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I recently had the pleasure of watching Dallas Buyers Club. It really is a terrific movie. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto give truly outstanding performances. The story is extremely touching. It has all the characteristics of an award winning movie. But the thing that struck me the most was what a wonderful libertarian message it conveys.

The movie is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, an AIDS sufferer who defies conventional medicine and the federal government by bringing non FDA approved products to hundreds of AIDS victims. Realizing that the FDA approved drugs at best were not working and at worst were making patients sicker, he literally searched the world for alternatives. The medications he “prescribed” were legal in other countries but banned in the U.S. The result was Woodroof and countless other AIDS sufferers experiencing both an extension and an improvement of their quality of life. (more…)

Hello my flock of badgers. Or is it a herd? Or a gaggle? What’s the word for a group of badgers? Whatever that word is… Wait, I just looked it up! It’s a cete! Hello my cete of badgers! There’s a common objection I get from time to time from people when I mention that I believe in a small (or zero) government. People often say something to this effect, “Not only has our population increased, but things have changed so much since our founders drafted the constitution. This obviously necessitates a bigger government.”

This line of thinking is as dangerous as it is scary. Let’s get one thing straight. Government is responsible for the worst of the bad things in this world. (more…)

Check out this great little article by Walter Williams on the ridiculousness of Obama’s relentless war against the pay discrepancy between men and women.

Walter Williams

We must consider the source when we consider the things we were taught growing up in public (government) schools. In a hypothetical true free society where government did not monopolize the school system, we would be much more likely to learn a fair and accurate presentation of facts. This is true of any subject but is most applicable when we’re talking about history. History is largely in the eye of the beholder. There are facts and dates that cannot be debated. But history is more about the why than the when. This is where the perspective of the presenter comes into play. Take 9/11 for example. Depending on who taught the subject, one may get very different explanations as to the cause. A pro-government leaning teacher may say we were attacked because the terrorists hated our freedom and our wealth. They attacked us out of jealousy basically. Another, more impartial teacher may say we were attacked as retaliation for our incessant meddling in the Middle East. Same event, same dates, same number of dead, but very different explanations of the most important lesson: the cause.

The standard account of the Great Depression we got (and still get) growing up illustrates just one of many inaccurate portrayals of historical events regurgitated in government schools. The popular, public school account goes something like this: the unfettered capitalistic, animalistic excesses of the 1920’s resulted in a horrific crash in 1929 that led to the Great Depression. And the do-nothing Herbert Hoover allowed the Depression to continue and worsen while the masses were starving. Roosevelt, with all of his grand programs, put Americans back to work and eventually pulled us out of the Depression. (more…)

Peace = Prosperity

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Welcome to Political Badger. Thank you for visiting. For those of you who know that our current system is broken… for those of you who are pretty sure both parties are doing something wrong but maybe you’re just not sure exactly what… for those of you who think there has to be a better option than just republican or democrat… And for those of you who just don’t have the time or patience to try to figure it all out… You have come to the right place!

It’s pretty apparent that both parties suck and can’t get it right, but it can be hard to weed through all the bullsh*t on CNN or Foxnews or any number of news outlets and decipher anything intelligible. It’s also easy to get sucked into a rant on TV or a speech from a politician that sounds good. For example, if you heard Barack Obama speak at the democratic national convention during his first run it was easy to believe that he would bring us “hope and change”. He is a powerful speaker… very convincing. We now see that nothing has changed and things have in fact gotten worse. (more…)