*CALL ME POST-STATIST*
by Jim Babka
for The Zero Aggression Project

I'm not liberal, conservative, green, libertarian, or socialist. I prefer
being called [LINK: http://www.downsizedcfoundation.org/blog/our-lexicon-poststatist]
"Post-Statist."Â That means, I envision a day when political domination is held in low regard, like communism and monarchy presently are. For many years, I believed that the size and scope of the government was the problem. I worked to [LINK: http://www.DownsizeDC.org/] "Downsize DC."Â Directionally, that was correct, but it avoids the BACkbone problems, which is that [LINK:
http://www.downsizedcfoundation.org/blog/our-lexicon-the-state] The State is a...
· Bullying
· Abusive
· Cartel
*BULLYING*
The State has one power -- coercion. It either bribes or threatens human beings, compelling them to do things that they would not otherwise choose to do on their own. Statists imagine all the wonderful things that could happen if the coercion was intensified. They never calculate the costs.

*What if what passes for dialogue in this country was focused not on
self-serving, partisan bickering points, but was, instead, an evaluation of all the real costs of statist schemes, both hidden and evident?*

*ABUSIVE*

People turn to The State because they think it's an effective short-cut to social progress and security. Indeed, The State has two powers that attract reformers.

First, politicians have tons of money with which to bribe the behaviors
that are politically preferred, and that's because they're very good at
stealing it. They are further supported by cronies who want their share of the loot.

Second, bureaucrats back those threats with real violence. Ignore their
edicts at your peril. Armed men and women will show up to take your
property or your liberty. Resist and they'll take your life! Â

*CARTEL*

The State is a [LINK:
http://www.downsizedcfoundation.org/blog/our-lexicon-the-violent-mo...]
"Violent Monopoly." Who else can require you to "patronize" their business?

Imagine, you don't like the hamburger you just received. Maybe you ordered it without onions, but it came with them. You can complain. In business, the customer is right. Maybe they apologize and replace the order. Perhaps they discount your bill. Even then, you have the choice to never darken the door of the establishment ever again.Â

On the other hand, how many IRS agents or FDA regulators say, "The citizen is always right?"

As Perry Willis has observed...
/You have more power as a customer than you do as a citizen./

Therefore, the size of The State is the smaller problem by comparison with the BACkbone problems. And if "governments" are supposed to protect and enhance rights, then...
*The bullying, abusive, cartel-like behavior disqualifies The State from
being an actual government.*
None of us would voluntarily sign all of our rights and reservations away, especially to someone who might be working against our interests. Even the masochist would want the control of a "safe word." Such control eludes the citizen. What's your safe word -- your escape -- when politicians or bureaucrats bully you?

All the democratic version of The State can offer you is, "Elect better
people." Suggesting that you have to convince 50%, plus one of your
neighbors to "give" you relief is hardly an outlet. The problem is
compounded when we see how rigged the system is in favor of the very power that oppresses your rights of conscience and happiness. So instead...

SIMPLY imagine an END to the Bullying, the Abuse, and the Cartel. Imagine instead that government is a service, accountable to the consumer. That's what the Post-Statist does.

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(TeaParty.org)The Democrats have slandered and degraded the legacy of America’s combat veterans by hijacking this country’s moral values for the sake of their totally anti-American agenda.

In a letter penned by thirteen Democrat-affiliated national security officials and sent to the highest four Congressional leaders, they begged them to quickly pass the ‘Dream Act’ amnesty. At the end of that letter, the Democrats urged Congress to extend the military’s policy of “leave noone behind” to the 3.6 million illegal immigrants and 690,000 DACA beneficiaries in a demand for unconditional amnesty, Breitbart reports.

The original transcript of the letter:

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With every day that passes, these Dreamers are getting closer to the reality of deportation. We urge you to pass the Dream Act of 2017 as quickly as possible to provide permanent protection for Dreamers and relieve this deserving group of the uncertainty created by the President’s decision to rescind DACA. We should leave no man or women behind. Let that be our guiding principle.
The Democrats have finally revealed their true intent for the United States of America. The rhetoric weaponized in this letter reveals how liberals actually view illegal aliens – as foot soldiers meant to conquer American territory and overthrow the Constitution.

Immediately after this letter was made available to the public, the actual veterans of America’s wars threw up an outrage.

The phrase “Leave No One Behind” is one of the most important values of military culture, signifying the unwavering brotherhood of soldiers in the face of impossible odds, and their commitment to one another for victory even after death.

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, has called this letter a moral hijacking of America’s values. “It is an insult to the people who have gone out there and earned their moral authority by doing something for the country … those people earned it by self-sacrifice and the illegal-aliens want amnesty for their self-interest… that does not entitle them to amnesty.”

A quick look at the Center for Immigration Studies’ findings on the Dreamers, however, shows that the reality of these people contradicts what the Democrats would have us believe about them:

73 percent of DACA recipients he surveyed live in a low-income household (defined as qualifying for free lunch in high school);
22 percent have earned a degree from a four-year college or university;
20 percent have dropped out of high school;*
20 percent have no education beyond high school and no plans to attend college;
59 percent obtained a new job with a DACA work permit, but only 45 percent increased their overall earnings; and
36 percent have a parent who holds a bachelor’s degree.

These sad statistics prove that the vast majority of these DACA “kids,” who are actually full-grown men in their 20s and 30s, are parasitic lowlifes who want nothing to do with our way of life or even our language. Nothing even remotely like the men and women in America’s Armed Forces who sacrifice their well-being and lives to keep other countries from taking over and occupying us.

But if the Democrats succeed, and Congress grants this barbarian horde the right to amnesty, then everything the true American veterans fought for will be lost – we will be de facto occupied by foreign invaders, and they will carve up our land and government for themselves, just like the Aztecs, Mongols, and Muslims of old.

The pure fact that liberals think they can compare the men and women who fought, killed, were wounded, and died to keep our nation and freedom safe … to hordes of foreigners who have done virtually nothing for our country, who will most likely squat on our territory and feed off of taxpayer-provided cradle-to-grave services, is such an outrageous and insulting comparison, any Democrat who utters such sentiment should be instantly punished for treason and have their positions revoked.

Immigrants – legal and illegal – overwhelmingly uses the Democrats’ social services and vote for them. No doubt in their minds that liberals see them as a constant flow of reinforcements in their battle against law-abiding, natural American citizens. They are the Democrats’ soldiers for dismantling Western values, Christianity, secularism, capitalism, and freedom. Without these foreigners pouring into the United States from third world, socialist hellholes, the Democrats would never have survived this long.

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