• From Around the World: Bad News Week for Big-Government Types in the US

    Surge Summary: Developments from around the world remind us why “messy freedom” and open expression are to be preferred to tightly controlled, government-dominated circumstances.

    The news is filled with stories of political corruption and oppression. The ugly face of statist-control is staring at us just behind the headlines and the media spin. Unfortunately, the legacy media is more interested in hiding the truth than reporting it. This is what I noticed.

    • Family members of Democrat leaders Biden, Kerry and Pelosi took huge contributions from foreign energy companies. So did the Clintons. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives wants to impeach President Trump for investigating some of those payoffs.
    • David Daleiden was convicted of video recording the horrible practices of Planned Parenthood. His real crime was embarrassing the California politicians who receive millions of dollars of political contributions from Planned Parenthood. The judge in this case was a board member at a clinic affiliated with Planned Parenthood, and the judge refused to recuse himself from the case.
    • Chinese police threaten to shoot unarmed protesters in Hong Kong while imposing mass arrests and deportations. The unarmed Chinese citizens are powerless in the face of a brutal government.
    • Venezuelan Death Squads kill unarmed political activists to suppress ongoing dissent.
    • All the Democrat presidential candidates said US citizens should be disarmed unless they are government employees.

    Do politicians deserve our trust?

    Each of these stories deserves front-page news coverage. Each one of those subjects deserves a full article at Slowfacts. My point is that our politicians, our legal system, and our news media are deeply biased to serve political ends. Today, our laws and regulations are so complex that they are counterproductive; they thwart justice and serve political corruption rather than moderating it. As current events show us, that doesn’t end well.

    In the USA, laws are for the little people, but not for politically connected multi-millionaires.

    I have my biases also. I like messy freedom. I’ve meet too many self-serving people to want my country’s future in the hands of politicians or news agencies. Government is supposed to be limited. There are supposed to be checks and balances between political interests and between different branches of government. Since we are corruptible, and we are, then unlimited power leads to unlimited corruption. The headlines I listed showcase the brutal face of government power.

    The good news is that times have changed. Human nature stays the same, but we know about this corruption because of the internet. We know more than what our local paper or CNN wants us to know. We can read widely, and the best sources are outside the mainstream legacy media. The only solution I see to preserve liberty is for us to get involved in our local politics and tell the truth on social media.

    Freedom is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. Please hold on to it.

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    Originally posted here.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Image: Adapted from:  Robert William Vonnoh (1858-1933), painterunidentified engraver – Sadakichi Hartmann, A History of American Art, Volume 2 (Boston: L. C. Page & Company, 1892), p. 243.[1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71041200

    Rob Morse

    Rob Morse works and writes in Southwest Louisiana. He writes at Ammoland, at his Slowfacts blog, Clash Daily and Daily Surge. Rob co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast, and hosts the Self-Defense Gun Stories Podcast each week.

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