I have no idea where you got that idea. I do want truly free markets.
This means that NO one should interfere in market action - individual,
corporate, or government - until/unless there is evidence of fraud
or force ... which would on its face make markets not free.
My preference would have been to keep the US completely out of
world affairs until/unless there was a threat *to* the US. That
horse, however, long ago fled the barn. The fact is that from
TR forward, the US has had an interventionist foreign policy.
Demanding we butt out now is simply not realistic. But - as I
said - even a casual examination of our history shows far, far
more benefit to the rest of the planet than downside. But
the Devlin-esque Equivocators have a really hard time with
that. They come from a position of "If it's not perfect, it's
no good." Their world is black, white, simple, and unambiguous.
It is also completely disconnected from Reality.
It is proper to intervene in markets when there is evidence of
fraud, force, or threat. It is improper to intervene because
some hang-wringing peddler of phony Social Justice (tm) wants
to use government itself to commit the act of fraud to forcefully
Tim Daneliuk email@example.com
I really would wish that the "US would withdraw from the world state" as it
seems that whenever you get involved you make matters a lot worse due to the
greed and ambitions of many of your leaders.
As for "so that people like you could get a taste of what the planet would
feel like with people of conviction and genuine interest in liberty might
feel like." Do you really think that the leaders of your country are really
concerned about that?
They are not interested in "liberty" per-se, they are only interested in the
"fast buck" that they can make from selling arms, food etc and will only
step in to protect those interests - your participation in two world wars
[late at that], Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf war and the invasion of
Afghanistan and Iraq are proof of that.
If America really believes in *true* liberty, why has it not interfered in
Russian, Chinese and North Korean affairs (to name a few) to "liberate"
I do live in a supposedly "free"  country, and that country was 'free'
and winning wars long before America was founded - and in fact, the birth of
the American dream was one of the few wars in history that America has won -
think about it.
As for "American blood and treasure made it possible" America has gained far
more "treasure" from her participation than it has ever expended (countries
have been made to pay dearly) and as for the spilling of American blood -
again far more innocent blood has been spilled by non-Americans by
Americans - again think about the Nuclear bombs, carpet bombing, cluster
bombing, agent orange and the indiscriminate use of weapons on civilian
populations - along with the American ideology that any non-American is a
 Made far more George Orwellian and dangerous by the knee jerk
reactions of one of the dumbest presidents you have ever had - along with
the poodle-like idolatry of one my countries leaders of that lying president
and the so-called "American dream".
Good night and have a pleasant Christmas - unlike many in America and the
1) I hope you get your wish.
2) It is not our leaders that define us, but our ideals. The fact
that we are sometimes inconsistent with those ideals simply means
we're human, not that our ideals are bad.
3) America's gain in treasure was (mostly) done honestly and honorably not
at the expense of others.
4) Excepting the mentally and physically handicapped and those facing medical
issues not of their own making, the vast majority of Westerners that will
not have a pleasant evening tonight will be because of self-induced
The 3rd and emerging world that has a bad night tonight will be because
embraced tribalism, theocracy, and collectivism in their various forms
markets, capitalism, and personal liberty) and are thus getting Just Deserts.
Like I said, I hope you get your wish. I'd like to see the US withdraw
from the military, diplomatic, AND humanitarian sphere around the
world, and never again offer a dime of solace, or a drop of blood. It
would be good to watch the planet struggle with the many threats
around the world (China, Russia, militant Islam, AIDs epidemics,
tribal slaughter, ethic cleansing, and so forth) without the good old
Red, White, And Blue to beg for help. Perhaps then you might learn
some manners and say "Thank You" for the help you've received rather
than howling about how bad it all is.
BTW, I speak as a naturalized US citizen. I wasn't born here, and
English was my second written/read language. I've lived in Europe and
done business there and in Asia. You aren't "Disbelieving", you're
Tim Daneliuk firstname.lastname@example.org
Heh! Keep believing that. America is the oldest democracy in the world (with
the possible exception of the Isle of Man).
I'll give you that American, India (the largest democracy in the world), and
other spots are the inheritors of the English Common Law and that shaped our
But countries with "freedom?" and "democracy?" well, we're the one with the
longest history and tradition.
Gives me goose-bumps. Nothing beats the smell of Napalm in the morning.
I can't imagine what comic book you're reading.
The United States has not charged Assange with anything nor has it asked
that he be extradited to the US.
Nor will it.
Assange will get a pass from the US for the simple reason that any criminal
offense the USA can concoct to sanction Assange would apply equally well to
the NY Times. Assange did not steal these communications nor is there any
intimation he participated in any way with their theft. He merely publicized
Same as the New York Times.
Further, as to your (erroneous) assertion that Palin demands the unlawful
execution of Assange, I should point out that killing a terrorist is not
unlawful. That said, what she ACTUALLY said, in contradistinction to your
"Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban
Lastly, you claim "hypocrisy" as if that's a bad thing. Hypocrisy gets a bad
Think football or baseball coach. If the coach could pitch or pass as well
as the player he's instructing, he'd be on the field making the big bucks!
So you would have no sympathy for an American soldier during the
revolution who had been captured by the British? Or (for the sake of
argument) a British subject who was sympathetic to the Americans and
imprisoned for publishing information detrimental to the British government?
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation
with the average voter. (Winston Churchill)
But if Benedict Arnold had betrayed the English rather than the American
cause, would you then still consider him to be a traitor *OR* would you call
him a hero of the American cause?
Either way, he his both a traitor and a hero - much like today's so called
"terrorists" wouldn't you agree?
I have lots. He started out as a traitor to his king and was the most
effective treasonous military leader. (unlike some who were worshiped
despite never having won any battle of consequence and having to be
rescued by the French, of all people, at Yorktown.)
He then recanted his treason and became a loyal subject again, after
realizing what a bunch of ungrateful scumbags his fellow traitors
Uh, sympathy? Yes. But them's the breaks. Lincoln imprisoned many who
published articles sympathetic to the South.
Consider also the "Alien & Sedition Acts"
"And be it further enacted, Penalty on libelling the government That if any
person shall write, print, utter or publish, or shall cause or procure to be
written, printed, uttered or published, or shall knowingly and willingly
assist or aid in writing, printing, uttering or publishing any false,
scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the
United States, or either house of the Congress of the United States, or the
President of the United States, with intent to defame the said government,
or either house of the said Congress, or the said President, or to bring
them, or either of them, into contempt or disrepute; or to excite against
them, or either or any of them, the hatred of the good people of the United
States, or to stir up sedition within the United States, or to excite any
unlawful combinations therein, for opposing or resisting any law of the
United States, or any act of the President of the United States, done in
pursuance of any such law, or of the powers in him vested by the
constitution of the United States, or to resist, oppose, or defeat any such
law or act, or to aid, encourage or abet any hostile designs of any foreign
nation against the United States, their people or government, then such
person, being thereof convicted before any court of the United States having
jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two thousand
dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding two years."
Yep. Most folks don't realize what the US would look like if Jefferson
hadn't won the next election.
Taxation without representation? Check out the Whiskey Rebellion.
That's the first time the revolution spun in its grave :-).
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
The prison is properly run, but they should take away the TV. This is the
consequence of breaking laws. He could have prevented this.
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