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Attempting to disarm the American people, in addition to being a bad idea, is pretty much a fools errand. That gives anti-gun people some psychological comfort, since they can always say, “Well we haven’t taken away enough guns.” Even if they passed all the laws they wanted, they will never get them all. A full scale war on guns would be about as likely to work as the war on drugs. Thus, the “if we get all the guns, murder will end” is hard to disprove, since “if we get all the guns” will never happen.
The government can, however, ban all guns from police officers. That’s very likely to work, since the police officers are issued guns by the government, specifically allowed to carry guns by the government, etc.
Police would still be allowed to use non-lethal weapons, including tasers. However, they would not be allowed to carry anything that could kill. In 2016, that would have saved over 900 human lives, and quite a few dog lives (it has become standard practice to shoot the family dog during a SWAT team raid.)
In addition to saving lives, such a change would lead to a better example for civilians. If those who many people (inexplicably) look up to simply stopped using lethal force, it would stop the constant psychological justification of lethal force. Every cop carrying a gun is sending a message that “It’s okay to go after marijuana users and traffic law violaters with lethal force.” Imagine changing that image to, “Lethal force is never right.”
We can’t ban guns, but we can ban guns from cops. If elected, I will sponsor legislation to disarm most or all federal law enforcement.
Arvin Vohra (L)

Libertarian Party Nominee For U.S. Senate
Arvin Vohra For U.S. Senate

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Posted by on October 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

If the laws changed, would you own a slave? I bet almost everyone would say “no.” Would you be okay with a friend or family member owning slaves? Probably not.
We’ve realized that slavery is evil, so we don’t do it or countenance it. We wouldn’t, even if it were legal. 
We need to similarly recognize that most or all theft funded government programs are also wrong. Being part of an endless, pointless military non-strategy, being part of theft funded garbage education, being part of government bureaucracies that block access to life saving medicine – those are wrong. They aren’t just different, any more than slaveowning is just “different”.
If today, slavery was legalized and a Fugitive Slave Catching Department were established, that department would collapse because no one would join it. The moral and social pressure against it would be too high. 
What if we can do it the same with current government programs? While we work on defunding them politically, what if we could discredit them socially and morally? 
Before you say, “That would never happen”: it already is happening. As people realize what the police and military actually does, recruitment is falling. Cities are unable to recruit “enough” police for their War on Drugs idiocy, and the military can’t get “enough” good recruits who will play along with their nonsense. Even though the military bribes NFL teams to add soldier worship to their events, more and more young men and women just aren’t falling for it.
By socially and morally discrediting many damaging theft funded services, we can help these government programs go the way of other government programs like the fugitive slave act and Jim Crow laws.
Respectfully,
Arvin Vohra (L)

Libertarian Party Nominee for U.S. Senate

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

I pledge allegiance to the distraction of news cycles.

By the way, this kerfuffle inspired me to look at the history of some of our symbols, songs, and rituals. It’s surprisingly interesting, to me at least.
1.) The pledge of allegiance was written by a socialist minister Francis Bellamy in 1892 intending to provide a mantra of submitting to the state for all countries. The original version did not mention the United States or God. Those were added later (1923 for US, 1954 for God). It was not made official until 1942.
2.) The original version of the pledge involved holding your right arm straight out open palm up or down toward the flag. The salute was derived from what was (incorrectly) believed to be an ancient Roman salute. They changed this to keeping your hand over your heart in 1942 for some reason. 😉 
3.) The Star-Spangled Banner was based on a poem called “Defense of Fort M’Henry” written in 1814 by a lawyer Francis Scott Key about the War of 1812 against the British. It was later set to music – ironically, a then-popular British tune “To Anacreon in Heaven” – and renamed to the Star-Spangled Banner.
4.) The Star-Spangled Banner was recognized as an official song by the US Navy in 1889, for the government in 1916, and as the national anthem in 1931. Prior to this, there was no national anthem, though other songs were often used unofficially such as “America the Beautiful.”
5.) The American flag does indeed date back to the American Revolution. It was designed and made official by the US Continental Congress in 1777. At the time, national flags were not a common thing, so it is believed (but not for certain) that it was intended to be a naval battle flag. However, the design has remained continuous since then.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Col.  Sanders….

Political experts have pointed out that Trump’s campaign intentionally emboldened extreme right wing people who had previously been ostracized. They’ve failed to notice that Bernie’s campaign did exactly the same with the extreme left wing that had been just as rejected.
For most of recent political history, communists and socialists have been as politically hated as white supremacists. Today, they are welcomed as part of the Democratic Party, just as white supremacists have been welcomed into the Republican Party. Their ideas are just as hated, backwards, immoral, and violent.
While the right and left embrace these insane ideologies, let’s remain true to our own ideologies. Let the D’s and R’s pander to these groups; we’re better off without them.
I firmly and completely reject all racial nationalism, socialism, and communism. On Libertarian grounds, I reject them when they involve the state. On strategic grounds, I reject them as ideas so foolish that they can only survive with the help of the state. On personal grounds, I reject them in all of their forms. Individualism, not collectivism, is the core of Libertarianism just as surely as non-initiation of force is.
Respectfully,
Arvin Vohra (L)

Nominee for U.S. Senate

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Sixteen Years (and counting) Of Eroded Liberty: Where Does It Originate?

Sixteen Years (and counting) Of Eroded Liberty: Where Does It Originate?

A Guest Article, by Franc Turner, September 9, 2017
Do you know what our last three Presidents have in common? 

Inner me – “Everything?”

Well, yes. But to be more specific, Bush, Obama, and Trump all escalated military action in Afghanistan within their first several months in office after running on a platform of non-interventionism.

The Bush Administration, along with the neoconservatives, laid the groundwork of never-ending military intervention, occupation, and destabilization of country after country. The torch was then passed to “anti-war” Obama, who expanded the reach, scope, and magnitude of the policies which he inherited from his predecessor. And Trump is the culmination of everything that the neoconservatives wanted to bring about during the Bush era, but just had a hard time accomplishing in eight short years.

Among these objectives were multiple and simultaneous theater wars, along with achieving military strongholds in specific geopolitical regions of the Middle East, Asia, and elsewhere; not only as a means of acquiring finite resources, but also to assert dominance in areas that are considered “unfavorable” to U.S. interests (commercially, politically, or otherwise). Also on the table was the implementation of regime change in those nations through economic sabotage, instigating manufactured uprisings, or all-out coup d’etat via tomahawk cruise missiles. They would then engage in nation building after the initial destruction, and give contracts to businesses that profit off of that very destruction. Similar to our own government, those private contractors have a vested interest in keeping all of these regions in a state of conflict.

Each and every item listed above was desired, including the countries with whom we’ve since gone to war or at least suggested that we should, by the very people who propped up the Bush presidency before he even took office. In September of 2000, one year before 9/11, a neoconservative think tank called the Project for a New American Century, or PNAC, described the objectives they wished to achieve in their publication entitled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses.” However, they also acknowledged that, “the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”

(RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf)

It has been sixteen years since they got their wish for that catastrophic and catalyzing event. Yet, our nation is still doing the bidding for these people, even though their reign allegedly ended when Obama took office, and their “swamp” was supposed to be “drained” when Trump took office. 

Major aspects of life in this country are based entirely off that one day. This includes most aspects of foreign and domestic policy, travel, homeland security, militarized police, the ever-expanding government, the subversion of the Bill of Rights through the Patriot Act, TSA, NDAA, MCA, the surveillance state “smart grid” built up around us, warrantless searches of property, and “free speech zones.” All of which could mean the end of your privacy in regards to every action you take – whether it’s where you go, how you spend your money, your personal beliefs, etc.

Each new military action taken along with the loss of thousands of our own military, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians abroad, the torture, the destruction, the destabilization, the blowback, and new “threats” are a direct result of 19 individuals with box cutters and a bearded freak, apparently. 

But, “Hey, I guess it’s all just to “protect us from the terrorists” and to “preserve freedoms,” right?” Weren’t those freedoms obliterated for the sake of having the illusion of security? Weren’t they swept under the rug while we were too busy updating our Twitter statuses, and arguing about Obama vs. Trump vs. Hillary, and walls, and Russia, and statues, and fringe “radical” groups?“….. Yes, they were. 

Every aspect of our lives seems to have been molded by that one day. The real question is who stands to gain from everything that’s transpired over the last 16 years. Is it the American citizen? Is it the countries we’re at war with? Is it those pesky terrorist organizations we just can’t seem to stamp out? Or is it the folks who were wanting these kind of things to take place, long before they ever came to fruition? 

Just some food for thought, folks.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

545 Shitty Folks. 

Charley Reese penned an editorial for the Orlando Sentinel back in 1985 about 545 people being ‘responsible for the domestic problems that plague’ the U.S. 
Well, Charley – we’ve only made it worse since then…
545 People

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why if all politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don’t have Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don’t write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don’t set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don’t control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices — 545 human beings out of 235 million — are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excused the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered by private central bank.
I exclude all of the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.
No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislators’ responsibility to determine how he votes.
Don’t you see the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of Tip O’Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan for creating deficits.
The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes.
Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses — provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

The great advantage of a free society is the capacity to self-correct itself. You’d think dictators would have figured that out, but if they are not paranoid when they seize power, they become so trying to hang on to power.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Speech for the planning and zoning committee of Lake Mary Florida regarding medical marijuana dispensaries.

Ladies and gentlemen of the zoning and planning committee thank you for your time. 

Lake Mary is a beautiful and prosperous city and we thank you for much of your past efforts.
While I reside in Winter Springs I do a lot of my shopping in Lake Mary because there are unique retail centers that I can find nowhere else. I also coach quite often at the YMCA.
About every 6 to 8 weeks my fellows and I volunteer to pick up trash along Lake Mary Boulevard. In doing so we see the numerous free market enterprises that exist. There are doctors offices and fast food restaurants, there are health clubs and automotive service centers. There are pharmacies. There are empty storefronts. 
We have a stake in it’s future.  
I asked that you either find a creative solution to medical marijuana dispensaries, or that you give the city commission the greenlight to treat them as other pharmacies. 

The pill mills similarities are prejudicial and incongruous..there is no precedence of violence nor black market activities in dispensaries that led to the banning of the pill mills. 

The introductory language of “popping up” is prejudiced and irresponsible. 

The city attorneys words on delivery and whatever else anyone else is doing is prejudicial and irresponsible. The mention of federal funds and the mention of recreational use is irresponsible.

I ask you disregard your own arguments. 

While the statement that MMTC’s are not similar to other pharmacies is true, it’s an incomplete statement and ignores facts as well. 
MMTC’s operate much stricter. They do not sell Junk food or drugs over the counter, they do not sell alcohol or anything else where any minors or even shoplifters may have the chance to get them. It’s another faulty comparison and false dichotomy. I ask you disregard that argument as well. 

They are much more like dry cleaners, one service with specific products, only dry cleaners carry much more harmful chemicals and are not a newly constitutionally guaranteed right. 

The Planning and Zoning Division staff is responsible for all short and long range planning duties. It is staff’s goal to ensure that all development review occurs in an expeditious manner and that we assist all customers in achieving their timelines.

This is directly off of your website. I would ask that you stick to it. The reefer madness that tells us we need special consideration  neither matches the state legislatures guidelines for dealing with these dispensaries, nor the reality of how they operate.

The scare tactics are uninformed hyper vigilance at best, purposeful misinformation at worst and unfortunately more likely the case.

Either way reference the ballot returns for the precincts in the city. You’ll find they mirror the state as a whole. And when it comes down to it that is your ultimate authority.

Companies who wish to open a dispensary will have a fiduciary duty of doing their own market research to make sure that there are no other dispensaries with whom to compete in proximity, that there are a viable number of customers with both the prescription and the issued ID card within their marketable area, and of course the due diligence to make sure they operate a safe and lawful business that they know will be under a microscope. The zoning regulations almost take care of themselves. 

These businesses are going to be operated under such scrutiny and that no matter what safe landing plan you come up with, and let’s be honest the commissioners want a safe landing so that they don’t have to take responsibility for a yes or no vote they can just say it was a zoning issue, these operators are going to have to regulate themselves more than you could dream of doing. And that’s the organic free market as it should be. 

I’m asking you as a potential customer who’s watching city after city fall to the reefer madness putting alternative medicine farther and farther away from my doorstep, who currently pays higher insurance premiums and is having to jump through hoops to get a life insurance policy because of my ulcerative colitis, to return a recommendation to the city Council that fits within your self described mission,

Let’s be honest, this issue is as much about the right to our own lives and what we put in our bodies, the liberties we have a civilized society where a planning and zoning commission is often necessary, what we can and cannot buy as our own property with our own money ,as it is about whether or not our elected officials are listening when we speak and are accountable to the votes cast and the votes we will cast.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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