EU To Fine Nations for Rejecting Refugees


EU to fine nations for rejecting refugees

EU to fine nations for rejecting refugees. Image Credits: By Ggia, Wikimedia Commons


EU to fine nations for rejecting refugees. Well, if nothing has driven the EU to the point of disintegration, this ought to do it. Of course, as pretty much anyone can imagine, if Hillary were to be elected president, we’d all find ourselves in pretty much the same boat.


 

E.U. Will Hit Nations Rejecting Refugees With $300,000 Per Head Fine

From The Washington Free Beacon by

European nations that turn away refugees could be forced to pay roughly $300,000 in fines for each individual rejected, European Union officials are expected to announce Wednesday.

The plan is part of the European Commission’s plan to overhaul its current asylum rules that neared collapse last year after more than a million refugees and migrants flooded across E.U. borders, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.

The reshuffle is aimed at alleviating the strain on frontline nations, including Greece and Italy, that have grappled to absorb the heavy incursion of migrants.

Officials who saw the proposal in advance said the fine would act as a sanction on nations that refuse to adhere to the E.U.’s asylum system. While the exact penalty is still in flux, a diplomat said that it would amount to “hundreds of thousands of euros.” . . . (more)

Chemtrails CPS Takes Child Because Mom Believes in Chemtrails


Chemrails CPS takes child

Chemrails CPS takes child over chemtrails. Image Credits: By ErikvanWees, Wikimedia Commons

Chemtrails CPS takes child: A boulder Colorado judge has ordered a child be put in protective custody because her mother believes in chemtrails.

I’ve always enjoyed watching planes, something I began doing back in the early 50s when all the bomber squadrons and fighter squadrons came out for Armistice Day (now called Veterans Day), and something I’ve been doing for years. And I clearly remember how quickly the contrails used to fade away. Well, they don’t do that anymore although you can still see planes that aren’t spraying and their contrails still quickly fade into nothing.

Debunkers will tell you that contrails hang around because of high humidity at high altitudes, but you can find them on even the driest days even when there are dry air mass, forest fire warnings in place.

This is amazing and beyond belief: having your child taken from you by the government for what is essentially heresy. What’s next? Will they start seizing children from families for being climate change deniers?

Oops, looks like that “contrail” is not coming out of the engines, making it no contrail at all.

At the beginning of this clip you can see that the “contrails” are being sprayed out of the wingtips with nothing coming out of the engines.


Judge Orders Mother’s Child to be Snatched Because She Believes in “Chemtrails”

Interest in “fringe subculture” represents a “danger to her daughter”

From Infowars by

A judge in Colorado ordered a mother’s child to be removed from her custody because the mother’s interest in “chemtrails” was a “fringe subculture” and represented a threat to her daughter.

Boulder Judge Dolores Mallard told Becca Vandb that her interest in the chemtrail conspiracy – which holds that some contrails emitted by commercial and military aircraft are in fact part of clandestine geoengineering programs – was a radical view because “99% of people would know those are just contrails.”

Vandb said that the inquiry was triggered after she raised the subject of chemtrails during a visit to her daughter’s school and was immediately told to leave the premises.

“I can now only see my daughter with a social security worker standing over me taking notes, and the judge said this was so that if I mention chemtrails they would put a stop to that. I am being railroaded for expressing my views about chemtrails,” wrote Vandb, adding that she had not received any CPS visits nor were there any allegations of child abuse made by the court or her daughter’s school.

According to Judge Mallard, Vandb being “immersed in a fringe subculture” means “she is a danger to her daughter.”

“The school helped him take away custody because I had the gall to argue with them when they severely embellished my comments (made to adults only) about chemtrails,” Vandb told YourNewsWire. . . . (more)


Sky criminals

Exclusive: Chuck Norris examines geoengineering ‘in skies above us’

From WND

Country legend Merle Haggard, who died of a lung infection (double pneumonia) on April 6, sang in his song, “What I hate”: “What I hate is looking up and seeing chemtrails in a clear blue sky today.”

Several months ago, I wrote a column titled, “Why are geo-engineering researchers being stonewalled?” In it, I gave an array of evidence from scientists that geoengineering and, specifically, covert chemtrailing is taking place in the skies above us and unbeknownst to us.

For those who are unfamiliar with the subject and stratospheric lunacy, let me reiterate a few definitions:

Geoengineering is the artificial modification of Earth’s climate systems through two primary technologies: Solar Radiation Management, or SRM, and Carbon Dioxide Removal, or CDR.

CDR technologies include “bio-energy with carbon capture and storage, biochar, direct air capture, ocean fertilization and enhanced weathering,” according to Wikipedia.

SRM technologies “seek to reflect sunlight and thus reduce global warming. Proposed examples include the creation of stratospheric sulfate aerosols.”

Stratospheric sulfate aerosols “create a global dimming effect [that] has made them a possible candidate for use in solar radiation management climate engineering projects to limit the effect and impact of climate change due to rising levels of greenhouse gases. Delivery of precursor sulfide gases such as sulfuric acidhydrogen sulfide (H2S) or sulfur dioxide (SO2) by artillery, aircraft and balloons has been proposed.”

Chemtrailing is the “public’s term for the classified [covert] and ongoing artificial modification of Earth’s climate systems using reflective nano-materials (aerosols) to reflect sunlight. The aerosols are dispersed via jet aircraft trails that expand into reflective artificial clouds. . . . (more)


These pilots and air traffic control had no idea these chemtrail spraying planes were there, causing near collisions. I’ve personally seen planes flying without lights silhouetted against the night sky while out walking my dogs.

Ted Cruz Sucks


Ted Cruz sucks

Ted Cruz sucks Image Credits: By Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Ted Cruz sucks. At least that’s what the kid yelling at him at this rally thinks. What’s funny about it is the fact that Cruz doesn’t just brush it off but responds with a “Listen son” sermon and goes on and on about it. Guess the kid hit pay dirt with that one. Getting a little too close to home?

Check out how small the “crowd” is at this Indiana rally. Hardly anyone showed up. Compare that to your typical Trump rally. Odd that the GOP Establishment prefers Cruz over Trump, thinking he has a better chance of defeating Hillary.

Take note of the way Cruz speaks. He’s using conversational hypnosis. The televangelist Reverend Robert Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral fame also used a conversational hypnosis speech pattern. Listen to a clip of one of his sermons then compare it to a good self-hypnosis tape.

So Cruz has got it covered both ways. If he can’t convince you with his argument, then he’ll hypnotize you into voting for him.

 

Fiorina Falls and Cruz Does Nothing to Help. MSM Blames Trump!


Fiorina falls

Fiorina falls and Cruz does nothing. There’s values for you. Image Credits: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Indiana: Carly Fiorina Falls off the stage and Ted Cruz goes right on shaking hands like nothing has happened, doesn’t do anything to help. There’s Christian values for you, that is, Christian values Ted Cruz style: no values at all.

So what happens? The Press goes after Trump, claiming he mocked her for falling, as in the headline from The Hill article excerpt below by Jesse Byrnes.

No Jesse, Trump’s not mocking Fiorina, he’s mocking Cruz for completely ignoring that she just fell in front of him and not giving her a hand. This is so typical of this election: Trump keeps winning and the MSM keeps telling us he’s losing.

Fiorina falls. A bad omen and indicative of just how badly the Cruz campaign has fallen. Like the background music? Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ and very symbolic of what’s happening to Ted Cruz.


Trump mocks Fiorina for fall, dings Cruz

From The Hill by Jesse Byrnes

Donald Trump on Monday mocked Republican presidential rival Ted Cruz’s potential running mate, Carly Fiorina, for stumbling on a campaign stage.

“By the way, she fell off the stage the other day. Did anybody see that?” Trump said during a rally in Carmel, Ind., on the eve of the state’s primary.

“And Cruz didn’t do anything,” Trump continued. “Even I would have helped.”

“She went down right in front of him and he was talking and he kept talking. He didn’t even look like … that was a weird deal,” the businessman added to laughs. . . . (more)

Trump Rape Hoax: The Establishment’s Last Stand


Trump rape hoax

Trump rape hoax: The establishment’s last stand. Image Credits: by Michael Vadon, Wikimedia Commons

Trump rape hoax: Katie Johnson has filed a $100 million lawsuit in California against Donald Trump, accusing him of holding her for four months as a sex slave when she was 13 years old in 1994, claiming to have met Trump at a Jeffrey Epstein sex party.

Odd that she has waited 22 years to file, and to file in California only a little more than a month away from the California Republican primary.

She has filed the claim on her own behalf, and without representation of a lawyer, but the claim has clearly been drafted by an expert lawyer. What is also clear is that the establishment has become desperate, is in crisis mode, and will stop at nothing to block Trump from winning the Republican nomination. Sort of reminds me of the Michelle Fields’ “He grabbed my arm and almost threw me to the ground” charge against Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowksi, something that was proven absolutely, 100% false, a manufactured lie, only this one is a lot more vicious.


The New Lawsuit That Could End Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign

From The Anti Media, by SM Gibson
April 29, 2016
(ANTIMEDIA) As Donald Trump inches closer to the Republican nomination, GOP insiders scramble to put a halt to the billionaire’s run for the White House. A new lawsuit filed in the state of California could prove to be the ultimate act of desperation by a frantic establishment willing to go to any lengths to end Trump’s bid for the Oval Office. However, if the allegations contained within the court documents are found to be true, they would not only spell the end of Trump’s presidential aspirations, but most likely his brand as a whole.

On April 26, a woman residing in California named Katie Johnson filed a lawsuit against Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein – for the amount of $100 million – accusing the two billionaires of “forcing her to engage in various perverted and depraved acts by threatening physical harm.” The plaintiff, who describes herself as Trump and Epstein’s “sex slave” in the papers, also accuses the pair of having threatened to kill her family if she told anyone of their crime.

The incidents alleged to have taken place over a four-month span in 1994 in New York City, when Johnson was only 13-years-old.

Of the four separate encounters Johnson outlined in the documents, the last incident is described in the most detail:

“On the fourth and final sexual encounter with the defendant, Donald J. Trump, the Plaintiff, Katie Johnson, was tied to a bed by Defendant Trump who then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff Johnson. During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff Johnson loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to “please wear a condom.” Defendant Trump responded by violently striking Plaintiff Johnson in the face with his open hand and screaming that “he would do what he wanted” as he refused to wear protection. After achieving sexual orgasm, the Defendant, Donald J. Trump put his suit back on and when the Plaintiff, Katie Johnson, in tears asked Donald Trump what would happen if he had impregnated her, Defendant Trump grabbed his wallet and threw some money at her and screamed that she should use the money “to get a f*cking abortion.”

Jumping in front of the media blitz that accompanies rumors of this nature, Trump has already addressed the story, calling the events described by the woman a lie.

“The allegations are not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps  are simply politically motivated. There is absolutely no merit to these allegations. Period,” Donald Trump told RadarOnline concerning the court papers.

A woman the documents refer to only as “Tiffany Doe” is said to be able to corroborate the events.

“Material witness Tiffany Doe fully confirms of all Plaintiff Katie Johnson’s allegations of physical and sexual abuse by Defendants Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein. Tiffany Doe was physically present at each of the four occasions by Defendant Trump upon the person of Plaintiff Johnson, as it was her job to witness all of the sexual escapades of Defendant Epstein’s guests at these underage sex parties and later reveal all of the sordid details directly to Defendant Epstein. Defendant Epstein also demanded that Tiffany Doe tell him personally everything she had overheard at these parties explaining to her that “knowledge was king” in the financial world. As a result of these underage sex parties, Defendant Epstein was able to accumulate inside business knowledge that he otherwise would never have been privy to in order to amass his huge personal fortune,” according to the court papers.

Jeffrey Epstein, who has already served 13 months in prison for a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old, is a registered Level 3 sex offender – considered by the state to be a “high risk” to repeat his offense and “a threat to public safety.” At one point, Epstein, who has been implicated in numerous sex crimes involving minors, was facing 10 years to life on multiple counts of statutory rape.

In 2010, the FBI seized a 194-page “little black book” belonging to Epstein that listed the identities of underage girls he was accused of keeping as sex slaves. Incidentally, the plaintiff, Katie Johnson’s name does not appear in the book.

According to Radar, the address listed as Ms. Johnson’s on the documents is a home in Twentynine Palms, California that has been foreclosed upon. The phone number listed as the plaintiff’s has been disconnected.

“To be clear, there is absolutely no merit to these claims and, based on our investigation, no evidence that the person who has made these allegations actually exists,” Trump attorney Alan Garten told the Daily Mail.


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The Key to Eternal Life — Is It Possible?


The key to eternal life: dream or nightmare?

The key to eternal life: dream or nightmare?

The key to eternal life, the fountain of youth, is it possible, and is it even desirable? I remember back in the 60s, reading in Popular Science Magazine that scientists had been able to keep a few cells of chicken flesh alive in a petri dish, came to the conclusion that they could be kept alive forever, and announced that eternal life, a world without death was just around the corner. Some fifty plus years later, we’re not even close.

Dr. de Gray suggests in the article below that the human body is a machine with moving parts that wear out. Most materialists, or reductionists, will go even further than that, suggesting that even the brain, even the mind, is some chemical, electrical machine with memory storage that works inside your skull.

And while it’s true that bone, with things such as hip replacements can be screwed, glued, and bolted into place, you can’t replace your nervous system with some wiring harness such as you might find in an auto parts room.

But aside from all that, what problems would eternal life present to life in the everyday world? How about with nobody dying, would we soon run out of room; after a couple of centuries, would there be standing room only with no room for new births and forced sterilization?

And what about the political power structure? Could you imagine how much power the Roman emperors would have accumulated if they were still alive from the days of the early empire unto today? What about control-freak, NWO globalists like George Soros or David Rockefeller? To what lengths would such people go to secure their power if they knew their time on earth was not limited to nine or ten decades at most but that they would be around for thousands of years?

What sort of risks would people take if they knew they could live forever? Would anyone have risked discovering the New World, or risked their lives inventing machines like the airplane, or gone to the moon. And how tragic would it be if you were killed in an auto accident when you could have lived hundreds or thousands of years?

And what about supporting yourself? Sure, living forever might be great if you had an intellectual curiosity and enjoyed doing new things and had an unlimited supply of cash that wasn’t subject to inflation. But what if you were middle class and had to suffer through a life of drudgery for the next thousand years? How long would it take for the average person to become a burnout? How long would it take for a small group to make everyone their slaves?

Better to die and be absorbed back into the source from which you came, better to return to your essence and blend with God. Or, if you’re not ready for eternal bliss, then to be reincarnated and start a fresh life, a fresh adventure on equal ground with the rest of your peers.


KEY TO ETERNAL LIFE? Someone already born will ‘live to 1,000 and immortality IS possible’

A DOCTOR who has dedicated his work to the quest for eternal life insists the record for the oldest living person will soon fall and someone already alive will keep going until they make 1,000.

From Sunday Express by Jon Austin

Dr Aubrey de Grey believes people who have already been born could live for ten centuries because of ongoing research being done into “repairing the effects of ageing.”

He hopes to ultimately create preventative treatments that mean humans would be able to consistently re-repair and live as long as 1,000 years or possible even forever.

British-born Mr de Grey, who graduated from Cambridge University in 1985 insists he is one of very few scientists looking at preventing, rather than slowing down ageing, and is perplexed why there is not huge focus on it.

He told the actuary.com: “To me, ageing was the world’s most important problem. It was so obvious that I never tested the assumption. I always presumed that everyone else thought the same.”

But his theory for repairing ageing has not been widely accepted by peers.

He said: “People have this crazy concept that ageing is natural and inevitable, and I have to keep explaining that it is not.

“The human body is a machine with moving parts and like a car or an aeroplane, it accumulates damage throughout life as a consequence of normal operation.” . . . (more)


In this book, The Mind’s Eye: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul, Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett present a collection of essays and short stories that ask what is consciousness, can AI obtain consciousness, and would it be possible to download someone’s mind onto software and upload it into a new body: a form of immortality.

God Speaks to Ted Cruz, and Apparently, Also His Wife


God speaks to Ted Cruz.

God speaks to Ted Cruz. God gave his wife a sign. Image Credits: By Maverick Little, Wikimedia Commons.


God Speaks to Ted Cruz: According to Rafael Cruz, his son is running for president because God spoke to Ted’s wife and gave her a sign.

These people believe in Biblical inerrancy, that is, they believe every word in the Bible is True. That means that there really was a talking donkey (Numbers 22:28), and that YOU should obey Romans 13: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God — Ted, on the other hand, well, he’s reportedly listed in the DC madam’s black book.

So, if Cruz should become president and God talks to a delusional Ted, Heidi, or Rafael, and tells any one of them that it’s Armageddon time, well then, you can expect World War Three. And God knows what they’ll hear when any of them starts talking in tongues?


Ted Cruz’s Dad: My Son Ran for President After God Sent His Wife a Sign

From Mother Jones by David Corn

Ted Cruz decided to run for president after God spoke to his wife, Heidi.

God Speaks to Ted Cruz.

God Speaks to Ted Cruz. Is his wife Heidi the Whore of Babylon, the catalyst for WWIII?

That’s how Rafael Cruz, Ted’s father and a born-again pastor, described his son’s decision-making process. Speaking on a syndicated radio show at the end of last year, the elder Cruz recounted that during a Sunday prayer session at a Texas church, Ted Cruz and his family sought God’s guidance as to whether the senator should enter the presidential race, and after two hours of praying, God sent a message to Heidi that essentially said: Go for it.

Here’s the story, according to Rafael Cruz:

My son Ted and his family spent six months in prayer seeking God’s will for this decision. But the day the final green light came on, the whole family was together. It was a Sunday. We were all at his church, First Baptist Church in Houston, including his senior staff. After the church service, we all gathered at the pastor’s office. We were on our knees for two hours seeking God’s will. At the end of that time, a word came through his wife, Heidi. And the word came, just saying, “Seek God’s face, not God’s hand.” And I’ll tell you, it was as if there was a cloud of the holy spirit filling that place. Some of us were weeping, and Ted just looked up and said, “Lord, here am I, use me. I surrender to you, whatever you want.” And he felt that was a green light to move forward.

 

* * *

In most instances, it would be unfair to judge a politician based on a relative’s pronouncements. But for years—in his Senate race and in this presidential campaign—Ted Cruz has used his father to round up support from tea partiers, social conservatives, and evangelical leaders. The son, naturally, speaks lovingly of his father. Given that Cruz is seeking the presidency by courting the religious right and offering himself as a moral and godly candidate who shares the faith of evangelical voters—and given that he frequently quotes Rafael Cruz on the campaign trail to urge people to vote by God’s values—a voter can likely gain some understanding of Ted Cruz’s world (and perhaps his worldview) by examining the statements and professed beliefs of his father. And they are extreme.

* * *

The senior Cruz sees no difference between the religious and political realms. In a June 2013 speech at a men’s prayer breakfast, he contended that Jesus’ original followers were not looking for a “spiritual leader” but for a “political leader” who could establish “a physical kingdom on the Earth.” And Jesus, he noted, was “bucking the political establishment.” (Sound familiar?) “The ministry of Jesus,” he claimed, was a “highly political ministry.” So religion and politics do mix—a lot. “It’s not just a spiritual confrontation,” Cruz said. “It’s also a political confrontation.” Toward the end of that speech, Cruz declared, “We have a responsibility to elect righteous leaders. God is going to hold us accountable if we do not.” He added, “And the people will proclaim that Jesus Christ is lord and king of this nation.”

* * *

Rafael Cruz’s outlook on the world is exceedingly narrow and unforgiving. The only righteous Christian is the evangelical Christian who is “biblically correct.” These Christians must conquer the political world—vanquish those who are in league with Satan—and establish dominion over society by ruling in accordance with their definition of the word of God. And Ted Cruz was directly given the green light from God, via Heidi Cruz, to lead what is, in essence, a crusade to smite wickedness. (At a gathering of evangelicals in Iowa in 2013, Ted and Rafael Cruz joined in prayer with a pastor who said that “every tongue that rises up against [Ted Cruz] in judgment will be condemned.”)

Without saying it directly, Rafael Cruz calls for a theocracy. (He has often decried the notion of separation of church and state.) His religious rants are not irrelevant to the Ted Cruz campaign. Ted Cruz has consistently cited his father as a key influence in his life, and he has regularly deployed him as a political representative and surrogate. . . . (more)

Lying Ted and the Cruz Kasich Deal


Lying Ted — The Cruz Kasich Deal

Lying Ted — The Cruz Kasich Deal. Image Credits: By Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons


The Cruz Kasich Deal: Lying Ted stabs Kasich in the back by naming Fiorina his choice for VP, then claims there never was a deal before the ink is even dry.

And no sooner does Fiorina get in than she says Kasich should get out! Lying Ted: a real straight shooter, LBJ Texas style.


Cruz denies alliance with Kasich that his campaign announced earlier this week

From USA Today via MSN

Ted Cruz, whose campaign announced an alliance with that of John Kasich’s earlier this week, on Thursday denied to reporters that such an alliance existed.

Cruz’s comments came during a press availability with journalists, according to CNN’s Teddy Schleifer:

Teddy Schleifer, via Twitter (‎@teddyschleifer):
“Cruz on Kasich: “I recognize the media is all eager to talk about an alliance. There is no alliance.'”
“Cruz: “John Kasich made the decision, in his own political self-interest, to withdraw from Indiana'” – 8:54 AM – 28 Apr 2016

On Sunday, the Cruz and Kasich campaigns both issued statements announcing a strategic alliance aimed at stopping Donald Trump from reaching the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination. . . . (more)


But wait there’s more . . .

Carly ends the Cruz – Kasich bromance within hours of accepting VP nod

From Hot Air by Jazz Shaw

Will Carly Fiorina shake up the GOP primary race now that she has accepted the invitation to be Ted Cruz’s running mate? The early signs point to that possibility, but in less than a day she demonstrated that Cruz may have a bit of trouble keeping his new partner on message. Fiorina had barely left the stage in Indiana before she showed up on Mark Levin’s show and pretty much drove a stake through the heart of the recent Cruz – Kasich alliance to stop Donald Trump. (Real Clear Politics)

Carly Fiorina tells Mark Levin that John Kasich should drop out of the race for president.

“Look, there is somebody in this race who ought to get out. His name is John Kasich,” Fiorina said. “Ted Cruz can and will win this nomination. Donald Trump, as I said, the very week he announced his candidacy… he does not represent me and he does not represent my party, and that is why Ted Cruz and I are going to fight this fight for the soul of our party and for the future of our nation.”

. . . (more)

Ted Cruz’s Swan Song — Cruz names Fiorina VP


Cruz names Fiorina VP

Cruz names Fiorina VP Image Credits: By Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons


Ted Cruz’s swan song: Cruz names Fiorina VP. Ted Cruz puts the cart before the horse: First you’ve got to win Ted before you pick your VP. And who does he pick? Fiorina! The only one who did worse than her was Lindsey Graham. But one thing Ted is forgetting is that if someone wins the nomination with such little support, then it’s the party that picks the VP.


Trump thinks her song is false.

 

Are the Bill of Rights God Given Rights?


Are the Bill of rights God given rights? And just how do you explain that to an atheist?

From the Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. . . .

From the preamble to the Bill of Rights:

The Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution

Are the Bill of Rights God given rights?

Are the Bill of Rights God given rights?

How do you explain to an atheist, agnostic, or a socialist that the Bill of Rights are God given, unalienable rights that can neither be granted nor taken away by government? The following excerpt from Frank Chodorov’s The Income Tax: Root of all Evil gives the best explanation that I’ve ever seen.   

From The Income Tax: Root of all Evil:

“The axiom of socialism is that the individual has no inherent rights. The privileges and prerogatives that the individual enjoys are grants from society, acting through its management committee, the government. That is the condition the individual must accept for the benefit of being a member of society. Hence, the socialists (including many who do not so name themselves) reject the statement of rights in the Declaration of Independence, calling it a fiction of the eighteenth century.

In support of his denial of natural rights, the socialist points out that there is no positive proof in favor of that doctrine. Where is the documentary evidence? Did God hand man a signed statement endowing him with the rights he claims for himself, but denies to the birds and beasts who also inhabit the earth? If in answer to these questions you bring in the soul idea, you are right back to where you were in the beginning: how can you prove that man has a soul?

Those who accept the axiom of natural rights are backed against the wall by that kind of reasoning, until they examine the opposite axiom, that all rights are grants or loans from government. Where did government get the rights which it dispenses? If it is said that its fund of rights is collected from individuals, as the condition for their membership in society, the question arises, where did the individual get the rights that he gave up? He cannot give up what he never had in the first place, which is what the socialist maintains.

What is this thing called government, which can grant and take away rights? There are all sorts of answers to that question, but all the answers will agree on one point, that government is a social instrument enjoying a monopoly of coercion. The socialist says that the monopoly of coercion is vested in the government in order that it may bring about an ideal social and economic order; others say that the government must have a monopoly of coercion in order to prevent individuals from using coercion on one another. In short, the essential characteristic of government is power. If, then, we say that our rights stem from government, on a loan basis, we admit that whoever gets control of the power vested in government is the author of rights. And simply because he has the power to enforce his will. Thus, the basic axiom of socialism, in all its forms, is that might is right.

And that means that power is all there is to morality. If I am bigger and stronger than you, and you have no way of defending yourself, then it is right if I thrash you; the fact that I did thrash you is proof that I had the right to do so. On the other hand, if you can intimidate me with a gun, then right returns to your side. All of which comes to mere nonsense. And a social order based on the socialistic axiom—which makes the government the final judge of all morality—is a nonsensical society. It is a society in which the highest value is the acquisition of power—as exemplified in a Hitler or a Stalin—and the fate of those who cannot acquire it is subservience as a condition of existence.

The senselessness of the socialistic axiom is that there would be no society, and therefore no government, if there were no individuals. The human being is the unit of all social institutions; without a man there cannot be a crowd. Hence, we are compelled to look to the individual to find an axiom on which to build a nonsocialistic moral code. What does he tell us about himself? . . .”