Good Reason to Disband DHS

THEY KEEP TELLING US THAT no government program, once instantiated, is ever eliminated.

That will keep on being true until it’s done for the first time.

People interested in the maintenance and expansion of individual liberty must continue to work to tear down government edifices and fight the creation of new ones, such as the executive order on cyberscurity.

A commenter on the Volokh thread writes:

You are observing the ratchet in action.

The ratchet is part of the problem with accepting legislation or the state as legitimate.

They can just keep trying the same thing over and over and over again, until it passes, because the foo-roots do not have the manpower to keep fighting it every single time, Once it passes its even harder to organize to remove it, because those who would be harmed by it now have less ability/funds/etc (due to the harm) to fight it.

In short, once you accept a state there is no equilibrium solution that is libertarian.

Which could not have been written better by Saul Alinsky himself. Ellsworth Toohey couldn’t have whispered it better. Gríma Wormtongue could have dripped his venom in the writer’s ear in a flat and affectless tone: “There is no hope. Give up.”

If you accept that, you might as well eat your gun. Your only option is to fight. Fight to win. They told us gun control was inevitable. We beat it. All that’s left is the mop up. A drive toward the universal enshrinement of individual privacy could easily be next. Kill stoplight and speed cameras. Render the panopticon state stillborn. Demand absolute protection of privacy rights. No business or government may or can own the information about you. It belongs to you as much as does your skin. Make the Fourth Amendment apply to all actors — state and private. End the Internal Revenue Service. Repeal the Internal Revenue Code.

Disband the Department of Homeland Security as an anathema to a free nation, a free people.

3 responses to “Good Reason to Disband DHS

  1. Alcohol prohibition: Repealed.

    Military conscription: Repealed.

    Ban on private ownership of gold: Repealed.

    90%+ income taxes: Repealed.

    • Mark Philip Alger

      @Joseph;

      Yes, all of those are true, but…

      Prohibition is still in force, and the corruption of our justice system and law enforcement agencies, as well as the steady drip-drip-drip of erosion of civil liberties continues apace and grows to boot.

      The draft may be gone, but the Left still continues to use it as a stalking horse for weakening the military. The notion of the compulsion of labor — scorn quotes — “for the greater good” still walks abroad in the land, unmolested, instead of being shot, hung, garotted, beheaded, drawn-and-quartered, and buried at the crossroads with a stake through its separately buried former heart, now-a-cinder.

      We may be able to own gold, but the root reason for the ban still inflates our currency and robs us of our sustenance.

      And, yes, they dropped the top marginal rates of income taxes, but that’s not to say it’s permanent relief. Nor does that get rid of the odious regime of the graduated income tax to begin with. To hell with rearranging the deck chairs, get off the damned ship! See above about appropriate treatment for military conscription. Applies here as well.

      M

  2. If we are at war, the Dept of Defense is in charge.

    If we are at peace, the Dept of State takes control.

    There is no other situation.

    Eliminate DHS. Also Education, EPA, Commerce, Labor, HHS, HUD, Energy, Agriculture, and reduce any others left by 1/2. Fold Veteran’s Affairs into Defense. All remaining government employees have to have 25% salary reductions, as well as pay 5% more of their benefits’ costs each year, until it hits 1/2.

    Except those Armed Services employees whose MOS is such that they may be sent into a war zone. Any backbenchers get the same reductions as any other government employee.

    This, along with ruthlessly rooting out employees whose actions have not promoted the welfare of the US (don’t prosecute them, fire them – better yet, eliminate their jobs), should bring the government into fiscal balance within a short time.

    That extra money we’ll still be getting from the taxes? Put it on debt reduction. When the debt is eliminated, reduce taxes.