Bringing LIBERTY to
Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, October 20, 2007, 10:30am
A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning Radio
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Notes and Summary of the President's Address --
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This weekend, I will join millions of
Americans in one of our favorite national pastimes: fishing. I'm going to
be on the Chesapeake Bay.
My Administration is committed to protecting the environment that our
sportsmen depend on. We believe that to meet the environmental challenges
of the 21st century, we must bring together conservationists, fishermen,
sportsmen, local leaders, and Federal, State, and tribal officials in a
spirit of cooperation. I call this "cooperative
How the President Differs from the American vision of "Liberty
- The Constitution gives the President
no authority to "help the
- Our environment has been helped more by capitalism
than by socialism; socialism devastates the environment.
- Private ownership of property is the key
to resource conservation and a healthy environment.
- "Environmentalism" is a
- "Secularism" (atheism) cannot provide the foundation
for effective conservation.
- It will either collapse into socialism, which destroys man's
- It will be unable to defend us against the false religion of
environmentalism, which believes that human beings are a
"cancer" or a "virus" and should be
exterminated for the benefit of a "wild" and
- Bush is committed to a "secular" government
- Bush is committed to the idea that the God of the Bible is the same
as the god of other religions.
- Bush's logic leads inevitably to Global
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This weekend, I will
join millions of Americans in one of our favorite national pastimes:
fishing. I'm going to be on the Chesapeake Bay. For those who love
fishing, the most important thing is not the size of your catch but
the enjoyment of the great outdoors. Every year, millions of
Americans grab their tackle boxes and head out to their favorite
fishing holes. No matter where they drop their lines, they build
memories that last a lifetime. And in the process, they contribute
billions of dollars to our economy.
Three hundred years ago, before the Industrial
Revolution, 99.9% of all human beings could not take the time to
travel hundreds of miles to go "fishing" as a
"national pastime." Fishing was a way of avoiding
starvation. Nearly all human beings lived in a state that we today
would call "poverty." Why is it that 99.9% of all
Americans today can go on a fishing vacation if they want to? The
Socialism keeps human beings in poverty, enslaved to
the Communist Party or "the People's Government." It is tyranny.
America's Founding Fathers would recognize Bush's proposals as
My Administration is committed to protecting the
environment that our sportsmen depend on. We believe that to meet
the environmental challenges of the 21st century, we must bring
together conservationists, fishermen, sportsmen, local leaders, and
Federal, State, and tribal officials in a
spirit of cooperation. I call this "cooperative
conservation." Instead of the old environmental debates that
pit one group against another, we're moving our country toward a
system where citizens and government can come together to achieve
meaningful results for our environment.
In what way do we deal with the government in a
"spirit of cooperation?" George Washington is reported
to have said,
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence it is force.
Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. . . .
The "environmental debate" is inescapably
one group (human beings who want to improve their environment)
against another group (advocates of
human genocide). Government is not "neutral." It
imposes the interests of one group onto other groups. It is coercion
and compulsion based on threats of violence.
One way we are practicing cooperative conservation
is through our efforts to preserve our fisheries. Almost three years
ago, I announced an ocean action plan to promote an ethic of
responsible stewardship that will make our waterways cleaner,
healthier, and more productive. Last year, I was proud to
establish a marine conservation area in the Northwestern Hawaiian
Islands. This is the single largest conservation area in the history
of our Nation -- and the largest protected marine area in the world.
We're also working to clean up marine debris and to address harmful
fishing practices in international waters that destroy corals and
other vital habitats. Earlier this year, I signed a law that will
help end overfishing and create market-based regulations to
replenish our fish stocks so we can keep them strong for generations
What should the government to do preserve
chickens on farms, cattle on ranches, and fruit in orchards? Perhaps
you say "nothing." But aren't these part of our
Why is it that capitalism has increased the amount of
chickens, cattle, and fruit we have over the generations?
Do capitalists prefer dirty, toxic, and unproductive
resources? No, and if they owned these resources, they would take
care of them to make sure they remain profitable.
Why are chickens, cattle, and apples not "overfished?"
Answer: because they are privately owned, and private owners have an
incentive not to "overfish" and to keep their resources
|Prior to my fishing
trip I am signing an Executive Order that will preserve two of our
Nation's most popular recreational fish -- striped bass and red
drum. These two species were once abundant in American waters, but
their stocks have been overfished. The Executive Order I sign will
protect striped bass and red drum caught in Federal waters by moving
to prohibit their commercial sale. It will promote more accurate
scientific records about fish population levels. And it will help
the Federal Government work with State and local officials to find
innovative ways to ensure these two species are conserved for future
||Private Ownership is the central
issue. "Sportsmen" have no incentive not to get as many
fish as they can, because it's free and nobody owns the property.
Stewardship Council, is a private environmentalist
organization that certifies the sustainability of
fisheries. Consumers can patronize producers that meet these
criteria. No government force is appropriate.
|As we work to protect
our Nation's fisheries, we're also working to help migratory birds
thrive. Each year, more than 800 species of birds make their way
south for the winter, and then return home to their breeding grounds
the following spring. Their ability to survive these long journeys
depends on stopover habitat. Unfortunately, some of the areas where
birds once stopped and rested on their great migrations have been
lost to development. So we're working to protect these species by
restoring or replacing their stopover habitats.
||According to the Constitution, this
is an issue left to the states, not the federal government. If the
states are supposed to be inadequate to deal with this, then why is
the federal government adequate. Doesn't this logically require
It doesn't require government at all. It does not require
abolishing the United States.
Constitutional issue: Is Bush keeping his oath?
|One key way we're doing
this is by expanding our National Wildlife Refuges, creating new
ones, and restoring and improving hundreds of thousands of acres of
habitat for migratory birds. At the same time, we're bringing
together Federal, State, and tribal agencies to work with private
groups and corporations to improve habitat on
private lands. The Department of the Interior is also working
with cities across our Nation to build stopover habitats in urban
areas. And this weekend I'm announcing new policies -- including new
efforts with Mexico to foster greater habitat conservation for the
the Tragedy of the Commons by Creating Private Property Rights in
parks also play a vital role in our conservation efforts. Earlier
this week, Laura spoke at the first-ever Leadership Summit of the
National Park Foundation. She discussed the National Parks
Centennial Initiative -- a public-private partnership to raise funds
for the park system's 100th anniversary in 2016. This initiative
will support many vital projects to improve habitats for local
wildlife -- including some that will directly benefit birds.
in national parks?
Who gets to decide? It's always "private" interests.
Special interests. One interest obtains the power of the State to
impose its will on other interests. Private ownership must submit to
market forces. This is "economic democracy."
|As Americans, we've
been given a beautiful country to live in, and we
have an obligation to be good stewards of the environment. With the
cooperative conservation policies we have put in place, we show our
commitment to preserving our Nation's heritage. By making
responsible choices today, we will ensure that our children and
grandchildren will enjoy a cleaner and more vibrant environment.
||"Steward" means working
on someone else's behalf. Environmental stewardship means taking
care of the Creator's creation. Who is this god?
The "environment" of human beings in a state of poverty
is dirty, filthy, unhygienic, and disease-ridden. Capitalism has
improved man's environment; socialism has destroyed man's
|Thank you for
"Environmentalism" is a false
religion that worships the creation more than the creator, and seeks a
planet where non-human forces have dominion
over human forces. Vital reading in this area is George Reisman's essay, The
Toxicity of Environmentalism. Reisman documents the pathological
hatred of Man which environmentalists have had since the very beginnings
of the movement.
Honorable representatives of the great saurians of older creation,
may you long enjoy your lilies and rushes, and be blessed now and then
with a mouthful of terror-stricken man by way of a dainty!
John Muir, Founder of the Sierra Club, Benediction
The Democrat Party Radio Address:
- March of Dimes President Jennifer Howse, delivers this week's
Democratic Radio Address.
Once again, the subject is SCHIP, the State Child Health Insurance
Libertarian Response to Democrats:
- Click here
to go to a replay of the September 22, 2007 Ozarks
Virtual Town Hall
- Click here
to go to a replay of the October 6, 2007 Ozarks
Virtual Town Hall
- See the
September 22, 2007 Ozarks Virtual Town Hall.
- "Private lobbying groups" often lobby Congress for
government takeover of their industries - if it brings them profits or
- Bush wants to expand the SCHIP program, not cut it. He
just doesn't want to expand it as much as the Democrats do. There's no
evidence that this child would have been denied coverage under the
White House expansion.
- Expanding this government program is wrong. It is sinful and immoral
to take money from Jones under threats of violence
to give to "the poor children."
- It is unconstitutional for the federal government to to this, even
if it were moral.
- Capitalism, not socialism, will ensure the greatest amount of the
highest quality health care to every child in this country. The
medical care available to this child would not have been available to
him if he lived in the Soviet Union a few decades ago.
- Democrats and Republicans are quibbling over ten or fifteen billion
tax dollars. True leadership would inspire and orchestrate voluntary
giving from those who can afford to do so.
Review: The Scandal Of The Evangelical Conscience - Acton
- If American Christians simply gave a tithe rather than the
current one-quarter of a tithe, there would be enough private
Christian dollars to provide basic health care and education to all
the poor of the earth. And we would still have an extra
$60-70 billion left over for evangelism around the world.
Two weeks ago a listener submitted this question:
|I thought the Preamble for the Constitution said
the purpose of that document was "to provide for the common
weal. . ." How can that be done without education? Without
public safety? Without regulation of industries that would
otherwise rob the public and spoil the environment?
The preamble states:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect
Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the
common defence, promote the general Welfare,
and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do
ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Probably our listener was referring to the highlighted phrase.
What are "the blessings of liberty?" How are they
"secured" by the government? The blessings
include automobiles, computers, antibiotics, and thousands of groceries at
the local market. How are these blessings "secured" by the
government? By nationalizing the automobile industry, as in the Soviet
Union? No, simply by protecting the nation from foreign invasion and
eliminating trade barriers between the several States. What about
punishing fraud and crime? Though considered to be a function of
government, it was not considered to be a function of the federal
government. Punishing crime remained with the states and local
The question posed during the Constitutional Convention and during the
ratification process was "What form of government best secures the
Blessings of Liberty and promotes the general Welfare?" The answer
given was not "a huge centralized federal government
with unlimited powers," but rather a limited federal government
that has only a few powers enumerated in the constitution, with the rest
of government remaining with the states. The Tenth Amendment in the Bill
of Rights summarizes the philosophy of the Constitution:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution,
nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States
respectively, or to the people.
In Federalist 45,
Madison described the relationship between the federal government and the
states in these famous words:
The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal
government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the
State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be
exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation,
and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for
the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States
will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs,
concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the
internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State. [emphasis
And nobody believed that the state governments had the authority to
nationalize production of computers, automobiles, and groceries.
Government on all levels was tightly limited, and liberty extended to The
People and their businesses.
This is the theory of constitutionally-enumerated
powers. Only powers enumerated in the Constitution are possessed by
the federal government.
But doesn't the "promote the general welfare" clause indicate
that the federal government has vast, sweeping powers to whatever is
necessary to "promote the general welfare?"
testimony before Congress, CATO Institute scholar Jerry Taylor
explained how the architects of the Constitution understood the
"general Welfare" phrase:
|In Federalist No. 41, Madison summarizes the
relationship of the general preface language including the
"welfare" language, to the subsequent more detailed
enumeration of specific powers, as follows.
"Some who have denied the necessity of the power of
taxation [to the Federal government] have grounded a very
fierce attack against the Constitution, on the language on
which it is defined. It has been urged and echoed that the
power to "lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and
excises, to pay the debts, and provide for the common defense
and general welfare of the United States" amounts to an
unlimited commission to exercise every power which may be
alleged to be necessary for the common defense or general
welfare. No stronger proof could be given of the distress
under which these writers labor for objections, than their
stooping to such a misconstruction." (emphasis
Thus, Madison, who like Story after him sought to defend
federal power, treats with derision the claim of opponents of
federal powers the claim that the "welfare clause" is a
general grant of power. Madison continues Federalist No 41 in this
language of angry paradox:
"For what purpose could the enumeration of
particular powers be inserted, if these and all others were
meant to be included in the preceding general power?
Nothing is more natural or more common than first to use a
general phrase, and then to explain and qualify by an
enumeration of the particulars. But the idea of an enumeration
of particulars which neither explain nor qualify the general
meaning, and can have no other effect than to confound and
mislead, is an absurdity ... what would have been thought of
that assembly, if, attaching themselves to these general
expressions and disregarding the specifications which limit
their import, they had exercised an unlimited power of
providing for the general welfare?" (emphasis added)
More information on the "general Welfare" clause can be found
on our Constitution page, and this
Our listener mentions three functions which are necessary to secure
"the Blessings of Liberty":
The first question to be asked is, must education etc. be provided by the
government, or can it be provided by the Free Market:
voluntary associations, businesses, and "We the People"
networking together to assure that children are educated. In other words,
which political theory is true: capitalism or socialism?
If socialism is true, we might still ask, should state and local
governments decide how children will be educated, or should that be
done by the federal government? In other words if only government
can provide these elements of an orderly and prosperous society, which
level of government?
The Constitutional answer precludes the federal government from
involving itself in these areas. It would not have been ratified by states
jealous to protect their own powers, or The People jealous to protect
their liberties, if it gave to the federal government such sweeping
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