Friday, August 31, 2012

RNC Day 3 - Titanic Act 3

Yesterday was a very interesting day at the final day at the RNC. The speeches were extremely statist. If the Republican Party actually thinks the liberty movement would be attracted to the cold reception and statism on show, they are insane.

Condoleezza Rice basically gave a giant war propaganda speech. She hailed how we are doing good around the world, and that we should be at war with even more nations to farther promote democracy. Because democracy and bombs go so well together. Guess she wants it all to blowback in our face with an incredible force.

Marco Rubio's speech was also interesting. He actually straight-up stated America chose more government versus more freedom. I don't think they chose, but rather were brainwashed into accepting it, but whatever helps him sleep at night.

After these two, and a number of other, clowns, it was was the ringleader Mitt Romney's turn to speak. His speech just cemented his idiocy on so many levels. He cheered empire abroad, and imagined unity at home. He attacked Obama on things that he himself supports. He believe not changing anything but the letter of behind the president's name will so how allow economic stability. Of course as one of the walls stated: US Debt 16~ trillion, We Built That. And it was built and grown by both parties.

Overall these three days have displayed why neither Romney or Obama should be president. Neither are qualified for the job. The corruption of the GOP, and Obama's failures during his first term, display this country is heading towards dark times before we accomplish re-achieving liberty in this country.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

RNC Day 2 - Titanic Act 2

To the life boats!

That is what basically happened today at the Republican National Convention. With staged walk-outs, a very pathetic tribute to Dr. Ron Paul, and Rand Paul's speech, you would think the Republican Party doesn't have a clue yet their ship hit an iceberg. Guess that is the benefit of being in "first class."

Today was in general a very boring day at the RNC. There were a number of protests and attempts to re-amend party rules, which ended in failure, but nothing worth going into detail about.

The majority of Goldwater conservatives and Ron Paul libertarian-conservative have pretty much been shunned. The party is digging its centralist roots deeper into the ground and saying no to those who stand against it. Therefore it is time for those who fought against tyranny will leave the oldest tyrannical party in the USA.

The boat is basically sunk for the Republican party. Those that want to be saved are fleeing to the lifeboats, and the rest will soon feel the cold existence that awaits them in those dark waters.

All I have to say is congrats to all delegates who staged the walk-out this evening, and may you leave the republican party very, very soon.

RNC Day 1 - Titanic Act 1

The smoke has cleared on the first full day of the Republican National Convention. So what have we learned? What actually happened? And why did I name this post Titanic Act 1? All these are easily answered.

What happened today was frankly appalling. The amount of fraud and corruption was spewing from neo-con's ears on stage was sickening. All rule changes, done by a "voice vote" were railroaded through even though the nays against the changes were definitely louder than the ayes. Romney and establishment delegates were told to chant U-S-A every time anyone tried to question or showed "dissent" against what was happening. Many Ron Paul delegates were illegally detained on buses throughout the votes. Even delegates from Florida who were pro-Romney were forgotten at their hotels as an act of revenge against Florida for changing its primary date.

So what exactly did we learn from all this? Never trust the GOP. The Republican Party is as corrupt and should never be placed any higher than the Democrat Party. They lie, cheat, and steal votes, silence dissenters, and frankly do not care what the average person thinks about their actions.

After today's events, it is obvious the Republican party is reenacting Titanic. They held their big convention, the "pretty boy" was found out to be a street rat, and the boat collided with the giant iceberg. The party is now sinking into oblivion due to their treachery against its own loyal members, forget about the flogging those who support Ron Paul got. It seems the GOP saw the Democrat Party's house of cards starting to fall over and wanted to win the race to the bottom first.

Today we learned a very important lesson. Political parties like the GOP are scum. They enjoy destroying dissent even if it ends up destroying themselves in the process. There are two more days and two more acts till the end of the GOP's Titanic. Let us see who is left holding onto those planks in the end.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Ron Paul's Rally - Short Impression

This event made me extremely proud to be in the liberty movement. There were so many great speakers and ideas being discussed it makes me smile just thinking about it.

The main focus was the Republican party and co-opting it with the liberty movement's agenda, sweat, and blood. As a libertarian, I walked away with a smile because no matter what, we will be pushing to inject base libertarian ideology into the Rep party. It also instilled that libertarians themselves will be a great help in the coming years.

The message was perfectly clear, as well. This was Dr. Paul last rodeo and it's time for the torchbearers to become leaders. Everyone from all parties that believe in liberty need to take a stand and fight. We need to win this ideological war for future generations.

While I already do a number if things for Florida's liberty movement, plan on running for Congress in '14, and have various other things on my plate from college to finding employment, I want to push myself harder and find other ways to enhance liberty here.

Thank you Dr. Paul for inspiring me, again.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Feds Are Cutting Social Security Benefits From Retirees Who Can't Pay Back Student Loans

While most attention in the ongoing student debt crisis narrative has focused on new graduates, it turns out the federal government has been quietly targeting a different group of debtors: retirees.

The Treasury Department has been withholding as much as 15 percent of Social Security benefits from "a rapidly growing number of Social Security recipients who have fallen behind on federal student loans," Smart Money's Annamaria Andriotis reports:

"From January through August 6, the government reduced the size of roughly 115,000 retirees' Social Security checks on those grounds. That's nearly double the pace of the department's enforcement in 2011; it's up from around 60,000 cases in all of 2007 and just 6 cases in 2000...

The amount that the government withholds varies widely, though it runs up to 15%. Assuming the average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker of $1,234, that could mean a monthly haircut of almost $190."

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This is far from unexpected, many financial experts have warned of government roll backs of pensions, social security, etc to pay back debts. Gerald Celente especially warned of this. This is how government enslaves its people, making them more needy to government financial assistance. Eventually they will start cutting off aid to the older "useless" tax slaves when they people get accustom to government ending people's support after a certain age due to debt accumulation, so they'll say.

Human tax farming at its best.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

$200 million in upgrades planned at idle Crystal River nuclear power plant

In a move that flabbergasts its critics, Progress Energy Florida plans to spend more than $200 million of its customers' money to upgrade the Crystal River nuclear power plant.

This is the same plant that:
 • Broke three years ago during another upgrade project.
 • Has not produced a kilowatt of power since.
 • Would cost at least $3 billion to repair including related power expenses.
• May never be restarted.

Nevertheless, Progress has budgeted millions to increase the plant's potential power output. To pay for it, customers' power bills will increase an estimated $51.5 million this year, $110.2 million next year and $64.5 million in 2014.

And that's not all.

Progress plans to spend hundreds of millions more on the plant for equipment and safety upgrades through 2014. The utility won't be able to charge customers for those expenditures at least until after 2017 because of an agreement with state regulators.

Critics equate it to replacing the drive-train on an aging, broken-down car that is more likely headed to the junkyard than back onto the street.

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This is a pointless amount of money for a dormant powerplant that frankly should be torn down and replaced with a thorium based generation 5 nuclear plant.

The argument from the clean energy person is a bit questionable, while its great that she is questioning the point, she misses the boat arguing against a nuclear plant that is still cleaner than coal plants. She should support a tear-down and massive upgrade to new technology considering the price tag is so far has been over $2 billion dollars; not just giving up.

Also, the costs should not be put on the taxpayers, especially since no one asked for the constant failures revolving around the upgrades.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Quick update

Just a quick update, I've been adding tags to all posts. Also, the news I find will relate to Florida, obviously federal bills effect Florida so if I see articles they will be here as well. All articles will get be short excerpts from them and a quick opinion on whats going on.

Also, if people could digg, reddit, share articles they enjoyed here feel free. Exposure helps.


In Liberty,
Matt Schnackenberg

Ron Paul wants to make his presence known at RNC

Congressman Ron Paul has used much of the $2.5 million that his campaign had at the end of July towards his rally that will be held next week, Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton said.  The event will be held a day before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

The Paul-led event is called “Rally for the Liberty Delegates” and it will run simultaneously with a pro-Ron Paul rally in Tampa called “Paul Festival,” which is being organized by Paul supporters.

As Rep. Paul explains, “Our theme for this event will be, ‘We Are the Future – A Rally for the Liberty Delegates’. I’m sure it will not only be a great time, but it will also go a long way to proving you and I are the future of the Republican Party.”

Dr. Paul, an eleven-term congressman from Texas, has continued his campaign for the presidency despite strong signs that the GOP will make Mitt Romney their candidate in this election.

“Our team has been very busy working to plan our ‘Rally for the Liberty Delegates’ event in Tampa and setting up our convention plans, including the fight to seat as many of our delegates as possible,” Mr. Benton said in an email.

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The more noticeable Dr. Paul is the better. He can drive a stack through the hearts of the establishment by having a bigger presences than the RNC, again.

Ferg's cancels Ron Paul RNC party

The Ron Paul party scheduled to take place at Ferg's in downtown St. Petersburg has been cancelled.

The organizers of the event told Ferg's the roadblocks and security put in place for the RNC Welcome Party at the Trop Sunday night have made it too difficult for people to access the area.

The City of St. Petersburg has announced an "event zone" that is closing off traffic and prohibiting certain items  during the event and the days leading up to it.

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Since there are hundreds of other locations better suited, this just means that RP's party will get a better location away from the headache that is the RNC.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

How Do We Change the System?

As a believer in anarcho-libertarianism, my views are more about society after achieving a libertarian society instead of stopping at a constitutional government. Due to this, I am always asked why would I want to think about that, or told I probably won’t be alive when the time comes so why discuss such an issue. In a way, I am in a minority within the growing minority that is the libertarian ideology.

Obviously, my ideology, and the entire base libertarian ideology, is shunned completely by the media and statist paradigm. I laughingly did a search for anarcho-libertarianism, and ended up with some guy’s rant about “anarcho-libertarians taking over the republican party.” Well, here is the thing. The guy obviously does not realize that libertarians and those of similar ideologies have been moving to co-opt the party for a while now. Ron Paul was a libertarian and has publicly come out as a voluntarist. He has made it his goal to push liberty within the party. The fact the site supports Romney displays his lack of understanding of freedom and individual liberty, let alone classical liberalism. Still it is good to ask two fundamental questions: Why would libertarians or anyone want to co-opt any political party? And does the efforts taken offer any intrinsic benefits, with or without success?

To change the system of government, we must first gain a much louder voice. A voice that simply "being that other party" tends to lack. Generally, we do not even have to switch parties to assist gaining that voice. There is a growing number of youthful individuals that have read Dr. Paul's works, and realized the current political hierarchy has screwed them over. They are the ones hearing the need for candidates that care about the next generation, and are running. Running to spread the message of liberty; and to remove the status quo from office. Win or lose, there are massive benefits that comes with their candidacy. They are educating those who have not been taught what liberty truly means, and the evil government has become.

Education has always been key to any campaign and political movement; especially, the liberty movement, as true understanding of the US constitution, let alone, people’s natural rights have been black-bagged and co-opted by government education facilities. Campaigns always need to get the word out on who the candidate actually is, and what they stand for. Since government education has robbed students from understanding their basic freedoms, liberty candidates have to work twice as hard as the usual “keep the ball rolling” candidates.

Liberty education is done through two processes, literature and voice. We need to offer liberty oriented content in all forms of written word possible. Recommending other content like internet radio, podcasts, and audiobooks are other great resources. This sounds easy, but spreading the message takes time and patience. Having a passion behind your efforts also helps.

A good way to spread both vocal and literary liberty content is through the use of social networking. I personally have turned my Facebook into a news blog of sorts due to my constant sharing of political news. Sharing news is a good way to educate people on the tyrannies of government and show why it isn’t needed. You can also share resources that promote self-education, self-reliance, and other media promoting liberty. Remember to also recommend books and physical literature.

Creating pamphlets and educational cards are other forms of literature to use. You can use both forms of media as a way to either promote one specific message, or promote the reader to expand their knowledge on multiple topics through resource links and suggested reading. You can also use cards as invitations to speaking events, or liberty oriented meetings. If you trust the people around you, book sharing is another option, but not always recommended due to various issues that can come up.

Being vocal can be the most powerful form of education, as your voice can project the passion you onto the listener. Stand up, speak your mind, and be heard. Let the power of your voice bring people to your campaigns, and learn the understanding of liberty. Create audio recordings, and podcasts of speeches given and share them with the public through mediums like Facebook, YouTube, etc. Creating podcasts, videos, and other media that allows the public to see and hear what you have to say.

Now, not everyone is good at projecting your voices and standing in front of a crowd. There are ways to boost your ability to do it though. You can take a college class on Public Speaking, speak-up during any meetings involved with, or even use your family and friends as practice audiences.

Liberty candidates have to do everything stated above, as well as explain to citizens why and how their way of thinking will benefit them. This can be hard due to the media’s lies, as well as poor education in economics and various other subjects. They need to spread who they are every chance they can, and almost everywhere they do. Make to to go around and talking to business owners; smallers news outlets; offer online newsletters; business cards; candidate specific websites; etc., all help. Getting candidates known wins races.

We also need to focus on getting established radio shows and networks like LRN.FM (Liberty Radio Network); Free Talk Live; 1787 Radio Networks; The Liberty Underground Show; Freedom Feens; Bad Quaker; Porc Therapy; etc., played on more radios; cell phones; and computers around this county. These are great to get random people interested in liberty, as they might find the current discussion topic odd and continue listening instead of switching to another station. Sometimes these listeners will call into a show and question the hosts on what they are talking about, and why they think the way they do.

With an increasingly louder voice we can accomplish quite a bit. Our ground game will become more effective. We will force the media to give our candidates; activists; protests; grievances; and most importantly the message of liberty the attention it deserves. It will get more people listening to the message. Even if they disagree with the message now, the message will stick with them. Sometimes the random person will do like a new listeners to a liberty-oriented radio show, and ask questions.

Changing the system we have now definitely must happen. It will take time, but our time is coming. We will restore the republic. We will become the nation our founding fathers created again. The liberty movement is pushing ahead, and picking up steam the more supporters we have. Our voices is starting to be heard in all corners of not just this country, but around the world. There is a growing push for liberty that has never been seen in history before.

Both the Republican and Democrat Parties are scared, trying to run our candidates into the ground, even if they are running within their parties. Educating the voting public is making the establishment quake in their boots. Local elections are being won, not just by election, but through opening minds. Things are progressing in ways the establishment never expected.

At the end of the day, our actions and determination to educate the voting public is what will bring liberty back to this country. The passion of the people involved will inspire those who follow the established shepherds to research and discover themselves.

This is How We Change the System.
   by Matthew Schnackenberg

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sorry for the massive delay!

Hey guys, its been a while. My delay was mostly due to my lack of ambition to do much here. Plus I've had some writters block which didn't help.

Where to begin what I've been up to. Let's see.

To start things off, I have become a blogger for Pretty much I take candidates' press releases from all around Florida, as well as event dates and YouTube video links, and post them up.

As an experiment, Liberty Takeover has been very successful. We have got a lot of candidates endorsed, and raised a whole ton of awareness for them. I think for 2013 and beyond we can roll it out past Florida.

Beyond that, I've been focusing on school and attending C4L and LP meetings. I do have an 'advertising sales' job, but it's not working out as smoothly as I wished.

I was also offered a position on an entertainment website blog, but why the hell would I take that when this blog is 100% more important to me.

Now that my journalistic drive is back, here is my plans for this blog.

1. Editorials. I love writing opinion pieces, so I will.

2. Get some form of news stories up.

3. Maybe continue the podcast, I hate doing them.

4. I will do audio and written, maybe even video, interviews with people. I have no camcorder so I will be using my DROIDX2. Frankly the camera is probably higher quality then what I can afford anyway so it will do.

5. Might have a brainstorm on a documentary. Based off gasland's shitty footage, my x2 will work. I will need funds for this, might need to start a kickstarter or indiegogo.

6. Floridian activist bios? Maybe. Why the fuck not. Or else some type of photography of state stupidity around here.

Well,  here is my plan and first update in a while. Ill be typing draft up for a new editorial in a few hours.

With Liberty,
Matt Schnackenberg