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It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”

Yeah, I know you might think that Timothy Leary, counter culture hero, said that but it came from the pen of none other than Benjamin Franklin.

There used to be a fellow on the radio who exhorted us to “Wake up, America!” and we thought he was pretty entertaining and we agreed with what he was saying about the destruction of our society. I guess we thought things would get better after the next election.

Force is the vital principal and immediate parent of despotism.
(Thomas Jefferson)

In 1961, when Chief U.S. Marshal James McShane and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights John Doar (appointed officials) moved the duly elected Governor of Alabama out of the doorway of the University of Mississippi to force the will of the federal government on the people of the state, they fired a bullet into the heart of the Constitution. Whenever you yell, “How can they do this, isn’t this a democracy?”, you should think of that moment in history.


I read that Homeland Security enforcers should be suspicious of those who mention the Constitution “too often”. Reckon why that is?



You can’t say you love your country and hate your government.
(Bill Clinton)

I was pleased to read that bikers in Modesto California not only resisted the cops’ attempt to cause conflict among their clubs, (thus, creating an excuse for further misuses of their power), but banded together and attended a city council meeting to voice their protest. Of course, once they got down the road the cops were all over them. After all, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

It was clear to everyone there that the police were well prepared for
this action and were determined to remind any biker that dared to stand
up against the police that real power in this society lies in the
government and it’s violence and not in the people – at least for now.

(Article from Modesto Anarcho #8. )


When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. (Thomas Jefferson)


I was told, once, not to focus on an isolated incident, the murders of the Branch Davidians  in Waco, TX. I thought I’d done OK since I hadn’t mentioned that the agent in charge was also in charge of the set-up and murders on Ruby Ridge. All this was part of a discussion about the militarization of police departments and the tank the Texas Rangers used in the kidnapping of the polygamists’ children in San Angelo, Tx.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
(Thomas Jefferson)
The tree of liberty grew in Jefferson’s yard and he’d be very angry if he was around to see the way it’s been neglected.

Let me wind up this post- Independence Day ramble by asking why more youngsters know about the bogus Emancipation Proclamation than the Declaration of Independence. Yeah, that’s a rhetorical question.

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the defense of justice is no virtue. (Barry Goldwater)

Virtue and vice and the thoughts of a great American have no relevance to those economist Wolfe called, “the power elite” so, ” let me make this perfectly clear”:

I do not advocate the violent overthrow of the US government or the commission of any crime or violence. I’m just a fiddler.

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Written by fiddle mike

July 4, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Posted in motorcycle

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