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    Book -- Good To Be King: The Foundation of our Constitutional Freedom, by Michael Badnarik

    This looks like an interesting read, if his numerous recorded interviews and talks are any indication.

    Has anyone read this, yet?


    Though not specifically on the RKBA, it's an explanation of the Constitution's key principles and foundation for the republican system of governance.

    Good To Be King: The Foundation of our Constitutional Freedom, written by Michael Badnarik, published by The Writers' Collective, 2004.

    Sample chapter, from the book: Chapter 2 (PDF file).

    Synopsis:

    This book provides readers with the fundamentals of the Constitution by analyzing the legitimate basis for government, and the circumstances that lead to its ratification.

    Mr. Badnarik starts with fundamentals, identifying the difference between rights and privileges. He discusses the critical- and needed- distinction between republican and democratic systems of government, arguing that freedom can survive in America only if we return to our republican roots.

    He also illustrates the forgotten tenets of federalism and states' rights, arguing that federal usurpation of state power has accelerated the loss of our freedoms. The author then provides a detailed explication of the true meaning of major constitutional provisions and amendments.

    He does an excellent job of demystifying our founding document, demonstrating that ordinary Americans can and should understand the Constitution and how it applies to their lives.
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    In your synopsis it seems like a must read . A required read for high school kids .
    Go ahead punk make my day ..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by welder516 View Post
    In your synopsis it seems like a must read . A required read for high school kids .
    That would not fit into the public schools curriculum of indoctrination.
    "A covenant not to defend myself from force, by force, is always void"...Thomas Hobbes

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    Quote Originally Posted by welder516 View Post
    In your synopsis it seems like a must read . A required read for high school kids .
    Yeh, that'l happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RightsEroding View Post
    That would not fit into the public schools curriculum of indoctrination.
    All the more reason for parents to get it, read it, and then require their kids to read it.
    Based on what I see here, I've put it on my "to buy" list to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GRCarry View Post
    All the more reason for parents to get it, read it, and then require their kids to read it.
    Based on what I see here, I've put it on my "to buy" list to read.
    Right; I will assume you already have conservative values.

    Getting the book into the hands of a liberal/socialist is one thing, getting them to read it is quite another.

    I have never seen a lib become a conservative from reading a book; nor have I seen one persuaded in any other fashion; kinda' goes against their DNA.

    Sounds like a great book however for anyone who does not have the time nor inclination to study our early American history.
    Always makes for great conversation.
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    In the 1960s and '70s, there were a number of televised programs that had basic history, civics, government and other related topics that would get kicked around. Often starting with a general premise about why the need to revisit these things, I seem to recall two or three folks (sometimes more, on the "panel" type discussions) would then have a fair civil evaluation of the points in that topic, relating it to current issues and challenges in society.

    These days, about all that one has to turn to is the partisan bickering shows, the news, the mindless entertainment stuff, and junk/filler.

    We could do with a decent, non-partisan, non-political type discussion format like that, that everyone could be exposed to. As it stands now, there's precious little in the printed newspapers and periodicals that isn't heavily skewed or slanted toward a certain point of view, and what is on the tube tends to be the bickering/backbiting type "discussion" shows, almost none of which have much value.

    Say, sort of an extended, discussion-format variation on the "Schoolhouse Rock" type education shorts, but geared for the thinking adult. Right there on the television, part of the general broadcasters' responsibilities for "managing" their little section of the airwaves. (Yeah, big challenge, give how things are.)

    Heck, it used to be, as well, that the op-ed section of the major printed newspapers tended to be stellar in its variety (over time) and depth that got dealt with in ~20 column inches. Tends to be at least half rants, these days, by comparison, so folks aren't getting it that way anymore.
    Cardinal principle: Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
    Philosophy: Why the Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos)
    On the RKBA: Most of what you think you know about our Constitution is wrong -- Michael Badnarik

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    In the 1960s and '70s, there were a number of televised programs that had basic history, civics, government and other related topics that would get kicked around. Often starting with a general premise about why the need to revisit these things, I seem to recall two or three folks (sometimes more, on the "panel" type discussions) would then have a fair civil evaluation of the points in that topic, relating it to current issues and challenges in society.

    These days, about all that one has to turn to is the partisan bickering shows, the news, the mindless entertainment stuff, and junk/filler.

    We could do with a decent, non-partisan, non-political type discussion format like that, that everyone could be exposed to. As it stands now, there's precious little in the printed newspapers and periodicals that isn't heavily skewed or slanted toward a certain point of view, and what is on the tube tends to be the bickering/backbiting type "discussion" shows, almost none of which have much value.

    Say, sort of an extended, discussion-format variation on the "Schoolhouse Rock" type education shorts, but geared for the thinking adult. Right there on the television, part of the general broadcasters' responsibilities for "managing" their little section of the airwaves. (Yeah, big challenge, give how things are.)

    Heck, it used to be, as well, that the op-ed section of the major printed newspapers tended to be stellar in its variety (over time) and depth that got dealt with in ~20 column inches. Tends to be at least half rants, these days, by comparison, so folks aren't getting it that way anymore.
    These days, about all that one has to turn to is the partisan bickering shows, the news, the mindless entertainment stuff, and junk/filler.
    Boy! ^^^ you said a mouthful.

    Below is a clip from a great movie that IMO reflects what is wrong with this country; apathy and ignorance. Although it is a movie, it is IMO one of the truest 1m14s of video I've ever seen.

    "A covenant not to defend myself from force, by force, is always void"...Thomas Hobbes

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    Quote Originally Posted by RightsEroding View Post
    That would not fit into the public schools curriculum of indoctrination.
    Quote Originally Posted by elmacgyver0 View Post
    Yeh, that'l happen.
    I know it would never happen , but a guy can dream .
    Go ahead punk make my day ..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by welder516 View Post
    I know it would never happen , but a guy can dream .
    I will defend to the death your right to dream.
    Oh wait! Are you one of those dreamers I'm paying for? Just kidding.
    "A covenant not to defend myself from force, by force, is always void"...Thomas Hobbes

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    Quote Originally Posted by RightsEroding View Post
    Boy! ^^^ you said a mouthful.

    Below is a clip from a great movie that IMO reflects what is wrong with this country; apathy and ignorance. Although it is a movie, it is IMO one of the truest 1m14s of video I've ever seen ...
    "Everything else is colored bubbles."

    ^ Greatest quote from that scene, summarizing all that's unreal with the whole line of thinking we're speaking of.
    Cardinal principle: Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
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    On the RKBA: Most of what you think you know about our Constitution is wrong -- Michael Badnarik

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    Got the book.

    Its 2A specific section is pitifully light on verbiage and examples. It states the basics, lays it right out there, and leaves it at that. Strong argument, from a layperson's point of view, but it's just not much beyond a couple of pages.

    The book is really a great overview of the point and purpose behind the Constitution. It has a chapter for each major section of the Constitution, along with a short chapter for each of the BOR protections of liberties. It also has an excellent chapter on the distinction between rights and privileges, which is our primary birthright as free citizens.

    A good book, but not a hellfire-and-brimstone treatise on the 2A or RKBA, like many of the works by Stephen Halbrook, Don Kates, Gary Kleck and David Kopel.


    Am re-reading the following: That Every Man Be Armed--The Evolution of a Constitutional Right, by Stephen Halbrook, University of New Mexico Press, 1984.
    Cardinal principle: Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
    Philosophy: Why the Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos)
    On the RKBA: Most of what you think you know about our Constitution is wrong -- Michael Badnarik

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    Have read through several of the chapters.

    Exceptional layman's introduction to the key principles of the Constitution. Excellent overview of the areas in which the governments in the U.S. (federal, state, county, local) have all abused and undermined the Constitution as well as ignored its inherent limits on power and authority.

    While by no means a legal book, it is however probably a vastly more important introduction to all of the basic legal concepts that underpin the constitutional rule of law in the U.S. A fantastic primer on the abuses that have become inherent in our daily "self" government experiment.

    Caveat, for those expecting a general primer that doesn't lean one way or another. This book is heavily Libertarian in its essential perspective, heavily critical about all aspects of the Constitution that have been (in the author's opinion) abused beyond recognition.

    Highly recommended reading. Contains 158 pages, plus appendices. Reads very easily. Can be completed in a few days' of reading.


    PDF version of Chapter 2, of the book Good To Be King: The Foundation of our Constitutional Freedom.

    PDF version of Frédéric Bastiat's The Law, for reference: click.

    Link to book -- Good To Be King: The Foundation of our Constitutional Freedom, by Michael Badnarik, 2004 @ Amazon.com.
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    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
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    On the RKBA: Most of what you think you know about our Constitution is wrong -- Michael Badnarik

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    For those who have never heard of this guy, here are a couple of videos that might be of interest:

    Cardinal principle: Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
    Philosophy: Why the Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos)
    On the RKBA: Most of what you think you know about our Constitution is wrong -- Michael Badnarik

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    An excerpt from the book Good To Be King: The Foundation of our Constitutional Freedom.

    Chapter 6 -- The Communist Manifesto:

    The Communist Manifesto contains ten planks the authors felt were necessary in order to successfully achieve their goals:

    1. Abolition of private property.
    2. Heavy progressive income tax.
    3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
    4. Confiscation of property of all emigrants and rebels.
    5. Central bank.
    6. Government control of communication and transportation.
    7. Government ownership of factories and agriculture.
    8. Government control of labor.
    9. Corporate farms, regional planning.
    10. Government control of education.


    Do you recall the John Adams quote concerning property? It is "The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence."

    Let's take a brief look at each plank ... keeping track of how many of these policies already exist in the United States:

    1. Abolition of private property -- ie, Asset forfeiture laws which allow the arresting agency to take all of the property belonging to someone suspected of being involved with drugs.
    2. Heavy progressive income tax -- The IRS determines the percentage of our progressive income tax. If you make enough money, you may be lucky enough to fall in the 50 percent tax bracket. The strongest slaves are lucky enough to carry the heaviest rocks.
    3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance -- This prevents future generations within a family from accumulating a significant amount of wealth. What justifies this tax on dying?
    4. Confiscation of property of all emigrants and rebels -- Anyone who travels internationally must declare whether he or she is carrying more than $10,000 in money, stocks, or bank notes.
    5. Central Bank -- When you control the printing of money, it doesn't matter who controls the government. The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 is completely, totally, and unquestionably unconstitutional.
    6. Government control of communication and transportation -- The FCC ... the FAA, NTSB and every state DMV ... you cannot travel, ship, or broadcast anywhere in the United States without getting government approval.
    7. Government ownership of factories and agriculture -- Government doesn't actually own own factories, but it also has no business bailing out Chrysler and S&L associations when they get into financial trouble. The US Dept of Agriculture controls and regulates nearly every aspect of the food chain, from farm to table.
    8. Government control of labor -- Innumerable government agencies within the U.S. regulate nearly every facet of every kind of business.
    9. Corporate farms, regional planning -- Every large city in the U.S. has a regional planning office.
    10. Government control of education -- There is no point in arguing whether or not the government controls education in this country. The Democrats and Republicans are falling all over themselves claiming to be the ones who control it best. In (1953), American students ranked number one in the world in fields of math and science. (Now) American students (rank) as twenty-first in math and science. Even if the DOE was constitutional, which it is not, it should still be eliminated for doing such a terrible job.



    Makes a person think a bit harder about the concepts of socialism and communism.


    So far as I can see, people's problem with identifying reality for what it is is more an issue with lack of critical thinking skills than it is with a problem of name-calling something unjustifiably.


    In Badnarik's view, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is probably a duck, regardless what the crowd is calling it.

    Yup.
    Cardinal principle: Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
    Philosophy: Why the Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos)
    On the RKBA: Most of what you think you know about our Constitution is wrong -- Michael Badnarik

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