Today’s broadcast contains the final two Independence Day interviews with Constitutional scholar Michael Badnarik, now defending liberty in the other realms…
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night!
My name is Michael Badnarik, and apparently, I am dead. I am not communicating with you from “the great beyond”. I merely had the foresight to write this while I was still a viable consciousness, and I asked a friend of mine to post this to my website for me after I was gone. This gives me the opportunity to write my OWN eulogy.
If you knew me while I was still warm, you probably noticed that I lived my life by MY rules, and never allowed someone else to dictate what my values were going to be. Now would be a good time to cue Frank Sinatra’s “I did it my way”, which I frequently sang in the shower. It disappoints me to think that this quality made me so unique. I encourage everyone to stop being so submissive, especially to nonsensical government edicts. In short, grow up and “grow a pair”.
The things that I hope I am remembered for are my honesty and integrity. I often told people, “Don’t ask questions that you don’t want the answers to.” It never helps anything to be in denial. My father was a role model for integrity, and my experience in Scouts reinforced the idea that a truly good and respectable man was someone who was trustworthy. I tried very hard never to make promises I couldn’t keep, and I definitely never made any idle threats. Most people could tell by the look in my eyes that I was more than willing to carry out the “negative reinforcement” that I was promising.
From an early age my life was one adventure after another. Scuba diving, sailing, mountain climbing, white water canoeing and rafting. Don’t forget skydiving, but that came later. I was lucky enough to go through life without much fear of anything. Keep in mind that fear is a symptom of ignorance. If you are afraid, the simple solution is to learn as much as you can about that subject. When you know what you are doing, the fear simply goes away.
– Michael Badnarik
Michael Badnarik 1954-2022
July 4th, 2023 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Special Guest Michael Badnarik
Who knows more about what it means to stand up for your rights and liberty than those who proudly, “Remember the Alamo!”
Michael has been studying and teaching the constitution for years, and always has something interesting to share. Look for him on all his new social media platforms!
Michael Badnarik has created a constitutional primer that will edify and entertain schoolchildren and seasoned libertarians alike. Good to be King: The Foundation of Our Constitutional Freedom presents a thoroughly readable explanation of how our constitutional republic should work, and how the system became broken in the fi rst place. 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. Anyone who believes in limited government—that is to say anyone who believes in liberty—will benefit from reading this book. If we wish to remain free, we must constantly question and challenge conventional views about the proper role of government in our society. Good to Be King will serve as needed ammunition for libertarians and constitutionalists committed to resisting tyranny in America. I commend Michael Badnarik for authoring a compelling text on the foundations of liberty in America. CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL, R-Texas
The Civil War wasn’t Dictionary.com defines civil war as “a war between political factions or regions within the same country”. That does not accurately describe the conflict that began here in 1861. The southern states seceded, which by definition is “to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union”. The southern states did exactly that, thereby forming a new country called The Confederate States of America. Therefore, that conflict was actually an international conflict between two distinct countries. There is a significant difference between a national and a federal form of government. When the colonies declared their independence from England, they established a federal form of government under the Articles of Confederation. Each state was considered sovereign and independent, and merely a joint member under the Articles. Very similar to the way we imagine the United States to be a member of the United Nations, while retaining our independence and unique identity. One important distinction of a federal form of government is that states can make their own laws which differ significantly from the laws of other states. This explains why you can gamble in Nevada, but not in Utah. Originally, the federal United States was referred to in the plural, as in THESE United States. When the Constitution was ratified, the United States adopted a more national flavor with a stronger, more centralized government. Eventually this national aspect of government was considered predominate, and people now refer to THE United States. Singular. It is incorrectly assumed by most Americans that any federal law supersedes any state law. The Tenth Amendment clearly refutes this fallacy.
Restore America Plan Roger Ebert was my favorite movie reviewer because every movie Ebert liked, I didn’t, and every movie he didn’t like, I did. He was a very consistent indicator for my movie going. I use the government as my barometer of truth in the same way I used Roger Ebert for movies. (In case I’m being too subtle, I’ve decided that the government is lying more often than not.) The government (via CNN) has openly accused members of The Restore America Plan as “extremists”. “A domestic extremist group has sent letters to more than 30 U.S. governors demanding they resign, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said in an intelligence note. The group behind the letters has a “Restore America Plan” that calls for the removal of any governor who fails to comply, the intelligence note said.” Barry Goldwater said “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue! Let’s examine for ourselves what these patriotic “extremists” want. You can find all of this on their website. Whereas we do not now, nor have we ever been possessed of a desire to relinquish any of our unalienable rights for the dubious benefits of limited liability or any other compelled revocable “privileges” of a subject-class citizenship of the United States, nor to relinquish every aspect of our lives to corporations posing as legitimate governments
Tree of Liberty “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” I am fascinated by the reaction people seem to have when they hear or repeat this quote. I believe they stand taller, breathe deeper, and their pulse may quicken with a surge of adrenaline triggered by their spirit of liberty and their dreams of freedom. Hearing the words, they mentally celebrate a victory over an oppressive government. Unfortunately, their imagined emotional triumph comes before their impending struggle for political survival even begins. To his credit, most people know that Thomas Jefferson is the originator of this pithy quote. It is taken from a letter he wrote in 1787 to William S. Smith, John Adams’ secretary and future son-in-law. Jefferson complains that British newspapers and pamphlets are deliberately spreading rumors that the colonies have degraded into total anarchy. This was the British justification for using soldiers to reestablish law and order. Jefferson argues that Shay’s Rebellion is being propagandized out of proportion. Daniel Shays led an armed group of poor farmers who were suffering from excessive debt and taxes, many of whom were being placed in debtor’s prison, and having their property confiscated by the government. Jefferson writes, “the British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, & what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. yet where does this anarchy exist? where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusets? and can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. they were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. god forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion.”