THE ASTERISK

I describe myself as an activist for individual rights, an advocate of peace through mutual tolerance if not acceptance, and a champion of social justice through personal responsibility.

I am an activist against the creation of "rights" through coercion of others, peace through capitulation, and social justice manifested as hatred of those who assert individual rights.

I have a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management, (University of Maine, 1977) - the education required of state wildlife biologists and game wardens. I majored in the science of environmental ecology (a subject distinctly different from environmentalist politics without the science). I am a Registered Maine Guide who has hiked and hunted and fished and canoed and boated and lived in the northern Maine woods since the mid-1970s, a transplant from the western mountains of Maine.

I lay serious claim to the titles of Activist, Advisor, Advisor to the Administration, Economic Advisor, Political Advisor, Constitutional Analyst, Legal Analyst, Foreign Policy Analyst, Media Analyst, Military Analyst, Cryptanalyst, Linguist, Expert, Academic Expert, Unnamed Source, Strategist, and more... not that anyone listens, but I am as qualified as anyone named in the news media to assume any of these monikers. How can that be? I’m active all the time, even sometimes an agitator, I analyze and advise and strategize, I’m an expert and a source, and, yes, I’m a cryptanalyst. The beneficiaries of my activism, analysis, and advice are those who read my commentary and advice on these pages.

I'm as much an expert on things political and philosophical as Chomsky, Chopra, and many other darlings of the broadcast media. (Just as with me, Chomsky and Chopra each have a formal education in something far removed from the meaning of the U.S. Constitution. It's plain to me that I have read it and they have not, so I claim a greater expertise in that hallowed document than they can.)

I scoff at news media reports that quote “experts” without naming them. I’m equally unimpressed by reports that credit “unnamed sources”, “legal analysts”, “political advisors”, and the like. I’m analyzing politics and laws and the media all the time. I write letters to elected officials giving my advice. I’m an expert on quite a few things, especially in dealing with the messes created by “enabling legislation”. And this web site is my political activism.

The government of the USA was designed not to be a religion that could only be interpreted by high priests. It was designed to be understood by anyone. I do my honest best to understand law as handed down, and I refuse to employ a cadre of lawyers to help me make it through an average day.

Those in state legislatures around the country and in the Congress of the USA who have any respect for the insane complexity of current law and who are willing to muck it up further do not have my respect. Government was not meant to identify all the problems I didn’t even know I had and point out all the offenses that I didn’t imagine have ever been committed against me. I don’t need that kind of help, and I especially don’t need government's solutions to all those non-problems. I believe in the complete ineptitude of a government to solve any problem except its practitioners’ re-election or re-appointment.

No one in government takes my advice, nor the advice of others with a lot more influence in publishing and commentary - voices such as Ann Coulter, George Will, Bill Kristol, William F. Buckley, Jr., Robert Bork, Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand. But I cannot remain silent in the presence of so great a travesty as the federal government's and the Maine government's failures each to meet its simple obligations. Like Cindy Lou Who, I add my voice.

1 October 2005
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