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The Right Guy will be going through some personal renovations soon and it may be a good time to consider some renovations to The Right Guy blog as well. In the next few weeks there will be some changes in the W’s of this blog and hopefully a somewhat different attitude on my part. May be more gravitas in some areas, less in others. It seems every 6 months I get off track a bit and need a correction. In the coming weeks, there will be a correction, I promise you. ūüôā Anyway, as I always say, Freedom First, Freedom Last, and what I mean is the fight for liberty is never through until we rid our government of the stink of collectivism, socialism, and marxism, in all its guises, whether democrat, republican, or progressive greenie wingnut. Those that would use the government to enforce their views, to take your time and property, do so with the barrel of a gun pointed at your head. A government is supposed to protect it’s citizens natural rights, not enslave the population for the purpose of some oligarchical concern. There should be no social contract that destroys individual rights and personal responsibilities.

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Written by James Lagnese

September 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Where Has The Time Gone

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I’ve ben at this damn blog for over 6 months now and I finally realized, where had the time gone? Tempus Fugit as they say or Time Flees, which it has. In the this time I believe I have expounded my thoughts passably at times, but lately I find myself conforming to the republican¬†template¬†too much, following Team Geppetto’s lead in the malignant¬†populism¬†that both sides of the isle participate in, in order to manipulate us to their will. I think I have gotten away from my¬†original theme which is of course freedom. Yes nebulous, sacrosanct, misunderstood and least appreciated, freedom.¬†


I’ve often quoted Thomas Jefferson’s definition of liberty, which is “that each individual has ‘certain inalienable rights’…these rights exist with or without government; man cannot create, take, or give them away…rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant‚Äôs will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual…though government cannot¬†create¬†a right to liberty, it can indeed violate it. And the limit of an individual’s rightful liberty is not what law says it is but is simply a matter of stopping short of prohibiting other individuals from having the same liberty. A proper government…is one that not only prohibits individuals in society from infringing on the liberty of other individuals, but also restrains¬†itself¬†from diminishing individual liberty.” Without this, everything else is meaningless, feckless, and¬†irrelevant. Everything in one’s life¬†becomes a necessary tool for indentured servitude at the hands of someone else’s power.¬†

That being said, I have become a tool myself, to the templates popular social and economic fears. It’s not that there is nothing to be afraid or that there aren’t problems, but I won’t assist some greater political power get back in power. At the very least politics is a fickle mistress who easily forgets who paid her way but knows whose door to knock on when times are tough. It’s time to throw the harlot to the street. There is no right or left, just right and wrong. To that end I will be true to myself. Yes, there will be times when I will seem to insult, I will exact revenge with wit and a macabre yet dry sense of¬†humor. I will piss everyone off eventually. Everyone. The one thing I will never do is talk about my work, or talk about family anymore. Everything else is fair game.¬†

So let the games begin, to begin anew and begin they will. I may not post as often, but hopefully I will post better content and different as well. I promise that by my birthday I will publish at least one podcast. As always, thank you for reading my blog, and I hope you continue reading it, and I would hope to get a few more people on board. Thanks again.

The Right Guy

Written by James Lagnese

January 26, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Mid-West Pragmatism: The Response

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I received a response from Brian Gongol Earlier in the week. I¬†apologize¬†for not getting back to Brian and anyone else in regards to this subject. I will furnish below Brian’s email in it’s entirety and I will respond where I feel appropriate. Thank you Brian for responding to me.¬†¬†

“appreciate that you were listening yesterday, but I’m disappointed that you chose to criticize without digging a little deeper. In the process of comparing me to a pedophile and calling me a moron, you suggested outright that I would like the idea of putting GPS trackers on cars.

It just so happens that I wrote an essay four years ago proposing an alternative to the gas tax that specifically avoids the use of liberty-eroding GPS trackers:

http://www.gongol.com/research/economics/replacinggastax/

For what it’s worth, I suspect that you and I probably agree on a lot. But it’s really hard to be an advocate for small government when my own supposed comrades are out there saying “then again may be he likes grabbing his ankles”. You’re free to say whatever you like, but I’ll invite you to name one person in local radio who tries harder to advocate for liberty than I do.

– Brian Gongol

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Brian Gongol
Host, “The Brian Gongol Show” and “WHO Radio Wise Guys” on Newsradio 1040 WHO
http://www.gongol.com”

First off, I will say that my sense of humor has escaped Mr. Gongol (Unless you know me or hear me, this is understandable). Being from NY and having such comic influences as Carlin, Pryor, Hackett, and Clay, I will say my sensibilities are probably a little different than most people west of the Hudson River. 

I will admit I only get about 15-20 minutes to listen to what is normally the Steve Deace Show. That afternoon, what I did hear was Mr. Gongol’s¬†equivocation¬†on the subject of a carbon tax vs. an increased fuel tax. I would think unless you are left of center, a socialist or subscribe to Keynesian economics, I would think that most people, Mr. Gongol included, would eschew a carbon tax from the standpoint that man caused global warming is¬†rubbish. From what I have heard from him in the past, I have discerned that he is indeed an educated man. I will put forth this to Mr. Gongol: You said someone has to pay for it. How about calling for fiscal responsibility and cut backs? I am not an economist, my background is American History and Information Technology, but it would seem to me that not only are we spending more that we take in, but we are borrowing more to pay off the debt. While raising taxes is one way to solve the problem, the problem I have is that taxes are a tithe and based on where the money goes, an unwanted one. Moreover, in order for me, or anyone else to pay taxes, we have to work. Work takes time and time is a commodity that is both limited and the amount we have we never know and we can never get back once it is gone. To that extent, I see compulsory taxes, no matter how well intentioned or done “for the greater good” to be a form of indentured servitude. We cannot spend our way of of debt, and it is egregious to burden ourselves and future generations with more debt and taxes. To me, the trade off is not worth it, but then again, I am probably an anachronism. Most people seem to be fine with being bribed with their own money, labor and therefore time.¬†
As far as who fights for liberty more than you? I don’t listen to local radio all that much as I find it boring, with the exception of Steve Deace and J. Michael “Mac” McCoy. Steve would be more liberty oriented if Jesus didn’t get in the way, and Mac can be just nuts. More than me. When I think of proponents of liberty, I think of Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams. I¬†also¬†like Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand (if I were an economist, I’d probably think of Hayek, von Mises and Friedman). Who do you think of when you think of liberty? Thank you for responding to my post, I appreciate it.¬†
Jim
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Written by James Lagnese

January 3, 2009 at 8:07 pm