Curt W. Raabe’s remarks to the Wilson County TEA Party
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Curt W. Raabe
April 22, 2009 | 3,402 views | 18 comments
The NAIS (National Animal Identification System) is a subject that should concern, not only farmers and ranchers, but everyone who eats, because the end result is that the price of everything will ultimately be affected. My thanks to the Wilson County News for publishing information about this program and keeping us informed.
As a result of some recent incidents of food contamination of peanuts with
salmonella and spinach with e. coli, consumers have chosen to seek out local
produce in some cases. Others aren’t that concerned, but what is important
is that consumers continue to be able to have those choices.
Currently, the NAIS program is voluntary in Texas. According to the Farm and
Ranch Freedom Alliance Web site, the current law in Texas allows the Texas
Animal Health Commission (TAHC) to make NAIS mandatory anytime it wants to!
The law gives the agency authority to mandate NAIS directly or through
existing disease-control programs or by using coercive methods to force
people into a so-called voluntary program. This law was slipped through in
2005 before any of us knew about NAIS!
Information from the FARFA (Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance) Website said
that NAIS never has been specifically approved by Congress. This massive
program, which will impact millions of people, should be addressed through
full and open debate, not snuck in through appropriations!
Another article, “Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy” by Murray
N. Rothbard posted on the Lewrockwell.com Web site said: “Businessmen or
manufacturers can either be genuine free enterprisers or statists; they can
either make their way on the free market or seek special government favors
We are hearing lately about socialism. Well socialism and fascism are right
next to each other on the political spectrum. In socialism, the state tries
to control the economy through state ownership of the means of production.
In fascism, the state tries to control the economy through public-private
partnerships and heavy government regulation. I encourage everyone to
contact your representatives and let them know how you feel about this
economy and what the government is doing to us, and thank Gov. Rick Perry
for supporting Texas’ sovereignty under the 10th Amendment.
In conclusion, I would like to read some excerpts of a 2008 speech by
Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. entitled “Everything You Love You Owe to
Capitalism.” It is posted in its entirety at http://www.mises.org.
“You are surrounded by the blessings of capitalism. The buffet table, which
you and your lunch partners only had to walk into a building to find, has a
greater variety of food at a cheaper price than that which was available to
any living person -- king, lord, duke, plutocrat, or pope -- in almost all of
the history of the world. Not even 50 years ago would this have been
“... We owe this scene to capitalism. To put it differently, we owe this scene
to centuries of capital accumulation at the hands of free people who have
put capital to work on behalf of economic innovations. ...”
“... And yet, sitting on the other side of the table are well-educated people
who imagine that the way to end the world’s woes is through socialism ....”
“... In short, the wish for socialism is a wish for unparalleled human evil.
If we really understood this, no one would express casual support for it in
polite company. ...”
“... Do the people sitting across the table really wish for this? Certainly
not. So what has gone wrong here? Why can these people not see what is
obvious? Why can’t people sitting amidst market-created plenty, enjoying all
the fruits of capitalism every minute of life, see the merit of the market
but rather wish for something that is a proven disaster? ...”
“... What we have here is a failure of understanding. That is to say, a
failure to connect causes with effects. ...”
“We can look at any country in any period and note that every bit of wealth
ever created in the history of mankind has been generated through some kind
of market activity, and never by governments. Free people create; states
destroy. It was true in the ancient world. It was true in the first
millennium after Christ. It was true in the Middle Ages and the
“There is another important factor here. The state thrives on an
economically ignorant public. This is the only way it can get away with
blaming inflation or recession on consumers, or claiming that the
government’s fiscal problems are due to our paying too little in taxes. It
is economic ignorance that permits the regulatory agencies to claim that
they are protecting us versus denying us choice. ...”
“... Our battleground concerns a domain of existence that is more powerful in
the long run. It concerns the ideas that individuals hold about how the
world works. ...”
“... And we are not merely talking here of knowledge for knowledge’s sake.
What is at stake is our prosperity. It is our standard of living. It is the
well-being of our children and all of society. It is freedom and the
flourishing of civilization that stand in the balance. Whether we grow and
thrive and create and flourish, or wither and die and lose all that we have
inherited, ultimately depends on these abstract ideas we hold concerning
cause and effect in society. ...”
These remarks were made to you from the heart on behalf of myself as a
private individual and not on behalf of any organization or in any of my
official capacities. Thank you.
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