I Went To Austin To See The King – about Liberty

Falster Arms - King of Liberty
Ancient Arms of Falster

The turbulations and their implications in this life are often perplexing to me. To mention one of them – that I often ruminate over – is concept of LIBERTY, the perceptions of, or connotations of the word.

The bulk of the populace of any country – especially the USA  – are as ignorant of political reality as they are of the pending change of the moon phase. The moon goes on its course through the sky, all life on this planet is affected by it; but, while our countrymen may see it, most can only tell you: oh, that is the moon, there is a moon, it appears at night – right?.  Our artificial world and life culture hides the validity of the moon by its night time light pollution, just as our artificial life style hides or blinds our ability to observe the course of our culture and what is happening to the word Liberty.

Although there must be some law that rules the celestial bodies, few can tell (elaborate)what it is, if they ever consider the implications of it’s absence or changes. Just as there must be some law(s) that rule our lives, few are even interested in what they may be or the implications of these changes.

Recently the impact of proposed changes in our laws has threatened my way of life and the lifestyles of those of my ilk (farmers and ranchers.) My intent here is not to lay out that specific issue nor the way the economy and culture would be affected by it’s inactment, but rather to point out where you and I are in the grander philosophical scheme of political ignorance and its implications for you both now and hereafter.

Now, because of my background in state and local politics, I know a fair amount about lobbing state legislators – knowing how to find out what generally makes them tick. In 2007 a piece of legislation was introduced that was to extend the reach of a State regulatory agency that was seeking greater financial compensation at the expense of the family farm and increase its already over bearing meddling  – the Texas State Animal Health Department. So, I volunteered to travel to Austin at my wife’s expense and spend a couple of valuable days lobbying against its passage. My accommodations were at a cattle customer’s home in the suburbs South of the Capital, a small bedroom with a twin bed.

After getting an overview of the Bill’s repugnant issues in hand (some talking points) and a schematic of the office and floor plan of the member’s offices, I sat out in search of the members I figured I could be most effective with, namely my own State Representative and State Senator 1st, then the Committee Members of the House and Committee Member of the Senate that had review and over sight of the pending legislation (and very importantly – their staffers.) After this was accomplished I planned to meet and gland hand whomever the Lord might put in front of me during any remaining time I might have.

I had my own farm and family story to tell about the issue and intermingle it with the facts against the proposed legislation.  My story included a short family history that was designed to quickly establish a simple empathy and locality for that issue – based on state pride and family virtue. And this is the crux of my illustration.

As I made my way through my list I eventually settled in a chair in the office of the then State Rep from Tyler. She was smiling, listening and interacting with me as I got my point across, it went something like this:

Ms. B, my daddy was born in El Paso, and flew fighter plans in the Second World War, he loved our State and its environment. He reared me in Middle Tennessee where he practiced law and like you ran for the State Legislature. I grew up setting at the supper table listening to stories of the Texas freedoms and openness he enjoyed as a youth.  All I life I have dreamed of moving to an making my life in Texas. After my career I moved my 6th generation Texan wife back to Texas so we could experience those liberties daddy so eloquently spoke of, (here she jumped in with both feet), “OH YES, WE TEXANS LOVE OUR LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS!”

I smiled and replied simple, yesum, but what is free in Texas anymore, what do we have that represents freedom anymore? Then I shut up and waited for a reply – we sat there in silence a little bit.

That night, back in my small bed, I relived most of my interviews looking for strengths and weaknesses in each conversation. I had made a point with the members I had spoken with, and since then continue to attempt adding to the list of liberties, which is a short list: freedom to go to church where we will.

I know the word Freedom is used in the plural but only one item pops up. There is a list of liberties guaranteed in the Amendments section of the US Constitution but these have all been touched by some bureaucratic or judicial arm of the Empire in some way shape or form now.

So, after months of contemplation I decided that I should consider the corollaries to my question; what isn’t free in Texas – or anywhere else in these United States?

A partial Listing of American Taxes

  • Accounts Receivables Tax
  • Airport Tax
  • Automobile Registration Tax
  • Building Permit Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • CDL Drivers License Tax
  • Cigarette Tax
  • Corporate Income Tax
  • Court Fines (Indirect Taxes)
  • Dog License Tax
  • Estate Tax
  • Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
  • Federal Duck Hunting Stamp Tax
  • Fishing License Tax
  • Food License Tax
  • Food Handler Certificate Tax
  • Food (Commercial) Kitchen Tax (percentage of gross receipts!)
  • Fuel Permit Tax
  • Gasoline Tax 42+ cents per gallon)
  • Hunting License Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Interest Expense (Tax on the money)
  • Inventory Tax (retail)
  • Inventory Tax (wholesale)
  • IRS Interest Charges (Tax on the Top of Tax)
  • IRS Penalties Tax on Top of the Tax)
  • Liquor Tax
  • Local Income Tax
  • Luxury Tax
  • Marriage License Tax
  • Medicare Tax
  • Parking Meters
  • Property Tax


  • Pornography Tax
  • Prostitution Tax
  • Real Estate Tax
  • Septic Permit Tax
  • Service Charge Taxes
  • Social Security Tax
  • Road Usage Taxes (Truckers)
  • Sales Taxes
  • Recreational Vehicle Taxes
  • Road Toll Booth Taxes
  • School Tax
  • State Income Tax
  • State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
  • Telephone Federal Excise Tax
  • Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
  • Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
  • Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
  • Telephone Recurring and Non-Recurring Charge Tax
  • TelephoneState and Local Tax
  • Telephone Usage Charge Tax
  • Toll Bridge Taxes
  • Toll Road Taxes
  • Traffic Fines
  • Trailer Registration Tax
  • Utility Taxes
  • Vehicle License Registration Tax
  • Vehicle Sales Tax (Every time a Vehicle Changes Hands)
  • Water Craft Registration Tax
  • Wheel Permit Tax
  • Workers Compensation Tax

Now, The operative word in this list is partial. Seems there is no end to the creativity of the bureaucrat and the International Corporation’s drive to enslave even themselves in a web of strangling taxes and regulations designed to dishearten, defeat and or destroy individual initive, responsibility and productivity.

So what does political ignorance or the title “I went to Austin to see the King” have to do with this? Well I think it has to do with getting what you desire, and inspecting what you expect.

Because of the way most Americans act, they may as well live under a King – as they elect politicians mostly for life, irrespective of their actions against the voter’s best interests. Amazing to me!

Let’s just say you (or someone you know) is a voter in the political process.


Just a thought now: perhaps you have noticed that in spite of the candidate selection process, the nature in all traditional values of ethics, morality, economics, education, arts and such, continues in the same declining direction. Does that mean that you are electing Democrats running on the Republican Party Ticket? Or does that mean that only Socialistic Liberals are running for office?

More likely it means that you are electing what you really want – a lie; something for nothing, mediocre leadership. Perhaps it means you really want cute slogans and hairdos, charming smiles and youthful good looks, rather than honesty, strength and honor.

As an  Election Judge in Wood County Texas I observe that our voters (the few we have) spend more time and effort over at the DQ researching a football team’s players statistics than they do a candidate that is taxing them (and their children) into slavery.

I wish I could close this short illustration on a positive note, all I can think of is a plea GOD HELP US few productive people, and GO RON PAUL for the sake of us few productive people.

Oh, I will close on another too – I gotta go milk our family milk cow, we drink Raw Milk here on Falster Farm – for our health’s sake. Hey what’s the difference between Billboards with the “Got Milk?” cuties’ white mustache touting the wholesomeness of dead milk and the real (raw) milk I’m enjoying? But thats another story.

Got Dead Milk?

“The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left .”
Ecclesiastes 10:2