The NFH Manifesto
Initially written somewhere around 2010, I’ve backed off of most of these and boiled down what I’m pretty sure about to just a few sentences:
It is unlikely that anyone has a full and clear picture of the world. I can usually fix problems right in front of me.
Therefore, the only things worth doing are two-fold:
1) Improve myself, totally internal and not many people will notice, but my experience will be more enjoyable.
2) Improve those things within my capability, to the best of my ability.
Here’s the rest that I’m probably wrong about but was thoroughly convinced I was right at one time:
I’m writing this down so it’s clear in my head. Not to win any arguments, just to say here it is, man. Here’s me. If you don’t like it, suck it. Initially written in a flurry after convos with CR and Soon-Ah, I changed my position on a few pieces after talking with Greg Crouch. Nothing like a dude who has actually spent time thinking about this stuff to set you straight, thanks GC.
5, maybe 8% of America is actually at a point where they truly deserve and need health care beyond the care for the basic accidents and bad luck of life. Look, there’re some people it doesn’t make economic sense to take care of, but if you follow my rules, you take care of them.
They’re the crazy homeless, the retarded, the down, out, and wretched. They won’t contribute a thing to this country, but shooting them ain’t the right thing to do. For those folks I don’t mind putting money towards feeding a retard. Hell, with one twist of DNA it could have been me. I’m OK with that (feeding retards, I mean. Not being retarded.)
For the rest of you, get with the fucking program and take care of yourself. I’m fine with a national health care program for true emergency room service and that deals with the basic accidents and bad luck of life. However, there are plenty of situations where if you don’t get seen in 20 minutes you’ll be fine. Having a baby will not kill you. A broken arm will not kill you. Thinking you might die because you’re so sick…will not kill you.
If you’re fat, pay for your own health care. If you smoke, pay for your own health care. If you drink more than a glass of wine a night, pay for your own health care. God (or whoever you believe in) gave you a hell of a body to work with. Every one of you blessed children of Jesus (whatever, right?) can be ripped and hard, it’s in your damn DNA!
You were born to run down your food over unending miles of savannah, to jump on it and choke it to death, to enter fully into the circle of life. If, instead, you choose to sit in front of a computer and munch junk, it’s your own problem and you reap what you sow.
If you eat healthy (whether you believe in veganism or you rip into raw meat I don’t care) and you work out 20 minutes a day you won’t get sick as often, when you do you’ll heal up faster, and whether or not you have health care is your business.
If you choose to drink, or smoke, or eat McDonald’s and other garbage, pay for your own health care. No regulations, no telling a company what they can and can’t do (Jesus, what happened to a free market?) just pay your own way. It’s America and you can do what you want, but I sure as hell won’t be responsible for your sewer-rank habits.
If a company wants to provide health care, they can. If not, and you want it, don’t work for that company. It seems so simple.
What about children? Vaccinations, delivery, young orphans etc? Read on, but the basic thrust is: If you can’t afford ’em you won’t get to have ’em. The State (ooh, now we’re getting Orwellian) pays for orphans.
You’re expected to contribute 2 years of service. You have the right to vote. You pay taxes (10% flat income). You have the right to use national assets; the national forests, the roadways, the educational system, the protection (police and military). You are issued a pistol and a rifle and training when you earn citizenship, and you are expected to use them to defend your country. You’ll put in 2 weekends a year of civil service after earning citizenship. One of those weekends involves self-sufficiency, i.e. growing your own food, starting your own business, fixing your own car, and one of those weekends is an intensive 16 hour shooting course. We will not be a nation of defenseless video-game players.
If you don’t serve your time (2 years, you get paid room and board and $300/month) you face some significant consequence (to be determined.)
Every one who wants citizenship does 2 years of service, starting when you turn 18 or when you immigrate in. You can do it in the military or in civil service, but you’re doing 2 years. It doesn’t count to retirement, you get paid room, board and $300/month, and you can volunteer on to continue if you wish but you have to pass selection if you want to carry on, and selection is no fucking joke. Max time in is 20 years without a waiver from Congress.
Progressive tax rate. Folks who make under some basic wage pay far less in proportion than the rest of us who are making more than we actually need to survive.
Broad education (read blue collar plus basic STEM) grades 1–10. Learn how to think, then you’ll get facts. Physical education, arts, science, music all get equal share until you’re 18. No more than 4 hours in a classroom a day; the rest of the time should be outside or in a working environment. Basic pistol/rifle/shotgun marksmanship for everyone, as everyone will be expected to defend America if necessary. Basic self-reliance skills for everyone; how to build a 2 room house, how to fix your own car, how to grow your own food, how to kill and dress out an animal, how to prepare food.
I don’t know. I wish more people would just admit this. The world is an awfully big place for us to be responsible for, but we’re the richest and the best at doing military work, so it’s on us to step in to protect the national interest and maintain order. Not New World Order, you conspiracy geeks. Just going with the ol’ Spiderman idea: With great power comes great responsibility.
Renewable energy should provide at least 50% of America’s energy needs within 10 years, and 100% within 20 years. Oil, coal, natural gas and the rest of it banned within 20 years. Nuclear power is a maybe, there’re enough kooks on both sides of the issue to muddy the waters for me.
Focus on education and supporting programs that generate self reliance. Defense should be less than 10% of budget. Hell, that and my healthcare rules ought to free up enough money to pay teachers, firefighters, cops and military what they deserve; starting salary at $100k/year.
Military is all volunteer, difficult training, highly selective, small numbers, high quality. Mission is defense of the U.S., not offense against other nations. All citizens have the responsibility to defend America against invasion. You are issued a pistol and a rifle when you earn citizenship. They are yours to keep and carry, in public and/or private.
$2 billion a year to Pakistan? Are you fist-fucking me? We don’t do it. If you want to help foreigners, donate to a charity or go live there. First we take care of America, then we’ll take care of the rest of the world. Until we get this country on the right track, foreign aid is low on my priority list. Real low. Plus, if we stop poking our ignorant noses in other people’s shit they’ll probably stop getting so pissed off. Jealousy I can take; it’s usually ugly enough that it dies on the vine. Pissed off people tend to get active.
Now, I’ve since had some new ideas that revolve more around some heavy handed quid pro quo with foreign aid. The first rule is, if you want foreign aid from the US, you have to put birth control in the drinking water. The number one threat to the health of the planet is overpopulation, followed closely by ignorance.
You get 18 months of it for your whole life. It’s $4,000/month in 2010 dollars. If you go over 18 months of welfare, fuck you. No anchor babies. Just because you’re born on American soil to foreign parents doesn’t mean you’re American. Your parents don’t get shit because they had you here. You can come over after you’re 18 and go through the citizenship process like everyone else.
Laws and other bullshit, specifically gov’t intrusion
I’m not sure why gays aren’t allowed to marry (laws have changed since this was written), but I don’t think it’s right to stop people from doing whatever they want in their personal life. If dudes want to bang each other in the ass and wear a ring to show their devotion and fidelity, baby, I’m all for it; this is America, land of the free. Not land of the Christian crazy holier-than-thou knucklheads. If girls want an abortion it’s their body, not God’s or the country’s or some fat sweaty white guy preaching charity and driving a Cadillac. I certainly won’t stand for anyone telling me what my wife and I can get up to on our own goddamn time. Laws that poke their nose deep into people’s business are not welcome in my country, aside from the few important things listed here.
Laws lax and a clear path to citizenship for folks who’ve been here illegally. You might want to argue this, but you’re a fucking idiot; nobody, and I mean nobody will work as hard as an immigrant. They are what make America great.
Crime and Punishment
7 minor crimes or 3 major crimes and you’re shot. All Death Row inmates are shot within 24 hours of sentencing, preferably by military or police marksman who need the practice. No electrocution or gas or injection, all way too expensive and a waste of money. A bullet costs a few cents, so for less than a buck we can get 12 dudes some no-shit target practice and rid the planet of one more asshole. If you break the laws, fuck you.
Jail time over 3 years is equivalent to a death sentence; if we can’t rehabilitate in 3 years we’re doing something wrong or we’ve got a defective human. Either way, we’re going to get rid of the problem.
Teachers, Cops, Firefighters, and Military
Starting pay is $100k. Let’s make it competitive to take responsibility for others, and let’s reward those who take on the challenge.
Legalize ’em. If people want to fuck themselves up they can bear the responsibility for it. You know national health care won’t take care of ’em, not on my watch.
Birth control in the drinking water until we get the population down to 200 million or less. If you want to have a kid, it’s a $50,000 tax. Or, you can adopt. We have plenty of kids who need attention.
Term limits. Every politician must have their personal bank accounts & assets on the web for anyone who logs on to see. Totally transparent, realtime. If you want to serve this country expect to be a model citizen, and be able to prove it. I’m not talking Christian model, I’m talking American model, as in, I don’t care who you bang or what you do with your body as long as you can perform your job.
Stick to the Constitution as it was originally written with a few modifications (women and non-landowners can vote, no racial discrimination, no 3/5ths of a person bullshit, and every citizen except convicts can vote) and we’ll be OK. Any kind of violation of collusion laws or backdoor deals or the usual “I’ll trade you an energy plant for 1,000 votes” and you’re shot. The next day. Politics is serious business, and you should be willing to put your life on the line every day for what you believe.
Govenrment online, clear and transparent. Vote from home. Social security, welfare, military service, criminal record, and your citizenship status (citizen, visitor, foreigner, or immigrant) is online for anyone to see what you’ve put in and what you’re taking out. Driver’s license, building permits, small business (especially small business!) all of that shit should be online and easy, with the same basic template throughout the nation.
The Big Picture
Create the environment for self-reliant yet humane and humble people to flourish. Make it so America has well-educated (in the arts of self-reliance and self-sufficiency), strong, healthy, confident people who can help others if they choose but are under no obligation to do so. Make this country a place where everyone wants to be, and keep it that way. Be open to change and running right on the cutting edge, at the same time acknowledging the wisdom of age-old knowledge. Make it so speaking the truth is rewarded consistently and lying is acknowledged as reason for capital punishment. Create a magnet for the best, strongest, most peaceful (not wet-paper-towel-peaceful, but Zen master peaceful) smartest, kindest, healthiest damn people and the planet. Offer minimal but strong guidance, and be consistent.