When Michael Badnarik (constitutionpreservation.org) left Texas almost 5 years ago, I was bummed because I figured I wouldn’t ever have a chance to take his constitution class again. I was late to the liberty movement and seemed to miss some of the experiences that the veterans had. It turns out he is back in Texas. A few local patriots organized one of his classes in Richardson that I jumped on as soon as I heard about it.
His class was great. I spent most of the time smiling because I had an idea where he was going and I could tell the people around me were uncomfortable hearing some the information he put out there. I was uncomfortable with some of it. But he makes you think, and he makes you understand the context and degree of how screwed up the US government is. His delivery and non-PC, aggressive style of explaining this is the type of communication style I like the best. If you ever have a chance to hear him speak or take one of his classes, I can’t recommend it enough. All Americans need to hear and understand his material.
During a break, after he had reminded us that he doesn’t have a drivers license or a CHL or hasn’t filled out any tax forms in years, I asked him how I could increase my constitutional kung foo and be a little closer to his level, without risking being harassed all the time, spending time in jail, etc. He started with this story:
GROUCHO (to woman seated next to him at an elegant dinner party): Would you sleep with me for ten million dollars?
WOMAN (giggles and responds): Oh, Groucho, of course I would.
GROUCHO; How about doing it for fifteen dollars?
WOMAN (indignant): Why, what do you think I am?
GROUCHO: That’s already been established. Now we’re just haggling about the price.
Badnarik then explained to me that I was like the whore in that story, but maybe more like a slave. I realize what is going on, and I’m a party to it, and choose to let it happen to me because I see it as the easier path, and I didn’t seem to mind being a slave. He said the first thing you have to do is decide you aren’t going to be a slave anymore, then things start to fall in place.