Who We Are

We are Simon Jester.

We are not anarchists.

We are not Far-Right or Far-Left.  We are the seventy percent in the middle.

We are not Capital “L” libertarians, although we do have sympathies with their platform.

We are neither bitter clingers nor conspiracy nuts.

What we are is a group of folks that think we see liberty and freedom eroding in our beloved United States.  We see the policies and agendas of the hirelings in Washington D.C. heading toward an abbreviation if not outright abrogation of the Bill of Rights.

We think that the Federal government is grasping to consolidate power using the current crisis, since as Rahm Emmanuel said, it’s a terrible thing to waste.  We think the Federal government, not just this administration, is more interested in self-serving personal, political, and party power than it is in actually doing its best to do the least.

This President didn’t make it this way.  It has been heading along this path since Woodrow Wilson held political prisoners and FDR held four terms as president; since Johnson’s Great Society and Nixon took us off the gold standard; since Bush Sr. lied about no new taxes, Clinton desecrated the Oval Office, Bush Jr. rammed through the Patriot Act, and Obama wanted every high school kid to ‘volunteer.’

For almost a hundred years, our country has been heading towards becoming a Socialist, centrally planned, Nanny State where the Federal Government tells it citizens how to conduct business, what they could grow in their own gardens or on their own farms, and now even how much a private citizen is allowed to earn before punitive and illegal taxation takes it away.

Now is the time to make it stop.

The Constitution of the United States of America tells us how our government is supposed to operate.  It tells us what powers they have been lent by its citizens. It even delineates what powers each branch of government is supposed to have.  Our Federal Government, all three branches, has over-reached.  Continually.

The Declaration of Independence told King George what we felt about the way he was treating the Thirteen Colonies.  It also told the world what we as Americans believed were natural truths about how government should work, with the consent of the governed.  It amazes us how many of the things the Colonies begged King George to address have raised their ugly heads in the present day.  We are taxed without our consent for government programs we don’t want. We are told that our natural resources are not ours to do with what we would.  We are even told that our property can be confiscated if the government thinks it can get a bigger tax base from a different owner.  Our elections are swayed by huge amounts of dollars and the willing collaboration of the old media giants.  More than that, our elections are influenced by unconstitutional law such as McCain-Feingold, communist groups such as ACORN signing up 200,000 illegal voters in Ohio, and terrorist groups like the Black Panthers staking our polling places such as in Philadelphia. And we, the legitimate voters of this country are forced to accept the results.

Our voice has been ignored, even to the point of telling the citizens of a state that a duly enacted and overwhelmingly voter-approved constitutional amendment would not be allowed to stand due to political correctness.

Our representatives have listened to us on occasion however; only to be overturned by a penstroke from the Executive Branch, like when we said we didn’t like the idea of bailing out the auto industry.

Our legislature has pretended to listen to us about our need to protect our country’s borders, but then come back and tried to tell us that they have changed their minds.  All the while trying to curry favor to their own districts with pork projects.

We flood D.C. with calls and letters and emails demanding that the administration not burden our grandchildren with huge government debt that will necessitate huge tax increases, but are told that our thoughts on the matter have no bearing because some things are just too big to fail; only to hear the same legislators come back a few months later and demand punitive taxes on those companies it gave money to against our wishes.

The current administration has appointed all of these extra-constitutional “Czars” to oversee what they view as problems in our country and in our world, including an avowed Communist.

This administration, as well as far too many legislators, clings to a philosophy of man-made global warming that is far from settled science and has decided that “Cap and Trade”, regardless of the huge burden that will place on the consumers, is necessary to limit carbon emissions.  The fact that it has been tried in Europe and FAILED to limit carbon emissions doesn’t matter because this program will generate huge tax dollars for the government while at the same time penalizing the consumers of energy in the form of higher energy bills.

Another thing that has failed in Europe and elsewhere is the idea of universal health care.  Yet still our government is racing headlong towards rationed medical procedures, diagnostics, medicines, and preventive care because it is yet another way to control the population.  It is very hard to tell the government “No” when you or your spouse, or your child, depend upon the government owned and run kidney machine, insulin shots, or cancer treatments.

And now our Federal government has asked for more power.  It isn’t even trying to hide it anymore.  They want the power to regulate to the point of confiscation the administration of every business in the United States, just for our own financial safety or course.  They want to regulate our salaries and compensation.  They want to bankrupt the coal industry, which provides eighty (80 !!) percent of all the power in this country.  They don’t want us to be able to drill for oil or natural gas.  But at the same time they don’t want to allow the transmission of power from wind farms or solar farms across the countryside because they say it will affect the natural beauty of the desert or they don’t want their view cluttered out past Martha’s Vineyard.  They want control of the means of production, the type of crops we grow, and the structure and location of the buildings in which we live. And, despite their protestation to the contrary, they want to disarm us. Too much has slipped out about that for them to be able to deny it any more.

And yes, we repeat, they now are asking for more power.  This isn’t just theft, it is a bloody strong-arm robbery with a knife in your ribs.

Now, here is where Simon Jester comes in.

This whole thing isn’t about the Democrats or the Republicans, because they are both taking us to the same place and they aren’t afraid of us anymore. It is about our Constitutional form of government.  The Rights were there before the words were written, for they are inherent in all people.  They don’t come from government; government, no matter how hard it tries, cannot dissolve them.  Now, here we the people are, having all these Tea Parties, trying to show our government that we, the seventy percent or so of the country who is right smack dab in the middle trying to raise our families and give our children better lives than we had, are tired of this grab for power.  These Tea Parties, where no one actually throws anything in the harbor, are getting hardly any coverage from the press.  In fact, the TWO counter protestors at the March Tea Party in Orlando got as much or more local coverage than the under-reported thousands who attended the rally.  So, short of actually committing acts of vandalism and felonious assault, how are we going to get noticed?

Simon Jester.  A symbol, since “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert A. Heinlein was published in 1966, of dissent against authority.   Let the press, and the government, and your neighbors know that you are paying attention to what the Federal government is trying to do.  Let someone ask you what that little devil underneath the word “Citizen” across your chest means and then explain it to them.  Explain to the one pool reporter who shows up at the next Tea Party that you and Simon have your eyes open and are watching as the government tries to control your life.  Explain to your pastor, or your waitress, or your barista at Starbucks, that our government is power hungry and that you and others like you are trying to be heard.

We are Simon Jester.  So are they.

And so are you.

Email, if needed: wyoh@simonjester.info


34 Responses to “Who We Are”

  1. Danimal Says:
    March 29th, 2009

    Are you pushing this blog on Twitter? If not, why not? If so, under which handle?

  2. That Devil Simon Says:
    March 29th, 2009

    Another fun question is… Do you know how difficult it could be to start a Simon Jester account on Twitter? I went through several variations of the name before I hit on this one.

    I’ll certainly be posting a link to this.

  3. Hank Says:
    March 30th, 2009

    The devil’s in the details. Thanks to Blackfive for pointing me in this direction.

    Semper Fi, Hank

  4. Striderweb » Blog Archive » I am Simon Jester Says:
    March 30th, 2009

    [...] …and so are you. [...]

  5. Rob Sermon Says:
    March 31st, 2009

    Your Manifesto is very conservative. I dare say it is not “middle”. Hoorah! If libertarians and conservatives form an alliance, we could return Our Country back to our founders vision. John Boener can’t get any time on the MSM, and they only show Ron Pauls buffoonish moments.

    I do cling to my Constitution, that I have sworn my oath to protect, and defend. That means that I will cling to God, my Family, my Constitution, and my Guns.

    Hank, Semper Fidelis! Sgt Bob

  6. Prof Says:
    April 1st, 2009

    Thanks Rob. We are not like some who would say “I don’t think” and refuse to treat with someone because of little details. Instead of labeling into ‘conservative’ or ‘libertarian’ we instead will treat with anyone whose goal is “Liberty.” We think that there are enough people who want to right the ship of state that we can at least get the boat headed in the right direction without beating each other with the oars because that guy is pro-abortion or that girl is a gun nut or any of that other crap that gets in the way.

    Details matter, yes. But when the ship is sinking, I ain’t gonna stop to ask the guy on the other side of the P-250 pump if he a Democrat or a Republican, you know what I mean?

  7. Larry Says:
    April 1st, 2009

    I wonder how many know what a P250 actually is…
    (retired Airdale squid knows)

  8. Cargosquid Says:
    April 2nd, 2009

    P250? Isn’t that what Seabees use to drain their swimming pools for the winter……..

    I am definitely linking and count me in. I second that question, also…. Will there be stencils……

  9. Redhead Infidel Says:
    April 2nd, 2009

    So I keep hoping one of these new citizen groups that are every day springing from the well of civil discontent and unrest will actually pan out – both in organization and influence. Will Simon-Jester be the one? I’m here to help and find out.

  10. Wyoh Says:
    April 2nd, 2009

    Well, I can tell you we’re committed. We’re not just stirring ourselves and our kids for the first time EVER to go to our local Tea Party event because we think it might be, eh, fun. But I can also tell you that we’re about at the limit of what we can financially handle… Prof writes, is eloquent, will speak if necessary. I am the designer of t-shirts, purveyor of technology, and write somewhat less eloquently than he does.

    But I don’t see our pissed-off-ness abating any time soon, if that’s what you’re asking. :) We’re more than glad to join forces with others of the same ilk (which in short are those angry at ALL politicians, not just the Blue ones), and retake our government.

  11. Redhead Infidel Says:
    April 2nd, 2009

    Wyoh, are you Liberty Girl? If so, I’m an old reader from TND and RachelLucas. I saw that LG had outed herself and immediately came over to see what fired her up enough to do that. Looks like a slow burn has erupted! So, yeah, I’m intrigued. Plus, I joined your new FB group – under my real name, of course. And that’s a little weird, tying my raging, foul-mouthed online pseudonym to my Real Self. I get it.

  12. Wyoh Says:
    April 2nd, 2009

    Yep, one and the same. I’ve been angry before, but now I’m ANGRY.

  13. Redhead Infidel Says:
    April 2nd, 2009

    Me too. There’s SO much I’m angry about, that I find myself unfocused and perpetually pissed off. It’s exhausting. I don’t know how Liberals stoked their rage and hatred for 8 years, but I’ll bet we can do it better.

    One thing I DO know: we’ll never change the Statists minds. They are socialists/communists/nanny-staters. They will never, ever change. Thus, this is a power struggle. It’s about who can organize better, who can get their people into positions of power, it’s about counting the costs of winning. The future of our nation is at stake – so no more Ms. Nice Guy. This Silent Majority bullshit has got to go.

  14. folly Says:
    April 5th, 2009

    Well, I’ve been reading both LG and the Line for a while now, and I have another one to link on my blog. Thanks for everything you guys do, and I look forward to supporting you as best I can.

  15. I am Simon Jester, and so are you. « I’m Mad As Hell and Can’t Take it Anymore! Says:
    April 8th, 2009

    [...] writes an engaging post describing who Simon Jester is and what he stands for.  You should read the whole thing, but here’s a little kernel of joy from this post: This whole thing isn’t about the [...]

  16. Perlucidus Says:
    April 10th, 2009

    I’ve been dusting off my old political theory books. Care to see how many people will listen?

  17. ccmfixit Says:
    April 12th, 2009

    I think our Congressmen and Senators should be referred to as: 2 Year Contract workers and 6 Year Contract workers. They are working (supposedly) for us and we should be able to fire them… I know they’re called elections, but with the amount of money they collect from lobbiests they’re almost forgone conclusions. They derive their power from us & we should let them know it.

  18. Roger Godby Says:
    April 12th, 2009

    If Congresscrud were to be so named, it would open a window for outsourcing them, saving Americans millions, billions, trillions! That would in turn allow us to become more productive and free.

  19. Last Angry Man Says:
    April 13th, 2009

    Prof, I have been a staunch believer in RAH since I was eight, and I am fifty now.

    Remember his statement about what constitutes a fully-functional man?

    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

    I can do all of these. Do I pass the test?

    Perhaps what the US REALLY requires is a new third party: the Heinlein Party, those of us who are sensible, pragmatic, functional, and prepared to go to the wall for our beliefes and standards. If so, please sign me up. I am already there.

  20. Lazarus Says:
    April 22nd, 2009

    My favorite quote: “Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.” – Notebooks of Lazarus Long
    I’m not an extremest – right or left – I believe in a persons right to say what it is thats on their mind, as long as my freedom regarding whether I listen or not is respected. I find government’s long-standing and recently accelerating efforts to infringe both of those rights to be disturbing.
    I agree w/ Last Angry Man regarding his 3rd Party comment (as well as the “fully functional man” quotation) – additionally, I have even run a P-250 to dewater compartments on naval vessels (our own and others) (BTW, they’ve shifted to P-100s now… Better pump and engine).
    Lastly, I’ve been a RAH fan for almost 30 years – love the site and the use of the premise. Prof – I know you said this effort on government’s part has been a long time coming, but the crisis we find ourselves in today is one in which our liberty is no longer being accidentally protected by two-party squabbles. Your namesake would have said that our greatest protection is an ineffective government – our greatest threat is when there are moments of lucidity and action on the part of that government (from either side of the political aisle).

    Keep up the great work!

  21. Drumwaster Says:
    April 22nd, 2009

    I’m probably gonna end up with a name starting with ‘G’ or ‘H’, but it’ll be worth it to get rid of Lunar Authority.

  22. Old NFO Says:
    May 23rd, 2009

    Well Said! I’m there with ya… Putting the symbol and link on my blog also.

  23. Agent of Chaos Says:
    June 11th, 2009

    As soon as I spotted this site I knew RAHs work was involved.

    Those who refuse to support and defend a state have no claim to protection by that state. Killing an anarchist or a pacifist should not be defined as “murder” in a legalistic sense. The offense against the state, if any, should be “Using a deadly weapon inside city limits,” or “Creating a traffic hazard,” or “Endangering bystanders,” or other misdemeanor.
    However, the state may reasonably place a closed season on these exotic asocial animals whenever they are in danger of becoming extinct.

    Natural laws have no pity

    You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.

    Now that I know this is here I will have to check it out more often.

  24. Quietcat Says:
    August 2nd, 2009

    In ADDITION to all other activities, might I suggest internalism? Local parties ARE starting to notice us, the grumbling minority in the middle of chaos. Whether by telling the truth or by deception, I believe it is VITAL that huge numbers of SJ suddenly find themselves appointed delegates at state and national conventions of BOTH parties.
    Imagine an exceptionally loud, militant, cap wearing “Rabble” that refuse to be removed from the floor at said conventions. That is where the rev. is going to start. Bring back the chicago 7

  25. Strangely Silent: De Doc... · At A Loss for Words Says:
    August 5th, 2009

    [...] do you call people who think like that?  Stumped, I talked with a friend of mine, who had the perfect solution:  ”Bill, we Loonies have just the word for those [...]

  26. Quietcat AKA Shorty MCcrum Says:
    August 11th, 2009

    or..you could go MY route. I write a regular column for a newspaper. Go Figure.

  27. Kinnison Says:
    May 7th, 2010

    Bob Heinlein practically raised me, and “Moon” is one of his best. Sadly, as with RAH’s citizens of the Moon of many races and cultures, I fear the Government has gone too far and become too elitist and oppressive to gracefully accede to its downsizing and loss of authority. I know what the Constitution says, but the “inside the Beltway” folks have not read or followed it for a very long time, and are narrowly focused on both their privileges and their increasing powers. Tom Jefferson may have been right when he opined, “A little revolution from time to time is a good thing”.

  28. Quietwolf Says:
    July 16th, 2010

    Sign me up!!!! Where do we get the “Liberty Caps”? Have been a big fan of R.A.H. all my life. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress and the book NOT the movie Starship Troopers are two of his best.

  29. BlueCarp Says:
    July 26th, 2010

    I am a Big L Libertarian. Apparently I am not Simon Jester. Well damn.

  30. Bernard Brandt Says:
    October 6th, 2010

    Dear Children:

    I address you thus, not because I consider you to be childish (Oh, rather the opposite!), but because I am an old man, full of years, and I consider you to be my true children, in whom I can take much pride.

    You have begun a good work, this process of taking back the country from those who would be tyrants. You would be and are free people, men and women, with those rights that all free people are endowed: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which should include the right to own, use, and dispose of their own property.

    You have also made good use of a legacy of our Grand Father, Robert A. Heinlein, Jr., in his immortal work, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Thank you for that. It was inspired.

    Nonetheless, I fear that I have some questions, which I believe need to be answered.

    1. Where is the smile?

    You have made stencils of Simon Jester, with horns, tail and crossed arms. This is a good beginning, and should be continued.

    But where is the smile? That crooked, sarcastic, ironic smile, that pokes fun at the Warden or his spiritual children, those who would be Warden over you? This smile needs to be, if only to show that you have so little concern over your would-be controllers that you can even smile at them.

    2. Where is the poetry and the scurrilous doggerel

    Our Grand Father, RAH, told us that when Simon Jester wrote his words and left his sign “on the subway stalls/ and tenement halls” (to quote from the poet), he also left a poem, or doggerel, as a jest. This also needs to be.

    In the belief that it is better to light one small stick of dynamite than to curse the silence, I offer the following limerick, if only to get the ball rolling:

    There once was a man named Barack
    Who suffered a panic attack
    When his call for a change
    Gave his lackeys the mange,
    Since his foes made the choice to change back!

    I fully expect you to do better than this. But you can do no less.

    3. Where is the learning?
    The main difference between the tragedy of the French Revolution of 1789 and the American Revolution of 1776 is that the Founding Fathers and many other citizens took upon themselves the task to become educated in ways of political theory that actually works. If we are to avoid the mistakes of the French Revolution, and enjoy the success of the American Revolution, we can ourselves do no less.

    With the thought that this might actually help, I suggest that you might want to look in the following web address:


    I think that you will find matter here to think on, and to help you to make good choices in the work that you are doing. If you find this to be good, I have other sources of knowledge that I may suggest.

    4. Where is El Profesor?

    This movement which you are beginning, if it is to be true to the vision of RAH, should also have El Profesor Bernardo de la Paz, if only for his quixotic courtesy, and his Socratic quality of being an inconvenient pain in the backside when the need arose. I note that you have one who calls himself ‘Prof’, and who has given you your call to action. If that one will continue to write on your behalf, I will withdraw this proposal.

    But if you need one who will take the part, I would be happy to act and to write on your behalf.

    In that hope, I sign myself (as I am not of the stature of El Profesor Bernardo de la Paz)

    -El Profesor, Bernardo de la Guerra

  31. Dan Says:
    April 13th, 2011

    Amendment 28 – Linking benefits of Federally Elected Officials to Service Members
    1. No federally elected official, nor their staff members, shall receive compensation greater than the highest paid Non-Commissioned Officer actively serving in the United States Military.
    2. Congress shall pass no law increasing the pay rate or grade of military personnel, which shall benefit their pay, without it being applied equally to the pay rates of all military personnel.
    3. Elected federal officials shall receive retirement for their public service according to the military system of 2 ½% per year of service, with a maximum of 75% of their highest pay, without regard to the number of years service.
    4. Elected federal officials shall only be entitled to the same medical system and treatment as provided our veterans through the Veterans administration or succeeding agency.
    5. Pay shall be withheld and forfeit during any period of continuing resolution or when a full Federal Budget is not in effect.
    6. This amendment shall apply to all serving elected officials, and their staff members, upon first reelection after this article becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

  32. Starlight One Says:
    April 18th, 2011

    We either must return to the vision of our Founding Fathers and right the ship of state, or we must pull a FTL stardrive out of our back pocket and leave. Unfortunately, the latter isn’t happening anytime soon. We must do item number one.

  33. DavidB Says:
    November 8th, 2011

    “Perhaps what the US REALLY requires is a new third party: the Heinlein Party”

    Or perhaps “The Polite Society”?

  34. Bill G Says:
    November 12th, 2012

    It was a link on Instapundit that cued me here… thanks, Glen. I wish I had the eloquence to claim the name “Adam Selene” but the best I manage is around the level of Simon.


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