The Naked Truth

***Authors note*** This may be long for some readers but consider this. It took me a week of researching and three days to write this. So an hour or so of reading time is inconsequential in comparison to the importance of you learning these facts.

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’ve been holding back on you. I’ve been talking about the abuse of power and the loss of rights, (which are all quite serious issues), but I have not been telling you the whole truth. I figured that it was difficult enough to get you interested in the simple fact that our government is overstepping the limits imposed upon it by the Constitution and infringing upon your rights. It was logical for me to conclude that if you wouldn’t believe, or care about that then you definitely wouldn’t believe what I’m about to tell you.

If you have been reading my articles then you have heard me use the terms shadow government and you have also heard me call our representatives puppets for men behind the scenes who really run things in this country. Well, if you can handle it, I’m about to try to explain who these people are, how you have become their slaves, and how long this battle has been going on.

Before I begin you have to understand what it means to be really and truly free. Freedom is not just the ability to do and say whatever you will. Freedom also means to be free of any control over yourself and your property. To be free what you own must be yours and yours alone. Just to give you a quick example, if you take out a loan for a car who is it that owns that car? Do you? Try not paying back the loan and see how long you retain possession of that car. The bank owns it until you pay it off. You might think you are free to do certain things, but you are not free from debt. Keep that thought in mind as we go along.

Going back to before the time of the American Revolution there has been a battle going on between those who wished to see this country free and those who wished to see it enslaved. By enslaved I don’t mean in shackles, instead I mean enslaved to bankers who profit from your labor like parasites.

If you remember anything about the causes for the American Revolution it will probably be the saying ‘taxation without representation.’ Sure, that was one of the things that upset the colonists, but it wasn’t the only thing. Jefferson listed many of the grievances in the Declaration of Independence, but it was Ben Franklin we must turn to if we want to know what the final straw was the led to the colonists seeking independence.

Prior to the initiation of hostilities between England and the colonies Franklin was in England and was asked how the colonies were able to collect the taxes required to care for the poor. Franklin answered that “We have no poor houses in the Colonies, and if we had, we would have no one to put in them, as in the Colonies there is not a single unemployed man, no poor and no vagabonds.”

The English were astounded and asked how that was possible, to which Franklin responded, “It is because, in the Colonies, we issue our own paper money. We call it Colonial Script, and we issue only enough to move all goods freely from the producers to the Consumers; and as we create our money, we control the purchasing power of money, and have no interest to pay.”

It was shortly thereafter that Parliament passed a series of Currency Acts limiting the Colonies ability to print their own money. This, according to Franklin, was the real cause of the Revolutionary War, “The refusal of King George 3rd to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, was probably the prime cause of the revolution.”
That is why, when our Founders drafted the Constitution, they implicitly made it the power of Congress to coin money. They wanted to ensure that we would never be beholden to, as Madison called them, the money changers. But even in the very beginning of our republics existence there were those who felt that the English version of things was better for America than the vision proposed by men like Jefferson and Madison. These people also felt that it was best for America to be indebted to the banks rather than have the ability to produce its own currency.

Chief among those who favored a national debt and a central bank to issue and control our currency was Alexander Hamilton, whose face now graces our ten dollar bill. It is said by some that he was an agent of the bankers, particularly the Rothschilds, but regardless of whether that the difference of opinion between him and Jefferson in regards to currency, debt, and the scope and powers of government were what led to the formation of the first political parties in America.

Before I go any further I need to make clear that when I say ‘bank’ I’m not talking about your local branch of Bank of America. These are mere holding facilities and distribution centers for the big banking houses that control the flow of money in this country, and the biggest banking house in the country, the Federal Reserve Bank. But more on that later.

As good a man as our first president was, did not heed the warnings of his Secretary of State, (Thomas Jefferson) and his Attorney General, Edmund Randolph who felt a national bank was unconstitutional, instead Washington followed the advice of Hamilton and signed into law a bill creating the First Bank of the United States. By the end of its twenty year charter our nation’s economy was in a shambles and Congress declared its intention to go back to a state issued value based currency in which the people paid no interest to the bankers.

This enraged Nathan Rothschild who demanded, “Either the application for renewal of the charter is granted, or the United States will find itself involved in a most disastrous war.” Congress still refused to renew the charter to which Rothschild declared, “Teach those impudent Americans a lesson! Bring them back to colonial status!”

At the time this was happening the Prime Minister of Britain, Spencer Perceval was opposed to war with the U.S. because most of his military was engaged in the Napoleonic War. He was concerned that if England went to war with the U.S. they might not prevail. Fortunately, or was it more than coincidence, Perceval was assassinated and replaced by Robert Banks Jenkinson who was supportive of war with the U.S. Subsequently we found ourselves engaged in the War of 1812 and although we won the war we found ourselves in so much debt that we established the Second Bank of the United States.

Who was this Nathan Rothschild, a man so impudent as to demand to the United States that it renew the charter for the national bank? Nathan Rothschild was one of the five sons of Mayer Rothschild. Mayer Rothschild was a prominent Jewish banker who spread his empire by establishing his five sons as heads of major banks in Frankfurt, Vienna, London, Naples and Paris.

I could go on and on about how the Rothschild’s influenced affairs across the globe but much of what is written about them is so secretive that it is hard to substantiate. There are but three things you really need to know about the Rothschild family. First is that unlike many banks of the time the Rothschild banks were impervious to attacks upon their wealth. The way in which their assets were held and distributed placed them beyond the reach of angry mobs and almost beyond the reach of monarchs.

Secondly, the Rothschild family were very secretive about their wealth. Today when we think of someone who is super rich the names Bill Gates or Warren Buffet come to mind. But the Rothschild’s make these guys look like paupers in comparison to the extent of their wealth.
And finally, this is the most important thing to remember about them, Mayer Amschel Rothschild declared, “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.” Now why is that particular quote so important? Well what is a bank? Is it simply someplace you deposit your money for them to hold until you need it? How could it profit if that were the case? No, a bank is a lending agency that loans money out, at interest, to others. And who borrows and spends the most money? Why governments. So if a bank can control the money of a country, it can control the country. As long as the government remains indebted to the banks it will do their bidding. It is that simple.
So, at the time in history when America gained its independence, and its ability to coin its own money, the Rothschild family had its tentacles spread over most of Europe, controlling the money supply, and therefore the governments of, most of the European nations. If America could prosper without a central bank issuing, controlling, AND profiting from its currency, then it posed a serious threat to all the central banks across Europe.

That is why, years later during the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln decided to print his own money, (Greenbacks), the London Times reported, “If this mischievous financial policy, which has its origin in North America, shall become endurated down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce, It will become prosperous without precedent in the history of the world. The brains, and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That country must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe.”

There you have it, their end game, to destroy us economically so as to keep us perpetually in debt so that they can profit from our suffering. James Madison warned us that “History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance.”

America had been brought to heel once again and had its Second Bank of the United States. But then along comes Andrew Jackson, who is the ONLY president in our nation’s history to completely pay off its national debt. Jackson knew the dangers of being enslaved to banks and it was he who called them a den of vipers.

Jackson was successful in defeating the central banks, but our nation was not without its monetary problems in the subsequent period free from a National Bank. However, public mistrust over central banks, and banks in general. made it a tough sell for the re-establishment of any kind of banking institution to create and control our nation’s monetary supply. That is until 1913.

Before I continue, have you ever heard of the Hegelian Dialect? It can be described in many ways, but the description I have found works best is that if you want to accomplish something that the people are generally against you have to find a way to force them into accepting it willingly. So what you do is you create a crisis of some kind. When the people become panicked enough they will demand that something be done to alleviate the crisis. That is when you offer your proposal, one which they would never have accepted were it not for the crisis. Then they willingly accept what you offer because it solves the problem.

The Hegelian Dialect, if you look at things, can be applied to almost anything that is going on around you today. They want to pass stricter gun control laws, create more instances, or at least maximize the coverage of violent shootings so that people fear guns. Then they will accept stricter gun laws. You want to take a nation to war, create fear about a supposed boogie man; be it Saddam Hussein and WMD’s in Iraq or ISIS right now in Syria. Create enough fear the people will support a war anywhere.

Well prior to 1913 the bankers had no control over our nation’s monetary supply. They had to find a way back in so they could once again profit from the debt they created. Enter their use of the Hegelian Dialect. In 1907 Paul Warburg published an article in the NY Times that cautioned Americans to reinstate a central bank to ward off any bank runs, and subsequent crashes of our financial system. This placed the seed of an idea into the minds of the American people. They were yet loathe to do so, but the idea had been planted. Now all they needed was a crisis to prove that they were right, America needed a central bank to stabilize its currency.

Soon enough they got it. When the panic of 1907 came along fueled by a short selling scheme on the stock of United Copper the stock market went into turmoil. Investment brokers friendly to J.P. Morgan and Paul Warburg began yanking their money out of Wall Street causing stock prices to drop almost 50%. Enter J.P. Morgan who, along with a few friends, offered to infuse the system with their own private funds to stabilize the situation. But the damage had been done, and it had all been planned beforehand. The people were now frightened and demanding something be done. Hence, the Creature from Jekyll Island.

In the wake of the panic of 1907 Congress established a commission to determine a means to prevent further such economic crises. At the head of this commission was one Nelson Aldrich, who coincidentally was also friends with Morgan and Warburg. Aldrich toured Europe for almost two years studying their central banking systems, spending millions in the process, and yet never filed a report of his findings.

It wasn’t until 1910 that Aldrich gathered together his little coterie of scoundrels and held a conference at Jekyll Island. Among those who attended this meeting were; Abraham Piatt Andrew, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury; Frank Vanderlip, president of the National City Bank of New York who represented the Rockefellers; Paul Warburg, whose family also represented the Rothschilds in Europe and who had just 3 years prior called for another central bank in America; Benjamin Strong and Henry Davidson of J.P. Morgan Company along with Charles Norton the head of Morgan’s First National Bank of New York. These powerful men represented almost a quarter of the wealth of the entire planet, and they all gathered together to formulate a plan for America.

What they came up with was the blueprint for the Federal Reserve System. Knowing that the people still harbored distrust over central banks they called it the Federal Reserve to give people the impression that it was government owned and operated, but it would be anything but that. The Federal Reserve may have its Chairman selected by the President, but that is as close to being a federal institution as it gets.
When Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act it created another central bank that not only produced our nation’s currency, but also regulated its value by the amount of currency it introduces into the economy and by the raising and lowering of interest rates.

To ensure its passage the Federal Reserve Act was voted upon when many of the members of Congress were away from our nation’s capital during the Christmas recess. Even so it was not without opposition. Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. stated, “This [Federal Reserve Act] establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President [Wilson] signs this bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalized…the worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill.”

Years after signing the bill, President Wilson would regret his decision and state, “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

A decade after its passage Congressman Louis T. McFadden would argue, “The Federal Reserve banks are one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever seen. There is not a man within the sound of my voice who does not know that this nation is run by the International bankers.”

Although it may sound like the FED has all this money sitting around that they loan out, they have no reserves, they create money out of thin air; “When you or I write a check there must be sufficient funds in our account to cover the check, but when the Federal Reserve writes a check there is no bank deposit on which that check is drawn. When the Federal Reserve writes a check, it is creating money.” This from the Boston Federal Reserve Bank.

Why is this such a crime? Well listen to the words of Sir Josiah Stamp, who was director of England’s central bank for years, “Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits.”

Not only did they create a banking monstrosity that is able to depreciate the value of the money in your wallet but they also decided to put the people of this country on the hook for the money loaned to our government by this evil entity. During the same year the Federal Reserve Act was signed into law the Constitution of the United States was amended to allow for the government to tax your earnings to pay for its services and pay off the national debt. Prior to the ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913 your income was not taxable, 100% of it was yours to keep.

Now, not only do they tax your earnings, the value of your money continues to decrease, meaning that it takes more of these Federal Reserve Notes to buy things. It is not that the price of goods has gone up so much as it is the spending power of the money you earn has gone down. That is the true nature of inflation. They could always print more money and pay you more, but all that will do is cause the value of that money to go down even further, requiring that you pay more of it for the same goods. That is inflation.

What is the consequence of the money you earn not being enough to buy the things you desire? You borrow. The more debt you own the more the banks profit from your suffering. Its’ not just private debt that these people worry about, it is government debt as well. Your personal debt only ensures that you remain in servitude to them to pay your bills, but it is government debt where they hit the jackpot. And what is the one thing governments do that cost the most? Simple, go to war. If you took the time to research our nation’s history you will find that after every war our country was deeply in debt.

Every so often you see a glimmer of the truth in Hollywood movies. In the film the International there is one such moment. The character Umberto Calvini is explaining to Clive Owens and Naomi Watts the nature of banking. In the film he states, “The IBBC is a bank. Their objective isn’t to control the conflict, it’s to control the debt that the conflict produces. You see, the real value of a conflict, the true value, is in the debt that it creates. You control the debt, you control everything. You find this upsetting, yes? But this is the very essence of the banking industry, to make us all, whether we be nations or individuals, slaves to debt.”

Smedley D. Butler was a Major General in the United States Marines who is famous for writing a book describing how war is a racket. From it I quote, “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints.”

If you look beyond what you are taught in history about the wars this country has undergone since the passage of the Federal Reserve Act you might find yourself questioning the justification for the United States becoming involved in any of them.

Prior to World War I Germany was becoming an economic power that threatened the economic stability of Europe, particularly England. This jeopardized the Bank of England. When the National Socialists, (NAZI’s) came into power the first thing they did was to issue their own currency, not that printed by a central bank. Muammar Gaddafi threatened to sell oil to whomever would buy it not using U.S. dollars and threatened the stability of the dollar as a global economy.

Even during our own Civil War the banking interests of Europe supported the Confederates in the hope that they would defeat the North and put an end to Lincoln issuing his greenbacks. Lincoln himself said, “The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe. [As a most undesirable consequence of the war...] Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed.”

Now I’m not saying these are the only reasons we have gone to war, but they certainly are worth considering when it comes to our current discussion.

Unfortunately this was not the extent of the damage done to our Republic. These bankers had lost two opportunities to control a great nation’s monetary system, they weren’t about to lose it again. For them to retain control over our country via their control over our economy they must also control the government and the information the people are told about what is happening around them.

United States Congressman Oscar Calloway, (D) from Texas told us how they gained control over the news we are being told, “In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press. … They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”

I have talked about this before in prior articles, I only show this quote to provide you with the name J.P. Morgan again to show that these people are all working together in a systematic plan to completely control this country. How they achieved control over our government is a bit more lengthy a discussion.

Up until this point I have reserved my discussion to the economic control over our country. Yet these people also control our government as well. You may think that since we still have an election process and that you can go to the polls and cast a vote for your choice of candidates that we have a free election as well. I’m here to tell you that isn’t so. They control that as well. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter warned us, “The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes.” In 1954 Senator William Jenner declared, “Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system, another body representing another form of government, a bureaucratic elite which believes our Constitution is outmoded.”

The first attempt at control over us came at the end of World War One with the failed League of Nations which would exercise dominion over all sovereign member nations. When the bankers saw that America would not go for such a blatant attempt to subvert America’s sovereignty they tried something different, a more subtler approach.

It was suggested that a set of twin think tanks, groups who on the surface appear only to offer opinions on matters of global importance, be established, one in Britain and one in America. The one in Britain is called The Royal Institute of International Affairs and the one in the U.S. is called the Council on Foreign Relations, or CFR for short.

So, in July of 1921 the CFR came into being with some of its founding members being one J.P. Morgan, John Rockefeller, and Paul Warburg. Hmm, do those names sound vaguely familiar to you? Remember what Oscar Calloway said about how they gained control of the media, well the CFR was their modus operandi for gaining control of our government as well.

How they control our system is simple and explained by author Jonathan Vankin, “Since its founding… the CFR has been the preeminent intermediary between the world of high finance, big oil, corporate elitism, and the U.S. government. Its members slide smoothly into cabinet-level jobs in Republican and Democratic administrations. The policies promulgated in its quarterly journal, Foreign Affairs, become U.S. government policy.”

Just to give you a short list of some of these CFR members who are, or have been, in key positions in our government, here are a few names you may be familiar with: Timothy Geithner, Alan Greenspan, Henry Kissinger, Condoleeza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Supreme Court Justices Bader-Ginsberg and Breyer, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Dick Cheney. And getting back to what Oscar Calloway said about the media being controlled, the CFR also has members in key positions in the media as well. Katie Couric, Bill Moyers, Diane Sawyer, and Tom Brokaw are among a few of the news people we rely upon to tell us the truth who are CFR members.

These people infiltrate everything and exert their influence upon us through their members following the decisions they make, which we have no say in. They have key people in our higher education who dictate curriculum. They have people in the media who decide what slant on the news we get. They have people in both the Republican and Democrat party’s who decide which candidates get party support. They carefully select only the candidates who will remain loyal to their agenda, and what is their agenda?

Their agenda is nothing less than global control. They feel that we are too stupid to manage our own lives so they want to do it for us. They want to control us economically and legislatively via their representatives in our government. All they need us for is to keep the machinery running and to continue to remain in debt, feeding them money via the interest we pay upon that debt.

David Rockefeller said as much in the following quote, “For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as “internationalists” and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

In 1934 these people produced a civil servants book entitled ‘The Organizer’ wherein they said, “Capital must protect itself in every way…Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed upon as soon as possible. When through a process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principal men now engaged in forming and imperialism of capitalism to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd.” That’s all we are to them, a herd of animals to be controlled and manipulated.

One more quote on their goal and I’ll close up. Carroll Quigley was Bill Clintons mentor and he once wrote, “The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank…sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.”

So when I talk about freedom I am not only talking about your ability to freely exercise your God-given rights, but also freedom from debt to the bankers to whom you are slaves. You can go on believing that you are free, that you have a say in how your government runs, but if you want to learn the truth you are going to have to shed that illusion and begin investigating the truth. It is there, if you are willing to look for it.

If not you can continue to believe in the lie you are being told and wait until it all comes crashing down around you. And crashing down it will come. We cannot go on as a country continuing to amass such an enormous national debt, the whole while printing out more and more money to keep the economy afloat. At some point it has to crash, as all financial bubbles in the past have crashed. It’s only a matter of time as to when. Just think of having to pay $100 for a loaf of bread, meat, gas, and other things we now take for granted will be beyond our reach when the money we carry around becomes as worthless as toilet paper.

It happened in Germany during the Weimer Republic when the Mark became useless, and it happened once in America during the Great Depression, (which coincidentally happened after the creation of the Federal Reserve which was supposed to prevent such things). So don’t fool yourself into thinking all is hunky dory and that your money will retain its value forever. It won’t.

So you go ahead arguing about the things typically associated with being either conservative or liberal, while the whole time these issues are of no importance to those who really run things in this country. If you want to save our Republic you are going to have to face one fact, and one fact alone; that it is no longer ours, it is theirs. As former New York Mayor John Hylan stated in 1922, “The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities states and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses generally referred to as ‘international bankers.’ This little coterie… run our government for their own selfish ends. It operates under cover of a self-created screen…[and] seizes…our executive officers… legislative bodies… schools… courts… newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.”

There you have it, the whole truth, the truth I have not been telling you. Now it’s up to you to either decide whether you are going to research what I said and learn that I have not been lying to you or go back to believing the lies you are being told. Or as Morpheus so eloquently told Neo in The Matrix, “You take the blue pill―the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill―you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

Just keep this in mind, Henry Ford, the automaker, once said, “It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
Now why would he say that unless what was going on was a danger to our republic and to you?

Think about these things, I know it is a lot of information but it is vital to our survival as a free country that you do so.

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Some People Will Never Get It

I can’t count how many articles I have written on the subjects of rights and the abuses of power by our government. I have tried many different approaches in my attempts to get people to open their eyes but to no avail. I live and breathe with the hope that someday people will wake up and see what is happening right in front of their eyes. Some of those who routinely read these little commentaries of mine have oft repeated a Samuel Adams quote, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”

If you don’t think I’m irate you haven’t been reading my articles, and if you don’t think I’m tireless then what would you call over 800 articles over the course of 15 years? The only thing lacking from that Sam Adams quote is the brushfires in people’s minds. I have come to the conclusion that there simply isn’t enough kindling available in some people’s minds to start a fire. How else can you explain the fact that people aren’t furious over what is happening to this country?

In 1776 fifty six of this country’s greatest minds gathered together in Philadelphia and signed their names to a document that, for all intents and purposes, made them what people today would now call terrorists. By signing the Declaration of Independence they were telling their own government to take a hike, they didn’t need it anymore and could manage things on their own. In 1860 that was tried again and the U.S. government took our country to war in an attempt to bind the Southern states to the Union. Since then governments control over our lives, and its ability and willingness to enforce its laws upon us has grown by leaps and bounds.

But if you would just read the opening paragraph of the Declaration of Independence you would find the following words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

This was not a new idea that Jefferson expressed, merely a rewording of the things he had learned from his own extensive studying of political philosophers. Jefferson may have taken the following, from Locke’s Second Treatise on Civil Government, as his inspiration for the Declaration of Independence, “Whensoever therefore the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society; and either by ambition, fear, folly or corruption, endeavour to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people; by this breach of trust they forfeit the power the people had put into their hands for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who. have a right to resume their original liberty…”

These should be commonly held beliefs, that we are free and independent sovereign citizens and that our government was established for certain defined purposes and that when it oversteps its legal authority the power devolves back to us, those who granted government its power and authority in the first place. Instead we are taught to obey authority without questioning it, and we therefore submit to all kinds of infringements upon our rights because we falsely believe that our government has our best interests in mind.

In Section 23 of Locke’s Second Treatise there is something you desperately need to understand. Locke writes, “This freedom from absolute, arbitrary power, is so necessary to, and closely joined with a man’s preservation, that he cannot part with it, but by what forfeits his preservation and life together: for a man, not having the power of his own life, cannot, by compact, or his own consent, enslave himself to any one, nor put himself under the absolute, arbitrary power of another, to take away his life, when he pleases.”

Yet that is the path we, as a nation, are currently upon, for what do you call a people who have lost all their freedom if not slaves? You may not see the iron hand of your government in your day to day lives therefore you do not realize that it is everywhere. You are free to choose what food you will eat for supper, what clothes to wear, where to go to work, what car you will drive, and what TV shows you will watch, but does this make you free?

Can you speak your mind freely without fear of reprisal? Can you pray openly in any public setting without violating some law? Are your homes, communications, and other personal affects free from government surveillance? Can you defend yourself, your family and your property without fear of the authorities charging YOU with a crime? If you can say no to any of these questions then I say to you, YOU ARE NOT AS FREE AS YOU THOUGHT! You are mere ants in an ant farm, trapped inside a cage scurrying about your daily affairs, not realizing that you are not truly free.

How difficult can it be for people to actually think about the principles upon which their own country was founded? Is it that hard for them to understand that their government exists because the people created it? Is it that hard for them to understand that those who created this system of government gave it certain defined powers, and that when it oversteps the limits to its powers it does so illegally? Is it too hard to comprehend that when government does overstep its limited authority that the people have a right to stand up and demand that it stay within its limited scope of authority? Finally, is it too hard for people to realize that if government does not listen to the people that they, then, have the right to stand up and fight to regain their rights and hold government to the powers delegated to it by the people?

Have people become so indoctrinated to think that those of us who speak out against all these government atrocities are lunatics and a threat to their country? A true patriot stands not for his government, but for the principles upon which his government was founded. If you blindly accept that whatever your government does as being in the right you are a nationalist, not a patriot. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”

If people would just devote a fraction of their leisure time studying our nation’s formative years, and the writings of the men who established this republic then they might begin to realize that we have strayed drastically from the principles it was founded upon. You can’t learn all this overnight, not when you’ve gone through years of indoctrination. But you can make the effort to try. It’s taken me years to learn all the things I talk about now, and I still learn something new, if not every day, at least once a week. That is because I consciously make an effort to read something new from the era which produced our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

But as long as people are willing to get their information from a 30 minute news show, or the Cable News Networks like FOX and CNN, they will only be getting the information that those in control of our government want you to have. It is all designed to manipulate and steer your thinking towards an agenda and meant to keep you in a constant state of fear so that they can pass more laws to curtail your freedom.
If America is to survive the people must start thinking for themselves and stop relying on others to think for them. They must realize that with every law passed which provides them a benefit, or a means to make them safer and more secure, comes another link in the chains of slavery and servitude.

If you could bring back from the dead your ancestors, your parents, your grandparents, or your great grandparents, they would be astonished to see how much government imposition and loss of liberty you put up with today. It’s the old saying that if you toss a frog into boiling water it will jump out, but if you put it into cold water and turn up the heat gradually it will accustom itself to the change until it boils to death. These laws which reduce us to slavery are passed incrementally so that we become accustomed to one small intrusion upon our rights. Then as soon as we become accustomed to that one they pass another. This cycle cannot go on forever if we are to retain any liberty whatsoever. In fact it must be reversed if we are to survive as a free and independent people.

And that can only happen, and here’s the irony of it all, when enough brushfires have been lit in the minds of the people. But as long as you care more about whatever it is that you enjoy doing in your free time, be it sporting events, TV, or gaming on the computer, you will never learn of the slow steady erosion of your liberty.

America will become a country that is not fun to live in if we do not put a halt to this trend. It may not happen in a week, a month, or even in our lifetimes. But mark my words, if you have children, they will live to see it. Do you want to leave to them a country where the government makes every decision for them, tells them what they can and cannot do, and enforces all their decisions with an iron will? If not then you had best wake up now. If we aren’t there already, we are quickly approaching a point where the tide cannot be turned back without massive bloodshed.

I fear for my country, I truly do. I just wish everyone else did too.

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Gonna get a tattoo

I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo but have been hesitant to get something inked onto me that I’ll regret later. I think I finally found something I will never regret.

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Drowning In A Sea of Stupidity

You may have noticed that in most of my recent articles there has been a tone of anger and frustration in regards to the ignorance and apathy of the American people. However I have refrained from coming out and using the word stupid. I can no longer do that.

(Children, cover your eyes)

What the fuck is wrong with people in this country? It seems that an increasing number of them are NOT using their heads for the purpose they were intended, and therefore that makes them STUPID. Why the sudden change in opinion? I don’t know, maybe it’s just been building up until I could no longer take it, or maybe it was just inevitable. In any case, America, I’ve had just about enough of your stupidity.

No, that isn’t enough. I should try to explain the why of my change in attitude. I guess it has to do with two things I saw yesterday, they were the last straw so to speak.

First off I read an article about a high school student in North Carolina who was given an assignment to write a short story, but to do it in little comments like they were posts on Facebook. Not that I agree with this teaching technique, but that is irrelevant. It is what happened afterwards that got me all fired up.

Sixteen year old Alex Stone, of Summerville High School wrote in his first post, “I killed my neighbors pet dinosaur.” Then in his second post he continued by saying, “I bought the gun to take care of the business.”

That is when all hell broke loose.

I have watched with increasing distress the anti gun sentiments in our school systems in response to public school shooting incidents. You can’t point your finger at another student and say “BANG” any more. You can’t even chew out your Pop Tart into the shape of a gun without getting suspended. These incidents all happened and were enough of themselves to anger me. But for a school to do what Summerville High did next cause my blood pressure to skyrocket.

When Alex Stone’s teachers saw the word ‘gun’ the school suspended Stone, but not before searching his locker and book bag. Then, the final outrage, they called the police…simply because he used the word gun in a writing assignment. What the hell, are they going to ban Webster’s Dictionary too? After all, on page 495 of my copy the word GUN is clearly visible.

Getting back to Alex Stone, when the police paid a visit to young Stone he became a bit irate. Who wouldn’t? I know I’d be more than irate if the cops showed up to infringe upon my freedom of speech. Anyway, young Stone was then arrested for disorderly conduct. All this happened without the parents being notified of what was going on. They learned all about it AFTER their son had been arrested.

This story alone almost caused me to blow a gasket, but then something else happened and that is why I decided that a good percentage of the people in this country are beyond hope and need to be euthanized.

I was already fuming when I went to work yesterday afternoon and then I told a friend about what happened to Alex Stone. Then she told me this…Apparently during the filming of Jurassic Park Steven Spielberg posed for a publicity shot in front of the prop Triceratops used in the movie. In a prank someone created a meme, (an internet graphic) using that image and saying something about Spielberg having killed that Triceratops on a hunting safari.

Even the guy who posted the meme was astonished at what happened next. It seems that a lot of people actually believed what he said about Spielberg in his meme. The moral outrage, and backlash, against Spielberg and hunters in general, was incredible. People accused Spielberg of being an insensitive prick. They said instead of killing that ‘poor beautiful creature’ it should have been placed in a zoo so that we could all appreciate it.

Did any of these people even stop to think that dinosaurs have been extinct for 65 million years and that there was no way, short of someone inventing a time machine, that Spielberg could have possibly killed one? Or is that much thought simply too much for people?
That right there is what pushed me over the top. That is when I realized that there is no hope for the human race.

I’ve seen it coming, the signs have all been there, but I was hoping that it could at least be put off until after I die, but the fact is that people these days have become STUPID. The fact that people, even a couple hundred of them, believed that one human being had actually gone out and shot a dinosaur proves that beyond a doubt.

But there are other things. The fact that people, after years of seeing nothing change in this country, believe that simply by switching between a Republican president to a Democrat, and then back to a Republican, and actually thinking that things will change should have been enough to convince me.

Maybe people aren’t stupid though. Maybe they are simply crazy. Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.”

Maybe it is just crazy to allow our fear of things to get the best of us. This is not simply in response to our fear of guns and school shootings, but in response to anything that happens these days. Anytime something happens which frightens people they clamor for more restrictions against that which frightens them.

It does not matter if the thing which frightens them is a terrorist attack, a kid bringing a gun to school, or simply the use of words that offend, whenever something causes people to become offended, or afraid, they demand that something be done to ease their fear.

From my perspective America is no longer populated by people who are predominantly courageous and intelligent, instead it is populated mainly by a bunch of sniveling little idiots who cower away whenever their sensitivity is offended.

IT MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH!

But there you have it. That is why I have changed my opinion of most people. Sure there are a few of us who actually use our minds for the purpose they were intended to be used, but we are dwindling in numbers and swimming, no I should say drowning, in a vast sea of stupidity.

God save America, because it is blatantly obvious that the people of this country are simply too stupid to do so themselves.

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Nothing But Embers Remain

In 1789 George Washington, as our nation’s first president under the new Constitution, delivered the very first inaugural address. Among his comments was the following statement, “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

What exactly did Washington mean by the phrase ‘the sacred fire of liberty’? After all, it is only five words, it can’t mean that much…can it? Yet the truth is that it does mean more than those five words alone state.

The sacred fire of liberty is what burnt in the hearts of the men who fought for our nation’s independence from Great Britain. It is what burnt in the hearts of the men who pushed for a Bill of Rights to protect those rights they believed to be inviolate. In case you don’t understand what inviolate means, it means not subject to change, damage, or destruction. The sacred fire of liberty is what caused our founders, many of whom were wealthy men, to risk all so that we, future generations, could live in a land where our rights were considered sacred and beyond the reach of legislative authority.

So, when Washington said that the sacred fire of liberty is entrusted to the hands of the American people he meant that it lay in our hands to ensure that we retain our rights and our liberty. Although our nation’s Founders were idealists who believed in a system of government whose purpose was to safeguard the public liberty, they were also realists. In a 1788 letter to Edward Carrington, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The natural progress of things if for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

For our republic to survive as our Founders envisioned it was essential that the people of this country continue to kindle that sacred fire of liberty in their hearts and to pass it on from generation to generation. I’m not a die-hard supporter of the GOP and do not consider myself a Reagan Republican, but there is something he once said that is absolutely true. In an address to the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 1961 Reagan said that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

In the Virginia ratification debates, noted orator Patrick Henry declared, “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

Where is that fire, that sacred fire of liberty, today? Does it burn in your heart as strongly as it burns in mine? Or was Jefferson right when he said, “From the conclusion of [their] war [for independence, a nation begins] going down hill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of [that] war will remain on [them] long, will be made heavier and heavier, till [their] rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion.” (Notes on the State of Virginia 1782)

It absolutely boggles my mind to see how skewed people’s priorities have become. How is it that so many people can have so much passion, so much devotion for a football team, yet have so little concern that their rights are being trampled upon? Thomas Paine once said that “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”

How many of you are willing to do that? How many of you are willing to spend an hour or two per day learning about your rights, and the reason why each of the first ten amendments were important enough to be singled out to be protected by Constitutional Amendment? How many of you are willing to write to your elected representatives and demand that they adhere to the Constitution, to their oath of office, and to protect your rights and your liberty? How many of you are willing to vote no according to party lines but by how well candidates records show that they will honor and support the Constitution? Finally, in how many American hearts does that sacred fire of liberty burn so brightly that they are willing to proclaim loudly for all to hear, “GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH”, and really mean it?

That’s what I thought, not very many.

Our nation, and the people in it, have lost that sacred fire of liberty. It has all but burnt itself out and nothing remains but a few small brushfires here and there. In Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws we read, “When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”

So for those of you who fervently believe that your political party is the answer to what ails America, I have this to say to you. What ails America is not the fact that more people don’t adhere to your party’s view as to what is best for America, it is that America has forsaken the principles upon which it was founded, it’s sacred fire of liberty has all but been extinguished and we are content to allow our government to trample upon our rights and treat us no better than slaves.

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Where Have All The Great Political Minds Gone?

I would like to ask of you, my readers, a simple question. It doesn’t involve much thought so it shouldn’t be that difficult. I would like for you to think back over the course of your life and name one great political thinker. That’s it, name ONE person whose thoughts/views/writings have dramatically altered people’s lives for the better. I’m not talking about men who have been ‘GOOD’ presidents, I’m talking about great minds who have introduced new ways of thinking which have made the lives of the people of this country better, or done things to better secure our rights and liberty.

I’ll wait…

What, what’s that? You say you CAN’T think of anyone that fits that description?

Hmmm, aside from possibly Martin Luther King, neither can I. Now isn’t that strange? Honestly, in an era when technological advances are doing all kinds of miraculous things to make life easier, or more comfortable, not one great philosophical mind has arisen to improve our lot as freemen. I can certainly name plenty of people, including the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue who have done quite the opposite.

Now I know that right now people are probably going to be screaming at me, “WHAT ABOUT RON PAUL?” What about him? Sure he has championed an adherence to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, but is that NEW THINKING, or is it simply a return to the values established by those men who drafted our Constitution?

What’s my point in all this? My point is that most Americans don’t think that much about things of any real importance. I’m not saying that providing for your families and being good parents are not important, but I’m saying that aside from your day to day routines most Americans simply don’t think about the same things that our nation’s Founders did. After all, why should they? We have a Constitution and a Bill of Rights, why should THEY think about these things?

Well, let me tell you why. If you do not understand the intent of those who wrote these documents then you can be easily misled and fooled into believing that they grant government more powers than they actually do. You are also more readily willing to surrender your rights and liberty because you do not realize how vital they are to the survival of our republic.

So since we can’t think of any great political/philosophical minds today, I’d like to take just a few minutes to talk about the minds who gathered together in this country a couple hundred years ago and discuss them.

Did you know that around 50 yrs after our Constitution went into effect a Frenchman by the name of Alexis de Tocqueville came to America to study our system of government. He came at the behest of the French government to study or prison system but his real intent was to study our system of democracy. Did you know that he wrote two lengthy books about what he discovered? Maybe you’ve heard of them, or at least heard me talk about them. They are called Democracy in America, Volumes 1 & 2.

Let me quote something de Tocqueville said about our Founders in Volume 1. De Tocqueville wrote, “The assembly which accepted the task of composing the second Constitution was small; but George Washington was its President, and it contained the finest minds and the noblest characters that had ever appeared in the New World.”

Now that is some pretty lofty praise, wouldn’t you say? He wasn’t just talking about ONE mind like I asked you to come up with, he was talking plural, multiple minds all coming together at the same time. That thought, at least to me, is awe inspiring.

Often as a child I would think about what it would be like to have a time machine that would allow me to travel back and forth in time. I always wondered where I would go; see the crucifixion of Christ, the dinosaurs? Now that I’m older and have spent the last decade and a half studying our nation’s birth, I could honestly say that there is no OTHER place I’d rather travel than back to the time of our nation’s birth. To sit among those great minds at the Continental Congresses and partake of their wisdom would be, to me, the single most exciting thing I could do.

To be able to witness things like Patrick Henry declaring, “…if this be treason, make the most of it.”, or “Give me Liberty or give me death.” You know, Thomas Jefferson is probably my biggest idol, is you could call him that. Yet even Thomas Jefferson was taken aback by the power and skill of Patrick Henry as an orator. Jefferson once said the following about him, “…never heard anything that deserved to be called by the same name with what flowed from him; and where he got that torrent of language is inconceivable…He was truly a great man.”

Or to think what it would have been like to be in Independence Hall when they Continental Congress signed their names to the Declaration of Independence. You see, I personally have been called a radical and worse because of my political views. Yet I have not suffered, nor has my life been in any danger because of them. Our Founders, on the other hand, all placed their lives on the line when they signed their names to the Declaration of Independence.

Years later in a letter to John Adams, Benjamin Rush would say, “Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the house where we were called up, one after another, to subscribe what was believed by many at that time to be our own death warrants? The silence and the gloom of the morning were interrupted I well recollect only for a moment by Col. Harrison of Virginia who said to Mr. Gerry at the table “I shall have a great advantage over you Mr Gerry when we are all hung for what we are now doing. From the size and weight of my body I shall die in a few minutes, but from the lightness of your body you will dance in the air an hour or two before you are dead.”

That was the mettle of the men who bequeathed to us a country based upon liberty, not unlimited power of government to micromanage every aspect of our lives.

Not since the days of Plato, of Socrates, of Aristotle, have there been minds such as those of the men who established our system of government, and to think that they all came together at one crucial moment in time. It may mean absolutely nothing to you, but to me it is possibly one of the most single greatest events in the history of man.

Can you imagine, being around men like James Madison, who was our 4th president, the driving force behind our Constitution, the author of A Memorial and Remonstrance of Religious Assessments; Patrick Henry whose speech Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death STILL sends a chill down my spine; or Thomas Paine whose work Common Sense did much to stir up the hearts and minds of the people towards independence; and of course Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd president and author of the Declaration of Independence, the single most important document on the origin of rights and the purpose of government ever written by man.

Of all the Founders Jefferson is the one I respect the most. Maybe it is because my thoughts on government so closely resemble his, but in any case Jefferson was probably the single most learned man amongst all the founders…and that’s saying something.

Did you know that by age nine Jefferson could write Greek, Latin and French, to which he soon added Spanish and Italian? He was a voracious reader with over a thousand books in his library, including the writings of philosophers such as Locke and Montesquieu? Not only was Jefferson a great political thinker, he was an architect, a botanist and an inventor.

In a letter to Samuel Harrison Smith, James Madison would say this about him, “He was certainly one of the most learned men of the age. It may be said of him as has been said of others that he was a “walking Library,” and what can be said of but few such prodigies, that the Genius of Philosophy ever walked hand in hand with him.”

Years later when President John F. Kennedy hosted forty nine Nobel Prize winners, he said this about Jefferson, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever gathered together at the White House–with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

For men such as Madison and Kennedy, men whom I admire greatly, to say THAT about another human being SHOULD make one stop and think about what it was about Jefferson that caused them to respect his mind so much.

You should also be asking yourself why YOU don’t know more about the man, or what he had to say about our system of government, of liberty, of the judiciary, or a host of other things. Just by reading the writings of Jefferson alone you might begin to get a picture as to what is wrong with America today.

And that is exactly what is wrong with America today. There are no great minds left who think about things such as those that our men like Jefferson and the rest of our Founders. Our lives are too busy with the details of day to day living to take time out and actually think about things like liberty and good governance.

So we accept what we have as if we have no say in making things better. And those of us who call for radical change, (and radical change is what is needed), are denigrated and slandered because people fear what they do not understand. And one thing is certain, very few people today truly understand the system of government that our Founders established, and even fewer understand what it means to be free men.

Until that changes you can continue to vote for either Republicans or Democrats and nothing, and I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is going to change. Not until people start to think again, and to develop a spine to stand up against tyranny and the infringement of their rights will things change.

But as long as they have a roof over their head, food and beer in the fridge, and a TV to turn on at night, most people are as content as pigs in slop. Little do they realize that step by step by step their rights and their freedom is being taken from them by those whom they have foolishly trusted to do what is in their best interests.

That is why, even though Jefferson is my favorite Founding Father, THIS is my favorite quote. It is because I feel it applies to well to the people of this country today. It comes from Samuel Adams, and it says, “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

We could restore our country to its former greatness if 50% of the people unplugged their TV’s, their PC’s, turned off their cellphones and picked up a book and read some of the things our nation’s founders had to say about government and about liberty. But that will never happen, the people have been conditioned to accept what they are being told by the news and by those in power. The thoughts of a bunch of old dead guys don’t mean anything to anyone anymore.

I’m not saying that there aren’t those today who don’t think about these things, but let’s face it, we are a minority…and a small one. And please, spare me the Sam Adams quote about a tireless minority! Lest you forget it also says keen to set brushfires in people’s minds. That is exactly what I’ve been trying to do for the past 15 years, and let me tell you, IT DOESN’T WORK! People no longer WANT to think about these things.

And my friends, it will be due to that attitude alone that we will be able to ascribe our nation’s downfall to when it comes. When it happens, remember that I told you that…

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You Won’t Hear This On The Evening News

The average American goes home at night and turns on his television for half an hour to an hour to watch the news. They usually catch a half hour of local news and then another half hour of national news. They believe this makes them current on what is going on in this country and the world. They form opinions based upon the information they are given and they make choices based upon the opinions they form. But what if the information is faulty, or if it is skewed to one side to guide and manipulate your thought process?

Did you know that almost 90% of all the news companies in the country are owned and controlled by six corporations? That’s right, six companies control almost all the news you are being given. These companies are GE, NewsCorp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS. If you could follow the financial maze of who owns those companies I bet you would find that they are all owned, or at least controlling influence is exercised, by a few select individuals. That should worry you.

The First Amendment to our Constitution guarantees us freedom of the press. But if the same people who own, and exercise control over what news stories we hear are the same people who are major contributors and moving forces behind the political parties in this country, THEN we have a big problem. Is it too far a stretch of the imagination to believe that the same people who control the media and the government are not going to manipulate the news you receive so as to guide your opinions on the issues in a manner that is agreeable to their agenda?

Now consider this. In 1917 United States Congressman Oscar Callaway, (a Democrat by the way), stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and said, “In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press. … They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”

Read that underlined sentence as many times as necessary for it to sink in. The editors of these news agencies supervised what news the people were being given in such a manner that was vital to the interests of the purchasers. He said absolutely nothing about providing the American people with the facts or the truth.

You think the news wouldn’t lie, or at the least distort the truth? Think again! For all you Fair and Balanced FOX News fans, I have some bad news for you. Are you aware that a former FOX employee, Jane Akre discovered that cows in Florida were being injected with RBGH, a drug designed to produce more milk, but which also was linked to causing cancer in humans? Are you aware that FOX, under pressure from Monsanto, the manufacturer of RBGH, rewrote her report around 80 times to make it compatible with the companies requests? Are you aware that she refused to air the edited segment? Are you aware that FOX news went to court claiming “… it was their first amendment right to report false information…” And are you aware that the court ruled that the FCC’s position against news distortion is only a ‘policy’ and not a rule or regulation that can be enforced?

Don’t for a minute think that when you listen to your favorite news anchor that you are getting the truth about everything. Sometimes you may while others you may only get snippets of the whole story, and others you get an absolute distortion of the facts. If you want the truth you are going to have to research for it, and that means time and effort. But that is too much like work and people, for the most part, are loathe to expend any energy on things that do not bring them instant gratification.

A perfect example of that is fitness. How many people want to achieve quick results to losing weight and obtaining optimal fitness? Ever wonder why so many exercise machines are sold around New Years, and then are found in garage sales two to three months later? It’s because people want quick results and if they don’t get them they give up. They don’t have the time or patience to make lifestyle changes that will ensure results, they want a pill they can swallow to shed 50 lbs so they can go back to their couches, their TV and their potato chips and beer.

So you be certain that if they won’t make an effort to change their lifestyle to improve their health that they won’t make any kind of effort to find out if the news they are being told is truthful or not. But don’t for a minute go around thinking that you are informed because you watch the news every night.

The news you watch has been hand-picked for your consumption. The anchors are merely actors reading off a script which has been prepared for them. They may not even be aware that they are lying, or at the least misinforming you…but it wouldn’t surprise me if they were aware of it.

If you don’t believe this fact, consider this. Walter Cronkite was a household name when I was growing up. He was the voice everyone trusted to deliver the news to them every evening. Did you know that in 1996 author Carl Jensen wrote a book entitled Censored: The News That Didn’t Make the News-And Why. Why is this of importance? Well Walter Cronkite wrote the introduction for this book. In it Cronkite states, “A handful of us determine what will be on the evening news broadcasts, or, for that matter, in the New York Times or Washington Post or Wall Street Journal…. Indeed it is a handful of us with this awesome power… a strongly editorial power.” He then goes on to say, “…we must decide which news items out of hundreds available we are going to expose that day. And those [news stories] available to us already have been culled and re-culled by persons far outside our control .”

You are being told exactly what the owners of the news media want you to be told and nothing more. The truth does not even come into play here. The news you get is filled with half truths, lies, and omissions. Why do I say omissions? Well if they don’t report on something, then how can you be aware of its existence?

Did you know that according to some, at a Bilderberg Conference in Baden Baden Germany David Rockefeller said the following, “We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

Now this can’t be verified as the Bilderberg meetings are exclusive and confidential, but the comments were quoted in many French publications and in Programming, Pitfalls and Puppy-Dog Tales (1993) by Gyeorgos C. Hatonn, p. 65. I will leave it up to you to believe it or reject it. I myself tend to believe that he said it.

However, this is fact. In 1971 Congressman John Rarick said, “The Council on Foreign Relations is “the establishment.” Not only does it have influence and power in key decision-making positions at the highest levels of government to apply pressure from above, but it also announces and uses individuals and groups to bring pressure from below, to justify the high level decisions for converting the U.S. from a sovereign Constitutional Republic into a servile member state of a one-world dictatorship.” And the CFR, if you weren’t aware, has very close ties to the Rockefeller family. In fact they run a think tank named the David Rockefeller Studies Program.

If one were to look at a roster of current and past CFR members one would find that many of the news anchors and the owners as well of the various news agencies have all been, or currently are members of the CFR. Are you that naive to believe that if they are members of a group like the CFR they don’t share common beliefs and would use their position to spread those beliefs, or at least manipulate the news in a manner which led us to accept the agenda they all followed?

And as I said earlier, if the same people who control our government also control the news then we have a big problem. Not only are members of the news media members of the CFR, but government officials in key locations…all the way up to presidents. In fact, if you browse through the roster of CFR members you will find that they are in key positions everywhere that your life, or your thoughts can be influenced; politics, the media, and academia.

My God people, if you were capable of any level of critical thinking all kinds of alarms should be going off in your heads by now!

One last thing and let me begin by asking you a simple question. How do you typically feel after watching the evening news? Are you angry, possibly a bit fearful? I don’t find it hard to believe that after an hour of the news each evening that anyone would not be fearful about something. The news is all about disaster, terrorist threats, gun violence, or some other thing to keep us in a perpetual state of fear.

Did you know that fear is a great manipulator? It can be used to cause people to accept things that they might otherwise not accept were they not afraid of something. Do you think that any of us would have tolerated the Patriot Act, TSA searches and the growth of Homeland Security had 9/11 not happened?

I absolutely love the movie V For Vendetta, particularly the scene were V takes over the broadcasting station and airs his speech. I have been criticized for using it in my articles as it is only fiction. But fiction often mirrors the truth, so I will use it again here. V states, “Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you…”

Films often portray snippets of truth in them, even though they are fiction. I find it amusing, at best, that people will criticize me for using a quote from a film like V For Vendetta, yet they will watch a film like Lincoln, or the new Russell Crowe version of Noah and believe them as the absolute truth. It simply amazes me how people readily accept some things as gospel truth simply because the film is based upon a historical event, while choosing to completely disregard comments made, or events portrayed, in a fiction film simply because it IS labeled as fiction. Truth is truth and it is up to you to use your logic and reasoning powers to discern it.

Well, since you are either going to believe me or you aren’t, I’ll leave you with one last film quote. This one comes from Live Free or Die Hard. Matt Farrell says to John McClane, “The news is completely manipulated. Everything you hear, every single day is designed by corporate media to one thing only. To keep you living in fear.”

Well, it has been said that the truth shall set you free. If you want to be free of all this fear you live under than the only reasonable way to achieve that is to seek the truth. And you won’t get that on the nightly news.

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There Is No Middle Ground (My Thoughts This ISIS Mess)

There has been a lot of talk lately about this problem in Iraq with the militant group ISIS and what to do about it. Sure what is happening over there is horrific and disgusting, but is it the responsibility of the United States to do something about it? Far too many Americans simply watch a four or five minute news story about what is happening over there and have no real understanding of who Isis is and what they are doing. Yet these people either support or oppose our government getting involved based upon the barest amount of information.

ISIS, otherwise known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is a self proclaimed caliphate which claims religious authority over all Muslims in the region. Some of you do not understand what a caliphate is, and therefore don’t understand what Isis is trying to accomplish. A caliphate is, according to their belief, is similar to the pope, a direct successor to Muhammad. Therefore they claim the authority to direct all religious activity in the region. This includes their requiring that all sects adhere to the dictates they impose. If anyone opposes them, or differs in their beliefs, they can, and routinely are, executed.

What Isis is trying to do is to establish control over all Muslims in the Middle East with their version of Islam as the foundation for their control. The problem is that there are differing sects in the region whose beliefs, although rooted in the teachings of Muhammad, differ from theirs. So they are either told to convert or die. For Isis there is no tolerance for religious freedom like we have here. To put it in a way you might better understand, it would be like the Pope declaring religious authority over all Christians and anyone who opposes the Pope, or refuses to convert to Catholicism is condemned to death.

Aside from the moral outrage many feel towards the treatment of those who oppose ISIS, you have to understand that that entire region has always been a hotbed for varying religious factions. Wars and sectarian violence are as much a part of their history, and their nature, as football and Christmas is to ours. Most Americans simply cannot fathom the level of belief these people have and the fanaticism that goes along with it. We are naive, at best, to believe that anything we might say or do is going to change that. This goes as much for the current problem with Isis as it does for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

For many of these people their religious beliefs are the underlying, or driving force in their lives. Their beliefs and centuries of fighting are not going to be swayed by U.S. diplomacy or the threat of U.S. military strikes. In fact, all our meddling in the region has only achieved in the region is causing them to hate us even more. To them we are infidels and they despise us for our intervention in what they believe to be a religious war.

This anger and animosity dates way back to ancient history. During the Ottoman Empire Sultan Selim the Grim declared “…the killing of one Shiite had as much otherworldly reward as killing 70 Christians…” To those who profess belief in strict adherence to Islamic law, those who belong to different sects are just a step above Christians and must either submit to their views or be exterminated. You cannot fight that kind of ingrained hatred and animosity.

I admit that the world is a far more complicated and intertwined place than it was centuries ago when our nation was founded, but our Founders were firm in their belief that we not become involved in the intrigue of foreign disputes.

In his first Inaugural Address, Thomas Jefferson outlined our nation’s foreign policy by saying, “Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none…”

Then in an 1821 speech to the House of Representatives, soon to be president John Quincy Adams declared, “America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity. She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights. She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own. She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart. She has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama the European world, will be contests of inveterate power, and emerging right. Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.”

Yeah that’s long, but it is crucial that we understand that our nation’s earliest statesmen did not believe in becoming entangled in the intrigue and wars of other countries. Yet this current crisis with ISIS, and the recent past terrorist attacks against America and her interests are not the first time we have had to deal with problems in that region of the world.

In 1786, after the U.S. had been an independent nation for awhile, the U.S. had to deal with pirates in the region now under discussion. America was paying $80,000 annually for them to leave us and our interests alone. At that time $80,000 was an astronomical amount. I could only find inflation calculators that go back to 1914, but even going back that far, $80,000 is equivalent to over a million dollars today. You can imagine how much more it was back in the late 1800′s.

After Algerians captured two ships and demanded an additional $60,000 ransom President Jefferson decided enough was enough. He felt it better to raise funds to build ships to fight the Barbary Pirates than to pay them off in bribes every year.

What differed then is that Jefferson went in with a Naval force and kicked their ass sufficiently so that they knew better than to mess with the U.S. or our interests. Now look at us. We meddle internally in the affairs of these countries, we support Israel, their sworn enemy, and we wonder why they hate us the way they do. Not only that, after we go into a country, no matter how justified, or not, our actions may be, we try to force them to install a democratic form of government, while American profiteers grow rich off the contracts to rebuild the country we just finished demolishing.

Yes, Isis is a threat to the region. But a few isolated military strikes here and there are not going to stop them. We could send troops over there again and kill enough of them to settle things down for awhile, but that would only stop this type sectarian violence for awhile until it sprung up again later.

As a friend of mine stated the other day, there are but two choices we have. We can either stay out of what is happening over there or we can go in and do what needs to be done to make sure this type thing never happens again. Anything else is a half measure that will not be effective.

The problem is that America has this guilt complex that makes us believe that we need to be the defender of what is right, making us the ones to go in and settle every little squabble that arises internally in the affairs of other nations. Does anyone remember Bosnia and Croatia?

Our Founders believed that was not our responsibility. Yet it seems that is what our leadership, the UN and a vast number of America believes, that we are the police force of the world who ensures that all the world enjoys the freedom our Founding Documents outline for us.

The problem is that most Americans don’t realize the extent of the animosity in the region and that our small military incursions into these countries are not going to erase centuries of hatred. Aside from complete and total genocide nothing is going to put an end to the violence in that region. Anything else will be futile. And I don’t think America has the stomach for that. Beside the backlash from the international community would stop that before it ever happened. All one has to do is go back to the Viet Nam war to confirm that. We went in and then would not allow the military to end the war by doing what needed to be done. Far too many U.S. servicemen died in that war because the country, and the government didn’t have the stomach to do what is needed to put a quick end to that war.

But for some Americans to say that we are the only ones capable of stopping a group such as Isis is a lie. China has far more military forces than we do. In fact they outnumber us 2:1 in total members of their armed forces. They could easily go into Iraq and put an end to this uprising should they choose to do so. And the thing is they could probably do it because they would not be afraid to eliminate the problem in its entirety.

But then our government would cry foreign intervention by China when that is exactly what we would be doing should we become entangled in this mess. Besides, we don’t dare let the Chinese get involved as it might give them control of the oil in the region.

All I’m saying by this is that nothing we can do is going to change anything over there. We don’t have the stomach to do what is required to put an end to this type sectarian violence once and for all, and anything else we do will never put an end to it.

But for Americans to say we must do something, then pull back when what we do crosses the line and becomes too horrific for our own sense of morality, is a waste of our time and any lives that may be lost by U.S. Servicemen who are forced once again to go off and fight in a land whose history is filled with such uprisings and wars.

I have always believed that Islam is a threat to the U.S. Sure there are moderates who only want to live in peace, but the moderates never end up becoming a major political force. It is always the fanatics who gain control, and their belief system is incompatible with ours. We must either come to terms with that and do what needs to be done to put an end to the threat radical Islam brings to the region, and the United States, or stay out of it entirely. On this there is no middle ground.

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Has The Gangrene Spread?

In 1831 the French government sent Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont to the United States to study our prison system. But the underlying reason for their visit was to study our country as a whole, particularly with respect towards our young republic and our democracy. The result of their 271 day visit is Democracy in America with Volume 1 being written in 1835 and Volume 2 being completed five years later.

I recently purchased both volumes in one single paperback book. For the longest time it sat on my shelf because I was apprehensive about starting the daunting task of reading a book of nearly 1,000 pages. Finally I mustered up the courage to open it up and begin reading. I was pleasantly surprised that the reading was not as dry as I had expected. In fact de Tocqueville writes in a style that is quite enjoyable to read. My only concern is that I do not have enough highlighters as I have been highlighting passages left and right as I make my way through it.

However, my purpose in writing this is not to review de Tocqueville’s masterpiece on American Democracy. Instead I would like to comment on one thing he said in Chapter 2 of the first Volume. De Tocqueville wrote, “A MAN has come into the world; his early years are spent without notice in the pleasures and activities of childhood. As he grows up, the world receives him when his manhood begins, and he enters into contact with his fellows. He is then studied for the first time, and it is imagined that the germ of the vices and the virtues of his maturer years is then formed.

This, if I am not mistaken, is a great error. We must begin higher up; we must watch the infant in his mother’s arms; we must see the first images which the external world casts upon the dark mirror of his mind, the first occurrences that he witnesses, we must hear the first words which awaken the sleeping powers of thought, and stand by his earliest efforts if we would understand the prejudices, the habits, and the passions which will rule his life. The entire man is, so to speak, to be seen in the cradle of the child.

The growth of nations presents something analogous to this; they all bear some marks of their origin. The circumstances that accompanied their birth and contributed to their development affected the whole term of their being.

If we were able to go back to the elements of states and to examine the oldest monuments of their history, I doubt not that we should discover in them the primal cause of the prejudices, the habits, the ruling passions, and, in short, all that constitutes what is called the national character.”

The National Character…hmmm, what could he possibly mean by that? According to Encyclopedia.com National Character is defined as, “…the enduring personality characteristics and unique life styles found among the populations of particular national states.”

I suppose, using that definition, that the national character of any nation is subject to change as the personality characteristics of the people inhabiting that nation are subject to change over a course of time. But if you want to truly understand how our system of government was supposed to function, and why it isn’t working so well today, then you MUST go back and study the mindset of the people who created it. That is why that quote by de Tocqueville struck me with such force, as his analogy of understanding a person and how you must go back to its infancy, and not its adulthood.

Although there are some Americans who are able to do this, most people examine their government, and how it functions, from the framework of their own short lifetime. For instance, if you were born in 1970 then you examine how your government has changed since 1970 and you believe that for all to be well in America is for our government to return to functioning the way it functioned back in 1970. But, as de Tocqueville correctly asserted, that is a great error. To understand how our system of government is supposed to function you must go back prior to its creation and study the men who established it.

Unfortunately, for most people anyway, that is simply too much work. Most people’s lives are too busy, filled with the things they consider important, to spend reading musty old books about men like Jefferson, Madison, Paine, Adams, and Washington.

That may be their viewpoint, but our nation’s Founders felt differently. They felt that an informed and educated citizenry was the only safeguard for a free republic and the only defense against tyranny and the loss of liberty. That is why, in 1823, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “It is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities which occur to him, for preserving the documents relating to the history of our country.”

That is why Noah Webster said, “Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.”

Our country is unique. It is rare that a people inhabiting a land get to create their own system of government. As de Tocqueville concludes at the end of Chapter 1, “In that land the great experiment of the attempt to construct society upon a new basis was to be made by civilized man; and it was there, for the first time, that theories hitherto unknown, or deemed impracticable, were to exhibit a spectacle for which the world had not been prepared by the history of the past.”

It saddens me to watch as the system of government established by our Founders is perverted and powers are usurped by our representatives that it was never intended they possess. It angers me to no end that people are so readily willing to give up their rights without even understanding why our Founders felt it so vitally important to preserve them.

I wonder, instead of de Tocqueville visiting the America’s in 1831 he had come in 2014, what would his thoughts have been on the National Character of the people who inhabit this country? Would he have found them to be a people filled with the love of liberty, full of industry and innovation, or would he have found a nation of people who are slothful, readily willing to surrender their rights, and only concerned with their own self gratification?

A quote from Thomas Jefferson and I’ll let you return to your lives. In a letter to Spencer Roane, written in 1821, Jefferson states, “Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time produces also corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be ever on the watch, and if the gangrene is to prevail at last, let the day be kept off as long as possible.”

Has that day come when the gangrene has spread so extensively that our republic cannot be saved? I suppose only history will be able to tell. From my perspective until the people, in far greater numbers than I currently see, begin to care about how our system was supposed to function it is a lost cause.

When I am told by people that they don’t have time, but then I hear them talk about how they watched some sporting event over the weekend, or went out and got drunk, I only see that they have time, but their priorities are out of whack. When I hear people more concerned with the fate of a missing Malaysian airliner than the fact that their government is spying on them I know that their priorities are out of whack.

Mark my words, there will come a day when people will wished they had made the time to learn about and stand up for their rights and their liberty with the same courage and fortitude as the men who established this country 238 years ago. But when that time comes it will be too late, the land of the free and the home of the brave will no longer exist.

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