Ignorance Is Not Bliss

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything.
You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”

~Michael Crichton~

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate
their own understanding of their history.”

~George Orwell~

What is history? History, simply stated, is a study of the past. Why should anyone care about history? That, my friends, is the reason why I sit here right now pondering what to say next, and how to say it.

History gives a people a sense of who they are and where they came from; it gives them identity. What do you call someone who has forgotten who he is? You call him an amnesiac. While I’m sure that there are certain events in all our pasts that we would rather forget, the truth is that each event in our life somehow shaped us into the person we are at this very moment in time. The same is true of history; each event in a nation’s past helped shape that nation into what it is right now in the present.

When I was growing up attending the public fool system, history was my least favorite subject. I could have cared less about what happened in the past; I thought why should it matter what a bunch of people long dead did or said? Funny how life changes a person, isn’t it?

I find it a tad ironic that people will spend countless hours researching their own past, seeking out their forefathers on websites like Ancestry dot com, but they won’t spend a second studying the history of the country they inhabit.

In researching for this article I came across something interesting on the UCLA Dept. of History’s website. Although our institutions of higher learning are guilty of perverting and teaching a revisionist version of history, UCLA did make one accurate statement, “… knowledge of history is the precondition of political intelligence.”

If there is one thing history teaches us it is who and what we are as a people; our value system and beliefs as a people. To alter the course of a nation all that needs to be done is to teach a revisionist version of, or stop teaching altogether, history. When a people no longer know where they came from and what their ancestors stood for then it will be an easy task to mislead, (fool), a people into accepting things that they otherwise would have actively resisted had they had any sense of historical identity.

But for history to be of any value it must be, first and foremost, accurate. Had you grown up your entire life with your parents telling you that a stork had delivered you to their doorstep you would have a perverted understanding of your own past. The same can be said about the history of your country; if you are not taught the truth, no matter how ugly or disagreeable it may be, then the conclusions you draw, the sense of identity you have will be based upon lies. Your entire sense of self worth as a nation will then be a fraud perpetrated by those who wrote the history you have been taught.

For some people the truth is too much, too uncomfortable; especially after years of being conditioned, (indoctrinated), into believing lies. It is almost like the scene in the first Matrix film when Neo discovers the truth and tells Morpheus to ‘get me out of here’ then proceeds to vomit because the truth has so unsettled him.

Imagine living all your life believing you were the son or daughter of wealthy parents, only to discover after you had reached middle age that you were adopted from poverty. It would be quite a blow to your sense of identity and could cause you to question who and what you really were. As uncomfortable as that newfound knowledge might be, it wouldn’t alter the truth of it.

Why are people so reluctant to accept the truth regarding the history of their country? Is the Cognitive Dissonance caused by the truth so uncomfortable that they would rather continue believing lies than face the truth? Yes, learning the truth can cause one to question all that they once believed in, but I would rather be in possession of the truth than go about living my life not knowing I was living a lie. But hey, that’s just me.

There is a saying that became popular when I was in my youth; Shit happens. Yes it does, shit does happen. But there is more to it than that; either shit happens randomly, or it is caused. For instance, if I am out in public and I fall to the ground it is because I randomly tripped and fell, or because I was pushed to the ground. Events in history are the same way, either they just happened, or something caused them to happen.

See, that’s one thing about history, if you pay attention history teaches you to recognize patterns and notice questionable coincidences. To those who have been conditioned to blindly accept that the version of history they have been taught is the truth, these coincidences are ignored, or barely even noticed. However, for one who, for one reason or another, questions everything, these coincidences become bright flags which say, “Hey, something funny is going on here.” For the mindless masses those who point out these questionable coincidences are known as conspiracy theorists, as they point out inconsistencies and coincidences that the majority overlook.

Government, and those who control governments, rely upon the majority of the people overlooking these coincidences…these inconsistencies. They can tolerate a few oddballs who speak out regarding them, but as long as a majority of the people go about their lives content in their ignorance all will run according to their plans; and make no mistake about it, there is a master plan at work to bring this country to its knees and deprive you of your freedom.

Thomas Jefferson once reiterated something he said in the Declaration of Independence with the following words, “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.”

Those in power, or those who write the history you are taught, would have you overlook these series of oppressions, but just because you ignore something does not mean it does not exist; it only means you choose to remain ignorant about it.

Of course these oppressions, even if you learn of them, are not going to be labeled as oppressions; no, they will be disguised as being for the overall public good, or under the banner of National Security.

In a speech delivered to the Virginia Ratifying Assembly, James Madison said the following, “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” It is the old theory of toss a frog into a pot of boiling water and it will jump out; but toss it into cold water and gradually turn up the heat and it will stay in the pot until it boils alive.

That is why Madison also said, “It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties–we hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.” To do that one must not only be paying attention to all that their government does, they must also be well educated as what their liberties are.

What is life if it is not a series of events which teach us things? Everyone makes mistakes at some point in time over the course of their life; it is whether or not we learn from those mistakes that matters. If you do not learn you are condemning yourself to repeating the same faulty thinking which in turn causes you to make the same mistakes over and over again. That is, to put it mildly, stupidity in action.

Yet is that not exactly what the American people do when they go to the polls and flip flop back and forth; voting first a Democrat into the Oval Office, then a Republican? Do they not learn that no matter how many times they switch back and forth between an R and a D that government continues to grow and continues to deprive you of more and more of your freedom?

Do people not notice that their government repeats the same mistakes over and over again; especially in regards to our intervention in the affairs of other sovereign nations? How many people have we called friend or ally, only later to have to go in and deal with them because our government declared them to be threats to our nation? Do the names Manuel Noriega, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein ring a bell? All, at one point or another, were allies or friends of the US government; but then were later deemed a threat to this country and we had to go in and fix the problem we were guilty of creating.

Either those responsible for establishing our foreign policy are monumentally incompetent, or there is a deliberate plan of propping up people, only to later go in and topple them down, going on. The conspiracy theorist in me believes it is the latter. I believe that the power brokers behind the scenes, coupled with the massive military industrial complex, thrive on war; and if nations do start them all by themselves, they will instigate them just for the profits they derive from an endless state of conflict. After all, if world peace were to actually occur, who would they sell all those tanks, airplanes, ships and bombs to?

Look at all the companies whose bottom line depends upon war and you get an idea of the pressure they need to exert on those in power to declare new enemies to go use their products against. Not to mention the fact that military exports to nations like Israel add a huge chunk of change to their revenue stream. I would suggest that any of you who think I’m nuts read Smedley Butler’s book War is a Racket. It might open your eyes to the truth regarding our seemingly incompetent foreign policy.

As I said, things either happen randomly, or they are caused. Many, if not all, of the problems our country faces are not random occurrences; they are planned events. We pushed Japan into attacking us in World War II, and we knew the attack on Pearl Harbor was going to happen before it did; having broken the Japanese code beforehand. We prop up people like Bin Laden with CIA training and military hardware to fight the Soviets, then when he turns his attention to us we have a new enemy to fight.

It is the classic Hegelian Dialect in action; create a problem, then when the people cry for a solution, (safety and security), you provide them with the solution to their problem which was the intent all along.

You look at all that goes on in this country and the same principle is at work. It does not matter if the issue is gun control, immigration, or any of the other hot topic items; it all boils down to government creating problems, then when we cry for a solution they provide us with the solution they have prepared in advance for the problems they allow to occur.

But hell, people can’t remember what a candidate for president said two years ago, how the hell do you expect them to remember what happened two hundred years ago? How can they be expected to recognize these patterns, these coincidences, these inconsistencies?

Where does all this leave us? It leaves us with a nation full of sheep, who the government, and those who write the history of our nation, gently guide and lead along without an original thought or belief in their heads.

If that’s what passes for freedom today, count me out.

Getting back to what UCLA said about history on their website, I’d like you to read one more portion of that quote I spoke of earlier, “Without history, a society shares no common memory of where it has been, what its core values are, or what decisions of the past account for present circumstances. Without history, we cannot undertake any sensible inquiry into the political, social, or moral issues in society. And without historical knowledge and inquiry, we cannot achieve the informed, discriminating citizenship essential to effective participation in the democratic processes of governance and the fulfillment for all our citizens of the nation’s democratic ideals.”

As I said, for history to be of any use, it must be accurate. One might begin with the ratification of our Constitution and the real intent which was to begin the process of stripping away State Sovereignty. Or one could study the real reason the Civil War was fought, in an effort by the Southern States to seek independence from a tyrannical and oppressive government in the North.

There are many places one could begin their education and seek out the truth. But nothing is going to happen as long as people continue to accept that the media, their educators, and their elected representatives are telling them the truth. If you want to learn the truth you must proceed with the premise that everything these people tell you is a lie. If you can’t do that, then I hope you are comfortable in your ignorance; because that’s exactly what you are: IGNORANT.

You can call me a conspiracy theorist if you want; I don’t honestly care. If you cannot support your beliefs with factual evidence then I’d rather be called a conspiracy theorist than what I consider most people to be; mindless zombies who would follow a tyrant off the face of a cliff if told.

If you cannot debate with any level of integrity, providing facts and data to support your position, and you resort to name calling or insults to silence opposing views, then there is no hope for you; you have built a wall protecting your ignorance and nothing anybody says or does is going to help. If that is the case you will only be proving that Hendrik von Loon was right when he said, “Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance.”

They say ignorance is bliss. That may be true, but only until reality and truth comes up and bitch slaps you in the face.

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Ya’ll Should Be Ashamed Of Yourselves

Have you ever been called in for jury duty? Have you ever made it past the selection process and sat on a jury? Jury duty is one of the things on my bucket list; things I’d like to do before I die. I’ve been called in many times; even made it up to the jury box once and was asked a few questions before being thanked for my time and dismissed; but I’ve yet to get the chance to sit on a jury during a trial.

Why do I begin this asking about jury duty? Well trial by jury is one of the rights protected by Constitutional Amendment; the Sixth Amendment in fact. A juror is expected to be able to sit through a trial, hearing both sides argue their case, and then come to a verdict based upon examination of the facts. Jurors are expected to have a modicum of common sense and critical thinking skill.

Can justice be served when the majority of the people in this country bow down in submission to laws which violate the Constitution and infringe upon their liberty? Can justice be served in this country when most people couldn’t explain the difference between a democracy and a republic, or the difference between an oligarchy and a theocracy?

I would feel pretty comfortable making the statement that close to 80% of the people in this country believes that our system of government is a democracy. The number is probably closer to 90%, but I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt on that.

Had you taken the time to read both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution you might have noticed that the word democracy is nowhere to be found in either. Could that have been an oversight on the part of our Founders? I think not; I think it was intentional; and I can prove it.

Our Founders despised democracy. A few quotes from some more familiar of our Founders ought to be sufficient to prove that they would NOT have established a democracy in America.

-Democracy is the most vile form of government. ~James Madison~

-We are a Republic. Real Liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy. ~Alexander Hamilton~

-Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy; such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable [abominable] cruelty of one or a very few. ~John Adams~

-Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine percent. ~Thomas Jefferson~

Writing on the inevitable outcome of democratic societies, Alexis de Tocqueville states, “Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living? ”

That sounds strikingly similar to the government we have today, doesn’t it? There is something missing in de Tocqueville’s comments though; individuality and freewill. Also missing is any mention of individual responsibility.

I have seen firsthand how most people, the moment they encounter any difficulty whatsoever, they seek assistance from someone else; typically someone in a position of authority. Gone is the belief that your survival, your sustenance, your defense are your responsibilities, and yours alone. These concepts of self-reliance have been replaced by the nonsense that it is societies, or government’s responsibility to provide for all our needs.

This current mindset destroys liberty and makes slaves of men. Freedom of choice and the corresponding responsibility of accepting the consequences of those choices are what make men free. As a free man, or woman, nobody should be held accountable for the actions of anyone else, or be shouldered with the responsibility of providing for them the things they need to survive. How can one truly consider themselves free when such burdens are placed upon them?

Yet society today is full of people who’ve been indoctrinated into believing that it is, in fact, the responsibility of society, or that of government, to provide all these things for us. What has become of us when we willingly surrender our freedom because of the promise of safety and security all these governmental programs and laws provide?

Can you imagine a political candidate publicly stating something like “If an American is to amount to anything he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take pride in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others. He must face life with resolute courage, win victory if he can, and accept defeat if he must, without seeking to place on his fellow man a responsibility which is not theirs.”? Yet that is exactly what Theodore Roosevelt, a former president of these States united once said.

All that is wrong with this country today, from the laws which violate our rights to the massive debt our government has incurred, can be traced back to one simple fact; people have forgotten for what purpose their government was established.

Government is a lawmaking body, and the laws it passes are supreme and must be obeyed by all. But there is a qualifying statement that many people tend to ignore; that all laws passed by government MUST BE in pursuance of the specific powers granted government by the Constitution. This fact is hidden away in Article 6, Clause 2, wherein it says, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof….shall be the supreme Law of the Land…”

Therefore, if all laws passed in pursuance of the specific powers granted government are binding upon us all, then the reverse is also true; that all laws passed which are not in pursuance of those specific powers are null and void AND NOT binding upon us.

This statement, while sounding almost revolutionary and subversive, is founded in legal doctrine. The Sixteenth American Jurisprudence, Second Edition, states, “The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. No one is bound to obey and unconstitutional law, and no courts are bound to enforce it.”

If I were to ask you what the purpose of law was, how would you answer? And don’t give me that nonsense about preventing crime; I want you to dig deeper and do some serious thinking on this; what is the purpose for which laws are enacted? To take it one step further, what is the purpose for government?

Among the reasons the preamble to our Constitution declares that our government was established to establish justice and secure the blessings of liberty. So any, and all, laws passed by this government must have these things as justification for their being passed. If any law acts in opposition to these ends then they are unconstitutional.

The Frenchman Frederic Bastiat writes the following about law, “What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.

Each of us has a natural right—from God—to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties?

If every person has the right to defend—even by force—his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right—its reason for existing, its lawfulness—is based on individual right. And the common force that protects this collective right cannot logically have any other purpose or any other mission than that for which it acts as a substitute. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force—for the same reason—cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.”

Our government, often at the behest of the people it represents, has sought to destroy our liberty. It has also enacted laws which take away the property of the people in the form of taxes which are then used to fund programs that redistribute this stolen money to others who are in need.

But there is more to property than simply money or possessions; much more. In 1792 James Madison wrote a little ditty about property in which he said, “This term in its particular application means “that dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in exclusion of every other individual.”

In its larger and juster meaning, it embraces every thing to which a man may attach a value and have a right; and which leaves to every one else the like advantage.

In the former sense, a man’s land, or merchandize, or money is called his property.

In the latter sense, a man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.

He has a property of peculiar value in his religious opinions, and in the profession and practice dictated by them.

He has a property very dear to him in the safety and liberty of his person.

He has an equal property in the free use of his faculties and free choice of the objects on which to employ them.

In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.”

Read that last sentence as many times as you must for it to sink in. I read it probably hundreds of times before the light bulb went on in my head and I finally got what he was saying. It means that I, as well as every other individual, have a right to property; that it is something no one can take from them. It also means that my/our rights are part of that property, and therefore no one can take them from us either.

While the American people bicker over whether Trump or Hillary will become the next president our government continues to grow into this bloated pig that deprives us of both our property and our liberty. Does it matter whose driving the bus when the bus finally drives off the edge of a cliff?

Our Founders did not establish a democracy, they established a Republic in which government was supreme, but only in regards to the specific powers granted it. In all else the powers were reserved to the States or the people. See the 10th Amendment if you don’t believe that statement.

Do you know what an oligarchy is? Let me try to help you understand. In the movie The Patriot Mel Gibson stands up and defends his loyalist position by saying, “Why would you trade 1 tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 tyrants less than 1 mile away?” The quote is based upon comments made by Mather Byles, a clergyman in Boston prior to the American Revolution.

The fundamental point of that quote is that tyranny is tyranny and it does not matter if it is administered by a single individual or a group of them. Would it matter to you if a single dictator ruled over you, or if a Soviet style Politburo ran the country with an iron fist? I think not; as the end result of a total loss of freedom would be the same.

What we have no is not a Republic, but an oligarchy in which we still retain very limited freedom. Most of what we do is regulated by some form of governmental restrictions and our rights have been severely restricted. It is almost feudalistic in nature with government, Lords, ruling over us while we work the land and pay tribute, (taxes) to them for the privilege of working. If we become too outspoken or refuse to pay our taxes then they come after us with their minions, (ATF, FBI, IRS, DEA, and all the other agencies established to keep us in line.)

Have you ever even stopped to consider that where it not for the Constitution our government would not even exist? How could any agency which was created by the people, or the States, become more powerful than those who created it?

Under Republicanism, the fact that we are a Republic not a democracy, the people are the ultimate sovereigns over their servant, the government. Isn’t it about time we grew a pair of balls and started acting like sovereigns? Or is the price of freedom to high and you would rather sit back and enjoy the comfort and security of servitude?

Two quotes from the Adams cousins, John and Samuel, ought to be sufficient to describe my feelings towards the average Grazer who enjoys the liberty this country has to offer but is unwilling to fight to preserve it.

The first quote comes from the former president of these States united, John Adams, “Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”

The second comes from Samuel Adams and states, “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.”

If you really were an American and considered yourself a free man/woman, and I mean down to the core principles you believed in, you would not sit back and tolerate a single second more of this government’s violation of the limits the Constitution imposes upon its power, or its continued assault upon your liberty.

The simple truth is that freedom is not free; it takes work and dedication to certain principles to preserve and protect it. I guess too many people are more than willing to live in servitude than do what needs done to restore liberty to America.

Ya’ll should be ashamed of yourselves.

Neal Ross
Writing in obscurity behind enemy
lines in the Socialist State of California

24 June 2016
Anno Domini

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Another Useless Rant Destined Offend Or Fall On Deaf Ears

If you were to go around asking people if they trusted their government, or if they thought government was doing a good job; most of them would answer in the negative. This current sit-in by Democrats because they are unhappy that their gun control measures have not passed is a perfect example of how ridiculously pathetic our government has become.

The problem, at least how I see it, is that people do not take the time to try to understand the nature of the problem; they just continue to vote new assholes into power every couple of years and pray that things will get better. I don’t care how virtuous or altruistic these newly elected officials are, the entire system is poisoned and corrupt and voting fresh meat into power every couple of years is not going to fix that.

For one thing there is too much outside influence wielded by special interests. Those who hold the seats of power may pander to us for the votes that get them into office but their loyalty is to those who fill their campaign coffers with cash; or worse, those who have incriminating evidence of their corruption and who are blackmailing them into supporting measures that are harmful to the public.

When I speak out against my government or say things about it that people find offensive I am frequently told that I am unpatriotic. Nothing could be further from the truth! People confuse patriotism with blind support of all the government does, with voting in every election and paying your taxes on time.

That’s not patriotism, at least not as far as I’m concerned. That’s being a sheep and following the herd without actually thinking about which direction the herd is going. Patriotism, at least for me, is not only loyalty to the principles for which our Founders fought for during the Revolution, but a willingness to defend those principles against any and all attacks. If that means I find myself at odds with the majority of the people I encounter, so be it.

If our Founders were anything, they were students of human nature. Had you spent the time reading their writings that I have you would have seen that much of what they wrote was of an admonishing nature; warning us of the dangers of apathy or a loss of respect for our most sacred rights. They understood that over time a people will lose respect for their rights and that their safety, their security, and even their comfort will take precedence over freedom.

A perfect example of this comes from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to Spencer Roane, “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.”

I don’t know how much clearer it could be said than that. I think our Founders new that there would be a day when the people had lost concern over the limits imposed on government, or the security of their rights, and would allow government to become big and oppressive. What I don’t think they saw coming was the willful ignorance of the majority of the people alive today. It’s almost beyond my comprehension; and I’m witness to it on a daily basis; so how could they have foreseen the day when facts and truth no longer matters to the people of this country?

I do not expect people to spend every spare moment studying their system of government, or the history of their country; but to go through their lives not knowing a damned thing about either is about the dumbest choice a person could make. It’s ridiculous how ignorant some people in this country are; truly ridiculous. Ask them who we fought against in World War II and they come up blank. Ask them who we fought against in the War of 1812 and they just shake their heads. If they don’t even know who we fought against in these wars, how can they be expected to know the why regarding them?

But nowhere and I mean NOWHERE has there been such a concerted effort to mislead the people of this country than when it comes to the Civil War. Just mention that you support the Confederacy and the things they fought for and you are called racist. The same goes for any public display of the Confederate Battle Flag. The indoctrination has been so effective that no matter how much evidence one provides to the contrary, people still believe that the North fought the Civil War to free the slaves, while the South were racist pigs who only cared about keeping theirs.

It doesn’t matter that one can prove Lincoln said he had no desire to interfere with the institution of slavery. It doesn’t matter that Lincoln thought the black man was inferior to the white man. It doesn’t matter that Congress had passed a proposed Constitutional Amendment making slavery permanent in the United States. All that matters is what people have been brainwashed into believing; that the North fought a righteous war to free the slaves and that Abraham Lincoln was almost godlike in his concern for the black man.

Prior to the Civil War there had been minor skirmishes between our government and those it represents; the States and the people. When government began to get too big for its britches the States, or the people, resisted and government tended to back off. Yet it’s goal of obtaining absolute and total control over the States and the people was never completely abandoned; it was just temporarily put on hold.

The Civil War happened when a portion of the country exercised their fundamental right of leaving a voluntary union of the States and forming a system of governance which best suited their needs. This is the basic premise contained within the Declaration of Independence, and is therefore fundamental in whatever system of government which would be established in its wake.

Our government was created, depending upon who you ask, either by the people of this country, or by an act of the States. The implications of who actually established it is subject to much discussion and not really of concern at the moment. What is important that you realize that as an entity created by the Constitution it was a servant of those who created it. No servant has the right to tell its masters that they cannot fire it, or seek to severe the terms of the agreement which bound them to it.

But that’s exactly what happened with the Civil War; the Southern States had put up with enough of the federal government’s interference, abuse, and violations of their sovereignty and sought to peacefully separate and form a union of their own with its own system of government to better secure their liberty.

Abraham Lincoln told them, by the raising of an Army of 75,000 troops, that government was master over the States and the people, and that it would not allow a portion, any portion, of the union to exercise what was widely believed to be their right; that right being to secede.

It matters not if the South did in fact secede over the issue of slavery or whether they didn’t; the right to secede was considered by most to be fundamental. Many States had declarations stating such in their Constitutions, or in the documents declaring that they had ratified the federal Constitution.

Abraham Lincoln took the nation to war to prevent the South from exercising that right and that’s ALL the Civil War was about. If you formed a partnership with a few close friends and then one day decided to strike out on your own and seek your own success, then your friends called the cops and sent them to arrest you and force you back into being partners with them, you would be outraged. But that’s exactly what Lincoln did when he told the South they could not leave the Union; he used military force to compel obedience to ‘governments’ dictates.

The Civil War was the beginning of the end in this country; a major turning point. It was with the North’s victory that we saw government go from being a servant of the component parts of the Union to the master over all of it. We have never looked back and government has grown bigger and far more oppressive than the one which the Confederacy fought to free themselves from, and a thousand times more oppressive than the one our Founders fought to free themselves from.

But do the people of this country notice? Hell no, they go around thinking that if they could just give the Republicans, or the Democrats one more chance they will fix all that is wrong in this country. It’s the actions of a lunatic to keep repeating the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

As long as people continue to think that the Democrats have the answer, or that the Republicans have the answer, nothing is going to get better. The answer lies not within political parties but in the Constitution and a firm adherence to what it says are the powers granted government. The answer lies in the words of the men who lived and breathed when our nation was founded; men like Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, and Patrick Henry who said, “You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your Government … Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings-give us that precious jewel, and you may take every thing else.”

That is what the Confederate Battle Flag, and the Confederacy represent to me; the last dying gasp of liberty in this country. Since then we have been a nation of sheep, herded around by our government believing that it is we who are in control when the reverse is actually true.

Liberty, rights, freedom can only exist when the people these belong to exert it; when they meekly submit to, or support measures by their government which further restricts these things they are not free; they are slaves.

And to quote Forrest Gump, “That’s all I gotta say about that.”

But if you were a true patriot, not a faux patriot who stands behind political parties and catch phrases like Hope and Change, this would represent what you stand for. However, seeing as how this only offends most people, I can only make an educated guess as to where their loyalty is; and it certainly is not to the liberty.

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Very Soon It Will Be Time To Pay The Piper

I don’t get much feedback on these articles I write, aside from being turned in to Human Resources at work when I say something particularly offensive and some thin-skinned individual decides to turn me in. Therefore, I don’t really know what passes through my target audience’s minds when they read these commentaries; if they read them at all.

I do, however, get the impression that a good number of people find my decision not to participate in this year’s presidential election a betrayal of all I claim to stand for. I think they believe that by my not supporting Trump I am handing the election to Hillary on a silver platter.

It’s not that I do not agree with much of what Trump says; it’s just that I disagree with him as president doing these things without Congressional approval; that’s not how our system was designed to operate. People, especially those on the right who call themselves conservatives, bemoan the abuses of Executive Authority exercised by Barack Obama; which is fine. But then they are willing to support a candidate like Trump doing the same thing; simply because the things he plans to do fall in line with the things they expect out of government.

Now I’m not singling out those on the right, you Republicans who support Trump as I’m sure the same thing would happen if Trump were currently in office abusing his authority as president and Obama was running for president to replace him. Abuse of presidential power and an overstepping of the boundaries between Executive and Legislative branches are offensive to me regardless of whether I support the intended goals of such violations of the Constitution.

It all boils down to the age old lesser of two evils thing; and I’m tired of voting for evil; no matter which side of the political fence they sit on. It is this voting for the lesser of two evils that got us into this mess to begin with, and continuing to do so IS NOT going to fix all that is wrong with this country; it will only postpone the inevitable.

Let’s just say Trump wins; which is currently doubtful as most polls show him trailing Hillary by anywhere from 5-12 percentage points, but let’s just say he does manage to pull it out and win; then what? Say Trump wins and he fulfills all his promises to bring jobs back to America, kick ISIS’s ass, and build his wall between Mexico and the United States. So what?

What has happened to America has been happening since the end of the Civil War when the federal government proclaimed itself to be sovereign over the will of the people and the individual States which comprise this Union. It would take far more than 4 or 8 years of a Trump presidency to undo the damage that’s been done.

Do any of you understand the Law of Momentum? Basically it deals with mass and velocity and how long an object will continue will continue moving without outside force being applied, or how long it will take for it to come to rest.

When I was in the Air Force stationed in Korea, whenever we went on deployment I always, and I mean ALWAYS got stuck driving an 1800 gallon fuel truck towing a 600 gallon fuel trailer. That’s a lot of damned weight and it took a long time to get from 0 to 60, let me tell you. It also took a long damned time to stop; it wasn’t like some compact car that you could slam on the brakes and stop in less than a couple hundred feet. Stopping all that weight from 50-60 mph took anywhere from a quarter to a half mile; simply because of the momentum it had behind it.

That’s the way I see our country now; there is too much momentum behind our downfall for a 4 or 8 year president to reverse, or stop; and that would go for a president far better than Trump as well. Trump may stand for things that I find myself agreeing with, but I have yet to hear him say he will do anything to downsize government, reduces its spying upon its citizens, or restore any of our lost liberty.

The way I see it, a Trump presidency is a speed bump in our steady downfall into total and absolute tyranny; it might slow things down for awhile, but it won’t stop the inevitable. I’m simply tired of half measures, or band aids which hide the real problem; government is just too damned big and too damned oppressive. Trump won’t fix that even if he is a better choice than Hillary.

It has been said that our system of government was an experiment in self governance; that it rested upon two vital characteristics; the knowledge of the people regarding how the system was supposed to function, and two, the virtue of the people who go to the polls and vote for those who will represent them.

We have failed in both…miserably!

Nine out of ten people, and I’m being generous, couldn’t tell you how many Articles there are in our Constitution, let alone what each Article said. These same people couldn’t tell you what each right the first ten amendments to the Constitution protect.

James Madison once said, “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.”

Our government, regardless of what you’ve been told, rests on one simple premise; that it is a body of men, and women, chosen by the people to exercise specific powers on our behalf. At the same time this government was instituted to protect the liberty of the people it represents.

The moment the people this government represents become ignorant of this fact, and allow government to exercise powers it was never intended it possess, or begin depriving us of the liberty it was instituted to protect, we take a step down the path to tyranny. The longer we stay on that path the harder it will be to find our way back to limited government and complete freedom to exercise our rights as our Founders intended.

Is Hillary a worse choice for president than Trump? Absolutely. But look at the polling data, anywhere from 42% – 51% of the registered voters in this country support her. That says volumes regarding the ignorance of the American people right there.

When the fact that she has violated numerous federal laws and is under investigation by the Justice Department, yet none of this matters because she is going to do things that a majority of the people in this country agree with; we are, to put it mildly, screwed.

I’m only human people, I can only tolerate so much ignorance, so much apathy, before I snap and say to hell with it, you deserve what’s coming. I love this country, more than most of you could ever possibly imagine; but I love it because of the principles it was founded upon, not because of the opportunity for employment is better or because we are a great and mighty empire that throws its weight around the world forcing our beliefs upon the rest of the world.

When a majority of the people, and this goes for both Republicans and Democrats, have abandoned the principles which led our Founders to fight the British for their independence, I no longer see much to love about the people in this country. In fact, I feel that they deserve what their ignorance is going to end up giving them.

People call me unpatriotic, even dangerous to the American way of life. It is ironic that I feel the same about most of them. I suppose history will be the judge of who was right.

For going on two decades now I’ve been scribbling out these articles, hoping that the people I send them out to will show the same enthusiasm for the information I was discovering. My hopes were dashed and my faith in the people of this country was misplaced. People don’t care about the things I write about; that is most people anyway. As long as they have a roof over their head, a flat screen TV, food on the table, and Wifi service the world could be burning around them and they wouldn’t care.

They don’t care that their liberty has been taken from them, that they pay upwards of 40% of their income in taxes, that their government has borrowed itself into a black hole we’ll never escape, and that it has built a surveillance apparatus and police state which is just a huge prison for all who inhabit this once free nation. All that needs doing is the cell door to be slammed shut upon them and maybe then the people will see what their ignorance has wrought.

Our Founders tried to warn people about what would happen if they became ignorant and corrupt. Numerous other writers have tried to warn you. I’ve tried to warn you about it as well. You’ve ignored all these warnings and continued to place party over principle, or vote for the lesser of two evils time and time again.

Soon, and I fear sooner than I prefer, it will be time to pay the piper; so to speak. I suppose in the loving embrace of tyranny there will be one bright side for you; you’ll no longer have to listen to me, as I will probably be dead by then. Believe me though, when tyranny final reveals itself for what it truly is you ‘ll have wished you’d listened to me when you still had a chance.

But that’s okay, maybe this is all just a bad dream and you will wake up soon and everything will be okay. Then again, maybe you won’t…

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Don’t Get Mad At Me, I’m Just The Messenger

Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger”? It is derived from an old code of conduct from times when, during war, messengers were sent between opposing camps to deliver messages back and forth between armies. Prior to electronic communications, and even postal service, hand delivered messages were often the only means of communicating between two groups. It was a courtesy, that no matter how bad the news, the receiver did not take out his anger or frustration upon the person who delivered the message.

In Plutarch’s Lives it is written that “The first messenger that gave notice of Lucullus coming was so far from pleasing Tigranes that, he had his head cut off for his pains; and no man dared bring further information. Without any intelligence at all, Tigranes sat while war was already blazing around him, giving ear only to those who flattered him.”

There is a moral in that story for those who are wise enough to see it; that being that if you chastise or disregard those who bring you information that you dislike, and heed only information which pleases you, then you will be left in the dark as to what is really happening around you.

When it comes down to it, all I am is a messenger. I am not creating anything new for you to read, I’m only providing facts as I come across them. I may reword them, but the facts I provide are based primarily upon the beliefs of the men who established our Republic in the first place. If they are displeasing to you then maybe the problem lies with you because you find the truth too offensive, or it is just too unpleasant to consider that I may be telling the truth about these things I write about.

What the hell has happened to the people of this country where the truth has become so offensive that we shun it and label it politically incorrect? Have we become so thin-skinned as a people that we would rather hide in a cocoon of lies and deceit rather than fact the truth? If that’s what it means to be an American today, count me out, I want no part of it.

I have never claimed to be in possession of all the facts; but I am man enough to accept when I’ve been wrong. Can you say the same thing about yourselves? The thing that separates me from most people is that I’m constantly searching for new knowledge, rather than sitting back resting on the comfortable lies I believe to be the truth.

Had man done what most Americans today do they would still believe the Earth was flat or that the planets revolved around the Earth. It was only by questioning established beliefs that the truth about things became known and then widely accepted.

For instance, when John Locke wrote his Second Treatise it was a period in which monarchs ruled and political power was deemed to be granted by divine right. Kings ruled believing that the power they held over their subjects came directly from God. Locke, and many others in the Age of Enlightenment, argued against that belief and felt that sovereignty rested in the people; and that all political power was derived from them.

These were revolutionary thoughts and even though Locke was an Englishman, it took the American Revolution, and the blank canvas it provided, for his principles to be given the chance to be put into effect. The fact that our rights, not political power and authority, come from God lies at the very heart of everything our Founders fought for.

Thomas Jefferson expressed this very premise in his Summary View of the Rights of British America, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

Although Jefferson was writing in regards to the tyranny imposed upon the Colonists by the Crown, and by Parliament, the basic principle is equally applicable today. I see these God Bless America stickers all the time as I drive around town and I have to wonder if the people displaying them have ever stopped to ask themselves if they, as individuals, are doing all they can to stand up for the gift of liberty bestowed upon them by the same God they are asking for blessings?

It is our duty as citizens, as Americans, to fight every single encroachment upon our liberty; no matter how small it may be. Using gun control as an example, people accept laws that limit magazine capacity because they believe that no one needs a 30 round magazine to hunt deer. Yet the 2nd Amendment simply says our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It does not say that it may be infringed as long as we are still able to own ‘certain’ types of guns. Shall not be infringed means exactly what it says; there shall be no limitations placed upon what type arms we may own.

The purpose of the 2nd Amendment was not to allow us to hunt deer from long distances without alerting them to our presence, it was so that we could rise up and fight against a tyrant. Had you done any research regarding the militia in Colonial times you would have read that the citizens were expected to report for militia service with their own arms; which were of the type commonly used in military service.

What has changed about the 2nd Amendment? Certainly not the wording. It is our interpretation of what the Second Amendment means, or our reliance upon the holy writ handed down by the almighty Supreme Court.

I honestly believe that our government believes us to be incapable of managing our own affairs, of defending ourselves, and knowing what’s best for our country. They must take us to be fools, and while in many cases they are correct in their assumptions, not all of us are fools and useful idiots. There are many, and our numbers grow by the day, who understand what liberty truly means and we are growing weary of our government’s constant assault upon it.

Yet, although our government has not yet openly declared war upon us for resisting its continued usurpation of power and violation of our rights, we do face an enemy that poses our freedom far more danger; an ignorant and apathetic populace.

When the vast majority of the people of this country refuse to accept that our government is rotten to the core, that elections are only the illusion that we have any say in how things are run in this country, then we have already lost the battle before the first shot was fired.

In another quote, Jefferson states, “It was by the sober sense of our citizens that we were safely and steadily conducted from monarchy to republicanism, and it is by the same agency alone we can be kept from falling back.”

That sober sense Jefferson speaks of is, for the most part, gone. When people reject the truth, when they cry out that they are offended because someone speaks the truth to them, then there is no hope that the teeming mass of Ignoramus Americanus can ever regain the liberty they once had.

As long as you continue to play by the rules our government establishes the playing field will be tilted in their favor. The only way, and I mean the ONLY way to tilt the advantage back in our direction is to withdraw your support for government.

However, it takes a brave soul to make that kind of commitment. I know far too many who have criticized me for my decision to sit out this upcoming election. They tell me that by sitting it out I am, basically, voting for Hillary. The sad thing is that people are still caught up in this whole two party paradigm and can’t see that government is a single entity, and that no matter who is president it will continue to grow, continue to spend us into bankruptcy, and continue to strip away our rights. The only difference is the speed at which it happens.

I watched an old George Carlin video the other day about voting. In it Carlin queried, “Is this the best we can fucking do?” Sorry if the language offends, but that was Carlin’s way of asking that if these corrupt candidates are the best we have to offer, then we’re screwed.

I honestly hate sounding so cynical and pessimistic, but when I leave my home and go out into the public I can’t help but find any optimism for the future of this country dashed against the rocks because of the utter stupidity of most of the people I encounter.

Yeah, that’s right, I called you stupid.

If you can’t see that no matter who you vote for our government is not going to reduce itself in size, that it is not going to restore the liberty it has taken from us; then yes, you are stupid, or at the minimum, dangerously naive and should not be allowed to vote.

In the year 1944 Judge Billings Learned Hand delivered a speech, ironically on I Am An American Day, in which he said, “What do we mean when we say that first of all we seek liberty? I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws, and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.”

To sum up what he said in a few words, liberty relies upon each of us to defend. Constitutions, Bills of Rights are, as Madison said, mere parchment barriers to governments. It is only by the spirit of the people that liberty survives; and I don’t see much concern for liberty amongst the people I come across in my daily affairs.

People are far more concerned with sports, Facebook, or a host of other means of entertainment. But liberty and the defense of it are not on their list of priorities. How can a nation of people so apathetic and so complacent be expected to survive as free men and women when their loyalty is to political parties and not the principles which form the foundation which our system of government rests upon?

I believe that I was born into a unique time in American History. I was born when there was still a basic love of liberty amongst the people and over the course of my life I have watched as that love withered and died just as a plant would if it was deprived of water for too long.

For most, their comfort, our safety, and sensitivities are of more importance today than the freedom to act as we please, speak our minds without fear of condemnation or retribution. Most people, at least from my perspective, would be willing to sacrifice all their freedom to obtain these things.

Yet, as Patrick Henry so eloquently said, “Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings-give us that precious jewel, and you may take every thing else: But I am fearful I have lived long enough to become an fellow: Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined, enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so: I say, the time has been when every pore of my heart beat for American liberty, and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American…”

All I know is that I sit here day after day, trying to come up with new ways to say the same thing; only to find my words falling upon closed minds and deaf ears. Worse, I find myself being accused of being unpatriotic or finding myself turned in because I have offended someone.

I’m sorry if I offend people, I truly am. But the truth is more important to me than your feelings, and the future of the country I love is far more important than your sensitivities. So if I offend you I suggest you suck it up and tough it out; because I have no intentions of quitting anytime soon.

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Off The Top Of My Head

According to Forbes Magazine the following ten men are the wealthiest men in the world; Bill Gates, Amancia Ortega, Warren Buffett, Carlos Helu, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Bloomberg, with Charles and David Koch rounding out the list. The combined wealth of these 10 men comes to roughly $500 billion; a pittance compared to what our government has borrowed to keep itself afloat.

That should scare the hell out of you.

If that doesn’t, maybe this will. The National Debt currently stands at $19.2 trillion and climbing by the minute. I’ve read where the National Debt climbs at the rate of $2 billion PER DAY. Now I don’t know if that’s true or not, but if it is; how can we continue to sustain that level of borrowing before it all comes crashing down around us?

Then there are the unfunded liabilities. An unfunded liability is the difference between expected government payouts and expected revenue coming into the government. For instance, an unfunded liability is expected Social Security payouts in comparison to expected funds coming into the Social Security fund to cover the expected payouts.

Do you know what our unfunded liabilities are? Do you even care? Well I’m gonna tell you anyway; our unfunded liabilities sit at a whopping $102 trillion; that’s almost ten times the National Debt! That number is so big it rivals the gross domestic product for the entire world.

To keep our country, and our economy afloat, our government, or more specifically, the FED, has been pumping money into our system to artificially simulate the economy and keep it from collapsing. The current supply of money floating around in our country now sits at $12.7 trillion, up 165%; and it continues to rise.

People complain that they do not earn enough; that they want pay raises so that they can afford to live in today’s world of higher prices. They do not understand the nature of economics and money and therefore think that as long as their pay goes up everything will be fine.

Do you know what inflation is; and I mean really know? Inflation is not simply the rise in the cost of goods and services as most believe. Inflation is simply the fact that it takes more money to buy the same good than it used to. This can be caused by a slow creep in labor costs or the cost of raw materials to produce a product; but it can also be caused by an increase in the supply of money in an economy.

Let’s say for a moment that you create a micro-economy where you infuse $100 into it for the people to spend on goods and services. The people are happy…for awhile, but then they begin to complain that they want more so that they can buy nicer things. So you pump another $100 into your economy. Now everyone has twice the money they did before, and everyone’s happy; right?

Not so fast. What you’ve done is halved the value of the mode of currency, or what you call money. So instead of a loaf of bread costing $.50, it now costs $1.00. All you see is the price doubling because the dollar bills you carry around in your wallet or purse still LOOK the same; but in reality they have lost half their value. That is what is happening in our country. Ron Paul called inflation the hidden tax and it is what people do not see or understand; and why prices continue to go up.

You may have heard the term Quantative Easing on the news. There have been 3 Quantative Easings in America in recent years in which the FED purchased financial assets from commercial banks to stimulate the economy. But the FED has no money, per se. To purchase these things there is a convoluted process in which the Treasury prints out the money to purchase these financial holdings, and the money used to purchase these things finds itself in the debt column to which we, the taxpayers, and responsible for paying off.

I’ve read up on the creation of money in this country numerous times and the process still gives me a headache. All I know is that our system is kept afloat only because they continue to feed more money into it, much like a person is kept on life support; artificially sustaining life. But we pay the immediate price in inflation, and the long term price in obligation to paying off the National Debt.

Our government, and those behind it who profit from it, will do anything to keep the illusion that our economy may be struggling, but it is basically sound, alive. Were the truth to get out their would be panic and chaos. People would make a run on the banks to withdraw their savings, and with the banks practice of fractional reserve loaning they would not have the funds available to give everyone their money back. The banks would close; then the real fun would begin. Stores would run out of goods and then people would become desperate and begin looting and stealing from their neighbors just to feed their families.

It would be utter chaos and the perfect excuse for our government to institute Martial Law and that would be all she wrote for the freedom you currently take for granted.

Why would our government allow this to happen? Well I cannot be sure, but power, greed, and a willingness to ignore Constitutional limitations upon their power come to mind as possible answers.

I’m not a huge fan of Abraham Lincoln; in fact I think he was one of our worst presidents. Nonetheless he did get one thing right when he said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” What Lincoln meant is if you want to see a man’s true colors, give him power and see how he uses that power over others.

As George Washington supposedly said, “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” If you were in government, and your goal was to increase your power and control over the people you governed, and a group of men came to you and offered you a blank check, so to speak, in regards to how much money you could borrow to fund your government programs, do you think you could resist such an offer?

Well that’s exactly what happened in 1913 with the creation of The Federal Reserve. A group of private bankers offered our government that proverbial blank check as long as they were given control over our nation’s monetary supply.

And wasn’t it Mayer Amschel Rothschild who said, “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.” Rothschild would not have cared if it was a Republican running things or a Democrat, as long as he had control of our money supply he controlled the country. Politicians are beholden to them for both the contributions made to their campaign war chests and for the very survival of our system of economics.

Were these bankers to drastically call in all debt our country would collapse in seconds. Our life blood, our vitality rests in their hands; and they are the true government in this country. All the wars we fight are so that they can profit from the debt created by war. Sure, we are told that it is all for our national defense, but how many of these countries we have fought over the past 5 decades have actually attacked the United States. Defense you say?

James Madison once warned us, “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.”

Sir Josiah Stamp, former director of the Bank of England, in a moment of truth, stated, “Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money and control credit, and with the flick of a pen they will create enough to buy it back.”

That National Debt I spoke of earlier, who do you think profits from it? That’s right… BANKS. I’m not talking about your local Bank of America or Wells Fargo, I’m talking about the big banks like Chase; which just happens to be a JP Morgan subsidiary. And wasn’t the plans for the Federal Reserve ironed out on Jekyll Island by representatives of Mr. Morgan? Coincidence, I think not.

Yet here we are, 5 months away from the next presidential election worrying about whether Trump or Clinton is going to become our next president. Let me ask you a question, a question you may have to put on your thinking caps and do some research to answer: Have either of the two candidates made any campaign promises which conform to the powers granted the Executive by the Constitution?

Hmmm, I’m waiting….No answer? I thought not.

I can guarantee that no matter who wins the upcoming election the National Debt will continue to climb. Mark my words and today’s date; “Neal Ross said on June 20, 2016 that no matter who wins the presidency our debt is going to increase.”

Sure, our liberty may be more drastically reduced under a Hillary presidency than under a Trump presidency. But then again, Trump being the bully that he is, and used to getting his way, may exercise far more Executive Authority than Barack Obama could ever have imagined using. So it’s unclear as to who would be better as president. But does it really matter when we are all nothing but chattel slaves to the banks anyway?

Our labor keeps the economy going, no matter how sluggish and weak it is. Our taxes pay the interest on the debt our government incurs; which lines the pockets of the bankers.

And I’ve only touched upon government borrowing; leaving personal debt completely out of the discussion. How many of you reading this are free of all debt? No hands? Well there you have it, you are slaves to the debt you hold; be it personal debt, or debt the government has incurred on your behalf.

All this because you, the American people, have not held government accountable and limited the powers it wields. I won’t even go into these idiots who go around saying vote for this guy or that guy because they are going to give us things; like that imbecile Obamaphone lady who urged people to vote for Obama simply to get a free cell phone.

We’ve made a fine mess of things in this country, and I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, except possibly the train that is coming our way to destroy what remains of our Republic and our liberty.

I hope you’re ready for what’s coming, because it ain’t gonna be pretty.

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The End Does Not Justify The Means

The ends justify the means is an idiom which means that a good outcome justifies any wrong doing committed to achieve that outcome.To a certain extent I can see how certain rules could be slightly bent, possibly broken even, to obtain a goal if the goal is worth it, but once the goal is achieved the rule should go back into effect and no further violations of it be tolerated.

This should never be the case when it comes to our rights though. Our rights are what make living in this country worthwhile; whether you choose to believe that or not. By proscribing, or limiting a person’s ability to freely exercise their rights we are attacking all that made America such a great country to begin with. Also, it always seems that once a right is violated, or limited, it is never restored; in fact we typically see further infringements upon it until it eventually ceases to exist, or it has been restricted to such an extent that the exercise of it is next to impossible.

Because the people of this country have not been taught to respect and value their rights, they are more than willing to let them be violated if it serves the greater public good. If you ask me, that is like amputating your arm because you got stung in the hand by a bee; it’s ridiculous.

As Ben Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Our Founders resisted every violation of what they believed to be their righs as Englishmen, and as human beings. When their resistance was met with further injury, they resisted even more until eventually it led to open revolution against their government.

Yet today when we hear of our rights being violated we shrug our shoulders, say ‘Oh well’ and go back to our TV’s, cell phones and Facebook. What’s worse is that when someone such as myself tries to bring these violations of your rights to your attention; you don’t want to hear about it; you have more important things to worry about.

What could be more important than your freedom? As Patrick Henry said, “Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings-give us that precious jewel, and you may take every thing eles…” What good is a job, a house, a car, and all the entertainment in the world if you do not have liberty?

Our Bill of Rights was written to amend the Constitution by stating certain rights which the government created by this Constitution could not violate. Our courts, especially the Supreme Court, have taken it upon themselves to decide whether these rights are, to use their terminology, incorporated. This concept of incorporation is one in which the SCOTUS has applied certain portions of the Bill of Rights to the States.

Beginning in 1897 the SCOTUS began issuing rulings which incorporated parts of the Bill of Rights and making them applicable to the States as well. The case of Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad v. City of Chicago was the first of such cases, with Gitlow v. New York being another landmark case which incorporated the freedom of speech.

While I’m not saying these rights should be violated by the States, the whole idea of incorporation is a perversion of the powers granted government. The Constitution created ONLY the federal government. Therefore any amendments to that Constitution should apply ONLY to the federal government.

At the time the Constitution was written it was understood, taken for granted, self-evident to quote Jefferson, that man was endowed with certain rights. The people did not need a Bill of Rights to understand these concepts. The Bill of Rights was only added to the Constitution to provide those who opposed it some measure of assurance that the government created by that document would not seek to violate these self-evident rights.

It could be construed that the legal concept of incorporation is, in fact, a violation of the 10th Amendment which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” But I fear that I am getting too complicated for some of you; so I better reign myself in some.

Do you know what a safe is? A safe is a box in which you lock away your valuables so that they cannot be taken from you. Well the Bill of Rights is much like a safe in that once those rights were listed by constitutional amendment, then ratified by the requisite number of States, they were effectively placed inside a safe; beyond the greedy little fingers of government.

Even Madison, who eventually caved in to pressure for a Bill of Rights, had lukewarm feelings about them, stating in a letter to Jefferson, “Repeated violations of these parchment barriers have been committed by overbearing majorities in every State. In Virginia I have seen the bill of rights violated in every instance where it has been opposed to a popular current.”

If you think about it, Bills of Rights are merely words written upon pieces of paper. They hold their meaning only as long as the people whose rights they protect value them, and are willing to defend them. The moment the people lose interest in defending them, or they grow comfortable with violations of them, these Bills of Rights become meaningless. It is the spirit of the people whose rights they protect which gives them life.

Today, right now in 2016, as I sit back and watch what is happening to our freedom in this country, I have often felt that the Bill of Rights is on life-support; clinging to life only because a small percentage of the people in this country both understand what it says and choose to resist any further violations of it. I often feel as Patrick Henry must have felt almost 230 years ago when he said, “Perhaps an invicible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so.”

The vast majority of Americans are so trusting, so naive, that they believe our government would never go the way of Soviet era Russia or Nazi Germany. The find it inconceivable that our government could ever load people up and haul them off to Gulags or Concentration Camps. I’m sure all those who suffered under the iron fists of tyrants felt the same about thier system of government at some point in time as well. It is both foolish and dangerous to think that it could never happen here.

If the people of this country could only take a few steps back, disassociate themselves from their emotions and personal prejudices, they would see that the path this country is on parallels the paths many of these countries we now call ‘evil’ took before tyranny ruled over them. It truly is mind boggling; watching all this happening while all those around you seem oblivious to what is so plainly obvious.

Our 2nd Amendment, the doomsday provision of the Bill of Rights which allows for a people to be armed sufficiently enough to resist the encroaching nature of tyrants is being sacrificed because people would rather feel safe than take their own safety and security into their own hands.

When one talks about the 2nd Amendment one’s mind automatically assumes guns. However what are arms if not weapons? Could not the 2nd Amendment be talking about knives as well, or swords, nor nunchaku for that matter? The right of the people to keep and bear arms applies to all manner of arms, not just guns. If a law is passed saying I cannot own a switchblade or balisong knife, then it violates my right to keep and bear whatever arms I choose.

It is beyond insane to think that a Constitutional Amendment, the purpose of which was to leave the people sufficiently armed to resist tyranny, would limit the people to 10 round magazines and single shot rifles when the government it was written to protect us from carries fully automatic weapons with 30 round magazines and belt fed machine guns.

If someone abuses their right to keep and bear arms, and harms another, or attempts to rob them, then that person, AND THAT PERSON ONLY, should be charged with a crime. It goes against the nature of rights, and all that America stood for to violate the rights of those who have committed no crime. Yet that is exactly what the public cries for every time there is one of these rampage shootings; stricter gun control.

Sometimes I feel like I’ve been locked up inside an insane assylum with no means to protect myself from the madness that surrounds me.

And then there is this whole War on Terror nonsense and all the freedom we have lost fighting terror. Is there nothing we won’t sacrifice to keep us safe from these bogeymen terrorists?

In the 1967 case of U.S. v. Robel, the Court ruled, “Yet, this concept of “national defense” cannot be deemed an end in itself, justifying any exercise of legislative power designed to promote such a goal. Implicit in the term “national defense” is the notion of defending those values and ideals which set this Nation apart. For almost two centuries, our country has taken singular pride in the democratic ideals enshrined in its Constitution, and the most cherished of those ideals have found expression in the First Amendment. It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of those liberties – the freedom of association – which makes the defense of the Nation worthwhile.”

That was a mere 50 years ago, and although it pertains specifically to the 1st Amendment, it’s principle applies to all constitutionally protected rights. Yet how much of the 4th Amendment remains after all these laws protecting us from terrorism have been enacted?

If I were to stand outside your home and listen to your conversations through a window, or put listening devices on your phones, or read your mail without your knowledge, you would be outraged. Yet our government does it routinely and as a matter of fact and you say it is all well and good because they are protecting you from terror.

If you knew the extent to which you are monitored and spied upon you would probably shit your pants; it is that bad and has been going on much longer than this war on terror has been going on.

Let me ask you something. If you give someone unlimited power to protect you, who is to say that one day that power could not be used to enslave you? How would you stop such power if it were to be used against you instead of protecting you?

In 1975, when I was still a junior in High School, Senator Frank Church appeared on Meet the Press where he stated, “In the need to develop a capacity to know what potential enemies are doing, the United States government has perfected a technological capability that enables us to monitor the messages that go through the air. Now, that is necessary and important to the United States as we look abroad at enemies or potential enemies. We must know, at the same time, that capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left such is the capability to monitor everything—telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.

If this government ever became a tyrant, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology.

I don’t want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”

Well I’m here to tell you that we have crossed that abyss and nobody even batted an eye about it. In fact, when Edward Snowden tried to warn us about the extent to which we are spied upon, the people of this country called him treasonous and forced him into exile outside the United States.
For all intents and purposes the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects has all but been eradicated; that security no longer exists; all because we have surrendered these rights to our government to protect us from terrorism.

Going back to the 60′s the government has been monitoring the airwaves in the name of national defense. Under the Iron Horse project the United States built a series of Wullenweber antenna arrays to capture HF/DF signals. These antenae’s known as Elephant Cages, were stationed all across the globe in such places as San Vito Air Base, Italy; Clark Air Base, Philippines, and Elmendorf Air Force Base Alaska. I have personally walked around inside the decommissioned antenae at San Vito; it is huge and I can undersand why they call them Elephant Cages.

But the Elephant Cages were not the only thing the government did beginning back in the 60′s. ECHELON, another surveillance program, was also established to collect and monitor SIGNIT, or Signals Intelligence. In the 2007 movie the Bourne Ultimatum there is a scene in the beginning when the communications of journalist Simon Ross are captured, flagging the code word Blackbriar. People believe this to be just another example of Hollywood fiction, when they are in fact rubbing our faces in the fact that they have these capabilities.

According to some, by the end of the 20th century ECHELON had evolved to become a global system for the interception of private and commerical communications. No one is safe from the prying eyes and ears of ECHELON.

In 1988 a Lockheed employee, Margaret Newsham, revealed to Congress that the telephone calls of Senator Strom Thurmand had been collected by ECHELON and given over the the NSA. After investigating the matter Congress determined that the “…targeting of U.S. political figures would not occur by accident, but was designed into the system from the start.”

So, from the very beginning ECHELON was intended to spy, not only upon our enemies, but within the U.S., doing exactly what Senator Church warned about when he appeared on Meet the Press.

But it gets worse…

Have you ever seen the Tom Cruise movie the Minority Report? It involves a future where a Pre-Crime division is set up to prevent crime before it happens. Precogs, as they are called, can see into the future when violent crimes are going to be committed, and the Pre-Crime division uses clues from their visions to prevent the crime from occuring.

Well, our government is busily trying to set up a system which does just that. Using a form of artifical intelligence, or AI, the NSA is working on a program called Aquaint where all manner of data is fed into a system, then algorithms are used to determine who might pose a threat to this country.

Data from cell phones, credit care useage, social networs such as Twitter and Facebook, GPS tracking data, Google searches, Amazon book purchases, and even E-Z pass tolls will be fed into the system to form a bio on not only what we are doing, what we might possibly be thinking.

They intend to eventually be able to identify threats before they happen based upon some computer printout. While the goal of protecting us from terror is a worthy one, where do we draw the line as to how much power we give government to monitor, track, and spy upon us?

Then there is FAST, or Future Attribute Screening Technology. FAST assess physiological and behavioral signals to determine the probablity that someone might commit a crime. Under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security and Under Secretary Jay Cohen, the goal of FAST was to create new technology that would be working in real time as opposed to after a crime has already been committed.

Using technology that externally monitors a persons pulse rate, skin temperature, breathing, facial expressions, body movement, and pupil dilation, computer algorithms are going to make a determination whether or not you intend to commit a crime.

And believe me, these are just programs whose existence has leaked into the public awareness. When my father worked at Lockheed he used to always say that there was shit going on there that would blow our minds if we knew about it. When I worked with the U-2 program at Beale AFB my former boss told me that there were programs in existence decades before they were ever brought out into the open for the general public.

Who knows what hidden programs our government has that are locked away behind the banner of National Security, or labeled Top Secret? The only limitations are those your own mind imposes upon you.

I watch these fiction movies and my mind thinks about what is actually happening in this country, and I see a very frightening future for this country. In the film the Bourne Legacy, actor Jeremy Renner is targeted by a drone for termination and the missile homes in on a GPS tracking device implanted in his hip.

Do you people realize that almost each and every one of you carries your own personal GPS locating device on you all the time? You call them cell phones, or Smart Phones. But each of them has the ability to monitor your whereabouts at all times. Should government become tyrannical, should it consider you a threat to its existence, how hard would it be for government to track you down, or order a drone strike against you?

Have you seen the Captain America film the Winter Soldier? The plot line that SHIELD is in reality HYDRA and that they have built these aero-carriers with an algorithm that targets anyone who poses a threat to HYDRA, or world peace as they call it, can be eliminated instantaneously is so close to what I fear is actually happening in America that the movie sent chills down my spine.

Call me paranoid, but just because one is paranoid does not mean someobody is not out to get them.

We all want safety and security, but far too many people in this country are not only tolerant of, but support measures that strip away their liberty. The ends do not justify the means, not in this case. As the court said in US v Robel, it is indeed ironic that in the name of national defense we are sacrificing the liberties which make the defense of this nation worthwhile.

We’ve crossed the Rubicon folks, there is no true freedom left in this country. I don’t expect you to do anything about it; I don’t even think there is anything you could do even if you wanted to. But if for some reason I somehow vanish and you don’t know where I’ve gone, it’s probably because one of these programs finally got around to identifying me as a threat and I’ve been eliminated.

Maybe if that time ever comes ignorance would truly have been bliss. But until then I will keep trying to wake you up to the evil that your government is doing all in the name of keeping you safe.

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Denying The Truth Does Not Make It Any Less True

Have you ever heard the phrase a slippery slope? A slippery slope is a choice or decision which, more often than not, leads to disastrous results and from which there is often no turning back. Imagine, if you will, someone taking a step down an ice covered hill. That first step is often easy, but then, more often than not, one loses their footing and finds themselves sliding further down the hill, unable to return to the top where there is sure footing.

When it comes to government and our freedoms, Americans long ago took those first few tentative steps down a slippery slope and we are currently at the point where it is close to impossible to reverse course and restore our system to the principles it was founded upon.

Our Founders believed that all men were created equal. I know there are those who would argue that belief because of the fact that many of them owned slaves; but the principle is contained within our Declaration of Independence and therefore must be taken at face value.

If all men are truly equal then no one man, or group of men, have any power over the lives of others. Our system of government is one in which the sovereign, or supreme power, rests in the hands of the people who inhabit this country. Government derives is power from the consent of the people; having ceded, or surrendered, only the power they felt necessary to maintain order and preserve the equal rights of all.

At any moment in time the people, who are the true sovereigns, can revoke the power they granted government and return to living without any kind of government. As government is a creation of the people it has no say in whether or not the people decide to terminate its existence.

When Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he stated, “”Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

People are accustomed to government and all the things it does for them. Oh, they whine and complain when government does things they disagree with, but the idea of shutting government down, dismantling it and sending its members off to the unemployment line never crosses their minds. Many simply could not survive without all the benefits government provides them. Others fear government and worry about whether standing up to it might involve too great a risk to their lives. Then there are those who believe that to even think of shutting government down is treasonous and the one who mentions it is a danger to society.

But wait, in the Declaration of Independence Jefferson ALSO said, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” (My emphasis)

Jefferson did not say it was your duty to suffer under an oppressive government; he said it was your duty to throw off such government. It all comes down to how much oppression are you willing to tolerate before you say enough is enough.

In 1787 James Madison wrote something in opposition to a bill introduced in the Virginia Legislature which would impose a small tax upon the people to support religious instruction. His response is entitled A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments. In it Madison states, “Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entagled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.”

Read that as many times as you must for it to sink in as it directly correlates to what I was saying about slippery slopes.

In the movie V For Vendetta, the character V makes the statement, “Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.” Words offer us the means to communicate grand ideas and concepts with each other, and the larger your vocabulary the easier it is for you to communicate with others.

Take for instance the word usurp; do you know what it means? As with many words, usurp has numerous definitions. However the two I would like to focus on are; a) to take (a position of power or importance) illegally or by force, and b) encroach or infringe upon (someone’s rights).

In this country we have a Constitution and a Bill of Rights. One is a specific grant of power and the other is a limitation of power, or a restriction of legislative authority. When the government created by the Constitution oversteps the specific powers granted it, or its branches overstep the boundaries which separate the other branches, its acts become usurpations of power. It matters little that the people condone, or ignore these acts, they remain usurpations as they are assumptions of power or position that are not among the specific powers granted government.

When the government enacts laws which violate the rights protected by the Bill of Rights its actions are usurpations as well and it matters little whether they have the consent or support of a majority of the people.

If you have a group of people, say ten or fifteen standing around, and 9 of them decide that one person is a useless idiot and should be killed, does their killing that person make it any less of a crime; even though in so doing they may make life easier for the remaining survivors? A law is a law and they cannot be violated without the act becoming a crime.

Our Constitution is also a law; the Supreme Law of the Land. In 1866 the Supreme Court ruled, “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of men than that any of its provision can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism.”

You may turn a blind eye, or support even, the actions of your government. Just because you do, however, does not change the fact that the actions of your government violate the law. What gets me the most is the hypocrisy of so many who call themselves Americans. They bitch and moan when one party in possession of a majority in our government violates the restrictions placed upon government by the Constitution, but when their party comes into power they remain deathly silent regarding its violations of the same law. This goes for both Democrats and Republicans; you are all a bunch of friggin’ hypocrites.

The point I’m trying to get at is that long ago we took that first step down a slippery path towards tyranny and oppression. By our consenting to, and even supporting laws, which allows government to exercise powers it was never intended government possess, or by supporting laws which violate our most sacred of rights, we have found ourselves so far down the path towards tyranny that there is probably no turning back.

When we took that first step is open to suggestion. How it happened is another story altogether. It happened because the people of this country became fat, dumb, and happy and ignored the principles which founded this once great Republic. They became apathetic and complacent and let their priorities get all mixed up. Their concern for safety, their comfort, and their entertainment took precedence over the limiting of governmental power and the defense of their rights.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on this. Some may believe that we took that first step down the path towards tyranny when FDR enacted all his social programs known as the New Deal. Others may think it happened after the assassination of JFK. Others may believe it never happened at all, that everything is just fine here in the land of the free and home of the brave.

Me, I have come to believe that we took that first step way back in 1789 when we ratified the Constitution in the first place. Ever since then the entity created by that document has sought to increase its power and authority. For awhile we may have been able to limit the encroaching nature of power; but it was almost inevitable that government become the monster that rules and regulates almost every aspect of our lives that it is today.

As Patrick Henry said when he argued against ratification of the Constitution, “But I am fearful I have lived long enough to become an fellow: Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined, enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so: I say, the time has been when every pore of my heart beat for American liberty, and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American…”

I too believe that I have become an old fellow. From what I see when I go out into the teeming herd of society leaves me believing that my beliefs, my values are outdated and obsolete. People don’t care about liberty anymore; they care about comfort and security. Sure, there is a remnant of us old fellows out there who share the same beliefs and values as I do; but we are severely outnumbered by hordes of mindless drones that tolerate and support each new law which puts them further into bondage and servitude.

It’s both sad and exiting to be living in these times. It’s sad because I have to watch all that I love and believe in go down the toilet. It is exiting because I am here right now, living in history in the making, as I struggle to awaken the people of this country to the danger right in front of their eyes.

Make no mistake, America is in a war for its own survival. If we lose the country will still be here, the people will still go to work and come home and turn on their TV’s while swilling beer, but the principles which made America great will be long gone; replaced by authoritarian rule, and any and all who resist will be dealt with swiftly and without mercy.

We’re almost there people; all you have to do is think about what Charles Austin Beard once said, “You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.”

When one finds themselves labeled by their government a domestic terrorist because they stand for the same principles as did Adams, Henry, Jefferson, and Mason, then one can’t be far from the day when tyrants openly reveal their true intent and then, as the old saying goes…the rest is history.

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You Should Be Grateful

Have you ever met someone that caused you to wonder what goes on inside their head? I have; in fact I wonder about it all the time. However in most cases I think that were I to find out it would drive me insane. If what comes out of most people’s mouths is any indication of what goes on inside their heads, then what passes for logic for them is most likely convoluted and irrational.

Everybody has an opinion on things and in a perfect world those opinions would be based upon critical thought; an examination of all the facts leading to a well thought out conclusion. But as my dad used to always say, “Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and they all stink.” That is especially true when one’s opinions are not based upon fact, but upon emotional responses to things; there is usually no logic involved in the forming of them.

John F. Kennedy once said, “Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” People want to be able to express their opinions, but when someone challenges them they are incapable of defending them so they revert to name calling and insults because their opinions are lacking one critical element; factual evidence to support them.

But what if you actually believed that you were thinking things through, examining the evidence, and coming to a well thought out conclusion, but in reality all the facts and evidence you were examining was faulty? Would it not therefore be logical to assume that any opinion you formed would be flawed as well?

The problem with most people is that they are reluctant to admit that their opinions are wrong. Whether it is due to pride or the simple refusal to consider evidence which contradicts them, people tend to cling to their opinions; even defending them when all the evidence clearly shows that they are faulty.

Author Leo Tolstoy once said, “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.”

From my own personal experience I’d have to say Tolstoy was correct in his belief that this state of mind is not common. I can’t remember who said it, but long ago I heard someone say that if you hold the same opinions today that you held ten years ago, then you are probably not thinking about things. The idea is that as more information is provided your opinions should evolve with each wave of new information you come across. Unfortunately, most people refuse to even consider any new evidence which contradicts existing beliefs; therefore their opinions remain stagnant.

Carl Sagan, renowned astronomer and astrophysicist, once wrote, “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us.” For those of you unfamiliar with the word bamboozle, it means to trick or deceive somebody through misleading statements or outright falsehoods.

Everyone has something they absolutely hate; it could be anything ranging from spiders to the holiday season. Me, I hate election years. I didn’t use to; I used to anxiously await them so I could do my civic duty and vote for people I thought would make a difference in this country. Now I view election years, especially presidential elections, as a celebration of the ignorance of the American people.

What I hate the most is having to endure the endless conversations about the qualities of this candidate or that candidate as well as their flaws and weaknesses. Never, not in the debates amongst the candidates all the way down to the conversations in coffee houses and cafeterias, does the question of whether anything these candidates promise to do is authorized by the Constitution. It’s almost as if the Constitution has become completely irrelevant.

Yet were it not for the fact that we have a Constitution we would not even be voting for who would become president. Therefore, how could anything BUT the Constitution be relevant when choosing who will become the next president?

It never crosses most people’s minds that almost everything these candidates are promising to do for them is beyond the authority of the office they seek to fulfill. It never crosses most people’s minds that the things these candidates are promising are beyond the powers granted government as a whole to provide for them. All people think about is their convoluted view of the purpose of government, and how the candidates fit into that equation.

That’s where the quote from Sagan fits in, the bamboozle that people believe about their government has captured them and the people are making choices at the election booth based upon that bamboozle.

Let me ask you something. Let’s imagine for a moment that you established an organization, or a foundation, for certain purposes. While you lived the organization performed for the specific reason you created it, but after your death people within the organization began doing things you would have disagreed with. Eventually that organization morphed into something that served to destroy the very thing you created it to protect. Would you still want that organization to bear your name? Of course you wouldn’t. Nobody likes to see their ideas, their dreams, their beliefs twisted and perverted.
Why should government be any different?

The study of our country’s history and the establishment of our Republic is something I’ve devoted close to two decades studying. I don’t claim to be any kind of an expert on the subject, but I can say that I am probably better informed on it than the average mall shopper. I think it’s safe to say that anything I have to say about the matter is based upon more factual evidence than the opinions most people have regarding the subject. Why then, won’t people at least give what I say a chance; examine whether what I’m saying is true and change their beliefs accordingly?

History is nothing but a chronological listing of events. Depending upon the virtue of who writes history leaves one open to being misled and the opinions they form from the history they study being flawed.

The chronology of man is as follows. First God created man. It matters not whether you believe in God, I do and our Founders, for the most part, did as well. God created man and bestowed upon him all of our rights and freedoms.

Man, then, created government. As government is a creation of man, it cannot become man’s master. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence he wrote more than just a simple list of the reasons why the Colonists felt they needed to separate themselves from English rule; he wrote the most awe inspiring statement regarding man, his rights, and the purpose for which governments should exist.

Among the things Jefferson stated:

-All men are created equal. (No man is any greater or any lesser than the man standing next to him.)

-That we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. (God gave us our rights and it is not within the power of man to take away a gift given us by God.)

-Among these rights are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. (Liberty is defined as the state or condition of people who are able to act and speak freely. Jefferson also said that among our rights is the pursuit of happiness. He did not say the guarantee of happiness, only that we were free to pursue it.)
-That to secure these rights governments are instituted among men. (The purpose of government is to preserve and protect these rights, not diminish or restrict them.)

-Jefferson also writes that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it. (Government, being a creature created by man has no say in the question of whether its creators decide to abolish it.)

-Finally, Jefferson writes, “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Why is it that to talk of tearing government down, or abolishing it, causes one to be labeled a terrorist or a radical? Is that not exactly what Jefferson said was our duty when government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established?

People today mistakenly associate patriotism with support for the actions of their government; right or wrong. That could not be any further from the truth. Patriotism is standing for the principles upon which our system of government was established; not what men 200 + years later decide is the purpose of that government.

If you vote for candidates who promise to do things that are not authorized by the Constitution for government to do; then you are just as much a part of the problem in this country as the corrupt politicians who sit in the seats of power in our nation’s capital.

The belief that if a person doesn’t vote they don’t have a right to complain is as ludicrous a statement as I’ve ever heard. If I don’t vote I’m among the few who do have the right to complain. I didn’t put these losers into office, you did. You voted for them then you should be the one to keep your damned mouths shut when they screw things up.

Daniel Webster once said something I wish more people would consider when casting their votes, “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again.”

On the final day, a speech prepared by Ben Franklin was read to the convention which produced our Constitution. Franklin very well may have been prophesying the state we find ourselves in today, “In these Sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its Faults, if they are such; because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

It truly is a sad reflection of America today that the average person cannot understand these simple principles, or that they choose to ignore them. The Constitution is not that hard to understand; if only people would sit down and read what it says.

In Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee the Court ruled, “The Constitution was written to be understood by the voters; its words and phrases were used in their normal and ordinary, as distinguished from technical meaning; where the intention is clear, there is no room for construction, and no excuse for interpolation or addition.”

But, as Sagan said, the bamboozle has captured you. You continue to believe that our government is endowed with all these powers which are imaginary and nowhere to be found in the actual document which created our system of government. Until you realize that you have been lied to, that you continue to believe in a lie, not one single thing will improve in this country.

Until people stop believing the lies they have been told, or choose to believe, we will, as Hamilton said in Federalist 26, “…travel from one chimerical project to another; we may try change after change; but we shall never be likely to make any material change for the better.”

I am not your enemy, no matter how radical my ideas may be in today’s modern and politically correct world may sound. I only want government to do the job it was created to do and nothing more. By my taking this stand I am standing for your freedom and liberty as well as mine.

You should be grateful that there are still people such as myself fighting for your freedom; not offended.

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Down The Tubes

If I were to ask you to pick a few choice adjectives to describe me, how would you respond? I’m sure some would answer by saying something like arrogant, obnoxious, or opinionated. Is it arrogance when you believe you are right and have the facts to support your opinion, while those who disagree with you have nothing but emotional ranting to support theirs?

Am I obnoxious? I’ll be the first to admit that yes, sometimes I am; but I don’t really consider it as being obnoxious, I’m just blunt and some find my directness offensive. If you are lazy I’m going to tell you so. If you’re views are based on faulty information I’m going to criticize them. If your priorities in life are ass backwards I’m going to tell you so. I may lack tact, but I don’t think that makes me obnoxious. I just don’t like beating around the bush and I get straight to the point. Some people can’t handle that; therefore I am considered obnoxious.

Of all the adjectives I’ve addressed so far, I think opinionated fits best, as I am very opinionated. But aren’t we all to a certain extent? In any debate both sides have opinions. It is a rational mind that can evaluate the facts on both sides and form an educated opinion. It is a closed mind that refuses to even consider anything that may conflict with their beliefs.

Now it’s my turn to turn that mirror inwards and try to find a few choice adjectives to describe myself.

I think the two adjectives which describe me best are frustrated and angry. People seem to think that just because I disagree with them on things that I hate them. There are very few people I actually hate; and most of you aren’t on that list. Your ignorance and apathy may have angered me to the point where I simply ignore your existence, but I do not hate you.

There is something I do hate though; that being the gradual erosion of certain principles that are the foundation upon which this Republic was founded upon.

There is a 1956 science fiction movie which was remade in 1978, starring Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy called Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The basic plot is that an alien invasion is taking place in which seed pods are being grown which produce a perfect replica of human beings; minus one characteristic; they are devoid of all human emotion. Each of these replicas are an exact duplicate in all aspects except they lack that vital characteristic which makes us individuals; our emotions.

In a way that is what I see happening to America; it is being replaced with an exact duplicate but it is missing the vital characteristics which made America such a great nation. All the beliefs and values of the men and women who made America great are being replaced with beliefs and values that can only end in one way; the total destruction of our free Republic.

In the movie, there were still be living beings walking around doing their jobs; but they lacked that one vital quality that makes them human. The same thing is happening in America; we will still be a nation which, for all intents and purposes, looks like America; but the values which made America great will be gone, to be replaced by something which makes America a not so great place to live.

This did not happen overnight, and it was not accidental that it did; it occurred over many generations, and it was intentionally brought about by those who seek to strip Americans of their sovereignty and make them little more than drones to run the machines and provide the powers that be with revenue.

There is a quote which is falsely attributed to Joseph Stalin, but which is accurate nonetheless. It states, “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

Had these changes occurred suddenly the people, even the most ignorant and apathetic among them, would have taken notice and possibly revolted; but they didn’t, they occurred gradually and in small increments so the majority has barely even noticed that anything at all has changed.

Aside from small percentage of Americans, I don’t there are many who are capable of seeing what is happening right before their very eyes. If you combine the fact that most people are incapable of critical thought, and care nothing at all about history, and you end up with a society filled with people who are led around by their noses by those who simply tug on certain emotional strings to achieve a desired result. This makes for a nation of slaves, not a nation of free men and women.

If this attack upon what made America great was coming from but one direction it would be a simple matter to point it out and make people aware of it; but it isn’t, it is coming at us from all directions and is so multi-faceted that it boggles the mind of those who are unwilling to disassociate themselves with their preconceived and conditioned beliefs.

Multiculturalism, tolerance, a globalist world view, government as the provider of all our needs, these are just a few of the areas where we have strayed from the principles which made America the great nation it once was. Yet when one speaks out against these things they are attacked by the PC police and a whole arsenal of insults are brought to bear against them. Facts no longer matter, the truth no longer matters, all that matters is that people’s feelings aren’t hurt by ideas which conflict with the belief system they have been conditioned to hold.

Trying to get through to people who have been brainwashed like that is like trying to pierce the armor of a tank with a pea shooter; it’s an exercise in futility. And therein lies the fatal flaw in our system; it relies upon the intelligence and the love of liberty of the people who inhabit it for it to survive.

When George Washington was inaugurated as our first president under the newly ratified Constitution, he said the following in what has become a presidential tradition; the inaugural address, “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 upon the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

On the final day of the convention which produced our Constitution a speech written by Ben Franklin was read to the convention by James Wilson. In that speech Franklin wrote the following, “I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.” (My emphasis)

Perhaps that is why, as Franklin answered the woman who asked what type system of government they had produced, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Well, we haven’t keep it, and from my perspective the people of this country are incapable of anything other than Despotism.

I would not care if you all ended up in shackles, enslaved to the masters who were once your servants; but your decisions affect me as well. It matters not whether your decisions were based upon a flawed understanding of our system, or if they were based upon a desire to change our system into this Utopian dream where everyone is equal in all things, with the government being both provider and protector; the decision still affects me, and those others who still understand the true meaning of freedom.

That is why those two adjectives I came up with best describe me; I have tried getting through to people with little to no success. That accounts for the endless sense of frustration I feel. Then there is the anger; anger that because of your ignorance, your apathy, your willingness to surrender your liberty, I am forced to suffer under tyranny that would have led our nation’s Founders to take up arms and fight those who sought to enslave them.

And people wonder why I don’t talk that much or smile that often. What’s there to smile about when the country you love is going down the toilet? And I don’t speak that much because it is all I can do to keep my anger in check. You go ahead though, keep believing as you do; one day the truth will be unavoidable and then you will realize what I’ve been talking about all this time. But by then it will be too late to do anything about it other than live in bondage or die trying to restore the liberty you let slip through your fingers.

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