Why me?

I’ve never figured out why such an amazing woman would want to marry an opinionated guy like me, but I’m not complaining.

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Call Me What You Will

One of my friends mentioned, not just to me but to everyone, that we should all calm down about this uproar over the removal of the Confederate Flag and focus on the President having been given Fast Track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Have you ever noticed that almost every time there is a critical piece of legislation coming up for a vote before Congress, or the President is doing something that is questionable or outright unconstitutional that there is also something else going on of lesser importance that focuses our attention? One time I might accept it as coincidence. Maybe even twice, but it has happened more times than I can count and I find it a bit disturbing.

Actually it is quite ingenious if you ask me, almost how a magician works when they do sleight of hand tricks. They focus your attention one place, then perform the actual trick where you aren’t looking. Often these ‘events’ are timed perfectly to occur right before whatever the government wants to do so as to give the people time to become fully engrossed in the diversion, such as the Charleston shooting and subsequent uproar over the attempted removal of the Confederate Flag from the American landscape.

Even though my friend, whom I respect a great deal, mentioned this, and even though I realize that this is a tactic that they use to focus our attention elsewhere, this time I cannot let go of the diversion. This is something that has really got me mad, it sticks in my craw as they like to say.

I know that there are some people, that no matter what I say, are going to associate the Confederate Battle flag with slavery. I cannot change that no matter how much information I provide to disprove that belief. But I also cannot let go of my own understanding of what that flag represents and I refuse to let others tell me that I cannot display it, or stand for the things it stands for.

To me that flag will ALWAYS stand for resistance to tyranny, nothing more, nothing less. To me that flag stands for the right of the people to rise up and tell the government that they are no longer relevant and that their rules no longer apply to them. In short the Confederate Battle Flag represents, at least to me, the very principles which are enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, that the people have the right to tell the government to go to hell and that we are no longer going to bow submissively to its oppressive rule.

THAT is what the Confederate Battle Flag represents to me, and I refuse to acquiesce.

Have you noticed, (most of you probably haven’t), that every single principle and value that our country once stood for has come under attack? This attempt to obfuscate the truth about the meaning of the Confederate Flag is just another in a long stream of efforts to try and reshape our thinking and understanding of what this country once stood for.

I can’t speak for each of you out there reading this, but I know for a fact that when many people see someone flying the Confederate Flag the first thought that comes to mind is REDNECK. It seems that everything that is/was good about this country has been changed into something derogatory and inflammatory, like the word redneck. Do you even know the origin of the word?

Today when you call someone a redneck it is with distaste or disgust as the person being labeled one is viewed as just a dumb hick, or hillbilly with low moral standards. But as was originally used it described a farmer whose neck, after all those long hours in the field, has turned red from all that time under the sun. THAT IS ALL IT STANDS FOR, no matter how you choose to use the word. As Charlie Daniels sang, “What most people call a redneck ain’t nothin’ but a workin’ man and he makes his livin’ by the sweat of his brow and the calluses on his hands.

But that’s just the way the enemies of American values work, they alter the meaning of words and resort to name calling and insulting people because they do not have the facts to support their beliefs. It ALWAYS ends up a battle of emotional rants, name calling and insults instead of a reasonable discussion based on facts and evidence. These people ask, no, demand tolerance for their views and opinions but they have absolutely no tolerance for our views and our opinions. Their hypocrisy is so thick you need a chain saw to cut through it.

Since when did standing up for your rights and liberty make someone a domestic terrorist? Since when has hard work and self-sufficiency become an anti-American sentiment? Since when has morality been denigrated and deviant lifestyles become the norm? When anyone speaks out against what America has become they are immediately labeled insensitive and their position comes under attack by those who wish to see the values that built America into the great nation it was to something where anything goes and nobody is held accountable for their own actions. It sickens me!

All I know is that this current attack upon the Confederate Flag is the final straw for me. As the famous cartoon character Popeye once said, “I’ve had all that I can stands and I can’t stands no more!” I refuse to surrender my values and beliefs for your politically correct bullshit anymore!

Do you even know what political correctness is? It is censorship, plain and simple. If I told you that you could not listen to some pop star’s music because the lyrics offend me you would cry out that my views amounted to censorship and a violation of the First Amendment. Well, try looking in the mirror asshole because that is exactly what your politically correct nonsense is doing to my right to free speech and expression! Free speech is a two sided coin, and if it entitles YOU to do and say things that others may find offensive it also entitles them to be just as offensive to your fragile sensibilities.

Stop being such a bunch of pussies and get over your offense of the Confederate Flag, and those who display it! You may not realize, or even understand this, but most of the people who appreciate what that flag truly stands for is the protection of your rights and resistance to tyranny that will affect YOU just as much as it affects us. We are the guardians of YOUR liberty as well. So unless you really want to be slaves to an ever growing government and police state, just shut the hell up about things you don’t know the first damned thing about! Your emotional rants have no place in a civilized discussion of facts and reality!

To close I would like to quote Charlie Daniels one more time. In his song Simple Man Charlie sings, “I ain’t nothin’ but a simple man, they call me a redneck I reckon that I am, but there’s things goin on that make me mad down to the core. I have to work like a dog to make ends meet, there’s crooked politicians and crime in the street and I’m madder’n hell and I ain’t gonna take it no more.

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I’m Very Pissed Off

Before I get to the meat and potatoes of what I want to say, let me begin by saying one thing. Hey Mitt Romney, hey WalMart, hey E-bay, hey Amazon…FUCK YOU! Your pandering to the chickenshit sensibilities of a bunch of pampered pansies pisses me off to no end. Just because some dumbass kid who shot up a church full of blacks was seen waving a Confederate Flag you are going to discontinue selling items with said flag upon them. Again, FUCK YOU for your cowardice and political correctness.

I don’t think anyone in this country, aside from those who live in the South, understand what that flag represents. It is NOT about slavery and racism, no matter whether it has been used by groups spouting that type bullshit. The true history behind that flag is something you WILL NOT learn about in school. You will have to research it for yourself, or trust me to explain it to you.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that the real Confederate Flag looks nothing like the flag which is currently under attack by politically correct assholes who want to see it gone from the American landscape. The real Confederate Flag, the flag representing the Confederate States that seceded from the Union looks very similar to the flag we fly today. It consisted up a blue patch in the upper left corner with stars representing the states which had seceded. The remainder of the flag was two red stripes bordering a single white stripe. THAT was/is the Confederate Flag, not the one you idiots are bitching and moaning about.
The flag all you fools are so uptight over is known as the Saint Andrews Cross, or sometimes the Southern Cross because of the X pattern on the face of the flag. The flag all you fools are upset about is the flag adopted by Robert E. Lee’s Northern Army of Virginia for use in battle, it is the battle flag of their army, not the true Confederate flag. Hell, I could fly the TRUE Confederate Flag in front of my house and no one would be offended by it because they don’t even know the history behind the two flags. That’s how lacking our educations have been.

Be that as it may, the Saint Andrews Cross, or the Confederate Battle Flag has become a symbol to many. To those from the South, or those with heritage from that part of the country such as myself, it means standing up to tyranny. Slavery may have been an issue during the Civil War but it was not the CAUSE which led to it. The CAUSE was a simple line from the Declaration of Independence which states, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

The South had many reasons for seceding from the Union, and I won’t go into all of them here. All I will say is that they had had enough of the governments treatment of them and they decided to dissolve the band which held them to the Union and form their own independent nation. This is the very foundation from which our country exists as an independent nation today and not a colony of England. It was and remains their right to do so, no matter what government says.

But Abraham Lincoln felt otherwise, not the Northern States, ABRAHAM-FUCKING-LINCOLN! Lincoln decided that the government, an entity created by the people and the States had the right to demand that every state remain in the Union. To enforce his belief he took the country to war at a cost of over half a million lives. Yeah, the South lost the war but the basic root of the Civil War, if you choose to call it that, is the belief that the states, or the people, have the right to rise up and stand up to what they believe to be tyranny. Lincoln believed they didn’t, yet he himself, as a member of Congress, stated “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, most sacred right- a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to excercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize and make their own, of so much territory as the inhabit.” Quite the reversal of opinion from Congress to the presidency, wouldn’t you say?

And for those of you who believe Lincoln to be the great Emancipator and staunch supporter of equal rights for all men, I give you this, taken from a debate with Steven Douglas for the presidency, “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”
These are historical facts people, you cannot ignore them. Lincoln took our country to war to hold the Union together, not to free the slaves. The war was fought because one group felt that the government had grown oppressive and they wanted out of the Union. That is all! The Confederate Battle Flag represents THAT, NOT SLAVERY.

Even if it did, it does not matter, you cannot stifle free speech for the sake of political correctness. In 1961 Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black said, “The very reason for the First Amendment is to make the people of this country free to think, speak, write and worship as they wish, not as the Government commands.” If the government cannot restrict our freedom of speech then neither can a bunch of whiney assed pansies who are offended by what they believe a flag represents. You cannot simply wipe a part of American history out of existence no matter how offensive you believe it to be.

Let me tell you something, I am constantly offended, and I mean CONSTANTLY! Rap music offends me. People wearing their pants halfway down the crack of their ass offends me. Lazy people offend me. People who don’t know how to properly merge into traffic on the highway offend me. People who pay more attention to sports than they do the affairs of their country offend me. But I will stand by their right to be fools and idiots to my last dying breath because that is what freedom is all about. Freedom means the right to be diverse, it means the right to be different, it means the right to be an asshole or an idiot, and it means the right to say and display things that others find offensive. You start limiting that and you begin limiting freedom.

To end this let me add one more thing to the list of things that offend me. I am HIGHLY OFFENDED that people, because they do not know, or understand the history of the Civil War, find the Confederate Battle Flag offensive and therefore are demanding that it be removed from the landscape of America. I may be a Californian by birth, but I’m a Southerner at heart, and ya’ll can kiss my rebel ass!

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Ron Lite

There was a time, not so long ago, that I had a severe drinking problem. You get more than three beers in me and I’d lose all control, drinking until I passed out or until I did something REALLY stupid. When I first started drinking there was no such thing as Lite Beer. In fact, we used to tease people for drinking it, saying it was just watered down piss.

Why do I bring all this up? Well it seems like this whole LITE thing has taken on a life of its own. You hear about Lite this and Lite that in reference to a more mellow approach to the subject to which the Lite heading was attached. And why do I bring THIS up? Well I have to wonder, with all the hoopla regarding Rand Paul, especially since his announcement of his 14.5% flat tax plan, is he just a Lite version of his dad, Ron Paul?

Ever since 2010 I have kept an eye on Rand Paul, hoping that he would be a carbon copy of his father. In some ways he is, and in others he isn’t. Yet I still thought he was far better than the average Republican in the Senate. Then came the 2012 presidential campaign and I heard that Rand Paul had endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

I’m not Rand Paul so I can’t say why he did that, but a few thoughts have crossed my mind about it. First I was wondering whether he was a closet RINO posing as a Tea Party Republican. Then I asked myself whether he did it just to garner support from the GOP machine for a possible future presidential bid. All I know is that a seed of doubt about him had been planted and still sits there in the back of my mind questioning his motive for the things he currently says and does. He may still be the best the GOP has to offer, although I’m liking more and more of what I see of Trey Gowdy out of South Carolina. But he’s not running now and Rand Paul is.

My dad once told me something a long time ago that sticks in my mind every election cycle. He once said, “If you don’t vote you have no right to complain about how things are in this country.” Well those aren’t his exact words, he used the word bitch instead of complain, but you get the idea. So I feel it is my obligation to vote in every election or forfeit my right to complain about the way this country is being run. But it gets so hard to muster up the desire to vote when there is no one worth a shit to vote for. Lately I’ve taken to scribbling names across the ballot just so I can say I voted. I have no clue as to whether that invalidates my vote or not, but I simply refuse to cast my vote for someone who I do not fully support. That will also include the upcoming election, whether or not Rand Paul makes it past the Primaries and on to the Republican ticket for president.

So that means I must at least take a look at what Rand Paul is saying if I want to even consider voting for him. And for those of you on the left, you have to be out of your damned minds if you think I’m even going to consider anyone you guys put forward for president. I’d rather swallow a bullet than vote Democrat. The ONLY good thing about Democrats is at least they are in the open about being liberals. The Republicans hide behind the banner of conservatism, all the while trashing the Constitution. But if you think I’ll ever vote for one of you I’ll tell you something else my dad once told me, “Wish in one hand and shit in the other. See which one fills up first.”

Getting back to Rand Paul now, awhile back he made quite the news when he announced his plan for a flat 14.5% tax upon all Americans which would replace the graduated tax scale we have now. Taxes are something we all live with now, as the saying goes the only two things in life which are certain are death and taxes. So unless you are above the age of 102 yrs you have probably never seen the time when your income was never taxed by the government.

Why 102 yrs? Well that’s when the 16th Amendment was ratified, giving Congress the power to tax our income. Prior to the year 1913, when the 16th Amendment was ratified, taxes were levied in pretty strict accordance to what the Constitution says.

The subject of taxation is one which most people, including myself, do not fully understand. The difference between most people and me though is that I have tried to learn about the different kind of taxes and how mightily we are being screwed by them. There are so many different kinds of taxes that it can make your head spin if you thing about it too much. There is the income tax, Social Security taxes, Medicare tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, sales tax, excise taxes, capitation taxes, so on and so on. To understand them all would require you spend hours studying a dull subject like tax law. But to not at least give it a shot means that you are only at the mercy of those who say that any and all forms of money and financial transactions can and will be taxed.

But being the kind of guy I am, I am always willing to share the info I have learned by my studies. So here goes.

Well to begin with, in Article 1, Section 2 it states, “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers…”

What does all that mean? Well it means that any direct tax upon the people must be apportioned among the several states according to population. Say if the total amount of money the government intends to tax the people for to operate is $1 billion then a direct tax would be divided by the census numbers so that each person paid an equal amount towards the funding of the government. That is what a direct tax is, a tax levied directly upon the people, and not upon goods or transactions. Is that what we have now? No, it isn’t. We have a graduated tax system in which the more you earn places you in a higher tax bracket, meaning you pay more than someone making less than you.

Before I go one step further I want to quell any arguments I hear from those who say the rich should pay more. Why? Because they have more? Well to those who say that the rich should pay more I say this in return, they should get better service and treatment from the government because they do. If you only pay $1,000 in taxes per year and they pay $45,000 in taxes don’t you think they are entitled to $45,000 worth of service from their government? Fair is fair right? But that’s not how our system was initially set up, taxes were to be spread equally for all, based upon the numbers provided by the census.

This was reaffirmed in Article 1, Section 9 where it states, “No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.” What is a capitation? Well as I said in a recent article to find the meaning of a word, a legal term in particular, it is often best to look to a legal dictionary for the definition. Therefore, according to Bouvier’s Legal Dictionary, 6th edition, printed in 1856 and was used a the time the Constitution was written, a capitation is, “A poll tax; an imposition which is laid yearly on each person upon his estate and ability.” In the case of Pollock v. Farmers Loan and Trust, the Supreme Court quoted from Albert Gallatin, saying, “The remarkable coincidence of the clause of the constitution with this passage in using the word ‘capitation’ as a generic expression, including the different species of direct taxes–an acceptance of the word peculiar…leave little doubt that the framers of the one had the other in view at the time, and that they, as well as he, by direct taxes meant those paid from, and falling immediately upon the revenue…”

Finally, in Article 1, Section 8, the Constitution also says, “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and General Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.“(my emphasis)

I think I have made it pretty clear that what we have now is not what those who wrote our Constitution intended when it comes to taxation. But like I said, unless you are over the age of 102 you probably don’t recall a day in which your income was not taxed. You see in 1913, for some unknown, and completely illogical reason, the people of this country ratified the 16th Amendment, or at least we are told they did. It has been said that the 16th Amendment was never properly ratified, as claimed in the book The Law That Never Was by William Benson and Martin Beckman. Regardless of whether they are correct in what they say, the tax laws are enforce now by the collection agency we call the IRS and if we fail to comply we are penalized heavily for our supposed crimes.

Anyway, the 16th Amendment states, “The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.” What this did was take the gloves off Congress and gave them the ability to tax us however they see fit. The ONLY thing stopping them from taking all our income is the fact that people would rebel if they did. But it is fair to say that the average American works nearly 5 months out of the year to earn enough to pay the taxes they are required to pay over the course of a year. Look at your bills and see all the taxes levied upon you. Then you pay tax on the gas you put into your car. You pay income, Social Security, Medicare, Disability, and a whole slew of other taxes that you barely even think about. Like I said, we are getting screwed.

So what does all this have to do with Rand Paul? On November 20, 2008 Rand’s father Ron said, in a New York Times interview, “I want to abolish the income tax, but I don’t want to replace it with anything.” Dr. Paul went further by saying, ” About 45 percent of all federal revenue comes from the personal income tax. That means that about 55 percent — over half of all revenue — comes from other sources, like excise taxes, fees, and corporate taxes.

We could eliminate the income tax, replace it with nothing, and still fund the same level of big government we had in the late 1990s.”

Yet Rand wants to impose a 14.5% flat tax upon all Americans, which is essentially a direct tax upon us, which is NOT what our Founders wanted when they wrote the Constitution. Sure, it may be ‘better’ than what we have now, but it is still my firm belief that ANY form of direct taxation is a distortion and a perversion of the intent of our Framers and therefore I oppose it. That is why I have to wonder if Rand is merely Ron Lite as he is halfway between where his father stood on the issues and where the average GOP hack stands today. He still has a long way to go before he gains my full support is what I’m trying to say.

And this comes back to my opening statements about voting. I really hate the idea of not voting on election day, especially on a presidential election. But I also hate the idea of compromising my beliefs to vote for the lesser of two evils. Has America sunk so low that we cannot find, and support, one decent candidate for president?

All I do know is that I am deeply saddened by the caliber of the candidates I have seen toss their names into the bid for who will be our next president. It would really suck seeing that bitch Clinton in the oval office, probably even more so than it sucks now seeing Obama in there. But to see another Bush, or a Huckabee in there is just as distasteful to me. I don’t care that there would be a capital R next to their names, that doesn’t mean shit to me. What matters to me is character, and I haven’t seen anyone yet who has enough character to get my full support.

Anyway, who the hell am I? I’m just one guy, a lone voice shouting out at a country full of people who will vote for whoever makes the best sounding campaign promises, or has the support of their respective political party. We are so easy to fool, us Americans. As Jackson Browne sang in his song Lives in the Balance, “They sell us the president the same way they sell us our clothes and our cars.” It won’t be until the people of this country begin to study the origin of their government and the reasons for which our Founders framed it the way they did that people will change the way they vote. And I don’t see that happening anytime in the near future. So until then I have to suffer the consequences of their ignorance.

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This Is My Calling

If you think about it America has many nicknames. Some call this country the land of the free and the home of the brave. Others see it as the land of opportunity. Then there are those who call us the Great Melting Pot. Like I said, a lot of nicknames. But suppose I were to ask you to pick one word which defined the principle upon which you believe our country to have been founded upon, what word would you pick?

I can almost hear your answers; democracy…liberty…freedom…opportunity. Yet noticeably there is one word missing that I would hope to have heard…JUSTICE. People misunderstand justice. They think justice is when someone robs you, gets caught, then goes to jail. To them, that is justice. But that’s not what justice is all about, or what it means, at least not to me anyway.

Dictionary dot com defines justice as: “the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness” while Merriam Webster’s says this: “the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals.”

But when looking up terms, especially legal terms, a standard dictionary often isn’t your best choice when trying to find out the meaning of a word. Sometimes it is better to pick up a legal dictionary, or encyclopedia and search there. So when browsing through Bouvier’s Dictionary of Law I find the following definition of justice: “The constant and perpetual disposition to render every man his due.” Such a short definition, yet it implies so much, and it is the last six words which I really want you to focus on; to render every man his due.

Due is one of those multifaceted words, it can mean a lot of things. If I ask a pregnant woman what her due date is I am referring to when the baby is expected to be born. Then again it also could refer to something that is owed, as in the rent is due at the end of the month. When referring to the definition of justice I am of the inclination that it means something that is owed.

There are a couple ways a person can be owed something. I can loan you some money and then you will owe me that money back; you can go to work for someone and at the end of the pay period you will be owed the wages you have earned. But there is another way in which people can be owed something, it can be a birthright.

What is a birthright you ask? Glad you did. According to the dictionary, and they are all pretty close on this one, a birthright is a right or privilege that a person is entitled to by birth. Our Founders believed that our rights were our birthrights as human beings. They believed that our rights weren’t given us by government, but by our Creator, and that governments were established to protect those rights, not take them away. You see, governments are a creature, or entity, created by man and therefore bound by the rules man imposes upon it. Our rights are beyond the reach of legislators to restrict or violate.
The Preamble to our nation’s Constitution states that one of the reasons they wrote it was to establish Justice, and if justice is to render every man his due, and if by his birth man is born free to fully exercise their rights, then the purpose of government is to ensure that we enjoy our rights, not have them taken from us.

Founding Father James Wilson, one of the first justices to the Supreme Court appointed by George Washington, once said, “Government…should be formed to secure and enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government which has not this in view as its principal object is not a government of the legitimate kind.”

You see rights are different from entitlements in that entitlements are things that are given to you by someone else. Bust as former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark said, “A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.”

So where are we today in America 228 years after the Constitution was written? I’ll tell you where, we are at a point in our nation’s history were the overwhelming majority of the people don’t even know, or understand their rights. We are at a point in our nation’s history where people are willing to surrender their most precious possession, their freedom, for the false promises of safety and security. That’s where we are!

We have taken to punishing people, infringing upon and violating their rights because of the actions of a few. That is NOT the American way. Rights are a two sided coin; on one side you have the right to fully exercise your rights as long as you do not violate the rights of others. Then on the other side comes the responsibility to exercise your rights intelligently. That is why you do not walk into a crowded theater and yell FIRE, as that is irresponsible and could cause injury to others as they stampede for the doors. Yet were someone to do that you would not deny others the right to say the word fire, or speak freely. Yet that is what we have done with so many of our other rights.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is frightening.” That is so true.

True freedom is complete and absolute self-reliance. True freedom means you do not need, nor ask, of anyone anything that you need to survive. When you are truly free you are free to speak your mind without fear of retribution or offending someone. Yet today we have lost so much of our freedom of speech simply because certain things are offensive to others. Political correctness is the bane of liberty and it stifles our free speech.

Let me tell you something, you are NOT entitled to go through life without being offended. Got that! If a child praying in school is offensive to you…tough shit, deal with it! I am offended by the non-stop talk of football during football season. Do I tell them to shut up? No, I either ignore them or leave the room. You cannot tell me to stop talking about things simply because they offend you. Do you understand that? Freedom of speech means exactly what is says, a person is free to say whatever they want. But on the flip side if they say something ridiculous or idiotic then others are free to challenge them. My best advice would be to keep your mouth shut unless you have the facts to support your point of view. That way you don’t say something stupid and find that others attack you on your views.

Our government has morphed from one whose job was to preserve our rights into one who believes its job is to limit them. The Court interprets the law as it sees fit. As Justice Charles Evans Hughes said, “We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is.” This is something our Founders, especially Thomas Jefferson, were rightfully concerned about. Jefferson once said, “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

When our government passes a law which violates one of our rights, then the Court either remains silent upon it, or upholds it, then we the citizens have all these agencies, from local law enforcement, to federal bureaucracies such as the DEA, ATF, and FBI to enforce them. They do not even begin to question whether the laws they are enforcing are unconstitutional, they just enforce them because they are following orders to do so. Let me tell you something about just following orders, look up the Mai Lai Massacre and see what happens to someone who is only following orders. Orders have to be just, the root of justice, for them to be legitimate. And when an order to enforce a law which violates our rights is given, IT IS UNJUST! Yet, if we fight back and try to defend our rights then WE are the ones treated as criminals. Do you call that justice?

A government, especially one who seeks to enlarge its power, will always find new justifications for limiting the rights of the people…ALWAYS! Our government has taken to calling these justifications wars. We have the War on Crime, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror. War denotes a patriotic response from people and anyone who argues against these ‘wars’ is labeled and criticized as being unpatriotic. Yet when these so-called wars infringe upon my God-given rights you bet your ass I’m gonna complain about them.

In our War on Terror we have seem many of our rights, especially the Fourth Amendment right to be secure in our persons and possessions, violated. Yet in 1967 Chief Justice Earl Warren ruled, in the case of United States v. Robel, “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.”

You only have those rights you are willing to stand up for, to fight for, if the need be. But first you must learn which rights you have before you can begin talking about defending them. That is why I included the following quote in my last article, because far too many people have forgotten, or not been taught what their rights are. This comes from Democracy in America by de Tocqueville, “Another tendency, which is extremely natural to democratic nations and extremely dangerous, is that which leads them to despise and undervalue the rights of private persons. The attachment which men feel to a right, and the respect which they display for it, is generally proportioned to its importance, or to the length of time during which they have enjoyed it. The rights of private persons amongst democratic nations are commonly of small importance, of recent growth, and extremely precarious; the consequence is that they are often sacrificed without regret, and almost always violated without remorse.”

Although you may not, I understand both the nature of and the purpose for my rights, especially those enshrined in the Bill of Rights. I refuse to simply sit back while you allow them to be taken from me. As Joseph Warren, Founder, Physician, and General who died at the Battle of Bunker Hill once said, “Stain not the glory of your worthy ancestors, but like them resolve to never part with your birthright; be wise in your deliberations, and determined in your exertions for the preservation of your liberties. Follow not the dictates of your passion, but enlist yourselves under the sacred banner of reason; use every method in your power to secure your rights.”

That is my calling, that is my duty as an American, to stand up for my rights. Even if you aren’t willing to do so yourselves.

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Who Are The Real Criminals?

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress. ~Mark Twain~

At some point in your life you have probably heard on the news of some scandal involving a politician where accusations, or actual charges, of criminal activity were brought against them. Numerous members of Congress, as well as others within the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been found guilty of evading taxes. Bribery, money laundering, wire fraud, are among the more common crimes found on the rap sheets of these honorable men and women we elect to represent us, and I use the term honorable in the purest of sarcastic sense.

Back in 1921 Justice Louis D. Brandies ruled, “At the foundation of our civil liberties lies the principle that denies to government officials an exceptional position before the law and which subjects them to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.” In simple terms, the Court ruled that our elected representatives are not above the law, that they have to follow the same rules that we do.

But you see, there is one thing that many people fail to consider, these men and women who hold office in our government all have taken an oath, as required by the Constitution, to defend…THE CONSTITUTION. This is true for both state and federal officials. Article 6 of the Constitution states: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

The current oath, which hasn’t changed since 1884, states, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
Unless you have served in the military and have taken a similar oath there is no other job in the country which requires you to take an oath to support and defend the Constitution. This oath is sacredly binding upon those who take it and those who violate it can be judged by both the people, whose faith they betray, and by God who they swear the oath to.

Why is it so important then that these men and women who represent us in office swear an oath to the Constitution? It’s just my common sense guess that it is because the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, and no law written by man has any higher authority. This is clearly stated within the Constitution itself in Clause 2 of Article 6, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”

There is a vital fact regarding the obligation of our elected representatives to support and defend the Constitution that many Americans fail to consider; that being that although we elect them, and they are OUR representatives, they are bound by oath to only do what the Constitution authorizes them to do. Not only that, their honor, their integrity, their oath to the Constitution make them the front line defenders of our liberty and our rights. Not saying that too many of them have any honor and integrity, but the position they hold in government places them in the position of being the first in line to defend what makes/made America such a great nation. If they are the first defenders, then we the people are the last resort when our rights are being violated and our liberty threatened, but I’ll get to that concept later.

When George Washington stepped down from office as our nation’s first president under the new Constitution he delivered the first presidential farewell address. In it Washington stated, “If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”

Thirty years later, after he had also served as president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson would write a letter to an A. Stevenson wherein he stated, “As the people of the United States enjoy the great merit of having established a system of Government on the basis of human rights, and of giving it a form without example, which, as they believe, unites the greatest national strength with the best security for public order and individual liberty, they owe to themselves, to their posterity and to the world, a preservation of the system in its purity, its symmetry, and its authenticity.”

You see, these men who were among the first to serve as presidents, realized that our Constitution, and the powers it grants government, were sacredly binding upon them. They realized that it was not to be tinkered with, or its provisions ignored by those whom the people elect to represent them in government. Therefore, no matter how strongly the people support an issue, if it is not within the powers granted government by the Constitution, or if it violates one of the rights protected by the Bill of Rights, it cannot legally be done by government…not without them violating the oath they take to support and defend the Constitution.

Asking those that represent you to enact a law which the Constitution prohibits them from doing is akin to asking your parents to rob a bank so that they can afford to buy you the toy you want for your birthday. You can ask, but if they do it they will be breaking the law. So it is with the laws that they pass on your behalf which the Constitution prohibits them from acting upon; they can pass them easily enough, but in doing so they are breaking the law and violating their oath of office.

Nowadays the scum who occupy the halls of power in both the state and federal government barely concern themselves with the limits the Constitution imposes upon their powers, if they even consider them at all. They pay lip service to the document, but that’s about as far as they go, their actions speak otherwise in regards to their intent.

Today in America the roles have been reversed. People think that government is this all powerful entity that can solve all their problems, provide for them the things they require in times of need, and protect them from all their greatest fears. They believe that just because the government says so, it must be written in stone and not argued with.

On the other hand, the government believes it is all powerful and knows better what is best for us than we do ourselves. It believes that its say is final and that anyone who disagrees with it is either unpatriotic, or a threat to its existence and must be dealt with accordingly.

Both views are wrong.

By writing the Constitution our Founders created the government out of nothing. It was an act of the people which built the government, and by an act of the people we could tear it down if we wanted to. The government itself would have no say in the matter. Honestly. Let’s say you hired someone to do a job for you, say maintain your yard in pristine condition. Say they do a good job for awhile but then begin slacking; the edges aren’t trimmed nicely and weeds are starting to pop up in your flower beds. You have the right to fire them and either maintain your garden yourself, or hire someone else who will do the job up to your standards.

Well that’s the same thing with government, they are our hired help, hired to do a certain number of tasks, and those tasks only. If they do them poorly we can fire them and not replace them, or get someone else to do the job better.

I’m betting you don’t know who Robert Houghwout Jackson is. Well he was a U.S. Solicitor General, a United States Attorney General, and a Supreme Court Justice. He is the ONLY man in history to hold all 3 positions during his life. Well he once said “It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.” Think about that.

Even Abraham Lincoln, whom I despise for his War of Northern Aggression and his assault upon States Rights, once said, “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts–not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

Yet the average person in America today is so pathetically ignorant in regards to what the Constitution actually says that they couldn’t tell if the men and women they are electing to represent them are perverting the Constitution…even if the truth came up and bit them in the ass. As Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black once said, “The layman’s constitutional view is that what he likes is constitutional and that which he doesn’t like is unconstitutional.” That is simply substituting your own personal beliefs for fact…nothing more. There is no validity or justification for it.

For America to survive, at least as a free republic where the people enjoy the full exercise of their rights and liberty, the people must first understand what liberty means, then cherish and be willing to protect it against anyone who threatens it…even the government. Liberty, and I mean true liberty means you have the right to make your own choices about almost everything. BUT, as Friedrich von Hayek said in The Constitution of Liberty, “Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions… Liberty and responsibility are inseparable.”

Unfortunately people want to exercise their freedom of speech when it comes to thoughts regarding politics, but they are unaware, or disregard the truth regarding the issues they are discussing. It is like opening their mouth before putting their brains into gear. As Soren Kikerkegaard, whoever that is, once said, “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they never use.”

Getting back to the point under discussion, for America to survive as a free republic the people first must know their rights, then be willing to defend them. But, as Alexis de Tocqueville said in Democracy in America, “Another tendency, which is extremely natural to democratic nations and extremely dangerous, is that which leads them to despise and undervalue the rights of private persons. The attachment which men feel to a right, and the respect which they display for it, is generally proportioned to its importance, or to the length of time during which they have enjoyed it. The rights of private persons amongst democratic nations are commonly of small importance, of recent growth, and extremely precarious; the consequence is that they are often sacrificed without regret, and almost always violated without remorse.” Such is America today where the rights of the individual are of little concern, while the safety of society as a whole trumps all.

Unfortunately, even for you, those of us who speak the loudest about the infringements of our rights are viewed as nutcases, freaks of nature, or outright threats to society in general. You have not been taught to value your rights, your liberty, and the media and our government has gone about repeating the lie that government knows best and is all powerful. Therefore, as Carl Sagan writes, “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. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

As our second president, John Adams, once said, “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost, is lost forever.”

The point I’m trying to make here is that the whole country has been turned on its head. Those who stand for justice and liberty are now being labeled as criminals, and those who are the ones actually violating the law, (the Constitution) and the ones who say they are on the side of law and justice. It’s crazy, it truly is.

But you cannot deny the facts. The Constitution was written as an act of the people in general. It gave government certain powers and placed certain rights beyond its ability to touch. Each person in government swears a sacred oath to support the Constitution. So who is the criminal; those who violate the Constitution on an almost daily basis, or those who stand up for what it says and are willing to ignore unconstitutional laws, and fight for their rights?
That is why I no longer affiliate myself with political parties. The moment you begin following a party, regardless of the quality of candidates it produces, you have sacrificed your virtue and have placed party over principle. I do not compare Democrats against Republicans when I decide to vote for a candidate, I compare C A N D I D A T E S against the Constitution. If the candidate does not measure up then I refuse to vote for them. That is as it should be, but unfortunately it isn’t.

Just know this, the few remaining real patriots in America are growing very weary of seeing their governments increasing growth and its further tightening and restriction of our liberty. Another name you have probably never heard is the name Peter Muhlenberg. He was a Lutheran minister back in revolutionary America. Well soon something he said in a sermon he gave in January 1776 will bear repeating in America today, “There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight, and that time has come now.”

If that time arises again, just as Thomas Jefferson wrote in The Cause and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, our cause will be just. We will be defending liberty against tyrants. We may not win, but we WILL be on the side of right. As stated in the movie Robin Hood, “In times of tyranny and injustice the outlaw takes his place in history.” We may fight outside what the government says is the law, but as Jefferson so aptly said, “Law is often but the tyrants will.”

Just know this, should we lose, you will soon regret that we did not win. Maybe then you will realize who the true criminals are.

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Serfdom

You have probably heard me say it a thousand times at least, that you are not really free, that you are a slave. But how can that be Neal when we can just hop in our car and go see a baseball game or take a trip to the coast? How can that be when we can pick where we want to work, what we eat, and the shows we watch on TV?

While these things may be true, they only give you the illusion of freedom, you are not truly free. You see, you are indebted by your labor and the debt you hold. Technically everything you have worked for all these years, and paid for with the money you earn, are collateral on a huge unseen debt held by each and every one of us. What it boils down to is that we are debt slaves.

You might say but I’ve paid off my house, my car, and my credit cards, I don’t have any debt other than my monthly bills. Doesn’t matter. Do you have possessions? Do you have money in the bank? Then you are still a slave to debt. Here, let me try to explain why.

Our government has no money, it produces nothing, it only provides a service. Yet it needs money to operate, to pay the employees, build the buildings which house the agencies which comprise it, and do the things the laws they pass require them to do. That money has to come from somewhere.

Taxes you say? Fat chance. When Ronald Reagan was president he set up a commission to investigate fraud and waste in the federal government. Their name was the Grace Commission. According to their final report, “100% of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the Federal Debt … all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services taxpayers expect from government.” And this was in 1983 when our National Debt was only $1.3 trillion. Today that debt stands at $18.2 trillion and it continues to climb. And guess what? You…I…and our children…and their children are on the hook to pay that debt. We are slaves to it.

Right now, this very moment, you are on the hook for $7,783 in interest alone on our National Debt. Right now you are responsible for $192,842 in principle on the National Debt. That makes you a slave to that debt; you, your children, their children, and their children’s children. We are born into slavery to that debt and we will die in slavery to it.

But you say I didn’t borrow that money, so I am not responsible for paying it back. No, you didn’t borrow it yourself, but your elected representatives did, and they made sure to put YOU on the hook for it. Let me try to explain how.

When you first came into this world your parents gave you a name. But the government gave you something else…a birth certificate. Prior to the issuance of birth certificates births were recorded in a ledger, usually listing the parents names and the name of the child. That’s all it was…a record of birth. Now it is a certificate. You need it to get a passport and it is your first piece of identification, not as an individual, but as a piece of property belonging to the corporate United States.

Pick out a piece of ID from your wallet or purse. Hell, it doesn’t even have to be an ID, use a credit card or anything with YOUR name on it. What does it say, or more precisely, how is it spelled? For instance, everything with my name on it says NEAL H. ROSS. Is that how I write my name? Is that how you write yours? Have you ever filled out an electronic form online and typed in your name like Neal H Ross, and then when you hit submit it all goes to capital letters? There’s a reason it does that.

The law is very specific in regards to how your name is printed on a document. In the sixth edition of Black’s Law Dictionary there is a definition for Capitis diminutio Maxima, which means your name in all capital letters. The definition is stated thusly: “The highest or most comprehensive loss of status. This occurred when a man’s condition was changed from one of freedom to one of bondage, when he became a slave.”

Did you get that, when he became a slave?

How your name is printed means a great deal in legal speak. For instance where my name printed as follows, neal ross, it would indicate a human being with that name. However where it printed Neal Ross it indicates a natural person, a sovereign individual. Now we get into the gray areas. Where my name printed Neal ROSS I become a quasi natural/artificial person. Finally, if my name is printed as NEAL ROSS I become a corporation or artificial person…a strawman. In this instance strawman means “a person set up to serve as a cover for a usually questionable transaction.” In this case the questionable transaction is the pilfering of our wealth via our enslavement to the debt produced by our government.

As I already spoke of, when you are born you are provided with a government issued identification, a birth certificate. Then a few years down the road you are issued another government document, a taxpayer identification number, known as a Social Security Number. This identifies the corporate individual, in my case NEAL ROSS, as being collateral upon the debt created by our government. My earnings, my possessions, and my labor are all collateral upon the debt and can be used to pay it off should the lenders call in their loans. The same is true for every man woman and child who has a Social Security Number.

What it boils down to is this, they own the United States. Do you know what the Gross Domestic Product of a country is? Without getting too technical the Gross Domestic Product, or GDP is the basic value of all products and services produced by a country during a specific period. Basically it is how much a country is worth. Do you happen to know what the GDP of the United States is at this moment? Let me help you. It sits around $16-$17 trillion. And what was our National Debt? Why, it was $18.2 trillion. So basically we owe more in debt than our entire country is worth. If that doesn’t put the fear of God into you then nothing will. What that means is the lenders, those who gave our government all that money to operate, can come in and TAKE EVERYTHING!

Or they can use us as slaves to work our lives paying interest on the money they have loaned our government. That is why I say we are slaves, or more precisely, serfs. The bankers and debt holders are the lords of the manner and we are mere serfs working for their benefit. It is feudalism in modern times, and most of you aren’t even aware that you are a serf. It doesn’t matter if you make minimum wage or you earn six figures, YOU ARE A SLAVE!

Our Constitution authorized Congress to coin money and to regulate its value. In a perfect world they would coin just enough to stimulate the economy and allow for goods to pass from seller to buyer. But that didn’t set too well with the bankers, as I spoke about in my last article. So they created the FEDERAL RESERVE which is anything but a federal institution. Sure it has a board of directors and a chairman which is chosen by the president, but make no mistake, it is a private bank and private banks are only interested in one thing…PROFITS.

The government went along with this scam because they got a blank check as far as credit goes and could spend to their hearts desires. The bankers lent them the money knowing that the people of America could be taxed to pay it back. It was a win win situation for both.

Did you know that in 1910, before the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, the National Debt was only $1 billion, or about $12.40 per person in the U.S. It took seventy years for the debt to reach $1 trillion, which it did in 1981. In the thirty years since then it has skyrocketed to where it sits today, $18.2 trillion.

Does this not worry you, not even in the slightest amount?

You see, as a slave, (which you are whether you want to admit it or not) you have no rights. The Bill of Rights does not apply to NEAL H ROSS. It only applies to Neal H. Ross. Have you ever been to court brought up on charges, or as a plaintiff? Have you noticed that it ALWAYS states something like UNITED STATES VS JOHN DOE, or THE STATE OF ________ VS JOHN DOE. It never lists the names of the defendant or plaintiff as individuals, they are always listed as corporate entities in legal speak.

Under natural law there is no crime unless one person commits an act against another person. If I punch you in the nose I have committed a crime. If you steal my truck you have committed a crime. Yet when you go to court you see cases where no one is hurt by the actions of one…victimless crimes as they are called. You get popped smoking marijuana and you are brought up on charges and who have you hurt? Yet the state says this you can’t do, or that you can do. You violate THEIR laws and you become a criminal.

No one ever stops to question whether the law a person is arrested for violating was legal in the first place. For a very long time in our countries history the jurors of a case were also allowed to question whether the law itself was legal. Not any more, they are told specifically by the judge what the law is and that they are to decide their verdict based upon what the judge says the law is.

Yet in 1789, John Jay the very first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said, “The Jury has a right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.” If that isn’t clear enough for you, how about this? Harlan F. Stone, the 12thh Chief Justice of the Supreme Court declared, “If a juror feels that the statute involved in any criminal offence is unfair, or that it infringes upon the defendant’s natural god-given unalienable or constitutional rights, then it is his duty to affirm that the offending statute is really no law at all and that the violation of it is no crime at all, for no one is bound to obey and unjust law.”

This idea that government be strictly held to the limits imposed upon it, that people are free to do as they please as long as they do not harm another, is something that people today do not understand. They have been brought up to believe that their government is omnipotent, that it can pass whatever laws it sees fit, or whatever laws the people demand of it. Then government has the right to enforce those laws without question. That is how tyranny and oppression take over where freedom once existed.

The idea that man is sovereign and that government is subservient is dangerous in today’s society. The FBI itself lists the sovereign citizen movement as being dangerous, “Today, we look at a third threat—the “sovereign citizen” extremist movement. Sovereign citizens are anti-government extremists who believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or “sovereign” from the United States. As a result, they believe they don’t have to answer to any government authority, including courts, taxing entities, motor vehicle departments, or law enforcement.” That was taken directly off the FBI’s website.

But you see, they are wrong in how they word that. They say we don’t believe we have to answer to ANY government authority. That simply is not true. We, do however, believe in ONLY answering to legitimate authority. That means laws that are passed in pursuance with the specific powers granted government, or in the preservation of our rights.

What we see is a government gone crazy, spending us into bankruptcy, passing law after law which micromanage every aspect of our lives, and violating our rights. Those are the laws we don’t believe we have to obey. Sure, some of us go along with them just so we can stay out of prison, but that is only because the average person in this country is so ignorant that should they become a juror in a sovereign citizen case they would see us as a threat to them. The truth is we are a threat to no one as long as no one threatens us, especially our rights.

But we do not believe that WE are to be held accountable for this monstrous debt that our government says we are responsible for. Thomas Jefferson once said, “I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.”

I think I have given you enough to think about right now, so I will end this here. But just know this, things are not going to get any better until YOU wake up to what is really happening in America. You have to stop placing your faith in political parties. You have to stop believing that one party is better than the other one. They are all in this together, THEY ARE ALL CORRUPT!

Only when you realize that will be able to start taking the first baby steps forward towards your freedom.

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The Circus Is Coming To Town

Alright everybody get ready, the circus is coming to town. Actually it is coming to the whole country. But by circus I am not talking about Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey, I’m talking about the 2016 presidential election. I’ve already been asked who I am going to vote for and I’ll tell you the same thing I told those who asked me, “I may just sit this one out.”

I have never missed an election, neither presidential or mid-term, I have voted in them all. Ever since I graduated from high school and registered to vote I have participated in every single election, even while I was stationed overseas I made sure I got my absentee ballot and sent it in. So this will be a first, me sitting out an election that is.

Before anyone gives me any grief about this, saying I have to vote so that someone like Hillary doesn’t make it into office as our next president, I don’t want to hear it. I refuse to vote for someone I don’t like so that someone I like even less doesn’t win. If the party’s can’t provide me with a candidate I can fully endorse then I would rather not vote at all, I’m tired of ignoring my conscience and voting for the lesser of two evils. This time I’m going to follow John Quincy Adams advice and always vote my conscience and if my conscience dictates that there is no one worthy of my vote, then I simply won’t vote.
Besides, what’s the use? The whole system is rigged and it doesn’t matter who you pick, you are going to get a puppet for the real powers that control things in our government. Rand Paul is the only candidate I could possibly vote for, and after seeing what the GOP did to his father I know for a fact that he is not going to get their endorsement. You watch, it will be a Jeb Bush or some other ass kissing toe the line Republican who gets the nomination and that means business as usual in our nation’s capital.

I’m not trying to stop YOU from voting, if that is what you want to do, go for it. Just know that your vote isn’t going to bring about any radical change in the way things are done in this country. Our country has been under attack since before they even wrote the Constitution and it hasn’t abated a single iota since. The freedom that you claim you enjoy is an illusion because you are only free to make inconsequential decisions which make little difference in the grand scheme of things, while the important things in life are all controlled, regulated, and monitored by the government. And behind this government, just as behind the Great and powerful Oz in the movie, sits a small group of men whose goal is complete global domination. Except this time around they aren’t using guns and bullets to enslave you, they are using the power they wield over the currency you carry in your wallets and purses, and they will get what they want unless the people realize that they are mere serfs to global masters.

A little history is in order I believe…

I would hope that most of you have at least heard the phrase taxation without representation. That is what your school textbooks tell you is the reason behind the American Revolution. Possibly, but it wasn’t the ONLY reason.

In 1764 Benjamin Franklin was living in England as an ambassador of sorts when they English asked him how the colonies collected enough money to provide for the poor. Franklin responded that in the colonies there were no poor, everyone was employed and earned their pay. The English were astounded and asked how that could be, to which Franklin replied, “In the Colonies, we issue our own paper money. It is called ‘Colonial Scrip.’ We issue it in proper proportion to make the goods and pass easily from the producers to the consumers. In this manner, creating ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power and we have no interest to pay to no one.”

Shortly thereafter the Bank of England applied pressure to Parliament and they passed a resolution forbidding the colonies of the right to print their own currency. Instead all transactions were to be made with silver and gold and if the colonists could not pay then they would be forced to borrow the coinage from banks at interest. In this manner the bankers profited off the labor of the colonists. Within a year of this resolution there was rampant unemployment in the colonies and the streets were filled with beggars.

This, according to Franklin, was the real reason, or at least the final straw that led to the American Revolution, “This, he said, was the real reason for the Revolution: “the colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been that England took away from the colonies their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction.”

Fast forward nearly one hundred years and we see the same scenario repeating itself. At the onset of the Civil War Abraham Lincoln was in the midst of not only a war, but an economic depression. Money was short in the public treasury and he wondered how he would finance his war against the South. He sought out the banks for loans but they were charging exorbitant rates, upwards of 36%, so Lincoln refused to accept their terms. Then his friend, Colonel Dick Taylor, suggested that Lincoln simply print his own money, “Just get Congress to pass a bill authorising the printing of full legal tender treasury notes… and pay your soldiers with them and go ahead and win your war with them also.” Which Lincoln did, and the money was known as greenbacks.

Upon seeing this, the banks of England again were in a panic because they knew the outcome of a nation being able to print its own currency. The banks are quoted as saying, “If this mischievous financial policy, which has its origin in North America, shall become endurated down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous without precedent in the history of the world. The brains, and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That country must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe.”

What you fail to notice is that we are not a free state anymore, we are subservient to the moneyed powers that control things in America. In short we are slaves to banking masters who profit from our labor and the debt we produce. In short, we have an economic monarchy, controlled by an oligarchy of men who control America via their control of our money supply.

In a typical monarchy there is a King, or potentate of some sort, who rules by divine authority. They own the land and the serfs, (the common people), are allowed to operate the land but owe a portion of the goods they produce to the monarch in the form of tributes or taxes. Are we really any different? We pay taxes to the government, and interest on our debts and all of which leaves us but mere serfs working the land while others grow rich and powerful off our labor. The only difference is we may have a few more creature comforts than did the serfs of olden times, and we are free to travel and enjoy a vacation or two. But we still are beholden to the banks for our money and the government monitors and controls us through laws and spy systems designed to keep us in line. Anyone who speaks out about the truth is immediately slandered as a kook, a conspiracy theorist, and if that doesn’t work some alphabet soup agency like the ATF, DEA, or FBI trumps up some charge against them and then brings the full weight of the American Justice Department against them. Does that sound like real freedom to you?

You may not believe all this, coming from some guy who packs prunes in a fruit packing plant, but just because I work in a fruit packing plant doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m talking about. I have researched this subject extensively and have found that the quotes are there to support what I’m saying.

Why would a mayor of a major U.S. city say, “The Real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state, and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen. At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties.”? John Hylan, former Mayor of New York City

Why would a former president of the United States say, “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the Field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”? Woodrow Wilson (1913)

These banking interests have been trying to gain control of America since before it became an independent nation. They tried and we fought the American Revolution to prevent it. They tried again later and Andrew Jackson fought to severe our ties to the bankers. They tried during the Civil War and Lincoln, (although I do not support his war of aggression), stopped them by printing our own currency.

They must have grown weary of trying time and time again, only to see their efforts fail. So they came up with a new plan. They had to change the overall thinking in America to make us accept our own slavery without question. But how to do this when so many people understood their freedom and it was as much a part of their being as their DNA?

Well they realized that it couldn’t be accomplished overnight, that it would take years, if not generations, to accomplish their goal. So they created think tanks to assemble like minded individuals who could then influence policy and agendas from within organizations; in the government; in the media; and in our institutions of learning.

By controlling what our children were being taught they could shift focus away from independence and individual freedom towards the belief on a global society interconnected without any individual freedom and where government is supreme and not to be questioned. Thus we have seen a shift in what our kids have been taught about our history, our system of government, and our place in the world.

Secondly they must control the flow of information that the people get regarding what is happening in the world around them. That is why “In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interests, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States, and a sufficient number of them, to control generally the policy of the daily press….They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers.

An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper, to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature, considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.” (Congressman Oscar Calloway, on the floor of the House of Representatives 1917)

Did you know that 30 years ago fifty corporations controlled the majority of the news media in the U.S.? Probably didn’t, did you? In 1992 that number was less than two dozen. In 2000 the number had fallen to six. That’s right, six companies own and control the majority of the news you get. That, at least for me, makes anything they tell me suspect. I would not put my trust too highly upon the network, or cable news services to provide me with the whole story, or the truth for that matter. Not when you go back and re-read what Oscar Calloway said, “… an editor was furnished for each paper, to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature, considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”

Then, once the people had been conditioned into accepting these changes a change in control of our currency would have to take place, handing control of our money supply back to the bankers. Hence the Creature from Jekyll Island…the Federal Reserve Act. Since that day our servitude has been in place, and I bet you didn’t even know you were a slave.

So you see, the media controls what information you are getting, and this includes what you see and hear about those who are running for office. They can build a candidate up to almost godlike status, or they can tear one down by reporting nothing but negative stories about them. What they don’t want is for you, the people, to spend any time on your own seeking out the truth. They want you to trust them, to take their word for it.

You see these parasites have invaded our nation everywhere, just as John Hylan said, “… like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state, and nation.” They have people in key positions in our government, in our institutions of higher learning, in the media, in our courts, they are everywhere, It is so insidious and evil that it is hard for people to accept as truth. But truth it is nonetheless.

THEY, are the CFR, the Council on Foreign Relations. They advertise themselves as a think tank who gather together to discuss policy and the issues which face the world. But they are more than a think tank, their members go out into the world and influence policy, they decide what news you are given, and they decide the curriculums which are taught in our schools. They are just as evil and invasive as any fictional monster found in the movies like HYDRA in the Captain America films.

Not only do they have key people in all the before mentioned places, they also control both political parties in this country. They act as vetting agencies to ensure that no one, and I mean NO ONE gets the party nod unless they are proven to be willing to toe the party line, (which is just another way of saying do what the puppet masters tell them to do). That is why the GOP shunned Ron Paul with a vengeance, it was because he was a threat to their control over us; he would have told us the truth as to what is really happening. But just as the GOP shunned him, most American’s ignored him because what he told them conflicted with their beliefs.

You can take this with a grain of salt if you want, the comments of a bitter youth spoken against an in law, but Curtis Dall, former son-in-law to Franklin D. Roosevelt, wrote in his book My Exploited Father-in Law, “For a long time I felt that FDR had developed many thoughts and ideas that were his own to benefit this country, the United States. But, he didn’t. Most of his thoughts, his political ammunition, as it were, were carefully manufactured for him in advanced by the Council on Foreign Relations-One World Money group. Brilliantly, with great gusto, like a fine piece of artillery, he exploded that prepared “ammunition” in the middle of an unsuspecting target, the American people, and thus paid off and returned his internationalist political support.”

But if those aren’t enough to convince you, how about the words of a former U.S. President? In his Progressive Covenant Speech Theodore Roosevelt states, “Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”

Not enough? How about the words of a former Supreme Court Justice? In 1952 Justice Felix Frankfurter stated, “The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.”

To put it in simple every day language we must turn to a former Congressman, John Rarick. In 1971 Rarick is quoted as saying, “The Council on Foreign Relations is “the establishment.” Not only does it have influence and power in key decision-making positions at the highest levels of government to apply pressure from above, but it also announces and uses individuals and groups to bring pressure from below, to justify the high level decisions for converting the U.S. from a sovereign Constitutional Republic into a servile member state of a one-world dictatorship.”

How much proof do you require before you begin to consider that what I am saying is true? As George Carlin so eloquently said, it’s a big club and you ain’t in it. But you can go ahead and vote if you want. Keep believing that your vote makes a difference. I choose not to participate in the circus because I know it is a big scam designed to keep us believing we have any say in how things are run in this country, when we don’t actually have much of a say at all.

People think servitude and slavery are all about armed thugs enforcing the will of tyrants, but it is not always thus. In his book Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville writes, “Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

That is the government we have today, it micromanages us by way of all these agencies, these bureaucracies that regulate our lives. Then we are saddled with all this debt that controls us via taxes and interest. We are truly slaves without our even knowing it.

In 1934 J.P. Morgan had a hand in writing something known as the Bankers Manifesto, which in part states, “Capital must protect itself in every way, through combination and through legislation. Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law, the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of wealth, under control of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle men now engaged in forming an IMPERIALISM of capital to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd. Thus by discrete action we can secure for ourselves what has been generally planned and successfully accomplished.”

Yet people will continue to blow all this off as conspiracy theory. Yet what is a conspiracy theory? A conspiracy is a plot or plan by one, or more, men to commit an act in secret. A theory is a belief in something that has yet to be proven. So a conspiracy theory is just the belief that someone is planning something, but you don’t have the evidence to prove it yet.

HAVEN’T I PROVIDED ENOUGH EVIDENCE???

There is a quote I saw the other day that sums up my attitude better than anything I could come up with myself. It said, “America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.”

But you can bet your ass that I am not going to participate any further in my own enslavement. I will not vote for anyone who does not stand for the same things I do. If that means I never vote again, so be it. But I refuse to not see the circus for exactly what it is

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I’m NOT Your Enemy

Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville

I know some people must be thinking “Doesn’t Neal talk about anything else?” It must get on your nerves that I am always harping on the same subject over and over and over again. But like George W. Bush said, “See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in…” I guess it just takes a lot longer for the truth to get through to some people, so I just keep hammering away at it until everyone gets it.

The thing is the things I discuss in my commentaries isn’t rocket science, it doesn’t take a PhD to understand it, it’s pretty simple. Nevertheless, let me try one more time to run through it quickly from a slightly different approach.

In 1776 a group of American Colonists got together and, after years of being mistreated by their King, wrote a document telling the King to go take a hike, that they could handle things on their own without his help, or his troops. The document that they created is called the Declaration of Independence. Of course the King didn’t like it that these petulant little colonies thought they could survive without the grace and power of the British Empire to protect them, so they fought hard to retain control over the colonies. But in the end, with help from the French, we became an independent nation. Actually we became 13 independent nation/states. Instead of one huge land mass of a United States we were 13 colonies/states, each with independent governments to run things within the confines of each state.

This led to problems as each state sought to pass laws which benefitted the inhabitants of that particular state, often imposing sanctions on trade for neighboring states that sought to sell, or transport, their goods within the borders of their neighbors. Something had to be done to regulate commerce so that it would flow smoothly throughout the young United States of America.

So, in 1787 another group of men got together in Philadelphia and debated over how to create a government which would serve as a central authority over the conglomerate of states which were the United States of America. Their charter was to reform the weak and ineffective Articles of Confederation, but they trashed those and started from scrap to create an entirely new system of government, one which would be able to regulate commerce, provide for the defense of the nation as a whole, and which would best secure the rights and liberty of all the inhabitants living within ALL the states.

What they came up with is nothing short of brilliant; the Constitution. The Constitution created a legislative body which would provide representation for both the people AND the states themselves so that both would have an equal say in the laws this government would be passing. They then created an executive, [President], to ensure the laws were faithfully enforced, and who could, upon finding fault with the laws agreed upon by Congress, veto them and send them back with his reasons for doing so.

They then created a Supreme Court whose sole job was to settle any disputes which may arise under the Constitution.

This Constitution was to be the Supreme Law of the Land, that is that is was above all other laws and treaties, it superseded them and was supreme over them. No law could be written anywhere within the United States which would go against what the Constitution says.

Of course there were those who thought the Constitution didn’t give the government ENOUGH power and there were those who thought it gave the government TOO MUCH power. To settle disputes and see that the Constitution was accepted by those who thought it gave the government too much power a Bill of Rights was one of the first things the newly created Congress did. They sent out a list of 12 Amendments to the Constitution for the consideration of the states. Ten of them were accepted by the requisite number of states and now comprise the Bill of Rights. These rights are just as binding as the powers granted within the Constitution, i.e. no one, and I mean no legislative authority can violate them.

But you see, there is one important point here that people fail to consider, that being that the people came first. THEY wrote the Constitution, they CREATED the government. The ultimate power and authority in this country does not belong to the government, as many of you believe, it rests with us, the people. As George Mason clearly stated, “In all our associations; in all our agreements let us never lose sight of this fundamental maxim – that all power was originally lodged in, and consequently is derived from, the people.”

If you think of our nation as a living entity then our Declaration of Independence is its birth certificate. And within the Declaration of Independence is one statement that EVERYONE needs to understand. As our Founders wrote that document to assert their right to sever the ties which bound them to England, they ALSO stated that “…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it…”

The simple truth is that government IS NOT our master, it is our servant. We created it, we gave it certain powers, and when it oversteps those powers, or violates our rights, we have the sovereign authority to pull back on the reins or to abolish the government altogether. Government itself has no say in the matter; it is/was a creature created by the people and it can be abolished by the people with, or without, its consent.

The thing is, once government gets its hands on power it has but two goals in life. One is the increase in how much power it wields, and the second is its self-preservation. We have seen both. Government has grown in both size and scope of its powers and it has fought to retain its control over the people, [the Civil War]. Don’t fool yourself by thinking it won’t fight should we ever grow weary of it and try to dismantle it. It would gladly kill a few million of us citizens to ensure that its powers are not limited or taken from it.

So, if you were to examine what powers the people gave government, you might actually be shocked at how few powers it was given. As I said, it was given the power to raise revenue via taxation and tariffs, and that is found in the opening of Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, which states, “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States…”

That is it’s power of taxation, but it is not authorized to raise, or expend for that matter, funds for anything other than the SPECIFIC powers granted the government by the people. And what are these SPECIFIC powers you ask? Glad you did, because I’m more than willing to answer. Here all the ONLY things our government is authorized to enact laws about:

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;

To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;

To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;

To establish post offices and post roads;

To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;

To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;

To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings.

And then Article 1 Section 8 closes with the following clause, “To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.”

So, let’s use a simple little analogy to help you understand how government might enact law and upon what it can enact laws upon. Let’s say you want to build a house. You find a contractor who is willing to build you hour dream home and you sign a contract for the house to be built. The contract lays out all the details of the house, from the window designs to the interior layout. The contractor must be able to make purchases; lumber, wiring, paint, drywall, etc. etc. if they are to build the house to your plans. That is the purpose for the final clause of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. It is not a grant of added power, it only grants government the power to hire, create agencies, or purchase materials to perform the SPECIFIC tasks assigned to it.

However, for the whole ball of wax to work it must not be tweaked with, and the people must care enough to keep government within the limits imposed upon it. You see, government was created to represent the will of the people, within the limits of law, and the will of the states, also within the limits of law. Nothing else. It was not designed to be a whorehouse whose members sold their souls to corporate and banking interests whose only concern was to increase their own wealth and power. Yet that is what it has become.

Whenever anyone tries to warn YOU about the abuses of power, the violation of YOUR rights, the corruption and illusion that you have any say in how government operates, they are attacked viciously as being conspiracy theorists, or as some sort of threat to the American way of life. When what we are actually doing is DEFENDING the American Way of Life. You have just been brainwashed into believing that what is going on in government today is what is SUPPOSED to be happening. If you would only take a few minutes to read the Constitution for yourself, then read the Bill of Rights, and then try to compare the two to what you see happening all around you, then you might just realize that people such as myself are not your enemies; we are the defenders of your liberty.

James Wilson, both signer to the Declaration of Independence AND the Constitution, once said, “The enemies of liberty are artful and insidious…liberty herself is treated as a traitor and an usurper…Against these enemies of liberty, who act in concert…the patriot citizen will keep a watchful guard.”

That’s what we are, the watchmen who stand guard over your liberty and we have been screaming bloody murder for a very long time, only to have our warnings fall upon deaf ears. YOU, the American people could care less; you are too busy being E N T E R T A I N E D to worry about something as trivial as whether or not your rights are being violated or the national debt is so large it threatens to bring about the complete collapse of society. You could care less that banking and corporate interests control government, tell it what laws to pass and which ones not to pass. In short, YOU COULD CARE LESS ABOUT AMERICA!

I grow so weary of repeating myself to people who are either too blind to see the truth that is right in front of their eyes, or too apathetic to care. Yet persevere I must because it is MY LIBERTY that is at stake as well, and that is not something I intend to give up without a fight.
I will leave you now with two final quotes to consider.

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.
~Thomas Paine~

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.
~Samuel Adams~

You may not care, but I do. As did many of those I consider friends, we all swore an oath to defend the Constitution and, unlike many of you reading this, defending our Constitution and our rights still mean something to us. So I will go on repeating myself until I’m blue in the face if I must. I will go on writing these commentaries even if NO ONE is reading them. AND I will take up arms to defend my liberty, and yours as well, (even if you don’t care enough about it to do it yourself). For what good is life if you have not the freedom to enjoy it. As the old saying declares, I’d rather live free or die.

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Under Attack

There is a harsh truth that every single person on the planet must come face to face with; you are born, you live, and then you die. It is what you do in between being born and dying that makes your life count for something. But there is something else though. Each of us is born at a specific point in time in the history of their respective countries. All we know about our country is what we either experience, or are taught.

I can see why so many people in America think the way they do about the purpose of government, the nature of their rights, and all there other views on life…I really can. That doesn’t mean I agree with them, it just means I see how their thinking came about.

As I said, it is what people do in between the being born part, and the dying part that makes their life mean something. Some people seek fame and fortune, which is perfectly fine if that’s what you want, but for me there is something else of far greater importance than just being famous or wealthy; the truth.
The truth is unbiased, it takes no sides, and it can be harsh and cruel, yet it remains the truth. Most people today, at least those I come into contact with, are reluctant to seek the truth, or run from it when confronted with it. You see there is this thing called cognitive dissonance which occurs when people are confronted with facts that contradict what they have been taught to believe is the truth. Some people’s minds just can’t handle the conflict that occurs when they are presented with a truth that goes against all they have believed throughout their life. Yet, as author Aldous Huxley once said, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” The truth will go on being the truth from now to eternity, even if you choose to disregard it.

The only way one can find the truth is to actively seek it. This means one must, above all, have an open mind. To seek the truth one must be willing to accept that what they had been told was true is in fact a lie. That being said, let me tell you a simple truth, America, unless the people drastically alter their thoughts on governance, liberty, political correctness, and a whole host of other things, will cease to exist as the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I often get angry at people for the way they have prioritized things in their lives. Although most people rarely think of it in the terms I am about to express, self-preservation is usually at the top of most people’s list of priorities. To stay alive and healthy is usually at the top of most people’s lists of things that are important to them. But even then, at least as far as I’m concerned, self-preservation may be sacrificed if the cause is noble enough.

When Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence he concluded it with the following words, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Think about that for a moment. You may not be rich as some of our nation’s Founding Fathers were, but you probably have a home and possessions that you have worked for. Would you be willing to give all that up for a noble cause? Would you place your life on the line for something you truly believed in? Would you be willing to see your name go into the history books as someone who died on a fool’s errand, or on the other end of the spectrum, died seeking something grand and glorious? This is what the men who signed the Declaration of Independence did, they put it all on the line for the cause that they believed in.

Unfortunately the America that exists today is a far cry from what those great men had envisioned. Over successive generations we have become less educated about how our system of government is truly supposed to function; we have become less concerned with preserving our rights and our liberty; and we have become cowardly in that we are unwilling to go against the tide and speak out in defense of the truth. Far too many Americans are content to remain ignorant, living apathetic and complacent lives as long as they have a roof over their head, a job to go to, and something to keep them entertained. It both sickens and saddens me to no end.

What upsets me even more are those who follow a belief system that could be proved wrong if they would only examine the facts regarding how our nation came into being. Those who staunchly stand behind the Democratic and Republican parties, saying that their party is the right party for America are the ones I am talking about. They argue between each other over their beliefs and political ideologies, but the moment someone stands up and brings up the limitations the Constitution imposes upon government both parties combine their efforts to squelch any discussion on…THE TRUTH, that truth being that both parties have disregarded what the Constitution says and have their own agendas that conflict with what that document says.

When you were growing up did you ever play the game Dodge Ball? I know I did, at least in school during recess. I’m sure that now it is prohibited as being unsafe, but when I was a kid we weren’t a bunch of pampered little sissies. Anyway, Dodge Ball is played by forming a circle of kids with one kid in the middle. Then a ball, or multiple balls, are given to the kids forming the circle. They then take turns throwing the ball at the person in the middle. As long as he can avoid being hit by a ball he gets to stay in the middle. However, upon being hit the person who hit him with a ball gets to go to the middle and the cycle repeats itself.

In a way I see the truth as being in a game of Dodge Ball. The truth stands in the middle of all America stands for, but there are groups that are taking aim at it to try and discredit it, disprove it, or at least silence all discussion of it.

I have found that unless I am discussing politics, American values, or even conspiracy theories, unless the person I am talking to is like minded that the moment I begin presenting facts the person I am speaking with begins hurling insults or starts calling me names. I bring up facts about how the actions of Mr. Obama are in violation of the Constitution and someone calls me a racist. I bring up facts regarding illegal immigration and people call me racist. I bring up the truth about the purpose for the Second Amendment and I’m called a radical revolutionary who wants to overthrow the government. It goes on and on and on…the truth does not stand a chance because it is confronted with emotional reactions based upon people’s inability to accept it.

Well here are some simple facts, they are recorded as being true statements made and which are contained within the documents that led to the creation of the American Republic.

This politically correct nonsense of multiculturalism is a lie. While there is nothing wrong with having pride in your native country, an American must place America above all else. American values and laws take precedence over all else.

On October 31, 1787 Federalist No. 2 was published. In it John Jay, a future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court says, “With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people–a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.”

As our countries name implies, we were the UNITED states of America. As Jay said, we were united by a common language, professed the same religion, (all being Christian sects), and we all pretty much held the same beliefs on the principles of government. Can you say the same thing about the America that exists today?

I dare you to go to any public place and just sit there and listen to people talk. I do it all the time and sometimes I feel like I am in a meeting of the general assembly of the United Nations, not the United States of America. English is no longer the common language. My God you can go into the DMV here in California and get the drivers handbook in at least 15 languages.

America was, at the time of its founding, a Christian nation. Sure the Constitution provides us with the freedom to choose the religious belief we wish as our own, but the majority of Americans at the time our nation was founded believed in God and in His Son Jesus Christ.

In his book God’s Providence in America’s History, author Steve Dawson writes that Patrick Henry, the man famous for the line “Give me liberty or give me death” also said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

In America today Christian beliefs are under attack and great effort has been put into removing all things Christian from our public discussion. Provide quotes from Scripture speaking out against almost any current practice in America and you will find yourself the victim of name calling. For example if you provide Scripture condemning homosexuality and you are labeled homophobic. Same goes for the sanctity of marriage. Yet John Adams once wrote in his diary, “The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families…. How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers?”

Yet we are constantly being told that we must tolerate those whose beliefs differ from ours, even when their belief states, “Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.”

That is taken directly from the Koran, anyone who does not profess Islam as their faith is to be fought until they submit to a state of subjection. Yet our First Amendment protects our right of religious freedom, it does not place ANYONE under subjection whose religion differs from those of another. Islam and the freedoms America stand for are incompatible!

It’s a Catch 22 situation, believe me I understand that. On the one hand we say we believe in religious freedom, the ability to worship as one chooses. This principle would seem to indicate that those who wish to practice Islam are afforded the same right as Christians, Buddhists, and any other religious belief. But then on the other hand what does a country do when the religious belief of one group declares that it is the ONLY religion that is accepted and that all those who do not believe shall be fought, taxed, and often killed for their refusal to convert?

If you ask me, that is where being a Republic comes into play. In a republic that law reigns supreme. Our Constitution, our Bill of Rights takes precedence over all else. You may practice your faith, but the moment your faith infringes upon the rights of anyone else you have violated the law. Religion should be a personal issue, one that helps each person as they live their life. If your beliefs help you and you wish to share them so that others may enjoy the same peace you find then that is acceptable. But when you declare that either you will convert to my belief or you will be fought, taxed, or killed, you have crossed the line and have no place in a country that believes in religious freedom.

I could go on and on with examples of how everything, from the right of the people to be armed in defense of their homes, their family and their liberty is under attack to the belief that it is governments place to take, (tax), some to provide for those less fortunate or in need. All of these things can be backed up with mountains of fact but until people are willing to open their mind to the truth everything I say will fall upon deaf ears and blind eyes.

But make no mistake about it, every belief that our Founders held is currently under attack. What it boils down to is that LIBERTY is under attack. The more you restrict the actions of this group, or that, the more liberty is lost. The more you take from one group so that others may share in the wealth, liberty is lost. The more you silence honest open discussion and replace it with name calling and insults…LIBERTY IS LOST.

This may not bother you, at least not now. You may not care that the rights of others are being violated so that you may feel safe, secure, and free from offending beliefs, but believe me the time is going to come when the same desire to restrict someone else’s liberty is going to come right back at you. As Thomas Paine so eloquently stated, “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

Paine also said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” Sooner or later something you care about is going to come under attack. You had best get that through your heads now before it happens. And you have to ask yourselves a serious question as you ponder that statement, do you honestly expect those of us whose liberties you have so actively sought to restrict are going to come to your defense when something YOU care about comes under attack? On the Liberty Bell is found the inscription, taken from Leviticus 25:10, “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all inhabitants thereof.” I have been proclaiming until I am blue in the face but nobody wants to listen. So all I have to say to you is, if you want us to defend your rights, your liberty, you had better stop attacking ours. And that’s all I have to say on the matter.

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