I Can Only Hope

Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual
truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to
abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to
complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence,
from dependence back again to bondage.

~Alexander Fraser Tytler~

I know that some of my more recent contributions to the fight for liberty have been somewhat harsh, and although you may not believe me; for that I am truly sorry. It’s just that I get so frustrated trying to explain things to people; things that every American should understand, yet remain incomprehensible to most people. It is either that folks are unable to understand them or that they simply do not care about the topics I write about; and if that is the case then America is truly screwed and our future is very bleak indeed.

I would hope that anyone who has attended the public school system in the U.S., or the public indoctrination centers, as I prefer to call them, has at least heard the line from Patrick Henry’s famous speech wherein he says, “Give me liberty or give me death!” However, how many of you have read the words which preceded that declaration? If not, please allow me to oblige by sharing them with you. Prior to making that famous statement Mr. Henry also asked, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?” If you want my honest opinion, in answer to Mr. Henry’s question most Americans would probably answer a resounding YES.

Aside from a small percentage of people in this country, most Americans simply do not care to educate themselves as to the events leading up to the Founding of our Republic, the arguments which took place over whether or not to accept the system of government proposed by the Constitution and the events which have occurred over the course of our nation’s history which have shifter power from the individual to the almighty federal government.

I wonder, what would men like Patrick Henry think of us now? How would men who risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor feel about us today when we sit back and let the things they so valiantly fought for be squandered away while we lay around watching TV, play video games, or post mindless comments on social media accounts like Facebook?

I think I know the answer to my own question because John Adams already told us how he would personally feel. In a letter Adams wrote to his wife on April 26, 1777 Adams states, “Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”

It seems that sentiment ran strong in Adams blood, as his cousin Samuel Adams also said, “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

I know that many of the people I’m trying to reach with these articles will never care; but I cannot simply give up; the cause is too worthy, and the consequences for failure are too great to just throw in the towel because people don’t care. So continue I must; regardless of whether my target audience gets the message or not.

One of the biggest problems I face with people is their perspective when I discuss the loss of liberty and the shift of power from the individual to the centralized federal government. Many of those who emigrated here claim that America is a much freer country than the one from which they were born in. Also, many of the people reading my commentaries base their views on their short lifetimes; often only a couple decades.

To understand how much we have lost you MUST go back to the beginning and see what we were originally given and then compare THAT to what we have now. It is only then that the loss becomes drastically obvious. The only way one can measure how much freedom we have lost, and how we have lost it, is by studying the history of this country. If you base your opinions solely upon your short life span then you will never be able to measure how much freedom you have lost, and the reasons why you have lost it.

But you must also understand the terminology used by our Founders when discussing which system of government to establish for this country because if you do not fully understand the meaning of certain words or phrases you will never understand what type of government we actually have.

For instance, the frequent use of the word democracy in describing our system of government is a fallacy that has been, and continues to be, pounded into our heads by educators, the media, and our elected officials. Yet we are not a democracy; we do not gather ourselves together and make the laws which affect all of us; which is what happens in a true democracy. A democracy is, as Ben Franklin said, “Two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.”

If people cared enough to read the writings of the men who participated in the creation of our system of government they would have found that these men despised democracies. In Federalist 10 James Madison said the following regarding democracies, “Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths…”

We may gather together in our precincts and cast our ballots for those who will represent us in a democratic manner, but our government is, at least according to the men who created it, a Republic. Once elected they are bound by certain limitations and cannot, legally anyway, do anything that exceeds the limits laid out for government by the Constitution. Furthermore, to guarantee that the Constitution would be accepted by the required number of States a Bill of Rights was promised, and then later delivered which placed certain rights beyond the reach of lawmakers, judges, and more importantly, the demands of an uninformed public who might later seek to see them revoked.

To truly understand the fight that has been going on since the day the Constitution went into effect one must understand the difference between a national form of government and a federal form of government. You see, there is a difference, a huge difference. Under a federal system of government the Union, or the United States of America as we call it now, is a confederation of sovereign States. Under a national system which is a consolidation of the States into a single entity controlled and governed by the central government created by the Constitution. Today the two words may be interchangeable, but believe me, there is a big difference between them.

You have to understand that prior to the Constitution, prior to the winning of the revolution, the States were sovereign entities, each with no power or authority over the other. It was by a unanimous vote of the State delegates that the Declaration of Independence was approved. Under the Articles of Confederation it was only by a unanimous vote of all the States that any law could be passed. When the American Revolution was won the Peace Treaty which followed recognized each State as a single sovereign entity.

Each State was jealous of its sovereignty and was wary of any system of government which would take away any of the power they held or intrude upon the internal affairs of the States. Was this requirement that a unanimous vote for the passage of any law stop many laws which would have been beneficial for the Union from being passed? Possibly, but it also reserved to the States their sovereign identities and kept the power localized and out of the hands of one single body.

Had you not studied, and I’m guessing most Americans haven’t, the Philadelphia Convention which produced our Constitution, you would not know that when proposals were being made as to the powers given government, James Madison suggested that a supreme veto be granted the government over the laws passed by the States. This did not go over well among the delegates as they saw it as an intrusion upon their sovereignty and confirmed what Patrick Henry had said about the convention in the first place when he said, “I smell a rat in Philadelphia.”

Madison wanted the central government to have the power to veto laws passed by the States and Alexander Hamilton wanted to model our system after the British with a president being elected for life. The compromises which were made, particularly with regards to the Senate being chosen by the State Assemblies, did not sit well with Madison and lessened the power this new government would have over the States.

You see, that is where the battle between freedom and the power wielded by government began, in the convention which produced our Constitution; and it has been going on ever since. To again quote from Patrick Henry, when the Virginia Assembly met to vote on the proposed Constitution Mr. Henry declared the following, “Mr. Chairman … I rose yesterday to ask a question which arose in my own mind. When I asked that question, I thought the meaning of my interrogation was obvious: The fate of this question and of America may depend on this: Have they said, we, the States? Have they made a proposal of a compact between states? If they had, this would be a confederation: It is otherwise most clearly a consolidated government. The question turns, Sir, on that poor little thing-the expression, We, the people, instead of the States, of America.” This goes straight to the issue of whether ours is a federal or a national system of government, and in typical political doublespeak James Madison states the following as to whether we were given a national, or a federal system of government, “The proposed Constitution, therefore, is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal Constitution, but a composition of both. In its foundation it is federal, not national; in the sources from which the ordinary powers of the government are drawn, it is partly federal and partly national; in the operation of these powers, it is national, not federal; in the extent of them, again, it is federal, not national; and, finally, in the authoritative mode of introducing amendments, it is neither wholly federal nor wholly national.”

Thomas Jefferson once said “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yeild and government gain ground.” If you really think about it once government gains power over you, it never relinquishes it. In fact, it typically seeks to expand its power over you. When our government was created it was not the rights of the people that posed the biggest threat to government, it was the power held by the States. So from almost the beginning the federal government sought to intrude upon the power and authority of the States.

In response to the Alien and Sedition Acts Thomas Jefferson would write, ” . Resolved, That the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes — delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force…”

This is what is known as nullification. In short Jefferson told the federal government that its authority stopped at the front door of the State and its laws did not apply within the State. This would not be the first time the States attempted to nullify federal law, the South would try it again in the 1830′s to alleviate the burden upon their agricultural economies by the tariffs imposed upon them by the federal government. This time, however, a crisis was not avoided and the result was a Civil War. It was not about slavery as we have all been told, it was about the federal government imposing its will upon the States and whether the States had the right to secede from, what they believed to be, a voluntary compact which bound them together as a Union. Abraham Lincoln said they didn’t, so he raised troops to force them into adhering to the Union. The South loss, and the power and authority of the States suffered a severe blow to their sovereignty.

In short, Madison got what he wanted, a national government which became Supreme over the States. The final nail in the coffin for State’s Rights was the 17th Amendment. The 17th Amendment took the power of choosing Senators from the States and passed it to the people; leaving the States with no say whatsoever in what laws were passed by the central government. Patrick Henry now had his answer, it all boiled down to “We the people…” Now, instead of being co-equal powers, the States had now become subordinate entities in regards to the balance of power between the State and federal government.

Throughout all this conflict between the State and Federal authority the Federal authority has also sought to increase its power over the individual and restrict the freedom which was once such a cherished possession.

Again, returning to Patrick Henry’s June 5, 1788 address to the Virginia Assembly, “Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings-give us that precious jewel, and you may take every thing else: But I am fearful I have lived long enough to become an fellow: Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined, enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so: I say, the time has been when every pore of my heart beat for American liberty, and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American…”

This attachment to liberty has almost vanished from the breast of most people in this country today. We see laws being passed which violate our most sacred of rights; gun control laws, freedom of speech, freedom to pray in public places, the sanctity of our privacy, all being given up for the misguided belief that it is all done in the public good.

We have, in effect, become more than a democracy in which anything the public asks for the government grants; we have become a nation in which the government tells us what we want and then gives it to us. A democracy alone would have been bad enough, as Alexander Fraser Tytler once said, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

Now we have a system which is controlled from behind the scenes by moneyed interests; be they the military industrial complex, business interests, or the financial centers of Wall Street; but make no mistake about it, our government no longer represents the best interests of the people, and it has long since gave a damn about the best interests of the States as sovereign entities.

I see these things as clear as day, as if I’m reading the script of a play which has been concealed from the vast majority of Americans. All I’m trying to do is to expose the truth to everyone else; but my efforts fall upon deaf ears.

I no longer have any desire to participate in the fraud that we have any say in how government operates. By voting I am saying that I submit to whatever laws this corrupt and illegal entity called the federal government passes over me. I DO NOT SUBMIT!!!

I am a free and sovereign individual endowed with unalienable rights which nobody has the right to restrict. Over two-hundred years ago when Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence he declared that governments were instituted to secure my rights, not limit them. I have not seen government make any attempt to do anything other than expand its power over me, and my rights, for a long time. It has taken me almost 4 decades to come to this realization, but now that I see it, I refuse to participate in the fraud.

I will write, in the hope of staving off the disaster I see on our nation’s horizon, but I refuse to cast a single vote for anyone because the whole system is corrupt and beyond repair. It is not until the people awaken from their stupor, and begin to understand the nature of their rights, and seek to restore to the States their due power and authority that we can even begin to hope for change.

I know this has been long, and much of it hard for many of you to get your heads around, and that alone will mean that many of the people who need to understand it, won’t. Until they care enough, until they stop worrying such trivialities as sports, video games, and Facebook, and start paying attention to the history, and future, of their country, things will continue to get worse. I know they won’t be, but I can only hope that they are prepared for what their ignorance and apathy will sow.

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Let Me Explain A Few Things

First of all, this will be the last article I bring in to work for people to read. Recently I was turned in to Human Resources because a quote from Abraham Lincoln was deemed offensive to someone. If I personally offended you I’m sorry, I truly am. But before you assign the blame to me for your hurt feelings I want you to think what you are offended about. Was it the words found in the quote? Was it the fact that you had been lied to about Abraham Lincoln being the Great Emancipator? Or were you just upset that someone had the nerve to break the precious bubble of ignorance that protected you from the truth?
Had I said the words found in that quote I would hope you would take offense at what I said. Had you said those same words to me I would have been offended by you. But neither of those things happened, I was only the messenger of truth, and instead of being upset at the man who uttered those words, or the people who, throughout your lives, have lied to and deceived you, I became the scapegoat for your anger and was turned in for being politically incorrect and offensive.

Life is not all sugar coated and pretty; it can be ugly, it can be cruel, and yes, it can be offensive. I’m highly offended by apathy, ignorance, and revisionist history, but it seems that these are not politically correct issues, and therefore my feelings don’t carry much weight in the grand scheme of things.

In fact, political correctness offends me. According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary political correctness is defined as: agreeing with the idea that people should be careful not to use language or behave in such a way that could offend a particular group of people. I can see using tact and not being intentionally vulgar, but in everyday discussions, especially when discussing history or politics, opposing views should NEVER be silenced simply because they offend you.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states; Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (my emphasis)

Three simple words; freedom of speech, yet in today’s politically correct world they seem to fall on deaf ears, or only apply to politically correct speech. Yet freedom of speech means exactly that, free to speak whatever you want, regardless of whether someone else takes offense at what you say.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Ancestry dot com, that genealogy site where you can trace your ancestry by simply typing in your name. Well imagine your rights to be a person, and you wanted to search their origin. If you typed any of them in; the freedom of speech; the freedom of religion; the right to keep and bear arms, you would find that they go back to the very beginning of man’s existence on the planet.

Your rights, my rights, claim as their origin the Creator of man…God. They do not owe their existence to man, or to any system of government that man might create. Therefore, since they do not owe their existence to man, they cannot be repealed, revoked, or restricted by man either. It’s that simple. But this only works as long as people are willing to stand up for their rights and to fight for them if necessary.

Your fear about people owning guns, or your offense at what people say, do not trump their ability to exercise these rights any more than my dislike of football or Black Friday can stop you from participating in these events.

The Courts have ruled numerous times as to when freedom of speech can be limited or restricted; and many of their rulings I take question with. But there are certain times that I agree that freedom of speech should be limited, or restricted. The two primary times are when it comes to libel or slander; both of which refer to the defaming of a person which leads others to form a bad opinion of them. Libel refers to the printed word, while slander refers to spoken words. In both cases, if the things being said are false statements, then I agree that there should be some recourse for the person to whom the words were directed. HOWEVER, if the things being said are factual, then the person to whom they are directed should man up and accept that they are facts and not hide behind the law to have the freedom of speech silenced.

In his dissenting opinion in the case of Whitney v. California, Justice Louis D. Brandeis states, “If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”

That’s all I was doing by bringing in the quotes which someone else found offensive, trying to remedy the fallacies they had been taught regarding the Civil War, the meaning of the Confederate Battle Flag, and the reverence shown the esteemed Abraham Lincoln and his freeing of the slaves. When the truth becomes offensive, when facts are found to be politically incorrect, we are in a sad state of affairs.

And yes, that was a dissenting opinion, therefore not the one held by the majority of the court; but this was. In Mills v. Alabama the court ruled the following in regards to the Confederate Battle Flag, “To suggest a ban is warranted simply because some associate it with racism proves too much for First Amendment purposes: The Confederate battle flag itself is a catalyst for the discussion of varying viewpoints on history, politics, and societal issues. Discourse on such issues, without the fear of undue government constraint or retaliation, is exactly what the First Amendment was designed to protect.”

Furthermore, the courts also ruled, “Repressing this kind of discussion would be as unreasonable, and hopefully unthinkable, as a rule that forbids students to discuss the Constitution of the United States on the basis that it recognized slavery or forbids the display of the American flag because it has been carried by hate groups.”

There is a lot of American history that I take offense at, most recently these offensives keep coming at faster intervals. Yet for me to deny that they happened would be for me to deny the truth and attempt to revise history to suit my feelings. That would be intellectually dishonest and morally reprehensible on my part. So why should you be any different regarding parts of American History which you find offensive?

Yet I realize that we do not live in a perfect world; that our freedoms no longer mean what they used to. Therefore I must pick and choose my battles carefully. I could choose to fight this one, to continue bringing in to work whatever I chose simply because it is my First Amendment right to do so.

I also realize that I might find myself out of a job for disrupting the workplace. I would then have to, hopefully, find a lawyer who would represent me in defending my First Amendment right, and take this battle to court, hoping to find a judge who also believed in the sanctity of the First Amendment. All of which is highly unlikely in today’s politically correct society.

Besides, I have decided that you simply aren’t worth my efforts any longer. Your ignorance, your apathy, is beyond curing and I simply do not care to waste another moment of my time trying to educate you.

To those who wish to continue reading my articles, you can find them here as I write them: http://www.zombie-slayer.com/neal/

For the rest of you, I ask but one thing. If you find the truth offensive and wish to silence it, I ask that you refrain from discussing politics or history in my presence as your ignorance offends me. Believe me, if you do you will have opened Pandora’s Box and may regret hearing the truth the springs forth.

Fair is fair…

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What Is The Measure of Integrity?

Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

Years ago when I began writing these political commentaries I began collecting quotes. I have quotes from each man who has served as president of these States united; I have quotes from those who participated in the American Revolution and the Civil War; I have quotes from foreigners who wrote treatises on liberty; and I have thousands of quotes from others on a wide array of subjects. I use these quotes to support and defend my position in the articles I write.

However, there is one quote from George Washington which I have taken to be my personal motto, that quote being, “I hope I shall always possess the firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an Honest Man.”

As of late that motto has been tested sorely.

As a person who values integrity I would hope that if I was going around telling people things that were an outright lie that they would confront me with the facts to set me straight. I am man enough to admit that I have been wrong, I don’t get all butt hurt about being proven that what I was saying was not correct. It has happened before, and I’m sure it will happen again. That is how one grows in knowledge by making mistakes and putting ones nose to the grindstone and seeking out the truth.

Of late I have discovered that no one seems to care about the truth anymore; at least a majority of the people doesn’t care. I have also found that those who bear the truth are shunned, persecuted and treated as pariahs.

In today’s politically correct world feelings take precedent over the truth, and if the truth is found to be offensive by some then it must be silenced to maintain peace and order. Three hundred years ago Samuel Adams said that “Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.” Adams realized that people’s emotions typically took control of their decision making, while abandoning critical thinking and an honest evaluation of the truth. Yet as his cousin John would say, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Facts; you can choose to ignore them, you can choose to deny them, you can choose to let them piss you off; but the one thing you cannot do is reject the fact that they are…well FACTS. Facts are things which are indisputable, they are beyond argument; having been established as truths. And an honest person ONLY speaks the truth, they tell no lies.

I fully understand that in telling the truth you must show a bit of tact; you simply don’t walk up to someone and tell them they are ugly. But when people hold beliefs on certain issues that have been formed over a lifetime of them hearing lies then often the truth can come as quite a shock; possibly even being found offensive.

It is how the person receiving the truth reacts that is the measure of what is acceptable today; if it offends then society today dictates that the truth be silenced to appease the feelings of others.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but that concept, that belief, goes against EVERYTHING that a free society stands for, and it certainly goes against everything the First Amendment stands for.

I feel like I’m living in a real life version of George Orwell’s novel 1984 where people believe that ignorance is strength and we have a Ministry of Truth which tells us what to believe and what not to believe. It’s maddening for one who values the truth above all else to hear the nonsense that most people spew from their lips. Yet when I open my mouth to correct the lies and distortions of facts I hear I am condemned and accused of being insensitive to other people’s feelings.

Honestly this country has become a madhouse and there are times I wish I could just die and let the loonies loose to run the asylum.

But giving up is not in my nature, it is nowhere to be found in my DNA. As long as I breathe, as long as there is life in my limbs, I will continue to speak the truth.

Awhile back my friend and publisher Jeffrey Bennett mailed me a package full of articles, newspaper clippings, and booklets regarding government and the Constitution. Among this pile of research material was a booklet entitled Reclaiming the American Dream by Tom Rose. In the authors foreword it states that “…thankfully, when tyrants rise to positions of power and influence, God always prepares a remnant to oppose them…”

The only logical explanation as to why I can see these truths as clear as day, while the vast majority of my fellow countrymen fall hook line and sinker for the lies they are told is that God has opened my eyes to the truth and is using me as His spokesperson to spread the truth and try to restore America to the values it was founded upon.

Let me tell you something, I would rather offend every single inhabitant in the United States before I offend Him.

God gave me this gift, this ability to write, as ineffective as I have been, for a purpose, and I have no intention of throwing in the towel just because others find what I say offensive. History books can be re-written, lies can be told as the truth, yet the real truth will remain and there will always be those willing to speak it to those who will listen.

As for the rest of America, well they are digging their own graves. Their politically correct attitudes and concern more for feelings than fact is going to bring this country to ruin. When that time comes history will judge them to be responsible for its downfall and will ask the age old question as to why they didn’t listen to those who tried to warn them.

Have you ever heard the phrase divide and conquer? It means: the policy of maintaining control over one’s subordinates or subjects by encouraging dissent between them. Well that’s what they are doing to you, and you are simply too stupid to see it.

We are kept divided along race lines, along lines of those who are rich and those who are poor, along lines of Democrats and Republicans. It doesn’t matter what keeps us divided, as long as we stay divided we cannot focus our attention on the real enemy which threatens to destroy our Republic.

Nothing I do, or say, can change how YOU feel or think. I can point you in the right direction, I can provide you with facts to get your mind thinking, but YOU must decide to think, YOU must decide whether to accept the truth, or let your feelings, your emotions control your thought process.

All I know is that when George Washington said that the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people, he meant that it was up to us to think, to evaluate the facts, and come to decisions based on facts and evidence, not our emotions and feelings.

Let me be as blunt as I can; if America does not pull its collective head out of its collective ass, it is doomed. How’s that for the truth?

The truth is out there people. You may have to dig for it, but it is out there. It is up to each and every one of you to put your feelings aside and evaluate it for what it is and either accept or reject it. But the future of our country depends upon you living up to Washington’s hope to live as Honest Men.

If you choose otherwise, the old saying you reap what you sow will soon apply to you. You reap lies and deceit then those same lies that you trusted in and pushed so hard for are going to come around and bite you in the ass. You will be, as Stalin and Lenin called, “Useful Idiots” who helped push forward an agenda which destroyed America, then you will be discarded as expendable items because you have served your purpose and are no longer needed.

It will be then that reality bitch slaps you and you realized you have been played for a fool. But by then it will be too late to change things back to the way they were and you will be stuck with the mess you helped create. I can only hope that your anguish will be as intense as mine is right now as I watch your foolish emotions get in the way of truth.

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Pleading My Case

The other day one of my co-workers turned me in to Human Resources because she was offended by a quote I gave her. It seems that she was of the opinion that I held the same beliefs stated in the quote from Abraham Lincoln; that is not the case. In fact, I found the quote as offensive as she did. My intent was to show her that the North and Abraham Lincoln in particular, were not the saints history has painted them to be.

The quote is as follows, taken from Lincoln’s debate with Stephen Douglas on September 18, 1858, “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.”

In all honesty I can see how that quote would be offensive to anyone, not just African-Americans, as it goes against what the Declaration of Independence says about all men being created equal. But the fact is that I didn’t say it, Abraham Lincoln did.

There is an old saying regarding war which states, “To the victor go the spoils.” Unfortunately the victors also get to write the history regarding the conflict as well and the version of the Civil War that we are taught in schools is full of lies and deceit with the intent to paint the South, and the Confederate Battle Flag, as being racist and solely about the issue of slavery.

For 150 years now we have been taught that the Civil War was all about freeing the slaves and the South fought solely so that they could keep the institution of slavery intact. For those of African-American descent, especially those whose ancestors may have been slaves, the subject of slavery is an emotional and volatile subject. Often the feelings held by people regarding this touchy issue run deep and the truth has little to no affect on altering them. Yet as John Adams so famously said in his defense of the British soldiers accused of murder for the Boston Massacre, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Slavery was an issue, of that there can be no doubt, but it was not the reason the Civil War was fought. There were Northern slave-owners, and there were black slave-owners in the South. Not to mention the fact that the slaves were captured by the people in neighboring tribes in what we now know as Nigeria and Ghana. Not to mention that the majority of the slave-traders were located in the New England states and many a New Englander became rich importing slaves into the colonies. So to say that slavery was solely a Southern thing and they were the only ones who had any part in the institution of slavery, and that the war was a righteous war fought by the North to put an end to slavery would be to deny the facts that our schools so conveniently leave out of our education.

To think that the North were the saints history paints them out to be is to close your eyes to the truth. In fact, the North was probably more racist than those in the South who actually owned slaves. When Alexis de Tocqueville came to America from France he travelled far and wide across the America’s studying our culture and our system of government. His studies led to his writing Democracy in America wherein he writes, “…the prejudice of race appears to be stronger in the states that have abolished slavery than in those were it still exists; and nowhere is it so intolerant as in those states where servitude has never been known.”

The primary reason many in the North did not want to see slavery continue, or expand into the new territories can be traced all the way back to the Constitutional Convention wherein a compromise was made between the Northern States and the slave-holding South. To get the South to accept the Constitution the delegates had to count slaves as part of the census process and use the numbers for determining representation in the House of Representatives. The 3/5′s Clause, found in Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution was that compromise. The North did not want to see the institution of slavery expanded into the new territories because that would give the agricultural states, which voted primarily along the Jeffersonian/Jackson Democrat ideology and would give them a majority and weaken the power of the Northern states in Congress.

There would have been no Civil War had Abraham Lincoln not amassed an army and attempted to use force to prevent the Southern States from seceding from the Union. The South left/separated in peace, it was Lincoln who used force to try to keep the Union as one single entity. Slavery was not his concern, as he stated in a letter to Horace Greeley, dated August 22, 1862, “As to the policy I ‘seem to be pursuing’ as you say, I have not meant to leave any one in doubt.

I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored’ the nearer the Union will be ‘the Union as it was.’ If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slaver, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.”

Lincoln did not want the South to separate and form its own Confederacy because the South was the primary bread basket, the source of most of the revenue collected which funded government. The tariffs imposed upon imported goods to the South had the double effect of raising the price of the goods the South needed, and at the same time reducing the funds available to European nations who purchased the cotton produced in the South. These tariffs funded the federal government, and the vast majority of the money collected by the government went towards internal improvements in the North. Railways were built and canals and waterways improved which benefitted Northern industry, leaving the South with a mere pittance of the money being spent on improving the infrastructure of the Southern States.

If you really want to know what led to South Carolina’s seceding from the Union do an internet search for the Nullification Crisis in the 1830′s. If that doesn’t tell you why the South wanted to leave the Union and form its own Confederacy, then how about this. When a delegation of representatives was sent to stem off the impending Civil War Abraham Lincoln was asked why not let the South go in peace? His response tells why he could not let the South go, “I can’t let them go. What would become of my tariffs? Who would pay for the government?”

Yet Lincoln is immortalized on Mount Rushmore, he has his own monument in Washington D.C. and he is widely accepted as one of our nation’s greatest presidents simply because he fought a war to end slavery. At the same time the South has been portrayed as the bad guys because slavery existed as their primary source of labor for the crops produced in the region.

I have never stated that slavery was humane or that it was decent and moral, it is not, it is a crime against humanity that deserves all the animosity which it receives. However, I also cannot abide lies and deceit when it comes to a pivotal point in our nation’s history; and that is what you have been taught about the Civil War.

My sole intent was not to offend anyone, but simply to provide a side of history that you have not been taught. If I was misunderstood and someone took offense because they believe me to be racist because I quoted something our 16th President said, the fault is not mine, it is because people have been told all their lives that Lincoln was this great man who freed the slaves and the truth often comes as a shock to those whose feelings run deep on certain issues.
I am sorry if my attempt to provide this person with a truth she was not ready to hear was taken as offensive. I meant no offense on my part, I only sought to enlighten her as to the truth. If the quote is offensive then maybe this person needs to redirect her anger from me to the person who said it, and in the process revise her views on Abraham Lincoln, instead of turning me in for being the messenger of truth.

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You Haven’t Begun To See Offended Yet!

I’ve had all that I can stands and I can’t stands no more.

If you could read my mind I’m pretty sure that
you would be traumatized for life.


I know for a fact that I have done it, and you probably have too; that is doing or saying something that somebody finds offensive. You would have to hide in a cave all your life if you really wanted to go through life without offending someone at some point in your life. Let’s face it, life can be offensive and there’s not much you can do about it except shrug whatever it is that offends you off and keep on moving forward. People really need to lighten up with their belief that they have this unspoken right to NOT be offended by things. What I’m saying is, GET OVER IT!

You see, you’re not the only one who gets offended; in fact you being offended by something someone says or does probably offends someone else; but you don’t hear them crying about it do you? I’m offended all the time; in fact it is happening with ever increasing frequency, but you don’t see me running around turning people in or filing claims against them. There is something people need to understand, the First Amendment guarantees a person’s right to free speech. Free speech is just that; free speech. You can’t put limits on it simply because the things being said are offensive to some. There is a saying I’ve heard made in reference to the First Amendment that more people need to take as their personal motto and stop being so offended by things other people say and do, that being, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

However I know that simply isn’t going to happen, that people are going to continue living their lives getting their panties all in a wad over the slightest little thing that offends them. So in that vein, let me tell you a few, just a few, of the things that offend me.

-Ignorance offends me. I’m offended that people can run off at the mouth about things they know nothing about. Worse yet I’m offended that they expect their ignorance to be taken seriously and that it should somehow take precedence over facts and evidence which proves they don’t know what the hell they are talking about.

-I’m offended that a little piece of cloth with the image of the Confederate Battle flag can cause so many people to get all butt hurt simply because they equate it with racism and slavery and they don’t know what that flag truly stands for.

-I’m offended that revisionist historians have taught our children lies about our countries history and heritage, and that based upon those lies people go around spouting off about how something offends them when they don’t know the true meaning of what it represents.

-I’m offended that some sporting event, Reality TV show, or what country Angelina Jolie is going to adopt her next child from is more important to the overwhelming majority of people in this country than is the continued loss of liberty in this country.

-I’m offended that many people in this country want to disarm me; deprive me of my right and ability to protect myself, my family, my property, and my liberty. I’m offended that criminals have more rights than do law abiding citizens who simply want to protect what is theirs.

-I’m offended that I am expected to open my arms in a welcoming gesture of friendship to millions of immigrants who come to this country, not to partake of the freedom it offers, but to get in line for the benefits it provides.

-I’m offended that I am expected to tolerate their beliefs and customs while American beliefs and customs are toned down because all these immigrants find our beliefs offensive.

-I’m offended that I must ‘Press 1 for English’ simply because people who come to this country don’t have the decency to learn the language.

-I’m offended that in workplaces across America we are told that America is a nation of equal opportunity but then because of gender, nationality, or a host of other reasons, certain categories of people are not expected to adhere to job performance standards while others, who earn the same pay, are expected to work their asses off.

-I’m offended that my government can take a part of my pay in the form of taxes and give it away to people whose sole occupation is signing up for every free handout government offers.

-I’m offended that people in this country voted for a mulatto who held absolutely no qualifications for the office of president, simply because they felt it was past time America had a black president. I’m also offended that any time someone criticizes this president they are called racist because that is the only argument that can trump facts regarding this idiots job performance.

-I’m offended when I hear the statement Black Lives Matter, then the Black Panthers can go around making statements like, “Kill Whitey”. I’m offended that Black Lives Matter when it comes to crimes against blacks by whites or the police, but they conveniently are ignored when young black men across America are being killed in the inner cities 4.75 times more often by people of their own race in gang related incidents.

-I’m offended that if scientists find a single cell organism on Mars they would declare that life has been found on another planet, but then Pro Choice advocates tell us that a fetus is not a life and that abortion is not murder.

-I’m offended because I am told that I must be tolerant of Islam and its followers when no tolerance is being shown to my Christian beliefs.

-I’m offended that it is free speech to make defaming images of Jesus but if someone makes a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad they can issue a Fatwa calling for the death of the cartoonist.

-I’m offended that our schools are producing generations of kids who are unable to do any serious research, evaluate facts, and form informed decisions.
-I’m offended that my government gets mad when other countries involve themselves in the internal affairs of a foreign nation when they are guilty of the same thing.

-I’m offended that if I say anything against the Zionist State of Israel I am called anti-Semitic.

-I’m offended that people think they have the right to go to the polls and vote for whomever they please without their ever having read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

-I’m offended that people in this country no longer care about things like liberty while the newest video game or yesterdays football game is high on their list of things to talk about.

-I’m offended because I’m considered dangerous or a threat to the America way of life because I believe in individual responsibility, not the nanny state that takes care of us from cradle to grave.

Oh yeah, I’m offended alright!

So you go ahead, keep on believing that you are the only one that gets offended. Just know that there is a large number of people in this country who are becoming increasingly offended by people like you who can’t get over your being offended by things.

Tolerance is a two way street, you tolerate me and the things I do and say and I’ll do the same for you. Unfortunately for many people, tolerance is a one way street. We are expected to tolerate your beliefs, your feelings, but you could care less about ours.


Like Popeye said, “I’ve had all that I can stands and I can’t stands no more!”

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Take Off Your Blinders

When I was growing up it was an annual tradition in the Ross home to sit around the TV and watch the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. The problem was that up until 1979, when I enlisted in the Air Force and moved out on my own, all my parents had ever owned were black and white televisions. The first time I saw the film in color was in 1980, and it mesmerized me.

I knew the movie had been filmed in color, but having grown up all those years seeing it in black and white I just accepted it to be black and white all the way through. However, the first time I saw Dorothy step out of her home after landing in Oz a whole new world opened up before me.

Why do I begin this article discussing the Wizard of Oz? It’s simple really; if you’ve grown up your entire life being shown only one side of a subject then that side forms the basis of all your decisions and views on the matter. That, my friends, is as close to a perfect definition of ignorance as I can come up with. It is not that you are stupid; it is just that you have never been exposed, or have chosen not to seek out, the truth.

Some choose not to seek out the truth because finding it may cause them to question their entire belief system; and that, in turn, causes them stress that they prefer not to deal with. If you want my honest opinion, that is where the old saying ‘ignorance is bliss’ got its origin. Then there are those who know that the truth is out there but they are simply too busy to go out and find it.

In both these cases people go about their lives, making decisions of the utmost importance to their future, based upon faulty information. People constantly accuse me of being smart. I’m not here to deny nor reject that claim, all I know that there is one very big difference between the majority of people and people such as myself; that being that those of us such as myself care about seeking out the truth, no matter where that journey takes us, while the rest of the people do not. That is the only difference between you and I; not that I am smarter than you, only that I care more than you do.

The philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If you want knowledge, if you want to find out the truth, the information is out there; all you have to do is take that first step towards finding it. However in today’s world of instant messaging and microwaveable meals, the quest for knowledge is something most people simply do not have the time for. They want instant answers, sudden enlightenment, and quick fixes for everything. It’s almost like they want to be Neo in the Matrix where someone can plug a jack into their skull, insert a computer disc, and have the information uploaded into their brain in a matter of seconds. The old fashioned way of reading and pondering over facts is simply too time consuming and boring for most people. If they can’t get knowledge in a 30 second sound bite, then they figure the hell with it.

I didn’t get to where I am now by waiting for someone else to provide me with the knowledge I now possess; I took the bull by the horns and set out to find it for myself. Of all the things I have learned, the most important can be summed up by a single statement made by Albert Einstein, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.”

Having spent all this time studying the things I have, there is another thing I’ve learned; sometimes it tests your courage when you are faced with the fact that the beliefs you previously held have been wrong; that everything you’ve been told up to this point in your life has been a lie. Some people cannot overcome that hurdle and stay stuck with the same beliefs simply because the truth is too hard to accept. However, famed author Leo Tolstoy once said, “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.”

My own personal quest for knowledge has been a progression from one step to another; with each step leading me to where I am today. If I am in the same place a year from now I will be truly disappointed in myself; because the journey towards the truth never truly ends.

I cannot count the times when I have been forced to question my own beliefs because I have been introduced to information, or stumbled upon it myself, that contradicted all I had previously believed. Each time I was faced with the choice of either accepting or rejecting that information; yet to reject it, when all the evidence supported it would have been dishonest and disingenuous on my part. Each time this has happened it has opened up a doorway to new knowledge and has caused me to alter what, and how, I felt about my government, my country, and my own belief system.

None of the things I know now were gift wrapped and handed to me on a silver platter; I spent the hours, weeks, months, poring over letters, speeches, and documents, then evaluating the data myself, and then coming to my own conclusions. Sure I’ve had, and continue to meet, new friends who provide me with new information, but not once did they just give me this data and say, “Here Neal, here is what you should believe now.” Nothing was ever spoon fed to me like some of my readers expect me to do for them. Besides, just taking people at their word, trusting them to tell us the truth all the time is part of the reason this country is in such a mess to begin with; people refuse to accept that people they should be able to believe and trust have been lying to them.

Also, I can understand why some people find my views and opinions controversial, offensive even. That is because I am at a different place mentally than they are. To try and get them to see things from my perspective is akin to trying to explain algebra to a child who is learning simple addition; their minds simply aren’t ready for it. The problem is that, for most people, their minds will never be ready for it because they are unwilling to seek out new information; they have chosen willful ignorance, choosing instead the quest for entertainment and self-gratification.

That is why so many people believe this country is a democracy; why so many still believe that their vote makes a difference in the four year freak show that is the presidential election; why so many still believe that we have a government which adheres to the Constitution, even though many of them have never read that document; why so many believe that the Constitution is perfect and those who wrote it deserving of Sainthood; why so many fall for all the excuses given which deprive them of their freedom; and why so many still believe America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. I believe in none of these things any longer. Don’t get me wrong, there was a time when I did; but what I have learned has forever changed that.

Lysander Spooner once said, that you really need to consider, “A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years. Neither are a people any less slaves because permitted periodically to choose new masters. What makes them slaves is the fact that they now are, and are always hereafter to be, in the hands of men whose power over them is, and always is to be, absolute and irresponsible.”

The greatest misconception is that people believe because our government passes a law that we are bound to obey it. Our government consists of people who were hired to do a specific job. They have overstepped the task for which they were hired and have taken it upon themselves to become our master.

My friend Mike Gaddy sent me his newest rant the other day and there was a quote he used that I believe everyone truly needs to understand, “Some have said that the individual is important and the government is merely the servant of the individual. But, let the evidence be presented and we discover that this assertion is only a pleasant fiction. The servant has the power and the strength. The individual bows before the might of the servant, who is, despite the platitudes, a master, not a slave to men. Governments rule. Individuals are ruled.” ~Robert LeFevre~

Mike also discussed something I have been trying to get people to ask themselves for quite some time. If our government can pass laws, and then have some government agency enforce those laws upon us, by force and coercion, then what recourse do we the people have when it comes to enforcing the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, upon our government? They can penalize us, fine us, put us in jail, kill us even, if we disobey any of the laws they pass; but our only recourse is to send them letters complaining about it or vote them out of office?

For the longest time I was a staunch supporter of our Constitution, fighting the good fight to see that it be upheld and cherished by others as I cherished it. It never crossed my mind that the Constitution may have been flawed, either intentionally, or by the various compromises that took place just to have it accepted by a majority of the delegates at the convention. Once I began asking myself that all kinds of new possibilities, new truths began revealing themselves to me.

In the Virginia Convention, chosen to debate whether to accept or reject the Constitution, Patrick Henry gave one of the finest speeches ever in opposition to the proposed Constitution. In June 5, 1788 Henry stated, “But we are told that we need not fear; because those in power, being our Representatives, will not abuse the power we put in their hands: I am not well versed in history, but I will submit to your recollection, whether liberty has been destroyed most often by the licentiousness of the people, or by the tyranny of rulers? I imagine, sir, you will find the balance on the side of tyranny… My great objection to this Government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or of waging war against tyrants… The Honorable Gentleman who presides, told us, that to prevent abuses in our Government, we will assemble in Convention, recall our delegated powers, and punish our servants for abusing the trust reposed in them. Oh, Sir, we should have fine times indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people. Your arms wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical; no longer democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?”

Maybe Mr. Henry was right in his fears about this new system of government being proposed back in 1788. I can tell you this; there is one quote from Lysander Spooner which I am coming closer to believing with each and every day. The quote states, “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.”

You tell me, what chance does America have when the vast majority of people in this country do not even know the limits the Constitution imposes upon government? What good does that do when the vast majority of the people in this country are willing to sacrifice their rights for a small measure of security it provides?

We stand no chance, not so long as people continue to deceive themselves, and let themselves be deceived by the corrupt hacks seeking our votes. America stands no chance when we have forsaken that revolutionary spirit, that attachment to liberty that led Patrick Henry to declare, “Give me liberty or give me death?” Today, I’m sad to say, most people would say, “Give me a flat-screen TV, a six pack of beer, and a football game and my food stamps.”

All I know is that spirit for, and the attachment to, liberty has long since been abandoned by most Americans. They are content to live their lives believing in lies and illusions that they live in a free country and that their voice matters in how our government operates.

You may call me a radical, even dangerous to our country, but had you done your own research, examined all the facts just as I have you would have been forced to admit that the real enemy to this country is not people such as myself, it is our government and the people behind the scenes who donate funds to the political parties and make all the real policy decisions. They are the enemies of America, not I. I just want to be left alone to make my own choices without Big Brother watching over me all the time; how can that make me your enemy? It can’t; the only people to whom I’m an enemy are those seeking to expand their power over and control of my life.

But you go right ahead, keep the blinders on, seeing only the truth that those in power want you to believe is the truth. The real truth is that freedom isn’t free, that there will always be someone seeking to take it from you and you must be ready to oppose them at the first instance of their encroaching upon it. Hell, even James Madison said, “Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entagled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.”

Your duty was to stand guard over and defend your liberty. Instead you have given it away, or let it be taken from you. Samuel Adams had some choice words for people like you, “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.”

I couldn’t agree more…

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I’m gong to break my own rule and post another Mike Gaddy article here. I keep this up and I may as well change the name of my blog to Mike’s Soapbox.

“Some have said that the individual is important and the government is merely the servant of the individual. But, let the evidence be presented and we discover that this assertion is only a pleasant fiction. The servant has the power and the strength. The individual bows before the might of the servant, who is, despite the platitudes, a master, not a slave to men. Governments rule. Individuals are ruled.” ~Robert LeFevre

The above words are terribly hard for most people to digest. We claim over and over our individual rights and proclaim how government is subject to “consent of the governed.” This is all a mere pipe dream. As long as the majority continues to toil under the misconception that individuals actually have rights that supersede the wishes of the government, we will continue to be slaves to the wishes of the autocratic minority.

Governments do what all governments throughout history have done; governments continue to increase in size and power over any efforts by individuals or groups of individuals acting as factions or political parties. Political parties exist not to fight for the rights of the people they claim to represent but instead work tirelessly and endlessly to grab a larger portion of the government power pie. To political parties it matters little the destination of the bus called government, the only important issue is that their party gets to drive.

It is very difficult for most Americans to comprehend and even harder to accept that the first step in our history to free government from the restrictions of “consent of the governed” was the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. The proponents of that convention were those who sought to free government from the restrictions and restraints of the Articles of Confederation. Article XIII of that Confederation required that for the government to impose laws and regulations on the people required the “consent” of all of the 13 colonies. The resultant constitution from the Philadelphia Convention provided the government with more power and the people with less control. It has been downhill ever since.

“The natural order of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.” ~Thomas Jefferson

Sure, the government acquiesced and gave the people the Bill of Rights in 1791, but very conveniently for the government, they left out any enforcement mechanism the people could employ should the government decide to usurp the rights as guaranteed. We witness this over and over in our country today. “Congress shall make no law…” begins the First Amendment to our Bill of Rights which allows “freedom of expression.” There are so many violations of this mandate I would not know where to begin; it began early in our history; within 7 short years the Congress passed and president John Adams signed into law the “Alien and Sedition” Act and continues today with the denial of freedom of expression by those who want to uphold their heritage when it comes to the Confederate Battle Flag and the denial of the right to express oneself if it offends someone who really deserves to be offended.

The problem is: there were no enforcement mechanisms attached to the Bill of Rights or the Constitution for that matter which would allow the people to have their rights protected. A prime example of this lack of an “enforcement mechanism” is to be found in the First Amendment. The wording of the amendment is: “… guarantees the rights of citizens to assemble peacefully and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Sure, you can assemble peacefully, but only in “zones” of which the government approves and providing you secure the proper government blessing in the form of a permit. Ah, but you have the right to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Of course you do, but those petitions must be made to a government entity and there is no enforcement mechanism which requires the government to redress those grievances unless one again refers to the government owned and controlled judicial process. When a court such as the U.S. Supreme Court maintains the right to decide whether it will hear a certain case or not, is there truly a right to petition that court for a redress of grievances?

But, we the people have the 10th Amendment, you exclaim! Yes, we do; but again there is no enforcement mechanism that requires the government to adhere to the rights supposedly guaranteed to the people with that amendment. Two great examples are: Obamacare and blocking the importation of refugees into a state by the central government. Ironically, according to available records, there are 27 states that oppose both Obamacare and the importation of immigrants into their states. Here is a good place to note that had the provisions of the Articles of Confederation not been obliterated by those seeking a government of “more energy,” there would be no Obamacare, no forced importation of immigrants, no Patriot Act and way too many other acts of tyranny which space and time prohibit listing. All of those would have required “consent of the governed” in every state.

The government is very careful and vigilant to insure they place in each piece of “man’s law” an enforcement mechanism which can only be ignored at one’s peril. To violate a law of man is to face coercion, imprisonment and possible death. Of course “we the people” are subject to a judicial process conducted by the very government we hold in contempt. While there is no enforcement provision that can be employed against government and “man’s law,” the government freely and frequently completely ignores the “laws of nature and nature’s God” as cited in our Declaration of Independence.

There is a theory, stated by several throughout history, that there are basically two groups of people; a minority who seek only to be left alone; to succeed or fail on their own, without the unsolicited help of others. Then there are the majority of people who seek, throughout whatever means available, dominion and control over others. Of course, in the majority of instances it is people from this last group who aspire to use government to achieve the maximum dominion and control. There are of course good people who truly believe they can serve their fellow man through government. These people do not understand the history of government and are many times victims of the entity in which they seek to reform.

Again, I revert to the wisdom of Robert LeFevre:

“Government is an agency of force which can and must be employed against every deviationist. And this is only to say again that the government must oppose the individual. Therefore the “good” man in government is like a priest with a machine gun. The mechanism does the harm. The man who operates it merely pulls the trigger.”

Recently, in an email discussion with a reader, I was questioned on a previous statement I had made that I believed an overwhelming majority of those in positions of power in our central government are, in fact, psychopaths. I ask all to please read the following and ask yourself: is this factual and if not, can I dispute it.

“Is the problem, therefore, we the people? Are we at fault for having been seduced by those in power to sell us blank bill of goods, drugs, products and policies that are more harmful than beneficial? Are we at fault for having deceived ourselves by being convinced that their illusion is the truth? Or is the elite, the best and brightest in Wall Street, Washington and throughout the top stories of the multinational corporate networks, the real obstacle to the promising future for all? Are the oligarchic elite, including corporate Democrats and corporate Republicans in all the branches of government, not in fact a special breed of psychopath with no moral compass, striving solely to maintain their power control and wealth?” ~Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null

Dr. Martha Stout described sociopaths thusly: “those whose grand schemes of contrivance, manipulation and deceit, seek to undermine and manipulate simply because they can.” Have you ever seen a more perfect description of those in power in this country and those seeking to join the cabal either as an elected official or a bureaucrat?

So, we have a government that continually grows and takes more and more of our liberty and freedoms, just as government throughout history have done and we have a group of people with psychopathic tendencies, if not full blown mental illness running that government.

In early 2005, I wrote the following concerning government, I am convinced of that assessment even more today.

“I believe that government contributes nothing of value to the individuals it governs. No matter what political party is in control, like a leech or a tick, government attaches itself to the body of freedom and feeds on the life-giving blood of that body, while imparting the Lyme disease of corruption, fear, pestilence and war. Finally, that decaying host/body of freedom and liberty is totally destroyed by the parasite called government.

People of a wicked and criminal nature are drawn to the stench of government like flies to manure. Even those of integrity who engage in service to the State find themselves administered and controlled by those who are wicked and criminal. They eventually learn that if one is to advance in this government service, they must take on the characteristics of their leaders.”

As you look around at what is happening in this world today and try to find answers as to how wars we have initiated unconstitutionally create more and more terrorism to go along with more and more immigrants and are puzzled when those who control our government state the answer to the problem is more of what caused it, I believe you can find an answer to your questions in the above.

In Rightful Liberty

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And I Ain’t Jimmy Olsen Either

Shortly after sending out yesterday’s commentary, I Am Not Clark Kent, my friend Jeff Bennett zipped me off a quick e-mail to let me know he had posted it on his website The Federal Observer. However, and this is what I like about Jeff, he also made a smartass comment too. You see, Jeff and I are both the same in that we love our country, but we can sometimes be cynical and smartasses. Anyway, Jeff said my next article should be titled …And I Ain’t Jimmy Olsen.

I responded with a smartass comment of my own along the lines of not being Lois Lane either, and then quickly forgot about it. But somehow, between Jeff’s sending me that e-mail and the time I woke up this morning, an idea had taken shape in my head and here I am again, pounding away at this keyboard.
In the original DC Comics story of Superman, Jimmy Olsen was a photojournalist who worked alongside Clark Kent and Lois Lane at the Daily Planet. A journalist is one who writes for newspapers or magazines, or prepares news to be broadcast by news anchors on television or radio.

When people pick up a newspaper, or turn on the television to watch the news, they trust the people reporting the news to tell them the truth. The question is; are they, telling the truth that is?

I’ll bet you didn’t know that professional journalists have a code of ethics that they are supposed to go by, much like the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors. The Society of Professional Journalists, or SPJ, even has a website stating this code of ethics. The preamble to their code states, “Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair, and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.”

They then go on to list 4 principles which journalists should adhere to. The very first of these principles is to seek the truth and report it. The SPJ states, “Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting, and interpreting information.” It then goes on to say, Journalists should: take responsibility for the accuracy of their work; remember that neither speed nor format excuses inaccuracy; take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.

In other words, journalists should not lie to their readers or viewers.

If there is one thing I have been consistent in it is that I don’t ask anyone to take my word for anything I say; do your own research. That should apply to what you see, hear and read in the news as well, as apparently it is perfectly acceptable for the news media to lie to you, at least that is what the courts have ruled.

In 1996 a FOX News, (you know those fair and balanced guys), hired a husband and wife team at their Florida affiliate WTVT in Tampa. The following year the team began work on a four part investigative story on Bovine Growth Hormone. Initially FOX was excited about the story, but within a week of them beginning work on the series FOX asked them to insert statements from Monsanto, the makers of Bovine Growth Hormone, which the pair new to be untrue. FOX also asked them to make revisions which were in direct conflict with the facts. They refused and were fired by FOX.

In August of 2000 Akre and Wilson, the reporters, sued FOX and a Florida jury decided that the pair had been wrongfully fired and awarded Akre $425,000 under the Florida Whistleblower Law. However FOX appealed and the Florida Second District Court of Appeals overturned the settlement. The Appellate Court ruled that Akre’s threat to report FOX to the FCC, (Federal Communications Commission) did not deserve protection under the whistle blower law because the law states an employer must have violated a law, rule, or regulation for the law to apply. The Appellate Court claimed the FCC merely had a policy of reporting the truth, not a law demanding that the news media does so.

During the appeals process FOX, (yeah, those fair and balanced guys) asserted that there are no written rules against distorting the news. They even went so far as to claim that the First Amendment guarantees their right to lie or distort the news on public airwaves. FOX never denied that they pressured the pair to report a false story; they just argued that it was their right to do so.

So the next time you pick up a newspaper, or turn on the TV, don’t be so sure that what you are hearing is the truth. After all, way back in 1917, United States Congressman Oscar Calloway declared the following on the floor of Congress, “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 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 interest of the purchasers.”

I hear lots of complaints about how lobbyists and special interests have bought control of Congress and that our government no longer represents the people who actually elect them. You might as well accept the fact that the news media you so openly trust has also been bought and paid for by these same special interests and that the ‘so-called’ news you are getting is really propaganda or disinformation. If you want the truth you are going to have to go out and find it for yourself.

But face it, if you are honest with yourself you know that most people are fundamentally lazy, they refuse to do any more work than is required to survive…it is simple human nature. People, for the most part, are not going to spend hours poring over documents, reading the text of letters and documents written by a bunch of guys who have been dead for over two centuries. They are not going to waste their time trying to decipher the legal mumbo jumbo that passes for legislation. They are not going to waste their precious time trying to find out whether the news they are being spoon fed is factual or a filled with lies and misinformation. But as Thomas Jefferson said way back in 1816, “If a people expect to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Our news media routinely lies to us, tells us half truths, and is more concerned with herding the people’s attitudes and beliefs like we were sheep, knowing that, for the most part, people are not going to do their own homework. For those that do, those that question the media’s version of the truth, it is a simple thing to slander us by calling us conspiracy theorists, or some other derogatory name to discredit us.

Our government knows that if they make the legislation they pass too complicated, or simply too lengthy, the average person is not going to make the effort to wade through it; trying to make heads or tails out of it. Yet in Federalist 61 James Madison warned us, “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.”

When I began writing these articles over a decade and a half ago I foolishly thought that if I provided you with a bit of the truth that your interest would be sparked and you would go on to seek the rest of the truth for yourselves; after all, that is what happened to me. Like I said, it was a foolish thought on my part; I forgot to take into consideration that people are a) fundamentally lazy, and b) so indoctrinated by the lies they have been told all their lives that they simply cannot accept the truth; for it sounds too preposterous.

Take for instance the simple belief that people have that America is a democracy. For most of their lives children grew up going to school reciting the Pledge of Allegiance which clearly states, “…and to the Republic for which it stands…” yet their teachers and textbooks tell them over and over that we are a democracy. Yet people’s minds have not been conditioned to think, to question; instead they blindly accept that whatever they are told by someone in a position of authority is the truth.

Let me tell you right now, TRUST NO ONE, including me! If you really want the truth you are going to have to make the effort to find it on your own, just like I did. But if you think you are getting the truth from the TV or your daily newspaper, you are a fool.

For cryin’ out loud, you can read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for yourselves…for free if you want to. If you do a Google search for Constitution of the United States you will get 198 million hits. If you do the same for the Bill of Rights you’ll get a few less; only 194 million. So you have no excuse, other than pure laziness, not to know the truth about our system of government.

Maybe now this Stephen Frye quote will make more sense to you; “There are young men and women up and down the land who happily (or unhappily) tell anyone who will listen that they don’t have an academic turn of mind, or that they aren’t lucky enough to have been blessed with a good memory, and yet can recite hundreds of pop lyrics and reel off any amount of information about footballers. Why? Because they are interested in those things. They are curious. If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know.”

But make no mistake about it, I’m not Clark Kent, I’m not Jimmy Olsen, and I’m damned sure I’m not Lois Lane; it’s not my job to go out and report the truth to placate your laziness to do it on your own! That is your DUTY as an American, to be informed about what is going on in your country. If you choose to believe the lies coming from the lips of your elected representatives and the media, then you only have yourselves to blame for the inevitable outcome of your ignorance and apathy.

My job, my initial hope was that I could kickstart your desire to seek out the truth for yourselves. I know now that I was a fool; you simply don’t care. If you can’t get your info in a short, easy to read article, written by yours truly, you aren’t going to lift a finger on your own to go out and find the information for yourself.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no intention of giving up and not writing anymore; giving up would be like tossing in the towel and saying that I’m okay with whatever happens in this country. I’m not, and I won’t give up. That said, with each passing day I grow more cynical, and my respect for my fellow countrymen who buy into the lies and misinformation they are being fed diminishes.

As Samuel Adams said, “Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

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I’m Not Clark Kent

“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something
you don’t know anything about.”

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe~

It happened again. The other day at work I gave someone some information to show her that her views on the Confederate Battle flag being a racist symbol were incorrect. She read the information but then later said “I’m not really into politics.” I’m not picking specifically on this woman because this isn’t the first time that someone has said something like that to me, but this time it got the gears rolling and all kinds of ideas began taking shape in my head.

You’re not into politics, but you are entitled to form opinions and make statements without knowing the full story? I find this to be a big problem with many people I encounter; they spout off all these idiotic statements without knowing what the hell they are talking about, then to top it off, they get all bent out of shape when someone with the facts contradicts them.

First of all, the information I provided was not political in nature, it was historical. So technically she should have said, “I’m not really into history.” Secondly, I’m not really into politics either. Politics, or at least the interaction of elected representatives between each other, implies a certain amount of compromise; you cast your support for my legislation and I’ll throw in my support for your legislation. I remember reading somewhere that politics is the art of compromise, and that is why I am not in to politics; I am in to being free.

You see, there is one thing, actually there are a few things, upon which I will not compromise; those being my rights. As the old saying goes, those are non-negotiable! This should be the attitude of all Americans, but it isn’t. Far too many are willing to sacrifice their rights for that warm fuzzy feeling of security that it gives them, or worse, far too few really even understand what their rights are.

There is a quote I’ve been using a lot lately, taken from something a colonial physician, Dr. Richard Price, said, “In America, every inhabitant has in his house (as part of his furniture) a book on law and government, to enable him to understand his civil rights; a musket to enable him to defend those rights; and a Bible to enable him to understand his religion.”

If that were the case today the book on law and government would be sitting on a shelf collecting dust, and the people would have let the government take away their musket, or at the minimum put restrictions on how, when, and where they could use it.

You see, I’m not into politics, but I am into understanding what my rights are and what limits the Constitution imposes upon my government. I have chosen to educate myself on these issues; you have not. I am informed about them; you are ignorant. Unfortunately, as Asimov said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.””

I’m not just fighting against a government that seems intent upon depriving me of my liberty; I’m also fighting against a populace who simply doesn’t care one way or the other if their government turns them from freemen into slaves. And I grow very weary of it.

I remember growing up watching the old George Reeves Superman TV show. At the beginning they always started each episode with an introduction which ended by saying, “And who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.” That’s how I feel, like I’m fighting a never ending battle, and I am weary to my soul of fighting ignorance, apathy and complacency. I feel the odds are against me and that it is a losing battle no matter how hard I fight. Besides, I’m not Clark Kent, I don’t have Superman’s powers and, apparently, his endurance.

Someone once told me that I should seek solace in the fact that even David slew Goliath. True, but David did just that, he SLEW Goliath. If I could slay every ignorant, apathetic, complacent person I encountered then maybe I could take solace in that, but in this country that is called murder, and the fact that someone is ignorant or apathetic is not legal grounds for their execution. So the truth is that upwards of a couple hundred million people in this country live from day to day without knowing the first thing about their countries history, its system of government, or their rights. That’s beyond sad, it’s beyond pathetic; it is a disgrace.

Like I said, I’m not in to politics, I’m into being free. However, I grow weary of arguing with people who don’t care that their freedom is being taken from them an inch at a time. I grow weary of fighting a battle that may not be winnable. Yet to give up would be to admit that the cause that I fight for is not worth it; that slavery is preferable to freedom.

I grow weary of my government telling me how, when, and where I can defend myself, my family, and my very liberty from attack. I grow weary of criminals having more rights than I do; a law abiding citizen. I grow weary of knowing that in my home my conversations, my phone calls, my e-mails and even the keystrokes of my computer are not safe from the prying eyes and ears of the NSA. I grow weary of the ever expanding police state where ‘no knock warrants’ are becoming the norm and wonder when my time will come that the jack booted thugs come barging into my home to arrest me for standing up for my rights. I grow weary of the government taking almost 5 months of my yearly wages in the form of various taxes to fund programs I do not support. I grow weary of my government printing money like there was no tomorrow, further devaluing the money I earn through inflation.

In short, I’m weary all the way to my soul.

All I know is that there will come a time in the future, it may not come for years but it will come, when the light goes on in people’s heads and they wake up to the fact that they have lost their freedom and that their servant has become their master. The unfortunate thing is that by then folks who could have helped you regain your freedom will have long since died and you will be on your own.

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No One Said Being a Patriot Would Be Easy

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man,
and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds,
the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
~Mark Twain~

Unlike today when news and information can travel as fast as the airwaves can carry it, in the days of our Founders news travelled only as fast as word of mouth, or postal carriers could deliver it. So it was then that in the latter days of his presidency George Washington penned a letter to the American people expressing his gratitude and giving them certain admonishments for the continued growth of our young nation. This tradition has been carried on from president to president, and we now know them as presidential farewell addresses.

There is one passage from Washington’s Farewell Address that I find interesting, “Citizens by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”

What is patriotism? I suppose everyone has their own belief as to what constitutes patriotism, but the dictionary basically boils it down to love of country. So let me ask, what is country? Is country simply the geographical space the people who call themselves Americans occupy, or is it something else? Mark Twain came pretty close to my beliefs when he said, “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

My definition of patriotism is supporting the ideal upon which this country was founded. The ideal upon which this country was founded is not found in any Constitution, nor even the Bill of Rights, it is found in our nation’s birth certificate; the Declaration of Independence, which states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or 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.”

That simple principle, that government was instituted to protect our liberty, and that when government ceases to serve the purpose for which it was created the people have the right to abolish it, is what I use as a guide to measure true patriotism. If you support a government, any government, which violates the rights of the people, all the way down to the individual, no matter how much government claims it is in the public interest, then I DO NOT consider you a patriot.

Even supporting the Constitution or Bill of Rights does not make one a patriot in my book as these are simply laws created by the people to regulate how government operates. The support of that fundamental principle contained within the Declaration of Independence is what I consider to be the true measure of a patriot.

Today people have very little say in what government does or does not do. Sure, people go to the polls and vote, and sometimes if something government is attempting to do is extremely controversial the people will flood their representatives with letters and phone calls, but for the most part instead of people regulating government, they let government regulate them.

That, at least to me, is not a country based upon the founding principle enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. That, to me, does not describe a nation of patriotic citizens. That, to me, shows that we have lost our understanding of what it means to be free, and have become a bunch of sheep to be herded around by an oppressive and overbearing government, which, more often than not, uses force to enforce its dictates.

While Thomas Jefferson was president he uttered the following words, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” A patriot, a true patriot, keeps a watchful eye on their government and the moment they exceed the specific grant of power given them, or begin to encroach upon their rights, they cry out against the actions of their government. They do not sit back watching TV, visiting social media websites, or sit glued to computer screens playing video games.

You see, that is one big difference between America today and America in 1776, the ease by which we live. Our Founders did not have television, computers, or any of the other conveniences we take for granted today. I know I’ve used this quote before, but maybe now it will mean a bit more to you. In 1779 Dr. Richard Price stated, “In America, every inhabitant has in his house (as part of his furniture) a book on law and government, to enable him to understand his civil rights; a musket to enable him to defend those rights; and a Bible to enable him to understand his religion.”

Today, whatever people know about government has been spoon fed to them by their educators, the media, or worse, the people they elect, as if they can be trusted to tell you the truth. People have become lazy, apathetic, and complacent. This makes it very easy for our government to exceed the powers granted it and deprive you of the very rights it was instituted to protect.

Yet when someone tells you about these things you look at them like they are mad and should be institutionalized. Dresden James was right when he said, “When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.”

John Adams was also right, however. When Adams defended the British soldiers accused of murder at the Boston Massacre he stated, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

And the fact is that you are no longer free. The fact is you do not care that you are no longer free. The fact is that you are far from patriotic. The fact is that you have fallen victim to the lie that is the two party system and think that by having a choice between Republicans and Democrats that government is going to change and once again begin respecting the limits imposed upon it, and more importantly, your rights.

The fact is you are fools, and another fact is that I no longer care that if my saying that offends you. You can go on believing that your vote makes a difference when the truth is that in regards to the big problems America faces it makes no difference whatsoever. You can go ahead and choose from among your precious Republican candidates, or your precious Democrats, it makes no difference because you have abandoned the underlying principle that defines America and which is found in our Declaration of Independence.

John Quincy Adams once said, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” He didn’t mean that the candidate you vote for will not lose, or the measure you are voting for will be successful, he meant your conscience will be clear because you voted for principle instead of voting for something that was better than the alternative, or stood a chance of winning just to be part of a team that won. Today people vote party over principle all the time, and until you change you cannot call yourselves patriotic because you are forsaking everything America was built upon just to be part of a winning team. Which leads full circle back to the quote I began this article with, “In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”

True patriotism means standing behind the underlying principle upon which our country was founded, not the rhetoric vomited out of the mouths of candidates who seek to deprive you of your liberty. True patriotism means learning, and speaking the truth, regardless of whether it costs you friends or even your life.

In 1941 William Somerset Maughan offered a warning to the people of this country which, as far as I can tell, has gone unheeded. He said, “If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that, if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that too.”

Thomas Paine once said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” In his Inaugural Address George Washington said, “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” If you ask me, that experiment has failed, that trust was misplaced and you do not deserve to call yourselves patriots.

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