More On The Confederate Flag & The Civil War

Awhile back I submitted a letter to the editor containing my thoughts regarding all the recent fuss over the Confederate Battle Flag. I don’t read the paper as I feel it is a waste of money but apparently some guy in town took offense to what I said and wrote a lengthy letter rebutting what I had said. I won’t copy his entire letter verbatim but I will quote one line from it to give you a general idea of his tone and beliefs. In his letter he writes, “This fact, along with Lincoln’s subsequent actions to end both slavery and the Confederate cancer, should be taken into consideration before you assemble your Mount Rushmore demolition team.” His reference being my suggestion that the Lincoln Monument and his image on Mt. Rushmore be demolished.

Let me begin by saying I almost feel pity upon the position that Abraham Lincoln found himself in upon being sworn in as president. Here was a man who was at the right place at a critical time in our nation’s history who faced the momentous decision of allowing a portion of the Union to separate and form its own country, or use force to comply it to remain a part of the Union.

The Civil War, or as I prefer to call it, The War of Northern Aggression, (or at least the War for Southern Independence), happened a century and a half ago, yet the wounds left by that bloody conflict have never entirely healed. The Confederate Battle Flag, be it right or wrong, is a symbol of those in the South, and people of like minds, who believe that the states had, and still retain, the right to secede from a voluntary pact between them and form their own system of government. This is the foundation upon which our Declaration of Independence rests.

There are some who claim that since the Articles of Confederation created a perpetual union that any Constitution carried that union forward perpetually. Then there are those who feel that it did not, that the Constitution superseded the Articles of Confederation and replaced it in its entirety. In either case the name Civil War is incorrect in that, more often than not, in a Civil War one group tries to wrest power from the other group and assume it themselves. In this case all the South wanted was to form their own country and leave the North be.

There are those also who believe the Civil War to have been fought entirely over the issue of slavery, and therefore any symbol of the Confederacy is a symbol promoting slavery. This is because people are not aware of all the circumstances leading up to this conflict. I blame this on our school systems for not teaching us the whole truth about that period of American History.

If you believe, as many people seem to, that the Civil War was fought entirely over the issue of slavery than you must accept the fact that our nation’s founders sowed the seeds for the Civil War even before the Constitution was written.

At the time the Civil War was fought slavery existed, of that there can be no denial. I am not supporting the practice, I am only admitting that the practice of owning slaves was present during that period of our nation’s history. It was wrong, but it is an undeniable fact.

But slavery has existed for thousands of years. Both the Old and New Testaments talk of slaves. Every major civilization and empire have at one time or another practiced slavery. Again, not condoning the practice, just saying that the South was alone in the practice.

Most people, those who only know what they learned in school, believe that the South alone was responsible for slavery in the United States. That is a myth that they want you to believe to distract you from the real reason why the South seceded, which I will get to later. The truth is that the North was just as implicated in the slave trade as were the Southerners who purchased slaves to work their fields.

The truth about slaves is that many, if not all, of the slaves that were brought into the United States were caught and captured in the interior of Africa by other African kingdoms such as the Oyo and the Ashanti Empires. These Africans were capturing other Africans and then selling them into bondage to white slave traders. There’s something else you may not have been taught in school either, a good number, more than half actually, of these slave traders were from the North. James DeWolf of Rhode Island was one of the largest slave traders in the U.S. at the time. Also, the Brown family of Providence R.I. were big slave traders, giving large sums of the money they acquired through the importation of slavery to what would become Brown University. Add that to the fact that there were those in the North who owned slaves and the idea that the Civil War was an ideological war fought between the North to free the slaves, and the South who wished to retain them, lacks sufficient evidence to stand muster. Not saying it did not play a part in the conflict, but it was not the only cause.

If slavery had been the only issue giving rise to the Civil War the fault lies with our founders for incorporating it into the Constitution. They could have easily inserted a clause prohibiting slavery, but they didn’t. In fact to get the Southern States to accept the Constitution they included the 3/5′s clause which gave them representation in Congress for the slaves they owned.

On top of that, Jefferson, even though he himself owned slaves, was against the practice. When Thomas Jefferson was tasked to produce a draft of what would become our Declaration of Independence he wrote his thoughts, culled from his own ideas and things he had read, and produced a draft copy to which he presented the committee who had been tasked to produce a document for the entire assembly of delegates. The copy we now know and revere is far from the document Jefferson wrote originally. Small changes were made in some spots, wording or phrasing, and in others entire sections were deleted.
In Jefferson’s original draft of the document he blamed England for the suffering of the slaves in America, “He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian King of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where Men should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or restrain this execrable commerce.”

Everything I’ve ever read about Jefferson has stated that although yes, he owned slaves, he was not the whip bearing soulless taskmaster that most slaveholders are made out to be. He abhorred the practice of slavery and twice wrote legislation which would have banned the importation of slaves into Virginia and then later ban the practice of slavery in the Northwest territories. But Jefferson also felt it was not within the purview, or powers, of the federal government to act upon the issue, it must occur at the state levels.

Jefferson also felt that the negroe race and the whites could never live side by side as there were not only distinct differences between the two but that lasting hatred would linger over the blacks having been held as slaves and would eventually lead to war between the two, “…. It will probably be asked, Why not retain and incorporate the blacks into the state, and thus save the expense of supplying, by importation of white settlers, the vacancies they will leave? Deep rooted prejudices entertained by the whites; ten thousand recollections, by the blacks, of the injuries they have sustained; new provocations; the real distinctions which nature has made; and many other circumstances, will divide us into parties, and produce convulsions, which will probably never end but in the extermination of the one or the other race.”

This may sound like a radical, or even racist idea and further support your beliefs that the South was racist and deserved to lose the Civil War. But wait a moment before you jump to that conclusion. On June 26, 1857, after the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Dred Scott case, Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech in Springfield Illinois wherein he stated, “I have said that the separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation. I have no right to say all the members of the Republican party are in favor of this, nor to say that as a party they are in favor of it. There is nothing in their platform directly on the subject. But I can say a very large proportion of its members are for it, and that the chief plank in their platform ―opposition to the spread of slavery ―is most favorable to that separation.

Such separation, is ever effected at all, must be effected by colonization; and no political party, as such, is now doing anything directly for colonization. Party operations at present only favor or retard colonization incidentally. The enterprise is a difficult one; but ‘when there is a will there is a way;’ and what colonization needs most is a hearty will. Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self-interest. Let us be brought to believe it is morally right, and, at the same time, favorable to, or, at least, not against, our interest, to transfer the African to his native clime, and we shall find a way to do it, however great the task may be.” Right up to the day before he put his signature on the Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln was working on ways of colonizing freed blacks outside the United States.

All this probably new information for most, but it is part of our history, the part that has been avoided, or revised to distort your views on both slavery, and the South itself. Lincoln may have detested slavery, but it was not his primary concern for undertaking a bloody four year war to end. In an 1862 letter to Horace Greeley, Lincoln writes, “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to 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. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause.”

The practice of slavery may, or may not have been a leading cause of the war between the states, but it was a part of it. As the nation was expanding the issue of whether slavery would be allowed in the new territories, or later states, came into play. Some in the North simply did not want to see the practice of slavery spread because they opposed slavery as an crime against man. Yet there were others who did not want to see it spread because it would give slave owning states a larger representation in the House due to the 3/5′s Clause in the Constitution. They wanted the power to remain in the North with the Southern States helpless against the laws government could enact which affected them directly.

Thus we come to tariffs. In 1828 Congress passed a protective tariff designed to tax heavily imported British goods to protect industries in the North. However this came as a double assault upon the South, since they suddenly had to pay higher prices for the imported goods they relied upon, and also their sales of goods to Britain suffered because England suddenly found itself unable to pay for the cotton it imported from the Southern States.

South Carolina called this tariff the Tariff of Abominations and fought to have it repealed. Not only was the South being hit with a double punch of higher prices for the goods they imported and a loss of exports, but the money being collected from these tariffs was being spent primarily on infrastructure improvements in the North; specifically rain lines and canals. Between 1830-1850 it is estimated that 30,000 miles of railroad track was laid, mostly in the North, with rail lines getting massive government subsidies to fund their expansion. The South felt like it was being taxed unequally and not on the receiving end of any of the revenue being funneled into the government treasury.

This led to the Nullification Crisis. These tariffs went into effect under the administration of John Quincy Adams, a Northerner. Upon the election of Andrew Jackson, a Southerner, the South had hopes that he would do something to alleviate the suffering imposed by these tariffs, however he did nothing and let them remain in place.

This led to a rift between President Jackson and his Vice President John Calhoun who considered abandoning his position as Vice President to run for Senate. Calhoun was a leading proponent of the belief that States had the right to nullify laws enacted by Congress which were unconstitutional.

In order to ease tensions between the North and the South the Congress passed and Andrew Jackson signed the tariff of 1832 which eased, somewhat, the cost of imported goods into the South, but not by much. For instance, under the tariff of 1828 the increase on the price of imported goods was as high as 45%, while under the tariff of 1832 it went down to 35%.

This still didn’t appease South Carolina and on July 14, 1832 they adopted the Ordinance of Nullification which declared the tariffs unconstitutional within the borders of South Carolina. In March of 1833 the United States Congress passed two bills; the Force Bill which would allow the US government the use of military force within the borders of South Carolina to enforce the existing tariff, and then it also passed the Compromise Tariff which would reduce the tariff to more reasonable levels. South Carolina agreed to the Compromise Tariff, but stood its ground on the concept of nullification by nullifying the Force Bill in their state assembly.

It seemed that the crisis had been defused and all could go back to normal, but that was not to be. As the tariff rates imposed by the Compromise Tariff began reaching levels not seen since 1816 the Whig Party and the industrial interests in the North began complaining that they could not compete with the price of foreign goods entering the United States from abroad. So in 1842 the Congress passed a new tariff, known as the Black Tariff which instituted a good by good rate upon all goods entering the U.S. from abroad, and also doing away with credit payments for tariffs and demanding cash at the dockside for all goods purchased from foreign venders.

This remained in effect until 1845 when the Walker Tariff was passed which lowered rates and led to a period of increase in trade between England and the U.S. Tariff rates were lowered even further by the Tariff of 1857 which was proposed by Robert Hunter of Virginia in response to a budget surplus held by the U.S. government.

However this tariff did not last long. As economies began to become intertwined in what we now call a global economy, what happened in one country would affect people in other countries. Thus it was when the Panic of 1857 struck in England which affected trade in the U.S. This gave protectionists in the North fuel to push forward for higher tariffs upon imported goods, which led to the Morrill Tariff in 1861.

By then though it had been too late, as on December 26, 1860 South Carolina had seceded from the Union. Before I go into the subject of secession I want you to read the opening paragraph from South Carolina’s Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union. Here is what the opening of that document says, “The people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, on the 26th day of April, A.D., 1852, declared that the frequent violations of the Constitution of the United States, by the Federal Government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States, fully justified this State in then withdrawing from the Federal Union; but in deference to the opinions and wishes of the other slaveholding States, she forbore at that time to exercise this right. Since that time, these encroachments have continued to increase, and further forbearance ceases to be a virtue.”

Does that not sound strikingly similar to this, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”?

The second quote is from our Declaration of Independence and is basically the same principle upon which South Carolina based its declaration of Secession. That “…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” That is exactly what South Carolina did, and was soon followed by more of the States in the South, and thus began the Civil War.

Although in its Declaration of Secession South Carolina repeatedly mentioned slavery the main reason was that they felt the government under the Constitution, not so much the Northern States, but the Federal Government itself had violated the terms of the compact which bound the Union together, i.e. the Constitution. They therefore felt it was entirely within their right to separate from the Union.

This is stated thusly in South Carolina’s declaration of secession, “By this Constitution, certain duties were imposed upon the several States, and the exercise of certain of their powers was restrained, which necessarily implied their continued existence as sovereign States. But to remove all doubt, an amendment was added, which declared that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people. On the 23d May , 1788, South Carolina, by a Convention of her People, passed an Ordinance assenting to this Constitution, and afterwards altered her own Constitution, to conform herself to the obligations she had undertaken.

Thus was established, by compact between the States, a Government with definite objects and powers, limited to the express words of the grant. This limitation left the whole remaining mass of power subject to the clause reserving it to the States or to the people, and rendered unnecessary any specification of reserved rights.

We hold that the Government thus established is subject to the two great principles asserted in the Declaration of Independence; and we hold further, that the mode of its formation subjects it to a third fundamental principle, namely: the law of compact. We maintain that in every compact between two or more parties, the obligation is mutual; that the failure of one of the contracting parties to perform a material part of the agreement, entirely releases the obligation of the other…”

Slavery and tariffs may have been kindling to the fire which led to the secession of South Carolina and ten other Southern States, but the heart of the matter, the question which requires more attention is this; was the Union created by the Constitution perpetual, or did the States have the right to leave it should they find that their remaining in the Union is not in their best interests. That is the question that should be considered above all others, not the subject of whether slavery was cruel and inhumane, or whether the tariffs were severe and unfairly imposed.

When our Founders wrote the Constitution they never clearly stated whether the Union was to be perpetual or if a state, or group of states, could separate and form their own country. Patrick Henry addressed that issue prior to the ratification of the Constitution, “The fate … of America may depend on this. … Have they made a proposal of a compact between the 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.”

When the New York assembly was considering the Constitution certain anti-Federalists proposed that language be inserted into the Constitution providing for the state of New York to remove itself from the Union after a specified amount of time, to which both Madison and Hamilton rejected. Hamilton himself went so far as to say, “… the Constitution requires an adoption in toto, and for ever …”

Yet the subject of secession continued to pop up every now and then prior to the Civil War. After President Thomas Jefferson sidetracked Congress and made the Louisiana Purchase Timothy Pickering of Massachusetts considered secession and the formation of a separate New England confederation.
Even abolitionists in the North, (those who proposed the emancipation of slaves) argued for secession. In 1844 the prominent abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison proposed secession as a means of dividing the North from the slave holding South.

Many Northerners at the outbreak of the war between the states wrote to their respective papers saying why not let the South go in peace? Yet Lincoln declared in his first Inaugural Address that “…in contemplation of universal law, and of the Constitution, the Union of these States is perpetual.” So, by his decision he would chose to use force to compel the Southern States to remain in the Union. That is the most important issue of the Civil War, whether the federal government had the right to use force against the states, thereby obliterating States Rights entirely, or whether the States retained all the sovereignty not specifically granted the government by the Constitution. Sure slavery and tariffs were things that led to that horrific war, but they were not the issue of utmost importance, States Rights were.

Everything Abraham Lincoln did from that point forward regarding slavery was a political move, even his support of the 13th Amendment which forever abolished slavery. The 13th Amendment made it through the Senate during Lincolns first term as President, yet he waited until his second term to throw his support behind it. Why did he wait if his goal was the abolition of slavery?

For one thing, although there was a strong abolitionist movement in the North, many people felt that the war being fought was not over the issue of emancipation of the slaves, but rather the retention of the Union as a complete entity. Therefore any sudden changes in his position would have caused him to lose support among the voters and reduce his chances of re-election. Secondly, Lincoln knew that there was not enough support in the House to pass it during his first term. Even after his re-election he had his Secretary of State Seward bribe certain lame duck Democrats with positions in his administration for their support of passage of the proposed 13th Amendment.

Although that is politics at its purest form, it shows that above all Lincoln was a strategist, playing his cards carefully when they were beneficial to him. Even his Emancipation Proclamation was flawed in that it only freed slaves in areas where the North had no control and authority to free them, while leaving slaves in border states and the North in bondage.

Sure slavery was a part of the causes which led to the Civil War, but it was not the issue at hand. The issue at hand was whether the individual states, be they in the North, or in the South, had the right to nullify acts of the federal government, or if they felt the federal government had violated the Constitution if they had the right to separate from the Union. THAT is what the Civil War was all about, not slavery. And that is what the Confederate Flag stands for, States Rights over complete supremacy of the federal government.

You might find it interesting that Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Confederate Army freed his slaves long before Ulysses S. Grant, commanding general of the Union Army did. What does that tell you about which side was pro slavery?

There is a saying which states history is written by the victors. That is true in that what you are taught about the war between the states is from the side of the victors, and when I say victors I do not mean the Northern States, I mean the federal government. It forever settled the question of whether a state has the right to separate from the Union, which is the basic premise contained within our nation’s founding document the Declaration of Independence.

Through the omission of crucial facts, half truths, and outright lies we have been led to believe that the Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery and that any symbol pertaining to the Confederacy therefore stands for the support of slavery and racism. That is a lie that only can be defeated by the acceptance of truth, which far too many people in this country are unwilling to seek.

I may have been born in California 100 yrs after the Civil War but my heart and my allegiance lies with the South and their belief that States Rights still exist within the body and context of the Constitution and the 10th Amendment. It matters little to me that our government decided for itself to strip the states of their remaining vestiges of sovereignty, or that the overwhelming majority of people believe the Confederate Flag stands for racism and slavery, I know in my heart what it stands for, and that is where my loyalty lies.

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Let’s Talk About Your Brain

The average human brain is about six inches long and weighs about 3 pounds. It contains somewhere around 86 billion nerve cells which are connected by trillions of connections, or synapses. Unless people get a headache, or are diagnosed with brain cancer, most people give their brains very little thought. But that is ironic because the brain IS the thinking center for all human beings.

The human brain is the first super-computer, capable of maintaining bodily functions while being able to process and store facts, and extrapolate simultaneously. But the brain is also like a muscle in that if you do not use it for the purpose it was intended [thinking] then it will atrophy, or at least get lazy.

Only upon death does the brain stop thinking. But there are various levels of thinking, and most people do not care to attempt the deeper levels, or critical thinking, if you prefer. You might say, “I think I will eat pizza for dinner tonight.” Yes, you have thought, you have run down a list of preferences and made a conscious choice…that is thought. But it is not critical thinking.

Critical thinking is acquiring as much data regarding a subject that you possibly can, then allowing the brain to process that information, and then internally debate both sides of the subject and then come to a conclusion based upon facts.

Make no mistake, I’m no neurologist, I’m just going on what I have read on the subject. But from what I have read the brain has two sides and one is logical and the other tends to be more emotional. Emotions are always at play in your life. You can be happy, sad, angry, frustrated, afraid, or a whole host of other emotions based upon things you are experiencing. But the side which controls logic and deep critical thinking remains passive unless you actively engage it. It’s sort of like a car idling in neutral that does nothing until you put it in gear and step on the gas.

That is how I view most Americans, with the emotional side of their brain running wild, while the logical side sits there idling because they refuse to engage it. I think that is why we are so easily kept distracted from important issues as well. We are given so many chances for entertainment and distraction that the side of our brain which functions on emotions has become so active that we neglect to use the side that requires thinking.

The human brain is not only an impressive computing system, it is also an operating system. It controls your bodily functions from birth, your growth rate, you heart, your lungs, your muscle movements, and all the other functions of your body. But the thinking part has to be taught to work from birth.

At birth we are given 5 senses by which we acquire information and grow intellectually. These senses are: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. These senses work both together and independently to provide inputs to our brain, which then stores the data and provides us with what we call learning.

For instance, if a toddler hears a loud noise the ears receive that input and then the brain processes it and either sends a signal to the emotional side and the toddler reacts appropriately either by crying or covering their ears to protect them from the noise. Then in other cases two senses work together to provide input. Like if a toddler touches a flame. The sense of touch sends a signal to the brain as well as the eyes which see the flame. The brain then ties the two senses together and teaches us that flame is hot and painful.

All this data is stored deep within our brains and available at a moment’s notice for us. If we see fire we don’t have to take a second to think that it can burn, that date is there instantaneously and we avoid the fire. That’s how fast our brains are.

As we grow we are taught things, either by our parents, our school teachers, or by life experiences. Our schools are supposed to teach us how to think…but they are doing a piss poor job of it if you ask me. For one thing they are just pumping us full of information and not teaching us how to analyze, compare, and form opinions based upon the information we are being given. It is almost like in a personal computer where someone just shoves files into folders and then leaves them there without ever referencing them again.

Secondly, much of the data the schools are giving us is false, or misleading at best. Therefore, even if the schools were teaching children to perform critical thinking, the data being inputted into them is faulty and therefore the conclusions they are arriving at are faulty as well. To perform true critical thinking all the data must be evaluated, and it must be unbiased, impartial and complete.

This is nowhere more evident than the way in which our schools have educated, or programmed as I prefer to say, our children in regards to their countries history and system of government. By filling their minds with incomplete, or downright false data, they have socially engineered entire generations of Americans into believing lies about their own country.

Once a system of belief has been established, and taken root, it is difficult, if not impossible, to uproot it and replace it with another. When two conflicting beliefs collide something called Cognitive Dissonance occurs when the new belief conflicts with the established belief and causes people stress or discomfort. Usually when this occurs the emotional side of the brain takes over and rejects the new belief by hurling insults or emotional based rants towards the one proposing the new belief.

If you really think about what I have just said, what has just happened? Well, from my perspective all learning has just stopped. From that point forward the emotional side of your brain will automatically reject anything which conflicts with the data already stored within your brain, [what you've been taught]. From that point forward in your life you shut down any thinking in regards to the data that is already accumulated within your brain. Sure you might learn new skills like a new hobby or job, but anything that remotely ties to the data you have been taught is instantaneously rejected.

There are instances where people have been taught to critically analyze facts, and in some cases people are simply rebels who refuse to accept everything they are taught as being the absolute truth, (I consider myself among that second category), and these people push past their Cognitive Dissonance and the whole truth opens up to them.

For these people their minds have been opened to an entire new realm of possibilities and information which for the average person is not available because they refuse to even consider it. I liken it to the scene in the Matrix where Morpheus tells Neo, “I’m trying to free your mind.”

I do not blame people per se for the fact that they refuse to accept what is in fact truth because it is the way they have been educated. Sure, I get angry and frustrated because for me it seems so simple to understand these things. But for most they simply can’t get past that mental roadblock which would open their mind to the truth.

I blame those who have understood human nature and used it to create an entire nation of zombies who accept lies as truth. I blame those who have perverted the function of our school systems and the media, whose job it was to teach us to think critically and provide us with ALL the facts so that we can come to a truthful conclusion.

I myself am personally battling a threshold where I am conflicted with new information which has slowly been revealed to me with established ways of thinking. But that is the process of growing and learning…which never truly stops unless you with to remain stagnant and fixed living and believing a lie or partial truths.

The spark that lives inside each and every one of our minds which seeks out new knowledge and information never really dies. Sometimes it lies buried under the rubble of the garbage that has filled your minds…but it never goes out. At least that is what I hope. I also hope that someday the people of this country will be faced with the inevitable conclusion that the things they have been taught about our country, our system of government, have not been true and that they will then rekindle that spark and seek out the truth for themselves.

I also hope and pray that this occurs before it is too

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You Just Don’t See It, Do You?

Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
~Mark 8:18~

Were someone to ask you, “Are you blind” you most likely would say no, unless of course you are actually vision impaired to the point where you honestly could not see. Yet there is another kind of blindness in which people may see things, but then the things they see do not make it past their eyes and register with their brain. It is kind of like the saying that what someone says goes in one ear and out the other only that it refers to what people see not registering with their brain.

Say you were walking through a crowded shopping mall and I came up to you and asked you to describe the clothing of the last 3 people you passed…how many of you could describe everything those people had been wearing? You are not blind…but you did not truly see.

Have you ever gone anywhere aside from sporting events where all their attention is focused on what is happening on the playing field? I’m talking about going to supermarkets, shopping malls and the like, and then just sitting down and watching people as they walk about…ever done that? I do it all the time, not always by choice, but whatever my reasons I often find myself sitting down watching people…even at work.

Let me tell you something, it is very enlightening. Most people, unless you come too close to them, or stop in their paths, are completely oblivious as to what is happening around them. Some people have clear destinations and almost seem as if they are on auto pilot and their internal compass is guiding them from point A to point B without paying any attention to their surroundings. Then there are the groups of two or three whose sole focus is on each other. Sometimes these groups are young people and sometimes they are on families. Often the male family member is a bit more observant than most, but not often. Then there are the rest of them. Spend half an hour in a mall, any mall, and try to count the people you see walking around with their eyes or ears glued to their cell phones. You’ll quickly give up counting.

Like I said…OBLIVIOUS.

If their guard, their situation awareness is so low, so unfocused, in public places where there is the possibility of immediate danger, what do you think it is like when the possibility of threat is distant and unclear? As far as most people are concerned the possibility of their personally being affected by threats are about as likely as them winning the lottery or being struck by lightning. To them the threats they fact are nonexistent. But does their lack of awareness mitigate or diminish the threat? No, it only means no one is paying enough attention to be aware of it.

So is it any wonder that America has gone from a nation founded upon the belief that all men are entitled to certain unalienable rights to one in which the needs of society outweigh the rights of the individual?

People in general have two flaws that I have noticed, they are generally lazy, only willing to expend the minimum amount of energy required to accomplish something. Plus they typically have very short memories. As in everything there are exceptions to these observations, but they are few and far between when you take in the mass of humanity that comprises the people of the United States of America. Nowhere are these facts more evident than when speaking to someone about history. Few remember what happened six months ago, let alone six decades ago, and most are generally too lazy to bother studying what may have happened decades…centuries ago. It is no surprise then that people don’t notice that once elected someone they voted for actually does the complete opposite of what they said they were going to do while campaigning.

Unless you are my age, or older, you have probably never whittled wood. Whittling is the process of carving something out of a piece of wood by slowly removing small slices from it. It also means to reduce something in size by a gradual series of steps. That is what is happening to your freedom while most people remain completely unaware that anything untoward is happening.

Although this commentary is not specifically aimed at the 2nd Amendment, let me use it and the issue of gun control as an example. I will also try to show the hypocrisy of those in power at the same time.

The rights protected by the Bill of Rights were placed there because the Founders felt those particular rights were so important that nobody should be able to limit anyone’s ability to exercise and enjoy them. NOBODY!!! So when the 2nd Amendment says that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, it means SHALL NOT, not it could be if circumstances warrant it.

In 1960 the German philosopher Friedrich Hayek wrote something called The Constitution of Liberty, wherein he states, “Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions…Liberty and responsibility are inseparable.”

If you, or I, or anyone else wishes to own a gun, we have the right to do so. But in so owning a gun we alone are responsible for how and when we use it. Not society, not the gun manufacturers, not the gun itself. Yet what is the first thing you hear whenever there is a shooting somewhere? Why, “We need tougher gun laws” that’s what you hear.

Aside from legitimate cases of self defense it has been a crime to use a gun to rob or murder someone for a VERY long time now. You are never going to change human nature by passing more laws. Even if you were to remove every gun from the face of the Earth people would still find a way to rob, rape, and murder their fellow human beings. After all, Cain killed Abel with a rock. Taking guns out of the picture won’t change that.

But every time there is a shooting there is a cry for new, tougher gun laws. Can’t you see that they are whittling away at the right of the people to own guns and that someday, just as a person carving on a piece of wood finds that there is no more wood left to carve upon, our right to keep and bear arms will have vanished?

Although they may proclaim that everything they are doing is in the name of public safety, their intent has always been to take away our guns…completely. They have stated as much, but as I said, most people have very short memories.

In a 1993 New York Times op-ed it was written, “Gun violence won’t be cured by one set of laws. It will require years of partial measures that will gradually tighten the requirements for gun ownership, and incrementally change expectations about the firepower that should be available to ordinary citizens.”

Nelson T. Shields, Chairman of Handgun Control Inc., in A Reporter At Large: Handguns, writes, “We’re going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily — given the political realities — going to be very modest. Of course, it’s true that politicians will then go home and say, “This is a great law. The problem is solved.”And it’s also true that such statements will tend to defuse the gun-control issue for a time. So then we’ll have to start working again to strengthen that law, and then again to strengthen the next law, and maybe again and again. Right now, though, we’d be satisfied not with a half load, but with a slice. Our ultimate goal — total control of handguns in the United States.”

Whittling away, incrementally restricting our right to keep and bear arms. That’s their modus operandi and they are very good at manipulating public fear to get what they want.

The same thing goes for this entire War on Terror. Every time there is some sort of terrorist act, either committed or foiled, they pass some new law, some new regulation, but all our restrictions and violations of what were once our rights.

The Patriot Act, NDAA, the formation of the Dept. of Homeland Security, the expansion of the TSA, the NSA’s data mining of American citizens…all these and many more are guilty of in some way violating one or more of your rights. Yet because of YOUR fear of terrorism you gladly surrender your freedom to feel just a little bit safer.

PATHETIC!!!

A few quotes about all this are in order. Thomas Jefferson was both an avid reader and an avid writer. He kept notes on almost every subject that interested him in what is known as a Commonplace Book…sort of like a diary of notes and ideas if you will. In his personal Commonplace Book Jefferson wrote, “It is a false idea of utility to sacrifice a thousand real advantages for the sake of one disadvantage which is either imaginary or of little consequence; this would take fire away from men because it burns, and water because it drowns people; this is to have no remedy for evils except destruction.

Laws forbidding people to bear arms are of this nature; they only disarm those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.” Jefferson got the idea for these notations after reading Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, Chapter XL, False Ideas of Utility.

Next quote, Ben Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” I think that is self-explanatory.

Next; in the case of U.S. v Robel, Justice Earl Warren stated, “It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of the liberties…which makes the defense of the Nation worthwhile.”

Finally a quote from Alexander Hamilton, who, in The Farmer Refuted writes, “The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms, and false reasonings, is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges. You would be convinced, that natural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator, to the whole human race; and that civil liberty is founded in that; and cannot be wrested from any people, without the most manifest violation of justice.”

I would hope that during your time in school you at one point or another studied Nazi Germany and Communism in the Soviet Union. Had you paid attention you might recall that the people in those countries lived under tyrants, with few rights. You would recall that millions who opposed those regimes were slaughtered or imprisoned under the banner of national security. You might also recall that many turned in their neighbors for what they felt was subversive behavior.

Can you not see that right at this very moment America is following the same path that led to the rise of those evil empires?

During the period in which the Nazis ruled Germany there was a prominent Protestant Pastor named Martin Niemöller. Niemöller is famous for writing the following, “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists— and I did not speak out Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews— and I did not speak out Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Can you not see the same progression happening here in America? They come after gun owners and since you care more about safety you remain silent. Then they come after those the government claims pose a threat to national security; Patriots, those who oppose the IRS and the FED, militia members, and the Tea Party, but you remain silent because you are more afraid of terrorism. Who will speak for you when no one standing for liberty is left to defend YOURS?

In 1775 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms. In it he states, “Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.”

Finally, in his Farewell Address, President Andrew Jackson stated, “But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.” So far we have not paid the price and our liberty has all but gone. You should be proud to call yourselves Americans.

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I’m Trying To Make This As EASY As I Can For You

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
~Daniel Webster~ (3 June 1834)
The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.
~Samuel Adams~
Written under the pseudonym Candidus (14 Oct 1771)
Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.
~John Adams~
In a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush (18 April 1808)

After nearly two decades of researching and writing I can comfortably say, that aside from a small percentage of Americans, the people in this country wouldn’t know what freedom was if it came up and bit them in the ass. I have been accused of being harsh in my comments regarding my fellow citizens, but I simply cannot sit back and not call it as I see it. The facts prove that my statement is correct, that most people have no clue what true freedom really is. Most Americans alive today have never been truly free.

Due to undergoing rotator cuff surgery on July 1 I have been confined to the house bored to death. I had prepared for this prior to my surgery by going to a Barnes & Noble and stocking up on books to read. Among the books I selected were a few of the Jack Reacher novels. I had seen the Tom Cruise movie and wanted to compare the movie to the books by Lee Child. Although it is irrelevant to my article, the books are far better than the movie was.

Jack Reacher is a fictional character of course, but the character the author describes is truly free. Jack Reacher is an ex-military cop who got out of the Army at the rank of major. He is a wanderer, or a hobo if you prefer to use the term. He works when he needs to and doesn’t when it isn’t required. The rest of his time he spends travelling the country, by bus, by rail, or by foot. He pays for everything in cash. He has no possessions aside from the clothes on his back, the money in his pockets and a toothbrush. He is also enormous at over six foot tall and 200 plus pounds…pretty much all muscle. He knows how to take care of himself and isn’t afraid of anything.

Jack Reacher exemplifies freedom. He is freedom incarnate. But Jack Reacher is a fiction, and therefore so is freedom because I don’t know of anyone who lives like he does…and is content with their lives.

I know some people must be tired of my repeating the same old quotes over and over again, but as George Bush once said, “…you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in…” Bush also said it was to catapult the propaganda, and that is where he and I differ. I am not trying to get you to accept propaganda, I’m trying to get you to accept the truth.

Anyway, about a century prior to our Constitution being written there was this English philosopher named John Locke. In 1689 he wrote a book that would forever change the way people viewed rights, and the nature of and purpose for government. His book was called Second Treatise on Civil Governments. This book alone probably is the foundation upon which Jefferson derived his ideas that he expressed so eloquently in the Declaration of Independence.

In chapter 2 of his book Locke explains what pure absolute freedom is as thusly, “TO understand political power right, and derive it from its original, we must consider, what state all men are naturally in, and that is, a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons, as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man.”

You see, pure unadulterated freedom means you are free to do as you please as long as you do not violate the laws of nature. Yet pure unadulterated freedom is not the freedom to do as one pleases without any restraints whatsoever. In section 6 of Chapter 2 Locke goes on to say, “But though this be a state of liberty, yet it is not a state of licence: though man in that state have an uncontroulable liberty to dispose of his person or possessions, yet he has not liberty to destroy himself, or so much as any creature in his possession, but where some nobler use than its bare preservation calls for it. The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions…”

In a perfect world man would be free to do as he pleases as long as he brings no harm to himself or does no harm to others. I don’t know how many people today grew up with their parents reciting the golden rule, but I did. To paraphrase the golden rule states, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If you don’t want people to steal from you, don’t steal from them. If you expect people to help you in times of need, then help others in their time of need. If you want respect, show other people respect. That is the golden rule.

But unfortunately man is a flawed creature. Instead of me trying to fumble around and explain why I say that I think it best I let Frederic Bastiat, author of The Law, explain what I mean, “But there is also another tendency that is common among people. When they can, they wish to live and prosper at the expense of others. This is no rash accusation. Nor does it come from a gloomy and uncharitable spirit. The annals of history bear witness to the truth of it: the incessant wars, mass migrations, religious persecutions, universal slavery, dishonesty in commerce, and monopolies. This fatal desire has its origin in the very nature of man—in that primitive, universal, and insuppressible instinct that impels him to satisfy his desires with the least possible pain.”

Or, as James Madison states in Federalist 51, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

Our nation’s founders where very conscious of their rights, of the meaning of liberty, and they felt that their allegiance to Britain was one in which their rights were not properly recognized and respected by the Crown and by Parliament. They felt that the only way in which they could be free to enjoy their rights as free men was to completely sever all ties with England and become free and independent states, “… That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States …” They furthermore stated that “… for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” That is the extent which they were willing to go to obtain that most prized of all possessions, liberty.

Can anyone honestly believe that men who would be willing to sacrifice all they had, up to and including their very lives, for liberty would then turn around and create a system of government for themselves that did not respect the liberty they had so valiantly fought for?

Our Founding Fathers realized that we are imperfect beings with our own prejudices and biases and that some governing body must be established so that the freedom of all men would be respected. Now I know that there are going to be some who now chime in “What about slavery?”, and yes slavery was an abomination, but the fault lies not in the principle that all men are created equal, but in their interpretation that slaves were not considered as men like they were. Yes that belief was faulty, but the basic principle that all men are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness remains valid. So shall we move on?

From May-Sept of 1787 delegates from most of the colonies/states gathered together in the Pennsylvania State House, later to be named Convention Hall, and set to work drafting our Constitution. I could write that they weren’t supposed to come up with a new Constitution, or that some states did not like the idea of the convention, but that would waste precious time, so all I will say is that the delegates faced a pretty amazing task.

First they had to come up with a system of government that would protect the rights of the people while at the same time be able to do the job which the present Articles of Confederation was incapable of allowing government to do. Then secondly they had to ensure that whatever plan they came up with would satisfy both the people and the states as political entities. What they came up with, if you ask me, is nothing short of amazing.

As the delegates gathered together in the final days of the convention Benjamin Franklin would make two statements which are of great importance to our discussion. The first comes from a speech he wrote and had someone read for him to the delegates. In his speech Franklin states, “In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other. I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain, may be able to make a better Constitution. For when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men, all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected? It therefore astonishes me, Sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded like those of the Builders of Babel; and that our States are on the point of separation, only to meet hereafter for the purpose of cutting one another’s throats. Thus I consent, Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure, that it is not the best.”

The second quote comes after the delegates had voted in favor of the Constitution and the delegates were leaving the State House. A woman approached Ben Franklin and asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got―a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin is said to have replied, “A Republic Madam, if you can keep it.”
Franklin’s response bears a moments discussion as it is interesting. He could simply have said a Republic, but he added…if you can keep it. Why? First of all let’s talk about the system Franklin said…a Republic. A Republic is different from a democracy, which we are not despite what you have been taught or what you hear those idiots on TV say. A democracy can be either direct or indirect. A direct democracy is one in which all the people gather together and vote upon what shall become law with a simple majority being the only thing necessary to pass a law. An indirect democracy is one in which we select representative to enact our laws and then by way of a simple majority of the people’s voice they vote laws into effect on our behalf.

That may sound like what you think we have, but it is not. The difference between an indirect democracy and a Republic is that in a Republic there is a written law, a constitution, which sets limits upon what the government can enact laws upon. When the Constitution was sent to the people and the states for ratification they could very easily have voted against it, either because they felt it gave the proposed government too much, or too little power. But the power had to be defined first for them to make that determination. Our Constitution, no matter how much you dislike the idea, clearly defines where, and under what circumstances our government can act. That is why Franklin said we are a Republic and not a democracy or a monarchy.

Secondly he said, if we can keep it. Again, why? Well for a Republic to survive, it relies upon the people in the country to remain educated as to the limits the Constitution places upon government, it relies upon the people remaining virtuous for it to function. If the people fail in that task even the best forms of government, as Franklin stated, can end in despotism. Are we clear on that?

As the Constitution was being studied and considered by the people and the state assemblies many felt that there were what we might call loopholes that would allow the government to someday deprive the people of their rights. Those who supported the Constitution then faced a problem, if those who felt that their rights were in danger did not vote in favor of the Constitution it might not become law. So they agreed that upon ratification they would include a Bill of Rights, listing rights that under no circumstances could government touch. That seemed to appease fears and the Constitution was ratified and became law.

Notice I said it became law. That is because that is exactly what it is, a law, not a set of recommendations or suggestions. It is a law and it is binding upon the government it establishes and the people. Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence was overseas in France when the Constitution was being written and ratified, so he did not participate in its creation. However his close friend James Madison kept him up to date on what was going on back home.

After Madison had sent Jefferson a copy of the proposed Constitution Jefferson read it and responded to Madison regarding what he liked and what he disliked. One of the things Jefferson said was, “Smaller objections are the Appeal in fact as well as law, and the binding all persons Legislative Executive & Judiciary by oath to maintain that constitution.”

Most of those involved in our nation’s struggle for independence and then in the establishing of our system of government were smart men, very smart. But it is my belief that Jefferson stood above them all in his keen intellect. He foresaw that without some means of binding those ‘in’ the government to the limits outlined by the Constitution that some day it would become tyrannical just like the government they had fought so hard to free themselves from. Franklin implied the same thing when he told that woman, “If you can keep it.”

Now I would like to toss in the mix a quote by Samuel Adams which is important that you all understand. In 1772, years before the Constitution went into effect, Adams wrote The Rights of the Colonists The Report of the Committee of Correspondence to the Boston Town Meeting. Yeah, it’s a long title, but that’s what he called it. In it Adams wrote, “The natural liberty of man, by entering into society, is abridged or restrained, so far only as is necessary for the great end of society, the best good of the whole. In the state of nature every man is, under God, judge and sole judge of his own rights and of the injuries done him. By entering into society he agrees to an arbiter or indifferent judge between him and his neighbors; but he no more renounces his original right than by taking a cause out of the ordinary course of law, and leaving the decision to referees or indifferent arbitrators.”

Our rights remained intact even though we established a system of government to manage the affairs of the country. Neither the Congress, the President, nor the Supreme Court can limit them. That is the entire purpose for the Bill of Rights, to place those rights beyond the reach of our government. Yet what do we have today if it is not a government that has done just that, overstepped its authority and in so doing violated our rights?

Our freedom of worship and of speech are limited. Our government rarely listens to the voice of the people it represents, doing away with our right to redress government for grievances. Our right to keep and bear arms has been severely restricted. With the war on terror and all the legislation passed to make America safer the 4th Amendment has all but been obliterated. The Fifth Amendment has been violated by drone strikes against American citizens abroad without trial. The 7th Amendment is a joke as our right to trial by jury is something most Americans cannot afford. When the government, be it state or federal, can bring the full weight of the criminal justice system against you and you have to pay out of pocket to defend your innocence a trial is rarely fair and just. The 8th Amendment has undergone violations as well as it does not specify that cruel and unusual punishment be limited to Americans and if waterboarding isn’t cruel and unusual then come on over to my house and let me waterboard YOU. The 9th Amendment, which states “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” has been violated. How you say? You wanna try smoking marijuana in public and see what happens? There is nothing in the Constitution that says the government can dictate what you can and cannot take. Even alcohol could only be prohibited by passing a Constitutional Amendment. Finally, the 10th Amendment, which says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The Commerce Clause alone has been misconstrued to give government all kinds of powers that it was NEVER intended it possess…like the passing of Obamacare.

So where is that liberty, that freedom that our Founders so bravely fought for? Hmmm, I’m waiting…

At the time of the American Revolution there was an Englishman who had moved to America to live who wrote a little pamphlet which led to many colonists changing their minds as to whether they should remain loyal to the crown or seek independence. This man’s name was Thomas Paine and his pamphlet was called Common Sense.

Although Paine is best known for Common Sense he also wrote many other things, among which was a little thing called The Rights of Man. In that pamphlet Paine states, “A government on the principles on which constitutional governments arising out of society are established, cannot have the right of altering itself. If it had, it would be arbitrary. It might make itself what it pleased; and wherever such a right is set up, it shows there is no constitution.”

Do you understand that? It means that if our Constitution is, in fact the Supreme Law of the Land as Article 6 states, and then our government takes it upon itself to expand its powers beyond what the Constitution grants it, then there is in fact no more Constitution.

If that is the case then the government by default no longer has any valid authority over the people because the ONLY reason it exists is by an act of the people and the states. The Preamble to the Constitution states, “We the people of the United States, in order … and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” If the government is established by an act of the people then by an act of the people it can be abolished. That is the basic premise stated in the Declaration of Independence, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…”

And that is the real reason for the Civil War, if you wish to call it that. I call it the War of Northern Aggression because the South was entirely within its right to secede from the Union and form a system of government “…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..”

Funny thing about that war that I’m certain you never learned in U.S. History. I’ll bet you didn’t know that in his first Inaugural Address Lincoln said this, “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.” Yet in that same speech he also stated, “You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to ‘preserve, protect, and defend it’.”

The South sought not to destroy the government, they only sought to separate themselves from it and form their own government, as had been considered by many Northern States prior to the onset of the Civil War. Learn your history people, the North didn’t care if the South left the Union, Lincoln did. And why? Because the government would go broke if the South left.

In 1861 a delegation of Virginians asked Lincoln “Why not let the South go in peace?” To which Lincoln replied, “I can’t let them go. Who would pay for government? And what then would become of my tariff?”

That is EXACTLY why the South left the Union, because the government was imposing crushing tariffs upon them and then all that money was being spent to build the Northern infrastructure. The South said enough of this and left. That is the primary reason for the secession movement. Look up the Nullification Crisis if you want some background on this if you don’t believe me.

After a long bloody war with between 600-700 million deaths the North won and it has forever been assumed that the federal government is supreme and absolute in its power. But that has NEVER been the case.

But because people have been lied to about the history of their country, the founding and establishment of our system of government they have drank the Kool Aid and believed the lie.

Normally I would close something like this with a quote from Samuel Adams, but this time I will leave you with something his cousin John said. In a letter to his wife Abigail he writes, “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.”

Adams must be on his knees in constant supplication to the Almighty asking Him His forgiveness, for we have certainly misused it.

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Please, Just Keep An Open Mind About This

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
~James Madison~

Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.
~Samuel Adams~

I got into a discussion/argument with a woman on Facebook late last night, and continuing on into today. It was polite and she voiced her views and I countered with mine. That is fine, I can do that all day as long as people remain calm and don’t hurl insults at each other. That is how polite, civilized, rational people hold discussions after all, isn’t it?

I posted my last article, You’re American For Cryin’ Out Loud, (Start Acting Like One) on my Facebook page after I posted it on my blog. A friend shared it and she is one of his friends and took offense to my title because she believed I was implying she was not acting like an American.

There are over 300 million people living in this country. There is no way I could possibly know all of them. I can however watch the way this country votes and the apathy and complacency with which they allow our government to get away with all kinds of violations of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

When you have read as much as I have about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the period leading up to our nation’s independence, and if you are loyal to the principles upon which this once great nation was founded, you cannot help but be upset when you see what is happening in America today. You simply cannot! But that all depends upon how much each and every American cares about remaining true to the principles this country was founded upon, not upon the lies and propaganda that we hear from the media and our elected representatives…and there is a huge difference between the two.

I began this commentary with those two quotes because I feel they are at the heart of the problem with people in this country today. First of all a very large number of people in this country are downright ignorant regarding how our system of government is supposed to function. Now I’m not saying you are stupid, there is a difference between the two words. Ignorance only means that you don’t know anything about a subject while stupidity implies you do not have the ability to learn or process information.

Secondly, people are way too emotional about certain issues. I have seen it time and time again where when a person does not have facts to back up their position they resort to name calling and insults because they do not have a leg to stand on to support their beliefs. Therefore the two quotes fit nicely together because if you are ignorant you don’t have facts and you must rely upon your emotions to shape and guide your beliefs.

If people refuse to educate themselves, if they refuse to think, then they are easily misled by those who speak with honeyed words and well sounding platitudes. The first century Greek playwright Euripides once said, “When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.” Think about that for a minute. How do shysters, con men, and even good used car salesmen, get away with fooling so many people in this country? It is because they are good at convincing you, playing upon your fears and emotions, and then they reel you in and you end up getting suckered because you weren’t informed enough to see the trap they were laying for you. The same goes for the news media, our school system and politicians. They all work hand in hand you know.

Before I go any further there are two quotes I want you to think about. The first comes from noted astrophysicist Carl Sagan, who said, “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

The second comes from British author and playwright Dresden James, “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.”

What that means is that if a lie is repeated, over and over and over, for generations the lie becomes the truth and people are then unwilling to accept the truth when it is presented to them. That is because they then experience a phenomenon called cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is when one is confronted with ideas or beliefs that contradict those that they currently hold. Some people simply cannot accept that everything they have been told up to a certain point in their lives has been a lie and therefore they refuse to accept what actually is the truth simply because it conflicts with their currently held beliefs. Believe me, I have lost more than my fair share of friends because they refused to admit that the beliefs they held were flawed.

This is why I included that Samuel Adams quote at the beginning, because when people experience cognitive dissonance they have no facts to support their beliefs so they resort to emotional rants to support their views.

One of the most recent events which proves my point is all this anger over the Confederate Battle Flag. For generations we have been taught that the Civil War was fought over slavery and that the North fought to free the slaves and that the South, especially their battle flag, represented the evils of slavery and racism. Unfortunately that is not the truth. The South fought to establish their own nation because they felt adherence to the Union no longer was beneficial to them. Robert E. Lee commanding general of the Confederate forces freed his slaves long before Ulysses S. Grant, commanding general of the Union forces ever did. Lincoln didn’t care about the black man, he felt them to be inferior and was constantly thinking of ways to rid our country of them by relocating them back to Africa or other locations. These are all easily obtained facts if people would only do some simple research of their own. But since they rely upon the lies they have been taught as truth, they continue to view the Confederate Battle flag as a sign of racism and slavery.

But there is another area I would like to address that will probably cause me more grief than my support of the South and my adherence to the principles that the Confederate Battle Flag stands for, that being a clear misunderstanding about the nation of Israel.

America claims to be the strongest ally and staunchest supporter of Israel, and anyone who criticizes this alliance, or Israel itself is labeled anti-Semitic. I am currently 57 yrs old and Israel did not come into existence until ten years prior to my birth, back in 1948. Prior to that the region was simply named Palestine. To create Israel they had to carve up Palestine into Arab and Jewish segments, which would be like if America suddenly took California and cut it up into segments and gave some of the land back to Mexico. The city of Jerusalem is in the middle of the Arab portion of this land divide, and is the birthplace of three of the world’s major religions, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. It’s significance to all three is the cause of much of the trouble within the region.

People will tell you that the Jews deserve a land of their own and that since they are God’s chosen people we must stand behind them against all the enemies they face in the region. But that is because they do not know the truth, or understand the history of the Jews.

After God commanded that Moses go into Egypt to free His people Moses led them out whilst they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years prior to their being allowed to enter Canaan, which is the area which now comprises the Jewish and Palestinian territories. This promised land was to be for the descendants of Jacob, known as the nation of Israel.

However if you had read the Bible, the Old Testament books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings all prophesized of the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and the scattering of the tribes. No one knows exactly where the remnants of the twelve tribes are exactly, but I have read that they are scattered throughout the nations of the world with many of them being in Europe and some in the United States.

But there is something you need to fully understand if you are to grasp what Israel really is. First you have to understand the difference between Zionism and Judaism. Judaism is the religion of the people who follow the Torah, which are, without going into too much detail, the first five Books of the Old Testament; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Judaism differs from Christianity in that they still await the coming of the Messiah to return them to their promised land. It is imperative that you understand this crucial point before going any further.

Zionism, on the other hand, is a national and political movement to establish a homeland for the Jews. It may claim to be based upon religious teachings but it is more a political movement than a religious ideology.

There are many Judaic Jews who decry the atrocities committed by the nation of Israel in the name of their God. I found this quote while researching for this article on a Judaic website, and it helps explain what I’m trying to say, “The Zionist movement created the Israeli state. The latter is a persuasion less than one hundred years old. Its essential goal was and is to change the nature of the Jewish people from that of a religious entity to a political movement. From Zionism’s inception the spiritual leaders of the Jewish people stood in staunch opposition to it.”

In fact their opposition to the nation of Israel is so great that they also said, “It is therefore, our demand that the State that calls itself ISRAEL, should cease to exist. Since this won’t be done, we demand that they cease to call themselves “Israel”, because their entire being is in complete opposition to the true People of Israel. The true People of Israel deny them permission to call themselves by that name. The Zionist leaders have no right to set themselves up as the representatives and spokesmen of the true People of ISRAEL.”

So who are we to support if we believe that we should stand behind God’s chosen people; the nation of Israel, or those who are the Judaic Jews who live scattered across the globe? I don’t know about you but I would rather support a people who lay claim to being true Jews due to their religious beliefs rather than those who claim to be a political entity and nation state based upon their so-called divine right to the land.

But there’s more, much more…

You see, in the Book of Revelations there is a passage which says, “I know thy works, and tribulation and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”

While you might conclude that this refers to modern day Christians who do not follow the teachings of Christ, why then does it say ‘of them which say they are Jews, and are not…’? Why not say believers, or followers instead of specifying Jews? Could it be that God was showing John a vision of the nation of Israel?

Why is all this important, other than our political involvement in the region? Allow me to explain.

You see there are also a group of people who claim to be Jews but are actually Khazars, or Ashkenazi Jews. They are not of the original twelve tribes of Israel, in fact they originated in Mongolia, which later became Georgia, which was once part of the Soviet Union.

Among those Ashkenazi Jews was a bloodline which would become the Rothschild family. People talk about who is the richest person in the world today. Names like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, or even Donald Trump are the first that comes to people’s minds. But there are families who are so wealthy that their true wealth is a highly guarded secret. The richest of these is the Rothschild family.

The Rothschild family has ties into all the major banking institutions across the globe, including all the central banks of the largest nations, including the Federal Reserve Bank. They own us by way of their stranglehold and control of our currency.

The Rothschild’s have instigated and fueled every war since the American Revolution, including both World War I and II. But what is important is that at the onset of World War I, British Foreign Secretary James Balfour wrote something known as the Balfour Declaration, which states,

November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur James Balfour

That was the very beginning of the movement to create the nation of Israel, who we now call our ally. Yet it is not a nation based upon the religion of Judaism, it is a Zionist political entity. It took until 1948 before the nation of Israel was recognized as a nation by the U.S. and the United Nations, but the Zionist Rothschilds finally got their wish. It is interesting to note that prior to President Truman officially recognizing Israel as a nation, his Secretary of State George Marshall declared, “…if Truman followed Clifford’s advice and recognized the Jewish state, then he would vote against Truman in the election.” Marshall correctly feared that the recognition of a Jewish state in the region would destabilize the entire region.

So now we are allies with Israel, but are they the representatives of the true Judaic Jews? According to the Judaic Jews themselves they are not, “There is a vile lie, which stalks the Jewish people across the globe. It is a lie so heinous, so far from the truth, that it can only gain popularity due to the complicity of powerful forces in the “mainstream” media and educational establishment.

It is a lie which has brought many innocent people untold suffering and if unchecked has the potential to create extraordinary tragedy in the future. It is the lie that declares that Judaism and Zionism are identical. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The Judaic Jews believe that exile from their promised land is due to their sinning against God’s Laws and that only He, (God), can restore them to their land. They also believe that due to the existence of the nation of Israel military aggression against the Palestinians has subjected them to loss of their land, torture and death. Yet we believe the Palestinians to be our enemies.

I am not saying that there are not terrorist groups out there who simply hate America. But prior to the creation of the nation of Israel our foreign relations with the Arab world were much more peaceful than they are today. Could it be due to our support of Israel? Something to think about, if you are inclined to think after all that I’ve told you so far.

Why is all this so important? It is because it is all interconnected like a huge spider web of intrigue and deception. If you are a frequent reader of my commentaries you will recall the following quote from the mayor of New York City, John Hylan, “The Real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state, and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen. At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties.

Those banking interests are either owned, or controlled by the Rothschilds…Zionists. They own us, lock stock and barrel. Still don’t believe me? How about this then. Although there are those who say he did not say this, it is my belief he did, on October 3, 2001 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told a cabinet member, “Every time we do something, you tell me Americans will do this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel; we, the Jewish people, control America and the Americans know it.”

Whether or not he said that it would do you well to do some research into the Rothschild family and their influence in banking and international affairs. But then again it may seem so outlandish and crazy that you call for the men in the white suits to have me locked away in a padded cell for even considering that any of that could be true.

All I know is that these are the conclusions my research has led me to up to this point. I may later find things that prove me wrong, and if I do I will be man enough to admit that I was wrong. But for now this is what I believe and until I am factually proven otherwise I will stick to my beliefs. You can call me anti-Semitic if you want, but I have nothing against the Jewish people. But I have no reason to say that I support Israel or the Zionist who are at the helm of that nation.

I will leave you with two quotes and then I’ll let you get back to whatever you were doing. First is a quote by Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, who said, “Knowing is not enough; we must apply.” You must first know the truth about things before you can apply them, so to disregard something just because it sounds too fantastical to be real is to hide from the truth no matter how painful it might truly be.

The second quote is from Learned Hand, who said, “Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias.

Put aside your bias please and at least consider that what I have said may be true. Then you can begin to do your own research and if you find out that I have been telling you the truth you will be one step closer to understanding the nature of the true evil this country faces.

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You Are Americans For Cryin’ Out Loud (Start Acting Like One)

I suppose you could say I’m middle aged, that is if the average life span of a male in the United States is around 100 yrs old. I am 57 now, born in 1958 in the city of San Francisco California. Both used to be nice places to live; San Francisco and California overall. Not anymore. Sure I love the land itself; the mountains, rivers, lakes and ocean, but the people here have turned a once prosperous and thriving state into a welfare state where people come for the sun and the government handouts. Now, to be truthful, I hope the big one hits and sinks it to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Why do I say that? Well it is because California is usually a decade ahead of the rest of the country as far as social and political trends go. I can only hope that if an earthquake causes California to be swallowed by the ocean that maybe the rest of the country won’t have us as an example to follow and they will pull their collective heads out of their asses and start acting like Americans again.

As much as I hate most television shows, TV is a reflection of society. Admit it, you watch what entertains or what interests you. If garbage is all that is on TV it is a reflection of you, because your minds are polluted and filled with garbage.

When I was just a young lad we had only one television in our home, and it was a small 19 inch black and white TV with 13 channels. TV went off the air at midnight after the playing of the National Anthem. That’s right, there were no 24 hour a day channels, let alone hundreds of them. Most of the shows were pretty much family oriented, but even then I can remember my parents sending me to my room when All In The Family came on because they felt it was ‘too adult’ for my young ears.

Like I said, TV is a reflection of society and if you look back to the late 50′s and early 60′s, what kinds of shows were on TV? Well let me see, there were plenty of Westerns; The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Maverick, Wanted Dead or Alive, and there were a lot of variety shows like the Ed Sullivan and Jack Benny shows. Then there were the family oriented shows like Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show, and Leave It To Beaver. Then there was The Adventures of Superman.

The Superman I’m talking about was played by George Reeves and the acting and special effects are corny compared to what television has to offer today. But what they lack in those areas they made up for in one critical area; capturing the tone and sentiment of the people living in the country at the time.
At the beginning of each 30 minute episode there was always the same announcement, which ended with, “Superman…who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, 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!” (my emphasis)

Truth…Justice…how many people even care about that anymore? If you do you sure as hell aren’t acting like it. Honestly, if that same Superman show were on today they would have to change the things Superman fought for to comfort, security, and the right to not be held accountable for your own sustenance. That’s how sad this country has become…and it is only going to get worse until you, the American people change. You can’t blame government, because government can only get by with what you allow it to. You have only yourselves to blame.

When I was growing up there were certain things that meant things to people; honor, integrity, honesty being a few of them. I was born at the tail end of the Great Red Scare when Communism was the big bad bogeyman that everyone feared. I lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis and remember how afraid everyone was because they thought that was going to usher in the end of the world…nuclear war with Russia.

Americans back then understood what patriotism meant, at least to a much greater extent than they do today. You used to always hear things like America, Love it or leave it. Now that is politically incorrect to say. But why? Why should we allow people to come into this country and benefit from all it has to offer, but in their hearts they despise us? Why should we try to bribe foreign nations into being our friends by way of foreign aid, when they hate us and oftentimes we end up having to squash some two bit dictator our government has propped up, but then become too big for their britches? Do the names Noriega, Hussein, or even Bin Laden sound familiar? All of those people are those who, at one time or another, we supported and funded which later came back to bite us in the ass. Why do we tolerate such nonsense unless it is not because we want to be friends with them, but those behind the scenes who fund government, the big business interests, have interests of their own in those countries, like oil and other natural resources?

In the era in which I grew up people loved this country, with all their hearts. I wasn’t born at the time but I remember my father telling me about how people enlisted in droves at the onset of World War II to fight the Nazi’s and the Japanese. Then when Vietnam came around they couldn’t get enough people to go off to some foreign land to fight so they instituted the draft. Why?

I’m not saying either war was justified, I have my doubts about whether Roosevelt knew in advance that the Japanese were going to bomb Pearl Harbor, and I’m sure Vietnam was for a bullshit reason as well. But that is irrelevant, the point I’m trying to get at is what happened in the two decades between those two wars where people all but gave up their souls to go fight for their country, then later they had to be forced into doing so?

I’ll tell you what happened, the 60′s. Woodstock, Height Ashbury, free love, communes, and everything associated with the 60′s happened. I won’t deny that the 60′s produced some of the finest rock n roll every made, but it also brought about a big change in the attitude towards country in the people. I was only 2 yrs old when the clock rolled over to 1960, therefore I was just hitting the age where cultural events would start to make an impression on me when the 70′s came. So the 60′s did not influence me like they did the generation which preceded me. But if you think about it, most of the politicians, deans of universities, and all other high ranking officials across the land are all products of the 60′s. The mindset of the 60′s stayed with these people, free this, free that, communism…(as in community ownership of everything) is what they lived and breathed back then, and now they are in public office and setting the curriculum for our children.

What these people are now doing is fundamentally transforming America. They are reshaping how we think, what we are taught, and how we feel about the nature of government. And I’ll tell you a little secret they don’t want you to know, it is all a big fat lie. That’s right, A LIE!

A perfect example is occurring right now with all this fuss over the Confederate Flag. The Civil War, if that is how you wish to call it, was never about slavery per se. Sure slavery was an issue at the time that war took place, but it was not the cause. Slavery would have ended on its own had the war happened or not happened…that would have occurred naturally and inevitably.

The Civil War was fought because the Southern States were being taken advantage of by the federal government, they were being taxed excessively and the money being taken from them was being pumped into the infrastructure of the North. The South got fed up with it and decided to secede. Lincoln freaked out because ALL the revenue for the government was about to disappear.

History classes in school will not teach you this, but if you study on your own like I have, you will find the truth about the Civil War. Lincolns concern was to hold the Union together so that the revenue stream into government would remain flowing. If you don’t believe me, then ask yourself why, when in March of 1861, when a delegation from Virginia asked Mr. Lincoln why he wouldn’t let the South go in peace he responded, “I can’t let them go. Who would pay for government? And then what then would become of my tariff?” Look it up if you do not believe me.

And if you think Lincoln was the great humanitarian you’ve been taught, what about when he said, “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…I as much as any man am in favor of the superior position assigned to the white race.” That’s another one they won’t teach you about in school, but it is part of our nation’s history.

All this fuss over the Confederate flag is because you have been brainwashed into believing that it stands for racism and slavery when it stands for a state’s right to separate from the union when their remaining in the union no longer benefits them, the same principle enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. So why aren’t people stomping on that and crying that it be removed from public view? Because they don’t know their history and what it means to be a patriot.

For about the first half of my life none of this meant a damned thing to me, nothing at all. It wasn’t until I was about midway into my second enlistment in the Air Force that I started paying attention to what was really happening in this country. At first I focused mainly on illegal immigration and gun control, as those were two issues that really seemed to matter to me.

But there was still something that seemed to be eating away at me, like I knew it was there but I just couldn’t bring it into focus. It was kind of like that scene in The Matrix where Morpheus tells Neo, “What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.” That is how I felt, exactly how I felt.

When that movie first came out it resonated with me so much that I searched high and wide for information about it on the internet, and guess what I found? I found an article by Steven Yates called The Real Matrix. As I read that article it seemed like the fog cleared, the blinders came off, and it all made sense to me. From that point onward I never took anything for granted. I researched and studied, and researched some more until I knew how our system of government was supposed to work, inside and out, frontwards and backwards. What I learned is that thing, that monster that occupies the ten square mile space called Washington D.C. does not contain the government created by our Constitution, it holds the government responsible to and puppets of the special interests, be they banking, commercial, whatever, who fund the political parties and the candidates themselves. We are mere pawns in their game and we mean absolutely nothing to any of them. The sooner you understand that the closer you will be to regaining your freedom and liberty.

Every one of those son’s a bitches in office have taken an oath which begins by saying that they will support and defend the Constitution of the United States. That is their primary job, not to kiss as much ass of the contributors to their campaign war chests. But the fact that they do not uphold the Constitution does not seem to mean that much to most of you. That is probably because you have not read the document yourself either. So America keeps plundering on towards its inevitable downfall…all the while you go on about your lives like it is business as usual in America.

Well fuck you! You heard me FUCK YOU!

You see, there are still some of us out here with old fashioned values and beliefs. We still love what this country once stood for, freedom, self-reliance, and the ability to exercise our rights as we see fit. You may not like us, we may pose a threat to your comfort and your security. Tough shit!

You see, many of us have taken similar oaths, to support and defend the Constitution. The difference between us and them is we know what the Constitution says and we see clearly that it, as well as the Bill of Rights, is under attack…and we are getting might pissed about it. Because not only are our nation’s founding documents under attack, our entire nation’s history, its belief system, and everything that made America such a great country in the first place are under attack…by you, You, and YOU! And to tell you the truth about it, we’ve had about all we can take of your bullshit.

So go one, keep drinking the Kool Aid, swallowing the lies that they are feeding you. Just remember this, eventually there will be a day of reckoning. Either you are going to answer to a bunch of pissed off patriots, or you are going to answer to God himself as to why you allowed a country based upon the freedom He helped our Founders establish slip between your fingers.

Like Samuel Adams said, “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.”

We take our oath’s very seriously, and you may not realize it but that oath says our duty lies in defending the Constitution against ALL ENEMIES, foreign AND DOMESTIC. You don’t want to on the wrong side when our tolerance for your bullshit comes to an end, believe me that. And for those of you who have never taken that oath, could you at least pretend for a minute like you’re an American and think for yourself.

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I’m Quite Certain People Don’t Think

Hopefully you can read the text on the above image, as it is relevant to the text I am about to type.

At the title implies on this, I believe that there are very few Americans, probably around 15%, and that may be a generous number, who actually think, and I mean REALLY THINK about things. Take for instance the Bill of Rights. How much thought have you given that document? Be honest now, how much thought have you personally given to what it says?

I’d be willing to bet that many people in this country were not aware that unless those pushing for the new Constitution agreed to include a bill of rights along with the Constitution that the Constitution would never have been agreed to by the required number of states. You see, back then the people in this country were more concerned about protecting their rights than they were with establishing a government that one day would grow into this behemoth that would watch over, provide for, and control almost every aspect of their lives.

I’d also be willing to bet that many Americans aren’t aware that the Bill of Rights also includes a Preamble, just like our Constitution. Do you even know what a Preamble is? It is not a declaration of powers granted, as many assume. A Preamble is merely a declaration of intent, or as Bouvier’s Legal Dictionary states, “A preface, an introduction or explanation of what is to follow: that clause at the head of acts of congress or other legislatures which explains the reasons why the act is made…”

That’s all a Preamble is, it grants no powers, it merely states intent. What does the Preamble to our Bill of Rights say? Glad you asked. It states, “THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution.”

That is what it says, that to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers that further declaratory and restrictive clauses be added to our Constitution. This means that the rights listed in the Bill of Rights cannot be touched…by anyone…including the supposedly impartial Supreme Court.

Don’t believe me? You think that public safety, or someone’s feelings can justify that laws be passed which violate those rights? Well many years ago, long before most of you were born there was a Supreme Court Justice named Hugo Black. Why do I mention him? Well it is because he said the following, “It is my belief that there are ‘absolutes’ in our Bill of Rights, and that they were put there on purpose by men who knew what the words meant and meant their prohibitions to be ‘absolutes.’ ”

Does that register in your mind what he means? Absolutes means many things if you look them up, but they are all very similar in what they say, which is, “free from restriction or limitation; not limited in any way.” Therefore the rights protected by our Bill of Rights are free from restriction. Yet how free are we to actually exercise them fully in today’s society of big government? Not very if you ask me.

You see, back years ago some on the Supreme Court actually understood what the Bill of Rights was all about and that it meant what it said. Take for instance Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, who said, “When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen’s constitutional rights it acts lawlessly and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all.”

You see, there is something else Hugo Black said that you need to understand. He also stated, “Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blowing by each successive political wind.” What that means is that our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, was not to be subjected to the political mindset of the people, it was set in stone that the things it says are permanent and unchanging.

So when, for instance, the Second Amendment says that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, it means exactly what it says…SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Yet how many laws have been passed which tell us what type of gun we are allowed to own, how large a magazine they may own, or requiring we obtain a permit to carry one? Those are all infringements of a right. Rights require no permits, and there are no limits upon them as long as if the person carrying a firearm does not use them to violate someone else’s rights. If guns scare you, get over it. If what someone says offends you, get over it. You simply cannot restrict or limit others rights simply because you do not like them.

One final thing. Have you ever stopped to notice the order in which the rights are protected? I have, I have spent a lot of time thinking about it. The first right which is protected is our right of free speech and our right to petition our government for redress of grievances. That means if we think the government is overstepping its authority, or screwing up, we can petition it and as representatives of the people, it must listen to us.

The next right which is protected is our right to keep and bear arms, and form militias. Ever wonder why this right follows the first? It is because if the government does not listen to our petitions for redress of grievances we have the right to rise up against it, and the arms to do so effectively.

I have many friends who feel as I do, that our government has gotten too big for its britches and is trying to slowly take away all our freedom…and we are fed up with it and with you for allowing it to happen. To end I will leave you with this one quote by Patrick Henry, the same Patrick Henry who said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” In an address to the Virginia Assembly in 1788 Mr. Henry said, “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 a 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? You read of a riot act in a country which is called one of the freest in the world, where a few neighbors can not assemble without the risk of being shot by a hired soldiery, the engines of despotism. We may see such an act in America.”

How prophetic, because at the way things are going, if we aren’t already there, Mr. Henry was absolutely correct in what he said.

Have a pleasant day….

P.S. And to all those in the Law Enforcement community, you all take an oath whose primary purpose is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. That takes precedent over all laws passed by those who would see it trampled upon. Please think about that while you are simply following orders.

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (Matthew 15:8)

Lately it seems as though the frequency of things that piss me off has picked up the pace. It is not just what is happening in the political scene either. Seems like what is going on in society as well is all designed with one purpose in mind…TO PISS ME OFF. Combine them and toss in the fact that I am grumpy due to the inability to use my right arm and it seems I am in a constant state of pissed off-edness.

Have you ever watched a drain empty out in your sink or bathtub. As the water level get’s lower and lower the speed at which it circles the drain increases until the water is all gone. With each passing day I see more and more occurring that makes me wonder if the end is coming soon. I know the Bible tells us “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36 KJV) But the Bible also gives us a whole list of signs and prophesies that must come to pass before the end comes. It seems like with increasing frequency more and more of these signs are coming to pass. There are the increasing changes in weather and the natural disasters that occur on a more regular basis than ever before. And for those of you who say these are all manmade disasters caused by either sinister men who use chemtrails and HAARP to control the weather, or that they are due to man’s causing climate change due to our carbon footprint, I have but one thing to say to you; God does not tell us HOW these things will occur, only that they will.

Then we had that whole fiasco with Bruce Jenner and our country’s fascination as he underwent the process of changing from a man into a woman. And just recently we saw this; the Supreme Court ruled that no state can ban same sex marriage. Not only that, but their ruling leaves it wide open as to the interpretation of what marriage is. The loophole and leeway not exist so that someone might marry their pet, their children even. Is nothing sacred any more? This past week a friend of mine said we are going to hell in a handbasket. I replied, “No, we’re not in a handbasket, we are free falling.”

Recently I posted a couple rants about the uproar over the Confederate Flag, and now I’m confronted with this absurdity. It seems like they are trying their best to reshape and redefine what America stands for and believes in. It seems that everything that is/was good about this country has come under attack and political revisionists are trying to replace what really happened in history with their politically correct anything goes version of what made America, and the beliefs and values this country holds.

Well I for one won’t stand for this bullshit any longer! You can take your political correctness, your revisionist history, and stick it where the sun don’t shine! I will not sit back and remain silent while I watch people erase its history, or rewrite it to suit their oversensitive consciences. I will not sit back while I watch everything our country stood for turned into something that is deemed inappropriate of offensive. I WILL NOT!

I know there are many out there possibly reading this who do not believe in God. That is fine, it is not my place to force you into believing something you choose not to. But you cannot deny that this nation was founded by men who did believe in God…fervently. You cannot alter history simply because what really happened disagrees with your personal beliefs. So whether you believe in God or not is irrelevant, our nation’s Founders did. Not saying they wrote religious doctrine into our Founding documents, but their beliefs played a big role in how they acted in their professional lives, and therefore played a major role in the system of government they were to establish.

From the very beginning the people who came to America were devout Christians. When the Pilgrims first came to Plymouth Massachusetts the first governing document written upon American soil was the Mayflower Compact, which begins by saying, “IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony…”

Patrick Henry was so adamant in his belief that we are/were a Christian nation that he declared, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

George Washington also wrote, “I am sure that there never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.”

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

Years after our Constitution was put into action and our federal government firmly established the United States Supreme Court ruled on two cases that bear consideration in these times of troubling events. The first came in the 1844 case of Vidal v. Girard’s Educators when the Court ruled, “Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament, without note or comment, be read and taught as a divine revelation in [schools] – its general precepts expounded, its evidences explained and its glorious principles morality inculcated? … Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?”

Then, almost half a century later, the Court once again ruled, “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian…this is a Christian nation.”

Just this past week that same Supreme Court ruled that the individual states cannot ban same sex marriages. By this ruling they are telling us that we the people must accept homosexuality as normal and acceptable behavior. They are saying we must tolerate their lifestyles, but they do not have to tolerate ours.

Before I take one step further there is something I need to make absolutely clear, I do not hate people who are homosexual. God tells us to love all, even our enemies. But He also tells us to hate sin, and homosexuality is a sin. I do not have to hate anyone because of the choices they make in life, even though I may not agree with those choices. It is not my place to judge, that rests solely with God. Yet you cannot force me to accept as normal what I know to be wrong. And by this ruling the Supreme Court is telling the states that they cannot choose to ban the commission of things that the majority of the people believe to be a sin.

The Bible tells us that homosexuality is a sin, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament; Leviticus 20:13 states, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination…”

And if ever there was a Scripture which describes the America we live in today it would be found in Romans 1, where it says, ” Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Romans 1:22-32)

Why is it that Christians and Christian values are under attack? We are told we cannot discriminate against Muslims and their religious beliefs such as Shariah Law and Halal standards for their food. Yet where is the respect for our beliefs? I would like to see a gay couple demand that they be allowed to have a same sex marriage in a Mosque in Dearborn Michigan, (one of the largest Muslim communities in the U.S.) and then see if the Supreme Court rules that the Muslims must tolerate it like they tell us Christians to. How much you wanna bet they would not? That is because it IS Christianity that is under attack. All the values and beliefs which were held by our Founders are now deemed politically incorrect and every effort possible is being made to erase them from our consciousness and our history books.

Now I know that in a true free society the majority cannot oppress a minority. If the gay community wishes that they be granted the right to marry it is not within our power to deny them that right. But I AM SAYING that just because a minority chooses to do something does not make it morally right, and God will hold both those who commit these crimes against His law accountable, as well as those who aid and assist them in the commission of these sins against His law. If you support the Courts decision or side with those who want the right to marry someone of the same sex you have taken a side against the laws that God has asked us to obey. You can’t call yourself a Christian and then support same sex marriage. And, as far as that goes you cannot call yourself a Christian and support a woman’s right to choose an abortion either.

Not only that, if you believe, as did Jefferson, that our rights come from God, you cannot call yourself a Christian and sit back idly while our government expands its powers and violates our rights on a daily basis…YOU SIMPLY CAN’T!

If you have ever seen any document produced by the United States government, or even seen the symbol upon the podium when the president gives his speeches, you will have seen the Great Seal of the United States. I’ll bet you never even stopped to think about the history of that Seal.

On the very same day that the delegates declared their independence from Britain a committee was formed to design a Seal, or national emblem for the country. The first committee consisted of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. Franklin chose a scene from Exodus with Moses standing over the Red Sea causing it to close in upon Pharaoh surrounded by the words, “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” Although Franklin’s design never made it onto the official seal we see today, it impressed Jefferson enough that he made it his own personal official seal.

Today in America, not only have we forsaken the teachings and laws found within Scripture, we have also forgotten what liberty and freedom truly mean. We have allowed our government to violate our rights to the extent where we are no longer free men. As Christians how is it that you tolerate this without standing up for your rights and liberty?

I constantly see these stickers affixed to vehicles which say God Bless America. Why should He when America has forsaken Him? I hear people who profess to be Christian state that they are simply awaiting the return of Jesus to establish His Kingdom upon the Earth. So instead of standing up for what is right, instead of fighting to retain their liberty, instead of crying out with loud voices against all that is wrong in America today they choose to sit back and wait until Jesus comes back to establish His Kingdom.

Can they honestly believe that their faith alone in Jesus is going to ensure their entrance into His Kingdom? In the Book of Revelations, Chapter 20 we read, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

Do you think Christ will allow you into His Kingdom when you sat back and simply awaited His return without standing up for the blessings of liberty bequeathed to you by our Founding Fathers? Do you think He will allow you into His Kingdom when you remained silent when all manner of sin is being accepted as normal behavior? In the Book of James, Chapter 2, we read, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?” No, if you call yourself a Christian you NEED to take a stand. You NEED to make it clear where you stand and make it known that you will not back down from your beliefs. That is how this country got to the point it is today, because apathetic and complacent people sat back and did nothing while our country fell apart around them. As the quote states, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of Evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

Like I said, I just laugh when I see those stickers saying God Bless America. There is also a saying that says God Helps Those Who Help Themselves. Maybe God would bless America again IF we got off our butts and took the first step towards regaining what we have lost. But as long as you sit back and do nothing I don’t think God will intervene, and when He does it will be too late and people will be judged according to their works and deeds.

If you are too embarrassed to take a stand, to voice your opinion because it is politically incorrect to do so, I suggest you think about something Christ said, “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my father.” (Matthew 10:33)

In Revelations 20 it states, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

Our country was founded by men who held very strong beliefs; both religious and regarding liberty and freedom. As Washington said, you cannot deny the divine hand that played its part in establishing a country such as ours with our liberty and freedom so perfectly protected by the documents which created our government. All it would have taken to work was for the people to continue to adhere to the same belief system as the men who established it. That is all.

But no, we have perverted it, just like our churches today pervert what Christ wanted for his church. Their tax exempt status makes them wary to rock the boat lest they lose it and forfeit all that money they collect. God said you cannot serve both God and mammon. If the churches are that concerned with being politically correct and protecting their revenue streams, then they are not teaching the word of God and you should not associate yourselves with them.

If you call yourself a Christian and you do not concern yourself with what is happening in America; both on the political landscape and with society, then I question your willingness to truly stand up for what you say you believe in. As the old saying goes, “Put your money where your mouth is.”

As Samuel Adams said in 1749, “[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” If you truly want God to bless the USA then maybe you had better change your ways and start deserving what you ask of Him first.

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Why me?

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

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Call Me What You Will

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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