Get Off The Damned Bus!

If I came to your house and presented you with a list of rules by which you must live your life, then demanded that you pay me a portion of your income to allow me to force you into compliance you would probably do one of three things; either you would laugh in my face; slam the door on me; or you would simply kick my ass for even making such a foolhardy proposition. If I came back with two or three friends and we made the same suggestion as a group you would probably just kick our asses, or shoot us on the spot.

Why then is there such a willingness amongst the people of this country to blindly accept that whatever ‘government’ enacts is the law and that, as good conscientious Americans, they must obey? Why is it that people continue to support such evil when by almost every act it performs it proves detrimental to their freedom?

Is it because that evil goes by the name of democracy that people mistakenly believe that they somehow have a say in what laws are passed? I hate to burst your bubble, but we are not a democracy; and we never have been. Alexander Hamilton declared, “We are a Republic. Real Liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy.”

In Federalist 10 James Madison writes, “Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths…”

I really hate to pose this question, but are most people really so foolish that they believe our government is one which has unlimited power to regulate and control our lives; that it can use deadly force should we show any intent to oppose it? That is the thinking of a prisoner or a slave; not a free man/woman.
I know people must be tired of me harping on the same old principles over and over and over again, but it is upon these principles that our country was founded, and it is our having strayed from these principles that all our problems can be attributed.

Let’s say you are walking down a well established path in the woods and you come to a fork in the path; with one path continuing on to your intended destination and the other leading off to who knows where. Should you stray from the intended course it is very possible that eventually you would become hopelessly lost unless at some point you shift your direction and return to the established path.

Well those principles I continue to harp on are the established path, and it is by our having strayed from them that we currently find ourselves where we are today in America. On December 22, 1787 Federalist 26 was published for the first time in the New York Press. In it Alexander Hamilton says something that could very well have been written about politics in America in 2016. In the essay by Publius Hamilton declares, “IT WAS a thing hardly to be expected that in a popular revolution the minds of men should stop at that happy mean which marks the salutary boundary between POWER and PRIVILEGE, and combines the energy of government with the security of private rights. A failure in this delicate and important point is the great source of the inconveniences we experience, and if we are not cautious to avoid a repetition of the error, in our future attempts to rectify and ameliorate our system, we may travel from one chimerical project to another; we may try change after change; but we shall never be likely to make any material change for the better.”

To understand government, and I mean truly understand government, you must understand something about Natural Rights. In his Second Treatise John Locke says this about Natural Rights, “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.”

Under Natural Law each individual is responsible for their own sustenance, their own shelter, and their own defense. Under Natural Law there is no government, there are no communities; it is you and you alone who are responsible for your continued existence. Under Natural Law if you make a poor choice, then you and you alone must bear the consequences of that choice.

That is what some call, pure unadulterated freedom while on the other hand that is what some fear the most; to be left to their own wits and ability for their very survival. In 1850 the Frenchman Frederic Bastiat would write, “Self-preservation and self-development are common aspirations among all people. And if everyone enjoyed the unrestricted use of his faculties and the free disposition of the fruits of his labor, social progress would be ceaseless, uninterrupted, and unfailing.

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.”

What do you call a person who tries to take something from you; something they have not earned? I don’t know about you, but I call them a thief. Under Natural Law each individual has both the right, and the duty, to preserve their own life and their possessions. As Locke goes on to say in Chapter 3 of his treatise, “This makes it lawful for a man to kill a thief, who has not in the least hurt him, nor declared any design upon his life, any farther than, by the use of force, so to get him in his power, as to take away his money, or what he pleases, from him; because using force, where he has no right, to get me into his power, let his pretence be what it will, I have no reason to suppose, that he, who would take away my liberty, would not, when he had me in his power, take away every thing else.”

You are probably asking yourselves now, what does all this crap have to do with government? Well, let me explain. If Natural Law is the state men originally found themselves in, then how did government come into existence? In his booklet The Crisis, Thomas Paine writes, “A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government; and government without a constitution is power without a right. All power exercised over a nation, must have some beginning. It must be either delegated, or assumed. There are no other sources. All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation. Time does not alter the nature and quality of either.”

Remember that as we progress.

In 1776 fifty-six men affixed their names to a document that proclaimed a people’s independence from a tyrant; an overbearing system of government in which their rights were believed to be, both insecure and under attack. They sought to remedy that by severing the ties which bound them to this source of oppression. However their government said, “Hold on a minute, not so fast.” and it attempted to use force in an effort to compel them into remaining S U B J E C T S.

You see a subject is, well, subject to the will and command of another; in short a subject is a polite way of saying a slave; a servant. This is the exact opposite of being a free man. And what, may I ask are the qualities of being a free man if not the full exercise and enjoyment of your rights and to the fruits of your labors?

Our Founders obtained their independence; at the cost of much blood and hardship. In his book Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of this period of American History as follows, “In that great land the great experiment of the attempt to construct society upon a new basis was to be made by civilized man; and it was there, for the first time, that theories hitherto unknown, or deemed impracticable, were to exhibit a spectacle for which the world had not been prepared by the history of the past.”

At the end of our revolution the colonies became 13 free and independent States. This was recognized by Britain when they signed the peace treaty which officially ended the war, “His Brittanic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, viz., New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and Independent States…”

This was all the Founders wanted, to be recognized as free and independent sovereignties. This is proven in the Organic Law of the Land; the Declaration of Independence, wherein it states, “We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States…”

Our Founders would not have fought a war, risked so much, to then turn around and establish a system of government which did not recognize the States as being free and sovereign entities, while at the same time safeguarding the liberty they had so valiantly fought for.

While there were some in the convention which produced our Constitution who wanted to see the States deprived of their sovereign power; saner heads prevailed and a compromise was agreed upon wherein the States became co-equal sovereignties. In fact, years after the Constitution went into effect Justice Joseph Story would state, “In the next place, the state governments are, by the very theory of the constitution, essential constituent parts of the general government. They can exist without the latter, but the latter cannot exist without them.”

This next point is the hardest thing I have getting people to understand; that government exists solely because of a grant of specific powers by the people; established to perform certain tasks, and that when it oversteps the limits placed upon it its actions become criminal.

Furthermore, Founder James Wilson writes, “Government … should be formed to secure and enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government which has not this in view as its principal object is not a government of the legitimate kind.”

Most people would brush over that comment without giving it any thought; not me, I read things and ponder them. For instance, what did Wilson mean when he said members? Government implies the act of creating laws, does it not? Those laws must apply to somebody. In our case the laws apply to the members of the body which comprises the unit which the government enacts laws on behalf of. Therefore the Congress, being originally established to represent both the people AND the States, those two bodies must be the members to which our government has any authority over. Therefore, as Wilson said, if the actions of a government restrict the natural rights of the States, or the People, then the government ceases to be a government of the legitimate kind.

It is at this point that I would like to introduce two legal phrases I have never used before in my writings; de jure and de facto. De jure, as with most legal terminology, is a Latin phrase meaning ‘of right’. In relation to our system of government, de jure status is the right to enact laws based upon the powers granted it by the document which created the government in the first place; the Constitution. De facto, on the other hand, means ‘in fact’, or in effect, whether by right or not.

I would also like to take a moment to discuss the difference between the two words lawful and legal; and yes, there is a difference. Lawful means that something is in accordance with the law of the land while legal means a thing in form, or name of law which may or may not have its origin stemming from lawfulness.

When our government acts according to the powers granted it by the Constitution, (which isn’t very often these days), its acts are lawful. When our government enacts laws based upon powers it has assumed, or usurped, its acts become legal edicts and have no lawful force upon those whom the laws apply to. These laws can only be enforced using force as their not having any lawful basis for existence it is the right of those to whom the laws apply to disobey them.

Now we come to the actual meaning of the term ‘law enforcement’ officers. These people act lawfully only when they ‘enforce’ laws that are just and do not restrict a person’s rights, or enforce laws which violate the law of the land; the Constitution.

One of the definitions of tyranny is the use of unjust or oppressive power over others. Would you not, therefore, have to admit that our government, as it exists today, is de facto tyrannical? Would you not have to admit by its overstepping of the limits its birth certificate; the Constitution, grants it, it has become oppressive towards the people and the States; its member bodies it was created to represent? Would you not have to accept that government has long ago ceased being our servant and has, instead, become our master?

Why is it then that you still support it; even if by your voting for a better quality of candidate you are trying to bring about a change for the better? Does not the Organic Law of the Land; the Declaration of Independence say, “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…”

Is it due to fear that you refuse to stand up to government? Is it due to your reliance upon all the benefits it provides; the old don’t bite the hand that feeds you syndrome? Or is it because that tyranny has not yet affected you personally; that because you still have a home, a job, and the illusion of choice that you accept these ever increasing restrictions upon your very freedom?

All I know is that most people are viewing the world around them through rose colored glasses; refusing to see the evil that exists right under their noses.

In his Memorial and Remonstrance James Madison wrote, “Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.”

In short, what that means is that our Founders did not wait till tyranny got a foot hold, they stopped it dead in its tracks before it had become entrenched in their lives.

But you see, there is something else Madison said in his Remonstrance; something preceding the abovementioned quote, “The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overlap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves.”

You go to the polls, casting your votes for this candidate or that; voting either Republican or Democrat, believing you are participating in the democratic election of your leaders. All that you are doing is deciding which party gets to drive the slave bus you are riding on; and the sooner you realize this, the better.

As John Locke said in his Second Treatise, “The reason why men enter into society, is the preservation of their property; and the end why they chuse and authorize a legislative, is, that there may be laws made, and rules set, as guards and fences to the properties of all the members of the society, to limit the power, and moderate the dominion, of every part and member of the society: for since it can never be supposed to be the will of the society, that the legislative should have a power to destroy that which every one designs to secure, by entering into society, and for which the people submitted themselves to legislators of their own making; whenever the legislators endeavour to take away, and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience…”

Our government has overstepped the authority granted it by the Constitution; and in so doing has declared war upon us, upon our liberty. Isn’t it time you realized that government is not your friend, it is not your servant, it is your enemy? Isn’t it time you stopped giving your support to this evil by voting for whom will be your master? Isn’t it time you stopped giving your support to those who enforce the unjust and unlawful edicts passed by your government?

If you ask me, it’s well beyond time. If you ask me, our Founders would have been calling for the hanging and tarring and feathering people by now. If you ask me, where those brave men who stood at Lexington Green and defended their liberty would be disgusted by what we’ve allowed to happen to the country they bequeathed to us with their toil and their blood.

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If You Find Me Complicated (This Must Boggle Your Mind)

Sometimes an idea gets a hold of me and I can’t let it go until I’ve completely exhausted it. I had thought that I’d done that with my last commentary but the embers were still burning in my brain and must have flared up during the night while I slept; because this morning I woke up with a full-fledged whirlwind going on inside my head. It took me a couple cups of coffee and a bit of thinking to organize these thoughts into some semblance of coherency, but I finally came up what you are about to read. Although this is irrelevant to the point I’m about to make; I just thought I’d explain how sometimes these rants of mine come together.

A good many people seem to be of the belief that I am personally attacking them when I write my articles or say certain things in public discussions; I’m not. What I am doing is attacking the things you believe; therefore the things I say are not personal attacks, rather attacks upon the lies and rhetoric you have chosen to accept as truths.

I am not angry with anyone who has not personally insulted or harmed me; however I may be frustrated and discouraged by your ignorance and your apathy. I may blame you for not seeking, or accepting the truth when it is presented to you; but I do not blame you for the lies you have chosen to believe. The blame for that falls squarely upon those who determine the curriculum in our public and higher levels of schools. They have chosen to fill your head with lies, to send you forth into society without the ability to reason; to analyze data and make rational decisions.

I know I’ve probably used one particular quote more than I should, but when it comes to how badly our educational system has failed us as providers of knowledge, it simply fits. Therefore I’d like for you to once again consider the words of Noah Webster, “Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.”

As the old saying goes, “I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed.” However, what I lack in brains I make up for in tenacity and perseverence. I’m able to put these articles together because I have spent, literally, hundreds of hours poring over the writings of our nation’s Founders, AND the writings of many of the men whose thinking influenced them.

In short, I understand these things because I care enough to spend the time thinking about them until I come to an understanding of them. Anyone who claims the title of American should exhibit this trait as well; regardless of what the public fool system teaches them. The blessings of liberty and opportunity do not come without a cost; if you wish to consider yourself a true American you must first understand from whence these blessing come, then secondly you must do all that you can to see that they remain as our Founders bequeathed them to us. Anything short of this, (and this is just my opinion), and you are not worthy of calling yourself an American. I don’t care what country your birth certificate lists as your nation of birth, or what document the INS provides you with; if you fail to, at least try, to understand the history of your country, and the principles upon which its system of government was established, you are unworthy of the title American.

Sorry if that offends, but many a Founder felt somewhat the same. Samuel Adams once said, “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

So I’m not alone in my sentiments. In fact most of those who I consider true friends feel the same way as I do about this subject. We may associate with others, interact and talk to them, but in our hearts we are angered and frustrated with their ignorance and their apathy. All we seek to do is set the story straight for them, but they just don’t seem to care.

Although most people may not see or understand, the consequences of our failure to get you to consider the truths we speak are terrible to contemplate. You may be sheltered in your little cocoon of security with your house, your TV, and whatever else it is that keeps you happy, but there is a big fat ugly truth out there and one of these days it will burst your bubble and you will come face to face with the horror that we have been trying to warn you about all these years. Even then, I suspect that many of you will embrace the slavery that is offered you rather than stand up and take a stand against the tyranny of your government.

People take so much for granted; they flip a switch and the lights go on but they never stop to consider the power plants which produce their electricity, the transmission lines which carry it to their homes, or the wiring within their walls which distribute it to the lights and appliances they use. It is the same with their system of government; they are born into this world and their system of government simply exists; it has been a constant throughout their lives; doing things for them. Rarely is it that people stop to ponder how that system of government came into existence, or what existed before it, or even before that. In short, people rarely think about the origin of governments in whichever form they may take. This, I believe, is a foolish error on their parts; as governments should exist for one purpose, and one purpose only; to secure and enlarge the natural rights of man.

Our Founders did not simply draw straws to decide which system of government best suited America. For the most part they were very well read men; having studied extensively the histories of various forms of governance as well as reading the writings of men of the Age of Enlightenment who brushed aside the concept of ‘born to rule’ and espoused a belief in the natural rights of man; and that governments should be established based upon consent of the people.

If you liken our Constitution to an apple then the seed from whence it grew would be the writings of men like Locke, Newton, Voltaire, and the others whose works influenced men like Jefferson, Adams, Madison and the other Founders who established this system under which we live. Notice I did not say the government under which we now live; as this government in no way resembles the one outlined by the blueprint which gave it birth; the Constitution.

Our Founders believed in the concept of Natural Law; that is that all men are born with certain unalienable rights; and that neither man nor system of government created by man can deprive or restrict; to do so would be tyranny and oppression. They believed that men joined together in both civil and political societies for but one purpose; to better safeguard their liberty; and that any time these societies became destructive of the ends for which men joined them that man has the right to remove himself from them, or abolish the society altogether.

Those are the concepts outlined and expressed within our Declaration of Independence. It is therefore upon the principles in that document that governments must rest; and if they cease adhering to those principles they become illegitimate and their acts become null and void.

Although I doubt many of you care; that important principle is the one I wish I could more of you to understand and accept. I don’t know how many of you have seen the Will Smith movie I Robot, but there is a quote from it where an holographic image of Dr. Alfred Lanning states, “Everything that follows is a result of what you see here.” I could say the same about everything I write about; that everything I say follows from this simple principle, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it… 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.”

That is the organic law upon which all other laws must rest. I just recently came to understand the meaning of an organic law; so it is not surprising if many of you do not understand the importance of the term. But an organic law is something upon which everything which is built must rest for it to have any validity.

The very fact that a Constitution was written is based upon the fact that the people have a right to constitute whichever system of government they feel best suits their needs. The government created by the people has no say whatsoever if the people choose to alter or dismantle it, as the government is designed to be the servant; not the master.

As Thomas Paine writes in his treatise The Rights of Man, “It has been thought a considerable advance towards establishing the principles of Freedom to say that Government is a compact between those who govern and those who are governed; but this cannot be true, because it is putting the effect before the cause; for as man must have existed before governments existed, there necessarily was a time when governments did not exist, and consequently there could originally exist no governors to form such a compact with.

The fact therefore must be that the individuals themselves, each in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a compact with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist.”

Almost from the moment our government came into existence it has sought to expand its powers beyond those granted it by the people. During the course of the administration of our countries second president, John Adams, a crisis arose between those who sought to expand the powers wielded by government, and those who sought to keep those powers limited to what the Constitution specifically says. This crisis became so heated that the Vice-President, Thomas Jefferson, secretly wrote the Kentucky Resolutions in opposition to the actions of the President John Adams.

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

Today we live in a country where the limits imposed upon the government are not even considered when they pass laws, or violate the rights government was created to protect. What makes matters worse is that the average American has so little understanding of the purpose for which their government was created that when someone likes me speak out in opposition to government they view me as their enemy instead of the governments abuses of power that I try to warn them about. If ever there was an example of things being topsy turvey, upside down, or skewed out of kilter, that would be up towards the top of the list.

Take for instance the federal governments buying up of land to acquire the water and mineral rights for that land; this is something the Constitution does not authorize government to do. The Constitution allows for the government to obtain land for the seat of government, and to establish the military forts and naval dockyards required to defend our nation; not to buy up land to obtain access to its resources.

Yet were you to do a search online as to how much land the government has acquired in the Western U.S. you might find yourself asking “What the hell is the government doing?” Well that is the same thing that has been passing through the minds of many patriots lately. The standoff in Nevada between armed patriots and the enforcing arm of our government at the Bundy Ranch and the recent events in Oregon which led to the cold-blooded murder of LaVoy Finicum by agents acting on behalf of our government are perfect examples of patriots, not only asking themselves this very question, but also of taking Jefferson’s words at their meaning, “…that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force…”

Most of you have seen one, if not all, the Terminator movies. You are then, probably, familiar with the concept of Skynet; the computer system designed to benefit man, but then turned into its worst nightmare. That is our government right now; designed for certain specific purposes, but not a self-aware entity whose only purpose is to expand its own power until those who created it become its slaves.

The recent shooting of LaVoy Finicum prove that our government has no tolerance for those who stand for the principles for which it was established; they will squash opposition like a bug; and one day, unless you wake up, you may find yourself in the way of your government, and therefore just another expendable item.

In 1775 Thomas Jefferson floated the following question in a letter to William Small, “Can it be believed that a grateful people will suffer [individuals] to be consigned to execution, whose sole crime has been the developing and asserting their rights.” The recent events in Oregon answer that query with a resounding YES; the American people, as ignorant and apathetic as they are, support the cold-blooded murder of a true American patriot whose only crime was standing up for his rights.

You may find me rash, offensive, obnoxious even, but had I been born two hundred some odd years ago I would have found myself among like minded individuals; scribbling my articles alongside men like Samuel Adams, while attending the speeches given by men like Patrick Henry, whose immortal words ring just as true today as they did in 1775, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

And as for you, most of my fellow countrymen, your loyalty to, and support of our government as it exists today, would be akin to the Loyalists during the period leading up to, and during our War for Independence; those willing to remain slaves to a tyrant. This goes equally for those who falsely assume the banner of patriots and conservatives as it does for those who openly admit to being liberals.

So again, I will quote Sam Adams words and this time I will direct his words to you, “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

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Get Your Priorities In Order

Authors Note: Before I say a single word I wish to make it clear that I am not trying to be insulting; I’m just pondering things and stating ideas and half-questions that have been floating around inside my head for the past couple of days. So don’t take anything I am about to say too hard; I’m not personally attacking anyone.

What got this whole ball of wax going was a comment someone made at work the other day; that I am a complicated person. This statement did not trouble me, but I found myself trying to determine what it was that made me so complicated.

So yesterday I asked her to expand upon her statement; elaborate a bit more on why I’m so complicated. After asking she almost appeared to be at a loss for words, so I asked, “Is it because I’m usually so serious, but sometimes revert to being a sarcastic asshole?” She said, yes, that’s it; plus the fact that I’m very smart.

I told her I’m not that smart, I’m just an average guy. She said my articles prove otherwise. I said I write at about a fifth grade level, [and this is intentionally by the way], to which she said she has had to get out a dictionary to find out the meaning of some of the words I use.

The point is that she seems to think that since I am sometimes serious and sometimes a sarcastic asshole that makes me complicated. I suppose the saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” never crossed her path.

I thought about that conversation throughout the evening while at work and this is the result of the things that passed through my mind over the course of an 8 hour shift.

First of all, in regards to my being able to switch from being serious to being; and I’ll be kind to myself, a joker, the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 Verse 1 states, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” It then goes on to list a host of things to which there is a time and a purpose for. In fact the 60′s rock band The Byrd’s wrote their song Turn, Turn, Turn loosely upon this Scripture.

I think one of the things that troubled this woman, and many others for that matter, is my willingness to be brutally honest; I don’t hold things back, pull any punches. I don’t know if being honest is simply my nature, or if it is that that quality is no longer as common than when I was growing up; therefore it comes as a shock to people who are confronted with my honesty. But if I see you acting like an idiot I’m going to tell you that you are acting like an idiot; that’s just the way I’m wired internally.

The same thing goes for politics and the history of this country; if I hear you talking about something and you are telling untruths, I’m going to butt in and try to set the record straight; feelings be damned! That has gotten me into trouble; especially in regards to the lies and outright perversion of the facts regarding the War of Northern Aggression, aka The Civil War. Believe me, this character trait is not something new for me, I once got into trouble in high school for telling a teacher he didn’t know what the fuck he was talking about; and those were my exact words.

But the comment which troubled me the most was the fact that this woman, and others before her, seem to think that I’m so damned smart; I’m not. I haven’t invented anything; I have not written a magnificent piano concerto; I have not produced anything at all that will benefit mankind for years to come; I just read my ass off then write these little political rants based upon the things I have learned.

As to the fact that my writings use words that require the use of a dictionary to understand; I don’t know what to make of that. Could it be that our school systems are failing to provide graduates with a wide ranging vocabulary? Could it be that our children are not being made to read books which will provide them with, to quote Noah Webster, “…ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice.”? Could it be that instead of caring about learning, expanding their knowledge, that most people today care more about being entertained, or the quest for activities that provide a degree of self-gratification?

The simple truth is I’m not that smart; but I am well read. I love to read books; fiction and non-fiction. As John Adams said in a letter to his wife Abigail, “I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough…”

Or, to quote Alexander Hamilton, “Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it…the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.”

British actor Stephen Fry, who played Mycroft Homes in the Robert Downy versions of Sherlock Holmes, and TV producer Deitrich in the movie V for Vendetta, wrote something in his book the Fry Chronicles, which I believe to be a quite accurate assessment of people today. Fry states, “There are young men and women up and down the land who happily (or unhappily) tell anyone who will listen that they don’t have an academic turn of mind, or that they aren’t lucky enought to have been blessed with a good memory, and yet can recite hundreds of pop lyrics and reel off any amount of information about footballers. Why? Because they are interested in those things. They are curious. If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish thing there is.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying people are stupid; although I would wager that may be the case for some. What I’m trying to get across is the fact that people don’t understand some of the words and ideas I talk about because they don’t care to expand their knowledge base. They are ignorant because they are apathetic about learning; they don’t know things because they don’t care to learn them.

If you want my honest opinion, and I know many of you don’t, I think people’s priorities are all askew, out of whack. Things which should be very low on their list or priorities are, instead, near the top; and the things which should be of the utmost importance to them are not even on their list of priorities. It absolutely boggles my mind that people can be so uncaring about their own freedom or their governments continued expansion of powers with a corresponding police state which enforces their unconstitutional edicts.

How far we have strayed as a nation when in the period which saw our nation both declare, and obtain its independence, when liberty was on the minds and tongues of almost all, to where we are today with liberty hardly being discussed at all; except by a bunch of people the majority of the people consider as threats to the public safety, or possible domestic terrorists.

While I make no illusion that I am of the same mettle, or as virtuous, as a single of the men who founded this country; am I no different than they? Am I any different than, say, a Patrick Henry who stood upon the floor of Saint John’s Church in 1775 and uttered these immortal words, “Mr. President it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth – and listen to the song of the siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and to provide for it.”

You see, when I write, although I may be expressing my views, the foundation upon which everything I write are the thoughts and writings of those men who lived during that great and arduous struggle for liberty. The people I quote, the events I write about are factual and therefore should be treated as such. Yet people accuse me of being insensitive, offensive even, because I dare tell them things which contradict what they have been taught.

Again, to quote from Henry’s famous speech, “I hope that it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if entertaining, as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery.”

Yet, as hard as a try, as many different ways to disseminate the information I have learned, I run into a brick wall when it comes to getting people to see the seriousness of the situation, and to take measures to educate and inform themselves. My friend Jackie Juntti has said, and may be right, that this is because people have been spiritually blinded and are incapable of seeing the truth for what it is. Be that as it may, I refuse to give up because the consequences of my surrendering are the loss of all I hold dear. I could care less if every single person in this country sought to vote themselves into slavery; as long as their actions did not affect me. Unfortunately the ignorance and apathy of the people of this country have a direct affect on me; therefore persevere I must if I wish to retain even the semblance of freedom.

I recently wrote an article discussing the fatal flaw in our Constitution; that being it relied upon the people to sustain its principles. Thomas Jefferson wrote extensively about the importance of diffusing knowledge amongst the people.

For instance, Jefferson once wrote, “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight.”

In his Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, Jefferson also states, “The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.”

However, James Madison, primary architect of, and moving force behind our Constitution, probably said it best, “A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.”

I make no claim to having all the answers, or knowing everything. I only share what I have learned up to this point in time; my beliefs and knowledge are constantly being revised and altered as I learn more. But I am honest enough to admit when I’ve been wrong and accept it as the cost of seeking out the truth.

Unfortunately too many of the people who these commentaries are directed towards have no desire to expand their knowledge, and react emotionally when something I say contradicts what they had been led to believe was true. To them I would say; “Take your anger and your emotional responses and direct them towards those who lied to you, not those who bring you the truth.”

Anyway, these thoughts are the result of a simple 5 minute conversation at work yesterday. My mind has been conditioned to think things over; to toss and turn ideas around so as to get to the truth. It was not always thusly, I too, like so many others, just took what people say at face value. I had to train myself to actually think about what was being said, or what I was reading. It took time, but it is not a skill-set that I alone possess; anyone can do it if they have the wherewithal to apply their minds for the purpose for which God gave them to us. It doesn’t make me any smarter than anyone else; it only means how I choose to use what God gave me differs from how you use what God gave you.

The way I see it, it is all a matter of getting your priorities in order…

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Let’s Talk Truth

I wonder; how many people have stopped to think about how hypocritical they are? Take for instance honesty; people extol the virtue of honesty as a characteristic they admire in people, then when someone is honest with them they are offended, or not interested in hearing the truth.

According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary a few synonyms for honesty are honor, integrity and probity. Honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal or deceive in any way. Honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one’s profession, calling, or position; integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge; and probity implies tried and proven honesty or integrity.

Have times changed that much that these virtues are no longer acceptable? I can remember being taught those very virtues by my father; being told that honesty and integrity are the mark of a man and that dishonesty is a badge of dishonor no real man wants to be tagged with.

In a letter written to Alexander Hamilton in 1788, George Washington said the following, “I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an Honest Man.” So if honesty was a good enough policy for our nation’s first president, why is it so shunned today?

In writing these articles I have tried to do my best to be honest with you; to provide you with the facts I have learned on my quest for truth and knowledge regarding our nation’s history and its system of governance. What I have found is that the truth often contradicts what people have been taught and this causes people to suffer from cognitive dissonance, [mental stress experienced when one is presented with new information that conflicts with existing beliefs]. This causes people to either flat out reject the information, or resort to name calling and insults to counteract the discomfort they feel when they are presented with the truth.

Either that or people have an ingrained apathy in which they simply don’t give a damn about the information I am trying to provide them with. You see, although I love the process of putting these commentaries together, I don’t do it for myself; I do it so you will learn things. But what good is knowledge if it is not put to use?

If you learn that fire burns, but you keep putting your hand into it, what good is that knowledge? The same goes for the truth regarding our system of government; what good is the information I provide unless it brings about a change in the way you vote; the way you view the purpose for which your government was created; and the responsibility you take to ensure that those whom you elect do not overstep their lawful authority and violate your rights?

For instance, in discussing political parties, the Democrats are well known for being liberals; that is a given. They take a liberal view of the purpose for and meaning of the various Clauses in the Constitution. In this they are, at least honest with who and what they are.

But, the Republicans on the other hand, they claim the banner of conservatives; but are they? By my understanding of the word conservative I would imagine that anyone calling themselves a conservative would seek to strictly adhere to the original intent of the Constitution; to provide a limited government who also seeks to enact laws which better secure our rights.

Is that what these so-called conservatives do, or do they adhere to conservative social values, not conservative political values? Take the example of Rand Paul’s withdrawal from his bid for the presidency. I consider Rand to be a Ron Paul Lite; a mere shadow of the principles and values held by his father. Yet even he could not garner enough support among these so-called conservatives to continue his bid for the presidency. So, are conservatives being honest with who and what they are? I would have to say no; but that’s just my opinion and I’ve lost many a friend who wears the banner of conservatism, yet whose actions call into question their conservative values.

I do not know whether it is a failing on my part to get people to understand the things I write about, or if it is simply that they don’t care; but I cannot get my message across to those who need to hear it most, and it is quite frustrating.

The hardest thing I have getting people to understand is the nature of a law. My friend Mike Gaddy wrote an outstanding article on this subject entitled; What Is In A Word, but I won’t plagiarize Mike’s work, so I’ll try to explain it the way I understand it.

Laws are simply rules of conduct society imposes to control and regulate the actions of said society. Laws do not simply crop up out of thin air; they must be created by people or based upon some fundamental understanding; a shared belief or value system.

Therefore, to understand the laws of this country you must first understand the purpose for which laws are supposed to be enacted. Article 6 of our Constitution declares it to be the Supreme Law of the Land; therefore it must be above all other laws enacted in the States and communities. HOWEVER, for the Constitution to be supreme the laws passed by the government it creates must also be in pursuance with the specific powers granted government within that document, and for the stated purpose for which our government was created.

The Preamble to our Constitution is not a specific grant of any powers; instead it is merely a declaration of intent; the purpose for which this document was written. The Preamble states, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” That is the why in regards to the purpose for which our Constitution was written; this particular system of governance established.

But, being that the Constitution is just another law, it too must have an origin, a foundation from which it has the authority to impose any restrictions upon those the government it creates governs.

This concept is known as Organic Law; a system of laws that forms the foundation of a government, corporation, or any other organization’s body of rules. In short, organic law is the foundation upon which something is built.

Therefore if the Constitution is merely a law established by the people to create a system of government; upon what foundation was it enacted? To answer this one must go to the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence states certain things which our Founders believed to be truths which were self-evident; meaning they didn’t require an explanation; everyone understood and accepted them.

Among these self-evident truths were that man was endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable rights; Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Notice it does not say the guarantee, or promise of happiness, only that you are free to pursue it.

The next self-evident truth is that governments are instituted among men so secure these rights and that all powers granted government emanate from the people.

Then it goes on to say that another self-evident truth is that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was created, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it. Government has no say in this matter; it is a creation of the people, by the people, and they can alter or dismantle it at their will.

These are organic laws, the very foundation upon which our system of government was built. They are self-evident, although for the most part forgotten, fundamental laws upon which every other law passed much rest if they wish to have any validity; and legal status.

Our Constitution was written for certain specific and defined purposes. Our Bill of Rights was included into this Constitution to secure certain rights from infringement, [violation]. It was established by the people for certain defined purposes. This was made clear when James Madison stood on the floor of the Virginia Assembly and argued in favor of its ratification, “[T]he powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction.”

Why is it then that the vast majority of Americans; be they conservative or liberal, not understand that when their government enacts a law which violates the Constitution, violates the organic law of the land; [the Declaration of Independence] it is null and void and the people are under no obligation to obey, and the courts and ‘law enforcement’ community have no authority to enforce?

The Sixteenth America Jurisprudence, Section 256 137, 180 states, “The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law, and no courts are bound to enforce it.”

Why is it then that I have to sit here, time and time again, explaining these self-evident truths; things that everyone should already know? Why is it then that no matter how many times I repeat myself, how much information I provide to support my claims that people continue to believe that just because their government enacts a law they are obliged to obey?

Thomas Jefferson, primary author of the Declaration of Independence, the organic law upon which our entire system of government is supposed to be built, once wrote in a letter to Abigail Adams, “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then.”

Why is it then that when people such as me who question the actions of our government openly voice our anger we are the ones who are labeled as un-American, as terrorists even? How difficult is it to see that it is our government who is our enemy, not me, not the other patriot writers who spend day after day trying to wake you people up to the real threat to your future?

Our country faces two enemies; an ever expanding government, and an apathetic and ignorant populace; and to tell you the truth, I don’t know which I fear most.

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Calm Down My Ass!

I you have been reading these little rants I write for any length of time then you should at least be familiar with the names: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington, James Madison, Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. You may recognize them as some of our better known Founding Fathers. You may also recognize our first four Presidents among them. But do you really know what they were prior to America gaining her independence?

I’m not asking if you know what their trades were; were they lawyers, doctors, farmers, etc. etc., I’m asking if you know what they were deep down in the very essence of their being? Our history books teach us that they were our countries founding patriots, men whom we look up to in admiration and respect; or at least we used to.

But what is history if it is not simply a recording of events which transpired sometime in the past? If you have a chronic illness and you are forced into switching doctors, your new doctor will want to know your medical history; all the events pertinent to your illness so that they can diagnose and treat your condition properly.

So again I ask, if history is just the recording of past events, who records the history? Typically, at least in the case of conflicts between two parties, or nations, it is the victors. To the victor go the spoils, goes the old saying; and this applies to the writing of the history books that will be used to teach future generations the ‘truth’.

For instance, one of these truths we are taught is that the American Revolution began at Lexington and Concord and ended when the combined Colonial/French forces forced Cornwallis into surrender at Yorktown. We are taught that there were events prior to Lexington and Concord which angered the colonists; leaving them no choice but to take a stand, but that these are two distinct and separate events. Not so, at least not according to John Adams, “As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected … before a drop of blood was shed.”

The point I’m trying to make is that history, or at least the history you have been taught, may not be wholly accurate. So again I will ask you, who, or more specifically, what were those men whose names I listed before?

History teaches us that they were patriots, heroes of the American Revolution. How would history have recorded them had America lost the War for Independence? Hmmm? Say Britain had won the war and we had remained under British rule; how would history have recorded the actions of men like Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and Patrick Henry?

They would have been recorded as having acted treasonously against their government and been branded as traitors, not heroes or patriots; that’s how history would have recorded the men we revere today had Britain won and the war for our independence lost.

History books are written to paint a certain image of the events they record, just as they paint a certain image of the men who participated in the actions being recorded. It would not do for future generations of Americans to learn that their country was founded by men who committed acts of treason against their legitimate government, would it?

Yet that is exactly what transpired; and our Founders knew it. Why else would, after all had signed the Declaration of Independence, say, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”?

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

These men knew that they were committing treason by declaring their independence from the Crown; and they knew that it would take war and the associated loss of life to secure it. Yet these men were steadfast in their beliefs, firm in their resolve; hence the closing passage of the Declaration of Independence, which declares, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Then there is the history of how our Constitution came into existence. Although most people have never read the document in its entirety, most still believe it to be the greatest thing since sliced bread; but is it? Again, history is written by the victors, and since the Constitution was ratified it is logical that those writing the history about it will tell only of the good side; paint a rosy picture of how our country came together and formed a system of government that has endured for over 200 years.

Historians will not tell you of the opposition to the Constitution; and how the very things those who opposed the Constitution feared would happen if it were to be ratified have actually happened. Historians will not tell you of the unfair tactics and shenanigans used by those who sought ratification of the Constitution, instead we are only taught that the Constitution was written, presented to the people, and ratified; all done in a civil manner.

Again, history would very likely have been written differently had the Constitution been rejected by the people instead of being ratified and put into existence.

Then there is the War of Northern Aggression, or as history books call it; the Civil War. As Axl Rose of the rock band Guns n Roses queries, “What’s so civil about war anyways?” History books teach us that the South fought to perpetuate slavery and that Abraham Lincoln led the North in fighting a righteous war against the evil that is slavery. History couldn’t be further from the truth in regards to that war whose outcome still plagues our nation.

History does not teach us that the Confederate States sought only to exercise the original right described within 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.”

History does not teach us that the South only wanted to separate, form its own nation, and live in peace; instead it teaches us that by the South firing upon Fort Sumter it initiated Civil War. History does not teach us that Lincoln antagonized, provoked South Carolina into firing upon Fort Sumter. History does not teach us that after the Southern states began seceding Lincoln raised an army of 75,000 to be used to forcefully demand their return to the Union.

In short, history once again was written by the victors and we are taught a distorted and untrue version of the events which forever altered the balance of power between the States and the federal government.

Why have I wasted almost 3 pages writing about how history can be distorted to tell an untrue version of events? It’s simple and best explained by a phrase I once heard as a youth; “Today’s news is tomorrow’s history.” What that means is that history is always being written; you are living in a historical era right now. Ten years from now the things going on right now in America will be the history the next generation is taught.

My concern is what slant will be given the history we are living right now; how will future historians record the things that are transpiring at this very moment in America?

How will future historians record the events that recently transpired in Oregon where Lavoy Finicum was gunned down in cold blood for his participation in the takeover of a building owned and operated by the Bureau of Land Management?

Already I have seen distinct differences in how this incident is viewed. There are those who believe Mr. Finicum acted outside the law and opposed the legitimate authority of the government; hence he got what was coming to him. But didn’t Thomas Jefferson once say that “…law is often but the tyrants will…?”

Then there are those who take the side of Mr. Finicum; that he was a patriot standing up for the abuse and usurpation of power by our government, and that his death was nothing short of cold blooded murder by agents acting in behalf of our government.

I do not know how all of you feel about the actions taken by Mr. Finicum which resulted in his being gunned down; but I can give you a bit of historical comparison to his actions, and actions taken by the very men we call heroes and patriots of the American Revolution.

Unless you are a student of history, the name Thomas Hutchinson probably means little to you. Hutchinson was a staunch Loyalist, (that is he was loyal to the Crown), and served as Governor in the Province of Massachusetts Bay prior to the revolution.

Ten years prior to Lexington and Concord during protests opposing the Stamp Act, angry patriots stormed Governor Hutchinson’s mansion and ransacked it. The same thing was repeated to the mansion of Andrew Oliver, the man responsible for collection the taxes which the Stamp Act imposed.

These were acts in which an angry mob, not only took over, but destroyed property belonging to agents of the legitimate government; basically acts of treason. Yet history records them as being that acts of patriots. So I ask you, how do you think history will record the acts, and resulting murder, of Lavoy Finicum?

As far as that goes, how will history record the things I write, or that dozens, if not hundreds, of other constitutionally minded writers scribble out for their blogs? Will we go down in the history books as patriots who sparked a return to the principles contained within our Founding Documents, or will we go down in history as rabble who opposed the legitimate actions of their government?

Are you living in history right now, a period of events leading up towards a second, if not third, war for independence from tyranny and oppression? If so, how will history record the events that are transpiring now?

I suppose it will depend upon which side wins; because it will be they who write the history books yet to be written.

I honestly do not care how history records the things I write, if it even mentions them. I only know that I am both angered and distressed at what I see going on in this country right now.

I also know something else; it is though the spirits of those Founders long departed are speaking to me, saying, “What the hell are you waiting for, we would have started hanging, tarring and feathering, and shooting by now?”

So don’t tell me to calm down, mellow out, take a chill pill because the immortal words of Patrick Henry ring through my heart as does the blood that runs through my veins, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

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It Can’t Get Any Blunter Than This

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.~George Washington~
(Inaugural Address)

What did Washington mean when he said the words in that quote? I’ll tell you what they mean to me; it means that whether our country continues to exist as a nation founded upon the principle of individual liberty, or whether it morphs into a semi-dictatorial state or an aristocracy of the rich and powerful will depend upon the people who inhabit the country.

If our country is in sad shape the fault lies not with those who sit in the seats of power; it lies not with the Democrats or the Republicans; it falls upon YOUR shoulders; because you put those people into office with your votes. The fault lies with you because you did not take the time to learn what your system of government was designed to do; and then elect people who would stay within the limits the Constitution imposes upon it.

The government has not failed you; you have failed your country.

I may very well be an enigma as I love to study the history of my country and the origin of its system of government. However, history to most people is a dry and boring subject. Our schools gloss over it; buffing it out and making the truth more politically correct, all the while revising and distorting the facts to paint an untrue picture of how our nation grew from the first settlers at Plymouth to where we are today. This is why, to this day, there is still such angst and animosity when someone tries to tell the truth about the War of Northern Aggression, i.e. The Civil War.

Nonetheless, Noah Webster, the man whose name is synonymous with our most commonly used dictionary, once said, “Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.”

I am a product of the public fool system as much as anyone else, but I have chosen to try and make up for the failure of my countries educational system by seeking out the truth for myself. Still, the more I learn the more I realize I don’t know a damned thing about the true history of my country. I may never learn the whole story, but at least I’m trying; unlike many of the people to whom I address these articles.

There are, however, critical periods that one should pay close attention to if they wish to learn how we got to where we are today. The period which gave birth to our nation is one of them, and the period leading up to, and encompassing the Civil War is another.

Just out of curiosity, how many of you know the name Joseph Warren? Aside from a few devout students of the period which gave birth to our republic I doubt that many of you have even heard the name, let alone know who he was or what he did.

Joseph Warren was a physician, [a doctor], who lived ruing the period which spawned our nation’s first war for independence. He served as president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. It was Warren who enlisted Paul Revere and William Dawes, who on April 18, 1775 made their famous rides to warn that the British were on their way to Lexington and Concord; not only to seize the arms stored there, but to arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams as well. Warren participated that day when militiamen that fought the Redcoats in the battle where the shot which started the Revolution was first fired. Warren held the rank of Major General in the militia but chose to fight as a Private amongst his men at Bunker Hill; where he was killed in action.

Warren was, what most people would consider, a hero of the American Revolution. I’ll bet you didn’t know all that; did you? Well then, I’m positive you aren’t familiar with something he said, “Stain not the glory of your worthy ancestors, but like them resolve never to part with your birthright; be wise in your deliberations, and determined in your exertions for the preservations of your liberties. Follow not the dictates of passion, but enlist yourselves under the sacred banner of reason; use every method in your power to secure your rights.” (emphasis added)

Re-read that underlined sentence if you must; use every method in your power to secure your rights. That is a solemn obligation upon us all as Americans, to use every possible means to preserve our rights. I have to laugh though; because today there are but few people living in this country who know the first damned thing about their rights; so how can they fight to defend them?

To far too many rights are things like the right to health care, the right to an education, and the right to food and housing. These are not the rights our Founders fought to secure for us; these are, as P.J. O’Rourke said, the rations of slavery.

True freedom, true liberty does not come from government; it comes from being free of governmental interference and the shackles of endless regulations telling you what, when, and how you must do something. True freedom does not come when you are rationed out handouts, subsidies, benefits which are paid for from the public treasury; as by our government giving you these benefits another person is enslaved to pay for them.

True liberty is, as Jefferson said, “…is unobstructed action according to our will: but rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’; because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”(Thomas Jefferson to Isaac Tiffany, 4 April 1819)

Although most will not admit this, true liberty scares the hell out of most people. In a society where true liberty exists there is no safety net to catch you if you make a mistake, if you fail. You and you alone are responsible for your survival and your happiness. As Ben Franklin so aptly said, “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it for yourself.”

In a system where true liberty exists you do not stifle speech because it offends. It a society where true liberty exists you do not place restrictions upon when, where, and how a person can defend themselves or their property. In a society where true liberty exists you do not take from those who have and give it to those in need.

Our country was fought for and established by men who sought one thing, and one thing only, a nation founded upon liberty. They established a system of government in which the people were to elect representatives to act on their behalf, but restricted by the limitations imposed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. If that system fails, if it fails to preserve the liberty of the people then the fault lies with the people who both elect, and then tolerate the abuses of power by the people whom they elect.

In Federalist 51 James Madison offered us the great quandary that has led us to where we are today, “But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? 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 liberty is not the gift of a wise and benevolent government; they are our birthright; given to us from God. Our Declaration of Independence says that our rights come from our Creator and that government is instituted to protect those rights; not take them from us or limit or exercise of them.

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

If our rights are, as Jefferson said, a gift from God; and if, as Joseph Warren said that we should use every means in our power to preserve our liberty, (which is nothing but the full and free exercise of our rights), then who do you think God’s wrath will be directed towards should our nation devolve into one of slavery and servitude? Hmmm?

I can give you a hint; go find a mirror.

There is another thing Noah Webster said that you should think about, “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look at his character. … When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he not only sacrifices his own responsibility; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.”

So if you intend to vote for someone merely on the belief that this guy is only slighter better than all the others; you are betraying the interests of your country. If you are voting for a certain candidate simply because they are the same political party as you; you are betraying the interests of your country.
There is something another Webster said, this time the relevant Webster being Daniel. I hold little love for this particular Webster, as he was instrumental in expanding the power of the central government; but even a broken clock is right twice a day. Therefore, something Webster said bears your attention, “There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing.”

And that my friends, is what I believe Washington meant by the words I began this article with…

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I’m Not Holding My Breath

Okay sports fans; a question for you. How many of you have been watching your favorite team play and they have made mistake after mistake, or the refs have made a series of bonehead calls against your team and throughout all this you’ve sat on the couch screaming at the TV? Sound familiar? Of course it does; you were pissed off and, what little good it did, you yelled at your TV to vent your frustration.

Your passion may be sporting events; but mine is the history of my country and its system of government. I’m not denying you the right to enjoy your passion; I’m only trying to explain to you how I feel while I watch you people make mistake after mistake, and while your government enacts crime after crime against the American people. I too get angered and frustrated; and just like when you yelled at your TV’s I write these articles to try to open your eyes to what is going on around you. In both cases our efforts to get people to hear our voices are futile.

However, aside from the small side bet you may have placed on the game, if your team loses a game life goes on as usual for you. In my case if the things I am fighting for are lost life will never be the same for all of you as well.

You see, I fight for freedom and liberty; not for some team to reach and win the championship game. In the English language there are synonyms and there are antonyms. A synonym is a word which has the same meaning as another word, such as the words beautiful, attractive and pretty. An antonym on the other hand is a word which means the exact opposite of the other word. For instance the antonym for freedom and liberty would be slavery and servitude.

Your passion, whatever it may be, is played out on a football gridiron, a baseball diamond, the ovals of NASCAR, or the courts of the NBA; mine is played out on the American political scene and in the hearts and minds of each and every person living in this country. If your team loses there is always next season to regroup and try again; if my team loses there will not be another season; that will be the end for all our freedoms.

So, you’ll have to excuse my actions if I sometimes become disgusted and frustrated with you people; because the consequences of your ignorance, your apathy, and yes, your stupidity are a bit more costly than whether or not your team made it to the Super Bowl this year.

Tomorrow, with the Iowa Caucus, the process of selecting our nation’s next president begins. Sure, we’ve been inundated with news coverage of things this candidate has said, and those which that candidate has done; but the actual process of selecting who will represent this nation as its next Executive begins tomorrow and will culminate in November when the nation votes as a whole on who will become the 45th President.

I’m neither saying the election is a big deal or it is insignificant; I am neither saying that I support one candidate over another. I am more interested in the general mindset of the people who will go to the polls and cast their vote for whomever they may choose over all the others. I am more interested in what it is that people expect out of the people for whom they cast their vote. What is it that you want government to do for you? You see, to me, the why is more important than the who; why you are voting for a particular candidate is more important than who you will ultimately cast your vote for.

You see, it is my belief that most people in this country are misguided, or at least misled, as to why they should vote for one candidate or another. Their reason for voting for a candidate is faulty. Either they vote for the best sounding candidate from among the crop of contenders from their respective political party or they vote for the person who makes the best sounding promises for the future of our country. Rarely do voters ask themselves the most pertinent of all questions; for what purpose was my government created?

On June 5, 1788, arguing against the ratification of the Constitution, Patrick Henry said, “You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your Government.”

Another, lesser known, Founder, James Wilson, also said, “Government … should be formed to secure and enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government which has not this in view as its principal object is not a government of the legitimate kind.”

I don’t care who you vote for this upcoming presidential election; be it Trump, Cruz, Hillary, or Moby Friggin Dick, you should be asking yourself if by voting for that person you will see an increase or a decrease in your ability to exercise your rights. If you cannot without a doubt say that you will see a freer America then you are voting for the wrong person and for the wrong reasons.

Yet I am constantly told that by my not participating, or by my voting for third party candidates I am betraying my country and letting ‘the other guy’ get elected. Why should I vote for anyone who does not meet my qualifications? If you ask me, by voting for the lesser of two evils YOU are betraying this country. But that’s just my opinion.

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

Maybe I was born in this period of my countries history to be a town crier, so to speak, to cry out to the people about the loss of liberty and the erosion of our Constitutional Republic. But it certainly is frustrating, crying out to people who do not want to listen. Sometimes I feel as though I am arguing with a nation full of people who have been lobotomized; their brains no longer serving the critical purpose for which they exist; for people to THINK.

Let me ask you something; if I were to break into your home and attempt to steal from you your most prized possession, how would you react? Under our legal system, and depending upon what state you live in, you would have the right to shoot me or call the police and have me prosecuted for theft. Now if I were to hire a group of people to steal this item for me, then I would be arrested for conspiracy and my fellow co-conspirators would be arrested and charged as well.

If the purpose for which our Constitution, our government, was created was to “…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” and the government created by this document no longer serves the purpose for which it was created, what recourse do the people have? If the government has shown, by a long exercise period of usurpation, the intent to deprive you of your liberty, what recourse do the few remaining liberty minded people of a country have; especially when the majority of the people of this country continue to vote for their own enslavement?

What good does voting do when the majority of the people of this country no longer vote for candidates who show any inclination to adhere to the limits the Constitution imposes upon government? We also cannot simply dial 911 and tell the dispatcher to send units to Washington D.C. and have the Congress, the President arrested for violating their oaths of offices. What cop would respond to that call? What prosecutor would accept that case? What judge would try it?

So, again I ask you, what recourse do a people have when their government has exceeded the limits imposed upon it and no longer serves the purpose for which it was created?

Well, the Declaration of Independence tells us, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

When Abraham Lincoln was a youth of 28 he delivered his Lyceum Address, one of his earliest known speeches. In it Lincoln said, “Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor;–let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the character of his own, and his children’s liberty.”

In his Inaugural Address in 1861 Lincoln also said, “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.”

In Federalist 15 Alexander Hamilton declares, “Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience. If there be no penalty annexed to disobedience, the resolutions or commands which pretend to be laws will, in fact, amount to nothing more than advice or recommendation. This penalty, whatever it may be, can only be inflicted in two ways: by the agency of the courts and ministers of justice, or by military force; by the COERCION of the magistracy, or by the COERCION of arms. The first kind can evidently apply only to men; the last kind must of necessity, be employed against bodies politic, or communities, or States. It is evident that there is no process of a court by which the observance of the laws can, in the last resort, be enforced. Sentences may be denounced against them for violations of their duty; but these sentences can only be carried into execution by the sword.”

What is government but a body politic of men and women, elected for certain specific purposes, and who, upon exceeding the purposes for which they were elected, break the fundamental law of the land? If the government can use the power of the sword, [force and violence] to enforce the laws they enact, cannot we the people use the same force in opposition to those who would enforce unjust laws?

Again, I am not calling for an uprising, an armed rebellion; I am merely trying to show the legal justification should one occur. Supreme Court Justice, William O. Douglas, writing in An Almanac of Liberty, (1954), states, “The right to revolt has sources deep in our history.”

Thomas Jefferson also writes, “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.”

I am not calling for violence. We, the patriots of this country, the lovers of liberty, are not calling for violence. But we see with dread the continued march towards servitude and realize that the time for violence draws closer with each and every law enacted by an out of control government.

Tyranny can be halted but by one of two means; by the use of force or by an overwhelming shift in the minds of the people in the selection of those whom they choose to represent them in government. We pray for the peaceful means; but it means, you, my readers, must wake up and see what is happening in your country.

Our country has strayed from its roots, and it to those roots it must return if there is any hope of saving it from future doom. Former President Calvin Coolidge once said, “We live in an age of science and abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create the Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all of our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren scepter in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage bequeathed to us, we must be like minded as the Founders who created. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had and for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshipped.”

Our country has had two wars for independence. The first began at Lexington and Concord, the second at Fort Sumter. Some are already saying that the third ‘shot heard round the world’ has been fired in Oregon. I pray that is not the case. I pray that there is still enough of that sacred love of liberty alive in the breasts of my fellow countrymen that we can avoid the terrible loss of life and violence of another revolution. I’m praying, but I’m also not holding my breath.

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Check Your Premises

I want to try something different as it seems my normal approach to things has not produced the desired effect; to get you to think for yourselves. So I want to play a little game; but first I need to set the stage; establish a little background first.

How many of you have seen the movie Blast From the Past with Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Walken? The plot revolves around Fraser’s character Adam and the fact that during the Cuban Missile Crisis his father, fearing a nuclear strike, took his pregnant wife into an underground fallout shelter where they gave birth to, and raised their son for 35 years before returning to the surface. One of the main points of the film is the culture shock the family experiences when they are exposed to society after having lived below ground for 35 years. Now, on to my game.

Let us imagine for a moment that a child is born and its parents isolate it from all outside contact with the world. These parents home school their child; teaching it to read, write, and perform all the other tasks that a person would need to survive in society. However, these parents expose their child heavily to all the writings of this countries founding; from its earliest days as a small group of colonies up through the enacting of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The child becomes a walking, talking encyclopedia of US history and politics.

Now, can you imagine the shock this child would experience if it were to suddenly be released into the real word as it exists today in 2016? Can you imagine its confusion in seeing how far our government has strayed from the purposes this child had been raised to believe it exists for?

What do you think this child would think, say, were such a scenario to happen? I can imagine a few choice quotes; among them being, “What the hell is wrong with you people?”, or “How did you people let things get so screwed up?” Both would be valid questions.

To quote the character V from V For Vendetta, “How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well, certainly, there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.”

Each and every one of us is born with a brain; the problem is that some are loathe to use theirs for the intended purpose; THINKING. George Bernard Shaw once said something I tend to agree with, “Two percent of the people think, three percent of the people Think that they think, and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.”

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

Far too many people have this overwhelming need to belong to something; be it a club, an organization, even a large segment of society. They will do anything to fit in and refrain from doing or saying anything which alienates them. This is where political correctness gets all its power as people fear doing or saying something which may alienate them from whatever it is they seek to be a part of.

Maybe that is why I am so different; why I don’t care what I say and who I say it to; because my life events forced me to grow up basically a loner. There’s a saying I’ve seen bandied about from time to time on the internet which I find to be quite true, “When you truly don’t care what anyone thinks of you, you have gotten dangerously close to something called freedom.” And that’s the entire point of my writings; to try to get you to understand that you are no longer free. Our Founding Fathers fought a war to obtain their freedom, their liberty. They gathered together and established a Constitution which, for better or worse, was designed to secure the liberty they had fought for.

Government did not just crop up in America; it was created. As Thomas Paine writes in The Rights of Man, “It has been thought a considerable advance towards establishing the principles of Freedom to say that Government is a compact between those who govern and those who are governed; but this cannot be true, because it is putting the effect before the cause; for as man must have existed before governments existed, there necessarily was a time when governments did not exist, and consequently there could originally exist no governors to form such a compact with.”

Our government was created by a process in which a group of men wrote a Constitution, then delegates from among the people gathered together to either accept the recommended system of government, or reject it. They accepted it and the Constitution became law.

In Federalist 15 Alexander Hamilton wrote the following, “Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience. If there be no penalty annexed to disobedience, the resolutions or commands which pretend to be laws will, in fact, amount to nothing more than advice or recommendation. This penalty, whatever it may be, can only be inflicted in two ways: by the agency of the courts and ministers of justice, or by military force; by the COERCION of the magistracy, or by the COERCION of arms. The first kind can evidently apply only to men; the last kind must of necessity, be employed against bodies politic, or communities, or States. It is evident that there is no process of a court by which the observance of the laws can, in the last resort, be enforced. Sentences may be denounced against them for violations of their duty; but these sentences can only be carried into execution by the sword.”

Hamilton was explaining how a government may enforce the laws it passes upon the people it governs. Yet if the Constitution is a law, and those who are elected and take an oath to support and defend the Constitution then go about violating it; what if the reverse of what Hamilton said was true; that our only recourse is by the COERCION of arms?

Sure, we can go to the polls and try to elect a better candidate; but honestly, how well has that been working for you? You can choose not to play the game, participate in the fraud that is the elections; such as I have done. Or, you could take the next step; open rebellion against unlawful actions by your government; such as those taken by the ranchers in Oregon which resulted in the government gunning down LaVoy Finicum.

Unless you have researched the history of government land grabs and how governmental agencies are enacting rules and restrictions upon ranchers you are most likely going to believe whatever the news media tells you about the events leading up to Mr. Finicum’s murder. You will believe that he was some sort of extremist, possibly a militia member who sought to overthrow the government. However, you would be incorrect in your assumptions.

Take the militia for a minute; the press has made people fearful of militia groups by saying they are these armed militant organizations who seek a violent revolution with the intended goal of overthrowing the government. While that may apply to certain fringe elements, for the most part that is so far from the truth that you ought to be bitch slapped for even believing it.

Do you people even realize that our American Revolution was sparked by the militia? Do you know that it was the militia who stood against the Redcoats at Lexington and Concord where the ‘shot heard round the world’ was fired? Using today’s logic they would be considered armed extremists when the reality is that they were simply defending their God-given rights, and that is all most militia groups today seek; a government which respects our rights and restricts its actions to the specific powers granted it by the Constitution.

But you won’t take my word for it, you’d rather trust the media and their version of the truth. I know it’s just a movie, but in the film Live Free or Die Hard the character Matthew Farrell says something telling about the media, “The news is completely manipulated. Everything you hear, every single day is designed by corporate media to do one thing only. To keep you living in fear.” Whether the story is about some shooting in a public setting, the growth of terror groups such as Al Qaeda or ISIS, and yes, the standoff in Oregon, the goal is to keep you in a perpetual state of fear so that the benevolent government can enact more restrictive laws just to keep you safe and sound in your cozy little cocoons of ignorance.

As the character V also states in his speech to the people of London, “I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. They were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you…”

The news media are nothing more than whores who peddle the propaganda they are told to, and this is true whether you watch NBC, FOX, CNN, or any of the other news agencies; they guide, shape, and manipulate public opinion according to the dictates of their corporate masters; the same people who own our government lock, stock and barrel.

We’ve all been taught that Adolf Hitler was an evil man who ruled Germany and was the cause of the fighting in Europe during World War II. Well, read something Hitler once said, “The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts all affected propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”

You can call it brainwashing, conditioning, whatever you want; I call it conditioning. Now, let me give you something GW Bush said to digest, “See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” Doesn’t that sound strikingly similar to what Hitler said? Yet because it is an American president who said it you put your faith and trust in him; just as you put your faith and trust in the media to tell you the truth in their coverage of the news.

In 1961 the Supreme Court delivered its ruling in the case of Mapp v Ohio. In his comments Justice Tom C. Clark said, “Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.”

If the government created by the Constitution has the power of the sword, [the ability to enforce its laws with the threat of violence], then do not we as the people of this country hold the same right to hold our government accountable for its violations of the charter which created it? As Lincoln said, “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

Yeah I know, I’m coming perilously close to becoming one of the people the media tells you to fear, but is not that the very concept our nation was founded upon? The Declaration of Independence clearly states, “…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…”(my emphasis)

You may find my leanings both radical and fearful, but worry not because there is something John Adams said which you need to understand. In his Defence of the Constitutions of Government Adams wrote, “The right of a nation to kill a tyrant, in cases of necessity, can no more be doubted, than to hang a robber, or kill a flea. But killing one tyrant only makes way for worse, unless the people have sense, spirit and honesty enough to establish and support a constitution guarded at all points against the tyranny of the one, the few, and the many.”

You see, you have nothing to fear from me because I realize that something Jefferson said as being true, “It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” The manner and spirit of most people in this country has degenerated; they no longer care about such trivialities as constitutional limitations upon the powers granted government or the preservation of their liberty.

You may question the things I have just said, saying they contradict what you have been led to believe. That may be true, but there is one final quote I would like for you to consider. This comes from the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and is a quote by the character Francisco d’Anconia, “Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.” That’s all I’m asking you to do, to stop and think and to check your premises.

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Am I Becoming Too Cynical?

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

Lately I’ve been asking myself whether I am too cynical, pessimistic, or if I’m simply being realistic when it comes to the outcome for the future of my country. Truth be told, I don’t hold out much hope that we can turn things around in time to save America from whatever evils await us when our country finally evolves into whatever it is evolving into; be it a dictatorship or a satellite nation under a One World Government.

I have been asked what can we do about all these evils I write about; increased size of government and the corresponding loss of liberty. Although my answer may seem contradictory, if you think about it you may find that it makes more sense than you realize.

Let’s just say there was a revolution tomorrow and it was successful in removing all the traitors in our nation’s capital and installing constitutionally minded individuals into office. How long do you think it would be before America reverted back to the exact point we are at now? How long would it be before the people whose sustenance depends upon government subsidies and handouts were calling for their representatives to reinstate these social programs to help them? How long before the people’s fear; be it of crime, bogeyman terrorists, or anything else caused them to demand government enact Draconian measures to ensure their safety?

I’d be willing to bet that it would be less than a decade before we were well on our way to undoing whatever good a revolution might accomplish; and I’ll tell you why.

After both had served as president of the United States and moved on to retired life, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams made amends and began a series of letters between the two. In one of Adams letters to Jefferson we read the following, “As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected … before a drop of blood was shed.”

Revolutions can go one of two ways; either one can be fought to regain or restore freedom lost, or one can be fought to install a dictatorial system of government which limits freedom. But one thing is common in both instances; for the outcome of any revolution to have a chance at survival the outcome must be accepted, or at least consented to, by the people. If the people do not accept, or consent to the system of government a revolution produces they will simply revolt over and over again until they find something that meets their expectations for government. But this is totally dependent upon both the people’s will, and their ability to fight against any system of government which they feel, as the Declaration of Independence says, “… evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism …”

No matter what you believe is the purpose for which our government was created, it is only by your consent that it has any validity. By your accepting whatever laws it passes, by your participating in the charade that are the election of representatives to it, YOU are consenting to the system as it currently exists. This is true even though deep in your heart you hope that whomever you vote for brings about the kind of change you want to see occur.

In what is one of the most cruel and perverted twists of irony in our nation’s history, Abraham Lincoln once said, “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” Coming from a man who perverted the office of President and started a Civil War, that is the very definition of hypocrisy. Yet on a factual basis Lincolns words are true; we are the rightful masters of our government, and it is well past time we began acting accordingly.

Before our Constitution had been ratified, before it had even been voted upon in the convention which produced it, Ben Franklin delivered a speech wherein we read, “I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults—if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people, if well administered; and I believe, farther, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”

Are the people of this country incapable of any system of government which depends upon the virtue and integrity of the citizens to maintain their liberty? Is tyranny and oppression all we are capable of?

A decade after the Civil War another president, James Garfield offered a mirror up to the people of America when he said, “Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, restless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, restlessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature … If the next centennial does not find us a great nation … it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”

Read that last sentence again if you must; “… it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” Our responsibility, our duty as Americans is not to simply vote every two years and then sit back and ignore what our government does. The actions of our government should be the focus of our constant attention, and the moment they exceed the powers given them there should be such an outcry of opposition from the people that it could be heard in the Heavens.

Instead, aside from a few scattered cries from patriot friends all I hear is silence, or the innate babble regarding trivialities like professional sports or what people see on Facebook. Most people cannot tell you who represents them in Congress or in their State Legislatures; let alone what laws are being enacted which violate their most basic of rights.

Is that how free men and women are supposed to act? I find it ludicrous that people will buy alarms for their cars, or purchase security cameras and alarm systems for their homes; protecting their possessions, but they let the people sworn to protect their rights steal them from right under their noses because the people are too damned apathetic to even pay attention.

It may sound like I’m giving up, tossing in the towel, and surrendering to what I see as all but inevitable. I’m not. I am just venting my frustration at how easily people accept the charade that is currently going on in the race for our next president; as if it makes a damned bit of difference in the overall scheme of things if Trump wins or if Hillary wins. In either case government will continue to grow, to be oppressive, and the people will once again lose a bit more of their freedom and their future.

When our nation’s Founders fought for their independence their foe was the mightiest empire on Earth at the time; the British Empire. Yet that did not stop them from fighting for what they believed in. As Jefferson wrote in, what is commonly known as, The Cause and Necessity of Taking up Arms, “Our cause is just.”

Our Founders expressed with those four simple words what volumes could be written about. No matter whether they won or lost the ensuing conflict they believed in their hearts that what they were doing was right; they refused to sit idly by and allow themselves to be governed by a tyrant.

As the final sentence of the Declaration of Independence stated, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

You can vote for whomever you please, if that’s what makes you feel you are doing your part to save America or preserve your liberty; but that won’t make you any less the fool for placing your trust in a broken and corrupted system.

As Learned Hand so long ago said, “I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws, and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.”

Liberty has died in the hearts of most people. Sure they may profess to love it, but by their actions they contradict their words. As Einstein is supposed to have said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

Our Founders did not obtain their independence and liberty at the voting booth; they found it by standing by their convictions and placing their lives on the line for it. Until America regains that spirit in the occupants of this once great land, I don’t see much hope for anything else except for ‘more of the same’, or as I like to say, “Same old shit.”

But like I said, I haven’t quite figured out if I’ve become cynical and pessimistic, or if I’m just being a realist.

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The Peril of Your Ignorance & Apathy

Warning: May contain language or statements that some find offensive!

When is enough going to be enough for the people of this country? What is it going to take for them to realize that our government has far exceeded the one which our Founders rose up against and fought to obtain their independence? When are people going to realize that the election process no longer means anything; that by your participating in the voting for who will be your master you are consenting to the unjust laws government passes and your own enslavement?

Our country was founded by men, and women, who were self reliant and took care of themselves and sought nothing from government other than it defend the country from attack and manage a few internal affairs; not be the provider of all our needs from cradle to grave; not be the guardian of our safety; and certainly not our executioner should we disagree with its actions.

People in this country are so damned lazy, so damned apathetic, or simply too stupid to realize that the Constitution; that document which both created and describes the powers given to our government only contains between 18-20 legitimate powers our government can act upon. Anything beyond those powers is usurpation and a step towards tyranny.

Noah Webster; Founding Father, lexicographer and whose name is synonymous with American dictionaries once said, “Tyranny is the exercise of some power over a man, which is not warranted by law, or necessary for the public safety. A people can never be deprived of their liberties, while they retain in their own hands, a power sufficient to any other power in the state.”

I don’t care if you vote Democrat, or if you vote Republican; if you vote you are simply choosing which tyrant will further enslave you. In his Notes on the State of Virginia Thomas Jefferson writes, “The concentrating [of powers] in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government. It will be no alleviation that these powers will be exercised by a plurality of hands, and not by a single one.”

I don’t know what goes through some people’s minds when they read these little rants I write. Do they think I do this shit for their entertainment? Is it just that I am some sort of oddity; a co-worker or friend who scribbles out political rants? This is not a game people; this is not a joke; this is deadly serious and if you do not start taking serious the things I am saying the overreach of our government’s power and authority will one day be felt by you; but by then it will be too damned late for you to do anything about it.

I don’t know, do people think that they can just be born into the greatest country which ever existed; with a system of government designed to give the people of the country the most freedom and liberty ever seen by man, AND NOT HAVE TO DO A DAMNED THING TO PRESERVE IT?

I know it was just a movie, but in the film 300 Queen Gorga stood before the Spartan Senate and said “Freedom isn’t free at all, that it comes with the highest of costs. The cost of blood.” There’s an old saying I’ve seen floating around from time to time which says, “You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.” What are YOU willing to fight for?

I bet if your government enacted a law which banned beer…banned football…or banned NASCAR there would be a revolution by tomorrow. But oh, when your most basic of rights come under attack you do nothing but vote for more of the same. YOU MAKE ME SICK!

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Look at Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution and look at the legitimate powers we gave to our government to do on our behalf. Then compare those powers to the powers it currently exercises over us. Then go browse through the list of the grievances in the Declaration of Independence and ask yourself who lived/lives under a more oppressive government; our Founders or us.

I’m not a big Ronald Reagan fan; sure he made people feel good about their country, but after all he was a professional actor and knew how to work a crowd. Nonetheless there is something he said which rings as true today as it did when he said it, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Our Founders realized that by their signing the Declaration of Independence they were committing treason; that their lives depended upon the outcome of the ensuing war to secure that independence. If caught by the Kings men they would hang for declaring the principles people today take for granted; or ignore altogether.

I wonder what they are thinking; our Founders? Are they looking down on us with pride for the nation we have become or are they shaking their heads in disgust? I’m pretty sure it is the latter. In fact, I’m positive. In a letter to his wife, John Adams wrote, “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.”

People in this country go about their lives oblivious to the threat they face from the very government which was established to secure their liberty. People watch the news; swallow the lies and propaganda hook, line and sinker, and then go back to their lives without ever seeking to discover if what they are being told about events is the truth. They swallowed the lies about 9/11; they swallowed the lies about Waco, about Ruby Ridge, and they will swallow whatever lies are fed to them about the Oregon standoff where Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was gunned down by government agents simply for standing up to its abuse of power.

In a letter to William Small, written in 1775, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Can it be believed that a grateful people will suffer [individuals] to be consigned to execution, whose sole crime has been the developing and asserting their rights?” Well I suppose if they are too lazy to seek out the truth; if they swallow the garbage being fed to them by the news media then the answer would be a resounding YES.

I see all these people who say support law enforcement as if blind obedience to authority is a good thing. That is the creed of slaves, not free men. Think about the words law enforcement for a moment; what do they actually mean? It means those in that occupation are enforcers of the law; they enforce.

Now what did Thomas Jefferson say about liberty? Jefferson said that “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

What is law? Bastiat says, “Law is solely the organization of the individual right of self-defense which existed before law was formalized. Law is justice.” Where was the justice for the Branch Davidian’s at Waco? Where was the justice for Sammy and Vikki Weaver at Ruby Ridge? Where was the justice for LaVoy Finicum yesterday? Where will justice be when tyranny comes knocking on YOUR door?

You can continue to believe in the fraud that by our voting you are making a difference; I choose to accept the truth, that we have gone way past the point where voting is going to change a damned thing; and that goes for both the federal elections and those for my state; the whole system is rigged to give us the choice between different slave owners and I no longer wish to participate in it.

My question is when are you going to start getting as mad as I am right now? When are you going to hold back your consent from this government which doesn’t care a damned thing about the limits the Constitution, the limits THE PEOPLE of this country have imposed upon them? When are you going to honor the sacrifice made by our Founders and stand up for your liberty? Or are you content to be a slave who can be punished, or executed, if you get too far out of line?

There is one final quote I’d like for you to read. It comes from a Brit; Winston Churchill, but it is valid nonetheless. Churchill once said, “If you will not fight for right when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

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