On April 11, 1912, the unthinkable happened; the luxury liner the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. Many people felt the Titanic was unsinkable, yet two and one half hours after striking that iceberg, it was on it’s way to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Although it took a single iceberg to sink the Titanic, other ships have been sunk by multiple objects penetrating their hulls. For instance, on 6 July, 1943, the USS Helena (CL 50), a light class cruiser, was sunk at the Battle of Kula Gulf by three Japanese torpedoes. I know this because my father was aboard that ship and survived to tell the story to me.
Why the history lesson? Well, just as there are numerous things that may sink a ship, there are many things that can bring about the ruin of a nation. Have you ever heard the term, death by a thousand cuts? It refers to a means of execution, or torture, used by the Chinese in which numerous cuts, or slices were made upon the intended victim, until they slowly bled to death.
According to Wikipedia, death by a thousand cuts can also refer to something known as Creeping Normalcy. To quote Wikipedia, “Creeping normalcy refers to the way a major change can be accepted as normality if it happens slowly, in unnoticed increments, when it would be regarded as objectionable if it took place in a single step or short period.”
If you have paid any attention at all to my writings, you should now be aware that there was a heated battle over the ratification of the Constitution. There were those who felt that as long as the American people could be trusted to ensure they selected wise, virtuous men to represent them that our nation would survive.
Then there were the anti-Federalists, those who did not like the idea of so much power being entrusted to a central government. They felt that, over time, usurpations of power were bound to take place, and that the rights of the people, and the future of the nation would both found to be in peril. Unfortunately, time has proven that they were right.
Thinking back to the definition for creeping normalcy, can you imagine if you took America, as it exists today, with all our moral viewpoints, all our government rules and regulations, and suddenly imposed it upon the people who inhabited the colonies in 1789?
Can you imagine the disgust over the deviancy that we now tolerate as normal? Can you imagine the outrage over all the government interference in the lives of the people? Can you imagine the anger over all the government agencies that dictate what the people can, and cannot do?
As I stated in my last article, President James Madison vetoed a simple public works bill because he found that he could not reconcile it with the intent of the Constitution.
How hard is it for people to understand that the powers granted the government in Article 1, Section 8, are the ONLY powers under which Congress has the power to enact legislation. The General Welfare Clause states, “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States…”
Joseph Story was a Supreme Court Justice, nominated by President James Madison. He is well known for his Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, an in depth treatise on the interpretation of the various Articles and Clauses.
It was Justice Story’s conclusion that the General Welfare Clause did not grant Congress unlimited powers, that it was but a qualification upon the taxing power of the government.
Furthermore, Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, “[T]he laying of taxes is the power, and the general welfare the purpose for which the power is to be exercised. They [Congress] are not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union. In like manner, they are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose.”
If that isn’t clear enough, James Madison, who is considered the Father of the Constitution, is quoted as saying, “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.”
Finally, our First President, George Washington warned, “Let there be no change [in the Constitution] by usurpation. For though this, in one instance may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”
Whether or not you, as citizens of this once great nation, believe that you are entitled to these services that our government provides you, is irrelevant. Our government is not authorized to provide them to you if they are not specifically outlined in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.
Every new law that has been passed, every new government agency that has been established, is a cut inflicted upon the fabric of our Constitution, a cut upon our liberty. We, and by we, I mean the nation as a whole, are slowly dying from these thousand cuts.
Only a fool would continue to look to the Republicans and the Democrats to save this nation. The two parties are beholden to the various special interests that finance them and dictate their agenda. In all truthfulness each and every member of Congress deserves to stand on the steps of Congress before a firing squad for their treason.
I could not begin to list all the government agencies that have been created that violate the Constitution. But if you are really interested, I can provide you with a web page that lists some of these agencies; Government Agency Listing
I dare you to go to that page and look at all these various agencies and see if you can justify any of their existences by the specifically enumerated powers of the Constitution. If you are honest, and apply the intent as defined by Justice Story, Jefferson, and Madison, you will find that there is no Constitutional justification for their existence. What make it more of a crime, is that your government is taxing you to pay for the infringements upon your rights that these agencies declare as ‘policy.’
On top of these thousand cuts, our nation also struck a figurative iceberg in the year 1913. That was the year our government passed the Federal Reserve Act, creating the Federal Reserve Bank. Of all the injustices done to us by our government, this, by far, was the worst.
Thomas Jefferson warned us of the peril of central banks, “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
James Madison called them by their rightful names, money changers, and he had this to say about them, “History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance.”
By passing the Federal Reserve Act, the government gave control of our nation’s monetary supply to a privately owned cartel of bankers and financiers, while granting them carte blanche access to an almost unlimited source of funding for their uncontrollable, and unconstitutional spending.
Our government was designed to live within its means, spending only the money it earned by imposts and tariffs. Borrowing was an abhorrent concept, and only to be used in case of dire emergency.
To again quote Jefferson, “I own it to be my opinion, that good will arise from the destruction of our credit. I see nothing else which can restrain our disposition to luxury, and to the change of those manners which alone can preserve republican government. As it is impossible to prevent credit, the best way would be to cure its ill effects by giving an instantaneous recovery to the creditor. ”
The Bible tells us that, “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the lender.” This nation has become a nation of slaves, beholden to its creditors. I have heard it said that the average US citizen has to work until May before they earn enough to pay all the taxes that they will pay over the course of a year. If that ain’t servitude to taxes, I don’t know what is.
It is not only us, our government is so deep in debt that it may never again see the black. Right now our national debt stands at $13.8 trillion. The deficit between what our government robs from us in taxes, and between what it spends, sits at $1.3 trillion. Yet still it continues to spend, spend, and spend more. All because we want our government to do more for us, instead of less.
Where is our government getting all this money to pay for all these agencies and programs? It borrows it. Some of it is borrowed by foreign investors in the form of Treasury notes and bonds. You know, I used to think savings bonds were a great thing. I could pay $50, wait a couple years, then redeem it for $100. It never occurred to me to ask where the other $50 came from. Now I know that when the government issues a bond, the interest is assessed to the taxpayer to pay.
So, essentially, our government is borrowing money from us, and from foreign investors, and then paying the interest via taxation upon the American people. But it gets worse.
Our government not only borrows from us, it also borrows from the FED. Often the FED will buy up government bonds and treasury notes. This may seem innocent enough on the surface, but a closer look shows us that it is outright theft.
To explain this, a little explanation of banking principles needs to preface what is happening. When you go into a bank and obtain a loan, you are borrowing money from other investors in the bank, to be paid back at interest over a specified period of time.
The banks are not required to keep 100% of their assets on hand at all times. They can operate on what is known as fractional reserve banking, where they keep only a fraction of their total assets on hand at any time.
But, when the FED buys these treasury notes, or bonds, the question arises, where do they get the money to pay for them? They print it in the form of new Federal Reserve Notes.
So, they create money out of thin air, backed by nothing of value other than the word of our government, then they buy these bonds and treasury notes. Only later, they are paid back, in interest, via the taxes collected upon the American people. Pretty neat scheme, isn’t it? Take some monopoly money, but some bonds, get paid back in taxpayers earnings. Sounds to me like we are getting ripped off, and I’m getting awful damned tired of it!
Not only am I making these thieves rich, but their constant flooding of our economy with newly created money is causing the inflation that reduces the buying power of whatever money I have left after paying all these damn taxes!
Well, this whole financial house of cards is about to come crashing down around our feet. By way of explanation, let me tell you a little story. When I was in the service I was stationed with a guy from Arizona. He had a checking account from his home town, and when he got to Spain he opened an account on Torrejon AFB Spain.
What he would do was write a check from one account and deposit it into the other. He did this vice versa until the banks showed he had accumulated a nice sum. Then he began spending money out of those accounts, money that he had simply created by depositing a worthless check into a different account. Eventually the scheme fell apart and he was in financial ruins. He ended up being dishonorably discharged and responsible for paying back all that money that he never had to begin with.
That is basically what is going to happen in this country. Already, state governments all across the nation are on the verge of bankruptcy. Unlike the federal government, they cannot borrow from foreign investors, or the FED. States, and local communities across the country have been forced to cut back on essential services such as police and fire. What is going to happen when these states go under and cannot pay the welfare checks, or pass out the food stamps? There will be chaos as people will do anything to survive.
Once the states begin to go under, it is my prediction that the federal government won’t be far behind. Foreign creditors will no longer want to have anything to do with US Treasury Notes. They will call in their existing debts, and our nation will crumble.
The future of this country is not a pretty image from my perspective. And all this could have been prevented if ONLY we had demanded that our government live within its means, and legislate upon ONLY those things the Constitution authorized it to.
I think it is a joke that the House Speaker Designate John Boehner intends to read the Constitution at the start of the next Congressional session. I think that the moment any of those pieces of shit propose any further unconstitutional legislation that they be drug out of their offices, kicking and screaming, and hung by the neck from the nearest lamppost. But that’s just me.
In any case, as did the Titanic, and the Helena, our nation has suffered mortal wounds to its Constitution. Our nation has been slowly going under for some time. We are soon to see the stern rise up as the bow begins to sink into the depths. Maybe when people can’t even buy a loaf of bread to make sandwiches, will the American people turn off their damn televisions and start paying attention to what has happened. But by then, it will be too late. I just hope they are prepared for what is coming.