“It is a sound and important principle that the representative ought to be acquainted with the interests and circumstances of his constituents.” James Madison, ~ Federalist #56
Article I Section 2 of our Constitution states in part, “The number of representatives shall not exceed one in every thirty thousand.” This number had been originally set at one representative for every 40,000 population in the Constitutional Convention of 1787, but at the recommendation of George Washington, the number was lowered to the numbers presently in Article I Section II. Washington stated that one representative for every 40,000 citizens was too large to “secure the rights and interests of the people.”
During the various state ratification conventions, the Anti-Federalists voiced their concerns the number of representatives per constituent would not rise as the population increased and it would be impossible for a single representative to adequately represent an ever increasing population. To which James Madison responded, “The number of representatives will be augmented from time to time in the manner provided by the constitution.” And so it was until 1910. Continue reading
Once, when a completely irrational relative did something commendable which was totally out of character, my grandfather declared that “even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while.” It would appear to the unjaundiced eye that the state of California has found the proverbial acorn and a committee or whatever the people to the left of Marx and Engels in that state call it, have hit upon the idea of secession. They did though take one giant step back in declaring such a move would require an amendment to our Constitution. We must excuse them for this mental lapse considering most cultural Marxists know little to nothing of history, much less the Constitution.
People who seem to know everything there is to know about how to extricate themselves from a failed marriage do have issues attempting to remove themselves from a government from which they have lost that loving feeling. Continue reading
“The value of history is, indeed, not scientific but moral: by liberalizing the mind, by deepening the sympathies, by fortifying the will, it enables us to control, not society, but ourselves — a much more important thing; it prepares us to live more humanely in the present and to meet rather than to foretell the future.” ~ Carl Becker, 1873-1945 (All emphasis is the author’s throughout)
If a person or a political entities goal is to create a strong centralized government which operates basically as an oligarchy, it will become necessary to disguise those intentions. The best disguise for an oligarchy is to clothe that form of government with the costume of a democracy. But, in order to have the masses actually believe they are involved in their own governance, any comprehensive study of history must be perverted or abandoned altogether. Continue reading
No, No, No – not THOSE Supremes…
Prior to last week’s election, much was stated and printed concerning the appointment of new members to our Supreme Court and how that decision should be used as some form of litmus test reference a voting choice for president. My question concerning both a choice for president and for the Supreme Court is this: if our government acted constitutionally, what difference would it make who was elected or appointed to either position?
Do we truly expect those elected to president and those appointed to lifetime positions of power over others to follow their sacred oaths or do we just pick and choose candidates based on who is the most convincing liar? No need to answer; voters actions over the past 5 or 6 decades provides all the evidence needed. We did not get in the mess we are in, in this country, because we have intelligent, informed voters who cherish Liberty and their Natural rights. Continue reading
All last week social media was alive and crawling with various renditions of how the “good” folks down at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were bringing and had brought pressure on their director, a political hack if there ever was one, one James Comey, to step up to the plate and do what is morally and constitutionally correct. From that point forward, post after post had to do with all of the politicians, shills, and sycophants who would shortly be indicted, on what charges, and whether or not they would all die in prison.
Ah, but yesterday reality reared its ugly head and Comey again became nothing but a useful idiot for the legions of criminals who control much, if not all, of our government. He said, supposedly after perusing some 650,000 emails in less than a week (the FBI did not obtain a warrant until the night of October the 30th) that lo and behold, Hillary was still innocent, now doubly so for she had been twice vetted. All this in spite of numerous Wikileaks released emails that are prima facie evidence of corruption, immorality, pay for play, possible pedophilia, and pure criminality which we could all read for ourselves, without the assistance of our betters in government. Continue reading
Well, it is almost over; presidential campaigns began well over one year ago. There were 17 candidates from the Republican side when it started and just three viable Democrats. But, sometime in December, (19th) when the Electoral College submits the results of their votes to the president of the United States Senate, we will have a new president.
So, all of you folks who are going to vote for Trump, primarily because he is not Hillary, what are you going to do if Trump wins? Are you going to go back to sleep and believe that Trump will follow through with all his campaign promises–you know—-like all of the presidents in the past who have made all kinds of promises which fell into the dust of victory and were also soon being rationalized away by those who voted for them? Continue reading
What is the point of no return? What could possibly happen to an individual that would cause them to abandon all sense of order and seek instead violent and deadly revenge against another human being or group of people, many of whom are personally unknown to the perpetrator(s) of violence? Is this human action a devotion to some fanatical practice of religion or simply a reaction to violent stimuli?
If religious fanaticism is the answer, is it possible such religious fervor exhibited in the acts of the “terrorist” creates in its opponent an overwhelming desire to abandon their professed religion? If we are truly fighting a war against radical Islam, is it OK to abandon the tenets of Christianity, a faith professed by the great majority of the so-called conservatives who support the perpetual war for peace paradigm of our government? If that has actually occurred, have the radical terrorists not already won the war? What else could constitute acceptance of the deaths of hundreds of thousands; many of them civilians, to prosecute wars we know are based on lies hatched in the halls of our own government and nurtured to maturity by a state-owned and controlled media? Continue reading
“The evil that is in this world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” ~ Albert Camus
For quite some time now I have referred to the majority of Americans, especially those who vote, as the species “Ignoramus Americanus.” Some have taken exception to this, but, so far they have been found guilty of assuming facts not in evidence.
This morning, on social media, there was a posting which stated, “If a 12-year term limit was ratified today, 227 members of Congress would not be eligible for re-election. Time to clean up DC! Do you agree?” The absolute insanity of this post is overwhelming to anyone with a basic understanding of how government and voting are supposed to function.
Perhaps this post would have been better stated thusly, “Please help me, for decades now I have voted for the lesser of two evils and now the resulting evil is destroying everything I hold dear. Would everyone please ratify an amendment to our Constitution which would enable me to protect myself and those I care about from my own ignorance and cowardice!”
“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worse state, an intolerable one.” ~ Thomas Paine
Down through the pages of time, governments have done that which they do best; they transform from necessary evil to intolerable evil. Our country has followed in those footprints and has become as tyrannical as their predecessors . Also, traversing the annals of history are those with uncompromising principles and an unquenchable thirst for freedom and liberty. I truly believe it is genetic. History tells us this unusual breed of man has been referred to most often as Rebels. He is often rebelling against tyranny masquerading as a strong centralized government. Imagine if you will the last scene in the movie Braveheart in which with his dying breath William Wallace screams “Freedom.”
As hard as it is for most folks whose strongest attachments are to the worship of government, this country owes its founding and very existence to a band of Rebels who bore the names of Hancock, Revere, and Adams, among others. Continue reading
Recently, in response to my article titled “Cold Hard Facts” I received the following comment. “What do you recommend instead of voting, armed conflict?” One would have to be mad to recommend armed conflict in a public forum. For years I have been an avid proponent of civil disobedience when it comes to the application and enforcement of unconstitutional acts by our government. Jefferson referred to the act as nullification in his Virginia Resolution of 1798. I once had an article rejected by a premiere libertarian website with the admonition that my writing represented “a clarion call for civil disobedience.” I wear that rejection as a badge of honor. Continue reading
“There is a fuzzy but real distinction that can, and I believe should be made, between patriotism, which is attachment to a way of life, and nationalism, which is the insistence that your way of life deserves to rule over other ways of life.” ~ Todd Gitlin
More and more people seem to be having problems understanding the meaning of freedom and exactly how one can go about ensuring they have the opportunity to exercise their Creator-granted unalienable rights.
I must confess here to being somewhat taken aback by many white folks and their lack of understanding about what freedom actually is. Most of the white folks I know consider themselves to be “conservative,” at least here in my corner of the woods and many of them believe “freedom” is accomplished by telling other folks what they can and cannot do, especially if what those folks want to do is seen to somehow interfere with the “nationalism” espoused by these conservatives. Continue reading
Our country and perhaps the entire world is doomed because the overwhelming majority of people have lost their ability to think cognitively instead of basing their strongly held convictions on emotionalism. Most people on this planet are more fearful than knowledgeable. The sheer lack of knowledge concerning human behavior is overwhelming. Could it be this fear and lack of historical knowledge has created an environment in which freedom and liberty cannot possibly exist? Continue reading
“Cry “havoc!” and let loose the dogs of war, That this foul deed shall smell above the earth With carrion men, groaning for burial.” ~ William Shakespeare
Somewhere down the road of history, someone will write of this period in America and make the observation that most of our population had to be either, drugged, delusional or insane, for this alone could explain people who hold tightly to several conflicting ideas at the same time and others who were so mentally weak they require a “safe” place when confronted with facts they chose not to deal with on an intellectual level.
Millions are the delusional among us who believe that a new pilot inserted into an airplane whose engine is destroyed and in a steep dive toward earth at terminal velocity, can somehow order the necessary parts, have them delivered while in flight, fix the dead engine, climb into the cockpit and save the plane before it crashes… Continue reading
Anarchist Emma Goldman correctly stated, “Most human beings only think they want freedom. In truth they yearn for the bondage of social order, rigid laws, materialism. The only freedom man really wants, is the freedom to become comfortable.” No better proof can be found of this axiom than a casual perusal of social media. A mindless Tweet or a funny video on Facebook will garner thousands of comments or “likes” but cognitive material which requires thought and consideration and might be mentally uncomfortable is to a large part ignored, because, to face the truth, especially in considering one’s government is completely and totally corrupt, should and does create an uncomfortable feeling in the minds of those who are not comatose. Besides, in today’s social media world anything over 140 characters takes too long to read and is immediately rejected by the Public Fool System indoctrinated mind. Continue reading
Author’s NOTE: I wrote this article several years back and was most fortunate to have it published in the Navajo Times, the newspaper of the Navajo Nation. Our children’s, as well as our own experiences while we lived among these people are still treasured today. Being immersed in another culture was enlightening and challenging. We still treasure the friendships molded in the high plains of New Mexico among several families it was our pleasure to spend so many hours with. When our son left for Iraq in 2004 these people held a native ceremony for his safe return. Our lives have been so much richer for the time we spent with these wonderful people. ~ M.G.
A multitude of memories swarmed in my head as I prepared to head for the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Colorado and this year’s cattle drive. Has it really been 10 years since I first had the opportunity to play cowboys with the Indians?
Ten years ago, my family and I moved to the Navajo Indian Reservation. My wife had accepted a job there teaching in a Bureau of Indian Affairs School. Even though she was transferred to the Tohono O’Odham Reservation two years later, we have maintained contact with our Navajo friends. Some years our contact is centered on the spring or fall cattle gatherings and drives. Continue reading
“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.” ~ Hosea 8:7
For almost 15 years, the people of this country have stood and cheered and praised and honored those who have delivered death and destruction on a grand scale to peoples they do not even know, in countries where most have never been or could point to on a map, and called it patriotism. The phrase “collateral damage” has never been equated to a loss of innocent life. This kind of moral decay has beset our country and now that some of the seeds of violence are producing to this point only small morsels of return on the streets of America, Ignoramus Americanus is setting up a wail of concern and grief they cared nothing about when they facilitated the perpetrators of such violence on others. Continue reading
Author’s Warning: If you came to this article hoping to find some feel-good, stars and stripes forever, hero worshiping, reality avoiding diatribe, just move along—there is nothing to see here. But, if you realize our government is openly oppressive and tyrannical and can only implement their unconstitutional policies with willing dupes in their employ and the useful idiots who support them, then – hold on – this is or could be your cup of tea or perhaps a moment of lucid thought in a sea of emotions. ~ Mike
“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” ~ Albert Einstein
Imagine with me for a minute: it is April 19, 1942, you have heard on the radio of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo. In your heart, you feel a little justification for what you have been repeatedly told was a “sneak attack” on Pearl Harbor just four months prior. You are told the president of the United States (Barack Roosevelt) will be making an announcement within the hour. Of course, you are shocked beyond belief when the president declares he will be spearheading efforts to bring refugees from the raid on Tokyo to cities and towns in America and proclaims Islam Shinto religion to be a religion of peace. Continue reading
“Old forms of Government finally grow so oppressive that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror.” ~ Herbert Spencer
The philosopher Thomas Hobbes is reported to have said, “Freedom is government in very small fragments.” On the 23rd of June, just two days ago, Britain voted to leave the European Union and be ruled by a smaller fragment of government. Perhaps they heard the echo of the voice of Winston Churchill and his admonishment to Charles de Gaulle in 1944 that if Britain were forced to choose between the rest of Europe and the “open sea” she must always choose the open sea. The battle of consolidation of government and the resultant loss of freedom in such an association has resulted in a rage for freedom throughout recorded history. America exists only because of this rage for freedom and the power which resides in the people known as nullification and separation. Continue reading
“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everyone has decided not to see.” ~ Ayn Rand
“A formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession—their ignorance.” ~ Hendrick Willem von Loon
I am tolerant of the people who believe differently than I do as long as they don’t insist I abandon my beliefs, my heritage or respect for my forefathers in order to better tolerate their views and beliefs. What I am growing increasingly intolerant of are those who willfully choose to be ignorant and demand I honor their ignorance by ignoring the documented facts of history.
“Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.” ~ Aristotle
America’s largest criminal enterprise, one which operates with the consent and cooperation of millions is best known as our government. This criminal enterprise owns the so-called justice system because those entrusted with dispensing justice depend on the criminal element for appointments and income. Yet, there are still people who believe this element within our government will somehow turn on those from whom it gains power and sustenance. These are the people who believe Hillary Clinton will be indicted and perhaps convicted of a crime.
Missing from the thought process of those with such beliefs is to understand that to indict and convict Hillary would be an indictment and conviction of the operations of the government itself. Continue reading
To paraphrase an ancient Greek, society will often survive the evil that men do for evil purposes, but a society’s downfall can often be attributed to the evil done in the name of good intentions. Couple this with the theory of James Madison as stated in the first few weeks of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that the masses were incapable of self-governance because they would not keep themselves educated as to the circumstances of their government and the history relevant to such decisions. Continue reading
“A nation that is ignorant of its past, is a nation that is ripe for deception and manipulation. Therefore, it is not what happened, but rather what people believe happened which determines the present actions of a nation.” ~ Warriors of Honor
About this time last year, there was much speculation on a projected military operation that would be carried out within the confines of the United States that was being called Jade Helm 15. Here is what the Washington Post had to say about that operation last September.
“The military exercise Jade Helm 15 generated enough conspiracy theories this year that it garnered mockery on late-night television, commentary from presidential candidates and reaction from the Texas governor. The basic thrust of the concerns: The military was laying the groundwork for martial law — if not now, then sometime in the future.”
Then TV commentator Jon Stewart, in support of his master, the US Government, gave this admonition to Governor Abbot of Texas who had ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor the US military in his state.
“Oh dear Lord, Yet another waste of Texas funds that could have been spent on actual threats, like your infamous chainsaw massacres. Texas, it’s not that I don’t find it adorable that your governor thinks your State Guard could take on the United States military. It’s like a little dog growling at a big dog, or an 8-year-old picking a fight with the Predator.”
Suffer the Little Children…
No groups of people are more easily enslaved than those who are functionally illiterate or have been successfully indoctrinated to the point they do not understand they are slaves, and no groups of people are more criminal than those who believe their criminal acts are necessary and sanctioned by a god called government.
It started with John Dewey in 1898 and continues today with complete government sanction, operating under sanitized, euphemistic phrases such as “Goals 2000, No Child Left Behind or Common Core.” Collectivism has brought us to the point where approximately 50% of the population of our country is functionally illiterate. If you doubt this for a moment, have your server at a local fast food restaurant make change without a programmed cash register or ask almost anyone to explain why the people known as Anti-federalists opposed ratification of our Constitution. Continue reading
“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” ~ William Casey, Ronald Reagan’s first CIA Director (from Casey’s first staff meeting, 1981)
On September 18, 1947, the National Security Act became law. This new law created multiple layers of unaccountable bureaucracies that have controlled our government since that date. Among those new bureaucracies were the Department of Defense, a subtle change in wording from Department of War to lull the American people to sleep believing their military would only be involved in defending the country. Of course, this has morphed into a force which, while leaving our borders unprotected, has embarked on a quest for empire with a US military presence in over 140 different countries, a massive albatross of choking debt, hundreds of thousands of dead and maimed military personnel and unconstitutional, perpetual wars for peace with nothing to show in the “win” column. Continue reading
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One would be hard pressed to disagree with the fact the Declaration of Independence not only defines the beginnings of our country but could be called our founding charter. Thomas Jefferson most eloquently laid out the tenets of lawful separation from a tyrannical oppressor, but also the definition of the one thing which defines the difference between ownership by the people of their government or the ownership of the people by a government: the basic tenet of “consent of the governed.”
It is both an indictment and a conviction of the Public Fool System and the institutionalized ignorance of the vast majority of citizens in this country that a government which operates without their consent is not only tyrannical and oppressive but such a government renders the people political slaves to their government’s edicts, rulings, and laws. Believing an elected representative who does not strictly adhere to a sacred oath to the Constitution is a lawful “representative” of their vested interests is insanity perfectly defined. Any elected representative who votes or acts unconstitutionally is a criminal and should be treated as such. Continue reading
We are continually told by the government and their shills in the media of the criminality engaged in by those with the audacity to challenge the legality of government intrusions on our liberty and freedoms. They oftentimes refer to us as “domestic terrorists.” “By what authority” could a local, elected, public official such as a Sheriff challenge unconstitutional laws has been on the lips of many candidates for those offices. Ignorance is bliss and it requires very little action. Continue reading
“Some wear the color of the sky in the winter
Some were as blue as the night
They came like a storm with the light of the morn
And they fell through the whole day and night
Colors flew high and they danced in the sky
As I watched them come over the hill
Then to my wonder, sticks that made thunder
Such a great number lay still” ~ Sticks That Made Thunder, The Steeldrivers
In late June of 1863, the 800 plus North Carolinians who made up the 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment began their long march from the vicinity of Fredricksburg, Virginia to near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The 26th NC was made up of primarily hardscrabble farm boys from Central and Western North Carolina. A great many of these men were under the age of 25. Among them were two of my ancestors.* Continue reading
“As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose—that it may violate property instead of protecting it—then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself from plunder or use it for plunder.” ~ Frederick Bastiat
We have all been brought up hearing the phrase “the rule of law.” We also hear often that we are a “nation of laws” not a “nation of men.” We have common law, constitutional law, blue laws, supreme law, the law of the jungle, civil law and Jefferson’s “the Law of Nature and Nature’s God.”
Is it possible all of the laws mentioned above are compatible? Does any one of them contradict the others? We all should know laws are to be created by a legislature for the primary purpose of protecting our individual rights. To accomplish that purpose all laws created by that legislature must be “in pursuance of” our established Constitution and Bill of Rights. Any law that is contrary to the pursuance of our Constitution is null, void and of no force. Continue reading