“Some have said that the individual is important and the government is merely the servant of the individual. But, let the evidence be presented and we discover that this assertion is only a pleasant fiction. The servant has the power and the strength. The individual bows before the might of the servant, who is, despite the platitudes, a master, not a slave to men. Governments rule. Individuals are ruled.” ~ Robert LeFevre
The above words are terribly hard for most people to digest. We claim over and over our individual rights and proclaim how government is subject to “consent of the governed.” This is all a mere pipe dream. As long as the majority continues to toil under the misconception that individuals actually have rights that supersede the wishes of the government, we will continue to be slaves to the wishes of the autocratic minority.
Governments do what all governments throughout history have done; governments continue to increase in size and power over any efforts by individuals or groups of individuals acting as factions or political parties. Political parties exist not to fight for the rights of the people they claim to represent but instead work tirelessly and endlessly to grab a larger portion of the government power pie. To political parties it matters little the destination of the bus called government, the only important issue is that their party gets to drive. Continue reading
“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” ~ Philip Dick VALIS
It appears France has closed its borders—perhaps 25 years too late for those who were killed and wounded yesterday and their families.
What event and massive loss of life here will it take before we close our borders, bring our military home and truly protect our freedoms? But, the cry from the zombies who regurgitate the words of those who want to destroy the culture of this country will continue. Leaving our borders open is a “humanitarian” mandate they will claim just as the leaders in Europe have been claiming for decades, Merkel and Hollande are certainly good examples. Continue reading
The Mad Man
Yesterday, Veterans Day, I wrote of my concerns on the adulation and “supporting” of the troops when the government does not in turn support them. To confirm my point I offered several examples.
From some of the replies to my posting, I see there are those who simply cannot separate their emotional need to support the troops from the fact the troops are also culpable for the crimes of our leaders in that our leaders initiate and conduct illegal, unconstitutional wars but members of the military are the tools used to implement their plans. Continue reading
“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.” ~ James Madison
Has anyone noticed that it is most probably impossible for a candidate for president to win the election if they do not fully support war? Should this be a window into who is running this government and for what purposes? All candidates fully support “armies, debts and taxes” even if they are the “known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.”
We embark upon another day of adulation and undisguised worship for those who fight this government’s wars. Almost everyone believes that we must “support the troops” for to do otherwise would be unpatriotic. Anyone with a basic understanding of the Constitution and the tenets of the charges at the Nuremburg trials must realize that our government, for the past 14 years, has been fighting illegal wars. As of yet, I have been unable to have anyone explain to me how one can support the troops without supporting these wars. Continue reading
The Mad Man
I am now more than ever convinced the America I grew up in during the 50s and 60s has long since disappeared from the landscape of history and has instead been replaced with an Orwellian bizzaro world.
Just this morning, I saw on TV that a father in Albuquerque (citizen) who removed his son from a hospital because he believed the care his son was receiving was flawed or substandard, could face criminal charges for child abuse and endangerment. At the same time, I cannot forget the images of a Richland County S.C. cop (government employee) violently removing a young female high-school student from her desk and throwing here to the floor and thrusting his knee into her back. I can find no record this badge-toting he-man was ever charged with any crime, although I am sure the citizens of that area will in due time be forced to ante up millions to settle the inevitable lawsuit. Continue reading
Once you get on the cog train, you can never get off?
“The existence of the secret government was so closely held that Congress was completely bypassed.” ~ James Bamford
Should anyone trust a man former president Richard Nixon once praised as “a ruthless little bastard?” What if this man teamed up with another lifelong politician who stated emphatically, “Principle is OK up to a certain point, but principle doesn’t do any good if you lose the nomination?” These two men experienced tremendous influence in the power politics of our country for decades. Continue reading
Author’s NOTE: In preparation for my Freedom Class on November the 7th, I quickly began to realize I have much more material than can possibly be presented in a 4 hour class. Therefore, I will cover some of the themes in a couple of Rants and save the “really good part” for the class and those who will be able to attend. There has been, among a group of politicians in our country, a plan to completely subvert the Constitution which dates back to the 1970s. Part of the class will be to illustrate how this was done over a period of 40 years and in fact has been accomplished. This country has not operated under the rules of the Constitution for over 14 years now, but instead has been run by a “shadow government” of the very few who are accountable to no one. (M.G.)
Taken from an interview of Foreign Policy advisor to Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1998
“Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists? Continue reading
“No matter how paranoid or conspiracy minded you are, what the government is doing is worse than you imagine.” ~ William Blum
Most Americans believe the Mainstream Media (MSM) is extremely biased and they would be correct in that assessment. The problem is: those on the political right believe the MSM has a liberal bias, while those on the political left believe the bias leans toward the right.
Of course the MSM is biased, but it leans not to the left or to the right; it leans toward the State. Supporting the actions of government is first priority. What better proof can there be than the overwhelming evidence the MSM was complicit in the lies used in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq and in the support for Obama, McCain, Kerry and Hillary’s continued wars of aggression in Libya, Syria, Yemen and the Ukraine? Continue reading
Recently we learned what our government fears most are those who oppose its implementation of unconstitutional edicts, Marxist Socialism and tyrannical government while at the same time supporting international and 1960s domestic terrorism.
The Department of (in)justice (DOJ) working in conjunction with George Washington University and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has created the Domestic Terrorism Counsel (DTC) in order to more effectively address domestic terrorism in this country. Of course, the created-by-government, “racial” proclivities of the Charleston Church shooter were used as motivation for this new government entity. Continue reading
Imagine if you will; you are in a public place, perhaps the grocery or drug store, or perhaps even just walking down the street or around the mall. A person you have never met walks up to you and unsolicited begins to cite to you their opinions on current affairs or political positions. You respond politely and then challenge that person to qualify or quantify their, again, unsolicited position. What would you think if that person then became angry, stated they were offended you had the audacity to question their beliefs and then called you vile names? Continue reading
If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions; and experiences declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Old King George III didn’t do a lot of worrying about the “rabble” in the colonies that were making so much noise and causing trouble with throwing the tea in the Boston Harbor. They would be easy to handle. He would make life unbearable by granting immunity from prosecution to his soldiers there. Then he would blockade the port and starve the upstarts into submission. All these atrocities committed against the “rabble” came to be known as the “Intolerable Acts.” Continue reading
Our highly centralized, tyrannical government likes to build its dream of gun control on the bodies of the dead it could not protect with the largest, arguably the most powerful standing army in the world. Unabashedly, our socialist headmasters use the deaths of the innocent to promote their agendas and further their decent into complete despotism. Before the bodies of the dead have grown cold, much less been properly mourned, tyrants play on the emotions of the historically handicapped in order to carpe diem.
While the sociopaths who roam the halls of power in this country bemoan, with fake crocodile tears, the acts of psychopaths with guns and many times government prescribed and paid for psychotropic drugs in their systems, mass murder in our inner cities is virtually ignored. Could it be our government wishes to suppress these facts because the vast majority of those murders are perpetrated on and by the government’s favorite protected species: the racial minority? Continue reading
MR. WILSON OF PENNSYLVANIA TOLD US WHAT WOULD BE
Author’s note: It is critical in order to understand the importance of Federalist James Wilson of Pennsylvania’s words as quoted, one must realize the size of the country at the time of those words was the original 13 states. A thorough study of the men who called themselves Federalists will reveal to the unbiased historian a group of men not all that different from the tyrants who control our government today. ~ M.G.
James Wilson of Pennsylvania was one of the leading Nationalists/Monarchists masquerading as a Federalist during our founding era. Wilson was a close friend of Robert Morris and John Dickinson. Both Dickinson and Morris were also strong Nationalists who supported a monarchical form of government. What the three desired, along with many of their fellow Federalists, was a British Mercantile form of government without the interference of Great Britain. Continue reading
…on life support
Author’s NOTE: I began this series of articles in February/March of this year. From a perceived lack of interest by many, I decided to stop writing on this subject for a while. Some recent events, one being preparation for an upcoming class to be held a week from today, prompted me to resume this area of study. In full realization that many hold our Constitution with not a small portion of reverence, some actually seeing it as inspired by deity, I feel compelled to offer another side of that argument based almost entirely on the visions of those who were referred to at the time of the debates over ratification of our Constitution as Anti-federalists. Sitting with the advantage of being able to look at a 227 year mosaic of time and using that mosaic to judge who was correct about what the Constitutional Convention of 1787 produced; the Federalists or the Anti-federalists, is something that in my mind must be examined. This is my attempt to begin to do so. (M.G.)
In recent rants, I have noted the problems we as a country have inherited from two blatantly unconstitutional issues or programs; that being our Welfare State and the “War on Drugs.” Both of these programs have wide support among liberals and conservatives. Unfortunately, the majority of people have no problem with unconstitutional legislation that fits their desires or beliefs. For instance, while many local, regional and national farmers are most critical of food stamps and other forms of socialism, they have absolutely no problem whatsoever with the US Department of Agriculture’s “Conservation Reserve Program” (CRP) which provides farmers large taxpayer funded subsidies to not farm their land. (Both welfare whores and farmers are being paid to do nothing) Believe me; if a farmer protests other unconstitutional government programs, they sometimes receive not so subtle reminders of the “free money” they receive; money that is extracted from their fellow Americans by threat or coercion. Continue reading
Arguably, the most prevalent form of mental illness in this country is cognitive disconnect. People get totally lost when it comes to being able to rationally address cause and effect. Of course, mental acuity, when saturated with liberal doses of emotionalism and group think becomes feeble to non-existent.
The symptom I wish to address specifically is one that has been on the political table for decades: immigration. The causes, which are all too often ignored, are directly related to unconstitutional acts by our government. Many times these unconstitutional acts are wildly supported by a constitutionally ignorant population. Continue reading
We hear on a regular basis from talking heads in government what our founders intended our government to be, but seldom, if ever, do we hear a candidate for public office quote our founders such as Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. With the possible exception of Ron Paul, I can’t remember hearing either one of the two mentioned at all in recent history. Why is that, one might ask?
Well, most politicians don’t want to quote anyone whose political philosophy contradicts almost everything they support, promise to do and campaign for. Continue reading
“I solemnly swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
What would you call the person who foolishly trades away their individual rights as defined in the Bill of Rights and also traded away all of their rights as guaranteed by their creator? To make it even worse, what if that person actually paid to have their rights destroyed and then embraced and worshiped the people who stole those rights?
An overwhelming majority of the people who have worked most diligently to destroy this country and its republican form of government have taken a sacred oath to do exactly the opposite of what they have accomplished. They took the oath that is quoted in the opening of this article. Continue reading
It appears that Donald Trump has signed a contract with the devil. Fortunately for many, Trump was able to bring taboo subjects into popular discussion; topics the Republican Party hierarchy found most uncomfortable. The media whores had no choice but to cover these issues and the pasture full of candidates for the party’s nomination found themselves talking about subjects they would rather have avoided. Prime among those subjects was illegal immigration. Arguably, illegal immigration is just as dangerous to our sovereignty as is any nuclear agreement with Iran; whether by bombs, bullets or diluted sovereignty—dead is dead.
The debate on illegal immigration has brought to the forefront discussions about “anchor babies” and that has led to the questions of citizenship as is mentioned in the 14th Amendment. I have received multiple requests to address or attempt a clarification of the points in question. Continue reading
“Pops added, “you know, they say if you don’t vote, you get the government you deserve.”
“And if you do, you never get the results you expected,” Katherine replied.” ~ E. A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
Art by Anthony Frieda. Anthonyfreda.com
For the better part of two decades I have been puzzled and frustrated as I watch people go about increasing their mad addiction to the source of most of their problems: government. Over that period of time I have watched as our government has become more and more tyrannical and unconstitutional and marveled that a great majority of people see the cure for that problem to be liberal doses of more of that same government, simply packaged with a different label or championed by a different psychopath. It appears the old “hair of the dog that bit you” cure for an alcohol or drug induced hangover has been ideologically embraced as it pertains to government and its constant ailments. Continue reading
are about to take their toll!
“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy” ~ Carroll Quigley Tragedy and Hope
All of the ballyhoo, comments and news reports about the candidates for president in the 2016 campaign season would be humorous if the truth behind elections in this country was not so sad.
It matters not one iota who wins the next presidential election or the congressional elections for that matter—this country will continue to swirl down the drain of history because our president and the vast majority of members of congress owe their allegiance to the power cabal. The better description of this power cabal would be the National Security state. Continue reading
Some folks I’m sure turn to TV or some other form of the media for their dose of laughter, but for me I get all the mirth I need from some of the emails in my inbox. Yesterday was no exception. I received an email from a very well intentioned lady patriot in Florida. She was somewhat apoplectic that the American people were being stonewalled by the US government on an important issue. I do not find humor the system is criminal but in the fact she believes there is a form of recourse left to the people. Continue reading
“None so deaf as those who will not hear. No so blind as those who will not see.” ~ Matthew Henry
It has been downright funny at times to sit and watch as the Republicans react to the political antics of Donald Trump. Here, I believe, is a classic example of the factualness of a theory that has been posited by many: there is really no philosophical difference between the two major political parties in this country. Would the verbal attacks on Trump by Graham and McCain have been different in substance had they been delivered by Hillary or Obama? Is there not the common denominators of perpetual war, unlimited borrowing and open borders shared by all four?
When one dons the mantle of Republican Party faithful, membership in the inner sanctum requires logic and true insight be sacrificed on the altar of party loyalty. There could never be a better example than when a hysterically ignorant member of the local Republican Party hierarchy informed me in a rather loud voice that George W. Bush was a “true hero” because “He kept this country safe.” Continue reading
“The consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.” ~ Robert Edward Lee
Of course it was about slavery. To state otherwise would be irresponsible and unconscionable. While any form of slavery or involuntary servitude is despicable and contrary to all paradigms involving freedom and liberty, perhaps the focus of this individual atrocity should rest as much on the slavery created by the war as well as the slavery that preceded it.
Chattel slavery certainly had its impacts, especially the threats to slave owners in the South from fire breathing insane abolitionists like John Brown, including of course the disproportionate number of free blacks who also owned slaves. Continue reading
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
The concept in the above quote credited to Martin Niemoller is certainly relevant to current events in this country. On the 17th of May in Waco Texas, what could best be described as a mass assassination occurred in the parking lot of a restaurant known as Twin Peaks. Of course, if your mind and reasoning process has been invaded and is now a prisoner of the mass media culture operating under the aegis of Operation Mockingbird, you of course believe a group of dastardly criminals riding motorcycles took time off from selling illegal drugs, raping young girls and terrorizing neighborhoods to shoot each other at a community meeting. Of course, thanks to the alleged alert government authorities, some from the same alphabet agencies that killed 80 men, women and children in their church in the same town back in 1993, not quite as many folks met their death. Continue reading
In a grand display of institutionalized ignorance, a 2012 candidate for sheriff in our county, a veteran of many years in law enforcement, when asked if he would intervene should the federal government seek to impose unconstitutional measures in our county, responded with three words: “by what authority?” In an even more spectacular display of institutionalized ignorance, the people of this county elected this man.
Institutionalized ignorance aside, the question posed by the candidate, now sheriff, was a relevant question. The problem was it was directed toward the wrong entity. The question “by what authority,” instead of being leveled at citizens should instead be leveled at all levels of government, especially the federal government. Continue reading
~ Forewords ~
I wrote the below a few weeks more than two years ago fully realizing that there would be some false flag event perpetrated by our government masters which would further vilify and demonize the flag of my ancestors. I also knew that such an act of tyranny could only be perpetrated against a mass of people so ignorant of this country’s history they would fall for any emotional ruse. Watching the idiots in the media and the ignorant at all levels follow the dictates of the psychopaths in government for the past few days, I felt compelled to issue this re-rant.
The ignorant who claim fealty to our Second Amendment but continue to support this government should pay close attention to the mental chaos created against my flag that represents resistance to tyranny, for soon you will witness the same when it comes to individual ownership of firearms. The die has been cast, we only await the next false flag event which will do to firearms ownership what has been done to the St. Andrews Cross. (M.G.)
“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God” ~ attributed to Benjamin Franklin, found on the cemetery gate at Jefferson’s Monticello. Continue reading
“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” ~ attributed to Benjamin Franklin, found on the cemetery gate at Jefferson’s Monticello
I’ve reached my saturation point with those who get apoplectic when they view others as not embracing tolerance and diversity but gleefully deny the same to those of Southern Heritage and their ancestors.
I have a large number of ancestors who fought for their respective states in the Second War for Independence, erroneously referred to in revisionist history as the Civil War. Several gave the ultimate sacrifice; none owned slaves.
Our history has been so perverted on this subject a great majority of citizens’ base their understanding of the events of that era on nothing but government sponsored lies. Continue reading
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism…” ~ Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
Oh let’s piss somebody off with this flag…
I would contend that a large majority of violent events that began with 9/11, continued through Aurora, Sandy Hook, Boston, Ferguson, Baltimore and now Charleston, are nothing if not a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same end: the complete and total destruction of individual freedom and liberty in this country.
Looked at intelligently and without the rose colored glasses of government idolatry, all those events have continued to grow government at an alarming rate and continually led to politicians, their lapdogs in the media and members of the species Ignoramus Americanus to call for more and more government control over our lives and the subsequent loss of liberty. Continue reading
“I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” ~ Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861.
When Abraham Lincoln took office in March of 1861, this country had observed the institution of chattel slavery for its entire existence. President Lincoln, having secured not one electoral vote from the Southern States, declared in his First Inaugural Address that it was his full intention to use the power of the presidency to perpetuate and protect that onerous institution “in the states where it exists.” Continue reading
Sources state that five of the nine bikers killed in Waco on Sunday received gunshot wounds to the head with two others whose deadly wounds were listed as “unspecified.” What are the chances the majority of people killed in a parking lot shootout would be hit in the head? What are the chances that in such a shootout which takes place in a busy shopping center with the police admittedly involved; only bikers are hit in the obvious hail of gunfire—no innocent bystanders—no police? Was it coincidence that a SWAT team had been deployed to the site of this meeting before it began? Do SWAT teams have snipers? Continue reading
As much as I wish it was otherwise, we do live in a nation as opposed to a country. The country of our founders died an ignominious death in April of 1865 at a place known to very few graduates of our Public Fool System as Appomattox Court House. In its stead we now have a nation inhabited mostly by morons addicted to alcohol, prescription and non-prescription drugs and an overdose of nationalism not seen on the world’s stage since Germany in the 1930s-40s. Continue reading
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.” ~ Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry, one who could be referred to as the leader of the Anti-federalists, fought tirelessly for individual liberty and freedom. Many of our founders considered Henry to be among the most devout Christians of their time. It is believed Henry’s oratory skills were honed when he was asked to repeat the sermons of Samuel Davies for his mother when he was a young man.
As has been oft stated here, Henry refused to attend the Constitutional Convention of 1787 because he “smelt a rat leaning toward a Monarchy” and spoke almost daily in the Virginia Ratification Convention against the ratification of the Constitution without a Bill of Rights. Arguably, a Bill of Rights would have never been drafted and ratified had it not been for Patrick Henry and those who followed his lead in the other states. Continue reading
“The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.” ~ Mark Twain
It would be hard to argue the great majority of people in this country totally misunderstand what the “only legitimate objects of government” actually are. Many look at government as a paycheck; others look at government as an excuse not to work; many look at government as a tool to use to increase their power over others or to increase their wealth. To many, government becomes a surrogate parent, but the most terrifying and destructive to Liberty are those who see government as a deity.
Many of those who scoff at the possibility they worship at the feet of government are quick to state to all who will listen that the government or government/employee/representative is the final arbiter of all questions of rights and freedom. They fail to see that such a belief is totally contradictory to the tenets of our Declaration of Independence. Continue reading
Authors note: Recently, I have received several emails from readers who question my “constant referral” to events in history and the demonization of those some consider to be “icons” in this country’s history. This further compounds my lack of understanding of those who complain of the events currently taking place in our country, fully attributable to a corrupt government, and their contradictory belief in the propaganda produced by the same government when it comes to the “enemies” we should fear and be willing to invade, bomb and kill. Even more confusing, this commitment of lives and resources is based solely on the word of a government that, according to a recent CNN poll, 87% of the American people don’t trust! ~ M.G. Continue reading
“But whether the Constitution be one thing or another, this much is certain—that it has either authorized such a government as we have had or has been powerless to prevent it.” ~ Lysander Spooner
Our Constitution, as signed on September 17, 1787, was an instrument created by mostly politicians and lawyers, who, hiding behind the façade of being Federalists, proposed a government that would convert the present method of governing from one of “consent of the governed” into an instrument that would provide to the chosen few the powers of unlimited taxation, the creation of a massive bureaucracy, standing army and militarized police to implement their desires.
The people who deserve our praise and devotion are those who have been relegated to the waste bin of history for all intents and purposes, for to mention them in current history would necessitate an explanation as to who they were and what principles of freedom and liberty they fought for. Continue reading
“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound shifts in policy.” ~ Professor Carroll Quigley, Bill Clinton’s mentor at Georgetown University, author of Tragedy and Hope
With a wink and a nod…
“There is not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties” ~ Governor George C. Wallace in the 1968 presidential campaign
In answer to my previous Rant, a good friend and true Patriot, DW, poignantly pointed out to me that unfortunately in our country, the populace is made up of a ratio of at least nine ignorant, hypocritical idiots who prefer being lied to for every person who actually understands the concepts of Liberty. Continue reading
52 FAMOUS WORDS OF CONTENTION
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.”
From May of 1787 to the State Ratification Conventions to a monumental debate in the United States Senate in 1833, the 52 words of the Preamble to the US Constitution has been a point of contention as to whether we were intended to have a National or a Constitutional Republic form of government. Continue reading
Authors note: If we were to believe what most of us were taught in the public fool system, we would believe that in May of 1787, a group of very special people who were divinely inspired, met during the hot summer months and with the blessings and guidance of the almighty, created a governing document for the ages. As nice and comfortable a parable as that might be, simply put, the facts do not support the thesis. ~ M.G.
A frequent subject for today is “transparency” in government. Much like the Fountain of Youth or Bigfoot, transparency in government is quite elusive and is arguably just as much a myth. Those who met in Philadelphia in May 1787 certainly did everything within their power to make sure the proceedings there were kept from the prying ears and eyes of the public. The meetings were held on the second floor, the windows were covered and there was a guard placed at the entrance. There was also the solemn promise among the delegates that the particulars of those proceedings would not be made public for fifty years. Continue reading
Authors Note: I have received an unusual number of comments and questions from new and old readers asking most relevant questions in response to my last Rant. My first impulse was to attempt to answer each of those questions individually, but I have decided instead to answer them using this forum. This will require a slight deviation in the direction I had previously intended these lessons to take. ~ M.G.
It is an easily understood axiom that the closer one stands to the fire, the more they feel the heat. That holds true especially for the fire of freedom. The Declaration of Independence was written when the fire of liberty was burning deep in the hearts and souls of people such as Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere and others. The Articles of Confederation were written shortly thereafter, while the Revolutionary War was raging in 1777, but did not come in force until Maryland, concerned with incursions into the state by the Redcoats, ratified in 1781. Continue reading