It just doesn’t take much to keep the mind of Ignoramus Americanus occupied during the holiday season—-or any season for that matter. Cable TV and a six-pack are the weapons of choice for those who want to remain comfortable and avoid any contact with cognitive discourse, the uncomfortable truth and harsh reality.
Why should it matter that our government spends upwards of a trillion dollars each year on its defense industry or what has been called the military industrial complex? Strange indeed for a country who spends more on “defense” than the rest of the industrialized countries COMBINED! But, supporting and supplying one’s own army, navy and air force; the combined forces of our allies and our current and future enemies is a very expensive undertaking. That’s right; in order to insure the health of the military/industrial complex it is necessary to find, fund and equip our future enemies with money we don’t have. After all, if we don’t have two teams to play in February, there could be no Super Bowl. Continue reading
“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress… ~ Article V, US Constitution
Within the past couple of years, the drum beat for a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) or an Article V Convention has been increasing in many cases due to a book on the subject and frequent mentions of the concept by radio host Mark Levin. Levin has referred to himself as a “constitutionalist” yet to my knowledge has failed to explain how one can be a true constitutionalist and support unconstitutional legislation such as the Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act and also support non-defensive, unconstitutional wars, as long as they are initiated and supported by Republicans.
By default, to support legislation such as the Patriot Act and defend the right of the Executive branch to declare war on its own say-so, a person must be an advocate of a strong, centralized, national government; a concept repeatedly voted down in the Constitutional Convention of 1789 and the various State Ratification Conventions, and outright opposed by several of the amendments in our Bill of Rights. Continue reading
If there is one thing that has grown predictable, it is elections. No matter the political climate it seems that every few years the voters in this country watch candidates for public office spend unimaginable sums of money which leads to replacing National Socialists (R’s) with Marxist Socialists (D’s) or vice versa.
“A man is no less a slave because he gets to pick a new master once in a term of years.” ~ Lysander Spooner
It has been most interesting this past week to read and listen to various political pundits as they explain how our government will change for the better now that the R’s control both houses of Congress. Some even went so far as to speculate about the R’s regaining the White House in 16.
If the Republicans were to proceed according to the beliefs of millions who unconsciously push the button or fill in the circle next to anyone with an “R” next to their name, there would be some radical changes taking place in the not so distant future. Continue reading
“Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth, but the plain single vow that is vow’d true.” ~ William Shakespeare, All’sWell That Ends Well
Without a doubt, the most overlooked and abused object during an election season is the Oath of Office. When was the last time you heard the Oath to uphold and defend our Constitution and Bill of Rights mentioned in a political debate; on the evening news or by any of the so-called pundits in the media?
In today’s world, one must exhibit their ability to perform the job they have applied for, usually in the form of a test or examination; a driver’s license; a teaching certification; license to practice medicine; contractor’s license; POST certification; a concealed carry permit and many more. All these require a working knowledge of the job they have applied for or are being employed to do and some form of examination or test to demonstrate knowledge and application of the principals involved. Yet, for the literally hundreds of thousands of politicians, public officials, law enforcement personnel and government bureaucrats, there is no examination given on what is the most important and sometimes the only requirements of their jobs. Continue reading
“A delegated power cannot itself be delegated” ~ Anglo-Saxon legal maxim.
How did we get to this point in history; our country is hopelessly in debt and that debt is getting larger every day; more and more laws and regulations are passed, not to protect our rights, but to take them away; we spend more and more money on education, yet, our children are less and less prepared to make a living and most are driven by emotions instead of intellect; we are engaged in multiple wars against multiple inanimate objects (terror, poverty, drugs, crime etc.) requiring more and more money, but the enemies the wars are fought to eradicate continue to increase exponentially; the wars that are allegedly fought to secure our freedom requires more and more draconian laws that take our freedoms instead of protecting them; our country’s true history is forgotten or intentionally distorted to support a purely socialist agenda; we have thousands and thousands more “law enforcement” officers now than we had “peace officers” when I was young, yet, we have more laws, more crime and less peace. Continue reading
(Or how the government sponsored hate and hysteria directed at any substance or cause that is not approved and promoted by the government itself is the root of all evil and should be exterminated along with anyone foolish enough to use them.)
Author’s disclaimer: I am not now, nor have been, the user of drugs, legal or illegal, with the exception of Acetaminophen, over-the-counter allergy relief and the occasional ingestion of caffeine or an adult beverage.
Author’s note: I am also fully cognizant that I live in Bizarro World. Please take that into consideration as I cite as a recent example the claim by a proxy leader of a local group that claims fealty and allegiance to all things constitutional, that a candidate for Sheriff, recently vetted by that group, is “weak” on constitutional issues. This from the same man who recently publicly endorsed a candidate for that same office who has inundated this county with multiple lawsuits alleging repeated violations of the constitutional rights of local citizens and who knowingly hired and promoted a man who had been terminated in another state for violating the constitutional rights of citizens in that state, only to have him perpetrate these same unconstitutional acts on citizens here; So much for being “weak” on the Constitution. Continue reading
“The whole conspiracy idea is cockeyed. We had orders to obey the head of state. We weren’t a band of criminals meeting in the woods in the dead of night to plan mass murders…” ~ Hermann Goering, 1 May 1946 (Committed suicide to avoid hanging)
“I was given this assignment which I could not refuse–and besides, I did everything possible to treat [the foreign slave laborers] well.” ~ Fritz Saukel, 23 February 1946 (Hanged for crimes against humanity)
“I don’t see how they can fail to recognize a soldier’s obligation to obey orders. That’s the code I’ve live by all my life.” ~ Alfred Jodl, 1 November 1945 (Hanged for crimes committed)
I fully understand why people get very defensive whenever any acts by supposedly good Americans are compared to Hitler and Nazi Germany, but when considering the rapid descent into abject Socialism in this country during the past 12-14 years, could it be time to take the gloves off and realize we seem to be following in the footprints of history? Continue reading
“In Northern Missouri the irregularities of the soldiers – such as taking poultry, pigs, milk, butter, preserves, potatoes, horses, and in fact everything they want; entering and searching houses, and stealing in many cases; committing rapes on the negroes and such like things – the effect has been to make a great many union men inveterate enemies…Then drunkenness is a great curse of officers and men…I can fully substantiate all I have written.” ~ John T.K. Hayward, Unionist and general agent for the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, August 13, 1861 in a letter forwarded to Secretary of War, Simon Cameron as found in War of the Rebellion: A compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Volume 3 page 459 Continue reading
“The fact is that there is a serious danger of this country becoming a pluto-democracy; that is, a sham republic with the real government in the hands of a small clique of enormously wealthy men, who speak through their money, and whose influence, even today, radiates to every corner of the United States.” ~ William Gibbs McAdoo (1863-1941)
This past month I traveled back to my beloved South to enjoy time spent with special friends, new acquaintances and cherished family. While there, a fact my mind has been trying to escape for a couple of decades reasserted itself: the South of my childhood days exists only in the memories of those of us who experienced them.
Where did they go? First of all one must come to grips with the fact that those were moments in time as opposed to a geographic location. Thomas Wolfe said it best in the title of his book: You Can’t Go Home Again.
The natural question then becomes; how did we get here from there? I believe a thorough investigation of the facts and truths of history will show that the battle has always been about the same ideals of Liberty, centralization, subjugation and control. Continue reading
“A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.” ~ William Hazlitt
A person, who claims to be a constitutionalist and votes for anyone whom they know has violated the constitution and therefore their sacred oath is like the person who claims to be a teetotaler because they only drink on the weekend.
It is absolutely impossible to support the constitution while at the same time voting for the lesser of evils or one candidate over the other because of party, friendship, personal beliefs, perceived civic duty or any other paradoxical vacillation of the emotional mindset. Continue reading
“The financiers’ motives in the war were not as glorious as the motives of many fine young men when they marched in ranks mowed down at Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Second Cold Harbor, and other such battles. The true object, for which those boys were uncaringly and needlessly sacrificed, was to transform national debt into private control of banking and currency in the United States. ~ John Remington Graham, Blood Money: the Civil War and the Federal Reserve (Emphasis added)
“The capitalists and stock gamblers in Europe, by their alliance with the political adventurers of America, carefully planned this war in the interest of despotism and the funding systems. They anticipated every argument, and prepared the public mind for war in advance. During the war they prepared for the debt and continued the war that the debt might reach its present enormous extent.” ~ Henry Clay Dean, Crimes of the Civil War and Curse of the Funding System, Innes and Company, Baltimore, 1868 (Emphasis added)
For decades the people of this country have been told by politicians, bureaucrats, members of the Supreme Court, school teachers, professors and many authors that the cause of the War for Southern Independence was fought to free an oppressed people and to preserve the Union of our forefathers. How surprising it will be to many to learn the real reason for the war is the same reason our country is financially destitute and governed by unconstitutional tyrants, all the while simultaneously involved in empire building around the world which steadily adds to our overwhelming indebtedness.
Every war this country has entered into in my lifetime has been to secure for the international bankers the assets of other countries and increasing the debt of our country using our military as the means of procurement; all the while lining their pockets with untold wealth while pushing this country farther and farther into financial and moral bankruptcy. Continue reading
Author’s note: All too many Americans accept the unconstitutional tyrannical government we have today, including the waging of unconstitutional wars, all of which saw its genesis in Abraham Lincoln and his Republican Party minions. This is blindly accepted because somehow it was/is seen as a fair trade off for freeing an oppressed race of people. Nothing could be more historically false.
“Mr. Pendleton, if the Republicans lose their little war; they’re voted out in the next election and they return to their homes in New York, or Massachusetts or Illinois, fat with their war profits; if we lose, we lose our country, we lose our independence, we lose it all.” ~ General Thomas Jonathan Jackson (Stonewall) 1862.
At some point in late 1862, the Abraham Lincoln led republican administration realized that their unconstitutional, immoral war perpetrated on the people of the South was generating a tremendous loss of life and property and at some point history would demand an explanation for what could only be considered treason. They also realized that should they lose this war there would certainly be legal repercussions for their blatant disregard for the limits of the Constitution. Lincoln, after all, had ordered up an Army of 75,000 soldiers to invade citizens of his own country. Continue reading
“If there were any seeds in this constitution that might, one day produce a consolidation, it would be, sir, with me, be an insuperable objection, I am so perfectly convinced so extensive a country as this can never be managed by one consolidated government… if the state governments vanish, the general government must vanish also… The state governments can put a veto, at any time, on the general government, by ceasing to continue the executive power.” ~ William Richardson Davie, North Carolina Ratification Convention, 1788
“[The constitution] was framed upon truly republican principles; and that, and as it is expressly designed to provide for the common protection and general welfare of the United States, it must be utterly repugnant to this constitution to subvert the state governments, or oppress the people.” ~ Alexander Hamilton, New York State Ratification Convention, 1788
It is absolutely imperative that in order to gain an understanding of the founders intent as to the meaning of the Constitution, one must know the difference between our Constitution as ratified and our constitution as interpreted by members of the general government itself, their willing dupes and useful idiots. Continue reading
“The State Declarations of Rights are not repealed by this Constitution; and being in force are sufficient…” ~ Roger Sherman, Judge, Member of Continental Congress and distinguished member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
There exists in our country a large number who believe that our Constitution came complete with a Bill of Rights attached. To not understand the process that brought us that Bill of Rights is to be ignorant of much of the meaning of our Constitution and the history of the founding era.
There were only four members of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 who pressed for the addition of a Bill of Rights. Many felt it was unnecessary and from the quote of Roger Sherman above we could understand their reasoning. Continue reading
“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
Anyone who believes that all is required for a full understanding of our Constitution and Bill of Rights is to take the very short time required to read them will find themselves in quite a quandary. Trying to reconcile what they have read with what someone selling DVD’s and books states, as well as what is declared gospel by someone wearing a black robe, will prove difficult. Of course these black robed oracles are collecting monies and benefits from dollars stolen from those they must steer and incorporate into their employer’s agenda. Continue reading
Recently, I found myself embroiled in a lively debate concerning private property rights versus the powers of government as it pertains to the “common good” or what boils down to government protecting people from their neighbors and the uncertainties of nature. I remain amazed at the belief by many that a group of people acting as a branch of government somehow collectively possess celestial abilities unobtainable by mere individuals acting alone in pursuance of their individual rights.
To that end I believe it is absolutely mandatory that everyone understand that government at any level can only exert power over others by first participating in acts that if perpetrated by private individuals would constitute a crime. I speak specifically of extortion and robbery, which if done by government is by necessity referred to in a much more mentally palatable term: taxation. Yes, that is correct; governments could not perform any function whatsoever without the use of other people’s money or OPM. Continue reading
Of course the “Libertarian” website I was writing for at the time chose not to publish but in the light of recent revelations such as those I sent out yesterday perhaps this piece deserves another look-see. (M.G.)
In the month of April I traveled to the Arizona border and worked as a volunteer with the Minuteman Project. Upon returning I wrote an article that appeared at LRC. For several days that followed I received many emails, including fellow writers at LRC who took issue with my stance on protecting our borders. I understand the issue this raises with those who believe in the open border policy advocated by many Libertarians. My question is: can we live with the theory of open borders when obviously what we are experiencing is not people immigrating for a better way of life, but an invasion?
The one question that I never received an answer to from all those who wrote me in opposition to my position was: with the current open border policy and the welfare state how do we protect the private property of not only those who live on the U.S. side of the border, but others whose private property is being destroyed by the criminal element that constantly flows across our porous borders? Continue reading
“The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.” ~ Article IV Section II, US Constitution.
Recently, Constitution instructor Michael Badnarik responded to a reader’s inquiry concerning the Constitution of the state of Nevada and how it relates to the recent events in that state with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and rancher Cliven Bundy. Badnarik very adroitly challenges the blatant dichotomy found in Section 2 of that document. I list them separately below for obvious reasons.
“All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security and benefit of the people; and they have the right to alter or reform the same whenever the public good may require it. Continue reading
“The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working underground to undermine our Constitution from a co-ordinate of a general and special government to a general supreme one alone. This will lay all things at their feet. … I will say, that “against this every man should raise his voice,” and, more, should uplift his arm …” ~ Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Thomas Ritchie, Sept. 1820
Well, it would appear that ignorance of our Constitution and the intent of the Framers of that document has reached an all-time high. The majority of responses coming from the species Ignoramus Americanus, especially in dealing with the Nazi like actions of the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada, directed against rancher Cliven Bundy, is that the Federal Courts have “so ruled” in one manner or another and therefore their decisions preclude and overrule any Natural or Common rights Mr. Bundy and by default “we the people” might have. Continue reading
…In this excerpt from the book “They thought they were free. The Germans, 1933-45” and the circumstances and political happenings in this country over the past few decades, please go back to sleep!!! (M.G.)
But Then It Was Too Late
by Milton Mayer
“What no one seemed to notice,” said a colleague of mine, a philologist, “was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. Just think how very wide this gap was to begin with, here in Germany. And it became always wider. You know, it doesn’t make people close to their government to be told that this is a people’s government, a true democracy, or to be enrolled in civilian defense, or even to vote. All this has little, really nothing, to do with knowing one is governing.
“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, (Insert your favorite politician here; Bush and/or Obama, both are applicable) their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it. Continue reading