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
Authors note: Several readers have asked about the importance of covering the fact Madison, Hamilton and others were pushing a nationalist form of government. This information is critical because the nationalist/monarchial form of government that was introduced and supported by Madison, Hamilton and others was repeatedly defeated, both in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the subsequent State Ratifying Conventions. Unfortunately, what our founders intended, a Republic, has long since been abandoned for the nationalist form of government the majority opposed. In fact, our government has morphed into a National Socialist form of government not ideologically different than the National Socialist government of Germany in the 30’s and 40’s. ~ M.G.
Regardless of how many times you read it, or how many revisionist court historians write it, there is absolutely no evidence available which indicates there was a groundswell of support among the people for abandoning the Articles of Confederation.
Where might one go to discover the truth of my allegation? Why not to the words of the man who most wanted to change the limitations of the Articles to a form of government much more to his liking; a monarchy, and failing that, a strong centralized national government: Alexander Hamilton. Here it is in his words.
“Men of intelligence, discovered the feebleness of the structure, [Articles of Confederation] but the great body of the people, too much engrossed with their distresses to contemplate any but the immediate causes of them, were ignorant of the defects of their Constitution.”
One would be hard pressed to argue the fact that we are perhaps the most “entertained” people on the planet. Almost everyone I know, myself included, owns at least a couple of electronic “devises” whose primary function, in most cases, is used as some form of entertainment. One can watch sports, TV episodes, play games and access other venues of entertainment on their personal phones. Watching young people would also reveal the fact we have some of the most dexterous thumbs in the world. Continue reading
(*Note: The following are excerpts of letters and personal diary entries written by General George S. Patton in 1945. They are taken from “THE PATTON PAPERS” published by Houghton Mifflin in 1974. Perhaps we should consider their relevance to today’s world and the circumstances surrounding Patton’s death and the complete socialist/militaristic takeover of our country to date. Especially how the attitudes Patton abhorred have become standard operating procedure in our government today.) ~ M.G.
PATTON DIARY, MAY 18, 1945
“In my opinion, the American Army as it now exists could beat the Russians with the greatest of ease, because, while the Russians have good infantry, they are lacking in artillery, air, tanks, and in the knowledge of the use of the combined arms, whereas we excel in all three of these. If it should be necessary to fight the Russians, the sooner we do it the better.” Continue reading
“There is not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties” ~ George Wallace, (August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998)
Arguably, one could state the above quote by the late iconic political figure, George Wallace, was the very epitome of the “separate but equal” legal doctrine that has been used as a political football by the American Oligarchy I have referred to as “Clowns in Black Gowns.” As it has done hundreds of times, the US Supreme Court reversed itself from a previous ruling in Plessy v Ferguson 1896 to Brown v Board of Education in 1953-54. The numerous vacillations of the black robed oligarchs demonstrates vividly our Constitution is subject to the arbitrary political agendas of nine people with questionable agendas and frequently ignores the hundreds who participated in the State Ratification conventions in 1788-89. Continue reading
We left off with our previous discussion with the 12 people who met in Annapolis Maryland in September of 1786. We learned that of the twelve, John Dickinson*, a man who had refused to sign the Declaration of Independence and supported England in the Revolutionary War was elected Chairman of that group unanimously. (* It should be noted that John Dickinson also drafted the Articles of Confederation in 1776 and was a delegate to the Convention of 1787 but had a proxy sign the constitution for him.)
We learned this convention had been called because the Congress found no interest in amending the Articles of Confederation as requested by Alexander Hamilton and it was apparent these twelve representatives wished to circumvent the Congress in their desire to “strengthen” the government. Continue reading
Étienne de La Boétie
On several occasions I have been asked to prepare a reading list for the readers of my Rants. While I am still trying to condense a short list from the many books in my library, I truly believe the following essay should be required reading for anyone whose interests lie in the pursuit of Liberty.
One cannot effectively deal with an enemy if they do not know and understand that enemy. It is important that we realize that we are in a very small distinct minority when it comes to our pursuits. This essay is a great description of how so many become slaves to a despotic government; why they decry its encroachments on one hand and praise its killers on the other.
The fact this essay was written over 500 years ago makes it even more relevant.
Mike Continue reading
Authors note: This will be a multi-part presentation in response to several requests for more information on the founding era of our country, which in many cases is contrary to what we were all taught in history and government/civics classes. It is also beneficial to understand the motives of many at the very beginning of our country. Such motives will provide insight into what our government has morphed into during its existence.
Among us in our country today are those who are strong advocates of an omnipotent, centralized government whose every law must be obeyed and every wish granted without question or discussion, much less dissent. What are the origins of those beliefs? Could it be a desire for a king as one sees in the Scriptures (I Samuel Chapter 8) when the Israelites asked Samuel to “make us a king to judge us like all the nations?” (v 5 SKJV) Was this the first recorded act of people rejecting Natural Law in favor of the laws of man (a king)? Continue reading
She’s STILL Singing…
I offer the following thoughts for consideration being fully aware that cognitive discourse in this country has long since been replaced by rampant emotionalism. For several generations, students in the American Gulags have been taught to “feel” while rote memorization of critical material is referred to in the current educational world as “drill and kill.” Children are taught that 2 plus 2 being 4 is not absolute and is subject to rationalization by our betters. 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
If a person or 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.
For any government to transform from a government operating with the consent of the governed to a tyrannical and oppressive government directed and controlled by the powerful few, two elements must be created and developed within the governed populace. These elements, though different in composition, must be complimentary in nature. Continue reading
John W. (Old Jack) Hinson
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 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
Tomorrow is the birthday of one of my heroes; someone it would behoove us all to emulate. His name is Robert Edward Lee. He was born on January 19th, 208 years ago in Stratford Hall, Virginia. Instead of consuming birthday cake in his honor tomorrow, I will instead enjoy some Edwards’ Virginia ham, bacon and sausage.
I will not spend too much good time and space by delving deeply into any large number of negatives of the person for whom a federal holiday (observed tomorrow) was signed into law back in 1983 and was instituted three years later, except to state my belief this man has a holiday in his honor for the exact same reason we have our current resident in the White House; they both have/had strong backgrounds and mentors of the socialist persuasion and whose real goal is/was the polarization of the races in order to further the causes of a stronger, more centralized, socialist government. Continue reading
There are several among us who continue to be frustrated at the belief/attempts by many, though well-intentioned, that there is a magic potion that can be applied to our tyrannical government that will suddenly transform said government into a benevolent organization intent only on protecting the Natural Rights of the individual and who will operate only with the “consent of the governed.” We have witnessed several decades of those who suddenly realize the ship of state is dreadfully off course and immediately adopt a do-something-now attitude. Little do they realize that the bucket of liquid they grab in a desperate attempt to douse the fires of despotism may in fact be gasoline. Continue reading
With the recent events in France, Sunday morning TV with the exception of NFL playoff coverage was rife with questions on what the so-called “free world” should be doing to prevent future “attacks on freedom”. Of course, Johnny-on-the-spot were our favorite Military/Industrial/Congressional warmongers famously represented by Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the resident **Manchurian Candidate himself, the dishonorable Senator John McCain, pressing for “more” of everything in the way of military action, which for the uninitiated or just plain ignorant is the root cause of the majority of “terrorist” acts on our planet.
Whenever I hear such calls for ever increasing military action, including the “conservative” McCain’s favorite, “more boots on the ground” solution, I suddenly recall a quote from none other than George Carlin himself.
“Once you leave the womb, conservatives don’t care about you until you reach military age. Then you’re just what they’re looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers.”
~ Foreword ~
Almost 10 years ago, in April of 2005, I went to Southern Arizona to participate in what at the time I believed would be a little noticed event—The Minuteman Project.
A few days into the April, I was approached by the founders of the project to help manage the operation as it continued to grow beyond everyone’s expectations. I accepted the job of managing the line watching for illegals crossing Highway 92 at the base of the Huachuca Mountains. I accepted and managed this phase of the operation through the end of April when the project shut down.
As previously stated, this project exceeded anyone’s wildest expectations; within a few days we had TV personalities such as Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs doing live shows from the border and media from the US and foreign countries appearing in droves. Answering phones and responding to interview requests became a full time job for several in the office in Tombstone almost 24 hours each day. Continue reading
Foreword: Sometimes, to gauge one’s own ability to read the events of the day and their relationship to future actions by our criminal government, it is beneficial to look back at what was written almost 12 years ago for accuracy. For this reason I provide the following for your perusal. Enjoy – or not… (M.G.)
“The idiots are so well indoctrinated that they are saving us time and resources
by attacking those who have discovered our real motives.”
A Conversation Somewhere In The Bowels Of Government
NC. Wow, can you believe we were able to pull it off?
NF. How’s that? What do you mean?
NC. I mean getting the majority of people in this country to go along with our plans for world domination and securing all world resources for our “organization.”
NF. Piece of cake. There was never a cause for doubt. Our psychological programs have worked to perfection. All we have to do is play on their fears. They will give us all their money and freedoms, just like those stupid people in the large cities who promote their own disarmament, then cower, cringe and fear for their lives when confronted with a mugger.
As long as we wave the flag, mention the word patriotism and spread a few lies about weapons of mass destruction and imminent attacks, we can do whatever we want. Of course, we had to throw in a few hymns and prayers for the right-wing bunch. Hitler proved how effective this tactic could be in bringing the religious element in to support our programs back in the 1930’s.
The idiots are so well indoctrinated that they are saving us time and resources by attacking those who have discovered our real motives. Continue reading
“…to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”
“…they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” ~ Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
In my opinion, the founding document that receives far too little attention is our Declaration of Independence. This document is one of secession from what was viewed as an overreaching, tyrannical government and an act of nullification of the claim of dominion and control over the people of the colonies claimed by King George III and England.
On July 4th of 1776, we had independence and individual rights defined in their purest form. Several of those we refer to as founders believed that to protect these rights, government should be created relying solely on “consent of the governed.” Of course this has morphed into what we have today which dictates, to function in our daily lives we must do so only with “consent from the government.” (How much water is in your toilet?) The perversion is almost totally complete. This, of course, was the desired goal of several others we refer to as founders. Continue reading
Sometimes there is more humor to be found in the news than can ever be delivered by those who call themselves comedians. For example, the very idea that people should feel comfortable with their money in institutions that are backed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. What comfort can be found in knowing your possible life savings are guaranteed by an entity that is 18 trillion in debt and cannot pay the interest on its own loans? Oh, well—there is always Monday Night Football.
This morning, while perusing my favorite websites, I found an article that contributed greatly to my Tuesday mirth. It seems that Raul Castro, while addressing his National Assembly, stated that moving forward, the United States must respect Cuba’s Socialist principles. Really? Why should respecting the principles of Socialism be a problem for the great majority of American citizens—doesn’t the vast majority of folks routinely support our own Socialist principles constantly on display by our own government? Continue reading
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