(And Republican Warmongers)
Many, many, years ago our founders warned us of the dangers of maintaining a “standing army” and how that would hinder our pursuit of Liberty.
“In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans, it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”
“The synthetic solution to these conflicts can’t be introduced unless those being manipulated take a side which will advance the predetermined agenda.” ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Just tell them what they want to hear and they’ll buy anything!
Last Thursday evening as I watched and listened to a public forum in which five elected representatives of the people offered their views on the recently adjourned session of the legislature in the state of Arkansas, it dawned on me, especially in one particular instance, what I was indeed witnessing was a perfect example of the Hegelian Dialectic in full blossom when the subject of the meeting rolled around to Tort Reform. Continue reading
“And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that” ~ Lord Acton
I am absolutely sure there are millions within this country who believe to achieve constitutional government all that would be required to gain that wonderful pinnacle would be to have a super majority of Republicans in control of the lawmaking body. Unfortunately, the people of Arkansas are beginning to realize the deadly fallacy of that belief.
In November of 2016, the people of Arkansas elected a super majority of self-proclaimed “conservatives,” whatever that word means now in the political lexicon of this era. Continue reading
Author’s note: below are several questions that must be answered logically if we are to survive as a free country. These questions will not lead you to a comfort zone. If you want to attack the messenger and discard the message, your mind is neither rational nor logical, but is most likely driven by emotional attachment to a deity called government. Continue reading
“The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” Elbert Hubbard, who also stated that prison “Was an example of a socialist’s paradise, where equality prevails, everything is supplied and competition is eliminated.”
Uh-huh – wrong nile…
In 1999, I debated a well-lettered member of European academia on the intent and purpose of our Second Amendment in Sacramento, California. At the end of our exchange, this lady stated the following: “I don’t care how many facts you present, you are never going to change my mind.” While I would like to blame this sort of well embraced repudiation of facts, or the origin of the lady who said it, her form of acquired ignorance is far too prevalent in this country to do so. Continue reading
When James Madison left New York for Philadelphia on May 2nd, 1787 he carried with him not the proposed amendments to the Articles of Confederation which was the mandate of the convention but an entirely new idea for a constitution that would make the “National” government supreme with the states nothing but subdivisions of the central government structure. His proposal would grant the national government veto power over all state laws. Madison’s plan was totally contrary to the results of the recent war with England which gave primary power to the states with the central government only allowed the powers the states saw fit to provide. Madison’s plan called for a consolidated union that would virtually annihilate the states. The states would only be maintained as long as they could be “subordinately useful.” Continue reading
On April 28, 2004, decent Americans were shocked to see pictures of American soldiers torturing prisoners in a military prison in Iraq known as Abu Ghraib. While there were many who saw nothing wrong with such atrocities, many more were totally repulsed. “How the hell did these people get in our Army” was the response of Senator Ben “Nighthorse” Campbell from the state of Colorado. Strange comments indeed coming from an American Indian whose ancestors were tortured, raped, killed at the hands of the same army. (Northern Cheyenne) Continue reading
“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” ~ Margaret J. Wheatley
Janus, the Roman god who has faces on both sides of his head in order to look forward as well as backward is the symbol for January, and as we are on the threshold of a new year, would it not be proper for us to look to the past for lessons for the future?
Over the course of several decades, I have learned firsthand the hazards of being knowledgeable of history and trying to relay that knowledge to others to avoid the admonishment so eloquently stated by George Santayana that those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat its mistakes. Such a venture would certainly qualify as an effort in futility. People, especially those on the right of the political spectrum, become most agitated and angry when one draws back the curtain revealing their historical ignorance and unwillingness to learn those historical lessons. Continue reading
“Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.” ~ Sir Edmund Burke
It does not take any great level of discernment to understand the great experiment in Liberty brought forth by those among the founders referred to as Anti-Federalists is in its death throes. Emma Goldman was correct; people do not want to be free, they want to be comfortable, even if that comfort is derived, all be it short-lived, by the acceptance of abject socialism. The historical fact that all socialist governments end in mass genocide is lost on those who are enjoying the short-term feel-good emotions of Marxist inspired ignorance.
There are two factions in this country who bear somewhat equal responsibility for the demise of Liberty and Freedom. On the Left, better known as “liberals” or “progressives,” are those who see government as a deity or a parent. That is why many regress from young adults to toddlers after spending hundreds of thousands of their parent’s money or go deeply into debt attending today’s temples of “education.” Even the once-proud Virginia Military Institute now provides cadets, future military officers, with coloring books to alleviate stress. Continue reading
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.” ~ Excerpt from the Farewell Address of George Washington, 1796.
There exists among people two distinct philosophy’s; on one hand, there is the very small minority whose main desire in life is to be left alone to their own devices. They ask not for help or hindrance; they simply wish to be able to succeed or fail on their own abilities, not depending on others for help nor having to defend themselves from those who seek power over them. If they choose to help others along the way they want that idea to arise from their own motives and abilities and not coercion. A very generous attribution would be approximately 8% of the citizens of this country fall into this category.
The other approximately 92% of citizens, whether they find themselves politically on the right or on the left, many times see our Constitution and Bill of Rights as an impediment to their ability to use the coercive force of government to impose their ideas; their values; and their morality on others. 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 or extensive shifts in policy.” ~ Carroll Quigley
We have known since November 8th of this year that at least 200 million American voters actually believe they can change the policies and direction of government by voting. And most of those 200 million become very angry if one tells them voting is an effort in futility and that no matter who they vote for the government gets elected, every time!
So-called “conservatives” have very narrow minds or extremely limited cognitive abilities. Their myopic mindset leads them to believe that anyone who has the temerity to question the unconstitutional acts of “conservatives” must be, by default, a Hillary supporter. There is no thought they might be staunch supporters of our Constitution for everyone knows that “conservatives” are always right and anyone who questions that premise must be for Hillary. These people should have been alive in Germany during the 30’s and 40’s, for without a doubt they would have been faithful members of the National Socialist Party, because it would have totally fit their mindset. Continue reading
“It is a sound and important principle that the representative ought to be acquainted with the interests and circumstances of his constituents.” James Madison, ~ Federalist #56
Article I Section 2 of our Constitution states in part, “The number of representatives shall not exceed one in every thirty thousand.” This number had been originally set at one representative for every 40,000 population in the Constitutional Convention of 1787, but at the recommendation of George Washington, the number was lowered to the numbers presently in Article I Section II. Washington stated that one representative for every 40,000 citizens was too large to “secure the rights and interests of the people.”
During the various state ratification conventions, the Anti-Federalists voiced their concerns the number of representatives per constituent would not rise as the population increased and it would be impossible for a single representative to adequately represent an ever increasing population. To which James Madison responded, “The number of representatives will be augmented from time to time in the manner provided by the constitution.” And so it was until 1910. Continue reading
Once, when a completely irrational relative did something commendable which was totally out of character, my grandfather declared that “even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while.” It would appear to the unjaundiced eye that the state of California has found the proverbial acorn and a committee or whatever the people to the left of Marx and Engels in that state call it, have hit upon the idea of secession. They did though take one giant step back in declaring such a move would require an amendment to our Constitution. We must excuse them for this mental lapse considering most cultural Marxists know little to nothing of history, much less the Constitution.
People who seem to know everything there is to know about how to extricate themselves from a failed marriage do have issues attempting to remove themselves from a government from which they have lost that loving feeling. Continue reading
“The value of history is, indeed, not scientific but moral: by liberalizing the mind, by deepening the sympathies, by fortifying the will, it enables us to control, not society, but ourselves — a much more important thing; it prepares us to live more humanely in the present and to meet rather than to foretell the future.” ~ Carl Becker, 1873-1945 (All emphasis is the author’s throughout)
If a person or a political entities goal is to create a strong centralized government which operates basically as an oligarchy, it will become necessary to disguise those intentions. The best disguise for an oligarchy is to clothe that form of government with the costume of a democracy. But, in order to have the masses actually believe they are involved in their own governance, any comprehensive study of history must be perverted or abandoned altogether. Continue reading
No, No, No – not THOSE Supremes…
Prior to last week’s election, much was stated and printed concerning the appointment of new members to our Supreme Court and how that decision should be used as some form of litmus test reference a voting choice for president. My question concerning both a choice for president and for the Supreme Court is this: if our government acted constitutionally, what difference would it make who was elected or appointed to either position?
Do we truly expect those elected to president and those appointed to lifetime positions of power over others to follow their sacred oaths or do we just pick and choose candidates based on who is the most convincing liar? No need to answer; voters actions over the past 5 or 6 decades provides all the evidence needed. We did not get in the mess we are in, in this country, because we have intelligent, informed voters who cherish Liberty and their Natural rights. Continue reading
All last week social media was alive and crawling with various renditions of how the “good” folks down at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were bringing and had brought pressure on their director, a political hack if there ever was one, one James Comey, to step up to the plate and do what is morally and constitutionally correct. From that point forward, post after post had to do with all of the politicians, shills, and sycophants who would shortly be indicted, on what charges, and whether or not they would all die in prison.
Ah, but yesterday reality reared its ugly head and Comey again became nothing but a useful idiot for the legions of criminals who control much, if not all, of our government. He said, supposedly after perusing some 650,000 emails in less than a week (the FBI did not obtain a warrant until the night of October the 30th) that lo and behold, Hillary was still innocent, now doubly so for she had been twice vetted. All this in spite of numerous Wikileaks released emails that are prima facie evidence of corruption, immorality, pay for play, possible pedophilia, and pure criminality which we could all read for ourselves, without the assistance of our betters in government. Continue reading
Well, it is almost over; presidential campaigns began well over one year ago. There were 17 candidates from the Republican side when it started and just three viable Democrats. But, sometime in December, (19th) when the Electoral College submits the results of their votes to the president of the United States Senate, we will have a new president.
So, all of you folks who are going to vote for Trump, primarily because he is not Hillary, what are you going to do if Trump wins? Are you going to go back to sleep and believe that Trump will follow through with all his campaign promises–you know—-like all of the presidents in the past who have made all kinds of promises which fell into the dust of victory and were also soon being rationalized away by those who voted for them? Continue reading
What is the point of no return? What could possibly happen to an individual that would cause them to abandon all sense of order and seek instead violent and deadly revenge against another human being or group of people, many of whom are personally unknown to the perpetrator(s) of violence? Is this human action a devotion to some fanatical practice of religion or simply a reaction to violent stimuli?
If religious fanaticism is the answer, is it possible such religious fervor exhibited in the acts of the “terrorist” creates in its opponent an overwhelming desire to abandon their professed religion? If we are truly fighting a war against radical Islam, is it OK to abandon the tenets of Christianity, a faith professed by the great majority of the so-called conservatives who support the perpetual war for peace paradigm of our government? If that has actually occurred, have the radical terrorists not already won the war? What else could constitute acceptance of the deaths of hundreds of thousands; many of them civilians, to prosecute wars we know are based on lies hatched in the halls of our own government and nurtured to maturity by a state-owned and controlled media? Continue reading
“The evil that is in this world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” ~ Albert Camus
For quite some time now I have referred to the majority of Americans, especially those who vote, as the species “Ignoramus Americanus.” Some have taken exception to this, but, so far they have been found guilty of assuming facts not in evidence.
This morning, on social media, there was a posting which stated, “If a 12-year term limit was ratified today, 227 members of Congress would not be eligible for re-election. Time to clean up DC! Do you agree?” The absolute insanity of this post is overwhelming to anyone with a basic understanding of how government and voting are supposed to function.
Perhaps this post would have been better stated thusly, “Please help me, for decades now I have voted for the lesser of two evils and now the resulting evil is destroying everything I hold dear. Would everyone please ratify an amendment to our Constitution which would enable me to protect myself and those I care about from my own ignorance and cowardice!”
“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worse state, an intolerable one.” ~ Thomas Paine
Down through the pages of time, governments have done that which they do best; they transform from necessary evil to intolerable evil. Our country has followed in those footprints and has become as tyrannical as their predecessors . Also, traversing the annals of history are those with uncompromising principles and an unquenchable thirst for freedom and liberty. I truly believe it is genetic. History tells us this unusual breed of man has been referred to most often as Rebels. He is often rebelling against tyranny masquerading as a strong centralized government. Imagine if you will the last scene in the movie Braveheart in which with his dying breath William Wallace screams “Freedom.”
As hard as it is for most folks whose strongest attachments are to the worship of government, this country owes its founding and very existence to a band of Rebels who bore the names of Hancock, Revere, and Adams, among others. Continue reading
Recently, in response to my article titled “Cold Hard Facts” I received the following comment. “What do you recommend instead of voting, armed conflict?” One would have to be mad to recommend armed conflict in a public forum. For years I have been an avid proponent of civil disobedience when it comes to the application and enforcement of unconstitutional acts by our government. Jefferson referred to the act as nullification in his Virginia Resolution of 1798. I once had an article rejected by a premiere libertarian website with the admonition that my writing represented “a clarion call for civil disobedience.” I wear that rejection as a badge of honor. Continue reading
“There is a fuzzy but real distinction that can, and I believe should be made, between patriotism, which is attachment to a way of life, and nationalism, which is the insistence that your way of life deserves to rule over other ways of life.” ~ Todd Gitlin
More and more people seem to be having problems understanding the meaning of freedom and exactly how one can go about ensuring they have the opportunity to exercise their Creator-granted unalienable rights.
I must confess here to being somewhat taken aback by many white folks and their lack of understanding about what freedom actually is. Most of the white folks I know consider themselves to be “conservative,” at least here in my corner of the woods and many of them believe “freedom” is accomplished by telling other folks what they can and cannot do, especially if what those folks want to do is seen to somehow interfere with the “nationalism” espoused by these conservatives. Continue reading
Our country and perhaps the entire world is doomed because the overwhelming majority of people have lost their ability to think cognitively instead of basing their strongly held convictions on emotionalism. Most people on this planet are more fearful than knowledgeable. The sheer lack of knowledge concerning human behavior is overwhelming. Could it be this fear and lack of historical knowledge has created an environment in which freedom and liberty cannot possibly exist? Continue reading
“Cry “havoc!” and let loose the dogs of war, That this foul deed shall smell above the earth With carrion men, groaning for burial.” ~ William Shakespeare
Somewhere down the road of history, someone will write of this period in America and make the observation that most of our population had to be either, drugged, delusional or insane, for this alone could explain people who hold tightly to several conflicting ideas at the same time and others who were so mentally weak they require a “safe” place when confronted with facts they chose not to deal with on an intellectual level.
Millions are the delusional among us who believe that a new pilot inserted into an airplane whose engine is destroyed and in a steep dive toward earth at terminal velocity, can somehow order the necessary parts, have them delivered while in flight, fix the dead engine, climb into the cockpit and save the plane before it crashes… Continue reading
Anarchist Emma Goldman correctly stated, “Most human beings only think they want freedom. In truth they yearn for the bondage of social order, rigid laws, materialism. The only freedom man really wants, is the freedom to become comfortable.” No better proof can be found of this axiom than a casual perusal of social media. A mindless Tweet or a funny video on Facebook will garner thousands of comments or “likes” but cognitive material which requires thought and consideration and might be mentally uncomfortable is to a large part ignored, because, to face the truth, especially in considering one’s government is completely and totally corrupt, should and does create an uncomfortable feeling in the minds of those who are not comatose. Besides, in today’s social media world anything over 140 characters takes too long to read and is immediately rejected by the Public Fool System indoctrinated mind. Continue reading
Author’s NOTE: I wrote this article several years back and was most fortunate to have it published in the Navajo Times, the newspaper of the Navajo Nation. Our children’s, as well as our own experiences while we lived among these people are still treasured today. Being immersed in another culture was enlightening and challenging. We still treasure the friendships molded in the high plains of New Mexico among several families it was our pleasure to spend so many hours with. When our son left for Iraq in 2004 these people held a native ceremony for his safe return. Our lives have been so much richer for the time we spent with these wonderful people. ~ M.G.
A multitude of memories swarmed in my head as I prepared to head for the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Colorado and this year’s cattle drive. Has it really been 10 years since I first had the opportunity to play cowboys with the Indians?
Ten years ago, my family and I moved to the Navajo Indian Reservation. My wife had accepted a job there teaching in a Bureau of Indian Affairs School. Even though she was transferred to the Tohono O’Odham Reservation two years later, we have maintained contact with our Navajo friends. Some years our contact is centered on the spring or fall cattle gatherings and drives. Continue reading
“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.” ~ Hosea 8:7
For almost 15 years, the people of this country have stood and cheered and praised and honored those who have delivered death and destruction on a grand scale to peoples they do not even know, in countries where most have never been or could point to on a map, and called it patriotism. The phrase “collateral damage” has never been equated to a loss of innocent life. This kind of moral decay has beset our country and now that some of the seeds of violence are producing to this point only small morsels of return on the streets of America, Ignoramus Americanus is setting up a wail of concern and grief they cared nothing about when they facilitated the perpetrators of such violence on others. Continue reading
Author’s Warning: If you came to this article hoping to find some feel-good, stars and stripes forever, hero worshiping, reality avoiding diatribe, just move along—there is nothing to see here. But, if you realize our government is openly oppressive and tyrannical and can only implement their unconstitutional policies with willing dupes in their employ and the useful idiots who support them, then – hold on – this is or could be your cup of tea or perhaps a moment of lucid thought in a sea of emotions. ~ Mike
“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” ~ Albert Einstein
Imagine with me for a minute: it is April 19, 1942, you have heard on the radio of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo. In your heart, you feel a little justification for what you have been repeatedly told was a “sneak attack” on Pearl Harbor just four months prior. You are told the president of the United States (Barack Roosevelt) will be making an announcement within the hour. Of course, you are shocked beyond belief when the president declares he will be spearheading efforts to bring refugees from the raid on Tokyo to cities and towns in America and proclaims Islam Shinto religion to be a religion of peace. Continue reading