“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.” ~ James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 45
Oh what a difference 231 years can make (1787 to 2018). The U. S. Constitution was finally ratified in 1787. Ever since then the federal government, (FEDS) in its Hell bent drive to fairness, equity, “regulating commerce“, “promoting the general welfare” and increasing federal power, has exceeded its 17 enumerated powers contained in Article 1, Section 8 of the U. S. Constitution as to render the Constitution almost meaningless. Federal powers are not now limited they are virtually unlimited. The states were supposed to be the fourth check on federal power, after the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government. The 9th and 10th Amendments are but mirages of their original intent. Continue reading
“Insurgencies are easy to make and hard to stop. Only a few ingredients need to combine to create an insurgency; like oxygen and fire, they’re very common and mix all too often. The recipe is, simply, a legitimate grievance against a state, a state that refuses to compromise, a quorum of angry people, and access to weapons.” ~ Richard Engel, NBC Foreign Correspondent
From time to time we get a few responses to our weekly column. Some are well thought out, others not so much. Some register agreement, some disagreement and some are very emotional about an injustice. Mostly we hear of injustices inflicted on rural landowners for obvious reasons being that we are ADVOCATES for rural landowners.
In one of our articles we asked, “How free do you feel?” One landowner responded with: Continue reading
“The brutal reality is that only a ground swell of national rural outrage will reverse the course of socialism and environmental extremism in America and return us to a Constitutional Republic. Farmers, ranchers and rural landowners could very well be the catalyst to incite that outrage, because the land is their power, if they will only use that power before they lose it ….. forever.” ~ Ron Ewart
Of the 3,000,000 colonial inhabitants of the 13 colonies in 1776, only about 80,000 picked up guns to fight the British, a highly trained army of around 56,000 men. Trained German soldiers, under British command, added another 30,000 men. Most of the colonial soldiers were farmers organized together in loose militias. Of the 3,000,000 colonials, over 100,000 loyalists fled to Canada, the Bahamas and England. Continue reading
Let’s just say that you are somewhat trapped in a fairly large hole. The sides, well over 50 feet high, are too steep to climb out but you have semi-freedom to move around and attend to your daily needs. Your skill is widget making and you are given the raw materials to make your widgets. In return for the widgets, your captor throws food and water into the hole every day, so you won’t starve, or die of thirst. However, as part of the fee for living and producing widgets, your captors reduce your food and water by just a little bit, each day, for taxes. Continue reading
“Illegal immigration is a crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, health-care, and education systems.” ~ Timothy Murphy
“To Invade” Definition:
1. Enter a country or region so as to subjugate or occupy it:
2. Enter a place, situation, or sphere of activity in large numbers, esp. with intrusive effect.
1. an act of invading; especially : incursion of an army for conquest or plunder
2. the incoming or spread of something usually hurtful.
They are knocking on our door ….. AGAIN! Every year, hordes of illegal aliens head for our southern border to gain access to America. The border patrol catches only about half of all illegal crossings. It is estimated that 170,000 immigrants eluded capture in 2015, about 210,000 the year before and about 1,700,000 in 2005. That’s a lot of people who don’t speak English and soak up billions in taxpayer dollars. And this daily invasion is on top of the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens already in America.
Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Do me a favor
Open the door and let ’em in ~ Paul McCartney, Let ’em In
NO – Let’s NOT!
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” ~ (Charles de Montesquieu – a French Judge – 1689 to 1755)
It was just after breakfast when Natalie, looking out the front window, saw a man walking through the field in front of their home. She called out to her husband Ryan to check it out. Ryan hurriedly pulled on his pants and boots and headed out to the middle of the field where an armed man was making notes in a notebook. Ryan, with a bit of anger in his voice, called out to the man as he approached yelling, “Hey, what the Hell are you doing on my land. Didn’t you see our No Trespassing signs at the front gate.” Continue reading
“Actually, in its essence, democracy is a totalitarian ideology, though not as extreme as Nazism, fascism or communism. In principle, no freedom is safe in a democracy, every aspect of the individual’s life is potentially subject to government control. At the end of the day, the minority is completely at the mercy of the whims of the majority. Even if a democracy has a constitution limiting the powers of the government, this constitution can be amended by the majority.
The only fundamental right you have in a democracy, besides running for office, is the right to vote for a political party. With that solitary vote you hand over your independence and your freedom to the will of the majority.” [mob rule] ~ Frank Karsten, Beyond Democracy: Why democracy does not lead to solidarity, prosperity and liberty but to social conflict, runaway spending and a tyrannical government. Continue reading
Dateline High Point, North Carolina:
In June, Kay Council of High Point, NC came home one night to find a note from her husband, Alex: “My dearest Kay – I have taken my life in order to provide capital for you. The IRS and its liens, which have been taken against our property illegally by a runaway agency of our government, have dried up all sources of credit for us. So I have made the only decision I can. It’s purely a business decision… You will find my body on the lot on the north side of the house.” At the end of a nine-year battle over a disallowed tax shelter, the IRS claimed that the Councils owed $300,000 in taxes, interest, and penalties. Continue reading
“Those who are best acquainted with the last successful resistance of this country against the British arms, will be most inclined to deny the possibility of it. Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. And it is not certain, that with this aid alone they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will and direct the national force, and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments, and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it. Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion, that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession, than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressors.” ~ James Madison, Excerpt from Federalist Paper No. 46
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For decades, government’s power, at every level, has increased exponentially to the point where the people are no longer sovereign. They are but hapless “victims” of a centralized government whose constitutional limits were breached beginning as far back as the Civil War. The people of America, thanks to the 14th Amendment, are now just “citizens UNDER THE JURISDICTION THEREOF of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” It was supposed to be that the United States and the State wherein we reside were under the JURISDICTION of WE THE PEOPLE, not the other way around.
Then along came the 16th Amendment (1913), which made those “citizens under the jurisdiction thereof” human collateral for the nation’s debt. Without knowing it the people were forced to pledge the taxes from their entire life’s income to the government. In the 1930’s FDR sealed the deal by making each individual’s Social Security number the loan number for that debt. Continue reading
By now many of our readers have heard that a U. S. District Court Judge in Nevada has dismissed the federal government’s case against Cliven Bundy and his two sons for an April 2014 armed standoff at the Bundy Nevada ranch between a heavy contingent of armed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents and hundreds of private citizens (some of them armed). But most Americans are not aware of the details behind the case and why the BLM lost and why it was so important that the BLM lose this case. The case reeks of federal government overreach and abuse by the BLM, and egregious prosecutorial misconduct. The government was out to bury Cliven Bundy and his sons for daring to challenge the all-powerful federal government. They almost succeeded. Continue reading
Many states are in a tizzy because U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the United States is going to finally enforce the Controlled Substance Act (21 USC P. 811), (CSA) with regard to medical and recreational marijuana use ….. well sort of. Sessions left it up to the individual U. S. Attorney’s offices to prosecute, or not prosecute. That’s all America needs right now is another “sort of” law. After all, Hillary Clinton was only “sort of” guilty.
The cannabis smokers (mostly millennials) are up in arms for fear they might lose their marijuana pacifier high. The money-hungry states that have legalized recreational marijuana are apoplectic over the potential loss of the marijuana tax revenue and have threatened to sue the FEDS if the Controlled Substance Act is enforced. Continue reading
It is difficult to describe how we felt when we learned that Kate Steinle’s killer would only be charged with a “felon in possession of a firearm,” a low level beef at best, considering the severity of the crime he committed in snuffing out Kate’s life on a San Francisco pier, at the dawn of her adulthood. We suddenly grew red faced with the raw emotions of anger, incredulity and disbelief. In short, we were mad as Hell! Continue reading
After writing a weekly conservative column for 12 years, one thing has become crystal clear. Only older Americans are reading and responding to what we write. When we say older Americans, we mean those over 70 years of age, with many of our responses coming from individuals well over 80.
Is it any wonder that big legislation is almost impossible to pass when so many constituency groups have been bought off? The only reason Obama Care past is because the Democrats were doing it and because government was increasing benefits, not taking them away. Any proposed legislation or law that takes away a benefit from some constituency group, like repealing Obama Care, or a Tax Cut, the hue and cry can be heard on the moon. You can’t repeal Obama Care because over 20,000,000 low-income people piled onto Medicaid with subsidized health care and they might lose those benefits. The high taxed states like New York, New Jersey and California won’t budge because the new Tax Cut bill removes the state tax deduction. Some seniors might lose their itemized deductions for health care costs, so they don’t like the proposed Tax Cut bill. Continue reading
History has shown us that people don’t behave well when crammed together in big cities. Big cities have given us the “Blue” states. Big cities are hot beds of socialism and government control. Big cities, with their voting majorities, control the legislative process and give us big-city legislators that support socialism, more laws, higher taxes and environmental extremism, while leaving rural landowners disenfranchised and unrepresented in the political process. Big cities cram down the throats of rural landowners whatever big cities want, including very costly social and radical environmental policies.
The people who inhabit big cities are more apt to believe whatever the government tells them, whether factual or not. Their big-city schools pump out social and environmental propaganda into the next crop of big-city occupants. The current propaganda and mass hysteria of man-caused global warming is a prime example. Yes, big cities are large markets of consumers and bring us commerce that helps to fund the country and pay for big-city problems. But it comes at a steep price and the price is the loss of liberty for rural landowners. Continue reading
Property Rights: “Property in a thing consists not merely in its ownership and possession, but in the unrestricted right of use, enjoyment, and disposal. Anything which destroys any of the elements of property, to that extent, destroys the property itself. The substantial value of property lies in its use. If the right of use be denied, the value of the property is annihilated and ownership is rendered a barren right.“ ~ Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders
Almost 81% of Americans live in cities, usually in a home on a relatively small lot. Millions upon millions of Americans live in apartments in those cities. (they don’t build apartments in the country) The restrictions placed upon people living in homes on small city lots, or in apartments, are relatively few, except for the imposition of property taxes and utility expenses. Other people that choose to live in gated communities have more restrictions but that is by choice. Not so the rural landowner. Continue reading
No, man certainly cannot control the Heavens and he can’t alter the laws of the Universe. But you would think he would be able to control his own behavior and activities, given how smart he claims to be. It would appear that, throughout history, the opposite has been and continues to be true. An obvious character flaw in the species, manifested in political arguments that have more to do with getting votes than seeking the truth, fixing problems, or passing sound, common sense legislation.
In our frequent articles we have made a concerted effort to bring simplicity to all of the issues we face as American citizens and landowners. There are root causes for everything and if we understand the root causes, we might just be able to fix “it”, when things go wrong. Continue reading
“If you fired 50% of the employees of the American government bureaucracy, federal, state, or local, you would still have a Progressive – Liberal infested, fetid, smelly swamp of Progressive brainwashed workers who graduated from one or more of the liberal American colleges and have no concept of individual freedom or unalienable rights.” ~ Ron Ewart
“TC – We Ain’t NEVER Going to Drain this damned Swamp!”
Millions of people watched last Sunday’s 60 Minute double segment expose’ of the opioid epidemic and the efforts by U. S. Drug Enforcement (DEA) to stem the tide of illicit opioid prescriptions flooding the market from three major drug distributors and sending thousands upon thousands of opioid addicts to their deaths. But Drug Enforcement efforts were thwarted by Pharmaceutical lobbyists who managed to get a bill passed that severely limited DEA efforts to put the bad guys away. Continue reading
“Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen and that is the basic building block of the universe.” ~ Frank Zappa
On November 8, 2016 the American people assessed the damage inflicted on the nation by years of collectivist mis-government and delivered a thundering verdict at the polls. The election of Donald Trump signaled the culmination of one process in our politics and the beginning of another. What culminated was the growing disenchantment of the American public with shopworn practices generally called “liberal” but which in their devotion to big government and hostility to individual freedom are in fact illiberal and reactionary.
What began was a painstaking effort to restore America to the path of greatness from which it had been derailed by more than a generation of excessive government. By creating an opportunity for such restoration, the election of Donald Trump was a marvelous beginning. But it is crucial to stress that it WAS a beginning and that years of work and struggle remain before our liberties are once again secure. Continue reading