“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time the Congress meets.” ~ Will Rogers
Article I, Section 1 of the U. S. Constitution
“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ~ Alexis de Tocqueville
Of the 435 House members and 100 Senate members of Congress, more than half are millionaires. Many Congressmen and Senators start out in political life with middle class incomes but leave Congress as millionaires. When they leave Congress they can command obscene speaking fees. Most of the rest of us do not have that kind of access to where the “money” flows. Continue reading
Every four years we go through this aggravating and irritating charade called a presidential election. From the Primary to the General it becomes a year-and-a-half long, 24/7 barrage of “He said – She said“, pre-empting all other news. Wild promises are made on both sides, most of which will never come to pass. The only promises that usually come to pass are the ones that buy votes for a particular party. That is why the national debt is approaching $20 Trillion. Continue reading
In our recent article entitled, “What Was That 4th of July Freedom Again?” we described what happened to freedom since Patrick Henry uttered those immortal words, “Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death.” We laid out the details on the slow erosion of our freedoms. Oh yes, Americans have more liberties than the people in most countries, but is that the standard we are willing to accept? How much more degradation of our freedom will Americans tolerate? Will they suddenly find themselves in chains not knowing how they got there? Continue reading
We want you to picture this. You are finally settled onto a lifeboat filled to the gunnels with shivering and petrified passengers, as you watch your ship sinking before you. You drift away from the sinking vessel and suddenly find your lifeboat drifting close to some flotsam upon which four large lions are perched. The captain yells from the sinking ship with his last words before the ship sinks, that the people in the lifeboats must take on the lions to save them. The flotsam is slowly sinking and the lions are looking for drier ground. Some of the people on the lifeboat are coaxing the lions to jump on board, while other passengers are horrified by the idea and object strenuously. All at once the four lions jump into your lifeboat to keep from drowning. Almost immediately, many of the passengers jump overboard because freezing or drowning is preferable to being mauled to death or eaten alive. Some passengers try to wrestle the lions overboard but get seriously injured or killed for their efforts. The situation is dire and the outcome is predictable. In the end, the lions will own the lifeboat. Lions and people are oil and water. Radical Islam is oil to the water of all other people and all other faiths. Continue reading
As Patrick Henry’s cry of freedom, “Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death” echoes across the passages of time, has it not become meaningless in the 241 years since it was uttered at the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, which ushered Virginia into the American Revolution? Future presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were at that convention but the freedom they fought for in 1776 and described in the Declaration of Independence and the new, fresh-off-the-press, U. S. Constitution, is not the freedom that exists in contemporary America today. It is so far from it as to be earth and fire.
There was no compromising or capitulating in 1776. There was only open defiance, dedicated resistance and the courage to risk it all and fight with cannons, guns, swords, knives, spies and lives, the rising tyranny of King George III. If you think that government in America, at every level, has not become tyrannical, you have been watching too much reality TV. Continue reading
Moan, groan, puff out your chest, pull your hair, or gnash your teeth and the numbers won’t change. After over 100 years of buying votes, the Democrats have conquered the nation ….. with votes, using your money. Think of any constituency group and the Democrats have the plurality. Whether it is women, the elderly, gays, transgender, blacks, Latinos, or Jews, the Democrats have them and these groups aren’t going to “switch” any time soon ….. unless enough of them are broke or scared. Continue reading
Just about everyone is born with sight, but when they grow up, very few gain vision. Vision is the capability to take all that you know and project what might happen in the future, then base your actions on that prediction. Often times, the more you know the greater the possibility of an accurate prediction.
Vision comes from reviewing the past, analyzing the present and using that knowledge to forecast the future. Even with all this knowledge, forecasting the future, just like predicting the weather or global warming, can be very difficult and sometimes borders on flipping a coin. Still, many try, but many more are wrong. They are wrong because the system they are trying to predict is a non-linear dynamic system and any small tweaking can produce huge differences in direction. Even small changes in one or more variables can render a prediction instantly irrelevant. Continue reading
NOTE: This is the last article of a series of four articles showing readers how to defend themselves when government, at any level, comes calling, including the IRS.
“I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other committee.” ~ Lois Lerner, past director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Unit
That’s right! Lois Lerner didn’t do anything wrong, or broke any laws, or provided false information to any committee. No, she pleaded the Fifth instead. She, a practiced attorney, decided on her own to target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status with volumes of intrusive, prying, intimidating requests for information that were purely designed to stop granting tax exempt status to conservative groups just prior to the 2012 presidential election. Continue reading
“No oppression is so heavy or long lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.” ~ Joseph Addison, (1672–1719) English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician
Hage, Hiatt, Webb, Kelo, Strouss, Miller, Amos, Sackett, Lakin and Kilpatrick are just a few of the names of the tens of thousands of Americans who have had to fight alone against government abuse, arrogance and irrational and draconian laws, passed by out-of-touch lawmakers that don’t read the bills they pass, or take the time to determine whether those new laws, or even all the old ones, are constitutional. Or, they had to fight against government agents working under the color of law with no legal authority, or in some cases, actually breaking the law. The government and special interests know that most Americans won’t or can’t fight back. They just go on their merry way as if the general population doesn’t exist and for the most part, it doesn’t. Continue reading
Our last two articles, “An ‘Establishment’ Always Evolves Into An All-Powerful Oligarchy” and “Men In Dark Suits, Blue Smoke and Backroom Deals“, ripped the hide off of powerful, wealthy, ambitious men and for good reason. Still, having done so, it must be abundantly obvious to anyone with half an intellect that the huddled masses and the poor don’t build anything. So if it wasn’t for those same powerful, wealthy, ambitious men, steel wouldn’t have been made, skyscrapers, bridges, locomotives and ships would have not been built, oil would not have been refined into gasoline, fuel oil, paints, resins and nylon stockings, and a largely untamed land would have not been tamed. And if it weren’t for the bold financiers who took the huge risks to fund those ventures, none of it would have been possible. Continue reading
NOTE: The following article was designed to be Part 2 to our last article entitled “An ‘Establishment’ Always Evolves Into An All-Powerful Oligarchy.”
I had a dream the other night. I dreamt that, as a well-known writer, (I said it was a dream) I was invited to one of the secret meetings of the Bilderberg Group, (or Bilderberg Club as they are sometimes called)
In my rather vivid dream, as I was about to take my seat at the conference table where the future of the world was to be discussed, a very official looking fellow with white gloves came up to me and shoved an envelope in my hand. I started to open the envelope as I sat down. As I unfolded the paper, the heading at the top, in big bold, gold letters, read: “The Bilderberg Club“. The letter started out… Continue reading
“When Sulla died in the year 676, the oligarchy, which he had restored, ruled with absolute sway over the Roman state; but, as it had been established by force, it still needed force to maintain its ground against its numerous secret and open foes.” ~ Theodor Mommsen, Rome Historian 1817 to 1903
It must be made clear from the start that we do not endorse or take sides in the current Republican Presidential race for the White House. We have been less than enchanted with the whole lot of the original 17 candidates who raised their heads above the water to seek the highest office in the land. Nevertheless, we hold a particular loathing of “The Establishment” in either party and fear them more than any one candidate. That “The Establishment” would do everything in its power to derail the will of the people is beyond contempt but quite representative of what politics in America has become today and maybe always was. Continue reading
Forgive us for entering into a subject that is best left in the bathroom, but without certain items of biological comfort we could be sent back to the dark days of outhouses and Sears catalogues. With the insanity that is radical environmentalism aside, our lifestyle and its comforts are a direct result of industrial ingenuity in turning trees (a renewable resource) into highly useful paper products from toilet and computer paper, to feminine napkins, Scot towels, packaging and grocery bags, etc., each product making our lives a little easier. Industry keeps coming up with new ideas to turn trees into paper, in all of its various forms. Of course, there are always the 22-year old brain-dead actresses telling us we can get along with one square per event. Obviously she never had a ………………………….., Never mind, we won’t go there. Continue reading
“A person whose house is only open on the west can’t see the Sun rise at dawn. It’s only seen when the Sun sets at dusk. If one tries to compare the color and appearance of the two, one will go on arguing forever. The fault lies not with the vision but with the closed windows. If you look out of only one opening till the day you die, you’ll never see anything new.” ~ Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Now most of our readers don’t know Robert Berger. However a few conservative authors have felt the sting of his acrimonious criticism. He is a died-in-the-wool, set-in-stone, rabid Democrat New Yorker that takes a perverted pleasure in critiquing conservative articles from his distorted, socialist, Democrat point of view. Over the years we have saved several of his rants just to get an idea of where the other side stands on the issues, even though where they stand is one of the reasons that America is in so much trouble on so many different fronts. Here is just one response to one of our articles from Mr. Berger: Continue reading
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When rational environmentalism became radical environmentalism in the 1970’s, the aggression AGAINT the rural landowner has grown to an all out war ON the rural landowner, enforced by ever-growing, ever-expanding federal agencies that have morphed into a Nazi-like, heavily-armed police force. A way of life on the range that grew out of the American West and raised the protein that Americans consume, has been determined by the environmentalists and the government to be an anachronism and passé, in favor of the creatures and the plants. Legal grazing and water right allotments, with the force of law, have been unilaterally overturned by federal agencies, irrespective of the law of allotments, protected by U. S. Supreme Court decisions. Allotment fees have been raised by several factors and grazing and water permits have been reduced, or eliminated. Private lands have been saddled with massive buffers and conservation easements, or outright confiscation. Due process is a mirage as many landowners have found out the hard way. Continue reading
Includes supplemental Video: “Who was LaVoy Finicum?”
As advocates for the American rural landowner, (NARLO) we have great empathy for what landowners are having to endure at the hands of a heavy-handed government, the environmentalists that have infiltrated every nick and cranny of government and the Indians that are finding creative ways to seek revenge against the White Man with sympathetic courts, high-paid lawyers and ancient Indian treaties. The fact that the anger is rising in the landowners of the American West is as predictable as the Sun rising in the East. Continue reading
“There is only one social system that reflects the sovereignty of the individual, the free market, capitalist system.” ~ William E. Simon, Treasury Secretary.
Over 34 years ago, in October of 1981 William E. Simon, Secretary of the Treasury, said this at the start of the Reagan reformation. “In the first 10 months in office, President Reagan has made great strides toward restoring America’s economic vitality. Major cuts in federal spending, substantial tax reductions and long overdue business deregulation have been achieved against great odds. But much more remains to be done – and can only be done with the full support of the American people.”
“If you own rural land, the government and the environmentalists want it and intend to take it, regardless of your property rights engraved in the U. S. Constitution.” ~ Ron Ewart
In our recent article entitled “Secession or War – American West Against the East”, we described what was going on with those that run this country in the East being in direct conflict with those who live in the West. This festering conflict has led to the Bundy Ranch armed standoff in Nevada in 2014 and now the Hammond Ranch armed standoff in Southeastern Oregon by the Bundy-led militia. The reader might wonder how did we get to this point where guns became necessary to protect property rights? Continue reading
Every time a gun is used in an accidental shooting, a crime, a murder, or terrorist attack in the United States, whether it be a handgun, rifle, AK-47, M-15, or machine pistol, the Democrats and especially President Obama, immediately call for more gun control, magazine limits, or outright confiscation of guns from lawful Americans, in spite of an all-powerful constitutional amendment and U. S. Supreme Court decisions that give authority to all legal citizens to own firearms. Each single event becomes a news story that runs for days, if not weeks or months. The liberal news media gleefully promotes and champions the Democrats plea. It makes no difference to the Democrats that most of the crimes, lone wolf, or terrorist attacks would not have been stopped by more gun control.
Humans, by their very nature, tend to be violent in certain circumstances. So lets put gun violence in perspective with other forms of human violence. Continue reading
The Founding Fathers went to great lengths to think of everything that could possibly happen, when drafting the U. S. Constitution and all-in-all, they did a pretty good job of it. But like so many things in life, decisions, rules and laws are based on certain assumptions. If the assumptions are wrong the decisions, rules and laws can also be wrong, misguided, or result in unintended consequences. Continue reading
“If you fail to subdue or kill the bully, the bully owns you, either by fear, or by force.” ~ Ron Ewart
We do not know if Obama is a Muslim in his heart and mind, but without a doubt Obama is a Muslim sympathizer. He has proven it time and time again starting with his Cairo speech in June 2009, early on in his presidency. Perhaps this is a projection of his early childhood when raised in Indonesia, a Muslim country. Or perhaps it was because his Kenyan father was a Muslim. Maybe he was converted to Islam during his clandestine trip to Pakistan in 1981. Or, perhaps it goes deeper than that. Could it be that Obama is a Muslim version of the Manchurian candidate? You decide! Continue reading
When is the Western half of the United States going to get tired of being aggressively bullied by Washington DC and the corrupt, one-world government United Nations, openly supported by DC politicians and reluctantly financed by the oppressed taxpayer?
Most, if not all, of the Thirteen Colonies have turned socialist. Most of the big cities in the Eastern half of the U. S. are socialist cities. Most of the legislation coming out of Washington DC is driven by socialist policies, or by radical environmentalism. Federal socialist and radical environmental legislation drive local and state laws. Those local, state and federal laws have so badly eroded freedom in America, that America is unrecognizable from the vision of the Founding Fathers. But a good deal of that loss of freedom has affected landowners and lawful citizens in the Western United States.
Once again America is divided, not between North and South, but between West and East. Much of that division comes from the dictatorial control by the Federal Government over the millions of acres the government owns in the 18 Western states, that includes Alaska. Continue reading
All across America, Canada and elsewhere, environmentalists are planning. They are planning to save every eco-system, glacier, wetland, mountain, all the oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, dry washes, gullies, prairies deserts and the so-called endangered species that inhabit these places, at your expense. They are planning to drive you out of the rural areas and plant your sorry little behinds in 25-story apartment buildings in large cities where you will be forced to walk, take your bike, or mass transit to work. They don’t care how much their planning costs. They don’t care how much the implementation of their plans cost and they don’t care that their environmental premises are absurd and without merit. Continue reading
The collusion and corruption in Washington DC became blatantly obvious when U. S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Department of Justice (DOJ) announced quietly, on a late Friday afternoon, that the FBI has suspended its investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) for illegally targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny in their applications for tax-exempt 501(3) and (4) status. There would be no indictments of Lois Lerner who apparently was the lead perpetrator of the political scandal, or anyone else at the IRS. This decision came down in spite of the overwhelming evidence of obvious illegal activity including obstruction of justice, destroying or hiding evidence, lying under oath and stonewalling by Joseph Koskinen, the IRS Commissioner. Continue reading
It has been pretty well documented that major man-made disasters very seldom have a single cause. There are always ignored problems first before the third or fourth cause precipitates the disaster. Car, train, airplane and ship disasters follow this pattern. Continue reading
Just recently we received the State Audit Report on the Workforce Development System for the State of Washington. Reading it makes one to want to stomp on it, set fire to it, pour acid on it and go get the guys and gals that dream up such worthless, money sucking nonsense. The annual budget for this state program (remember this is just a program for one state) is over $1.1 Billion, a good portion of which comes from the federal public treasury and the rest of it is paid for by state taxpayers. Continue reading
A Republican politician was on the stump and decided to stop at a rural farmhouse to give his pitch. The area was known more for Democrats than it was for Republicans but he thought he might be able to change a mind or two. The farmer greeted the politician as he drove up and said, “What can I do you for?“
The Republican says, “I’m a Republican running for the U. S. House and I wanted to share a few words with you, if that’s OK.”
The farmer said, “Sure, but hold on a minute there sonny, the Mrs. hasn’t seen no Republican before, let me fetch her.”
The farmer rushes into the house and drags the Mrs. out to see the Republican. The farmer says, “OK Republican, let’s hear what you’ve got to say?“
The Republican looks for a podium from which he can make his pitch and sees a pile of the same stuff that Beth Truman spent 35 years trying to get Harry to call fertilizer… Continue reading
It seems not a day goes by without more stories of the IRS’s incompetence, gross negligence and outright criminal behavior. Somehow a Russian got into the IRS computers and stole the private, personal data of over 300,000 taxpayers. The IRS is going to give the 300,000 free credit monitoring. WOW!
The IRS paid out over $5,000,000,000 (billion) in fraudulent refunds. What part of that $5 Billion was your tax money? Lois Lerner is not in jail and the IRS is still targeting conservative groups. Congress is investigating and the people are wringing their hands in outrage. The President asserts there isn’t a smidgeon of evidence of wrong doing at the IRS. In spite of the President’s absolutely ludicrous assertion, the negative press and overwhelming evidence of obstruction of justice and other crimes continues unabated and no one gets fired or goes to jail. Justice may be blind but it is also slower than a snail on a vertical climb. Or maybe, just maybe, there is no justice at all when the government is the perpetrator, it having sovereign immunity you know. Continue reading
In a little over 230 years, Americans conquered half of the North American continent at great risk and began to spread out. The massive land areas they tamed were equated with freedom, freedom to move freely, freedom to raise your own food and be self-sufficient and independent and freedom to engage in farming, ranching, mining and building homes and raising families. Until the industrial revolution, America was an agricultural and a free nation.
All that changed when larger-than-life industrialists learned how to forge steel in vast quantities from coal and iron ore that built locomotives, railroads, bridges and buildings and drew people off the farms for factory jobs, giving rise to growing population centers. But large population centers began to eat away at the freedom Americans once equated with space. Continue reading
“We cannot afford all this illegal immigration and everything that comes with it, everything from the crime and to the drugs and the kidnappings and the extortion and the beheadings and the fact that people can’t feel safe in their community. It’s wrong! It’s wrong!” ~ Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
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As many readers of the Federal Observer are aware – this past year plus has been an eventful period in my life, hence the slowness of posting of columns and editorials from many of our most loyal contributors – Ron Ewart being one of them. As I was preparing tonight’s edition of this publication, I came across the following column from Ron, which has been sitting on hold since May 17th of this year. With Mr. Trump’s approach on the issue at hand – I believe that there was a reason that this column was meant to be released to our readers at this time. Thanks for your patience Ron. ~ Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher
“The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ‘anchor babies’ must end because it creates a magnet for illegal immigration into our country. Now is the time to ensure that the laws in this country do not encourage lawbreaking.” ~ Steve King
Immigration, legal or illegal, has been festering in America since the ink was dry on the Constitution. Racial bias and ethnic purity, along with financial, economic and security fears have driven immigration policy right, left, up, down and inside out for well over 150 years, every time a wave of immigration hits American shores. Continue reading