On Saturday December 22, 1787, The Independent Journal in New York published an article written by Alexander Hamilton under the pseudonym of Publius. This would be the twenty-sixth out of eighty five such articles which we now know as the Federalist Papers. Hamilton begins his article by saying, “It was a thing hardly to be expected that in a popular revolution the minds of men should stop at that happy mean which marks the salutary boundary between POWER and PRIVILEGE, and combines the energy of government with the security of private rights. A failure in this delicate and important point is the great source of the inconveniences we experience, and if we are not cautious to avoid a repetition of the error, in our future attempts to rectify and ameliorate our system, we may travel from one chimerical project to another; we may try change after change; but we shall never be likely to make any material change for the better.”
Why do I begin my article with a quote from an article written over 200 years ago? Well it is because a good many people in this country realize that there is something wrong, that things aren’t going the way they should be, but they don’t know what exactly is to blame. Every two years we go to the polls and cast our votes for people to represent us in government, with every fourth year we go to vote for who will be our next president. We do so, then sit back hoping that these newly elected representatives will fix whatever it is that is wrong with this country. The problem is that they are what’s wrong with this country. Continue reading
Anyone who has read even one of my articles knows that I tend to use lots of quotes. I do this to show that the point I am trying to get across is not my own personal opinion, but it was the opinion of them men who established our system of government.
To truly understand how our system of government was supposed to function one cannot simply take our current elected representatives at their word that what they are doing is justified and legal, one MUST go to the source of all the power they hold over us and then, and only then, can we know whether what they are doing is legally justified. Continue reading
If you have paid any attention to the news lately you will have noticed that there are three major stories which the news media have been focusing their attention upon. There is the search for that missing airplane, the mudslide in Washington State, and the crisis in the Ukraine. It is upon this last subject which I’d like to devote my attention.
I don’t know if it is due to residual animosity, left over from the Cold War, but it seems that there is a lot of anger and hatred aimed at Russia. So any move made by Russian President Vladimir Putin is viewed with suspicion and hostility. Two things, unless Putin directly attacks the United States it is none of our business what he does over there. We are not the worlds police force whose job it is to check and halt aggression all over the planet. Secondly, and this is more important; we should stop and think about how hypocritical we must look to the rest of the world. Continue reading
Yeah, I know I said I may not write anything for awhile, but you all should know better than to take me at my word for that.
Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour; a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. ~ Thomas Paine
In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell
I have this image that I attach to most of my e-mails that shows a Minuteman and the following comment, “You wonder why I’m angry at what’s going on in this country? I wonder why you’re not!” I know there are quite a few people who are angry, but there simply aren’t enough of them. Sure if you were to take a poll the results would show that a good majority of the people have a poor opinion of how their government is handling the affairs of this nation, but the problem is that most of them either simply don’t understand what the true function of their government is, or they simply don’t care. They vote strictly along party lines then whine and complain when nothing seems to get better in this country. Continue reading
NOTE: This may very well be my last article on the Constitution and or rights. I simply don’t have the enthusiasm to write about these subjects to the choir, and I don’t see anyone else giving a shit.
So, if I do write in the future it will be regarding some event that has occurred that kindles my interest, or pisses me off. With that said, I hope you enjoy this one, as it may be awhile before you see anything from me. (N.R.)
I have a question for some of you. Where do you think your rights come from? The reason I ask is because, aside from a few of my like-minded friends, I think the vast majority of the people in this country don’t have the faintest idea. Let me ask you another question. Do you think your government grants you your rights? Please don’t say yes, because if you do you are beyond hope.
Hopefully most of you have, at least, heard of the Bill of Rights, regardless of whether you have any idea which rights it protects. Yet it wouldn’t surprise me if most people thought the rights mentioned in the Bill of Rights are the only rights we have. Not so. The Ninth Amendment clearly states that “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” In language you can understand, what the means is that just because a certain right is not found anywhere in the Constitution does not mean it does not exist.
Getting back to my question, do you think that government grants you your rights? Well let me see, our Constitution was ratified in 1789, our Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776, and the first colonists settled in Jamestown Virginia in 1607. So, if you think that our government, which was established in 1789, granted us our rights, do you mean to imply that for the nearly two centuries after the first colonists settled in Jamestown they had no rights? After all, by your logic if government grants you your rights, and since our government was not established until 1789 then all those living in America prior to its establishment had no rights. Continue reading
Do you want to know what really angers me? It is when I hear people talking about our DEMOCRACY; I hear our elected representatives say it, I hear news anchors say it, and I hear everyday people say it. It angers me because none of them know what the hell they are talking about. I’ll pay anyone $20 if they can find the word democracy in the Constitution. If actually take the time to look, you won’t find it because it’s not there…anywhere. If you want to know what our nation is you only have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance which says, “…and to the republic for which it stands…” Continue reading
I really haven’t felt like writing anything for the past week, I felt like what’s the use, I’m not getting through to the people who I really need to, so why bother? But for me, writing has become almost like an addiction, I can only go so long before I have to sit down and write something…anything…just to get rid of the urge to do it. So here I am, sitting here wondering what the hell I am going to talk about this time.
I don’t know if you have been paying attention, but I have noticed the initial maneuverings of the two primary political parties to select who they will submit to us as their choice for the next presidential election. I just read a CNN email that says 60 something percent of registered Democrats support Hillary Clinton as their choice for the Democratic nomination. A few months ago I heard that the GOP was thinking about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, until a scandal cost him support. I find it difficult to believe that a closure of a few lanes of traffic on a bridge comes anywhere close to Hillary’s disastrous handling of the Benghazi affair, but then again that’s just me and I tend to look at things a bit more logically than most. Continue reading
Pissing in the wind is a slang term used to describe someone who is wasting their time, or effort, on a cause that is futile. That’s how I feel sometimes…no…pretty much all the time. I see what is happening in the country I love and I wonder why there are but a few others who see it too.
If you watch any of the network news agencies I’m sure you have, at one time or another, seen the news anchor report on poll numbers which state the percentage of people who think that our country is heading in the right direction. Unfortunately what most people consider as being the right direction is directly tied to their party affiliation and has absolutely nothing to do with our countries adherence to the principles it was founded upon. Continue reading
Seeing as how I live in California, a state whose legislators have, for the most part, taken a strict anti-gun rights stance, I have always kept my radar focused on anything regarding the infringement of our Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Therefore it should come as no surprise to anyone that the events currently unfolding in the state of Connecticut have been of great interest to me.
Unfortunately, the network news, being the lackeys they are, have yet to do any reporting on what is going on in Connecticut. By virtue of their silence on the matter, the vast majority of Americans who rely upon their 30 minutes of news a day are completely unaware of what is happening in Connecticut. Therefore a bit of background may be necessary to bring them up to speed. Continue reading
When you read, or hear something, you have a choice which you must make. You must decide whether to accept it as the truth, or reject it as a lie. What then is the truth? Truth is defined as: the state of being the case; the body of real things, events, and facts. The opposite then is a lie; something that is inaccurate, deceptive, or misleading, and most importantly, untrustworthy.
Doesn’t it therefore seem logical that people would prefer the truth over a lie? Wouldn’t it seem prudent to seek out the truth for yourself instead of simply taking someone’s word that what you are being told is the truth? Or is taking the time to find out if you’ve been lied to simply too much work? Continue reading
A week or so I was explaining to a friend at work how currency is introduced into our economy by the FED. After I finished he said, “Damn Neal, what the hell are you doing here dumping fruit, you are too smart for this shit.” While this isn’t the first time that someone has told me that I’m really smart, the problem is that what good does all this knowledge do me when I can’t get people to think about any of it?
Contrary to what people say, I really don’t consider myself that smart. As Alexander Hamilton once said, “Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it… the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.”
It all depends upon what a person is interested in. I can’t invent new life-saving technologies nor can I compose a symphony, yet I can understand the writings and thought process of the people who established our Republic. I read, and re-read, and RE-READ again the writings of our Founding Fathers, and the men who influenced them, and I then compare what they said to what I see in our country today and I am absolutely amazed that anyone in this country can say that our country even comes close to resembling what our Founders had envisioned. Continue reading
Everyone, no matter who they are, has a set of core beliefs that guide them in their lives. You might say these beliefs define them, as they are the guiding principles each person relies upon to make decisions in their daily lives. These beliefs are either founded upon things that they have learned, or by things that they have experienced over the course of their lives.
Although one person’s core beliefs may resemble those of another, each of us have led entirely different lives and therefore although our core beliefs may be similar, in reality they are distinctly our own. In that way they are similar to the DNA that identifies us as individuals. Although there may be many people who resemble each other, by checking their DNA you would see that each person is a distinctly separate and unique individual.
Most of my commentaries have been about politics or issues that concern me. This will be different, this is entirely about me; about what I believe and why. I hope it goes a long way in explaining why I make the choices I do in life, and why I feel the way I do about the current state of our nation. Continue reading
I fully realize that on a good day maybe one hundred people might read these little commentaries I write, and if a thousand did it would be something to celebrate. So when you take into consideration that there are over 300 million people living in this country, I don’t have any illusion that what I am saying is going to make any difference. So, why do I continue? I continue because the things I write about are the things that I feel very strongly about, and the principles I discuss are those which I hold dear. Therefore being the stubborn pig-headed individual that I am, it does not matter whether I am fighting a losing battle, I simply refuse to just toss in the towel and stop fighting for the things I believe in.
For the most part, the people that inhabit this country, no matter what they say, have forsaken the principles that guided our Founders when they established our Republic. Their loyalty now lies with the political party which most closely aligns with what they believe to be the purpose they’d like their government to serve. The principle of unbridled liberty no longer matters to most anymore. Continue reading
It is that time of the year when people celebrate Christmas. What is Christmas? Is it the time of year we decorate our homes and exchange gifts, or is it something else? Some believe that the celebration of Christmas is idolatry as a mass, as in Christ Mass is a celebration of the brutal death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In olden texts a mass is in fact a celebration of a sacrifice, therefore a Christ Mass is the celebration of the sacrifice of Jesus, and not his birth.
The Book of Luke tells us that at the time of Jesus birth the shepherds were out in the fields tending their flocks when the Angel of the Lord appeared to them announcing the birth of a Savior. The shepherds did not tend their flocks in the winter, but in the spring and summer months, so December 25th, is probably not the day Christ was born. In fact the first recorded date of the birth of Christ being celebrated on December 25th was in 336AD during the time of Constantine. Years later Pope Julius I officially declared that December 25th would be the day we celebrate the birth of Christ. Continue reading
You know, it really amazes me how so many people still believe that they are free, that they still live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, it really does. Most people in this country wouldn’t recognize freedom if it came up and bit them in the ass, or came to them in a gift wrapped package.
According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, freedom is defined as “the quality or state of being free: as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.” But freedom is much more than simply being able to do whatever you want, it also means that you are not reliant upon anyone else for your sustenance, for with reliance comes bondage because those who provide you with your sustenance always impose certain limitations, or restrictions, if you will, upon your actions.
But freedom also means that you must respect the freedom of others, that you must not do things which cause others to be ‘less free.’ Therefore, freedom means that you can enjoy an unlimited exercise of your natural rights, without constraint as long as you do not interfere with others from doing the same. The purpose for which government was established is to secure the blessings of liberty to the people, with liberty being defined as “the state or condition of people who are able to act and speak freely.” Continue reading
I really don’t know if it is that I am a pessimist, or if I am just more willing to face facts than others are, but I keep hearing that there is an awakening going on in this country, that there is this quiet rage building against the assault upon our traditional values. However, as of yet I have not seen much in the form of action against those who assail these values. In fact, I have yet to encounter a significant number of people who even understand what these values are.
It seems wherever I go I hear people complain about the laws enacted by our government, yet I do not see those who enacted these laws held accountable for their breaches against their oaths of office, or at least voted out of office when they come up for re-election. And if, perchance, they do get voted out of office they are replaced by people who are just as corrupt as they were. Continue reading
Someone asked me awhile back why I haven’t been writing any more political articles. The simple truth is that I’m tired of arguing with people who choose to ignore the facts I present them, instead they rely upon their emotions to guide their thought process. You simply can’t win an argument when people refuse to accept facts. To put it bluntly, you can’t argue with fools. There, I’ve said it, those who refuse to see the facts for what they are, and utilize them to make informed decisions are fools. If you rely upon your emotions to guide your thought forming and decision making process, you are foolish and a borderline idiot, and it seems to me that there are more of this type people in this country than there are those who choose to use their brains for the purpose they were intended they be used, TO THINK.
I believe that most people have this gut feeling that something is wrong with our country but the problem is that there are so many differing opinions when it comes to which direction our country should that hardly anyone can come to an agreement with each other about the matter. Those who call themselves conservatives, or Republicans, believe that the Democrats are to blame for all our countries problems, while those who call themselves liberals, or Democrats, feel the same way about the Republicans. Hell, even within the parties themselves there are differences of opinions as to who has the best vision for the future of our country. Continue reading
Recently our government went into a shutdown when a portion of the Republican Party fought to block funding for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Many people I spoke to said that the government did have the authority to enact Obamacare and that affordable medical insurance is a right that all people have. My point in writing this article is not to argue the legality of Congress having enacted Obamacare, but rather to discuss health and the medical and pharmaceutical industry in general.
The human body is an amazing creation. First of all if you consider that upwards of half our body is comprised of water, it is simply amazing that it can perform all the functions that it does. But then we have different systems within our bodies, all designed to perform specific functions.
We all know, or at least have heard about, DNA, that genetic blueprint which identifies each of us individually. Well our body is comprised of millions, if not billions, of cells and each of them is identified by its own characteristics to perform certain functions within the body. Read MORE
I’m a pretty avid reader and every once in awhile I will read something that just jumps out and slaps me in the face. Most of the time it is when I’m reading the writings of men who have been dead for a very long time. However Monday morning I was making my way through the usual web-pages I visit and I ran across an article by Michael Gaddy on The Federal Observer. When I finished reading it I felt as if he had dug down and read my mind as his thoughts mirrored my thoughts to a T.
I won’t quote from Mr. Gaddy’s article as I think you should read it for yourself, but I will steal the quote from George Carlin that he prefaces his article with, “Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public.” Continue reading
You rarely hear people use the phrase topsy-turvy anymore, but it most certainly applies to these United States of America, and our government these days. Topsy-turvy is defined as being in or into a state of utter disorder or confusion, and that fits us to a T.
Roughly two and a quarter centuries ago the people of this country established a system of government and gave it certain specific powers to do certain things on behalf of the people. Unfortunately our government no longer limits itself to those specified powers and seeks to control almost every aspect of our lives. Continue reading