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Ross: Get Off The Damned Bus! (A Super Bowl Day Rant)

flaming busIf I came to your house and presented you with a list of rules by which you must live your life, then demanded that you pay me a portion of your income to allow me to force you into compliance you would probably do one of three things; either you would laugh in my face; slam the door on me; or you would simply kick my ass for even making such a foolhardy proposition. If I came back with two or three friends and we made the same suggestion as a group you would probably just kick our asses, or shoot us on the spot.

Why then is there such a willingness amongst the people of this country to blindly accept that whatever ‘government’ enacts is the law and that, as good conscientious Americans, they must obey? Why is it that people continue to support such evil when by almost every act it performs it proves detrimental to their freedom? Continue reading

Ross: If I’m Truly Complicated…

(This Must Boggle Your Mind)

ROSS_cvr_v1_webSometimes an idea gets a hold of me and I can’t let it go until I’ve completely exhausted it. I had thought that I’d done that with my last commentary but the embers were still burning in my brain and must have flared up during the night while I slept; because this morning I woke up with a full-fledged whirlwind going on inside my head. It took me a couple cups of coffee and a bit of thinking to organize these thoughts into some semblance of coherency, but I finally came up what you are about to read. Although this is irrelevant to the point I’m about to make; I just thought I’d explain how sometimes these rants of mine come together.

A good many people seem to be of the belief that I am personally attacking them when I write my articles or say certain things in public discussions; I’m not. What I am doing is attacking the things you believe; therefore the things I say are not personal attacks, rather attacks upon the lies and rhetoric you have chosen to accept as truths. Continue reading

Ross: I’m Not Holding My Breath

LibertyOkay sports fans; a question for you. How many of you have been watching your favorite team play and they have made mistake after mistake, or the refs have made a series of bonehead calls against your team and throughout all this you’ve sat on the couch screaming at the TV? Sound familiar? Of course it does; you were pissed off and, what little good it did, you yelled at your TV to vent your frustration.

Your passion may be sporting events; but mine is the history of my country and its system of government. I’m not denying you the right to enjoy your passion; I’m only trying to explain to you how I feel while I watch you people make mistake after mistake, and while your government enacts crime after crime against the American people. I too get angered and frustrated; and just like when you yelled at your TV’s I write these articles to try to open your eyes to what is going on around you. In both cases our efforts to get people to hear our voices are futile. Continue reading

Ross: Check Your Premises

ross_2016I want to try something different as it seems my normal approach to things has not produced the desired effect; to get you to think for yourselves. So I want to play a little game; but first I need to set the stage; establish a little background first.

How many of you have seen the movie Blast From the Past with Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Walken? The plot revolves around Fraser’s character Adam and the fact that during the Cuban Missile Crisis his father, fearing a nuclear strike, took his pregnant wife into an underground fallout shelter where they gave birth to, and raised their son for 35 years before returning to the surface. One of the main points of the film is the culture shock the family experiences when they are exposed to society after having lived below ground for 35 years. Now, on to my game. Continue reading

Ross: Am I Becoming Too Cynical?

declaration_new_1“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” ~ Declaration of Independence

Lately I’ve been asking myself whether I am too cynical, pessimistic, or if I’m simply being realistic when it comes to the outcome for the future of my country. Truth be told, I don’t hold out much hope that we can turn things around in time to save America from whatever evils await us when our country finally evolves into whatever it is evolving into; be it a dictatorship or a satellite nation under a One World Government. Continue reading

Ross: Stealing A Friend’s Idea

Which pill would you take?

         Which pill would you take?

Yesterday fellow patriot, political speaker, and one of the few people I consider a true friend, Michael Gaddy, wrote an article entitled What If. He begins his rant by saying, “Any American citizen with an IQ higher than the sum of their fingers and toes, has stopped, at some time, under some circumstance, to ask themselves about the legitimacy of the political system under which they live.

It stands to reason most people are steered toward personal involvement in politics, not because they are well served by their government, but, just the opposite, they feel oppressed by that system. The popular thought is: to accomplish “change,” which in their eyes will be for the positive, one must affiliate themselves with either the right or the left paradigm of political thought. Why is it that any “change” by elected officials, of either political persuasion, is always away from the Constitution and Bill of Rights?” Continue reading

Ross: Tax Time Draws Near

(But What If You Didn’t Have To Pay?)

America-Is-BrokeWe are now sixteen days into the year 2016 and people have put the holiday season behind them and gotten back to the grind of day to day life. As the days pass by one day in particular looms in the not too distant future, April 18th; the deadline for filing your income taxes. Some people dread filing taxes because they know that they will end up paying more than was withheld while others look forward to it because that tax refund is like an annual bonus to supplement their wages. Continue reading

Ross: The Big Fat Lie

Lincoln_1861How do you react when you find that someone has lied to you? Do you get angry; do you continue to trust that person or does your trust in what they claim to be the truth become diminished? I suppose it would probably depend upon how big the lie was and how much it affected you. What if you only found out that you had been lied to years after the lie and that many of your views and decisions had been based upon what you had erroneously thought to be the truth; how would that make you feel? I don’t know about you, but I would be pretty upset; I would want to find out how much of the truth had been hidden from me. Continue reading

Ross: Isn’t It Time?

“Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.” ~ Kris Kristofferson

ROSS_cvr_v1_webI know I sometimes come across spreading doom and gloom; all pessimistic and cynical, but that is just how I feel based upon how I see things. Sometimes, in outbursts of anger or frustration I lash out at people for continuing to believe in the system as it exists today; thinking that by playing within the existing framework they can somehow effect change in this country. If you’ll allow me, I’ll attempt to explain why I believe this to be futile; and I promise to try and keep it civil.

To begin with I would like to take a few moments to address those who keep reminding me of the Samuel Adams quote where Adams states, “It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
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Ross: Why Don’t You Just Flip A Coin?

coin-flippingHave you ever been so frustrated with someone that you just wanted to scream? If so, then you have an inkling of how I feel all the time. However I am not frustrated with just one person; my frustration is caused by millions of people who think that by their going to the polls and voting for any of the candidates seeking their votes that things are going to change for the better. People would have just as much success at changing America by voting if they were to simply flip a coin; heads the Republican wins, tails the Democrat wins.

And WE lose!

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I’m Irresponsible?

ross_unmaskedJust over an hour ago someone told me something, and it is not the first time someone has said this to me, but this is the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. This person told me that I was irresponsible because I choose not to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Is that so; me, irresponsible?

Let’s talk about responsibility since it appears to be so important to those who call me irresponsible. How many of you responsible people list the 18 powers which our Constitution grants the federal government? How many of you responsible people can list all the rights protected by the Bill of Rights? How many of you responsible people have ever called or written your representatives in Congress? How many of you responsible people can tell me how your representative voted on legislation you opposed? Continue reading

Ross: Would Ya’ll Just Shut Up

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Did I get your attention? Did I offend you; make you mad? Good! It’s about time you know how I’ve been made to feel for quite some time. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the times I’ve been told I need to stop saying or writing the things I do because they are offensive; incendiary. I think I can safely say that I have studied the Constitution; the Bill of Rights; and the writings of the Founders much more than 90% of the rest of you, and I don’t recall anywhere in my reading did I find that you have a right to go through life not being offended.

However, the very first amendment to our Constitution protects the right of the people to speak freely. People still believe that they have freedom of speech; but do they … really? Or, have political correctness and a concern over hurting someone else’s feelings limited your right to say whatever you want? If you want my opinion, it seems Winston Churchill was right when he said, “Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.” Continue reading

Ross: How Dare You Call Yourself Conservative!

OBEY_02If you have a television in your home you can’t help but have noticed that a great deal of attention is being given the Republican candidates as they seek their party’s nomination for the upcoming presidential election. One would think that with all the coverage being given the Republicans, and Donald Trump in particular, that the Democrats were sitting this election out and letting the Republicans win it without a fight.

One would think that with all the attention being given the Republicans the news media is hoping for a conservative victory in November. My question is how do people define conservatism? According to Wikipedia conservatism is defined as: a political and social philosophy promotes retaining traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others, called reactionaries, oppose modernism and seek a return to “the way things were”. Continue reading

Ross: Who Benefits?

“I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people. It is the stale artifice which has duped the world a thousand times, and yet, though detected, it is still successful.” ~ Fischer Ames (1789)

ross_unmasked“Governments are not established to provide for the needs of the people; rather they are established to preserve the rights of the people.” ~ Neal Ross (2015)

Close to 250 years ago a group of men did something that today would be considered unthinkable; they told their government to go to hell. Of course they didn’t use those words, they were more tactful than that; but what they said is that you can no longer tell us what to do; pass laws that we have no say in making, and can no longer violate our God-given rights. Continue reading

Your Hope Is Misplaced

OBEY_02Have you ever seen the movie Inception; starring Leonardo de Caprio? I’m sure some of you have, while others probably haven’t. If you have, do you recall the scene where Cobb’s team is sitting around discussing how to plant the idea of breaking up his father’s conglomerate into Robert Fischer’s mind? When Eames suggests they implant the idea as a ‘screw you’ to the father Cobb responds by saying, “No, cause I think positive emotion trumps negative emotion every time. We all yearn for reconciliation, for catharsis. We need Robert Fischer to have a positive emotional reaction to all this.”

Why do I bring up a science fiction move about putting thoughts into another person’s mind? Well it is because I believe that quote to be indicative of a bigger truth; that people react more favorably to positive comments than they do to negative; and I have been very negative in my writings lately. People see the things I say and react negatively to them because I am attacking the one thing that keeps them going; their hope. Continue reading

Ross: It Is Entirely Up To You

“Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.” ~ John Adams

ROSS_cvr_v1_webNearly three quarters a century ago Billings L. Hand, or Learned Hand is he is more commonly known, made the following statement at an I AM an American Day celebration, “What do we mean when we say that first of all we seek liberty? I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws, and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.”

We Americans are such fools; we go to the polls every couple of years and convince ourselves that by our casting a ballot for the candidate of our choice that we are participating in our democracy and therefore preserving our liberty, or at least in the process of selecting those who are faithfully doing that for us. We turn a blind eye to what is plainly obvious to those with the desire to seek it out; that it has been a very long time since our government gave a damn about preserving our liberty. Continue reading

Ross: I Can Only Hope

Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage. ~ Alexander Fraser Tytler

ROSS_cvr_v1_webI know that some of my more recent contributions to the fight for liberty have been somewhat harsh, and although you may not believe me; for that I am truly sorry. It’s just that I get so frustrated trying to explain things to people; things that every American should understand, yet remain incomprehensible to most people. It is either that folks are unable to understand them or that they simply do not care about the topics I write about; and if that is the case then America is truly screwed and our future is very bleak indeed.

I would hope that anyone who has attended the public school system in the U.S., or the public indoctrination centers, as I prefer to call them, has at least heard the line from Patrick Henry’s famous speech wherein he says, “Give me liberty or give me death!” However, how many of you have read the words which preceded that declaration? If not, please allow me to oblige by sharing them with you. Prior to making that famous statement Mr. Henry also asked, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?” If you want my honest opinion, in answer to Mr. Henry’s question most Americans would probably answer a resounding YES! Continue reading

Ross: …and I ain’t Jimmy Olsen either!

Supermans_Pal_Jimmy_Olsen_125Shortly after sending out yesterday’s commentary, I Am Not Clark Kent, my friend Jeff Bennett zipped me off a quick e-mail to let me know he had posted it on his website The Federal Observer. However, and this is what I like about Jeff, he also made a smartass comment too. You see, Jeff and I are both the same in that we love our country, but we can sometimes be cynical and smartasses. Anyway, Jeff said my next article should be titled …And I Ain’t Jimmy Olsen.

I responded with a smartass comment of my own along the lines of not being Lois Lane either, and then quickly forgot about it. But somehow, between Jeff’s sending me that e-mail and the time I woke up this morning, an idea had taken shape in my head and here I am again, pounding away at this keyboard. Continue reading

Ross: I’m Not Clark Kent

“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” ~ Anonymous

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

clark_kentIt happened again. The other day at work I gave someone some information to show her that her views on the Confederate Battle flag being a racist symbol were incorrect. She read the information but then later said “I’m not really into politics.” I’m not picking specifically on this woman because this isn’t the first time that someone has said something like that to me, but this time it got the gears rolling and all kinds of ideas began taking shape in my head. Continue reading

Ross: Why Should You Listen To Me Now?

MacAWhen I began writing commentaries in opposition to the actions of my government I realized that I was bound to ruffle a few feathers. What I didn’t realize was that the quickest way to raise the ire of most people, and get oneself labeled unpatriotic in the process, is to question the government’s foreign policy, intervention in the affairs of other nations, and use of military force abroad when it is unjustified, or flat out unconstitutional.

It seems that there is no quicker way to piss Americans off than to question the justification for the use of military force, or foreign intervention, when fighting someone the people have been conditioned to believe is their dire enemy. All it takes is for our government to announce that America has a ‘new’ enemy, and then the media machine goes to work spreading fear and disinformation and the people climb aboard the patriotic bandwagon and support whatever actions our government deems necessary to combat this enemy. Continue reading

Ross: Tolerate This

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. ~ The First Amendment

bill_o_rights_govt_webThe Bill of Rights was proposed and ratified to limit the powers of government over certain natural rights of the people. It was felt by many, and I agree, that the Constitution did not do enough to limit the way in which our government might deprive us of our liberty. In fact, there is a strong possibility that the Constitution would never been ratified had the promise of a Bill of Rights not been obtained. Therefore, the Constitution was amended ten times soon after going into effect, thereby creating our Bill of Rights.

I have gone over, time and time again, the nature of our rights and I would hope by now that you get it. If not, stop reading now and go back to what it was you were doing, because there is no hope for you. I will say, however, that each of us have the same rights as each other; you can’t deprive me of mine and I can’t deprive you of yours. Yet that is exactly what is happening in America today under the guise of tolerance and political correctness. Tolerance and political correctness are cancers that are eating away at the First Amendment. Continue reading

Ross: What Has Become of Us?

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Patrick Henry

On March 23, 1775 Patrick Henry stood upon the floor of the Virginia State Assembly and uttered the following words, “Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”

What has become of us that the truth no longer matters? How is it that a once proud and mighty nation now settles for lies and deceit from those they elect to be their representatives in government, from those who are supposed to provide us with the news, and from those who educate our children? Continue reading

Ross: Dispelling The Comfortable Myth

Articles-of-Confederation-rossIt is said that Lao Tzu wrote, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Why do I begin a political commentary with the words of a 6th century BC Chinese philosopher? It is because whatever type journey you decide to undertake it all begins with a single step. This applies as much to journeys of the mind as it does to physical journeys. When one starts out on the pathway to knowledge or truth they have to be willing to, not only take that first step, but be willing to go where the path, or in this case, the facts take them. Sometimes the facts may lead one to face the uncomfortable fact that everything they had previously believed in has been a lie, or at least a comfortable myth.

I think anyone with half a brain can see that there is something wrong, terribly wrong, with America today. There is another old quote, and I have no idea who said it, but it states, “The key to solving any problem lies in first recognizing that there is a problem.” As I said, I believe that deep down, people realize that there is something wrong in America, so they recognize that there is a problem. But to continue along this train of thought for a moment, there is another quote by famed theoretical physicist Albert Einstein which fits together nicely with the previous quote. Einstein is stated as saying, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Continue reading

Ross: Liberty, Slavery, or Death

(Those Will Soon Become Your Only Options)

ross-oathkeeprtatLet’s say for a moment that you hit it big, either you worked hard and saved, or you won the lottery, it doesn’t matter…now you find yourself with the big bucks. So you go out and buy yourself your dream home, the house you’ve always wanted. This home has everything, immaculate gardens, swimming pool, tennis courts, and a view to kill for.

But you still find yourself with tons of money so you decide to take an extended vacation to tour the world, you know, see all these places you’ve only dreamed about. But what about your new house, after all, if you’re gone for a long time who will take care of the yard, pay the bills and all that other stuff? Continue reading

Ross: Not On My Watch

ROSS_cvr_v1_webYesterday my illustrious Governor, the (dis)Honorable (ahem) Gerry Brown, signed into law SB 707, banning firearms from school campuses. Previous law had allowed CCW permit holders to conceal carry on campus…not any more as this new law revokes that. Governor Brown apparently thinks that by signing this law that he will prevent any future shootings on schools across the State of California. I can see how he could think that, after all killing other people has been a crime as long as I can remember, and that has worked so well in preventing people from murdering other people…hasn’t it? So let’s just add another crime to the list of those that won’t make a difference to someone who is intent upon breaking existing laws. After all, when someone sees that Gun Free Zone sign they will just turn around and go home…right? Continue reading

Ross: Storm’s A Comin’

I really don’t know what goes on inside the heads of most people. I’m not saying they are stupid, at least not all of them, because many of them do jobs that are far too complex for me to even begin to understand. However, that being said, due to the fact that they can’t see what his happening in this country would lead one to believe that they were…stupid that is.

strom_horizontalAccording to Gallup the approval rating of Congress currently sits at around 14%. That means for every 100 people, 86 of them think Congress is doing poorly. The last time Congress’s approval rating was over 20% was in 2012 and the last time it was at 50% was in 2003. I don’t mention the approval ratings for the president because they fluctuate more since the occupant of that office changes every four to eight years and do not give as clear a picture of how people view their government overall. So for now, let’s just say that for more than ten years less than half the people of this country have felt that Congress has been doing a good job. Continue reading

Ross: Make Your Choice

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of
civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. ~ Thomas Jefferson

ross_unmaskedI just don’t understand people, I really don’t. Aside from a small percentage of people, very few in this country understand how our nation’s system of government is supposed to operate. What makes matters worse is a vast majority of these same people don’t seem to care. Our country is going to hell in a handbasket because the people we choose to represent us, in both our State and Federal government, no longer abide by the powers granted them. Continue reading

Ross: The Danger of Political Parties

ROSS_cvr_v1_webWith the 2016 presidential election getting into full swing people will be provided plenty of chances to see the candidates in action; campaigning, debating, and flooding the airwaves with ads either announcing their stance on the issues, or criticizing their opponents. Elections used to fascinate me until I began realizing that they are all just one big circus designed to give us the illusion that by voting we have the chance to truly make a difference. As Mark Twain so correctly, and cynically I might add, said, “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” Continue reading

ROSS: In Dependence

sign_constitutionIn 1776 fifty-six men, acting as representatives for the original 13 colonies, voted in favor of a proposal that basically told their government to pack its shit up and get out of Dodge, that they didn’t need it anymore and could handle things just fine on their own. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a rash decision made just because the colonists got all butt hurt over something King George did. As the Declaration of Independence states, “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government…Continue reading