Archive for October, 2010
October 31st, 2010 by olddog
The first piece of information proves that we are now the second largest owner of US Treasuries. It's like giving your wife or husband a loan, it doesn't matter if you are paid back, the household is still out the money.
Written by Graham Summers
Since too often financial articles consist of some guy blathering on and on with opinions instead of facts, I thought today we’d simply focus on some FACTS about our current financial system which few if any want to acknowledge.
#1: The US Fed is now the second largest owner of US Treasuries.
That’s right, this week we overtook Japan, leaving China as the only country with greater ownership of US Debt. And we’re printing money to buy it. Setting aside the fact that this is abject lunacy, this policy is trashing our currency which has fallen 13% since June… as in four months ago. Want an explanation for why stocks, commodities, and Gold are exploding higher? Here it is:
#2: “There are only about $550 billion of Treasuries outstanding with a remaining maturity of greater than 10 years.”
This horrifying fact comes courtesy of Morgan Stanley analyst David Greenlaw. And it confirms what I’ve been saying since the end of 2009, that the US has entered a debt spiral: a time in which fewer and fewer investors are willing to lend to us for any long period of time… at the exact same time that we must roll over trillions in old debt and issue an additional $100-150 billion in NEW debt per month in order to finance our massive deficit.
And only $550 billion of the debt we’ve got to roll over has a maturity greater than 10 years!?!?
So we’re talking about TRILLIONS of old debt coming due in the next decade. The below chart depicting the debt coming due between 2009 and 2039 comes courtesy of the US Treasury itself. In plain terms, we’ve got some much debt that needs to be rolled over that you can’t even fit it on one page and still read it.
#3: The US will Default on its Debt
… either that or experience hyperinflation. There is simply no other option. We can NEVER pay off our debts. To do so would require every US family to pay $31,000 a year for 75 years.
Bear in mind, I’m completely ignoring the debt we took on with the nationalization of Fannie and Freddie, AIG, and the slew of other garbage we nationalized or shifted onto the Fed’s balance sheet. And yet we’re STILL talking about every US family making $31,000 in debt payments per year for 75 years to pay off our national debt.
Obviously that ain’t going to happen.
So default is in the cards. Either that or hyperinflation (which occurs when investors flee a currency). Either of these will be massively US Dollar negative and horrible for the quality of life in the US. But they’re our only options, so get ready.
I’ve recently put together a Special Report detailing how to profit from the US’s debt situation. I call it The Debt Spiral, it lays out in plains terms what’s likely to come and which investments will profit the most from the US’s debt collapse.
October 29th, 2010 by olddog
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October 29th, 2010 by olddog
Engineering a global Depression to Create a Global Government by Andrew Gavin Marshall is the most important article you will find anywhere if you want to be informed. It is a long read, and has many referrals, but well worth your time. If you don't understand this, you will not be prepared to protect your future. I recommend going directly to the site for more comfortable reading
October 27th, 2010 by olddog
By Chuck Baldwin
October 28, 2010
Let me ask readers a question. What's more important: freedom and its undergirding principles, or the entity meant to protect it? A word of caution: be careful how you answer that question, because the way you answer marks your understanding (or lack thereof) of both freedom and the purpose of government.
Thomas Jefferson–and the rest of America's founders–believed that freedom was the principal possession, because liberty is a divine–not human–gift.
Listen to Jefferson:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men." (Declaration of Independence)
Jefferson could not be clearer: America's founders desired a land in which men might live in liberty. By declaring independence from the government of Great Britain (and instituting new government), Jefferson, et al., did not intend to erect an idol (government) that men would worship. They created a mechanism designed to protect that which they considered to be their most precious possession: liberty. In other words, the government they created by the Constitution of 1787 was not the object; freedom's protection was the object.
Again, listen to Jefferson: "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men." In other words, government is not the end; it is the means. Government is not the goal; it is the vehicle used to reach the goal.
Nowhere did Jefferson (and the rest of America's founders) express the sentiment that government, itself, was the objective. Listen to Jefferson once more:
"That whenever ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." (Declaration) (Emphasis added.)
Jefferson is clear: people have a right to alter or abolish ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT that becomes destructive to liberty. To America's founders, there was no such thing as a sacred cow when it came to government. Government had but one purpose: "to secure these rights." When ANY FORM of government stops protecting sacred, God-given liberties, it is the right and duty of people to do whatever they deem appropriate to secure their liberties–even to abolishing the government.
To America's founders, patriotism had everything to do with the love of liberty, not the love of government!
Today's brand of patriotism (at least as expressed by many) is totally foreign to the fundamental principles of liberty upon which America was built. I'm talking about the idea that government is an end and aim in itself; the idea that government must be protected from the people; the idea that bigger government equals better government; the idea that criticism of the government makes one unpatriotic; the idea that government is a panacea for all our ills; and the idea that loyalty to the nation equals loyalty to the government. All of this is a bunch of bull manure!
When government–ANY GOVERNMENT–stops protecting the liberties of its citizens, and especially when it begins trampling those liberties, it has become a "destructive" power, and needs to be altered or abolished. Period.
Can any honest, objective citizen not readily recognize that the current central government in Washington, D.C., long ago stopped protecting the God-given rights of free men, and has become a usurper of those rights? Is there the slightest doubt in the heart of any lover of liberty that the biggest threat to our liberties is not to be found in any foreign capital, but in that putrid province by the Potomac?
Therefore, we must cast off this phony idea that we owe some kind of devotion to the "system." Away with the notion that vowing to protect and prolong the "powers that be" makes us "good" Americans. The truth is, there is very little in Washington, D.C., that is worthy of protecting or prolonging. The "system" is a ravenous BEAST that is gorging itself on our liberties!
Patriotism has nothing to do with supporting a President, or being loyal to a political party, or anything of the sort.
Is it patriotic to support our country (which almost always means our government), "right or wrong"? This is one of the most misquoted clichés in American history, by the way. Big Government zealots (on both the right and the left) use this phrase often to try to stifle opposition by making people who would fight for smaller government appear "unpatriotic."
The cliché, "My country, right or wrong," comes from a short address delivered on the floor of the US Senate by Missouri Senator Carl Schurz. Taking a strong anti-imperialist position and having his patriotism questioned because of it (what's new, right?), Schurz, on February 29, 1872, said, "The senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, 'My country, right or wrong.' In one sense I say so, too. My country–and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." (Source: The Congressional Globe, vol. 45, p. 1287)
Schurz then later expanded on this short statement in a speech delivered at the Anti-Imperialistic Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on October 17, 1899. He said, "I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves . . . too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: 'Our country, right or wrong!' They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of TRUE patriotism: 'Our country–when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'" (Source: Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, vol. 6, 1913, p. 119) (Emphasis in original.)
Amen! In a free society, genuine patriotism demands that our country be RIGHT, as our nation's policies and practices reflect the values and principles of its citizens. To feign some kind of robotic devotion to a nation without regard to sacred principle or constitutional fidelity is to become a mindless creature: at best, to be manipulated by any and every Machiavellian that comes along, or, at worst, to be a willing participant in tyranny.
As to loyalty to a President merely because he is President, Theodore Roosevelt may have said it best:
"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth–whether about the President or anyone else."
Hence, freedom-loving Americans cannot afford to become infatuated with Washington, D.C. We cannot allow these propagandists on network television to distort the meaning of true patriotism in our hearts.
Patriotism means we love freedom. It means we understand that freedom is a gift of God. It means we understand that government has only one legitimate function: to protect freedom. It means that our love of liberty demands that we oppose, alter, or even abolish ANY FORM of government that becomes destructive to these ends. And it means that we will never allow government to steal liberty from our hearts.
As I asked at the beginning of this column, What's more important: freedom and its undergirding principles, or the entity meant to protect it? The right answer is, freedom and its undergirding principles. If you understand that, then you rightly understand that the current government we find ourselves under is in desperate need of replacement. And whatever, however, and whenever that replacement reveals itself is not nearly as important as that liberty is preserved.
On the other hand, if you mistakenly believe that government (the entity meant to protect liberty) is more important than liberty, you are both tragically deceived and pathetically impotent to preserving freedom. You may also have identified yourself as an enemy of freedom.
As for me and my house, we will stand with Jefferson's Declaration of Independence–in whatever form it may present itself in a modern world bent on dismantling our liberties. In other words, I pledge no loyalty to any government that seeks to destroy our freedom–including the current one!
October 26th, 2010 by olddog
October 26, 2010
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"It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime." ~Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
From the moment Obama/Soetoro was sworn into office, Americans galvanized into Impeach Obama Now! factions.
However, there is a problem here because two wrongs don't make a right, which is why I have not supported any petitions calling for impeachment.
Despite the continued protestations by Obama/Soetoro supporters and professional liars in the dominant media, there is no question the usurper camped out in the White House was never eligible to run for president of these united States of America. All the huffing, puffing, vile name calling and protesting does not and cannot alter the legal fact that Obama/Soetoro was born with dual citizenship. It is his father's citizenship status at the time Obama/Soetoro was born that clearly makes him ineligible to be president.
We're all aware of the 40 or so lawsuits filed to expose Obama/Soetoro's perfidy and the decisions rendered by cowardly federal judges using the cop out – "standing" – as their justification in tossing the lawsuits. We're all aware that even though tens of thousands of Americans demanded the electoral college not certify the vote for the impostor on the ballot, they also proved to be gutless cowards or political hacks who value party loyalty over the U.S. Constitution. The final stop on the way to certifying an ineligible candidate was the U.S. Congress who sat on their cowardly backsides, January 9, 2009, knowing full well there were millions of Americans questioning the legitimacy of Obama/Soetoro's eligibility. Yet, not a single member of Congress (and that includes Ron Paul) stood up on the floor and objected. There is an orderly procedure that could have been triggered had one member of the Outlaw Congress stood up. Instead, they all stood down and here we are today with a constitutional crisis that is not going away.
As Obama/Soetoro clearly was never eligible to run for the presidency, once he "took" office, he legally became a usurper. That action is defined as: to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right: The pretender tried to usurp the throne.
Now, we either believe in the supreme law of the land or we pursue an alternative path that sets a horrible legal precedent. What do I mean by that? You cannot impeach a usurper. To do so (even if the House were to file charges) would be to give legitimacy to Obama/Soetoro holding the office of president. That already happened once in our history with Chester Arthur. We cannot allow it to happen again no matter how frustrated and enraged we are about the actions of that empty suit sullying the people's house. To give legitimacy to his presidency would cement all the bills he signed into law as if they were valid under the U.S. Constitution.
We also have to look at reality. Nutty Nancy Pelosi made it quite clear when the Democrats took control of the Outlaw Congress there would be no impeachment against George Bush, Jr. He was worth far more political currency to the morally and ethically bankrupt Democratic Party than removing him. The Republican Party is expected to gain more than enough seats in the house in the upcoming election. Congressman Darrell Issa [R-CA] has made it clear there will be no impeachment proceeding:
Issa: 'Not a chance' of Obama impeachment under GOP House
October 22, 2010
"If Republicans take control of the House, there is "not a chance at this point" that they will try to impeach President Obama, a top Republican lawmaker said this week. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who would helm the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee if the GOP wins on Election Day, said that his party will not try to bring impeachment charges simply because it disagrees with the president….Look, disagreeing with the president — the president using his authority, maybe even misusing it — that's not what impeachment's for," he added. "Do we have disagreements? Yes. Do we want to see that the president strictly adheres to process? Yes."
I'm not going to rehash all the unconstitutional bills Obama/Soetoro has signed since he was unlawfully sworn into office. One should remember the only way a bill gets to a president's desk is from the Outlaw Congress. That's where the treachery begins. Having said that, without question, the entire nation is shuddering under the weight of Obama/Soetoro's communitarian beliefs and actions. Everyday is a new attack on freedom and liberty spear headed by the usurper.
As I have said for quite some time, I firmly believe there is no way Obama/Soetoro will run in 2012. Certainly, continuing to raise the specter of another Obama/Soetoro term is good for ratings on Hannity, O'Reilly and conservative talk radio. It's also a good theme for dangerous, vile individuals like Newt Gingrich to raise money for their political organizations.
However, Obama/Soetoro's handlers (the shadow government) got away with fraud the first time around, they know it won't happen a second time. There's no way Obama/Soetoro can get ballot qualified in 2012 in a single state. Nancy Pelosi and others pulled off fraud with their candidate declarations to the 50 states of the Union in 2008, but they won't get away with it a second time. Pelosi and her gang of coconspirators should also be indicted by a federal grand jury. Don't think it can't happen. There are many very smart, dedicated individuals working to see all who participated in putting Obama/Soetoro on states ballots are brought to justice.
How this will all play out, I don't know. Obama/Soetoro has admitted to cocaine use; Larry Sinclair has accused him of being a user as late as 1999. Wayne Madsen recently penned a piece outlining how there is a crisis underway in the White House:
Wayne Madsen: White House in Crisis
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment likely to be invoked; Obama being shipped out!
"Washington has not witnessed so much top level White House intrigue since October 20, 1973, when a Saturday night saw President Nixon fire the Watergate independent counsel, the U.S. attorney general, and the deputy attorney general in the “Saturday Night Massacre.” Just ten days earlier, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with accepting bribes while governor of Maryland.
"In the case of President Obama, the senior firings are not happening during a single night but the recent involuntary sudden departures of the White House chief of staff and national security adviser, along with what WMR can confirm from multiple sources is a president who is suffering from Nixonian levels of paranoia, depression, and schizophrenia, has some top-level administration officials considering the first-ever invocation of Section 4 of the 25th Amendment — the involuntary removal of the president from office. The White House meltdown has the Washington political circuit buzzing under the surface.
"Unlike Watergate and the Iran-contra scandal, however, the corporate media is refusing to report on the breakdown of the Obama administration and the internecine political warfare within the Executive Office of the President."
Madsen is a serious investigative journalist with excellent sources. The usurper has had the citizenship issue hanging over his head since mid-2007. He and Militant Michelle have been partying in their White House digs like there's no tomorrow. Whenever there's some heat, Obama/Soetoro hops on his favorite toy, Air Force One, and either goes on another vacation, visiting foreign countries or is out campaigning for his party. Anything to duck sitting around looking incompetent. I believe the fake First Couple know they are a one trick fraud and are living it up while they have the American taxpayers' open checkbook at their disposal. Many pundits continue to remark how detached Obama/Soetoro seems and not really "into" the task of being president. I believe this reflects knowing he won't be around for a second term. He does what he's told and while living it up in style.
Should the usurper remain in office, there is no way he will get the nod at the Democratic National Convention. Take money to the bank on that. It won't happen. There's no way to salvage that shipwreck. Obama/Soetoro's handlers might try to keep him in office as long as possible – if to do nothing more than checkmate any legislation coming out of the "new" Congress in January 2011. You see, if the usurper's handlers throw him under the bus early, next in line is Joseph Biden, who I believe is in the early stages of dementia. Not a good choice for the global cabal running Washington, DC. But, let's put that aside for the moment.
Is there any possibility that Obama/Soetoro can still be removed from office? Yes. There is still one case, Kerchner v Obama, which I have followed from the beginning. The wind has shifted direction since Leo Donofrio's first case was discussed at the Supreme Court level in December 2008. Mario Apuzzo, attorney for Kerchner, et al, is a real warrior and has fought for his clients in the aforementioned case. It has now gone to the next step:
"Kerchner et al v Obama/Congress/Pelosi et al Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed 30 Sep 2010 and docketed 04 Oct 2010 with the U.S. Supreme Court – Washington Times National Weeklyedition – 18 & 11 Oct 2010 issues, page 5. U.S. Supreme Court Docket Number: 10-446. Response from defendants due to the U.S. Supreme Court by 3 Nov 2010."
Let me shift gears for a moment. There's an old saying: Timing in life is everything. HalfPastHuman is a web site that deals in predictive linguistics. Cliff has been pinpointing Nov 8 – 12 as a tipping point for events which could (I stress could) turn this country upside down. I've followed George Ure, Cliff, Bob Chapman and Gerald Celente for a long time. Quite frankly, it's scary how accurate their predictions are in real time. Let's look a few dates here to see what has my attention:
Nov 2 — National elections
Nov 3 — Federal Reserve Chairman, Helicopter Ben Bernanke, is expected to announce a new round of printing tons of worthless fiat currency which will, on cue, make the situation worse as far as the economy is concerned.
Nov 4 — Usurper, Obama/Soetoro leaves for India and other exotic locations. The original departure date was Nov 7, 2010. He is scheduled to return on Nov. 14th. An unusually long trip outside the U.S. for a president. Regardless of any "official" explanation as to why his departure date was moved up, I find it suspicious – as well as the length of time he is to be out of country.
Nov 11 – 12 – Next meeting of the G-20 group. Those geniuses are going to try to figure out how to reverse decades of unrestrained, irresponsible fiscal policies. Too late.
This year elections may not be decided by five minutes after the polls close. We know electronic ballot fraud as well as scanners and human fraud will play a huge factor, again. I am hopeful that candidates who allegedly lose — either by a landslide or close margin – will challenge the vote. Having the outcome of some races (especially the senate) drag on for weeks or even months will have more negative impact for our country. Recall the circus over the 2008 election between incumbent Norm Coleman [R-MN] and a vulgar, completely unqualified candidate, Al Franken. That recount lasted 238 days – roughly seven months. It could happen in less than ten days in a half dozen senate races. Fair election results must trump expediency — even if it means a joke like Franken gets into office. There's that Seventeenth Amendment argument again…..
The banking cartel is on the ropes with their money racket teetering on the brink, and with Foreclosure Gate now in full exposure, the problem is compounded by a factor of a few billion.
The usurper is beating it out of the country three days earlier than originally scheduled and is staying out of the country for a lengthy time.
One of the most important elections in our history is nine days away.
The international banking boys are going to meet in an effort to see which end of the Titanic they should stand on before half the world goes down in economic flames.
All these events clustered in a short period of time; Nov 2 – 12th. Just some food for thought.
Going back to the original theme of this column, besides impeachment, is there any other way to remove Obama/Soetoro? Yes, and it could have and should have been done more than a year ago. But, the requirements to qualify for under a Quo Warranto are stringent. Leo Donofrio and Stephen Pidgeon, both brilliant attorneys who have been involved in citizenship cases in the past, now represent roughly 82 Chrysler dealers in bankruptcy proceedings. The history is on Leo's web site. It does require some reading time if you haven't been able to keep up with it all. Leo and Stephen's first obligation to their clients is the bankruptcy lawsuit, but that does not rule out a Quo Warranto which could happen before 2012. 
The Quo Warranto statute was specifically written to remove a usurper from office and that without question is Barack Hussein Obama. I know time is an issue for everyone as our beloved republic is under attack 24/7 by those who wish to destroy these united States of America. If you desire to fully understand the entire history behind natural born citizen, the Fourteenth Amendment as it relates to the usurper and quo warranto, I put it all together in one master file here. If you can't read it all at one time, book mark the link and get back to it because it is critical in understanding the fraud perpetrated by Obama/Soetoro and his coconspirators.
Does this mean Barack Hussein Obama/Soetoro should get away with his crimes even if he stays until the 2012 election? Absolutely not. He has always known, as well as others, that he was ineligible to run for the presidency because of his dual citizenship. In my mind, there is no question the usurper is guilty under 18 U.S.C. §1343: wire fraud. Obama/Soetoro knowingly solicited campaign funds electronically (TV, radio, Internet) knowing full well his citizenship status made him ineligible. More than $600 million bux poured in and despite enough paper evidence to warrant a full investigation by the FEC regarding foreign contributions, they refuse. However, before the statute of limitations runs, the Department of Justice could indict Obama/Soetoro, and if convicted, he would spend decades in prison where he belongs.
I didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday and I'm not naive. At some point, all these holes in the dam will burst and the long arm of the law will go after Obama, just the same as justice should be done in bringing Bush to trial over his lying regarding the illegal invasion of Iraq; which is not a dead issue and that's all I can say about it at this time.
Why are so many talented, decent Americans continuing the Herculean efforts to bring Bush and Obama/Soetoro to justice in a court of law? Because it is the right thing to do for our country. Every time we the people allow lawbreakers (like Marxist duo, Bill and Hillary) to get away with their crimes, the further our country slips into the muck of a banana republic. We cannot and must not allow that to happen.
As badly as we all want the usurper removed from the White House, it will not happen via impeachment. That comes out of the mouth of a powerful Republican who will, barring some disaster or major vote fraud, return to Washington in January. We cannot allow our rage and frustration to set another horrible legal precedent: you cannot impeach someone who has never legally held office. Usurper means that individual never occupied the office. We must stick to the correct legal remedy.
Right now we need to concentrate our efforts on winning the major fights underway, i.e., getting ALL of the unconstitutional ObamaCare repealed; some provisions are also in the stimulus bill that was signed into law and those must also be repealed and stopped. I would also like to stress how critically important it is to boot out all state reps and state senators who refuse to uphold the U.S. Constitution, who have destroyed their state economies with their foolish legislation and their refusal to take the necessary steps to secure your state from financial disaster; see link below. Get prepared because the worst is about to slam this nation. The elections on November 2, 2010, will not bring some magic bullet relief. It's a long, hard road ahead.
1- In the Shadow of Nemisis
2- Former Chrysler dealers fight back using the Quo Warranto
Alaska Judge Orders Release of Miller's Employment Records(U.S. Senate candidate, Joe Miller) Obama/Soetoro worked as a state senator for Illinois before he unlawfully became a U.S. Senator, yet the courts refuse to release any of his school records.
Letter to 1100 State Legislators – Sound Money Bill
Index of documents in package delivered to: Richard Durbin,
Chief US Attorney for the North-Western, District of TX for
Criminal Matters by Devvy on February 27, 2009, Austin, Texas
Masters of Seduction – communitarianism
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October 25th, 2010 by olddog
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Regardless of any connection that may have had with events today, it is clear that the underlying motive of the present drive for regional government is the consolidation of state and local governments into regional units under total federal control. The people will be excluded from the political and governmental processes.”
“If the day should ever arrive, (which God forbid!), when the people of the different parts of our country shall allow their local affairs to be administered by prefects sent from Washington, and when the self-government of the states shall have been so far lost as that of the departments of France, or even so far as that of the counties of England–on that day the progressive political career of the American people will have come to an end, and the hopes that have been built upon it for the future happiness and prosperity of mankind will be wrecked forever.” – John Fiske, historian, quoted in “Our Changing Constitution” by Charles W. Pierson, Doubleday, Page & Company, 1922.Unfortunately, God did not forbid it, and the day of control of local affairs by Washington is here. It comes in the form of “regionalism” and the weapon for imposing it is federal “revenue-sharing”.
We’ve found traces of Regionalism as far back as the 1920′s, in fact, the 1922 book mentioned above dealt with the federal incursions into state and local affairs and the Constitutional perversions used to justify it.
Earlier still, though we don’t know if it had any connection with the present federal drive for empire, the consolidation of Philadelphia in 1854 is a good example of one of the main goals of modern regionalism — the reduction of the number of local governments and elected officials. In that case, six boroughs, thirteen townships, and nine districts were combined into one city. Prior to that, we had such places as Germantown Borough, Germantown Twp., Roxborough Borough, etc, and, of course, Philadelphia County. In some sections of the city the action is still called the “crime of 1854″. And a crime it was! The people of the townships and boroughs were robbed of a substantial part of their representation and all of their local control.
Regardless of any connection that may have had with events today, it is clear that the underlying motive of the present drive for regional government is the consolidation of state and local governments into regional units under total federal control. The people will be excluded from the political and governmental processes.
The stage was set in 1913 for this federal usurpation of those powers delegated by the Constitution to the states and to the people. The Federal Reserve Act, together with the 16th Amendment permitting the graduated income tax, assured the Federal Government economic dominance of the states, and the 17th Amendment, sold to the people as a great triumph of democracy, took away state control of the Senate, thereby eliminating one of the most important Constitutional checks for maintaining the balance of power between the States and the Federal Government.
The promoters of centralization wasted no time in taking advantage of their new powers. In the revised 1923 edition of his 1915 book, “The New American Government and Its Work”, (Note the term “New”–implying the replacement of an “Old”!), James T. Young says, “Whenever it appears that the Constitution hinders a transfer of power from the States to Congress, those interested seek some expedient by which to evade this obstacle…”. He then cites “judicial interpretation” and “commerce regulating power” as two methods and continues, “The third, and at present most promising way is the subsidy plan. Congress grants to the States a fund under its power to tax and to appropriate for the general welfare. This fund is given only on condition that the States appropriate a similar sum and that the total amount be used for a definite purpose fixed in the Federal Law. This purpose may be, and often is, entirely outside the regulating authority of Congress.” That is the principle method used today to promote “Regionalism” (Federal takeover). It is commonly known as the “carrot and stick” method. The legal term is, “Bribery and Extortion”.
This might be a good point to interrupt the history of regionalism and discuss what’s wrong with it. The most important thing we can think of is that it effectively removes the people from the electoral process. It does this by concentrating power in units of government that are increasingly larger and more remote from the people and by establishing commissions and authorities composed of appointed officials who do not answer to the people.
As government moves to higher levels, towns to counties to “sub-state regions” to states to “federal regions” to the federal government itself, the per capita representation goes down and the people lose all control over elections. In a small town of thousands, a few knowledgeable citizens can inform enough others to oust corrupt officials. It’s almost impossible in a county with hundreds of thousands, or a state with millions. When it comes to a national government of hundreds of millions, only those who finance the nation and the elections can influence the elected officials and unelected bureaucrats.
Resuming the background, it’s fairly common knowledge, certainly among those who have fought the growth of government, that centralization received a major boost in the 1930′s as a result of the depression (which we were told the Federal Reserve was created to prevent — were we lied to?). Less known today is the plan announced in the New York Times Magazine on April 24, 1935, to divide the nation into nine “Departments”. Under the plan, States’ rights would have been abolished. The plan, so boldly announced, undoubtedly met very stiff opposition, so nothing came of it–at the time. In fact, in 1943, Governor Carr of Colorado said he had uncovered a government plan to set up “regional dictatorships”. Carr said that regional authorities would be setup “ostensibly to regulate physical resources”. Of course, government officials denied any knowledge of such a plan. However, in 1972, Richard Nixon, by Executive Order 11647, divided the country into ten “Federal Regions”. In typical Orwellian “Double-Speak”, he called it “decentralization”. In 1979, by E.O. 12149, Jimmy Carter established Federal Regional Councils for each of those districts. This has been the pattern–announce the plan, deny in the face of opposition, continue in darkness, then slip quietly into the light again. Under heat of opposition to the reemerged scheme, Ronald Reagan, so we understand, rescinded those E.O.’s, but we have to believe that, if true, the program just slid back into the cover of darkness again.
In the 1960′s, prior to Nixon’s E.O. 11647, the drive had picked up momentum again in the form of various “revenue- sharing” schemes. Federal officials pointed out that, now collecting over 70% of the nations tax revenues, Washington was in a better financial position to solve the problems of the states and our local governments. The Federal Deficit was apparently not noticed. That many of the problems were caused by prior Federal meddling in state and local affairs was ignored.
Possibly the most damning piece of evidence as to the intent of “Revenue-Sharing” is the audaciously honest book “Revenue-Sharing” by Congressman Henry Reuss. Reuss, a leading sponsor of the program, makes it clear in the book that “Revenue- Sharing” should be used as “an incentive” to states to “modernize” their local governments. To qualify for the federal handouts, states would have to submit a “good faith” plan showing how they intend to implement this “modernization” of local government. Among the things to be included are: consolidation of the “too many”, “fragmented”, “balkanized”, “minuscule”, “jungle of”, “outmoded”, “horse and buggy” local governments; establishment of regional planning mechanisms; state constitutional changes to permit “interstate compacts”; steps to reduce the number of elected officials and to replace them with appointed ones (because being “forced” to vote for too many officials confuses the voters); and finally, to make provisions for state income taxes–the more “progressive”, the better. He also wants the larger governmental units created by the program to be able to setup more “services”, borrow with less state restriction, and, of course, be able to levy more taxes in addition to the increased funds from federal and state programs. The “federal” money (the carrot) will come on the condition that the states and locals use it for ends consistent with a “national purpose”. If not, the funds will be withheld (the stick).
Even before Reuss’s book was published, it is evident that the intent of Congress was known. Some states had already begun complying. In 1968, for example, Pennsylvania amended its constitution to permit interstate compacts, boundary changes, and to “free” the expansion and taxing powers of local governments. It is through the expansion of “services” and taxing powers that the local governments will become such unbearable burdens that the people will demand that they be abolished. The regionalists will be able to say, “We only gave the people what they wanted”.
In 1972, the Pennsylvania State Legislature, yielding to the federal pressure, passed Act 62 of 1972, the so-called, “Home Rule and Optional Plans Act”. Act 62 is designed to carry out the federal plans to destroy (modernize) local government while creating an illusion of a “grass roots movement”. It permits almost unlimited expansion of local government and taxes, and the transfer of powers from one government to another. To create the “grass roots” illusion, the method of implementation provided by Act 62 is “citizen referendum”. A commission is elected to “study” the present form of government, be it township, borough, or county. After an allotted time specified in the Act, they issue their report. They may recommend keeping the present form, adopting a “Home Rule” charter, or changing to one of the “Optional Plans” provided in Act 62.
This last point must be emphasized. The only recommendations the commission can make regarding changing the form of government are: keep the present form, write a Charter, or adopt an “Optional Plan”. The Masters of Deceit in the Department of Community Affairs (now the Department of Community and Economic Development) try to tell us that if we don’t like Act 62 government after we’ve tried it, “it appears” we can go back to the old codes. We can’t! Act 62 does not give any provision for placing a question on the ballot for going back. When we asked state “consultants” to the Bucks County’s second commission to cite statutes that would authorize such a question, they could not.
How will the new forms destroy our townships and boroughs? In two ways. The slow way is to get a majority of them under Act 62 and then expand them under the new powers granted. Eventually, they will become such an intrusive and costly burden that the people will demand they be eliminated.
A much quicker method is through adoption of a “Home Rule” Charter or an optional plan at the county level. Again, through the broad grant of powers to tax and spend (pronounced: provide services) the county will ultimately come to dwarf the local units. The argument will then be made that the townships and boroughs are insignificant and superfluous, and they will be eliminated. The counties will become “cities”. Preparing the way for further consolidation of those “cities”, the governor, by Executive Directive 48 dated August 28, 1972, divided Pennsylvania into 10 sub-state regions.
Of course, proponents of Home Rule or Optional Plan Government vehemently deny that is regionalism–now! But at first they admitted, almost gloated, over the prospects of regionalizing local government through the Act. Like typical utopian gurus expecting the sheep (that’s us) to see immediately the brilliance of their ‘enlightened” schemes, they announced it openly. Denial began when we refused to follow the pipers and push our local governments into the sea. But they were too late. It was their words that we used to defeat them three times in Bucks County.
A word of caution. There are some who think that they can beat the intent of the Act by writing clauses in a “Home Rule” Charter that in some way limits the broad grant of powers or expands the “Opt-Out” clause. There are others who will do it to deliberately deceive the voters. Don’t be fooled. They can’t! Act 62 is the law. A local charter commission can’t amend acts of the legislature, and the “broad grant of power” and the provisions for a local government to “opt-out” are clear. Citizens of a county who accept a charter or Optional Plan because they think they can beat the Act will likely learn the hard way, and the price will be high. It will eventually cost them their townships and boroughs.
Despite the three “Home Rule”/Optional Plan victories at the county level in Bucks, we’ve hardly put a dent in regionalism, because Act 62 is only one part of a multi-pronged attack on local representative government. It is intended to give an appearance of a “grass-roots” origin to any changes, to make the people think it is their idea. However, if the people can’t be fooled, there are also COGS (Councils of Government), Regional Planning Commissions, special purpose authorities, “Urban County” status, etc. These are designed to bring in regionalism over, under, and around the people and their local officials if they can’t get through them. Still, because the illusion of a “grass-roots” source of regional government is important to those promoting it, the “Home Rule and Optional Plans Act” is their preferred method of achieving regional government.
We’ll end this article as we began it, quoting from Pierson’s “Our Changing Constitution”. We’ve chosen a few pertinent comments by the author himself.
“What then of the future? Is the Constitution hopelessly out of date? Are the states to be submerged and virtually obliterated in the drift toward centralization? No thoughtful patriot can view such a possibility without the gravest misgivings. The integrity of the states was a cardinal principle of our governmental scheme. Abandon that and we are adrift from the moorings which to the minds of statesmen of past generations constituted the safety of the republic.”
“There is another aspect of the matter, however. The burden of federal bureaucracy is beginning to be felt by the average man. He is being regulated more and more in his meats and drinks, his morals and the activities of his daily life, from Washington. If he will only stop and think he must realize that no one central authority can supervise the daily lives of a hundred million people scattered over half a continent, without becoming top-heavy.”
“In the very nature of things there is bound to be a reaction against centralization sooner or later. The real question is whether it will come in time to save the present constitutional scheme.”
That was 1922! We’ve sunk a long way, baby!
October 22nd, 2010 by olddog
By Sheriff Jim R. Schwiesow, Ret.
August 28, 2010
The story is that when a condemned convict has finally exhausted his appeals, stays, and pre-execution pleas and is making that final walk to the execution chamber his last faltering steps are marked by these echoing words, “Dead man walking.” The words are chilling and at the same time prophetic as they mark with a certainty that soon – very soon – the vital physical functions that sustain life and animate the being will be terminated and he will go from life to death and exist only as a memory.
It occurs to me that nations and civilizations are like men in that they live and function, establish relationships, make enemies and friends, inhabit a temporary space as an infinitesimal speck in a boundless universe, enter into a terminal stage and die, are mourned for a while, and then exist only as a memory. Some live longer than others, some are more prominent than others, some are more benevolent than others, some are more evil than others, but all enter into that final stage and ultimately perish.
The heart of a man pumps the blood that sustains the function of all of the organs that make a man a living being. When the heart of man becomes diseased and corrupted it can no longer provide the vital organs with nourishment and the man dies. The heart of a nation is its people. When the people become diseased with the filthiness of immorality they no longer provide the healthy nourishment that sustains the life of a nation, and the nation dies.
The United States is a dead man walking.
The filthy immoral practices, the corrupt and perverse politicians, the deadly social disunity, the crumbling constitution, the debased young of society, and above all the rejection of the one true God – God the Father, God the Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit – are all symptoms of a diseased heart. This nation is taking those last faltering steps to the chamber of death.
ALL THE KINGS MEN AND ALL THE KINGS HORSES
During my tenure as sheriff I collected a number of amusing stories and anecdotes. Among them is the following.
One morning my Chief Deputy came into my office carrying a taped account of an emergency 911 call that was processed by the communications center. The dialogue as recorded on that tape follows:
911 Operator: “What is your emergency?”
The Caller: (very agitated) “My mother stabbed my father.”
911 Operator: (misunderstanding the caller) “What’s wrong with your mother?”
The Caller: “She’s distraught!”
911 Operator: (finally realizing that the father is the emergency) “What is the nature of your father’s injuries?”
The Caller: “He has been stabbed (inaudible) and is bleeding heavily.”
911 Operator: The operator assuming erroneously that the victim had been stabbed in an extremity explains that a tourniquet should be applied above the wound and twisted tight to stem the flow of blood. Then as an after thought asks, “where exactly is the wound?”
The Caller: “In the neck.”
In this nation today we are continually entertained by the dimwitted politicos who – like the 911 operator in the preceding story – make one ignorant assumption upon another causing them to put forth simple-minded and dim-witted solutions to stem the flow of life’s blood from this Commonwealth. These idiots are wrapping a tourniquet around the neck of this nation and cinching it tight. They are stemming the intake of life-sustaining nourishment to the economy and commerce and systematically strangling the nation. Old Uncle Sam is turning blue, his tongue is protruding, his eyes are bulging, and he is in the grip of the spasmodic throes of death; neither the king nor his horses will bring him back to life.
THE SOURCE OF OUR DESTRUCTION
“And he said, who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” Genesis 3:11
God of course knew the answer to the question that He put to Adam and Eve before His words were spoken. And He knew from which dark and evil mind came the impetus for the disobedience of Adam and Eve and the subsequent fall of man into sin and separation from God. It is this same black spirit that leads and directs the actions of all who fail to re-establish rapport with God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is the same evil entity that rules the nations of the world and controls the destinies of the unsaved. Those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ are, by default, the sons and daughters of Satan and under his control.
When a society rejects the God of Creation, institutes vile works, pursues depraved human activity that is condemned and prohibited by Scripture, and lives by an unholy creed, that society belongs to – and is in possession of – Satan’s demonic kingdom. This is dear reader the present status of the United States.
THE PROBLEM IS SPIRITUAL – NOT SECULAR
Consistently I am told that in order to salvage what is left of the Republic we must regain or restore states rights, if one could circumvent a corrupted and activist non-constitutional judiciary that might be an option. The problem is that states rights were effectively nullified, in fact destroyed, by Abraham Lincoln and his New Englander war cabinet those many years ago when the southern states boldly stepped up and asserted their constitutional right to secede from a rapidly forming unholy union. These were brutally burned and savaged by a bestialized federal government. It was the first bite out of the constitution and was followed by a long series of successive bites from the venerable documented founding of the establishment of the law and the immutable principles upon which the nation was based.
When it suits their purpose the Republicans, who claim to be conservative and non-progressive, incessantly clamor for a restoration of constitutional governance when in fact constitutional governance was actually destroyed by their own political party. By refusing to strictly adhere to the constitution as written and established the politicians and the courts make it appear that it is ineffective and have opened the door to that new constitutional convention that the socialist Democrats have been mightily striving to bring about. If this comes to pass, and if we last that long which I sincerely doubt, the ragged remnants of a nearly perfect constitution will be thrown out and replaced with a communist manifesto that the socialists can rule by.
The constitution should never have been amended beyond the Bill of Rights. Every change and addition beyond the first ten amendments has brought this nation interminable grief.
In a recent article “Rules Of Engagement For Freedom And Prosperity” newswithviews writer Andrew Wallace succinctly laid out the politically caused degradation that is upon this nation and suggested a remedial program to restore constitutional governance and the sovereignty of the people. I do not quibble with Andrew’s findings, they are well documented, but I see the anomalies that he highlights as the symptoms of a spiritually diseased and debased society.
POINT AND COUNTERPOINT
My previous article, “Disarming America,” brought an interesting assortment of mail. I received, as I knew I would, letters from a smattering of pacifist Christians who seemingly refuse to take Jesus out of the cradle and recognize Him as the mighty God of the Universe and the creator of everything that was created, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Too many visualize Jesus as a wandering longhaired hippie, mildly benign and ever pious. Is it any wonder that the heathen depict Him with a peace sign draped around His neck and think of Him only as a nomadic guru. Those who call themselves servants of Christ and then contribute to the fostering of this image of the God of the Universe ought to be ashamed.
A few wrote to take issue with my characterization of Luke 22: 35-38 and John 18:11 in regard to the sword and the use of the sword. That I extrapolate from these scriptures an inherent right to possess firearms apparently irritated a few, but these were far from a majority of those who wrote.
Several writers took exception to my gun rights stand by equating firearms with killing. These always misquote the Sixth Commandment as “Thou Shalt Not Kill”, when what the unexpurgated Holy Bible really articulates is “Thou Shalt Not Commit Murder” To simply say that we shall not kill does not differentiate between the taking of a human life and the killing of an animal for food and covering. It is pretty difficult to compromise this misperceived blanket censor of killing with the fact that God slew an animal to obtain a hide to clothe the nakedness of both Adam and Eve.
The stricture against killing is construed, by those who should know better, to include living species other than men. Many goofy pacifist Christians take it to that level. I like steak, and I certainly am not going to be able eat steak without the slaughtering (killing) of a steer. It is this line of thinking that explains the mindset of the dovish noodles that think that they can live on vegetables alone.
Murder is the unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by another human being, in other words the taking of a human life with malice aforethought. I hate the person, I am going to kill the person, I will carry out a plan to kill the person, and I kill the person. This is murder, and is forbidden by God. Premeditation in regard to murder has no affixed time limit; one might premeditate a murder for seconds, minutes, days, weeks, months, or years.
Now, consider the following. I am in my home minding my own business when some felon who has premeditated my killing breaks into my home with a gun or a knife with the express intent to murder me. I don’t know how long this person has premeditated my murder and I don’t care. I like the life that God has bestowed upon me and don’t want to give it up to a filthy Godless miscreant. So before this felon carries out his intent to riddle my hide with bullet projectiles or the blade of a knife I produce a firearm and shoot him to death, have I committed a Biblically forbidden act? No, I have not.
Now suppose that before I can defend myself this murderous felon (with malice aforethought) carries out his premeditated killing of me. The state steps in as they are called by God to do and establishes that my murder was premeditated (with malice aforethought) and sentences the murderer to death. Agents of the state carry out the writ of execution and stick him with a needle, pour the juice to him, stretch his neck, or ventilate his vitals with a taxpayer-funded bullet. Is the state, or the designated agents thereof, transgressing Biblical edicts? Nope. The Bible condones the stoning to death of cold-blooded murderers, does it not? Read the Book.
Finally, you have killed another human being accidentally and without malice aforethought or premeditation. But, the family has blood in their eyes and plans, with malice aforethought, to murder you to gain retribution for the accidental death that you have caused. What do you do? Better run to the temple and grab the horns of the altar. The horns these days are the courts where justice is rarely served or dispensed, but it is your only hope for refuge.
IS THE END OF THE AGE UPON US?
In my writings I have been fairly consistent in expressing my belief that the day of the Lord is hard upon us. Some have written in an attempt to disabuse me of this belief and to remind me of Christ’s impartation that not even He knew the day and the hour of His coming. That the day will arrive is a certainty, and if it did not God’s Word would have returned to Him void, which is an impossibility.
I have repeatedly declared that I am neither a prognosticator nor a prophet. And I put no faith in those who claim such God-given insight. My faith is solely and solidly in Jesus Christ. So to those who have admonished me in regard to my speculation I will just say that it is based upon a juxtaposing of the rapidly unfolding vile and evil corruptness of men and the rapid succession of truly cataclysmic occurrences that are being visited upon the world in diverse places alongside God-given Biblical prophesy. The following words by Peter confirm that even an obdurate denial of Christ’s soon coming is a sign that the last days are neigh.
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” II Peter: 3: 3-4
If one is truly a believer in, and a servant of, the Lord Jesus Christ that person is expected to have the wisdom and the light to discern the signs of the times and to extrapolate from those signs the immediacy of Christ’s return. The Apostle Paul expressed it best with the following scripture:
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 4-5
And finally an admonition for those who love Christ, but are spiritually uncertain as to His coming:
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:13
And all God’s people say – Amen!
© 2010 – Jim R. Schwiesow – All Rights Reserved
October 22nd, 2010 by olddog
By David A. McElroy
The global conflict we find invading our own hearts and minds can be reduced to this ancient struggle: The law of love versus the love of law. The first defines an attitude of respect volunteered by caring individuals. The latter term embraces corporate processes imposing fear of the state demanding respect. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes declared, “This is a court of law, not a court of justice. “ What is the role of law?
“The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state,” declared that old senator of the Roman Empire, Tacitus. The underlying foundation of American jurisprudence is Roman law, filtered down through the Holy Roman Empire via the “crowned heads of Europe” and the British Accredited Registry licensing attorneys to practice law. Many members of Congress are lawyers, and legislating law is their constitutional role. They will never even question when “enough is enough” in the proliferation of laws. An empire always seeks more jurisdiction, more profits. Aristocrat Winston Churchill noted, “If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy respect for the law.”
Some say the legal principles of western jurisprudence are rooted in the basic laws God handed Moses so long ago, The Ten Commandments. These precepts are engraved quite prominently in the U.S. Supreme Court, which has fallen far from them. Recall Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore being unjustly sacked for righteously upholding them a few years ago, despite God being honored in his state‘s constitution.
The “Rule of Law” implies principles that are consistent, transparent, and equally applied to logically structure an honest justice system governing a society. We suffer an obvious plutocracy now, a lawless state where the arbitrary rule of men reigns. True principles of justice are ignored, even mocked. Look at the fraudulent mortgage foreclosure procedures and federal seizure of businesses, no-bid multi-billion dollar contracts and bail-outs, the shady accounting, congressmen not even reading the bills they vote on, Supreme Court justices stating they will consider foreign laws in court rulings, Barack Obama’s outright refusal to uphold his duty under the Constitution, or prove himself eligible for the Office of the President. Our Bill of Rights has become alienable. We are now under total surveillance. We suffer rampant corruption in an openly fascist dictatorship of deceit, a nation ruled by corporatists. Bankrupting oppressive regulations and taxation is killing us, as rationed “Obamacare” will. Our industries are destroyed, our people unemployed. The list goes on and on and on… yet many fools still think they are free and protected by law.
Thomas Jefferson stated, “Laws are rules, made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for,” he said, “in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.” The law has become “silly putty” at the pleasure of elitists citing the “General Welfare Clause” or the “Commerce Clause”, etc. Legalese is intended to deceive the common man summoned before the bench.
Jefferson also noted, “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” Do you feel your rights are respected or violated?
The contest is whether Law is made for Man, or Man for Law, the State made for Man or Man made for the State. Will we be free people enjoying God-given rights as independent individuals in a government representing us by our consent, or merely wards of the state to be socially engineered en masse according to rules dictated by oligarchs via armies of corporate lobbyists? Are we to exist as citizens at liberty, or subjects of rulers? Will governments be operated by public servants or money masters? Are the nations properly comprised of human beings, or corporate entities? Will we have consistent Rule of Law or arbitrary Rule of Men? By what principles does human society progress in civilization?
It is a battle for minds, bodies, and souls. One side holds Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, the Law of the Jungle, “survival of the fittest”, a Marxist materialistic quest for power over others joined by fascists, progressives, communitarians, corporatists, all socialists revering empirical sciences. My side heralds Jesus Christ, the great champion of liberty who truly embodied God’s Word. He summarized the basis of law for a lawyer by saying “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” See Matthew 22:35-40. He also stated, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” in John 8:32. A battle rages between Good and Evil. Sophisticated barbarians practicing slavery and bloodshed use temptation, deceit, and violence, warring against us believing they must,“ do unto others before they do unto them, as he who dies with the most toys wins.” We prefer to practice peace and share love in a more spiritual worldview seeking a respectful, wholesome, joy among brothers and sisters transcending the material with an uplifting faith in our Creator. Death is but a door to eternal life.
Do we understand the difference between being civilized or barbarian? The difference is brotherly love, not clever schemes nor sophistication. Respect is integral with love, we all need it in some measure. The huge problem among us all, regardless of an ethnic culture, creed, or form of governance, is some people insist they must prevail over others with an arrogant air of superiority, and harness others in labor for monolithic dreams of grandeur. These are elitists, driven to satisfy insatiable egos. They habitually put others down and squash their dreams, robbing them of not only dignity, opportunity and wealth, but health and happiness, even life and liberty. They are simply incapable of love, being narcissistic psychopaths. These sociopaths are shielded by corporate facades to escape liability while they wield power and nurse their egos on public teats, making us bleed. Our fatal crisis is rooted in the evil “JUST US” system of deceitful legislation. Holding power by means fair or foul is often heralded as “a grasp for responsibility”. But it is all too often an elitist “responsibility for a grasp” trumpeted as public service for “your own good“. Freedom is not legislated. We will never obtain truth, justice, or liberty within Lucifer‘s system!
Prospects for selfishly obtaining evermore profits, perks, respect and status at large, more surveillance and data, more power and privilege to wield against us, only lures hordes of the worst personalities into the ranks of government. We must address this to formulate a just and secure basis from which to establish a state of freedom, rather than a state that is free and people are not. The flawed US Constitution had embodied some good biblical principles. But it obviously has failed to restrain government or maintain liberty for the people. Why? President John Adams does note, “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” America is no longer a moral people and government disrespects religion.
We have been sold “a bill of goods”, starting with naïve children being taught the virtues of the Division of Labor in public classrooms where the Holy Bible, prayer, and God are prohibited by law. Division of Labor conceals the division of people, severs dignity from those not afforded “superior” status, and enslaves them in service to Mammon. The “public fool system” gave no warning of the extent that using the “coin of the realm”, or signing up for Social Security to join the work force, holds us liable to “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s…” as Christ said. The corporate empire deems itself as the “supreme being”, demanding we even give the state that which is due God. Proud corporatists, materialists all, reject any authority beyond their own, denying God exists. Did school kids hear even a suggestion of alternatives to the banking system of usury and taxation? Did the assuring Civics classes tell any truth of how American representative government really operates? Were the empowering principles of liberty ever taught?
We have been misled, deceived, about American history and the principles of liberty our patriot ancestors fought courageously to establish as our American Heritage. It is gone, squandered in confusion fomented by corporatists wielding carrots and sticks, fear and temptations. America was built upon principles of the Holy Bible, despite legal protests by the American Civil Liberties Union claiming a separation of church and state in law. The ACLU, founded by Marxists, deceitfully cites Jefferson in their war against God.
Would a Founding Father and president insisting upon a strict “separation of church and state” open the US Capitol and other federal buildings to host weekly church services? Jefferson did just that, and his diary noted his attending church services held in the US Treasury building. Pastor Roger Anghis wrote of this in part 7 of The Importance of History, at NewsWithViews.com. “A false history has been put in place,” Anghis said. The letter the ACLU cites is not completely revealed by them. “Our Founders saw it as it was meant by Jefferson’s statement in his response to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1801, and that was a total separation of any government control over religion. These two ideas are diametrically opposed to each other. The separation that Jefferson spoke of was an institutional separation, not an influential separation.” He says “U.S. Congressional Records (6/7 to 9/25 1789) clearly show the intent of the First Amendment. The federal government was not to allow a single denomination running the nation,” as European nations had permitted ecclesiastic authorities to rule them.
I also add that critics often claim Jefferson was a Deist who did not believe in a God who intervened in the affairs of men, or a redeeming messiah, Christ. It is true he practiced in some severe textual criticisms of scriptures. But he feared God’s retribution to the evils of this world, and referred to Christ as “Lord” frequently in signing letters.
The Bible cites boundaries between ecclesiastic and civil authorities. Anghis notes King Uzziah being struck instantly with leprosy in punishment for disobedience in usurping a priestly role in God’s Temple, as recorded in II Chronicles 26:16-21. When asked if paying tribute to Caesar was lawful, and shown a coin bearing Caesar’s image, Christ declared “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesars, and unto God the things which be God’s.” See Luke 20:22-25. Perhaps we should not use the coin of the realm, and not render tribute to the empire. Whose image do you worship? Perhaps that of Benjamin Franklin in your wallet?
The love of law exerted to coerce obedience to a multitude of rules was the realm of the Pharisees. In Revelation 2:9 Jesus said they were of “the synagogue of Satan.” Ancient scribes were what we would call the professionals, men of letters. Christ warned “Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; which devour widow’s houses, and for a show make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.” See Luke 20:46-47. Scribes used the rule of men to obscure the rule of law nature’s God had spelled out in stone. They burdened people for their own selfish profits, and privileges, seeking power. They held themselves to be superior, the “unwashed masses” as inferior people to be fleeced. Jesus blasted their “Laying aside the commandments of God,” in Mark 7:8, saying, “ye hold the traditions of men,” speaking of the rabbinical Talmud. It rules us “goy” to be mere “cattle” intended to serve Jews. Where is the love?
Does pride go before a fall? America has fallen to scribes’ love of law. We must get beyond the letter of the law and recall that the spirit of the law is righteous judgment conducive to wholesome loving life. It is rooted in God’s Holy Spirit, the Spirit of ‘76. Do you choose to abide with the power of love… or the force of law in “legal” processes?
“It is the law of love that rules mankind,“ noted Mohandas Gandhi. “Had violence, i.e. hate, ruled us, we should have become extinct long ago. And yet, the tragedy of it is that the so-called civilized men and nations conduct themselves as if the basis of society was violence.” Gandhi stated, “An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrests for its’ breach is more so.” The US courts incarcerate more people than any other nation; deny natural law and Nature’s God. Our American Heritage, our liberty principles for a just governance, are documented in The Declaration of Independence penned by Jefferson, not THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, long suspended since 1933. FDR imposed Admiralty Law that year with the War Powers Act portfolio, deeming the public to be enemies of the state by law in the “Trading With The Enemy Act”. Where is the love?
Do I call for a Theocracy in America? NO! But our American Heritage of biblical Christian doctrines for truth, justice, and liberty for all made America great and strong.
“A Christian nation is not demanded in scripture, “asserts James P. Harvey in part one of his eloquent Masters of Surreptitious Guile published in anationbeguiled.com. Christ is offering us salvation by faith, professed free of coercion. Harvey declares, “No person should fear being forced into becoming a Christian, but to be ruled by an anti-Christian government is sure to follow in the foot-steps of all governments that have surreptitiously metamorphosed into an oligarchy.” He says “An atheist can live and prosper among us without being oppressed as long as he does not demand his philosophy be accepted by everyone or by law, and it is not the object of the new framers to demand allegiance to Christianity,” in speaking of forming a new state, “as that is clearly not the objective of scripture.” Yet such “Diversity must conform to certain standards or chaos will rule.” He notes, “The astute Christian understands that diverse doctrine will only be tolerated as long as it is not forced on us, and therein lays the reason that our present Constitution is anti-Christian.”
This is why John Adams had said the original Constitution “was made for a moral and religious people,” as Christ’s tenets define a true libertarian, prohibiting fraud or force as “…faith worketh by love,” per Galatians 5:6 of the Holy Bible. America was known as a Christian nation by virtue of cultural influence, not by force of law imposed. Biblical principles were incorporated, but without citing chapter and verse in the US Constitution or statutes. As Samuel Adams remarked of the spirit, “…if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves.” Where is the love?
The Spirit of ’76 emanated from colonial churches where bold pastors laid God’s Word against the issues of the day, applying biblical principles to their world. They led patriots to cry “No king but Jesus!” in battling the British forces, insisting they live free or die! They knew Christ was the true liberator of the oppressed. Evil has engaged us by stealth, taken slaves, and “the wages of sin is death“! The battle is joined! Will you claim victory in Jesus? Where do you stand? Who do you serve? Live free or die!
October 22nd, 2010 by olddog
by Tom DeWeese
October 22, 2010
Over the past several months, the American Policy Center (APC) has mailed more than 100,000 “Remove ICLEI, Restore the Republic Survey” to Americans across the nation. The mail package contained not only the Survey, but also a detailed report on Sustainable Development and how ICLEI (International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives) is being paid dues by local communities to impose this UN Agenda 21 policy.
ICLEI is now operating in more than 600 American cities – mostly in relative secrecy. More cities are being pressured to give ICLEI control of development policy making. In most cases that includes creating non-elected boards, councils and regional governments answerable to no one. City Councils and County Commissions, which should be answerable to the people, are now able to defer decision making to these non-elected bureaucrats, leaving the people without the ability to question or overturn policy. It’s the definition of a perfect“Soviet.”Yet most people had never heard of ICLEI or the power it holds over so many American communities. So, APC set out to change that, exposing the process and then asking Americans if they agree with such actions.
Since the mailings began, APC’s phones ring steadily with requests for reprints of the report. Moreover, it has sparked others to join the cause against Sustainable Development. More and more Tea Party rallies are featuring speakers on the subject. I am now giving more radio interviews andspeeches on the subject than ever before. Clearly, APC’s education campaign is having a dramatic impact on the effort to expose and stop both Sustainable Development and ICLEI. Below are the results of the Survey, so far.
Question 1: Have you heard the term Sustainable Development before?
Yes 38% No 57% Not Sure 5%
Question 2: Are you aware that Sustainable Development policy means severe restrictions on your local natural resources like water, and on private property use?
Yes 39% No 59% Not Sure 2%
Question 3: Have you heard of ICLEI?
Yes 23% No 75% Not Sure 2%
Question 4: Are you aware of ICLEI activities in your community?
Yes 5% No 91% Not Sure 4%
Question 5: Did you know that your community is enforcing international policy and laws, hiding them behind excuses like environmental protection and historic preservation?
Yes 10% No 78% Not Sure 12%
Question 6: Do you believe your community should be paying taxpayer dollars to an international organization like ICLEI to dictate local development policy?
Yes 2% No 95% Not Sure 3%
Question 7: If ICLEI is already in your town, do you want your City Council, Mayor, or County Commissioners to end its contract and stop paying ICLEI?
Yes 96% No 3% Not Sure 1%
Question 8: If ICLEI is already in your town, do you want your City Council, Mayor, or County Commissioners to continue its contract and allow ICLEI to proceed with its programs through non-elected boards and councils?
Yes 3% No 96% Not Sure 1%
Question 9: If ICLEI is not yet in your community, do you want your city leaders to allow them to get involved in your town?
Yes 2% No 97% Not Sure 1%
From the Survey responses, it’s obvious that Americans, when they know the facts, do not want international organizations pushing Sustainable Development on their community. Americans must get the facts and then confront their elected officials to stop these actions. The special report on Sustainable Development is available from the American Policy Center at 70 Main Street, Suite 23, Warrenton, VA 20816, or on the website at www.americanpolicy.org.
Greens on the run
A year ago, the Environmental Movement seemed on the verge of total victory. With Obama in the White House; Reid in the Senate and Pelosi in the House, it seemed nothing could stop them. Cap and Trade appeared to be a done deal. But today, even in the hottest summer on record and a massive oil spill in the Gulf, the Greens can’t get any traction for their once popular (now disgraced) cause. The Greens’ charges that big oil and industry have used their money and power to destroy the earth and stop vital environmental legislation, is falling on deaf ears.
The Greens have lied too many times and now their house of cards is tumbling with unprecedented speed. Their intimidation of editors of science journals to not publish anything but the party line has been exposed. Global Warming is a proven hoax. People around the world have clearly learned that the Green’s efforts to turn back society are not only costly, but unnecessary. The sky is not falling and it never was.
While American’s continue to ignore the obvious control that the media industry has over their world view, (the powers that be), continue to take control of every facet of our lives. If the reader of this article is unaware of the direction that their local government is taking them, then, (FREEDOM) as we have previously perceived it, will disappear without notice.
This IGNORANCE is your responsibility, the information is available from too many sources to deny it, and once freedom is lost, it will no longer be desired by the masses, as they prefer not to be bothered in their insane pursuit of entertaining themselves to death.
READ ANATIONBEGUILED.COM EVERY DAY AND WAKE UP!
October 21st, 2010 by olddog
By Andrew Gavin Marshall
Global Research, October 19, 2010
The following is the text of Andrew Gavin Marshall's presentation at the book launch of The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century", Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall (Editors). September 29, 2010, Montreal, Canada.
We now stand at the edge of the global financial abyss of a 'Great Global Debt Depression,' where nations, mired in extreme debt, are beginning to implement 'fiscal austerity' measures to reduce their deficits, which will ultimately result in systematic global social genocide, as the middle classes vanish and the social foundations upon which our nations rest are swept away. How did we get here? Who brought us here? Where is this road leading? These are questions I will briefly attempt to answer.
At the heart of the global political economy is the central banking system. Central banks are responsible for printing a nation's currency and setting interest rates, thus determining the value of the currency. This should no doubt be the prerogative of a national government, however, central banks are of a particularly deceptive nature, in which while being imbued with governmental authority, they are in fact privately owned by the world's major global banks, and are thus profit-seeking institutions. How do central banks make a profit? The answer is simple: how do all banks make a profit? Interest on debt. Loans are made, interest rates are set, and profits are made. It is a system of debt, imperial economics at its finest.
In the United States, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act in 1913, creating the Federal Reserve System, with the Board located in Washington, appointed by the President, but where true power rested in the 12 regional banks, most notably among them, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The regional Fed banks were private banks, owned in shares by the major banks in each region, which elected the board members to represent them, and who would then share power with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington.
In the early 1920s, the Council on Foreign Relations was formed in the United States as the premier foreign policy think tank, dominated by powerful banking interests. In 1930, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) was created to manage German reparations payments, but it also had another role, which was much less known, but much more significant. It was to act as a "coordinator of the operations of central banks around the world." Essentially, it is the central bank for the world's central banks, whose operations are kept 'strictly confidential.' As historian Carroll Quigley wrote:
"The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations."
In 1954, the Bilderberg Group was formed as a secretive global think tank, comprising intellectual, financial, corporate, political, military and media elites from Western Europe and North America, with prominent bankers such as David Rockefeller, as well as European royalty, such as the Dutch royal family, who are the largest shareholders in Royal Dutch Shell, whose CEO attends every meeting. This group of roughly 130 elites meets every year in secret to discuss and debate global affairs, and to set general goals and undertake broad agendas at various meetings. The group was initially formed to promote European integration. The 1956 meeting discussed European integration and a common currency. In fact, the current Chairman of the Bilderberg Group told European media last year that the euro was debated at the Bilderberg Group.
In 1973, David Rockefeller, Chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank, Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Steering Committee of the Blderberg Group, formed the Trilateral Commission with CFR academic Zbigniew Brzezinski. That same year, the oil price shocks created a wealth of oil money, which was discussed at that years Bilderberg meeting 5 months prior to the oil shocks, and the money was funneled through western banks, which loaned it to 'third world' nations desperately in need of loans to finance industrialization.
When Jimmy Carter became President in 1977, he appointed over two dozen members of the Trilateral Commission into his cabinet, including himself, and of course, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was his National Security Adviser. In 1979, Carter appointed David Rockefeller's former aide and friend, Paul Volcker, who had held various positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the U.S. Treasury Department, and who also happened to be a member of the Trilateral Commission, as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. When another oil shock took place in 1979, Volcker decided to raise interest rates from 2% in the late 70s, to 18% in the early 80s. The effect this had was that the countries of the developing world suddenly had to pay enormous interest on their loans, and in 1982, Mexico announced it could no longer afford to pay its interest, and it defaulted on its debt, which set off the 1980s debt crisis – collapsing nations in debt across Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia.
It was the IMF and the World Bank came to the 'assistance' of the Third World with their 'structural adjustment programs', which forced countries seeking assistance to privatize all state owned industries and resources, devalue their currencies, liberalize their economies, dismantle health, education and social services; ultimately resulting in the re-colonization of the 'Third World' as Western corporations and banks bought all their assets and resources, and ultimately created the conditions of social genocide, with the spread of mass poverty, and the emergence of corrupt national elites who were subservient to the interests of Western elites. The people in these nations would protest, riot and rebel, and the states would clamp down with the police and military.
In the West, corporations and banks saw rapid, record-breaking profits. This was the era in which the term 'globalization' emerged. While profits soared, wages for people in the West did not. Thus, to consume in an economy in which prices were rising, people had to go into debt. This is why this era marked the rise of credit cards fueling consumption, and the middle class became a class based entirely on debt.
In the 1990s, the 'new world order' was born, with America ruling the global economy, free trade agreements began integrating regional and global markets for the benefit of global banks and corporations, and speculation dominated the economy.
The global economic crisis arose as a result of decades of global imperialism – known recently as 'globalization' – and the reckless growth of- speculation, derivatives and an explosion of debt. As the economic crisis spread, nations of the world, particularly the United States, bailed out the major banks (which should have been made to fail and crumble under their own corruption and greed), and now the West has essentially privatized profits for the banks, and socialized the risk. In other words, the nations bought the debt from the banks, and now the people have to pay for it. The people, however, are immersed in their own personal debt to such degrees that today, the average Canadian is $39,000 in debt, and students are graduating into a jobless market with tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars of student debt that they will never repay. Hence, we are now faced with a global debt crisis.
To manage the economic crisis, the G20 was established as the major international forum for cooperation among the 20 major economies of the world, including the major developing – or emerging – economies, such as India, Brazil, South Africa and China. At the onset of the financial crisis, China and Russia's central banks began calling for the establishment of a global currency to replace the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency. This proposal was backed by the UN and the IMF. It should be noted, however, that the Chinese and Russian central banks cooperate with the Western central banks through the Bank for International Settlements – which the President of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, recently said was the principle forum for "governance of central bank cooperation" and that the G20 is "the prime group for global economic governance." In 2009, the IMF stated that the BIS "is the central and the oldest focal point for coordination of global governance arrangements." The President of the European Union, appointed to the position after attending a Bilderberg meeting, declared 2009 as the "first year of global governance." The 2009 Bilderberg meeting reported on the desire to create a global treasury, or global central bank, to manage the world economy. In 2009, prior to the Bilderberg meeting in fact, the G20 set in motion plans to make the IMF a global central bank of sorts, issuing and even printing its own currency – called Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) – which is valued against a basket of currencies. In May of 2010, the IMF Managing Director stated that "crisis is an opportunity," and while Special Drawing Rights are a step in the right direction, ultimately what is needed is "a new global currency issued by a global central bank, with robust governance and institutional features." Thus, we see the emergence of a process towards the formation of a global central bank and a global currency, totally unaccountable to any nation or people, and totally controlled by global banking interests.
In 2010, Greece was plunged into a debt crisis, a crisis which is now spreading across Europe, to the U.K. and eventually to Japan and the United States. If we look at Greece, we see the nature of the global debt crisis. The debt is owed to major European and American banks. To pay the interest on the debt, Greece had to get a loan from the European Central Bank and the IMF, which forced the country to impose 'fiscal austerity' measures as a condition for the loans, pressuring Greece to commit social genocide. Meanwhile, the major banks of America and Europe speculate against the Greek debt, further plunging the country into economic and social crisis. The loan is granted, to pay the interest, yet simply has the effect of adding to the overall debt, as a new loan is new debt. Thus, Greece is caught in the same debt trap that re-colonized the Third World.
At the recent G20 meeting in Toronto, the major nations of the world agreed to impose fiscal austerity – or in other words, commit social genocide – within their nations, in a veritable global structural adjustment program. So now we will see the beginnings of the Great Global Debt Depression, in which major western and global nations cut social spending, create mass unemployment by dismantling health, education, and social services. Further, state infrastructure – such as roads, bridges, airports, ports, railways, prisons, hospitals, electric transmission lines and water – will be privatized, so that global corporations and banks will own the entirely of national assets. Simultaneously, of course, taxes will be raised dramatically to levels never before seen. The BIS said that interest rates should rise at the same time, meaning that interest payments on debt will dramatically increase at both the national and individual level, forcing governments to turn to the IMF for loans – likely in the form of its new global reserve currency – to simply pay the interest, and will thus be absorbing more debt. Simultaneously, of course, the middle class will in effect have its debts called in, and since the middle class exists only as an illusion, the illusion will vanish.
Already, towns, cities, and states across America are resorting to drastic actions to reduce their debts, such as closing fire stations, scaling back trash collection, turning off street lights, ending bus services and public transportation, cutting back on library hours or closing them altogether, school districts cutting down the school day, week or year. Simultaneously, this is occurring with a dramatic increase in the rate of privatizations or "public-private partnerships" in which even libraries are being privatized.
No wonder then, that this month, the Managing Director of the IMF warned that America and Europe, in the midst of the worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression, face an "explosion of social unrest." Just yesterday, Europe experienced a wave of mass protests and social unrest in opposition to 'austerity measures', with a general strike in Spain involving millions of people, and a march on the EU headquarters in Brussels of nearly 100,000 people. As social unrest spreads, governments will likely react – as we saw in the case of the G20 in Toronto – with oppressive police state measures. Here, we see the true relevance of the emergence of 'Homeland Security States', designed not to protect people from terrorists, but to protect the powerful from the people.
So while things have never seemed quite so bleak, there is a dim and growing beacon of hope, in what Zbigniew Brzezinski has termed as the greatest threat to elite interests everywhere – the 'global political awakening'. The global political awakening is representative of the fact that for the first time in all of human history, mankind is politically awakened and stirring, activated and aware, and that generally – as Zbigniew Brzezinski explains – generally is aware of global inequalities, exploitation, and disrespect. This awakening is largely the result of the information revolution – thus revealing the contradictory nature of the globalization project – as while it globalizes power and oppression, so too does it globalize awareness and opposition. This awakening is the greatest threat to entrenched elite interests everywhere. The awakening, while having taken root in the global south – already long subjected to exploitation and devastation – is now stirring in the west, and will grow as the economy crumbles. As the middle classes realize their consumption was an illusion of wealth, they will seek answers and demand true change, not the Wall Street packaged 'brand-name' change of Obama Inc., but true, inspired, and empowering change.
In 1967, Martin Luther King delivered a speech in which he spoke out against the Vietnam War and the American empire, and he stated that, "It seems as if we are on the wrong side of a world revolution." So now it seems to me that the time has come for that to change.
October 20th, 2010 by olddog
THESE ARE NOT NEGOTIABLE
By Chuck Baldwin
October 20, 2010
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "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. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies."
I would argue that we, like our patriot forebears, have also endured "patient sufferance." For at least a half-century, we have patiently endured the erosion and abridgment of our freedoms and liberties. We have watched the federal government become an overbearing and meddlesome Nanny State that pokes its nose and sticks its fingers in virtually everything we do. We cannot drive a car, buy a gun, or even flush a toilet without Big Brother's permission. We are taxed, regulated, and snooped-on from the time we are born to the day we die. And then after we are dead, we are taxed again.
In the same way that Jefferson and Company patiently suffered up until that shot was fired that was heard around the world, we who love freedom today are likewise patiently suffering "a long train of abuses and usurpations."
In fact, I would even dare say that these States United have become a boiling caldron of justifiable frustration and even anger.
Accordingly, it is incumbent upon us to very seriously and thoughtfully examine those principles that we absolutely will never cede or surrender. We have already surrendered much of the freedom that was bequeathed to us by our forefathers. We are now to the point that we must define those principles that form our "line in the sand" and that we will not surrender under any circumstance. Either that, or we must admit to ourselves that there is nothing–no principle, no freedom, no matter how sacred–that we will not surrender to Big Government.
Here, then, are those principles that, to me, must never be surrendered. To surrender these liberties to Big Government would mean to commit idolatry.
It would be sacrilege. It would reduce us to slavery. It would destroy our humanity. To surrender these freedoms would mean "absolute Despotism" and would provide moral justification to the proposition that such tyranny be "thrown off."
* The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Men without guns are not free men; they are slaves. Men without guns are not citizens; they are subjects. Men without guns have lost the right of self-defense. They have lost the power to defend their families and protect their properties. Men without guns are reduced to the animal kingdom, becoming prey to the Machiavellians among them who would kill them for sport or for their own personal pursuits. As King Jesus plainly ordered, "He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." (Luke 22:36) This we will do–at all costs.
* The Right to Own Private Property
Like the right of self-defense, the private ownership of property is a God-given right that is rooted in the Sacred Text. As God told Moses, "Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it." (Deut. 19:14)
In fact, the history of Western Civilization is replete with the examples of free men who were determined (even at the cost of their very lives) to defend the right to own property. Without private property rights, men are reduced to serfs and servants. Like chattel, they feed themselves by another's leave. This we will not do.
* The Right to Train and Educate Our Children
Education has never been the responsibility of the State. From time immemorial, education has been the right and responsibility of the family.
This, too, has its foundation in the Sacred Volume. "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." (Eph. 6:4)
Therefore, the absolute right of homeshooling or private/parochial/Christian schooling must never be surrendered. Homeschooling, especially, is fundamental to freedom. It is not a coincidence that throughout history, most totalitarian governments forbade parents homeschooling their children.
Any government–federal, State, or local–that forbids, or even restricts, the right of parents to homeschool their children has taken upon itself the uniform of a tyrant.
* The Freedom of Speech and Worship
Speech and worship are matters of the heart and conscience (Luke 6:45; John 4:24). Only tyrants seek authority over matters of the heart. But, of course, that is what tyrants do: they seek to control men's thoughts and beliefs.
Hence, the alternative media is essential to liberty: the Internet, short wave radio, as well as independent magazines and periodicals. It is almost superfluous to say that there is no such thing as a free and independent press among the mainstream news media today. In fact, the major media more resembles a propaganda machine than it does a free press.
The same can be said for most of the mainstream churches in America today.
They more resemble havens for politically correct, Big-Government ideology than they do bastions of Bible truth. Therefore, home-churches and non-establishment churches are increasingly requisite to a free people.
* The Right to Determine One's Own Healthcare
The marriage of Big Government and Big Medicine has created a healthcare monster. Already, the dispensing of medical treatment is micromanaged by Big Brother in a way that has resulted in skyrocketing costs and inferior care (and in some cases, even death). President Obama's universal health care initiatives that are sure to come (in one form or another) will only exacerbate an already untenable situation.
Free men and women absolutely have the right to refuse vaccinations for themselves and their children. Forced vaccinations (of any kind) are an assault against the very foundation of freedom. Free men have the right to choose their own physicians, their own hospitals, their own insurance programs, etc. They also have the right to refuse any and all of the above.
God is Creator. He is also Healer (Exodus 15:26). Therefore, how men choose to seek God's healing is a private matter between them and God. Alternative medicine is a right. Already, our military personnel are used as human guinea pigs to test a variety of drugs and chemicals. Public schools also require forced vaccinations. And now the push is on to force the general population to take the Swine Flu vaccine. At the current pace, it won't be long until all alternative medicines and treatments will be illegal and the federal government will be America's doctor. This is not acceptable.
* The Right to Life
2000 years of Western Civilization have perpetually reconfirmed that life is a gift of God. Both Biblical and American history repeatedly honor God as the Source and Sustainer of man's existence. Therefore, evils such as abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia must be vehemently resisted. It is bad enough that any government (especially one such as ours) would legalize abortion, but the concept of FORCED abortion, infanticide, or euthanasia could only be regarded as a despotic attack on life and liberty of the gravest proportion. In fact, under Natural Law, such an attack would remove said government from the protection of Heaven and would place it in a state of war.
* The Right to Live as a Free and Independent People
God separated the Nations (Genesis 11). Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that we Americans maintain our independence and national sovereignty. We simply cannot (and will not) allow ourselves to become part of any hemispheric or global union.
There they are: seven freedom-principles that are not negotiable. As Jefferson said, we are "disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable." But cross these lines and free men must do what free men must do: "throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." © 2010 Chuck Baldwin – All Rights Reserved
Chuck Baldwin is Founder-Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. In 1985 the church was recognized by President Ronald Reagan for its unusual growth and influence.
Dr. Baldwin is the host of a lively, hard-hitting syndicated radio talk show on the Genesis Communications Network called, "Chuck Baldwin Live" This is a daily, one hour long call-in show in which Dr. Baldwin addresses current event topics from a conservative Christian point of view. Pastor Baldwin writes weekly articles on the internetChuckBaldwinLive.com and newspapers.
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October 18th, 2010 by olddog
MASTERS OF SURREPTITIOUS GUILE
By James P. Harvey ANATIONBEGUILED.COM
Lets look a little closer at the popular idiom, “The separation of Church and State”, while considering Christ’s command to “give unto Caesar, what is Caesar’s, and unto God’s what is Gods.” If we separate the Church from the State, then there is no room for Godly men in Government, and we will have to contend with living under the tyranny of the self-righteous ruling class, who are convinced they alone know what is best for humanity. Hint! (They are humanity, and we are useless eaters). Got that? This is what we’ve had from the get go!
Now, if only men of extraordinary intellect, who had lived their life in obedience to the Scriptural requirements for Preachers, Teachers, Elders, and Deacons, wrote a New Constitution; would the Church be separated from the State, or would the Church be the State? Presumably, the New Constitution would set standards of government requirements in writing ALL LAW, and only moral laws would be allowed. This of course would eliminate all monopolistic businesses, abortionist, income taxation, and a host of other things that theologically astute Christian’s would approve of. I can just see the long line of Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and atheist waiting for their expatriation papers. YIPEEEEE!
No more TV ads that sell condoms, sanitary napkins, or pills that redirect your blood supply between your legs. No more corporations financing our elected representatives, only politicians intelligent enough to write a book on their comprehension of the New Constitution would be candidates for office, our police departments would have to abandon the practice of extortion, the full list would be a joy to read by all who are down right sick of the putrid lifestyle we have accepted as normal.
There would be an even longer line of obtuse wanabe Christians packing up to relocate someplace where they could legally redefine Scripture according to their denominational definitions, such as, we deserve an abundant lifestyle in this life. Our New Constitution would not have to take much away from people to make them head for the hills, because by far, the majority are theologically narcissistic.
So, if the New Constitution was really compliant to scripture, and we consider ourselves Christians who send the best and brightest to run our civil government, what’s to fear? OR, do you still reject God as our real ruler? Personally, I would welcome the assistance of law in keeping me on the straight and narrow path, because just like you, I’m a depraved sinner by nature, and need all the help I can get. Bottom Line, get rid of denominationalism and get back to studying scripture. Diversity has no place in Christianity, as God is and will remain immutable.
I know all about the propagandizing the media industry has frighten you with concerning histories claims of Christian tyranny, but just for a moment, wake up to the fact that America has been lied to from the get go, especially concerning the Christian faith. We can read, and we can think, and we can demand our freedom without fear of death, because death is just a door we must pass through on our way to life everlasting, so we have nothing to fear but GOD.
Do you remember reading about, fearing God is a sign of wisdom? Well, would you rather be stupid? Let me tell you something from personal experience. All men would appreciate their wives a lot more if they were not constantly comparing them to the half, or completely naked tramps on the boobs tube. Whose morals do you want to live by? Jesus Christ is supposed to be an example to live by, and it’s clearly written in Scripture. OR, is it more important to not offend the ungodly? Yea, you go right on and give unto Caesar what is his.
Did it ever occur to you that what He meant was to give Caesars coins to him, and not use them anymore? Currency should be equal to a defined amount of life sustaining commodities, not gold, silver, or some other object of worship. If a determined amount of life sustaining commodities were assigned a certain amount of electronic credits, commerce could flourish as long as people were hungry, and protected the right to have private farms, which is presently being outlawed by the ungodly banker’s minions better known as Monsanto’s Muppets. Of course those credits I mentioned would have to be administered by an agency far removed from banking, as we know it. Such agency could charge for account keeping and transfers, and make a tidy profit.
If you are capable of understanding Walter Burien’s concept of governments handling of money, go to http://www.cafrman.com/ or here. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2860538828528453481#
and discover a real genius concerning money, taxes, and government. The bottom line is, we can do a lot better with a new system of government, and now you know what happens to a government without Christian morals.
In part three, I will be comparing the similarities between the demise of the Christian Church and the demise of the United States of America as you thought they were supposed to be. Until then, go with God, AND REMEMBER, NOTHING IS SAFE THAT RICH MEN CAN MANIPULATE.
James P. Harvey
October 16th, 2010 by olddog
October 16, 2010 by ppjg
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The idea behind the “Best Practices” barrage is to end the knowledge that has been passed from one generation to the next about how to manage lands, crops and animals and/or how to harvest, store and preserve food supplies. This is a collective knowledge, the possession of which is invaluable if we are to survive. Our farmers and ranchers know far better how to manage their land, crops and animals than some desk jockey in the UN or in Washington D.C.
Environmentalists, the Green movement, and various other groups dedicated to protecting and preserving the earth and its inhabitants, was, initially begun as a result of the plunder and destruction resulting from the willingness of governments around the world to allow the decimation of the environment for corporate profits. The environmentalist movement has been virtually taken over. What it represents now in many areas is the facilitation of the decimation of our rural communities and is the UN Agenda 21 plan for seizing all lands, water and food production to be owned and operated by the corporate state.
While those involved in this movement believe they are working to protect the earth, the environment and its wildlife, the catalyst behind the movement has become Agenda 21 from the UN. This Agenda specifically sites land ownership as a source of wealth and one that should be held only by the state. The rationale for this is that land ownership signifies wealth of some level, and this level can vary radically from one individual to the next and that is, for some reason, not fair……so the state should own everything and that way no one but the state has any wealth. One of the cleverest and most successful coup’s ever implemented was the co-opting of true environmentalists into the “sustainability/Smart growth” Agenda 21 program.
While I do believe that we should take care of our environment, our wildlife and our waterways; handing these assets over to the government to sell off to corporations to plunder and abuse while simultaneously and falsely claiming they are protecting the environment, will produce nothing but devastation. All across our country we can see the rapid deterioration of land under government control now exploited and plundered; the water systems polluted beyond reclamation from endless strip mining, gas and oil drilling and rendered unfit for any further use.
The surest way of impoverishing a nation is to take away property rights, especially those that are held for agriculture. Every effort has been made by successive congresses and administrations for the last twenty years, to reduce the full rights and enjoyment of private property ownership or to eradicate or make it impossible for our farmers and ranchers to continue in their businesses. To facilitate this theft of agricultural lands and use, the USDA and the FDA have been invaluable. These two agencies, both privately held corporations, are not public service agencies as we are supposed to believe. The job of both agencies is to implement Agenda 21, including the infamous Codex Alimentarius through the construction of barriers to trade, business and arbitrary regulations and rules that have been shown time and again to be constructed for no other reason than to make the continuance of independent agriculture, impossible, while at the same time making the industrialization of agriculture ever more possible through various programs, special provisions and exemptions from burdensome regulations that are aimed at eliminating as competition in the markets.
On the issue of trade, I find it rather strange that the incessant bleating from corporate America regarding free trade never includes the right to free trade within the agricultural community unless that trade is plied as an industrialized corporate operation. For the family or independent producer, the right to trade freely has been made virtually illegal.
Premises ID and the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) both have their origins in Agenda 21. Both of these schemes are intended for no other purpose than to swindle agricultural and livestock producers not only out of their land, but also to the rightful ownership of their livestock; all of it to now be owned and controlled by agencies on behalf of the federal government and in compliance with agenda 21. After all, what is the point of stealing someone’s land if you can’t also steal the benefits and produce from it?
Anytime anything arrives at your door with “Best practices” on it; that is Agenda 21/Codex. Best farming practices? Best land management practices? These practices are far from the “best”. They are a reduction in known standards for healthy and safe food sources; this reduction in standards and methods in agriculture is for no other purpose than to set the lowest standard possible to make industrialization of agriculture more easily accomplished and more profitable for corporate raiders.
The idea behind the “Best Practices” barrage is to end the knowledge that has been passed from one generation to the next about how to manage lands, crops and animals and/or how to harvest, store and preserve food supplies. This is a collective knowledge, the possession of which is invaluable if we are to survive. Our farmers and ranchers know far better how to manage their land, crops and animals than some desk jockey in the UN or in Washington D.C.. Every effort is made by USDA and the FDA along with other agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency to disparage and condemn and to cast into a negative light the farming and ranching practices that have sustained this country over time. For some reason if the government isn’t telling ranchers and farmers how to manage and care for their lands, crops and animals, the food system might not be safe. The fact is, under the constant dictating by government of land, crop and animals, our food system has become so toxic little of it is fit to eat.
Our farmers and ranchers here in the US know their business. They have had to acquire knowledge about soil, crops, livestock, harvesting, storage and this has been a knowledge base that did not need government interference. These people know how to care for the land and their animals.
Historically we know that no nation can survive economically without a strong and independent agricultural sector and yet we see every effort by our government over decades to destroy that sector. The Russian Holocaust (The Holodomor) of the 1920’s wherein an estimated 20 million people starved to death at the hands of their own government, while grain stores were burned and all food produced was controlled and owned by the government and exported while the locals starved to death and some even turned to cannibalism, has become a very real possibility, worldwide.
The ability of a nation to feed its own people from its own food stocks produced by its own farmers and ranchers, is an indicator of a strong and viable economy in which every individual benefits. Every dollar spent in agriculture generates upwards of seven dollars in the economy.
The CAFO farms and industrialized agriculture based on administration of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, vaccines, antibiotics and the utter inhumane treatment of animals for a quick profit not only harms the environment, but also the overall health of the consumers of these products and is not indicative of a strong agricultural sector. This is corporate industrialized farming and ranching and returns little benefit on any level either to the consumer or to the economy as revenues of these operations are off-shored to various corporate coffers in far away places. All this is done for the “greater good” of course; the greater good actually being the greater accumulation of wealth for those who take ownership and control of the lands; those individuals and corporations at the top.
Sustainability? Smart Growth? Nothing more than the Agenda 21 plan for ending private property ownership across all nations, and a method of systematically working towards that end by adopting “international standards” not at all conducive to the maintaining of private property rights. How many groups and organizations jumped on the sustainability band wagon either not realizing it was meant to end private land ownership, or not caring that it was intended to do so?
The purging of rural communities using land stewardship programs, conservation programs, wildlife preservation programs, wildlife corridors programs, international property codes, rezoning efforts, or the attempts to construct a fictionalized difference between a newly created “rural lifestyle” and a farm; all based on some arbitrary line of financial division. This construct is based on the amount of sales generated from the land. Not generating enough sales from your agricultural property can result in your property being determined to be a “rural lifestyle” as opposed to an agricultural based business. Under this new redefinition of your small farm as simply a chosen “rural lifestyle”, new rules, taxes, codes, statutes and regulations are written, redefined, constructed, implemented and enforced with no other intention than to make your continued occupation of your land untenable.
Another method of land theft, and one that has proven invaluable to government as was recently evidenced in the leaked memo from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is to redefine lands intended for government theft to be designated, “National Monuments”. Another aspect of this lucrative plan is the expansion of national forests, national parks, wildlife preservation areas; all of these redefinitions of “public lands” will culminate in the theft of an additional 13 million acres from private land owners in eleven of the Western states. This additional 13 million acre land theft when added to the land already claimed as owned by the BLM or managed by it, in those same states, expands the areas controlled by the federal government via its privately owned corporate agencies, significantly.
I find it not at all coincidental that these enlargements of, claimed lands creates a map of federal land ownership that is nearly identical to the UN Biodiversity Zones map. The UN map is comprised of the areas marked for non-human habitat and the designation of sequestered population centers where the population is to be herded into and held captive.
It seems we are at a crossroads here in the US. We are going to either be sucked further into the abyss that is Agenda 21 and forfeit our land, food and water to a greater “global purpose”, or, we will stand up and push back against the planned forfeiture of all these things meant only to profit multi-national corporations while being sold a bill of goods about what is supposedly good for us. We know what is good for us; and it doesn’t come from some UN corporate plan for controlling the world’s populations.
October 12th, 2010 by olddog
By James P. Harvey
A NATION BEGUILED
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In our Nation: that we have loved so much and so long, masters of surreptitious guile have ruled over us and infected millions with intellectual atrophy. Why do we still have illusions of great men rising to defend liberty when we have had so much evidence of democracy being the cesspool of humanity? Faith and hope is undeniably not applicable to democracy, so how then can we obtain a peaceful co-existence with our neighbors, when our politicians demand we accept their world view? How much proof do we need to ascertain we are insisting on something that will never be? I for one will never accept and obey laws that require me to disobey those clearly written in Scripture, and I care not who writes them. Neither will I show respect for any man who uses his government office to deny me the right to discipline myself. I will not accept guidance from ungodly men!
Now, one would think from the above paragraph that I have made it clear: I will never be a contributing participant in a democracy by any other means than physical defeat, and even then I will lie in the weeds until I heal or die. Such is the conclusion I have reached from seventy long years of being subjected to an absolutely ludicrous and tyrannical republican democracy.
SO WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
Number one is clearly to find men of like mind who have the intellectual acumen and education necessary to articulate in writing a new form of government that is comprehensible to all but the dull and ignorant, as only force will ever contain them in society, and they must be excluded. To be unequally yoked is to deny the wisdom of Scripture clearly articulated in Amos 3:3 (Can two walk together, except they be agreed?) I might add that separation of cultures is clearly demanded throughout Scripture, and humanity has experienced nothing but chaos from ignoring it. Much more needs be said on this subject so as to include children and those who are compliant, but without destroying the intent of constructing a united society. This is the justification for soliciting the best and brightest, and demanding of them proof of a full comprehension of their responsibility.
AM I DEMANDING A CHRISTIAN NATION?
Absolutely NOT! A Christian nation is not demanded in Scripture! Only the theologically obtuse wanabe pew warmer Christians are unaware that is not a Scriptural social requirement. One must be aware that Christianity has been so theologically fragmented by obtuse Christians and the media industry, so that a societal misrepresentation has become a false truth. No person should fear being forced into becoming a Christian, but to be ruled by an anti-Christian government is sure to follow in the foot-steps of all governments that have surreptitiously metamorphosed into an oligarchy. Again, much more needs be said on this subject, but this essay is not the place to address it. Suffice to say, my objective of finding like minded men will not be an easy endeavor, and to my close and intellectually superior friends, you have made it clear that you do not really understand Scripture.
AM I DEMANDING A UNION OF RELIGIONS?
Give me a break, and stop reading here, because your mind is unprepared.
WHAT ARE THE NEW FOUNDERS REQUIREMENT?
Only the most theologically astute and intellectually superior MEN will be able to recognize the wolves among them, and have the courage to expel them before a unified mind and objective can exist. Consequently this endeavor will confront many obstacles before progress can be made, and principals established. Among those principals will be the preservation of freedom from an oppressive government so clearly defined that tyranny will have no safe place to rear its putrid head without losing it. This is not a job for the inexperienced or narcissistic man who wants to be adored.
It needs be recognized that this instrument will have to protect those who are not able to accept Christianity, but are required to understand, and to agree on its value to their freedom from tyranny, if they are to be equally yoked. A house divided will be a horrible place to reside in. An atheist can live and prosper among us without being oppressed as long as he does not demand his philosophy be accepted by everyone or by law, and it is not the object of the new framers to demand allegiance to Christianity, as that is clearly not the objective of Scripture. If certain moral principals are offensive to anyone, they are free to find and live under a Constitution better suited to their philosophy, and THAT is the over-riding objective of this new form of government. You are free to leave, but you are bound by it if you stay. Diversity must conform to certain standards or chaos will rule. I could rail forever on this subject because it, more than any other false doctrine has contributed more to the destruction of freedom than all other lies ever invented. The introduction of the obedience to diversity, as the standard of humanity, by the powers that be, is the works of the most atrocious and perverted minds in history. The astute Christian understands that diverse doctrine will only be tolerated as long as it is not forced on us, and therein lays the reason that our present Constitution is anti-Christian.
This new Constitution will proudly, and profusely, proclaim that it has been influenced by Christian Scripture and the doctrines therein for the Glory of God, the preservation of Christian morality, the love of individual freedom, and with no apologies to anyone. We are not Americans: we are Christians! If the reader is so theologically obtuse to perceive this as a threat, so be it.
This new Nation, State, or whatever it is to be called must reject all previously recorded law, and start afresh with the Commandments given in Scripture as the basis of a new Constitution, and design a form of government that has scripture and experience as their guiding light in its design. Such a job as this can only be accomplished by an over powering desire to honor the Glory of God, and the preservation of a land where we can remain free of the influence of evil international bankers and their evil corporations. Humans cannot have two rulers as they will follow one and reject the other. Such is the result of having abandoned Christian doctrine.
NO MAN IS FREE IF HE CANNOT DEMAND HIS RULERS ATTENTION!
Only God is Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent, therefore humans must deny being sovereign and be content to negotiate their differences of opinion with peaceful cohabitation as their objective. If we cannot, or will not, confine ourselves to that goal, a few history lessons will remind us of the atrocities human beings are capable of and chaos will reign as it has every since man rejected the Lord God as his rightful ruler. I cannot imagine why any person could not understand this simple concept.
ONLY GOD HAS THE RIGHT AND POWER TO REJECT OUR ADVICE!