A Prologue to An Obituary – The Tea Party’s Last Stand and the Death of the Constitution

When I joined the Tea Party in 2009, shortly after Rick Santelli started the rallying cry for fiscal responsibility, I thought, maybe there was a chance that if enough of us were left who have enough ties to those who lived through the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression, that we could create a group large enough to teach those of the younger generations (and the immigrants with no such ties to anyone who suffered through those years) the truth about the coming market instability based on a study of history, and that would lead them to vote for fiscal conservatives.

But somehow, the message was obfuscated by a competing message of racism, homophobia, gynophobia, and down-right mean-spiritedness. I say somehow because the reason is obvious to those of us who are not that way, but are slandered continuously for that by those whose equate the 10th Amendment with Jim Crow and Slavery.

Nothing in today’s world is truly grassroots. Once an idea takes hold, someone with the ways and means to take over will always insert themselves into the process. And unfortunately, it has to be that way because, otherwise, there is no one to direct those who want to help into a group loud enough to effect a cause.

So, it did not bother me that Dick Armey and Freedom Works got involved, or that Glenn Beck’s cry for unity on 9/12, was instrumental in getting 1,000,000,000 people together in Sept. 12, 2009 (my first big rally), to show that so many people would expend the effort to try and show the politicians in DC that Americans were not going to lay down and play dead while they sold our souls to China and any other investor who had the money to gamble on our nation’s fiscal irresponsibility.

Many of us had learned the value of saving, and most if us had good paying jobs, and were not hurting like other Americans at the beginning of the Great Recession. But, again, most of us were parents and grandparents who loved our children and grandchildren and even our unborn great-grandchildren more than anything in the world. And we knew that for them to have a secure future, all Americans had to have a secure future. That is the true value of America, a feeling that we are all in this together, and that those who work hard and are frugal deserve to keep their own money. But what drove us the most was the fear that everything we had worked for and saved for and scrimped for would be taken away from us and we would not be able to leave our descendants anything.

That is the story that has been untold. No media cared to listen. No government officials even acknowledged our presence. We were awash in people in an invisible universe.

Our stories were distorted by the fringe elements that no one wanted there (but given our passive natures, did not know how to stop them).

We had adopted the motto of “live and let live” so long, that it took all of our energy we had left just to get there in our walkers, and wheelchairs, and carrying our canes and backpacks of water and snacks.

Once there, we exerted much more energy in trying to navigate the DC metrorail system. And then, trying to find our way to the CapitolBuilding. The lucky ones, or so I thought, got there early enough to make it inside the fenced-in area around the stage.

But, the Capitol Park Police, who were overwhelmed by the unexpected crowd, would not even let us leave the front area to go to bathroom. If you left to pee, you could not get back in. I should have worn a diaper. I would have done that had I known the pain that I would endure.

We stood, or sat, for hours waiting for the speakers to start, and then, we listened for hours as speaker after speaker came on stage to address the problems we were facing. Hours !!!

Young people will never be able to understand how much energy that it took for us just to get there. Not until they are old themselves.

So yes, there were some crazies there. But there are crazies everywhere. Was anyone dangerous? No.

Were there any acts of violence? NOT ONE!

Did we make a mess, tear up the Mall? No.

We drank our water from our backpacks, held our legs together as long as we could stand it, and grinned and bore the inhuman treatment by the police who did not give a whip if someone had a medical condition required that they had to go to the bathroom every few minutes, or even hours. Once you were inside the front area, you could not get out.

Did we riot? No.

Did we curse out the police? No. We just did what they said, and if we could not take it any longer, lost our spot in the front.

What did the police say about us afterwards? They said they had never seen such a huge crowd that was so well behaved.

Did we leave them a big mess to clean up? No. We left the place cleaner than when we got there. Not one piece of garbage was left on the ground away from the overflowing, and inadequately supplied garbage cans.

DC was not prepared for such a crowd. The lines to the 100 port-a-potties for a million people were at least 50 people deep at all times.

The organizers from Freedom Works were clearly surprised as well by the turn out.

And this continued into 2010, with albeit smaller, but not by much, crowds, at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally in Aug., 2010 (which only brought in about 600,000 people), and the next 9/12 rally in Sept., 2010.

So when we made a difference in the 2010 elections, we thought that we had done some good. We thought that we were teaching Americans what the real tea partiers (not the organizers) were really all about – fiscal responsibility.

Most of us were conservative in other areas. Some, like me, were social moderates. Most were white. Not because we were racist, but because we were older and had lived through more than the younger generation. And because, demographically, whites used to make up the majority. And we had the greatest number of old people who felt they had the most to lose.

And like I noted above, we had ties to those who told us the stories about the Great Depression and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was not as well liked as the Progressives have made him out to be. But then again, with a progressive media, a unionized teacher’s union, and our limited knowledge of the collusion between them and community organizations such as Acorn (and yes, even Wall Street) – and the federal government – we had a lot to learn. And fast.

But I guess that, although we learned about all the corruption, we did not do a good enough job in teaching others what we learned.

With big money as a back drop to the Tea Party, even though the amount of money pales in comparison to what people like George Soros have poured into the misinformation media, it was hard for us at the bottom to get our true message out. We were supposedly funded by the evil Koch Brothers (while most of us “We, the People” type had never heard of these guys and couldn’t be influenced by anything they had to say anyway).

All of us from the bottom, those of us who drove and flew from hundreds of miles away, who took our only vacation to go to DC to try and save the country from economic ruin – all we cared about was saving the Constitution, saving the balance of power as initially instigated in the Constitution, saving the dollar’s value, and saving the values that built the country in the first place. And we spent our own money to get there. No one paid our bus fares, or gas, or plane tickets. No one paid our hotel bills. No one told us we had to go. No one gave us free metro passes. In fact, there was not even any food on the mall.

And all the media and people like Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, could do – when we were recognized ever so slightly – was to demonize us, call us names – racist, extreme, radical, lie about how many people were there (I have been to enough football games to know the difference between 65,000 and a million)– but we kept on.

And we knew that the road was tough.

We knew that society had devolved, but we were not prepared as much as we should have been for the onslaught of insults that were hurled upon us. The abusive curse words. The soul wrenching filth that the first amendment allows.

Was this what the Founding Fathers meant by the “Freedom of Speech” and “Freedom of the Press”? Did they intend to leave a path so wide-open that society would degenerate to such a point that the ability to fight libel and slander was thrown out the window?

They could not imagine such a society. How could they? They relied on Divine Providence to guide them in every act of their lives. They prayed to God daily – and more than one time a day. They thanked God every morning for allowing them to live. They thanked God for their sustenance as many times as they ate that day. They prayed for God to keep their souls at night. They prayed for peace at times of war.

They did not always get it right. There was a huge learning curve. But as with all aspects of growth, and as I begrudgingly use a code word, they “evolved”. Slavery was abolished. Women were granted the right to vote.

And then, as the need arose, women took to the factories to build the equipment needed by our men to fight a war against one of the world’s biggest mass murderers.

And when the men came home, war-torn, but giddy with the victory or war, and ready to supply the world the products they needed to rebuild their world, the economy soared. Women stayed in the workforce to such a degree that the measurements of how to rate the employment versus unemployment rate changed. Track houses sprung up all over the country. Americans were finally eating a piece of the pie.

And that post-war prosperity lasted for a decade or two.

But then came the violence of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The Vietnam War. And the stresses of society became too much.

The youth revolted by becoming anti-establishment. They dropped their “Leave it to Beaver” and “Ozzie and Harriet” lifestyles and clothing, and dared to burn their bras and grow their hair, and smoke weed. They tuned out and turned off. And thus, the beginning of the decline in morality started. Elvis shook his hips on national television, and society gasped. Married couples in twin beds were replaced with naked men and women. The “oh, shucks” generation was replaced with “holy shit”. George Carlin joked about the seven words that could not be used on television.

And where are we today? Rap songs talk about raping women, and killing “pigs”, and rappers and other “artists” use the “F” word with impunity. Blacks call each other denigrating terms with affection – affection, mind you. Janet Jackson “accidentally shows” her boob on TV. As if that was the worst thing we had ever seen before. God is banned from the public forum, but any mention of Allah or Mohammed in a negative light will land you in prison, or even worse, if you are a woman who dares to become westernized, you are killed by your family in an honor killing.

I ask you, where is the honor in any of that? Where is the civility? Where is the self-respect?

Society has become so rude that “You are Welcome” has been replaced with “No Problem” as if a simple recognition of an act of kindness such as saying “thank you” is a problem, an intrusion into their space, or their ego-centrism. This disengages the personal recognition of “you” as in “you are welcome.” Words have meanings and those words carry the weight of history behind them.

The youth are wrapped up in a virtual world of electronic visual and auditory displays such that any interruption leads to anger. They have turned in on themselves.

The number of words in their vocabulary has dropped down to about 200 words – “like, U no what I am saying, dude, like you know. You know what I mean. You know what I am sayin’”.

Critical thought? Don’t be so critical.

And there is Facebook. Society’s great equalizer for those savvy enough or young enough to use computers. Facebook has started revolutions,  and allowed serial killers to announce their intent to the world. It has brought people together from all over the world, something which is truly distressing to the federal government. It is hard to keep track of everyone!

I originally joined Facebook to see pictures of my nieces and nephews. But seeing all the nastiness, I admit, I got caught up in the alternate uses. But I thought that it would be a good way to introduce others to another side of the story – the Truth of what is going on in DC. How the rich and powerful run the show.

I thought it might give them pause to start thinking about what to do to solve the problem for their generation. My generation took our eye off the ball. We trusted that the government had our best interests at heart. But the goverment has no heart. It is a machine.

We tried to get some level of control (as granted in the Constitution) back when we formed the Tea Party. For most of us, it was the first time in our lives that we had so much as been to more than a music concert, or in any kind of a crowd.

But with the new electronic way of the world – the older folks, like my parents, are at a loss on how to navigate the web, much less even grasp what a computer does.

“Why do you push the start button to turn it off?”

“How do I get to the internet? I pushed the big blue ‘E’ and nothing happens”

But, anyone with half a brain (and I actually have a friend with half a brain who is smarter than 99% of people I meet on a daily basis) can post their “opinion”.

Discourse? Debate? Ask them a question and Forget It. Try and use facts to discuss an issue and all you get are insults and curse words.

As an antidote, I tried to debate the issue of the health care bill (Obamacare) with my ex-sister-in-law. I was quoting from the bill – pulling out some of the undisclosed and never discussed gems that were thrown in there by the Apollo Alliance (who wrote the thing) – and rather then address these issues – she unfriended me.

And a high school friend, who I thought was rather sweet and rational, if not a wallflower in high school, attacked me with such vitriolic, hateful, slams that I had to unfriend her. All because I was reposting memes (a word I just learned this week) that showed an issue with a picture and a few words to express an idea that I felt could be reviewed. She accused me of not loving my country just because I did not want the government to overstep the Constitution.

And then, sadly, there have been several instances of voters for Obama who have admitted publicly that they voted for him because he is black (which makes no sense to me as he is only half black and was raised in a white family, and does not matter one way or the other to most Americans – about as much as a hill of beans – yet, is the oldest card in the book still being played). There are numerous videos you can find on You Tube where his supporters are praising him because they think they think he will pay for their mortgages, their cars, their food, and their phones.

And guess what? They are right. That is exactly what the government is doing. That is what he (Obama) calls moving Forward (which by the way was a popular socialist motto back in the day). And us conservatives – all we wanted to do was take the country Backward. Back to the days when the Constitution mattered. Back to the days when the media was not the lapdog of DC. Back to the days when actions had consequences. Back to the days when personal responsibilty was a valuable trait. But I agree with Obama on one thing, “We have gone too far to turn back now.”

So, I guess, the reason I am writing this is because rather than wallow in the depression I feel from the complete and utter lies coming from those who only want to vilify those of us who care about the future of this country, I have decided to announce that I have given up.

I think we have lost.

The tide has turned so much that until there is total collapse, another stock market crash, another Greater Depression, there is no way to teach this up and coming generation anything about money.

It is like an alcoholic who has to reach rock bottom before he admits he has a problem.

High off of the soaring rhetoric of the “Teleprompter in Chief”, there is no way to bring these people back to Earth, or back to reality. Only until the economy bites them in the arse will they come to understand what the people (who were in) the Tea Party wanted for this country.

So today, with great sadness, I am here to announce the death of the United States Constitution. This is her obituary.

She was conceived on July 4, 1776, and born Jan. 16, 1792, after many labor pains.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pa, and died in Washington, DC.

She was preceded in death by the Articles of the Confederation, the Founding Fathers – George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and many grand-children, to include Abraham Lincoln, and great-grandchildren, to include John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ronald Reagan; and her cousins, the Whig Party, Republican Party, and Tea Party.

Surviving children are Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, the Working Families Party, the Democratic Party, and future grandchildren, The Progressive Party (named after its grandfather), the TSA, EPA, DHS, IRS, and SEIU, among others.

The Constitution will always be remembered for her attempt to free all Americans from tyranny and oppression.

Her funeral will be held at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC, followed by a wake with performances by Beyonce, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen. Attendees will include many of the Hollywood elite such as Susan Sarandon, Martin and Charlie Sheen, and George Clooney. Clint Eastwood will be not in attendance, but an empty chair will hold his spot.

Pallbearers will include Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Ron Paul, and Charles Krauthammer. Sarah Palin will be an honorary pallbearer in light of the fact that she could not carry the load.

The Constitution is survived by the Fairness Doctrine, Sharia Law, Amnesty for Illegals, Cap and Trade, Global Warming, Obamacare, and an effective 80% tax rate for everyone.

Additionally, her estranged nephew, Van Jones, and his “Let’s Share the Wealth” Initiative, is going to provide the eulogy.

She will be buried in Oklahoma because that is the only state where the majority wanted her.

Her tombstone has been prepared and is ready for viewing and is shown below at www.genqueen.wordpress.com

As Pogo said in 1971 – “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

Tombstone of the Constitution

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A Plan for Maintaining Sustained Growth in the United States in a Global Economy When Faced with Competition from Countries in Emerging Markets

In countries like the United States, where the infrastructure was completed over a temporal plane of 200 years of economic freedom and “Yankee Ingenuity”, two centuries of sustained growth basically came to a dead end in the 1960’s after the construction of the Interstate Highway System.

I mean, what else was there to do?

I don’t know – let’s go to space – and it was then and only then, that the government could focus on such endeavours as space flight (aka NASA). That was because the government had money to burn. And with a populace coming down off a high from the defeat of Germany and Japan, and a renewed patriotism, some may even call it Nationalism; it was us against the Soviet Union. We had a defined enemy that we had to defeat, if not in war, but in national pride.

Back before our government decided it was their business to save the rest of the world through democracy, private industry in the U.S. brought in huge revenues to the federal, state, and local governments due to the manufacturing of products that could be sold to citizens and exported to other countries to bring in more revenue through sales and import taxes. The money that came in could be used to create more products.

But what happens to a country when 1) they reach a level of infrastructure where all that is needed is maintenance, 2) import taxes are reduced or eliminated, 3) manufacturing moves overseas, and 4) the government has no more money.

That is where we are today.

Name one electronic product that is made in the U.S. today – Sony, Samsung, Apple, HP, Dell – all use foreign workers to produce products at a rate comparable to U.S. incomes in the 1920’s. And why not? What incentives have been given by our government to force companies to use American workers? [“American” is my terminology for US workers in the context of this blog]. And what regulations have been put in place to insure that companies who do outsource labor are penalized for doing so?

The companies that do so will tell us that they cannot get Americans to work in the factories under what Americans consider to be harsh conditions. But that is simply not true. Some would even call factory work slave labor, and we look at the suicide rate of factory workers in China, one might be inclined to accept that. But they do treat their employees like slaves because they are not a free country. They are a Communist country which has embraced Capitalism because they know that in order to keep their form of government in a world where communication is so open, they have do something to keep their people at bay.

But why do we keep buying the products?

Greed.

Good old fashioned greed.

We want it. We want the newest iPhone or iPad, or camera, or DVD player, or flat screen TV. And we want for the lowest possible price.

But what price are we paying in the end?

By allowing our government to allow American companies to export their labor so that every American can have every luxury they want, we end up with lots of stuff, but no way for us to provide the income needed for every new idea the politicians have to create in order to buy more votes (that is in the way of taxes).

Some in the government tell us that these luxuries are necessities and even require that the upper and middle class (through the government) subsidize low income families so they can have the same luxuries everyone in the middle and upper classes has.

The only problem is, all of the monies taken from the middle and upper classes already goes to programs which are already in place – social security, Medicare, the 100’s of government agencies and sub-agencies who provide little or no services other than to create regulation or more and more incomprehensible laws that limit our freedom to create. Think the EPA. I did not know that birds and fishes were protected under the Constitution. When did they gain citizenship?

The only thing the government produces is more employees and high salaries for those employees. According to the

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/10/09/washington-tops-list-of-americas-richest-cities/

“Washington Tops List of America’s Richest Cities” because government employees “have a median household income of $86,680, well above the national average of $50,502.”

Why? Because of so many government employees in one place. And their reasoning? Because more people there have college degrees.

But that is not entirely true.

Government contractors, who also have college degrees, but live in other areas of the country (and those in DC as well), receive salaries well below that of their federal counterparts. People who do the same jobs, and have as much, or more experience in the same field.

But the government hiring process favors former military members and former federal employees such that without getting “points” for having those backgrounds, it is virtually impossible for someone else to break into the federal work force.

And the effect? Given the median income of 86K, it would take the income taxes from 8.6 non-government employees or government contractor (at an estimated rate of 10% federal taxes) to pay for JUST THE SALARY of ONE FEDERAL WORKER. That does not include their benefits. Sure, they pay their own taxes back into the system, which may reduce that by 1.6 non-governmental employee, so that still leaves 6 non-governmental employee to support ONE governmental employee. And, as more federal employees are hired, the situation just gets worse.

One thing the politicians don’t want to tell you is that the good old days are never coming back.

And with 400 of the richest people in this country controlling the amount of wealth of the all the rest of us combined, there are no more Rockefellers or Carnegies to create a way to build something new that the government does not want to claim control over.

And anyone who is rich who does want to help, say T. Boone Pickens, they are vilified and demonized to the point that their ideas are considered wacko.

All the politicians do is talk – talk about building wind farms, solar power farms, bullet trains, etc. But there is no industry to back up these desires and no one willing to front the money to it. And if the government does it, then they own it, and the money just goes in circles – from the people to the government to the people to the government, etc. and etc. and etc… So there can be no net gain in outcome or income. In other words, it is one big circle jerk (or vicious cycle for those of more sensitive leanings).

Another problem no one wants to touch is the labor unions. When companies do find people willing to work in factories, the unions come in, promising the end of the rainbow, and cause such a spike in employee salaries and benefits that companies have no other choice but to move overseas in order to produce a product that can be sold at a price Americans are willing to spend. Until Americans are actually free to work in a state where unions do not have a stranglehold on business, then Americans will not be able to work at a wage that does not force companies to leave. After all, the greed at the top is not going to be diminished by trickling down to the bottom by the force of gravity alone.
The International Monetary Fund accesses the growth of economies around the world, and with its latest warnings, believe that the world economy will grow at a rate of 3.3% in 2013. These predictions are down from July, 2012, by 0.6. And the risk of even steeper declines is rated as percentages such that the rate is predicted to drop below 2% by 1 to 6. The U.S. is expected to grow at about 2% this coming year. And China at 7-8 and India at 5-6%. There is a reason they are called emerging markets.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-09/business/chi-imf-issues-global-economic-warning-20121009_1_chief-economist-olivier-blanchard-global-growth-global-economy

Politicians will tell you that if we punish other countries (i.e. China) with an import tax, then they will stop playing ball. Well, they have us by the “balls” already. The government, in its un-infinite wisdom, has already borrowed money from these countries to pay for their pet projects. They have continued to spend money like they used to in the past because they keep dreaming (and hoping) that things will turn around.

The politicians in office today are living in the past, and many of them have been in Congress so long, that they are stuck there and cannot see that the world around them has changed.

It is a pipe dream for growth in the U.S. to equal 4 or even 3% growth. It would take a series of drastic measures to achieve them. The Washington elite know this. That is why they use hyperbole to distract the populace with words like “radical” and “extreme” to describe the only solutions that will work. The one thing I can’t figure is why there is so much push-back from the mainstream media on this. Why do they continue to carry the football for these people? I am guessing it all goes back to the same old human tendencies to want to rub shoulders with the rich and powerful and famous.

But that is an aside.

As for actually establishing a plan for sustained growth, here is my Plan –

1) Bring manufacturing back to the US. Reward companies who use Americans to make their products. Give them tax breaks. Pay for it with money taken from other companies who do not use American labor.
2) Punish companies who go outside the US for cheap labor with a “foreign use” tax.
3) Enact term limits for Congress. Two years is really not long enough for a Congressman or woman to do any good because the world is moving so fast. Make all terms, for the House and the Senate four years long. And pass a term limit of two or even three terms. Twelve years is fine. And if the Congressman or woman does not vote like they said they would, allow the citizenry of that district to have a recall after two years. And as for the President, make it a one term 6 year term, with a vote 6 years into the term to allow them to have 2 more years, again, by a vote of the people.
4) Stop subsidies to companies. That is fascism, straight up. No company is too big to fail.
5) Stop government subsidies to banks. And if that cannot be achieved, grade them on their ability to provide loans to companies that want to start new companies to develop wind and solar power. If they give such loans, give them a tax break. If they do receive a subsidy (or a government loan), make it a law that their CEO, CFO, and other corporate board members, etc., cannot walk away with a golden parachute, or receive a ginormous salary. If the CEO and board are doing such a lousy job that they need government subsides, then they do not deserve a huge salary.
6) Stop the influence that corporations and unions have over politicians. Stop the PACS and Super-Pacs. Pass a law that each American can only donate $2,000.00 to any one campaign. Nothing more. That does not preclude that one individual could donate to the Presidential campaign and a Congressional campaign, etc.; but, additionally, make the candidates rely on this money, and this money alone, to run their campaign. So if the people think they “suck”, they won’t get enough money to make an impact to get national recognition.
7) Rather than hand out money to those who refuse to work, offer them incentives to go to school, to learn a trade, or even learn the basics that they never learned in the first place. Set up something like the WPA, but make it part-time – someone has to go to school 20 hours a week and work 20 hours a week. Let the states and local governments have control over the projects, but have the federal government fund it. Require that the students do well, and that the teachers do well. Have checkers checking the checkers in a bi-partisan manner.
8) Reduce the federal workload. Combine redundant agencies. Update outdated government systems, and combine computer systems for greater efficiency and to reduce redundancy.

But the most important thing that can be done is for the politicians to face the American public and explain how everything got screwed up in the first place. Be honest about how an economy grows, what causes it to stagnate, and how the government has borrowed from Peter to pay Paul. Basically, what the politicians need to do is tell the truth. They have not done so because they are afraid. They are afraid of the American people. They are afraid of losing their jobs. They are afraid of the riots that will come because of the push back from those who thought they were going to get a free ride their entire lives. I am not talking about the disadvantaged amongst us such as the disabled. They have neither the means, nor the will power to start any trouble.

One way or the other, if our government does not face this problem NOW, and they continue to kick the can down the road, the can gets more and more volatile, until one day, it explodes. And then, we will have no options left. Freedom will be taken away in the middle of the night by a bandit with no heart, no soul, and who is desperate to survive. In the end, people are territorial, and they will align themselves with whatever faction they feel understands and appreciates them, be it their family, their church, their gang, or their political party. And then, it will be dog eating dog.

I am only basing this on what our own government has been doing in preparation for such a day, and on what has already happened in Europe, and in the organizational power of such groups as Occupy Wall Street.

http://rt.com/usa/news/dhs-unrest-gear-283/

Some like to throw the Tea Partiers into that group, but I don’t see a bunch of seniors getting up out of their wheelchairs and causing much of a scene. While there are some young people at Tea Party events, they are more likely to be the types of kids from groups such as college Republicans who feel more comfortable in suits and ties than worn out jeans and t-shirts.

We are better than revolt. We can revitalize the American spirit.

This country was founded on hard work. A lot of hard work by pioneers whose bravery cannot be diminished by those who do not understand what it took to build this country from the ground up. Anyone who does not understand how this country was built, and is only taught about the bad things – slavery, child labor, etc – cannot possibly lead this country into a renewed path to prosperity.

It is our job, as Americans, to learn that history, to teach that history, and adapt it to modern times to elect leaders who understand that greatness, so that they have the will power and the initiative to tell the rest of the world that we are going to live up to our ideals. We need to elect leaders who will stop playing wet nurse to the rest of those who would seek to destroy us from within, all the while increasing the weight of their coffers. And for what? Another iPhone? Another new gadget to glue our children to so we don’t have to deal with the daily ritual of parenting?

Americans have got to start thinking again. And working again. And trying again. And stop letting the politicians tell us what we can and cannot do. We need to rein them in with rules by which they have to abide in order to gain our trust. Because, after all, we are, one nation, under God, not the federal government, and are a people whose government was formed by us, and we still hold the reins. All we have to do is demand they live up to a higher standard. Because, We, the People, thought that we had formed a more perfect government, one that would protect and defend us when necessary, but get the hell out of the way when not.

Am I calling for a new Nationalism? Perhaps. But all I an really asking is why are we allowing such global entities to supersede our Constitution – the United Nations, NATO, the World Trade Organization, The World Court? Why are we putting the interests of other countries above ours? Why are we allowing the UN to monitor our elections?

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/263141-international-monitors-at-polling-places-draw-criticism-from-voter-fraud-group

Especially since we serve as the country that everyone comes crying to when they need help? There has never, on the face of this Earth, been a country more willing to sacrifice the lives of their own people to help others survive. Never. Ever. But now, we are supposed to lie down and play dead so that others can have a chance to prosper. But as with welfare, there are no equal outcomes because there has not been equal effort expended. I believe that too many generations have passed from the founding of this country, and too many foreign ideas have been allowed to fester in the minds of those who have no sentimental leanings, for us to turn back now. But that is my own opinion based on the decline in Patriotism I have seen over the last 50 years. It now offends people to see an American flag in their neighborhoods. And the flags of other countries are hung from the rear view mirrors of imported cars by foreign nationals who have no clue as to the sacrifice made by the pioneers of this country. When I was a child, I loved to go to the state fair to see the “International Building” and buy products made in other countries. It was a treat, a special day. I could buy clothes made in India, and jewelry made in Pakistan. And glass made in Europe. And now? We have buildings housing products “Made in America”. What a difference 50 years has made.

And as Barack Obama is apt to say, “It is too late to turn back now. We must move FORWARD.” Forward? To what? A world where the U. S. has such little power in the world such that when another dictator arises like Hitler, who is hell bent on taking over the world, country by country, there is no one with the fortitude, or resources, to stop him? And could there ever be another country like us where we have always left in the end, taking nothing, but only leaving the dead bodies of our soldiers behind? I doubt it. Because there is no other country in the history of the world whose only goal was to live a dream. So many other countries are in turmoil right now because they have lived by a different set of values, a different set of goals, and some who serve a different Master, or ideology.

We MUST return to the country of our past, where we produce more than politicians, and where those politicians tell us what we can and cannot produce through strangling regulation after regulation. We must become a nation of producers again, and stop being a nation of takers. And the power to get up off of the couch and turn off that TV, and start dreaming again, can only come from within. Each person has a gift of creativity within them, which if they harnessed, could set off another American century. It is now or never. There is no more time left to procrastinate. People, it is time to think, to create, to dream, to work, to restore the spirit of America. And to tell our government that we do not want them to acquiesce to corporations and other countries. It is time to get the money out of Washington, DC, and back in the hands of “We, The People”.

Shared Responsibility – Fair Share – Shared Prosperity

Codes words all. These “ideas” are continually repeated over and over by politicians. But what do they mean?

Let’s start with “Shared Responsibility”. This is usually used in reference to taxes.

In reviewing the 2012 Republican and Democratic Platforms (before the Dems decided that taking God out was not such a good idea, and decided, albeit after much contention, that there was a God after all), I was struck by the differences in the language. Of, course, I was very happy to know that they approved of there being a God. After all, some of them were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, but I am not so sure about all of them. Maybe they were endowed with rights from Mother Earth, or Zeus, or the Big Bang God, but I digress.

Anyway,  I looked for conservatives code words, and could not find any. Of course, I admit, as a Conservative, I am a strict Constitutionalist. Leaning Libertarian, I believe in the powers enumerated in the Constitution to the Federal Government and nothing more, and nothing less.

 However, the Democratic Party Platform is replete with Liberal Code Words.

In the Republican Platform (aka Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s ideals), emphasis is placed on personal responsibility in the area of obtaining home mortgages, interstate infrastructure shared with the states, the responsibility that comes with abiding by the Constitution and how the federal government relates to the states based on that. They talk about how individuals and people living in certain fiscally conservative states should not have to bear the burden of the irresponsibility of other individuals and people living in other states that do not live under the same constraints of – let’s hear it – “personal responsibility”.  The Republican Platform addresses the responsibility of the individual to use and store guns, the responsibility of the development of resources, additional fiscal responsibility, and personal responsibility in doing things which contribute to bad health and higher health costs as a result of these habits. They talk about taking personal responsibility for planning for retirement.

The Republicans talk about the federal government sharing responsibility with the states and sharing threats with the American people. They talk about a belief in fair elections, personal liberty, and free enterprise. They talk about our shared history, values, and common interests and goals with countries who actually share those same values, etc.

They talk about personal responsibility a lot!

When the Democrats mention personal responsibility in their party Platform, they only mention it twice. They talk about how responsible citizens contribute to government ordered mandates (paying into Medicare and social security, which is not an option, so how is this “a personal responsibility”?).

When Republicans discuss the matter of illegal immigration, they talk about the rule of law. But when Democrats talk about it, they use the term “personal responsibility” in a manner I cannot even comprehend – they say that “President Obama has made important progress [red alert – another code word] in implementing immigration policies [Un-Constitutionally through Executive Orders I might add] that reward hard work and demand personal responsibility [italics mine].

 How is those illegal immigrants do anything that requires personal responsibility when they are here ILLEGALLY? That is why they are called “illegal”. It is not a term to denote something ambiguous. It is not a term given them to make them “feel bad”. It is a term given them because that is their definition under the law.

Finally, the Republicans note that the most important institution in this country is the “family” and the family is the basis from which all other institutions are formed. They noted that “Government can never replace the family”.

When Democrats discuss family, they use such language as “family reunification” for illegal aliens.

They talk about all the government has done to help families with more government, more government policies, more government programs, etc. They do not see the “family” as the foundation of America, only as an entity which they need to help direct.

 Additionally, and a final note on this matter, the Republican Platform discusses a President’s responsibility in appointing impartial Supreme Court Justices who are not ideologs to any one party or platform, but whose only judgments are based on the Constitution.

 The Democratic Platform mentions that these judges should demonstrate their faithfulness to the Constitution, but adds the caveat that they should “bring with them a sense of how American society works and how the American people live”.

 Translation: The Constitution is fine, but we have to adapt it to changes in society, regardless of what the law says, or what the majority wants or believes. If they think that  the law does not go far enough, then they feel they have the right to interpret the law to fit these changes.

The Democrats constant harping about fairness never takes into account personal responsibility. Unfortunately, the entire modus operandi of the Democratic Party is to replace the family as the fundamental basis of a core foundation with government bureaucracies.

 Fair Share. The Democratic National Platform talks about how the wealthiest do not pay their fair share (although they pay over ½ of all the federal income taxes in this country and only constitute 1% of the population).

 That terminology is not even in the Republican Lexicon.

 Shared Prosperity. The Democratic National Platform notes that they want to promote “shared prosperity”, but then goes on to talk about how that relates to sharing our prosperity with other countries, helping other countries grow, not how that relates to helping Americans share in the prosperity of a thriving economy.

Sadly, they are proving it every day – selling land to China, giving leases to Brazil to drill for oil – all the while stymieing our own oil companies from drilling offshore or not allowing any new oil leases, or halting the construction of the Keystone pipeline, or new refinery plants. Or as Barack Obama has stated, his goal is to halt the mining and production of coal. All of these actions against us are to protect the environment. All the while counties like China and India are laughing at us while they go “forward” [Alert: Another Code Word] full steam ahead, damn the torpedoes, to expand their economy with the same types of energy.  The environment? HA! We don’t need no stinking environment….

The Democrats, in their Platform, talk about an America where everyone has a fair shot, does their fair share, plays by the same rules, and pays their fair share of taxes. This is reiterated more than once, but when it is all boiled down, it is all about getting more money from the same people who already fund most of the government in this country already.

Well, that is 59% of the money taken in from the “rich” and the middle class, because those in the lower class DO NOT PAY ANY FEDERAL TAXES at all.

The other 41% comes from BORROWING MONEY from other countries such as China and Japan, etc., and PRINTING MORE MONEY to monetize the debt. The more money that is out there compared to the actual value of our economy and assets and resources then, the less our money is worth, and the less it will buy (Think Zimbabwe !). So who suffers the most? The very people for whom they claim to CARE.

In the Republican Platform, when looking for the idea of Shared Prosperity,  it cannot be found.

The Democratic Party is all about CARING, FEELING, and expanding government to fill every nook and cranny of our lives.

The Republican Platform, on the other hand, talks about the law, upholding the law and the foundation of this country, the family, as the primary guiding force in this country. They also talk about ACTIONS, not feelings. For one, I would rather someone correct the problems in this country based on THOUGHTS, not FEELINGS.

Progressives believe that everyone should be able to “prosper” at equal rates and with equal outcomes. Someone should tell them about Physics  – an expenditure of energy must be made to cause an effect. Of course, “what constitutes a ‘cause’ and what constitutes an ‘effect’ depends on the total system of explanation in which the putative causal sequence is embedded” (Wikipedia, Causality, Physics, 9/8/12). So what does all this scientific gobble-de-gook mean? If you don’t exert an effort, why should be rewarded with an outcome equal to that of someone who does.

Like my dad likes to repeat an often told joke, “This guy says to God, why don’t you ever let me win the lottery?, and God says, “Meet me half-way. Buy a ticket!”

Progressives (who relished in the OWS movement), believe that “rich” people such as CEO’s, Wall Street Fat Cats, Investment Bankers and Entrepreneurs (can you say “Mitt Romney” or “Bain Capital”?) should not be able to profit off of their own labor (because they really don’t work anyway). All they do is take money from poor people and lay off people who need jobs. Man, did I hear all about that at the DNC Convention?

At the DNC Convention 2012, in Charlotte, NC, in September, 2012, Peter Schiff conducted a survey of delegates and attendees (and did not interview any OWS people, so he was sure to get the opinions of just the Democrats, and not those possibly controversial people in tents outside the building). Numerous delegates thought it would be a great idea to support a new federal law to ban or cap corporate profits. Where do they think they they get their food, or clothes, or ipads from? Some of them wanted corporations to have only losses. Of course, he was leading them with such language as banning “The stuff that is left over for the greedy capitalists”.  And they also wanted caps on CEO income. That will incentivize production! Watch:

http://www.schiffradio.com/b/Democrats:-Lets-Ban-Profits!/-364966515326707963.html

Has the power of extrapolation taken a vacation in these people’s brains?

No progressive ever demonizes one of their own – billionaires like George Soros and Warren Buffet; millionaire movie stars like Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon, and Martin Sheen, and millionaire politicians like Nancy Pelosi.

Why?

Because they “CARE”.

They have convinced so many Americans that Rich Conservatives do not care; therefore, it is OK to take their money.

They believe that only a shared sacrifice through a re-distribution of wealth will provide the means for the poor to rise into the middle class, and the middle class to maintain their collective lifestyles.

Speaking of the word “Collective”, they believe in a totally different interpretation of what “We, The People, in order to form a more perfect union” means.  This really came out in the DNC Convention when this line came out of someone’s mouth (sadly, I cannot remember who said it, but I remember the angst in their tone, like they had just had an epiphany of what the Founders actually meant).

They believe that a “more perfect union” can only be achieved through a shared sacrifice. The only problem with this is when they consider the suffering of the poor; they never consider “personal responsibility” to be a factor in the equation leading up to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.

Their equation of shared sacrifice goes like this:

ME + Whatever I Want to Do to Feel Good = Someone Else Gets to Pay For It

Pat Buchanan is demonized on a regular basis for bringing to light the main causes of the decay of society in general through a loss of the worship or respect of God, and the loss of self-respect. No one wants to touch the subject of illegitimacy in this country for the fear of “offending” someone. But look at it honestly, and the stats cannot be disputed. As Rick Santorum is apt to repeat, those children who are born and raised in a two-parent household are much more UNLIKELY to live in poverty than in a household headed up by one parent.  He has revised his statement to say that the one-parent household applies generally when a woman is the head of the household.  But this holds true for a household headed up by a single-man as well, just not as drastically. And while his numbers are off a little, the disparity is still enormous in my opinion.

This is discussed and fact-checked here:

 http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/oct/13/rick-santorum/rick-santorum/

What needs to be analyzed is the age at which these women first give birth, and the education level of their parents and their own education at the time of conception. I will make a prediction – if anyone makes this analysis – I bet a Euro to a gluten-free doughnut hole that the median age is about or under the age of 19, that the majority haven’t graduated high school, and that their parents have nothing more than a high school education.

 The problem with the shared sacrifice analogy in forming a more perfect union is that the MOST IMPORTANT part of the equation, “PERSONAL RESPONSIBILTY” has been taken out of the equation. And, progressives consider that the suffering of the poor is the only sacrifice that they have to make because they have already felt their share of the pain. Therefore, they do not have to “contribute” anything else to the collective pot.

 Since the politicians have already done due diligence in saving the lower class through all their social justice programs, they are now fixated on saving the “middle class”.

 And progressives only see one way out of the mess that our government has created – well, actually, two ways out – 1) More Government and 2) TAX THE RICH.

 While conservatives are asking everyone to look at the big picture of what is causing the problem. 1) More Government and 2) The Death of Personal Responsibility.

Progressives, who have taken over the Democrat Party are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to political ideology than those newly engaged citizens who are forming a new group called the “Tea Party”, and who are trying to take over the Republican Party. Both groups call each other horrible names – radical, extreme, racist, etc., while “We, the People” are stuck in the middle. OK, I admit, I am a Tea Partier. But I really, really, really do CARE! I just want some grown-ups in the mix. People who can look at the problems without calling each other names, without lying about wanting the exact opposite of what they are doing. People who are not afraid of taking on the issues head on. Can Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and perhaps a new Senate accomplish this (FINALLY?). I don’t know, but I do know that middle ground is shrinking as fast as their claim that the “middle class” is shrinking (a trumped up argument from both sides for a later blog). I do know that Barack Obama is a man who is repeating the same promises he made in 2008, and while he thinks he just needs more time, I know that if he is given more time to double up on what he has done, then by the end of 2016, we will be 20 TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT (or even worse given compounded interest), China will be buying up more of our land, we will be energy poor, and our dollar will be useless.

 [I welcome any comments from anyone who has read both platforms to chime in and refute anything I am repeating or stating here.] But unless you are willing to invest the time and effort into having a legitimate debate based on a true analysis of the issues, just keep your opinions to yourself. There are enough uneducated opinions out there already.]

Local Government Is Best (How Capitalism Operates Better Under a Smaller Federal Government)

 

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

 The above line comes from the Declaration of Independence and is one of the grievances against the Tyranny of the King, and was one of the reasons for the founding of this country.

Translation into modern English: He has created numerous agencies, and created thousands of regulations to take away the power and money from the people in the private industry.

Conservatives are always accused of being elitists. This is reflected in a book review by the New York Times, by Sheri Berman, Oct. 7, 2011, “The Conservative as Elitist” at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/09/books/review/the-reactionary-mind-by-corey-robin-book-review.html?pagewanted=all, regarding a book written by Corey Robin called “The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin”, Oxford University Press:

 “Robin’s definition of conservatism is unquestionably provocative. He starts by echoing arguments made by Samuel Huntington and others about conservatism being a situational ideology, one arising in reaction to a fundamental challenge to an existing order and devoted to preserving traditional institutions. But Robin then adds a substantive component. Conservatism, he argues, involves a reaction to certain kinds of challenges in particular, those by “subject” or “subordinate” classes. It is thus an inherently elitist and hierarchical ideology, whose essence is the defense of elite privileges against challenges from below.”

Reading this, one would get the impression that all conservatives are in the upper classes. That is the furthest thing from the truth. As the nation was formed, and people were freed up from having to work 16 hours a day in the fields, building their own houses, sewing their own clothes, etc., then only could the progressives emerge. They came out of the cities. You could not be a progressive and be a farmer. You did not have time to sit and ponder such heady ideas.

I do admit that Berman goes on to challenge Robin’s definition (not covered here, but feel free to go to the above review).

In the beginning, everyone knew WHY the United States’ government was formed whereby the states were empowered by the 10th Amendment. Local governments worked best.

We are now on the very verge of losing everything for which our Ancestors fought. The federal government has grown so large (so large that the last data available is from 2010 – http://www.census.gov/govs/apes/), and has amassed such debt, that it will take a miracle to reverse the trend. Here is a list of the federal agencies (and there are branches within branches):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_federal_agencies

And here is the debt clock (how much we, as a Nation, are in the hole, much of which is owed to foreign countries):

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

The only problem I have with Capitalism is that through its innovations in technology, it ironically provided so many with a life of leisure, that as more and more technological advances came along, there were less and less jobs available. And lacking the skills, motivation, or education to go out and create something new on their own, people began to give up.

The federal government, seeing the void, crept ever so slowly into that void.

That is how we got to where we are now, with the biggest debt in history, the greatest number of people relying on the federal government in history (in this country), and the greatest amount of despair since the Great Depression. It was only through crisis that the social aspect of government was able to wiggle its way into society in the first place – and that is how Social Security became the first great social safety net.

Capitalism is now being questioned as the best form of an economic system. Those in the Occupy Wall Street movement haven fallen prey to the Progressive, big-government-knows-best mentality. The Progressives in the media have successfully engaged a populace who now think that society’s ills are the result of elite capitalists.

The New York Times provides the perfect example of how the anti-capitalists think. From http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/opinion/sunday/fables-of-wealth.html, Capitalists and Other Psychopaths, by William Deresiewicz, May 12, 2012, he notes the following:

“THERE is an ongoing debate in this country about the rich: who they are, what their social role may be, whether they are good or bad. Well, consider the following. A 2010 study found that 4 percent of a sample of corporate managers met a clinical threshold for being labeled psychopaths, compared with 1 percent for the population at large. (However, the sample was not representative, as the study’s authors have noted.)”

Did he cite the study? NO! Where did this study come from? Well, it appears that the original “reporter”, Alexander Eichler, for the HuffPO, may have started this lie in an article entitled “One Out of Every Ten Wall Street Employees Is a Psychopath, Say Researchers”, where he claimed that in the general population, only 1 in a 100 are psychopaths…. But this claim was later retracted; however, does it matter? No, the lie was out, and the damage had already been done.

At PsychCentral, in an article entitled “Untrue: 1 out of Every 10 Wall Street Employees is a Psychopath”, John M. Grohol, actually rooted out and found the original source (the researcher) and found out that the assumptions made by people who lacked the expertise to even understand this study were just not true (  http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/03/06/untrue-1-out-of-every-10-wall-street-employees-is-a-psychopath/ ).

Grohol notes the problem, “many journalists and reporters nowadays just rely on professionals to make a claim, and don’t ever challenge or bother to verify the claim. I’m not sure why this is, but it seems to be the new defacto standard.”

And as proof, Deresiewicz continues: “Another study concluded that the rich are more likely to lie, cheat and break the law.”

 Again, did he cite the study? No. Well, Bloomberg did and this is noted in http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-27/wealthier-people-more-likely-than-poorer-to-lie-or-cheat-researchers-find.html,  “Self Interest Spurs Society’s “Elite” To Lie, Cheat On Tasks, Study Finds” by Elizabeth Lopatto, Feb. 28, 2012:

” Are society’s most noble actors found within society’s nobility?

 That question spurred Paul Piff, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, to explore whether higher social class is linked to higher ideals, he said in a telephone interview.

 The answer Piff found after conducting seven different experiments is: no. The pursuit of self-interest is a “fundamental motive among society’s elite, and the increased want associated with greater wealth and status can promote wrongdoing,” Piff and his colleagues wrote yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 The “upper class,” as defined by the study, were more likely to break the law while driving, take candy from children, lie in negotiation, cheat to raise their odds of winning a prize and endorse unethical behavior at work, the research found. The solution, Piff said, is to find a way to increase empathy among wealthier people.”

Take candy from children? Give me a break. Well, I do know that Joe Biden, being one of those wealthier people donates less than 1% of his income to charities, and Mitt Romney donates 19% of his income to charity. So maybe they were only interviewing progressive rich people.

 But, I digress. What other “News” organizations picked this up? The usual culprits, not in any way in cahoots with OWS, or progressives, or anyone with an agenda – i.e. HuffPO, the Telegraph, and numerous other blogs and pseudo news groups.

So who is accusing whom of being elitists?

Well, I admit to being an elitist if that means that I don’t think anyone, especially not some governmental agency, could possibly begin to understand this country as much as I do. I love this land. I love the history. I love the dirt under my feet.  I love the genetic imprint of the memories left behind by all who have struggled to get us where we are today.  I love the founding fathers, who devised the greatest form of government on the face of the Earth. I love the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  I love the American Identity!

And yes, we do have one, but it is slipping away fast.

Our American identity is based on service and sacrifice, the fear and love of God, hard work, and perseverance. This country could not have been formed without those qualities. Our ancestors did what they had to do, and may have complained, but went ahead and did it because they knew it had to be done. And they had just escaped the tyranny of a King who made decrees which they had to follow, so they did not want a federal government with a heavy hand. They knew that it was up to them to get the job done, or, if they created a void, then a big federal government would step in and take over. I don’t know when we lost that ideal, but it has been within my lifetime.

However, there is no doubt that America is still the greatest country on the face of the Earth!

So, this is the point where I lose all the progressives….. I dare you to hear me out!

 And why do I bring up the vilification of Capitalism and those who believe in Capitalism when I am trying to make a point about the federal government forming too many agencies?

 Well, look at this way – more government = socialism and socialism is antithetical to Capitalism.

 They cannot co-exist because big government agencies do not understand local areas needs. Those things are better left to local governments, and the smaller the better.

 I just want to ask, without Capitalism, how would anyone own their homes (think “It’s a Wonderful Life”)?  Sure, the rich have nicer homes, but without their help, no one would be able to afford their own homes. So, we begrudge them? I say, thank them!  The business elite are the engineers on the engine that have pulled the train of the economy along.

Without capitalism, and banks giving loans to small businesses, how would the computer (the PC and Apple) been invented, much less the iPhone, or iPad, or even perhaps the telephone, electric light bulb, or television, the automobile, etc.?

 It is my contention that without the incentive to aspire to wealth, there is no incentive to try. Sure, it is nice to want to help out others, but true altruism is a rare commodity.

When Barack Obama said “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. … somebody along the line gave you some help. … Somebody invested in roads and bridges…”, he was showing his inability to understand the American identity. He did not know the history of how we, the people, built this country from the ground up. We all profited from the taxes paid by everyone, so no one had an advantage over anyone else when it came to innovation, to include the infrastructure used by everyone.

Then to top it off, Elizabeth Warren, the not-really-a-Cherokee-despite-her-high-cheek-bones, running for Senate in Massachusetts, from whom Obama plagiarized, said today:  “We’ve got bridges and roads in need of repair and thousands of people in need of work. Why aren’t we rebuilding America? … Our competitors are putting people to work, building a future. China invests 9% of its GDP in infrastructure. America? We’re at just 2.4%. We can do better.”

 This is followed by a massive infrastructure failure in India the following day where 600 million people (1/10th of the planet) lost their electricity). Yeah, we need to be like those countries.

Well, first of all, China is just beginning to build its infrastructure. We have been building concrete and asphalt cross country highways since the Eisenhower Administration. So they HAVE TO spend that much money just to catch up. And China has built ghost cities just to keep the populace employed.

 But the saddest thing about all of this is that Barack Obama does not know the history of how the roads in this country were built and thinks that only a government agency can solve the problems. He also thinks that government paved the way (pun intended) for all businesses to expand.

 But the first roads were not built by some federal government agency.

 Take the state in which I live – North Carolina.

 Here is the history of road construction (up until the Eisenhower Administration began using federal tax dollars for the interstate highways) from http://www.city-data.com/states/North-Carolina-Transportation.html:

 The history of North Carolina’s growth and prosperity has been inextricably linked to the history of transportation in the state, especially the history of highway development. North Carolina has the largest state-maintained highway system in the nation. To provide and maintain this system, North Carolina relies strictly on user-related sources of funds, such as motor fuel taxes and state license and registration fees.

 The early settlers widened and improved the Indian trails into bridle trails and then dirt roads. In colonial times, waterways were the avenues of commerce. Almost all products moved on rivers and streams within the state, and most manufactured goods arrived by sea. When it became necessary to transport goods farther inland, local laws were passed which directed that a road be built to the nearest landing. By this piecemeal process, the state slowly acquired a system of dirt roads.

 As the population of the state grew, so did the demand for roads. From 1830 onward, a new element was introduced into the picture—railroads, representing the newest and most efficient means of travel. In the 1850s, transportation took yet another turn when the state invested in plank roads, which did not prove financially practical.

 With the coming of the Civil War, transportation improvements in North Carolina ground to a halt. During the war, the existing railroads were used heavily for military purposes. Renovations and improvements were delayed during the early years of the Reconstruction period because of poor economic conditions in the state. By 1870, the state gave up on assistance to railroads and left their further development to private companies. In 1895, the Southern Railway acquired a 99-year lease on the piedmont section of the North Carolina Railroad while eastern routes fell to the Atlantic Coast Line and the Seaboard Air Line Railway.

 In the early years of the 20th century, the principal emphasis was on the further development of the investor-owned railroads ….The Carolinian and Piedmont, both state-owned trains, provide daily, round-trip passenger-rail service between Charlotte and Raleigh…”

By the second decade of the century, the building of roads received new emphasis. It was during this period that North Carolina earned the label “the GoodRoadsState.” In 1915, the Highway Commission was created, and in 1921 the General Assembly approved a $40 million state highway bond [bold added] to construct a system of hard-surface roads connecting each of the 100 county seats with all of the others… More highway bonds were approved to pay for a statewide system of paved highways, giving the state more roads by the end of the decade than any other southern state except Texas. The state government took over the county roads in 1931.

 So, the first roads were deer paths used by the Indians, and then widened by the settlers. As each county was formed and grew, the county ordered the men who owned property in a particular area of the county to build the roads from house to house, and one of the men to be a surveyor. These orders are reflected in CountyOrder Books. Here is an example:

 

So the Counties had the first roads built, and they were built by the local residents, and were paid for through local taxes. And then, anyone willing to do the research can follow the evolution of how the roads were built historically as noted above. Every step along the way, tax payers paid for every road and every bridge ever built.

 Does Obama not know that the federal government exists because of the private sector?

 So after the federal government started building the roads, etc., the question should not be who “built” the roads and bridges, but who paid for them? That would be the tax payers.

 As they did at all stages. In all centuries.

 Wouldn’t it be nice if the local governments were given back their rights under the 10th Amendment, and the Executive Branch and Congress had less control over creating ever more agencies to take away local control?

 If local tax payers were responsible for paying local taxes to build their own roads, there would be more competition, and we would end up spending a lot less money and have a heck of a lot less middle men in Washington, DC.

 I’m Just Sayin!

A Conservative Analysis of a Speech Given by Van Jones, Rebuild the Dream Co-Founder at the Netroots Nation After Walker won his recall election…. June, 2012

(I am trying not to paraphrase, but am not claiming this to be his words word for word; however, it is close).

Van Jones starts out with –

“I guess we should quit. Let’s just let the Tea Party have the country… How bad could it be? Is that the movie they think we’re in? They don’t know us very well. See, we’ve had some bad days before, and the one thing I can tell you about this movement is …you’re going to have to do a whole lot better than that then to out spend us 8 to 1 to beat us in this country and cause us to give up.”

[STOP – Let’s analyze that amazing calculation – Outspent us 8 to 1 – So how much was spent to try to recall one governor in one state? And who spent the money? Or how much of this was this money raised, but not spent? And how much was spent before the recall by the unions, etc?

So Mother Jones (Is that Van Jones’ mother?) does this analysis (http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/06/wisconsin-walker-recall-money-stats ) of how much was raised vs. how much was spent on the recall – the article states that Scott Walker raised 30.5 million dollars because he could accept donations of up to $10,000 per person, but Tom Barrett was not allowed to do that (by state law – why?), so Barrett only raised $3.9 million dollars… 66 percent of Walker’s donors were from out of state donors – (later Van Jones said that 13 billionaires contributed to Walker’s campaign, but 12 of them were from out of state – how many billionaires contributed to Barrett’s campaign? Never asked, never answered). 26% of Barrettt’s donors were from out of state. OK, then the article goes on to say that the minimum amount spent BY BOTH SIDES was $63.5 million. Huh? Here’s an algebraic equation for you to ponder – 63,500,000.00 spent – (30,500,000.00 raised + 3,900,000.00 raised ) = minus 29,100,000.00.

So, I ask, where did the other 29 plus million come from?????

Then we get to the at least part of the truth – Pro-Walker independent expenditures amounted to 18 million, and Pro-Barrett independent expenditures amounted to 15.5 million.

Sorry, Van, but you need Math 101. That is not an 8 to 1 advantage. Hint – don’t go to the horse races!

Also, how much money was spent by Unions, Democrats, and those in “The Movement” before the recall to try and get the recall going?

In the Mother Jones’ article, a list of out of state donors includes donations from Diane Hendricks, WI’s richest businesswoman (I say, more power to her, there goes that claim out the window that women can’t make good money when compared to men if they work hard enough)… But to make her sound EVIL, they throw in that she is a member of the Charles and David Koch’s million-dollar donor club!! OMG. Throw in the name of Koch Brothers, and those who don’t know how to do research are up in arms automatically…. Question never asked and never answered – How much money do the Koch Brothers donate to Dems?  – But I digress. Others in that EVIL Koch Brothers million-dollar donor club (how can I get in that?) are David Humphreys, Dick DeVos, and Foster Friess. What the heck does that mean anyway, the Koch Brothers million dollar donor club? … Oh, and $6.5 million spent by Americans for Prosperity and 9 million spent by the Republican Governors Association’s Right Direction WI PAC, all but $7,000 coming from out of state donors.

That compares to poor little Barrett’s measly donations of 1 million from “We Are Wisconsin”, an independent group (a PAC for those of you who want to know what that means on the street), run by the AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt…. 500K from SEIU’s group, We Are WI, etc……

John Eastborough, a poster in response to the article from the Mother Jones’ article cited above “The Dark Money Behind the Wisconsin Recall”, makes a good point I have tried to make in the past, but he uses the most succinct language possible to explain this logically – “A group of individuals acting as a single legal entity, i.e. a corporation, donating money to a political cause is EVIL. A group of individuals acting as a single legal entity, i.e. a union, donating money to a political cause is GOOD.”

Don’t get me wrong, I am totally against the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. But, I am also for equal justice under the law – and if the government is going to allow corporations to act as an individual, then they have to allow Unions as an individual – but if the government would stop both of them, then it would be equal justice, and THAT would be awesome – I started to write, “it would only be FAIR”, but I hate that word with a passion. I don’t give a hoot about “fairness”.  All I care about is equal justice.

My idea is to only allow individuals to donate $2,000.00 each and that is all. No anonymous donations. AND no PACS or Super-Pacs. Leave it up to the American people to get THEIR MESSAGE out, not those of the corporations, union mobs – er, I mean bosses, and the wealthiest among us, but then, again, I can dream on…..]

But I am off point – back to Van Jones and his speech –

“We are not going to surrender, we’re not going to back down, and we’re not going to let these people run our country – PERIOD! [I think he means that because he emphasizes that word pretty heavily] – You gotta understand who we are.

And we’ve gotta stop giving them excuses to write these kind of stories. … And depress and demoralize our folks. ….You know my father and his generation knew what it was like to fight for real. Our grandparents and our great grandparents in the labor movement knew what it meant to fight for change for real. They had to march. They had to risk their lives. Some of them were beaten. They had to go on strike. When going on strike could get you killed. When you didn’t have any protection.

They knew what it meant…. Our parents, our grandparents, our great-grandparents, knew what it meant to fight for change for real. They had to – my father had to march facing billy clubs firehoses  – people were put in jail  – some people died for change.

[Stop – From Wikipedia – “Jones and his twin sister Angela were born in 1968 inJackson,Tennessee. Their mother was a teacher at a high school and their father was a principal at a junior high school. Jones’ sister said that as a child he was “the stereotypical geek—he just kind of lived up in his head a lot.”[12] He has described his own childhood behavior as “bookish and bizarre.”[12] His grandfather was the senior bishop in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church,[13] and Jones sometimes accompanied his grandfather to religious conferences, where he would sit all day listening to the adults “in these hot, sweaty black churches”.[12]” – Sources – ^ a b c d e Kolbert, Elizabeth (January 12, 2009). “Greening the Ghetto”. The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/01/12/090112fa_fact_kolbert?currentPage=all. Retrieved 2009-08-25.

Well, that explains his evangelistic cadence – but, now does that sound to you like his father, or his grandfather had to march facing billy clubs and firehoses? I don’t think so. Come clean, Van! That is simply not the truth. Let’s see, you were born in Sept., 1968, inJackson, TN. Your father was a principal at a junior high school. You grandfather was a Bishop in a church. What marches were they ever in? Name them. Give me dates so I check the accuracy of your claims!]

Van continues – “And sometimes we act like we want to give up in the face of a really bad tweet….(laughter)…….”

[Pretending to be a wuss] – “I just can’t go on, and then they re-tweeted it like 7 times and”….

It’s just all too much, I just…. Is that who they think we are? (From the crowd – Hell, no) – Hell, No!

[Note the up and down fervor of a religious revival – back and forth – back and forth – bring them up, take them down, bring them up, take them down. He works the crowd with an Ernest Angsley type, born-again Christian, you better come down to the alter and pray in front of the alter of the movement, or you are going to go to hell, fervor, almost as good as Reverend Wright or Al Sharpton – hmmmm! A tactic used to emotionalize his unwitting victims…… And that is what he tells them they are – Victims!]

Jones – “I’m going to tell you this  – what happened in Wisconsin was awful, but it actually teaches us something, and this movement sometimes needs to learn the hard lesson at the right time –  What we learned in WI is very simple…. When we do our minimum as a national movement, I’m not talking about the local forces who fought beautifully…..”

[What movement is he talking about? The rights of unions to not pay anything into their own pensions so that the taxpayers have to carry that burden? Taxpayers who don’t even have pensions? Who rely on social security benefits that are not even going to be there in a few short years? What movement?]

….. Jones – “No, the local forces fought beautifully, the local forces fought well, the local forces stood up. The local forces. They created a miracle. They turned a national breakdown into a potential national breakthrough on their own. The labor forces. And let’s not forget the African American and Latino community especially inMilwaukeeexceeded every expectation, and stood up. The local forces. [Applause] They did the maximum. But they fought alone. Let’s be honest now. We are all friends here.

Where were the national democrats? And where were a lot of us? Uhhh, there’s something wrong with the movement. We spent more time and energy mourning the loss than we spent time and energy securing the win. We have to take accountability as a national movement. When we do our minimum and the other side does its maximum, we lose. Is that simple enough? Do you have to have an advanced degree in politics to understand this?

They outspent us 8 to 1. Eight to one. You essentially had the local labor movement fighting 13 billionaires, 12 of whom who don’t even lived in WI. That’s what happened. Now, listen to me. Understand this. If we don’t like the way we felt when we woke up in June, having observed but not fought, there were some exceptions, but the civil rights establishment never showed up in large numbers, there were exceptions but the environmental movement never showed up in large numbers. There were exceptions but the women’s movement, the national Democratic Party, none of us showed up in large numbers. We saw it, we observed it, we munched the popcorn, but we didn’t jump into the screen. And if we didn’t like the way we felt waking up in June with that one outcome in that one state, then it gives us a sense of how we might feel in November … of we let the same things go down in the swing states…..”

[Oh, I get it now. THEY OWN the Civil Rights Establishment, the Environmental Movement, the Women’s Movement, glad he cleared that up for me. So let me see, if I am for Civil rights and am a woman who recycles, I don’t count. Thanks, Van, for the clarification. And let me get this straight. It is OK for your “movement” to be a national force, but not the “Tea Party?”. Got it!]

Van – “that’s all. So the question that we have though, let’s be honest. We have a quandary. We don’t… we know we are supposed to be fired up … and we know we are supposed to be ready to go [Marching orders, anyone?] – But we are pissed off. We’re mad. And we have reason to be. We’re in a quandary. We like this President [Obama], but we’re not in love with him like we used to be. Right, is that fair? We like him …

He stands up for Treyvon  [Unconstitutionally, I might add] …. He stands up for gay marriage … We like him! But we’re not in love with him. We went from having a crush to feeling crushed. Is that fair? And so, it’s hardddddd to get fired up and ready to go. Somebody said, ‘I feel like I’m caught between Barack and a hard place”  – This is … I’m not talking about you, I mean your neighbor … (I said) the person next to you feels this way… you are evolved…. You know what you must do for your cause … you’re not hung up by these psychological problems… so the person sitting next to you, I’m not talking to you, but your neighbor, who is now struggling with what are we going to do, because we don’t know how to get fired up again, we feel that if all we do is support the president, support the Democrats, get them back in there, that won’t make the difference that we want.

But then we look at the tea party … (eyebrows raised) – And then for those of us who are no longer comparing Obama to the almighty, and instead are comparing him to the alternative (winky blinkly, head side to side – laughter – pouty face, looking down, pause, head back up) ….  That don’t look too good neither (in a distinct dialect!).

But some people are like, well, I’m going to teach Obama a lesson … (more pouty faces) – I’m just not just going to vote or volunteer or do anything because I’m going to show him, and if he loses, I mean, then we’ll all learn.  I mean, how bad can it be, anyway? They’re all the same.

Let me just say a few things about this phenomenon, it’s not you, it’s your friend. Let me just say a few things before I moved to my main point. If the tea party is allowed to score a trifecta, their ideas are already corrupting the Supreme Court, you see that with Scalia’s antics, they already have half of the Congress, if they get the rest of it, and the White House, if the Tea Party governs America, if this time next year you are living in a government run by the tea party [I did not know one could live in a government, but OK, I’ll grant you some artistic license here, because after all, that is what you are, a linguistic artist…]

Let me suggest to you that they might use power a little bit differently that we did [God, I hope so!] ….

When they get power, they use it to decimate us! When they get power… I want to, listen – This last election was a hope election – this next one might be a fear election – they are scared of us, we should be terrified of them, when they get power, they use it to decimate us.

Look at what they did in these state houses. They didn’t run on destroying the unions, but the minute they got in there, they didn’t say, ‘Well, perhaps we should make some adjustments to labor law … let’s have a committee’ – They decapitated our unions. They’re running right now talking about the …. They don’t like the EPA, I’m a green guy. T gotta mention some of this stuff  – Somebody’s gotta mention it [ Hey, wait a minute, you just said they did not run on “decapitating the unions, but now you say they are running on what they want to do – get it straight, Van. You can’t have it both ways!]

They say they don’t like the EPA, they don’t say, “Well, we think the EPA in some areas is over-reached, so we are going to make some adjustments; they said they are going to eliminate it!! [Van, it is called “hyperbole”. I am sure you have heard that word because that is exactly what you are doing !]

Do you think they’re joking? Do you think they’re joking? (Response from audience – NO!)

The EPA has probably saved more American lives in the past 30 years than the Department of Defense. [he repeats this absurdity and then asks again if he thinks they are joking] …..

If they have a trifecta, they will use it to decimate us. There will be no holds barred.

We are the only people, in case you haven’t noticed, in American politics who will go through –  who will go through all the stuff we went through in 2004, 2006, and 2008, and finally get power – We’ve got the Senate. They’ve got the House. We’ve got the White House. We have the power. Now we are going to be [he poses an Erkel pose, and using a high pitched whiny voice, says] Now we are going to be bipartisan… Can we be your friends now? Is there something we can compromise on here? Any ideas? No, that’s how we act. That’s not how they act. So I want you to be very, very clear….. [Let me be clear! That is not how they act.] …. That if they win, all the crazy stuff they say, they will do….

They will do! And it’s worse than that moral level. It will be a reward for four years of some of the most despicable conduct in the history of our Republic. It’s will reward the worst, the worst behavior. Absolute utter betrayal of the American people by these Congressional Republicans. [Well, except for those of us who voted them into office and expect them to live up to the vows they took when they ran for office promising to cut the deficit and all that, but then, again, you have to look at all the racist, homophobic, horrible mean spirited taxpayers who put them into office – you know, those people who want to push granny off a cliff, and starve children, and …. You know, the (in a hushed whisper) – those Republicans]…..

Oh, God, that is all I can take. I have wasted enough time already listening to this dribble. This man who is inciting the followers of his “movement” to rage against their polar opposites. But what is he asking of them? What does he want them to do?

What is he saying the Tea partiers are wanting to do? Oh, yeah, help people drown so they can get their jobs. He says that those elected by the Tea party would rather hurt Americans just to keep their own jobs. He says they would not help the people who are drowning. This is the oldest progressive manta in the book. Are you still buying it?

He says that he respects the people in the Tea party (well, isn’t that special?), but then says he wants to beat them.

He says that there is a myth that we have too much partisanship. He then says the Dems need to STOP being bipartisan because they are too bipartisan. OMG, give me a break.  He talks about winning with honor and dignity and accuses the other side of lying, and lying, and lying. He says that they (those in his movement) have to be smarter than they used to be. He says they have to go beyond just supporting the Congressional Dems in Congress. He says they have to be as sophisticated as the system they are fighting. They have to be twice as committed. They have to both re-elect the President and then hold him accountable to PROGRESSIVE VALUES.

[Well, if he is re-elected, then he can do that  – because as he told the Russian premier, after he gets re-elected, he will have more power to do what he wants – let me add, because he will not need to worry about what the American people believe or care about].

Jones continues – The big movement in Americawas not your movement, but one that stands for the opposite of what you believed (i.e. The Tea party). And until Occupy Wall Street came along, we were screwed (meaning those in his movement).

He tells them that not only do they have to put Obama back in the White House, but they have to fight the Budget battle in December. Because that is when the Bush tax cuts stop. When the interest rates on school loans goes up. He says they have to build a movement to stand up in December. He says otherwise, they will get “ham and egg” justice. [A farmer says we are going to have equal justice. He goes to the hen and asks for an egg. He goes to the pig and says he wants a leg]. That is what he thinks the Tea party is doing – all at the expense of “Working Families” (which, by the way, is the name of a socialist political party).

So, in November, and pretty much for the rest of your lives, you have to ask yourself, what are your values?

Hard work? A future for your children that is based on that value, where they can make a decent wage, and earn what they put into it?

Or, just a “give-me-what-I-want-because-I-want-it-and-deserve-it-even-though-I-have-not-done-anything-to-earn-it-mentality. Sure, they will be taken care of. But by whom? And to what extent? Will they even have the opportunity to achieve a better life, or one even equal to your own? Or will they be a slave to the government check, and live a life without personal meaning?

Will they be able to experience the joy of creativity in doing what they are good at, what they want to do, or just become a cog in the machine?

 Your choice. I have made mine. I am a Tea Partier.

(I know what honor is – it is to never, ever break your word !)

The Stolen and Silent Voices of “We the People”

 From the first settlements in what we called America in the early 1600’s, to include Jamestown, Virginia; Plymouth, Massachusetts (no, they were not the first); and New Amsterdam, New Netherlands (NYC, NY), to name a few, the settler’s bravery cannot be disputed. My ancestors, who arrived in Virginia and New Netherlands in those early days, endured a long and arduous boat ride across the ocean, disease, starvation, the general fear of not knowing what was going to happen next when they got to a foreign land, the elements, and the indigenous tribes of “Indians” (who were also my ancestors) with whom they could not communicate, just to name a few of the hardships they faced, just to get away from their home countries which they loved and left behind because of persecution by oppressive governments. They left behind their loved ones for decades, if not forever, to pursue freedom.

Granted, their pursuit of freedom did not take into account the same desires of the indigenous populations, but that is one of the mistakes they made which can never be corrected. (An Aside -That was not the habit of the Dutch, who actually bought the land from the Indians, but it was the way of the British.)

Our Founding Fathers knew early on that freedom was a fragile “right” given to them by God, and that man could take it away with deceit through fear.

“Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power” – Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1738

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” – Richard Jackson, An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania, 1759 (Attributed to Benjamin Franklin due to the paraphrasing of his original statement).

Before the “Boston Tea Party” (Dec. 16, 1773), my great-great-great-great-great- grandfather, Hercules Conkright, a native of New York who had moved to North Carolina, stood against the tyranny of the state and signed a document April 28, 1768, called a “Regulator Petition” to redress grievances they had to protest taxes and to demand reform of the government, which was under Royal (British) control. This petition was addressed to the State Assembly on Oct. 9, 1769. This document is found in “The Colonial Records of North Carolina”, collected and edited by William L. Saunders, Vol. VII – 1765 to 1768,Raleigh: Josephus Daniels, Printer, Broadfoot Pub.Co., 1890, pp. 806-809.

The Regulators of North Carolina were colonists in the Granville District of NC, mostly from the Piedmont area (Anson, Orange, and Granville Counties), who were being taxed more than the law allowed by friends of the Royal Governor, William Tryon, under the British rule. In 1764, they formed a “mob” and created several disturbances until the Governor Arthur Dobbs “passed a proclomation forbidding the collection of illegal fees”. This is what the backwoods settlers detested the most. However, being cut off from most of the colonies by “poor harbors, the abscence of navigable rivers, numerous swamps, and bad road conditions”, they felt alienated and continued to express their anger in other ways. They were also angry over the fact that Gov. Tryon was building a palace that they considered a waste of money, and that the local sheriffs were stealing half of the taxes collected.

So I could say that Patriotism to the United States is in my blood.

From Saunders, 1890 – B.P.R.O.AM & W.I.N.C. No. 216, this is the document which Hercules signed April 28, 1768 (reproduced in Medley, 1976, Appendix IV, p. 309-311).

Address from the Inhabitants inAnsonCounty.

To HIS EXCELLENCY GOVERNOR TRYON.

EXCELLENT SIR,

We make no doubt but that you will soon hear the disagreeable news of the disorders of the unfortunateCountyofAnson. We therefore take this opportunity to inform you the cause and manner of it, in which we blame ourselves, for not having first addressed your Excellency on the Occasion of our complaints, who could, and no doubt would have removed our Grievances and have prevented the rumour of Faction and Disorder. But being long under the growing weight of oppression became precipitate, and rash, and thought to change the state of the Country in a different manner to have suppressed the Offenders, and made them wary of their employments – For which purpose we formed ourselves into which the opposite Party called a mob of about five hundred men, resolving should no happier event interfere to our succor, to have defended our cause in the disagreeable manner of a force, and to have persisted unto blood, We looking on it at that time much out of our Powers to have kindness from your Excellency as our leading men were best acquainted, whose assertions we feared would have greatest weight with your Excellency. But whenever considered that neither Prince nor Governor who has the good of his People at heart would see them oppressed to gratify the errors and ambition of any particular Persons, who are Anthony Hutchins, Colonel Samuel Spencer, Charles Medlock and their Assistants the Justices and Sheriffs &c. Persons chiefly recommended to your Excellency by Hutchins and Spencer to answer their partial views and Purposes, under whose influence they act the Magistrate part through fear as fearing to offend the Persons who conferred the Honors on them, and part ignorance as not knowing what to do, they being a number of very poor ignorant and almost illiterate men Under such their inability they proceed to the Administration, of what they call public Justice which Property and character are extremely doubtful & precarious, as innocent Persons are committed to Goal by the Gaoler [sic] himself being a magistrate and then put to considerable expence, and then discharged without form of Tryal to conceal their Injustice. Amongst other things they tax the People in an unusual manner which are as follows.

First Persons who commit capital offences are commited to the County Goal and there retained five or six months, a County Tax is laid to defray the expence when it is notoriously known it is a Province Expence, But Medlock the late Sheriff stop’t not there, but proceeded by Mr. Spencer the Clerk and Member for the County to have the same claim allowed by the Assembly, and were only prevented as we are informed by its being proved to the Committee of Claims that the Prisoners had made satisfaction themselves – These things were not unknown to Mr. Spencer when he laid Medlock’s claim before the Assembly. In the next place where the Justices are in possession of Public Ferries they establish them free at times pretending for the free passage of Courtiers a considerable Tax is laid for that purpose. In the next place they tax considerable sums of money for particular Persons, who not having a right thereto, the Magistrates after receive back part, if not all to their own use. All these things can be made to appear, and we conceive that no People have a right to be taxed, but by the consent o themselves or their Delegates. But here the Magistrates assume it, then the Sheriffs who receive the Tax particularly Medlock and his Associates have made a constant practice to exact 2.8. for distress money, when no distress is made nor necessary to be made, and also have taxed different sums from the People according to their non acquaintance with the right Tax so that several different sums were received from the People in the same year surmounting the right Tax. As to the Clerk his extortions are burthensome to all that fall in his power as he takes double and some times treble his due – And tho’ it is true he purchased his Office from Colonel Frohock and gave to the amount of one hundred and fifty pounds for it yet it’s unreasonable we should bear the expence by way of extortion. Pleas Sir, to enquire of Mr. Edwards, touching the connection of Hutchins Spencer and Medlock, and their unreasonable method of proceeding by means of their influence over the ignorant Magistrates as he has doubtless made some observation on their behaviour. This and much more are the causes of the present disturbances which we humbly pray your Excellency will please to reconcile by discharging the most of the Magistrates from their seats, & appointing better men, more capable and willing to discharge that Office, and also the Clerk if it seems right to you. Sir, if you in your wisdom think meet so to do we beg leave as we have no Person to represent us to inform your Excellency of the Magistrates which are unqualified for that Office and ought to be discharged, and also to recommend by the voice of the County such Persons as will judiciously discharge their several Offices & immediately upon such altercations the minds of the People will be at ease, and each one to his former obedience, and ready to discharge according to their abilities every expence necessary for the support of Government, and we as Petitioners in Duty bound shall ever pray –

Solo(ma)n Crofts, Thos Ussery, Jno Skinner, And: Fortinberry, Lewis Lord, Joseph Howel, Jason Meadow, Jas. Almond, Job Cilleadon, James Lowry, Jas MacMeot, Daniel Short, James Colbon, Ch: Walkinford, Thos. Free, Youn Helms, Wm Tours, Jno. Fretinberry, Delany Herring, Jno Touchberry, Jacob Collins, Joshua Collins, Tho. Swreainger, Isaac Armstrong, Jno Swor snr; J. Swor, junr; S. Swearinger, Reben Woodard, Van Swearinger, Luke Robinson, Ralph Mason, Jno. Mason, Thos Mason, James Round, Thos Masen, Wm Betten, Wm Rogers, Thos: Mim, Chas Henson, Malachi Watts, Chas Booth, Abm Buskin, Nathl. Wood, Mark Rushen, Wm. Hickman, John Baile, John Hornback, Thos. Harper, Saml. Harper, Jas Adams, Amos Pilgrim, Wm Adams, Thos Adams, Jas. Barindine, Wm. Barindine, junr; Wm Barindine, sr; Saml. Bruton, Saml Williams, Soln Williams, Benj: Barrit, Wm. Burns, Jn Poston, Hen: Fostinberry, Wm Rogers, Geo. Marchblanks, Wm Bugen, William Bosil, HARKLIS CONKWRITE, Wm Fielding, Patt: Boggen, Thos Fanning, John jenkins, Thos Fanning, junr, Patrick Saunders, Jno Caterhan, James Short, Wm Short, John Henson, Robert Thorn, Robert Ashley, Peter Brisley, Samps Thomas, James Higgins, Wm. Higgins, Frank Jordon, Jno Higgins, Thos Jordan, Jno Carpenter, Sam Touchberry, John Web, Thos Mims, Abram Harper, Thos. Harper, junr; Joseph Burham, John Brus, Joseph English, Dennis Nolsen, senr; Jno. Bennett, Anth: Matthews.

Six years later, on Oct. 10, 1774, The Battle of Point Pleasant, Virginia, has been considered to be the starting point of the Revolutionary War.

Four days later, the “Declaration of Resolves” was written by the First Continental Congress, of which Peyton Randolph presided over as the first President of the Confederation (pre-dating George Washington as the First President of theUnited States). This is what they wrote:

Declaration of Resolves, Oct. 14, 1774:

Whereas, since the close of the last war, the British parliament, claiming a power, of right, to bind the people of America by statutes in all cases whatsoever, hath, in some acts, expressly imposed taxes on them, and in others, under various presence’s, but in fact for the purpose of raising a revenue, hath imposed rates and duties payable in these colonies, established a board of commissioners, with unconstitutional powers, and extended the jurisdiction of courts of admiralty, not only for collecting the said duties, but for the trial of causes merely arising within the body of a county:

And whereas, in consequence of other statutes, judges, who before held only estates at will in their offices, have been made dependent on the crown alone for their salaries, and standing armies kept in times of peace:

And whereas it has lately been resolved in parliament, that by force of a statute, made in the thirty-fifth year of the reign of King Henry the Eighth, colonists may be transported to England, and tried there upon accusations for treasons and misprisions, or concealments of treasons committed in the colonies [ read the National Defense Authorization Act enacted into law by Barack Obama], and by a late statute, such trials have been directed in cases therein mentioned:

And whereas, in the last session of parliament, three statutes were made; one entitled, “An act to discontinue, in such manner and for such time as are therein mentioned, the landing and discharging, lading, or shipping of goods, wares and merchandise, at the town, and within the harbour of Boston, in the province of Massachusetts-Bay in New England; — another entitled, “An act for the better regulating the government of the province of Massachusetts-Bay in New England; — and another entitled, “An act for the impartial administration of justice, in the cases of persons questioned for any act done by them in the execution of the law, or for the suppression of riots and tumults, in the province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New England; — and another statute was then made, “for making more effectual provision for the government of the province of Quebec, etc. — All which statutes are impolitic, unjust, and cruel, as well as unconstitutional, and most dangerous and destructive of American rights:

And whereas, assemblies have been frequently dissolved, contrary to the rights of the people, when they attempted to deliberate on grievances; and their dutiful, humble, loyal, and reasonable petitions to the crown for redress, have been repeatedly treated with contempt, by his Majesty’s ministers of state: The good people of the several colonies of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, Newcastle, Kent, and Sussex on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina and South-Carolina, justly alarmed at these arbitrary proceedings of parliament and administration, have severally elected, constituted, and appointed deputies to meet, and sit in general Congress, in the city of Philadelphia, in order to obtain such establishment, as that their religion, laws, and liberties, may not be subverted: Whereupon the deputies so appointed being now assembled, in a full and free representation of these colonies, taking into their most serious consideration, the best means of attaining the ends aforesaid, do, in the first place, as Englishmen, their ancestors in like cases have usually done, for asserting and vindicating their rights and liberties, DECLARE,

That the inhabitants of the English colonies in North-America, by the immutable laws of nature, the principles of the English constitution, and the several charters or compacts, have the following RIGHTS:

Resolved, N.C.D. 1. That they are entitled to life, liberty and property: and they have never ceded to any foreign power whatever, a right to dispose of either without their consent.

Resolved, N.C.D. 2. That our ancestors, who first settled these colonies, were at the time of their emigration from the mother country, entitled to all the rights, liberties, and immunities of free and natural-born* subjects, within the realm of England.

[*The term “Natural-born” has always been considered to be those born on the soil of a nation to parents who were citizens of that nation – this is fodder for yet another blog].

Resolved, N.C.D. 3.That by such emigration they by no means forfeited, surrendered, or lost any of those rights, but that they were, and their descendants now are, entitled to the exercise and enjoyment of all such of them, as their local and other circumstances enable them to exercise and enjoy.

Resolved, N.C.D. 4. That the foundation of English liberty, and of all free government, is a right in the people to participate in their legislative council: and as the English colonists are not represented, and from their local and other circumstances, cannot properly be represented in the British parliament, they are entitled to a free and exclusive power of legislation in their several provincial legislatures, where their right of representation can alone be preserved, in all cases of taxation and internal polity, subject only to the negative of their sovereign, in such manner as has been heretofore used and accustomed: But, from the necessity of the case, and a regard to the mutual interest of both countries, we cheerfully consent to the operation of such acts of the British parliament, as are bonfide, restrained to the regulation of our external commerce, for the purpose of securing the commercial advantages of the whole empire to the mother country, and the commercial benefits of its respective members; excluding every idea of taxation internal or external, for raising a revenue on the subjects, in America, without their consent.

Resolved, N.C.D. 5. That the respective colonies are entitled to the common law ofEngland, and more especially to the great and inestimable privilege of being tried by their peers of the vicinage, according to the course of that law.

Resolved, N.C.D. 6. That they are entitled to the benefit of such of the English statutes, as existed at the time of their colonization; and which they have, by experience, respectively found to be applicable to their several local and other circumstances.

Resolved, N.C.D. 7. That these, his Majesty’s colonies, are likewise entitled to all the immunities and privileges granted and confirmed to them by royal charters, or secured by their several codes of provincial laws.

Resolved, N.C.D. 8. That they have a right peaceably to assemble, consider of their grievances, and petition the king; and that all prosecutions, prohibitory proclamations, and commitments for the same, are illegal.

Resolved, N.C.D. 9. That the keeping a standing army in these colonies, in times of peace, without the consent of the legislature of that colony, in which such army is kept, is against law.

Resolved, N.C.D. 10. It is indispensably necessary to good government, and rendered essential by the English constitution, that the constituent branches of the legislature be independent of each other; that, therefore, the exercise of legislative power in several colonies, by a council appointed, during pleasure, by the crown, is unconstitutional, dangerous and destructive to the freedom of American legislation.

All and each of which the aforesaid deputies, in behalf of themselves, and their constituents, do claim, demand, and insist on, as their indubitable rights and liberties, which cannot be legally taken from them, altered or abridged by any power whatever, without their own consent, by their representatives in their several provincial legislature.

In the course of our inquiry, we find many infringements and violations of the foregoing rights, which, from an ardent desire, that harmony and mutual intercourse of affection and interest may be restored, we pass over for the present, and proceed to state such acts and measures as have been adopted since the last war, which demonstrate a system formed to enslave America.

Resolved, N.C.D. 11. That the following acts of parliament are infringements and violations of the rights of the colonists; and that the repeal of them is essentially necessary, in order to restore harmony betweenGreat Britainand the American colonies, viz.

The several acts of Geo. III. ch. 15, and ch. 34.-5 Geo. III. ch.25.-6 Geo. ch. 52.-7 Geo.III. ch. 41 and ch. 46.-8 Geo. III. ch. 22. which impose duties for the purpose of raising a revenue in America, extend the power of the admiralty courts beyond their ancient limits, deprive the American subject of trial by jury, authorize the judges certificate to indemnify the prosecutor from damages, that he might otherwise be liable to, requiring oppressive security from a claimant of ships and goods seized, before he shall be allowed to defend his property, and are subversive of American rights.

Also 12 Geo. III. ch. 24, entitled, “An act for the better securing his majesty’s dockyards, magazines, ships, ammunition, and stores, — which declares a new offence in America, and deprives the American subject of a constitutional trial by jury of the vicinage, by authorizing the trial of any person, charged with the committing any offence described in the said act, out of the realm, to be indicted and tried for the same in any shire or county within the realm. Also the three acts passed in the last session of parliament, for stopping the port and blocking up the harbour of Boston, for altering the charter and government of Massachusetts-Bay, and that which is entitled, “An act for the better administration of justice, etc.—

Also the act passed in the same session for establishing the Roman Catholic religion, in the province of Quebec, abolishing the equitable system of English laws, and erecting a tyranny there, to the great danger (from so total a dissimilarity of religion, law and government) of the neighboring British colonies, by the assistance of whose blood and treasure the said country was conquered from France.

Also the act passed in the same session, for the better providing suitable quarters for officers and soldiers in his majesty’s service, in North-America.

Also, that the keeping a standing army in several of these colonies, in time of peace, without the consent of the legislature of that colony, in which such army is kept, is against law.

To these grievous acts and measures, Americans cannot submit, but in hopes their fellow subjects inGreat Britainwill, on a revision of them, restore us to that state, in which both countries found happiness and prosperity, we have for the present, only resolved to pursue the following peaceable measures:

1. To enter into a non-importation, non-consumption, and non-exportation agreement or association.

2. To prepare an address to the people of Great-Britain, and a memorial to the inhabitants ofBritish America: and

3. To prepare a loyal address to his majesty, agreeable to resolutions already entered into.

Signed, PEYTONRANDOLPH, President.

The Founding Fathers were considered to be traitors to England. They established their right to separate themselves from the rule of the English throne when these resolves were followed by the Declaration of Independence –

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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,Libertyand the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — 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. 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; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

As Judge Andrew Napolitano likes to point out, the Declaration of Independence is Page 1 of Volume 1 of the Congressional Record (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=001/llsl001.db&recNum=124).

July 9, 1778 – And then the “Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union” were entered into record on July 9, 1778, whereas it was determined that:

Article 1. The style of this confederacy shall be “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”

Article 2. Each State retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this confederation, expressly delegated to theUnited States, in Congress assembled.

Article 3. The said States [the 13 original colonies so named as New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia[ hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defence, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretence whatever………..

Considered too weak of a document to protect the interests of this fledgling country, they wrote the Constitution (beginning May, 1787), after securing liberty fromEnglandat the end of the Revolutionary War (Sept. 3, 1783), their intention was to protect the citizens of this newly established country from the tyranny of an oppressive government.

The Constitution was signed on Sept 17, 1787, ratified on June 21, 1788, and theUSgovernment became officially operational on March 4, 1789.

The memory of the opposition to tyranny was fresh in the minds of those who wrote the Constitution and formed our government. They started out with this statement:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. – Preamble to the Constitution

You could say we’ve come a long way, baby, since then. We have perfected mistakes that were not, for whatever debatable reasons, addressed in those early days, and are not to be addressed here (e.g. slavery).

Flash forward to 9/11/2001 – George Bush enacts the Patriot Act, Oct 26, 2001, as a result of a terrorist attack on USsoil. See – http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c107:4:./temp/~c107dPQpKh::

The liberals are up in arms.

Flash forward to 2012 – Just in the past year, we have seen the enactment of the “National Defense Authorization Act” and the National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order. Now the Conservatives are up in arms and the liberals are silent.

Why?

Does anyone remember when Barack Obama said – “…..We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded……”  Barack Obama, July 2, 2008

Now read his executive order and tell me if that is not what you see – read this executive order and tell me if this does not give the government complete control over all aspects of our lives – does it not say to you that the government is preparing to confiscate all private resources they deem able to support their goals (not ours) – does it not tell you they are planning on a national emergency? And what is considered a National Emergency? Who makes the determination that there is one? Is it in case the economy collapses because we have borrowed our way into infinity? What scenario was Obama thinking of when he wrote this? You tell me because this “most transparent government” ever is proving to be anything but that …….

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 16, 2012 Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness

EXECUTIVE ORDER

NATIONAL DEFENSE RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (50 U.S.C. App. 2061 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

PART I  –  PURPOSE, POLICY, AND IMPLEMENTATION

Section 101.  Purpose.  This order delegates authorities and addresses national defense resource policies and programs under the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (the “Act”).

Sec. 102.  Policy.  TheUnited Statesmust have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency.  The domestic industrial and technological base is the foundation for national defense preparedness.  The authorities provided in the Act shall be used to strengthen this base and to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of theUnited States.

Sec. 103.  General Functions.  Executive departments and agencies (agencies) responsible for plans and programs relating to national defense (as defined in section 801(j) of this order), or for resources and services needed to support such plans and programs, shall:

(a)  identify requirements for the full spectrum of emergencies, including essential military and civilian demand;

(b)  assess on an ongoing basis the capability of the domestic industrial and technological base to satisfy requirements in peacetime and times of national emergency, specifically evaluating the availability of the most critical resource and production sources, including subcontractors and suppliers, materials, skilled labor, and professional and technical personnel;

(c)  be prepared, in the event of a potential threat to the security of the United States, to take actions necessary to ensure the availability of adequate resources and production capability, including services and critical technology, for national defense requirements;

(d)  improve the efficiency and responsiveness of the domestic industrial base to support national defense requirements; and

(e)  foster cooperation between the defense and commercial sectors for research and development and for acquisition of materials, services, components, and equipment to enhance industrial base efficiency and responsiveness.

Sec. 104.  Implementation.  (a)  The National Security Council and Homeland Security Council, in conjunction with the National Economic Council, shall serve as the integrated policymaking forum for consideration and formulation of national defense resource preparedness policy and shall make recommendations to the President on the use of authorities under the Act.

(b)  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall:

(1)  advise the President on issues of national defense resource preparedness and on the use of the authorities and functions delegated by this order;

(2)  provide for the central coordination of the plans and programs incident to authorities and functions delegated under this order, and provide guidance to agencies assigned functions under this order, developed in consultation with such agencies; and

(3)  report to the President periodically concerning all program activities conducted pursuant to this order.

(c)  The Defense Production Act Committee, described in section 701 of this order, shall:

(1)  in a manner consistent with section 2(b) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2062(b), advise the President through the Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy on the effective use of the authorities under the Act; and

(2)  prepare and coordinate an annual report to the Congress pursuant to section 722(d) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2171(d).

(d)  The Secretary of Commerce, in cooperation with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and other agencies, shall:

(1)  analyze potential effects of national emergencies on actual production capability, taking into account the entire production system, including shortages of resources, and develop recommended preparedness measures to strengthen capabilities for production increases in national emergencies; and

(2)  perform industry analyses to assess capabilities of the industrial base to support the national defense, and develop policy recommendations to improve the international competitiveness of specific domestic industries and their abilities to meet national defense program needs.

PART II  –  PRIORITIES AND ALLOCATIONS

Sec. 201.  Priorities and Allocations Authorities.  (a)  The authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071, to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, is delegated to the following agency heads:

(1)  the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;

(2)  the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;

(3)  the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;

(4)  the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;

(5)  the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and

(6)  the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials.

(b)  The Secretary of each agency delegated authority under subsection (a) of this section (resource departments) shall plan for and issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources and establish standards and procedures by which the authority shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions.  Each Secretary shall authorize the heads of other agencies, as appropriate, to place priority ratings on contracts and orders for materials, services, and facilities needed in support of programs approved under section 202 of this order.

(c)  Each resource department shall act, as necessary and appropriate, upon requests for special priorities assistance, as defined by section 801(l) of this order, in a time frame consistent with the urgency of the need at hand.  In situations where there are competing program requirements for limited resources, the resource department shall consult with the Secretary who made the required determination under section 202 of this order.  Such Secretary shall coordinate with and identify for the resource department which program requirements to prioritize on the basis of operational urgency.  In situations involving more than one Secretary making such a required determination under section 202 of this order, the Secretaries shall coordinate with and identify for the resource department which program requirements should receive priority on the basis of operational urgency.

(d)  If agreement cannot be reached between two such Secretaries, then the issue shall be referred to the President through the Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor and the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.

(e)  The Secretary of each resource department, when necessary, shall make the finding required under section 101(b) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071(b).  This finding shall be submitted for the President’s approval through the Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor and the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.  Upon such approval, the Secretary of the resource department that made the finding may use the authority of section 101(a) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071(a), to control the general distribution of any material (including applicable services) in the civilian market.

Sec. 202.  Determinations.  Except as provided in section 201(e) of this order, the authority delegated by section 201 of this order may be used only to support programs that have been determined in writing as necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense:

(a)  by the Secretary of Defense with respect to military production and construction, military assistance to foreign nations, military use of civil transportation, stockpiles managed by the Department of Defense, space, and directly related activities;

(b)  by the Secretary of Energy with respect to energy production and construction, distribution and use, and directly related activities; and

(c)  by the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to all other national defense programs, including civil defense and continuity of Government.

Sec. 203.  Maximizing Domestic Energy Supplies.  The authorities of the President under section 101(c)(1) (2) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071(c)(1) (2), are delegated to the Secretary of Commerce, with the exception that the authority to make findings that materials (including equipment), services, and facilities are critical and essential, as described in section 101(c)(2)(A) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071(c)(2)(A), is delegated to the Secretary of Energy.

Sec. 204.  Chemical and Biological Warfare.  The authority of the President conferred by section 104(b) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2074(b), is delegated to the Secretary of Defense.  This authority may not be further delegated by the Secretary.

PART III  –  EXPANSION OF PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY AND SUPPLY

Sec. 301.  Loan Guarantees.  (a)  To reduce current or projected shortfalls of resources, critical technology items, or materials essential for the national defense, the head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense, as defined in section 801(h) of this order, is authorized pursuant to section 301 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2091, to guarantee loans by private institutions.

(b)  Each guaranteeing agency is designated and authorized to:  (1) act as fiscal agent in the making of its own guarantee contracts and in otherwise carrying out the purposes of section 301 of the Act; and (2) contract with any Federal Reserve Bank to assist the agency in serving as fiscal agent.

(c)  Terms and conditions of guarantees under this authority shall be determined in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  The guaranteeing agency is authorized, following such consultation, to prescribe:  (1) either specifically or by maximum limits or otherwise, rates of interest, guarantee and commitment fees, and other charges which may be made in connection with such guarantee contracts; and (2) regulations governing the forms and procedures (which shall be uniform to the extent practicable) to be utilized in connection therewith.

Sec. 302.  Loans.  To reduce current or projected shortfalls of resources, critical technology items, or materials essential for the national defense, the head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense is delegated the authority of the President under section 302 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2092, to make loans thereunder.  Terms and conditions of loans under this authority shall be determined in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Director of OMB.

Sec. 303.  Additional Authorities.  (a)  To create, maintain, protect, expand, or restore domestic industrial base capabilities essential for the national defense, the head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense is delegated the authority of the President under section 303 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2093, to make provision for purchases of, or commitments to purchase, an industrial resource or a critical technology item for Government use or resale, and to make provision for the development of production capabilities, and for the increased use of emerging technologies in security program applications, and to enable rapid transition of emerging technologies.

(b)  Materials acquired under section 303 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2093, that exceed the needs of the programs under the Act may be transferred to the National Defense Stockpile, if, in the judgment of the Secretary of Defense as the National Defense Stockpile Manager, such transfers are in the public interest.

Sec. 304.  Subsidy Payments.  To ensure the supply of raw or nonprocessed materials from high cost sources, or to ensure maximum production or supply in any area at stable prices of any materials in light of a temporary increase in transportation cost, the head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense is delegated the authority of the President under section 303(c) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2093(c), to make subsidy payments, after consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Director of OMB.

Sec. 305.  Determinations and Findings.  (a)  Pursuant to budget authority provided by an appropriations act in advance for credit assistance under section 301 or 302 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2091, 2092, and consistent with the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, as amended (FCRA), 2 U.S.C. 661 et seq., the head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense is delegated the authority to make the determinations set forth in sections 301(a)(2) and 302(b)(2) of the Act, in consultation with the Secretary making the required determination under section 202 of this order; provided, that such determinations shall be made after due consideration of the provisions of OMB Circular A 129 and the credit subsidy score for the relevant loan or loan guarantee as approved by OMB pursuant to FCRA.

(b)  Other than any determination by the President under section 303(a)(7)(b) of the Act, the head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense is delegated the authority to make the required determinations, judgments, certifications, findings, and notifications defined under section 303 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2093, in consultation with the Secretary making the required determination under section 202 of this order.

Sec. 306.  Strategic and Critical Materials.  The Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of the Interior in consultation with the Secretary of Defense as the National Defense Stockpile Manager, are each delegated the authority of the President under section 303(a)(1)(B) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2093(a)(1)(B), to encourage the exploration, development, and mining of strategic and critical materials and other materials.

Sec. 307.  Substitutes.  The head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense is delegated the authority of the President under section 303(g) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2093(g), to make provision for the development of substitutes for strategic and critical materials, critical components, critical technology items, and other resources to aid the national defense.

Sec. 308.  Government-Owned Equipment.  The head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense is delegated the authority of the President under section 303(e) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2093(e), to:

(a)  procure and install additional equipment, facilities, processes, or improvements to plants, factories, and other industrial facilities owned by the Federal Government and to procure and install Government owned equipment in plants, factories, or other industrial facilities owned by private persons;

(b)  provide for the modification or expansion of privately owned facilities, including the modification or improvement of production processes, when taking actions under sections 301, 302, or 303 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2091, 2092, 2093; and

(c)  sell or otherwise transfer equipment owned by the Federal Government and installed under section 303(e) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2093(e), to the owners of such plants, factories, or other industrial facilities.

Sec. 309.  Defense Production Act Fund.  The Secretary of Defense is designated the Defense Production Act Fund Manager, in accordance with section 304(f) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2094(f), and shall carry out the duties specified in section 304 of the Act, in consultation with the agency heads having approved, and appropriated funds for, projects under title III of the Act.

Sec. 310.  Critical Items.  The head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense is delegated the authority of the President under section 107(b)(1) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2077(b)(1), to take appropriate action to ensure that critical components, critical technology items, essential materials, and industrial resources are available from reliable sources when needed to meet defense requirements during peacetime, graduated mobilization, and national emergency.  Appropriate action may include restricting contract solicitations to reliable sources, restricting contract solicitations to domestic sources (pursuant to statutory authority), stockpiling critical components, and developing substitutes for critical components or critical technology items.

Sec. 311.  Strengthening Domestic Capability.  The head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense is delegated the authority of the President under section 107(a) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2077(a), to utilize the authority of title III of the Act or any other provision of law to provide appropriate incentives to develop, maintain, modernize, restore, and expand the productive capacities of domestic sources for critical components, critical technology items, materials, and industrial resources essential for the execution of the national security strategy of the United States.

Sec. 312.  Modernization of Equipment.  The head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense, in accordance with section 108(b) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2078(b), may utilize the authority of title III of the Act to guarantee the purchase or lease of advance manufacturing equipment, and any related services with respect to any such equipment for purposes of the Act.  In considering title III projects, the head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense shall provide a strong preference for proposals submitted by a small business supplier or subcontractor in accordance with section 108(b)(2) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2078(b)(2).

PART IV  –  VOLUNTARY AGREEMENTS AND ADVISORY COMMITTEES

Sec. 401.  Delegations.  The authority of the President under sections 708(c) and (d) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2158(c), (d), is delegated to the heads of agencies otherwise delegated authority under this order.  The status of the use of such delegations shall be furnished to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Sec. 402.  Advisory Committees.  The authority of the President under section 708(d) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2158(d), and delegated in section 401 of this order (relating to establishment of advisory committees) shall be exercised only after consultation with, and in accordance with, guidelines and procedures established by the Administrator of General Services.

Sec. 403.  Regulations.  The Secretary of Homeland Security, after approval of the Attorney General, and after consultation by the Attorney General with the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, shall promulgate rules pursuant to section 708(e) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2158(e), incorporating standards and procedures by which voluntary agreements and plans of action may be developed and carried out.  Such rules may be adopted by other agencies to fulfill the rulemaking requirement of section 708(e) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2158(e).

PART V  –  EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONNEL

Sec. 501.  National Defense Executive Reserve.  (a) In accordance with section 710(e) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2160(e), there is established in the executive branch a National Defense Executive Reserve (NDER) composed of persons of recognized expertise from various segments of the private sector and from Government (except full time Federal employees) for training for employment in executive positions in the Federal Government in the event of a national defense emergency.

(b)  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall issue necessary guidance for the NDER program, including appropriate guidance for establishment, recruitment, training, monitoring, and activation of NDER units and shall be responsible for the overall coordination of the NDER program.  The authority of the President under section 710(e) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2160(e), to determine periods of national defense emergency is delegated to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

(c)  The head of any agency may implement section 501(a) of this order with respect to NDER operations in such agency.

(d)  The head of each agency with an NDER unit may exercise the authority under section 703 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2153, to employ civilian personnel when activating all or a part of its NDER unit.  The exercise of this authority shall be subject to the provisions of sections 501(e) and (f) of this order and shall not be redelegated.

(e)  The head of an agency may activate an NDER unit, in whole or in part, upon the written determination of the Secretary of Homeland Security that an emergency affecting the national defense exists and that the activation of the unit is necessary to carry out the emergency program functions of the agency.

(f)  Prior to activating the NDER unit, the head of the agency shall notify, in writing, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism of the impending activation.

Sec. 502.  Consultants.  The head of each agency otherwise delegated functions under this order is delegated the authority of the President under sections 710(b) and (c) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2160(b), (c), to employ persons of outstanding experience and ability without compensation and to employ experts, consultants, or organizations.  The authority delegated by this section may not be redelegated.

PART VI  –  LABOR REQUIREMENTS

Sec. 601.  Secretary of Labor.  (a)  The Secretary of Labor, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of other agencies, as deemed appropriate by the Secretary of Labor, shall:

(1)  collect and maintain data necessary to make a continuing appraisal of the Nation’s workforce needs for purposes of national defense;

(2)  upon request by the Director of Selective Service, and in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, assist the Director of Selective Service in development of policies regulating the induction and deferment of persons for duty in the armed services;

(3)  upon request from the head of an agency with authority under this order, consult with that agency with respect to:  (i) the effect of contemplated actions on labor demand and utilization; (ii) the relation of labor demand to materials and facilities requirements; and (iii) such other matters as will assist in making the exercise of priority and allocations functions consistent with effective utilization and distribution of labor;

(4)  upon request from the head of an agency with authority under this order:  (i) formulate plans, programs, and policies for meeting the labor requirements of actions to be taken for national defense purposes; and (ii) estimate training needs to help address national defense requirements and promote necessary and appropriate training programs; and

(5)  develop and implement an effective labor management relations policy to support the activities and programs under this order, with the cooperation of other agencies as deemed appropriate by the Secretary of Labor, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the National Mediation Board, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

(b)  All agencies shall cooperate with the Secretary of Labor, upon request, for the purposes of this section, to the extent permitted by law.

PART VII  –  DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT COMMITTEE

Sec. 701.  The Defense Production Act Committee.  (a)  The Defense Production Act Committee (Committee) shall be composed of the following members, in accordance with section 722(b) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2171(b):

(1)   The Secretary of State;

(2)   The Secretary of the Treasury;

(3)   The Secretary of Defense;

(4)   The Attorney General;

(5)   The Secretary of the Interior;

(6)   The Secretary of Agriculture;

(7)   The Secretary of Commerce;

(8)   The Secretary of Labor;

(9)   The Secretary of Health and Human Services;

(10)  The Secretary of Transportation;

(11)  The Secretary of Energy;

(12)  The Secretary of Homeland Security;

(13)  The Director of National Intelligence;

(14)  The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency;

(15)  The Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers;

(16)  The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and

(17)  The Administrator of General Services.

(b)  The Director of OMB and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall be invited to participate in all Committee meetings and activities in an advisory role.  The Chairperson, as designated by the President pursuant to section 722 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2171, may invite the heads of other agencies or offices to participate in Committee meetings and activities in an advisory role, as appropriate.

Sec. 702.  Offsets.  The Secretary of Commerce shall prepare and submit to the Congress the annual report required by section 723 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2172, in consultation with the Secretaries of State, the Treasury, Defense, and Labor, the United States Trade Representative, the Director of National Intelligence, and the heads of other agencies as appropriate.  The heads of agencies shall provide the Secretary of Commerce with such information as may be necessary for the effective performance of this function.

PART VIII  –  GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 801.  Definitions.  In addition to the definitions in section 702 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2152, the following definitions apply throughout this order:

(a)  “Civil transportation” includes movement of persons and property by all modes of transportation in interstate, intrastate, or foreign commerce within the United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia, and related public storage and warehousing, ports, services, equipment and facilities, such as transportation carrier shop and repair facilities.  “Civil transportation” also shall include direction, control, and coordination of civil transportation capacity regardless of ownership.  “Civil transportation” shall not include transportation owned or controlled by the Department of Defense, use of petroleum and gas pipelines, and coal slurry pipelines used only to supply energy production facilities directly.

(b)  “Energy” means all forms of energy including petroleum, gas (both natural and manufactured), electricity, solid fuels (including all forms of coal, coke, coal chemicals, coal liquification, and coal gasification), solar, wind, other types of renewable energy, atomic energy, and the production, conservation, use, control, and distribution (including pipelines) of all of these forms of energy.

(c)  “Farm equipment” means equipment, machinery, and repair parts manufactured for use on farms in connection with the production or preparation for market use of food resources.

(d)  “Fertilizer” means any product or combination of products that contain one or more of the elements nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium for use as a plant nutrient.

(e)  “Food resources” means all commodities and products, (simple, mixed, or compound), or complements to such commodities or products, that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals, irrespective of other uses to which such commodities or products may be put, at all stages of processing from the raw commodity to the products thereof in vendible form for human or animal consumption.  “Food resources” also means potable water packaged in commercially marketable containers, all starches, sugars, vegetable and animal or marine fats and oils, seed, cotton, hemp, and flax fiber, but does not mean any such material after it loses its identity as an agricultural commodity or agricultural product.

(f)  “Food resource facilities” means plants, machinery, vehicles (including on farm), and other facilities required for the production, processing, distribution, and storage (including cold storage) of food resources, and for the domestic distribution of farm equipment and fertilizer (excluding transportation thereof).

(g)  “Functions” include powers, duties, authority, responsibilities, and discretion.

(h)  “Head of each agency engaged in procurement for the national defense” means the heads of the Departments of State, Justice, the Interior, and Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the General Services Administration, and all other agencies with authority delegated under section 201 of this order.

(i)  “Health resources” means drugs, biological products, medical devices, materials, facilities, health supplies, services and equipment required to diagnose, mitigate or prevent the impairment of, improve, treat, cure, or restore the physical or mental health conditions of the population.

(j)  “National defense” means programs for military and energy production or construction, military or critical infrastructure assistance to any foreign nation, homeland security, stockpiling, space, and any directly related activity.  Such term includes emergency preparedness activities conducted pursuant to title VI of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5195 et seq., and critical infrastructure protection and restoration.

(k)  “Offsets” means compensation practices required as a condition of purchase in either government to government or commercial sales of defense articles and/or defense services as defined by the Arms Export Control Act, 22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq., and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, 22 C.F.R. 120.1 130.17.

(l)  “Special priorities assistance” means action by resource departments to assist with expediting deliveries, placing rated orders, locating suppliers, resolving production or delivery conflicts between various rated orders, addressing problems that arise in the fulfillment of a rated order or other action authorized by a delegated agency, and determining the validity of rated orders.

(m)  “Strategic and critical materials” means materials (including energy) that (1) would be needed to supply the military, industrial, and essential civilian needs of the United States during a national emergency, and (2) are not found or produced in the United States in sufficient quantities to meet such need and are vulnerable to the termination or reduction of the availability of the material.

(n)  “Water resources” means all usable water, from all sources, within the jurisdiction of the United States, that can be managed, controlled, and allocated to meet emergency requirements, except “water resources” does not include usable water that qualifies as “food resources.”

Sec. 802.  General.  (a)  Except as otherwise provided in section 802(c) of this order, the authorities vested in the President by title VII of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2151 et seq., are delegated to the head of each agency in carrying out the delegated authorities under the Act and this order, by the Secretary of Labor in carrying out part VI of this order, and by the Secretary of the Treasury in exercising the functions assigned in Executive Order 11858, as amended.

(b)  The authorities that may be exercised and performed pursuant to section 802(a) of this order shall include:

(1)  the power to redelegate authorities, and to authorize the successive redelegation of authorities to agencies, officers, and employees of the Government; and

(2)  the power of subpoena under section 705 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2155, with respect to (i) authorities delegated in parts II, III, and section 702 of this order, and (ii) the functions assigned to the Secretary of the Treasury in Executive Order 11858, as amended, provided that the subpoena power referenced in subsections (i) and (ii) shall be utilized only after the scope and purpose of the investigation, inspection, or inquiry to which the subpoena relates have been defined either by the appropriate officer identified in section 802(a) of this order or by such other person or persons as the officer shall designate.

(c)  Excluded from the authorities delegated by section 802(a) of this order are authorities delegated by parts IV and V of this order, authorities in section 721 and 722 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2170 2171, and the authority with respect to fixing compensation under section 703 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2153.

Sec. 803.  Authority.  (a)  Executive Order 12919 of June 3, 1994, and sections 401(3) (4) of Executive Order 12656 of November 18, 1988, are revoked.  All other previously issued orders, regulations, rulings, certificates, directives, and other actions relating to any function affected by this order shall remain in effect except as they are inconsistent with this order or are subsequently amended or revoked under proper authority.  Nothing in this order shall affect the validity or force of anything done under previous delegations or other assignment of authority under the Act.

(b)  Nothing in this order shall affect the authorities assigned under Executive Order 11858 of May 7, 1975, as amended, except as provided in section 802 of this order.

(c)  Nothing in this order shall affect the authorities assigned under Executive Order 12472 of April 3, 1984, as amended.

Sec. 804.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect functions of the Director of OMB relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,

         March 16, 2012.

This is a direct assault against our Constitutional rights. This, and so many other tactics are being employed by the leaders of this country, and their minions (Czars, Directors, etc), to create an illusion of disagreements just to keep “We, the People” from joining forces – Tea Partiers, Occupy Wall Streeters, Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, etc – against the destroyers of liberty.

What if “We, the People” refused to allow our liberties to be stolen, refused to stay silent, then what would the government have to do to protect itself?

They would pass bills with nebulous names like the “National Defense Authorization Act” and Executive Orders called the “National Defense Resources Preparedness” Order using legal jargon that is vexing to most citizens who have been led to believe that government knows best and has our best interests at heart. And that is what they have done.

The government has no heart. It has no soul.

“We the People” are the heart and soul of this country. We have got to protect and defend the Constitution, because it is the only protection we have against the dissolution of our rights by a government that is propagated by those who seek nothing more than their own power at the expense of the “governed”.

The act of governing has become a conglomerate of regulations Dictated by liars who will stop at nothing to stay in power.

Never let it be said by anyone that there is anything seditious in my body, not an ounce of my body, not for a millisecond of my life, have I ever, nor will I ever advocate the violent overthrow of the US government through force or without force. I love this country with all my heart and soul, and after God and family, it is my greatest joy to be a part of. We are the greatest country in the world, but this is not because of the government. It is because of the Constitution. And that is what I have vowed to protect and defend. It is time our elected officials and their regulators do the same.

We should force them to explain what the Constitution means to them before we elect them to control our lives. We should hold them accountable to their own words. We should make them explain, in plain English, what the effects of the legislation that they enact can and will do. Unlike Nancy Pelosi who said “we have to pass the bill to find out what is in the bill”, we need to ask them “What are your plans to protect the Constitution of theUnited States?” before we make the fatal mistake of trusting them with our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Calling out the Chaos Creators

The road to Liberty was paved with the blood of Patriots. Men and Women who sought to create their own world based on their own values – to keep the fruits of their own hard labor, to build a life for themselves and their children while keeping the memory of their ancestor’s struggles alive. This was in the hopes of living a life free from the chains of an oppressive government whose actions had left them in the constant state of begging for the right to redress their grievances (e.g. having their voices heard).

Until the Constitution of the United States was written, that right was inconceivable. Very few even dared to think such a thought. It took millennia, one struggle at a time, in every generation, in a multitude of countries and locations around the globe to build up a collective consciousness in order to right the wrongs of the past.

Every struggle, every battle, every war that has ever been fought has been because one group of people have tried to trample on the rights of another group of people. And with every battle won, humanity came closer to the ultimate goal of individual liberty.

With every lesson learned, we came to understand the brutality of the conquest of men’s souls. We must not allow those lessons learned to be lost. We must not allow the race-baiters and the haters to focus on the old mind sets of the past that caused the problem. We must focus on the victories of the outcomes. We must stop dwelling on the mistakes of the past and celebrate the outcome of those victories over tyranny … slavery … oppression ….. Bigotry ….. And torture.

 It is only governments which have had the power to suppress men’s souls and the rights they were given by God. This has been throughout history, by whatever means that have been manifested, be it through theocracies and fear; or legislation which has created the ability of corporations to steal people’s lands; or to take away the dignity of the right to work by creating policies of unequal justice in favor of those who return the favor by lining the coffers of the politicians with gold.

Don’t buy into their incendiary rhetoric. Don’t blame the corporations, the color of one’s skin, or other such distortions for the choices you have made in the past. We are all responsible for our own actions. It is not the fault of the ________ (fill in the blank with the oppressor of the week).

Live your lives like your ancestors did with the taste of freedom on your tongue, with the love of your fellow man in your heart, with the joy of life in your soul, with the goal of success in your actions, and with the good values of a Godly life. Live your life with the hope of a better tomorrow, with the fortitude of a soldier in the battle against dependency and despair.

Stand up for your right to be free. Not free to take what other men have worked for, but free to work for what you have earned in your own right. Free from the shackles imposed on you by those who falsely claim they are trying to protect you.

They are not on your side. They are not trying to help or protect you. They are trying to make you dependent on them in order to help themselves to the fruits of your hard labor. They are only trying to protect themselves from the power of the people as identified in the Constitution. Governments cannot “grant” inalienable rights; governments can only recognize the existence of those rights. Or, as in the past several thousand years of human cognition, they can refuse to recognize those rights. Is that what you want in your future? Do you want to return to the days when you were “subjects”, not citizens? As Jefferson so aptly put it, a government that can grant you a right can also take away that right.

Do you ever wonder why it is their claim that the Constitution is an old, outdated piece of paper, a charter of negative liberties? Do you ever wonder why they claim that those who seek to re-establish the rule of law under its power are “dangerous”? It is because they know that with that power, you will have the understanding, the fortitude, and the tenacity to stand for freedom against the tyranny they wish to impose on you. They have not wanted you to have that knowledge, that history, that level of understanding. They have done everything in their power to deconstruct the foundation of learning by creating departments to monitor and guide your education, and your ability to comprehend the truth. Have you ever wondered why it is that so many children cannot read and write? Cannot hold down a job? Fall into the traps of societal ills such as drugs and violence?

They are trying to keep you from the knowledge of the lessons learned throughout history that government is not the solution. As Ronald Reagan so aptly put it. Government is not the solution. It is the problem.

A smaller, more local, government as based on the 10th amendment scares the living daylights out of those in Washington. Not because they are trying to protect you, but because a less centralized government means they see their own power slipping away.

The politicians have to keep you riled up, hating each other, so they can use you as pawns in their game of chess. As long as you fall victim to their games, the chaos they create allows them to maintain and gain more centralized power. They create dissent with false lines drawn in the sand through creating allegiances to party rather than principal. 

They need to know that we don’t care about their little game anymore. We don’t care about the donkey and the elephant. We don’t care about the “R” and the “D”. Why are they so afraid of the “Tea Party?”. Because we are on to their game. We have awoken out of a deep slumber brought on by the promises of excess and the American Dream.

They know that We, The People, have finally come to realize that we have been too complacent, too lazy, too ignorant, and too oblivious to what they have been doing for us, to us, and around us. They are scrambling like cats on a boat sinking into the abyss, clawing at the deck, trying to climb the mast, before they drown. They are acting like spoiled little children who cannot get their way and proclaim loudly, “I am going to take my toys and go home.”

I say to all you doubters and nay-sayers of personal liberty: We don’t want your vision of America for our children and grandchildren. It is nothing more sinister or simple than that.

You can call us every name in the book, but it will not quiet our resolve.

Call us racist – but you are the only ones who see skin color.

Claim that we are trying to kill grandma – but you are the ones trying to crash the system and bankrupt medicare by your refusal to face the reality of a debt that is incomprehensible to people who cannot even fathom the amount of money being discussed.

Say we want to stop giving senior citizens their social security checks – but you are the ones who created a system that took in less than it gave out by spending money on frivolous and targeted projects to ensure that your own piggy banks were fed.

You are the ones who created the system to give favors to special interests so they pay for your re-election.

We, the People, did not approve of these matters. We just slept through it. Well, we are no longer asleep. We are no longer silent. We will no longer let your name-calling … and your threats …. And your intimidation put us back to sleep.

And so, I would ask those who spew hate from every orifice of their being, “Is that the best you’ve got?”

Do you want to be a part of a vicious cycle of corruption and special interests?

You “R’s and D’s”, the chaos you create by pretending that you are on opposite sides from each other is just the method you use to keep us fighting against each other to further your agenda. Not ours!

Your manipulative tactics will no longer work. We, the People, know that you are both on the same side against US.

You say we want to return to the days before women’s rights and that we hate gays, yet when we try to ensure that Sharia law does not supersede US law, you call us crazy.  Or racist.  Or phobic.

“Political Correctness” has morphed into a tool to keep the citizens in line. It is now used to manipulate instead of to promote civility.

No matter what we try to do, you call us names. You play whatever “card” is convenient to shut us down. You incite fear and hatred in those who have not been taught to think for themselves. You have fed them the pabulum of hate on a spoon made out of fear and dependence. Our country was founded on the “Declaration of Independence”, but you have turned it into the “Declaration of Dependence”. You claim that your laws are for our National Security, but what we see developing is a state of National Insecurity.

You have taken the discipline out of the schools, God out of public life, morals out of society, all in the name of Freedom. You have promised Liberty and served up nothing but sorrow.

You have changed the language so that it is impossible to discern the true meaning of your words and phrases.

You have claimed the word “illegal” now means “undocumented”.

You are so afraid of the truth of your actions that now call wars “contingency operations”.

You are so afraid of offending the offenders that you call terrorists “freedom fighters”.

You have questioned the meaning of the word “is”. And yet you discount the meaning of the words “I AM.”

You have promised Hope, but handed out nothing but despair.

You claim to have our best interests at heart by passing law after law to protect us from ourselves.

You have stolen our lands and called them “National Forests”.

You have shut down our oil wells, and mines, and power plants, and you have called this progress.

You have taken our money and used it to support those who would not otherwise be able to make a living selling their disgusting, hate filled expressions, and you have called it art.

You have sold our children down the river and called it compassion.

You have bankrupted their souls and called it tolerance.

You have created a world in which they do not know how to fend for themselves. You have created a world where the “Blame Game” is the most popular reality show of all.

You have “stimulated” the debt so much so that our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the “n’th” degree will be left at the mercy of other countries that will use that power to steal their freedoms by calling in their notes.

You have created a circle jerk between Hollywood and the Media, where one feeds on the lies and vulgarities of the other, teaching our children that being famous is more important than being wholesome.

You have sold us out. And we are tired of it.

We are the People. We are the “Tea Party”.

And we are tired of the dishonor you have brought upon our ancestors and our country and our flag and our lives.

And we are here to take our country back. Not as a threat. Not with violence. And certainly not back to the days of slavery. Not back to the days of men’s superiority over women, or whites over blacks, or rich over poor.

We are here to take our country back to the values that created this great country; and as time went on, to the lessons that were learned, that molded this great nation, so that the bonds of slavery will never again affect any one race or gender of people.

 Back to the ultimate goal of “Individual Liberty” in the true meaning of the words.

We are the true “Progressives” because we know that to move forward is to stop living in the race-baiting, divisiveness of the past, and to celebrate the victories over the past, in a way to look forward to a better future for all Americans.

It is time that those who love this country and grieve for the loss of the greatness that once was our heritage to stand up and say to the “Chaos Creators” that we will not watch our great country wither away and die before our very eyes.

We welcome everyone into the fold who can pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, to fight against the machine of divisiveness. To those who can see that the “Chaos Creators” are trying to keep us from joining forces by telling us that the other guys are the enemy – come join us in this peaceful, bold, and joint effort to oust those who continue to drag us down by re-living the mistakes of the past.

But, be wary, and when they tell you, “I am a different kind of politician”, next time, ask them what they mean by that!