Stop Voting!

December 31, 2008

Sounds almost treasonous, doesn’t it? But lovers of liberty must consider this very radical action.

This election cycle has become interminably long and boring. The worst possible candidates from the Republican and Democrat parties have floated to the top, much like what you see when you glance down into a toilet bowl.

This situation in which the nation finds itself is not uncommon. The state primaries, caucuses and major party conventions have a long and checkered history of corruption. Primaries, caucuses and conventions have been occurring for scores of decades.

The “political system” virtually guarantees that the most corrupt, the best liars, the most compromising, becomes the presumptive candidate. Both candidates are also the politician of their party most willing to violate the Constitution by continuing an unlawful war, and by initiating and approving the highest amount of unconstitutional Federal spending.

Think about it. McCain, Palin, Obama and Biden. Out of over 300 million people in the United States, these four people are surely not the most qualified, the smartest, the most educated, the most experienced candidates to run the Federal government of the United States, are they?

There’s an old saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” Said another way, “If you want to know what a person values, don’t listen to what they say, only watch what they do.” Think about it. The political system in America is populated with men and women who give lip service to the Constitution, but then go on to vote for every unconstitutional spending bill presented to them. They talk about the virtues of our constitutional republic, and then act to subvert and violate that very system of government.

A pure constitutionalist has no place, and no political base, in America in 2008. Consider the candidacy of Rep. Ron Paul during the Republican primary season. Paul couldn’t get arrested, much less have a legitimate shot at winning or even to be noticed by mainstream media.

So why do I strongly urge you to stop Voting?

1. The illegitimacy of the vote. Look at the situation of paper ballots versus electronic voting. It has been proved beyond doubt that voting machines all across America have been manipulated to change outcomes of elections. In light of the proven fact that you cannot be sure your vote counts, why continue voting?

2. Illegitimacy part II. Consider the incontrovertible facts of national elections…and many times, state and local elections. In 2004, about 125 million people had their votes counted. (Many hundreds of thousands more people actually voted, but their votes did not count for a variety of reasons…don’t get me started!) But elections for decades now break in this statistical fashion:

40% vote Republican

40% vote Democrat

20% undecided are in the middle.

Realistically, the Republican and Democrat voting blocks cancel each other out automatically. So if you’re a registered Republican or Democrat, your vote is wasted. The time you spend voting is wasted. Tell that to all of the people you know who tell you that voting for a third-party candidate is a wasted vote!

It is the 20% in the middle that decides the election. Specifically, 10% plus one vote decides the winner.

Look at the rough numbers from the 2004 Presidential race:

Total votes 125,000,000

Republican 50,000,000

Democrat 50,000,000

Undecided 25,000,000

“Undecided” statistically splits in half:

Winner 12,500,001 (10% plus one vote)

Loser 12,499,999 (10% minus one vote)

So, in a nation of 300 million people, a little over 12 million people, or 4%, actually decide the Presidential election.

The statistics fall much the same in elections in which a candidate identifies with a political party. If you have a local state legislative race where Republicans and Democrats face each other, that race will be decided in much the same way as a national race.

3. Consider that, under Robert’s Rules of Order, an organization holding a vote must have a quorum in place for the vote to be legitimate. But, in American political elections, where’s the quorum?

Presidential candidates regularly consider their election “a mandate from the people.” But think about this: How small would the total number of voters have to be before a candidate would refuse to take office? If 100 million voters stayed away from the polls in November, and only 25 million nationwide voted instead of 125 million…would the winning candidate shun the victory? My gut feeling is that the candidate would still accept the outcome. And why not? There’s NOTHING in the law that I know of that prevents the winner from taking office…a veritable bottomless pit.

With an election system in place in America that is hopelessly corrupt, participation as a voter only encourages those in power…and those seeking power…to continue with the corrupt and illegitimate election system.

So, if you continue voting, you’re part of the problem, not part of the solution.

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Is Christianity The Mother of Harlots?

December 31, 2008

The Christian Church of the 21st century is completely sold out to the State.

I grew up a Baptist kid. (I’m a Christian, but thank God, I’ve been delivered from being Baptist!) I remember hearing sermons on prophecy, and hearing preachers say that the Catholic Church was the woman of Revelation 17:5, called “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth. After 55 years on this planet, and tons of study, I’ve come to believe that it is the whole of the organized Christian church . . . Christendom . . . that is that prophetic Woman.

I think back to God’s commandments to His children when they entered the Promised Land. He explicitly commanded them not to study the religions of the pagan nations and tribes around them. God knew that they would follow false gods if they mixed a little paganism into Judaism. Every time the Children of Israel messed around with their neighbors, they drifted off into sin, and God punished them for it.

Christianity began to pander to the State successfully in the 4th Century as it convinced Emperor Constantine to embrace and protect Christianity in the known Roman world. (For a terrific book on the subject, read “When Jesus Become God,” by Richard Rubenstein) From that point in history to this . . . 1700 years later, Christianity has sought the blessing of the King, so to speak. In many instances throughout that time period, distinguishing between the desires of the Church and the State would have been hard to do.

I am reminded of two Scriptures that condemn most of Christianity as it relates to Christianity and the warfare state.

Ezekiel 23: 37-39 “That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them. Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths. For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.”

Here’s how this translates in today’s world.

1. The majority of Christians support a warfare state.

2. Christians give wholehearted support to service in the state’s military, and learn the ways of killing for the state, clearly ignoring one of the Commandments.

3. Christians bestow honor upon military personnel and military service.

4. Christians have church services in which the military and military service is held up to praise and honor.

5. Christians send their sons happily into the military, and offer their sons as sacrifices to the state. If their sons are not killed on duty, and return home alive, they are feted and honored. If they are sent home in a box, the Christian parents mourn and bestow more honor on the child who has been literally sacrificed to the God of the state.

6. The sabbaths and the sanctuaries are profaned when these acts are brought into the church.

Doesn’t that place the State ahead of God and His commandments?

Here’s a thumb poked in the eye of all the “patriot” flagwavers out there. I’ll bet that not one in a million has considered this position.

The superiority of position of the American flag requires that the flag, when displayed on a pole, or in a group of flagpoles, be placed above all other flags. That must mean that the sovereignty of the US Government is superior to all other entities. One is supposed to salute the American flag, and pledge allegiance to it, and to the republic for which is stands.

But what about the position of the flag in the churches of the US?

Christianity in America gives the American flag preeminence on their flagpoles, and in display on their platforms. Haven’t you ever driven past a church and seen a giant American flag displayed outside? They try to outdo each other in their displays of patriotism, which is nothing more than bowing their knees to the god of the State. Christians salute the flag and pledge allegiance to it. They even go so far as protesting when the Pledge of Allegiance to the State is not done in government schools!

I thought that Christians were supposed to swear their allegiance to the King of Kings only. Isn’t there a Commandment in Exodus that says “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”?

If the American flag is displayed and allegiance is sworn to it in an American church, then God Almighty just got shoved into second place.

He hates that . . .

Another nail in the coffin of the Church in America is that most churches organize under the legal entity called a corporation. Without thinking about it, the corporate churches of America have placed themselves at the mercy of, and under the control of, the State and its laws relating to corporations. There’s not a requirement that a church be incorporated in order to be the recipient of tax-exempt status in America. The 501c(3) exemption is a Federal tax code, not a state statute, so every church that uses this part of the tax code is a ward of the Federal government.

Final nail in the Church’s coffin is its desire . . . even its perceived entitlement . . . of tax exempt status in America. Why should churches be tax exempt? Isn’t the tax exemption bestowed on churches just one more way that the tax code is perverted to encourage certain behavior approved by the State?

Here’s the other Scripture that condemns the whole of Christianity, and it touches areas like Sabbath-keeping, celebrating Christmas and Easter, forsaking the Feast days in the Old Testament, personal behavior (such as smoking, drinking, gambling, cinema, etc.) and prophecy.

Mark 7: 6-9 “He answered and said unto them, well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandments of God, ye hold the traditions of men, as the washing of pots and cups; and many other such like things ye do. (adding v. 13) Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”

True Biblical Christianity would be unrecognizable by today’s Church. They don’t even resemble one another.

The Christian Church of the early 21st century preaches liberty, but practices slavery.


Gun Control and the Well-Regulated Militia

December 31, 2008

Gun control is today’s subject. The issue has thankfully dropped from the radar screen in the aftermath of September 11th. However, those who would outlaw gun ownership are undaunted and patient. They know that another school shooting or mass murder will eventually occur in the United States, and that event will propel this issue back onto the front pages and lead stories in the news media. So, let us examine the issue of gun control in light of history and a strict interpretation of the Constitution.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.

Any State with a well regulated Militia would be capable of defending itself from Federal tyranny. Over the past two hundred years, the individual States have forgotten that their security as a free State relies upon a well regulated Militia. The first two phrases in the Amendment shed light on today’s power structure in the United States. The Federal government now has standing armies, navies and an air force that far outnumbers any state militia. So, state sovereignty has been destroyed. Now states are more like counties…no sovereignty, only slave territories of a cancer-ridden Federal system.

Let’s consider the definition of the word “arms”.

The Second Amendment does not define the word “arms” but leaves it open to definition and expansion in the future. “Arms” were not only firearms, but any weapon that could be used to defend one’s life or property. Why then do the anti-gun advocates only single out firearms as the focus of their desire to disarm Americans? Why not archery equipment, swords, or knives, or sharpened sticks?

Next, let’s look at the word “infringe”. The Webster’s Dictionary defines “infringe” in two ways pertinent to this discussion; from the Latin “infrangere”:(1)”to break; to violate or go beyond the limits of: (2) to encroach upon.” In order to further explain the Second Amendment, the definition of the word “right” must also be considered, and is: “something due to one by law, custom or nature.” The “right” is the thing not to be infringed by government. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson writes of mankind being “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” The definitions above speak directly to rights endowed to humans by natural law, and to the nature of man as a created being subject to God’s authority. These rights were among those enumerated as “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Therefore, the Second Amendment states that the right to keep and bear arms is one that is endowed by our Creator under natural law and shall not be broken, violated or encroached upon. It validates the concept of personal property ownership, in this case one’s own person, and the principle of self-defense.

Many gun control advocates support, and have been successful in the criminalization of the ownership of certain automatic and semi- automatic weapons, the so-called “assault weapons”. They now seek to restrict the ownership of nearly all firearms by private citizens. Yet the issue of advancing technology was not an issue that the framers of the Constitution even considered worthy of mention. These were learned men, and were well aware of the technological improvements that were made in weaponry just in their lifetimes. They knew world history and knew that guns and gunpowder were relative newcomers to the art of war.

But please consider: at the time of the Revolutionary War, did not the Continental armies possess the same technology of armaments as the Redcoats? Yes.

Hadn’t the Colonial citizens owned and used firearms since the early 1600s? Yes!

Did the English soldiers have cartridges for their rifles while the Colonials had only musket and ball? No. Musket, ball and cannon were the leading technologies of the day.

Did only the King have the ability to build ships, forge cannon and cannonball? No. John Paul Jones was a privateer, which is basically a government-sponsored pirate, preying on English ships. His first wartime command was aboard the ship Providence, owned by New England businessman John Brown. The Providence bristled with cannons.

Both of the combatants in the Revolutionary War had the same technology in armaments. The Continental armies consisted of fighting citizens, taking up their rifles and pistols, forging cannon and going to war against superior numbers in the British army and navy, but not against superior weapons.

Therefore, when it came time for the framers of the Constitution to consider the Amendments, they did not even mention the possibility that the private citizen should be prevented from owning the same weapons as the military. Could it be that they considered the threat of government tyranny greater than that of citizens owning military weapons?

One of the beauties of the Constitution is its simplicity. The Second Amendment is written with no ambiguity in clear, simple words. Words have meaning. For decades now, those who would subjugate our citizens with Federal and State tyranny have fought to redefine the words of the Second Amendment. They have been successful in passing unconstitutional laws that do in fact infringe upon our right to keep and bear arms. The framers understood that with freedom comes responsibility, and that the ideas and acts of men have consequences. Yet they entrusted to future generations this simple Amendment. They possessed the foreknowledge that this newly formed government would have the same potential as governments throughout history to decline toward tyranny and totalitarianism.

This Amendment, along with the other original Amendments, were their lasting contribution to the establishment of what would become the mightiest nation in the history of mankind. They planted good seed in fertile ground, and God brought forth a nation from that seed as the people of that nation bowed their knees to His authority over them.

Sadly, this nation is no longer great, as the general populace has ceased bowing their knees to God, and have replaced it with worship of the State.


Dupes, Chumps and Traitors: The American Military

December 31, 2008

The American Military is filled with dupes, chumps and traitors, from the newest recruits to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.

I watched with some perverse amusement as the various media writhed over the Pat Tillman story. For those not familiar with this story, Mr. Tillman left a promising career in the National Football League to become an Army Ranger deployed in Afghanistan. He was killed in action in Afghanistan back in 2004. After a scandalous investigation, it was determined that he was killed by so-called “friendly fire,” which translates into being shot to death by his own fellow soldiers.

The perversity of amusement comes as media wanted desperately to cover this story in a huge way, spotlighting the millions of dollars that Tillman forsook to carry a rifle in a foreign land. And, in their defense, it is a legitimate story that deserved some ink. However, too much fawning over Tillman becomes an insult to the other hundreds of soldiers who were also killed in battle (or stupid training exercises, or “friendly fire”, or bombs blowing their vehicles to smithereens, or suicide, or death as a result of mortal wounds, etc, etc.).

I’ve already read and heard what a patriot Tillman was. I submit that Tillman was an ignorant, uneducated chump who died for nothing. But, he wasn’t alone. All of the rest of the soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan are chumps, too.

There is truth that has been missed entirely in the myriad stories and articles about the Bush wars. I’ve never seen the first article, nor even one sentence written about it.

The subject is the unconstitutionality of the service of the soldier outside the borders of the United States of America. Let me lay the groundwork.

In the Constitution, Article I, Section 8, only Congress is given the power to declare war. There is nothing in the Constitution that permits the Congress to pass a joint resolution, giving away their war powers. Once the Congress has made a formal Declaration of War, it then becomes the responsibility of the President to prosecute that war to the best of his ability, win or lose. Every House and Senate member, as well as the President and VP, swears an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Any action that defies or ignores the Constitution is an act of treason against that Constitution. Remember, the elected representative or executive doesn’t swear to protect the Federal Government nor the American people…….but the Constitution. We all know that we have not seen a formal Declaration of War since 1941, yet tens of thousands of military personnel have died in our undeclared wars around the globe.

What of the oath of enlistment, or the oath of office (for officers) that every soldier takes? Here’s what it says:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

(Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

Notice that, above all, the oath-taker swears to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. He swears true faith and allegiance to the Constitution, not the Commander in Chief. Only after that affirmation does the oath to obey orders of the president and superior officers appear in the body of the oath. A soldier who obeys an order that violates the Constitution commits treason against the Constitution. An officer who issues a direct order that violates the Constitution issues an unlawful order, and the order should be ignored.

I submit to you that a soldier that understands the depth of his oath cannot lawfully and constitutionally follow the orders to deploy to an undeclared war anywhere in the world. Soldiers who truly understood their oath would refuse to obey orders to do so, even if it meant prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Can you imagine what would have happened if tens of thousands of our military personnel would have refused to obey orders to deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan, using as their defense the oath they swore to support and defend the Constitution?

Sadly, these young people have been brainwashed into false patriotism, a sense of misplaced revenge and rah-rah flagwaving, as gallons of testosterone spill over their uninformed minds….and they look for something to kill. The country that they love and fight to defend is made vastly weaker through their false fealty. The are serving the intentions of men and women in elected offices who commit traitorous acts against the Constitution every day that they are in office.

Consequently, when you watch FOX News and see film of gung-ho soldiers telling us how proud they are to “serve”, you know that they know nothing of their oath, nor the Constitution to which they’ve sworn their allegiance. That’s why they are chumps….credulous dupes who die or are maimed for nothing.


Dangerous Liasons

December 31, 2008

My favorite firearm is my Glock Model 21, chambered in .45 caliber. It is my primary carry weapon, and it is seldom more than arm’s length from me. It is perfectly balanced, shoots easily and very accurately.

Remember the Mel Gibson scene in the movie “Lethal Weapon,” where character Sgt. Martin Riggs goes to the gun range and shoots a smiley face on a silhouette target from about 75 feet? My Glock .45 allows me to shoot smiley faces at will.

I’m an insurance claims adjuster by profession. I’ve had a few close calls doing field investigations over the years. Let me tell you three quick stories.

What follows is excerpted from Chapter Eight in my book, “Insurance Claim Secrets REVEALED!”

Friends, I am a firearms enthusiast. I enjoy shooting pistols, rifles and shotguns as a sport. It is very satisfying to be able to hit a paper target from a significant distance. It’s also satisfying to be able to shoot accurately at very close range.

It’s really all about math. Calculating the distance to a target and how to dial in a rifle scope so the bullet hits a target many hundreds of yards away is mathematic in its precision, but there’s still an art to it.

I find myself in remote areas occasionally. I find myself in very dangerous parts of large cities on occasion. These three stories happened early in my claims adjusting career. They are all related to a certain insurance company that insured vacant and foreclosed dwellings.

The first incident happened in a very cold morning in January in Atlanta. I had an assignment to inspect fire damage in an abandoned house in a certain neighborhood in Atlanta not exactly known for its mansions. Because of its location, I figured that if there was anyone using the house for shelter, they’d probably not be awake at 7:30 am. I had a key to the front door. I got to the house and placed my pistol in its holster on my right hip. I picked up my big flashlight, camera and clipboard and headed for the house. I turned the key in the lock and walked in.

I announce loudly that I was a claims adjuster, just in case someone was inside. No answer. I began writing down and photographing the damages I saw. Then, I came to a bedroom door that was mostly closed. The hair on the back of my neck stood up. I pulled my pistol from its holster and kicked the door.

In the middle of the room was what looked like a pile of moving van quilts. But when I shined my light on it, the pile moved. I shouted that I was just a claims adjuster, not a cop, and that I was just looking at damages. The guy under the quilts said “OK”. I took one photo of that room, and backed out all the way to the front door. I got in my car and left.

Next incident was on the other end of the same street, southwest side of Atlanta. This time it was summertime. I was supposed to inspect a vacant old Victorian house. The property sat right next to a national hamburger chain restaurant. I parked my car in the restaurant parking lot and started to gather my stuff. Before I could get out of my car, I saw two men walk out of the front door of the house like they owned the joint. I picked up my cell phone and called Atlanta Police.

I told the 911 operator what I was supposed to do, and that I suspected that more people might be in the house. She dispatched a patrol car to the location, and about five minutes later, the officer pulled his cruiser up next to my car. He said that he would go to the house first and check for squatters. I asked him if he had backup, and he did not. I showed him my permit and my pistol, and offered to back him up. He accepted and we inspected the house. Fortunately, we did not find any other “residents” that day.

The last incident happened that same summer, after a violent storm damaged a foreclosed vacant dwelling in the same neighborhood in southwest Atlanta. I had to inspect the roof for wind damage, so I got my stuff together with my folding ladder and headed for the front of the house.

I stood my ladder up to the eave and climbed up. I began measuring the roof and making a roof diagram. Suddenly, I heard someone shouting to me from the ground. I went over to where the ladder was, and found four teenaged boys at the bottom of my ladder. One of them told me that they would not remove my ladder and leave me on the roof if I’d just toss down my wallet.

So, I slowly reached my right hand back and drew my pistol. I showed it to the friendly young men and suggested that they put some distance between themselves and my ladder. They politely and rapidly obliged, and I did not see them any more that day. I hurried about my business and left.

You might be shocked that I would pull a gun on teenagers. But, I read watch the TV news just like you do, and I know that a teenager with a cheap little handgun can shoot me just as dead as an adult can. I don’t take chances.

I stopped taking assignments from that insurance company. I figured that they didn’t pay me nearly enough to take the chance of getting shot to inspect a vacant house.

And you wonder why some claims adjusters get grumpy after a while?


THE ILLEGITIMACY OF THE US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

December 31, 2008

I recently wrote an article entitled “Stop Voting,” which was about the illegitimacy of the elections systems here in the good ol’ USA. Let’s open this umbrella a little wider.

I’ve been having something of a philosophical evolution of late, and I’m beginning to have seditious thoughts. I don’t know who to speak to about these thoughts, so I am sending them to you in the hope that I’ll get some wisdom in return. Possibly, this article will spark a lively dialogue.

“LEGITIMATE.” Merriam Webster defines the word “legitimate” in five ways.

The first is about birth, so doesn’t apply here. The final definition relates to actors, and doesn’t apply here either. (maybe it does….politicians act like the Constitution matters while they ignore it.) It is the three definitions in the middle with which we’ll concern ourselves today.

The second definition is “being exactly as purposed, neither spurious (counterfeit) nor false.” The original thirteen States of America were founded long before they were united. In fact, the Declaration of Independence uses the uncapitalized word “united”, which was to describe their relation to each other, not to provide a portion of the name of a new nation. The Constitution, ratified in 1789, is the form of government “being exactly as purposed, neither spurious nor false.” Any deviation from that original document must come through the amendment process, given in the very Constitution. All other deviations are illegitimate. Therefore, our present government, which in most instances does not acknowledge the strictures of the Constitution upon it, is both counterfeit and false…so it is illegitimate.
Naturally, all laws enacted by that government which do not acknowledge the strictures of the Constitution, are false and illegitimate.

Wouldn’t it be terrific if every bill introduced into either the House or Senate was REQUIRED to ATTACH the Article and Section of the Constitution under which authority for the bill could be found?
The third definition is “accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements.” Our Federal Government’s legitimacy rests in the Constitution, and it alone. To the extent that the FedGov deviates or simply ignores the Constitution in its machinations, it is both tyrannical and illegitimate. Today, it makes war, spends money, and passes laws illegitimately and unconstitutionally.

The fourth definition is “conforming to recognized principles or accepted rules and standards.” This definition is much fuzzier than the last two. Today, legal precedent is being given greater weight than the underlying law of our nation, which is the Constitution. To embrace this definition is an acceptance of the Secular Humanist philosophy of “situational ethics.”

It also goes along with the philosophy of a “Living Constitution”, in which the founding document is subject to change if only by the edict of a Supreme Court ruling. So, if a rule or standard is “accepted” then it’s legitimate. This is the zeitgeist of today’s Federal Government, and of the majority of the citizens of the USA.

So, let me see if I get this… the Legislative Branch enacts laws, and the Executive Branch approves them, and then the Judicial Branch tells you whether the stuff the first two Branches produce is Constitutional? The Federal Judges are telling the citizens whether it’s OK for the other Branches of the Federal Government to do what they want? Anyone besides me see nine black-robed foxes in the henhouse?
The nation started out with state’s rights, in which each sovereign state decided which Federal laws it would accept and obey. Then, the states kept the Federal government in check. Not so today.

I believe that by simply applying the definitions found above to the myriad ways our Federal Government employees operate in their office, we can easily see that the Federal Government of the United States of America is an illegitimate government. Those elected or appointed to positions in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches are required to swear an oath of office (Article II, Article VI) to support, protect and defend the Constitution. Any of those persons who fail to do so are traitors, and should be arrested and tried in a court of law for their crimes. At the very least, those politicians should be fired or impeached and removed from office.

What are just some of the ways each of the branches violate the Constitution?
Executive:
1. Executive orders and “signing statements”
2. Making war without a Congressional Declaration of War
3. Signing bills into law that are unconstitutional
4. Helping to create entire departments, like Homeland Security, that are unconstitutional
5. Sign annual budgets that spend money unconstitutionally
Legislative:
1. Failure to declare war.
2. Creating legislation with no constitutional basis, violating the Constitution.
3. Authorizing spending on unconstitutional expenditures. Fully 75% of the Federal budget is unconstitutional.
4. Allowing the Federal Reserve to print money and regulate its value.
Judicial:
1. Making rulings that reinterpret the Constitution and do violence to both its overt meaning and its intent.
2. Create new law through its rulings and opinions.

The illegitimate Federal Government funds itself in a number of ways:
1. taxation
2. tariffs
3. borrowing, including bonds
4. printing fiat paper currency
5. inflation of the currency

Based upon this evidence of the illegitimacy of the Federal Government, I ask these questions:

Are we bound by morals to obey illegitimate laws passed by an illegitimate government?

If Canada passed a law that, for example, assessed a $10 per person tax on each US citizen, would US citizens send in their money? Or, would they consider that law, and that government illegitimate…..and ignore it? If they would ignore that law, passed by an illegitimate government, why do the US citizens willingly succumb to thousands of illegitimate laws that affect them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is it because we elected these scoundrels, and feel obligated? Is it simply geographical, in that these tyrants are on our soil?

Are we bound by morals or law to send our taxes to an illegitimate government? Are we so afraid of the IRS and its power that we pay our taxes as a kind of a protection racket payoff…….hoping that they’ll just leave us alone? Please don’t misunderstand me. I don’t wish to become a tax protestor. The FedGov loves to crush unruly individuals as a good example to the rest of the sheep what will happen to them if they step out of line.

So, maybe I’m just a coward. It just seems to me that my protest would serve no purpose. But, what would the FedGov do if 25 million people simply refused to send their money to the IRS?
In closing, I offer the only two logical choices for free people:

1. Expatriate…leave the USA and find another country that you like.
2. Secession of the state you live in, or move to a state that secedes from the Union.

Let’s begin to seriously consider secession and what it could mean for Liberty…in another article.


SOUTH WINS!! or, One Man Can Make A Difference in History

December 31, 2008

How different would the world be today if the Confederate States of America (CSA) had won? Here is my version of how history might have transpired.

The first seven Southern states seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America in February of 1861. The first hostilities at Fort Sumter, SC happened in April 1861.

Battle of Bull Run/First Manassas, July, 1861

(In the actual battle, the South wins. CSA Generals Beauregard and Johnston command barely 29,000 troops against 50,000 Federal troops under the command of Gen Winfield Scott. The Confederacy wins the battle, and the Federal troops make a full panicked retreat back to Washington. But President Jefferson Davis hesitates and loses the opportunity to capture Washington, DC, which would have ended the war in the first major battle. Here is how it could have gone if Davis had made a positive decision to complete the battle, and here is the history that could have flowed from that victory.)

Learning of the Federal defeat and retreat, President Jefferson Davis and General Beauregard order the CSA troops to complete the rout by pursuing the Northern troops back to Washington, only about 30 miles. The pursuit is made far easier for CSA troops as the Federals have abandoned their stores of provisions all along the way back to Washington. A small cavalry force under the command of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson captures the White House and President Lincoln. The cavalry and CSA troops camp on the White House lawn.

Within a week, President Davis and General Robert E. Lee begin negotiations with Lincoln, Cabinet members and Congress members to cease hostilities permanently. The parties negotiate various treaties regarding commerce between the nations. They determine that subsequent territories desirous of statehood get to choose which nation to join, and other border issues.

Abraham Lincoln is impeached by Congress and removed from office in late 1861. He is tried, found guilty of war crimes and receives a prison sentence of 50 years, and dies in prison. As General Ulysses S. Grant has achieved no notoriety in the war, he is not elected President and retires in obscurity.

The lives of over 620,000 men on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line are spared. The CSA is not pillaged and sacked by the Union forces. The state of West Virginia is not formed by Lincoln. CSA cities and plantations are not burned. There are no draft riots in New York City. Northern newspaper editors are not jailed for disagreeing with Lincoln. Robert E. Lee’s plantation named “Arlington” is not stolen by the US Government and made into a Union cemetery.

The importation of slaves was outlawed in the CSA Constitution of 1861, and slavery slowly collapses under its own weight at about the same time as mechanization comes to agriculture in the 1870s. The freed slaves become sharecroppers, or become a part of the workforce necessary in the manufacturing boom in the CSA.

Jefferson Davis serves his Constitutionally-mandated single six-year term, and then is elected Senator from Texas, where he serves until just before his death. Robert E. Lee is the next President elected in 1866. Dozens of new Southern cities and streets are named after Davis, just like George Washington’s legacy after the Revolutionary War.

Stonewall Jackson does not die in battle in 1863, but goes back to the Virginia Military Institute, where he resumes teaching. He eventually becomes the Chancellor of the School, and remains in this position until his death.

The Citadel, the Charleston military academy, becomes the Naval Academy for the CSA.

Richmond, Virginia, continues to be the capitol of the CSA. Atlanta becomes the business and financial center of the CSA. The Atlanta Stock Exchange becomes one of the largest and wealthiest in the world. Most of the major banks of the South are based in Atlanta.

The territories west of the Mississippi eventually seek statehood, and must decide with which nation they will align themselves. Only North and South Dakota Territories decide to become US states. All other territories become Confederate states, because the Montgomery Constitution of 1861 was a vast improvement over the US Constitution.

The USA becomes a nation bordered on the north by Canada, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south and west by the CSA. California, Maryland and Oregon vote to secede from the Union and join the CSA in 1862. The USA statehood growth ceases at 19 states. The CSA eventually grows to 27 states, bordered on the north by the USA and Western Canada, on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the east by the Atlantic, and on the south by Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico. Puerto Rico becomes the last state to join the CSA in 1960.

Hawaii is not stolen by the USA and remains a sovereign nation. Alaska belongs to Canada.

The CSA’s import tariffs are an average of 13%. Consequently, shipping and trade at Southern ports explodes. The ports of Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Miami and New Orleans become the busiest ports on the Eastern Seaboard. Western ports at San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle become CSA ports. The port of Norfolk/Portsmouth becomes the shipbuilding capital of the Americas. The Navy of the CSA is harbored at Norfolk and Charleston. The CSA controls all commerce in Chesapeake Bay and controls all commerce coming up and down the Mississippi River.

USA’s main ports are New York, Newark, Philadelphia and Boston. The canals and locks are built by the US government to facilitate access to the Great Lakes.

Chicago still becomes a major Midwestern business center, and a center for commodities. Kansas City, Missouri becomes the major Midwestern business center and commodities exchange for the South.

Southern manufacturing expands rapidly as investments pour into the CSA from wealthy Southerners, as well as Northern and European investors. The Bessemer steel mill in Alabama becomes the largest steel mill in the world.

CSA makes gold and silver the only money. Southern banks are not regulated by the government and are allowed to coin their own money. Fractional banking is not allowed in the CSA. There is no inflation in the CSA throughout its history.

In 1898, William Randolph Hearst owns a chain of publications and newspapers. However, his publishing empire is in California, which is a state of the CSA. Hearst finds no interest in the CSA for his stories about Spain’s influence in the Western Hemisphere, as Spain is a valued ally and trading nation. The US Congress and President McKinley want to establish an American Empire. However, with only 20 states, they are no so quick to project military might. Their southernmost port is Philadelphia, not Florida. The USS Maine is never dispatched to Havana harbor and does not sink there. Teddy Roosevelt never leads the Rough Riders in a cavalry charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba. He does not win the Congressional Medal of Honor. The United States has no naval presence in the Pacific, and does not attack the Spanish at Manila.

Theodore Roosevelt still becomes Vice President, and eventually becomes President in 1901 when McKinley is assassinated.

Theodore Roosevelt leads the project to build the Panama Canal. Many CSA companies participate, but the CSA government does not spend money unconstitutionally on the project.

Hoover Dam is not built by the US government, but by a consortium of the seven states served by the Colorado River. Its name remains the Boulder Dam.

The CSA continues to gain its revenue from tariffs, and there is never an income tax of any kind.

There is no CSA standing army, but each state has its militia. The CSA does have a Navy, authorized in its Constitution.

Oil is discovered in Texas, Oklahoma and the Gulf of Mexico. Over time, the CSA becomes an exporter of petroleum products to the North, as Northern oil fields do not produce what they need. The CSA is entirely self-sufficient in oil and gas. Because there is no inflation, crude oil prices never exceed $20 per barrel.

Coal is also produced and exported to the North from the vast fields of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia (remember that West Virginia is not formed by Lincoln).

The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 starts WWI. As a result of the overlapping treaty obligations between various European nations, the continent is gripped by war. Even though US President Wilson desires entry into the war, the USA does not have either the military might or the political will to enter. The USA gives support of munitions and materiel to the Allies in much smaller quantities but does not commit ground troops to the Continent. Germany wins, and the maps of Europe are redrawn. There is no Treaty of Versailles. Germany projects its military might worldwide with its navy, a superior force to the defeated British navy. However, Germany is very friendly with the CSA, who stayed neutral in the war. It is more hostile toward the US.

After 1918, Germany becomes a major world power. No communism develops in Russia, as a strong Germany would not tolerate it, and was positioned geographically to do something about it. Hitler remains an obscure paper-hanger and non-entity.

The Ottoman Turkish Empire is not defeated in WWI. Consequently, the territories controlled by Turkey are not divided, and the British do not get the opportunity to establish Palestine, Syria and Trans-Jordan in 1918. This also means that the state of Israel was not established in 1948. Prior to World War I, the best major European countries in which to be Jewish were Germany and Austria. The vast Jewish communities of Central and Eastern Europe would have held their traditional places in multi-nation-empires, instead of becoming aliens in new nation-states. The Jewish diaspora from Russia and Europe to North America would not have occurred in such large numbers. Consequently, many of the Jewish movie directors, producers, writers, composers and actors would have stayed in Europe.

Hollywood does not become the world’s entertainment center, but Berlin does. But Hollywood does become an important center of entertainment in Los Angeles, California
CSA.

The Great Depression of 1929 does still occur in the USA because of the formation of the Federal Reserve and fractional banking. However, the CSA is enriched by it, since the CSA’s money is backed by gold and silver, with no inflation. Thousands of businesses and millions of people relocate to the South and West.

Japan becomes one of the leading nations of the Far East. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not bombed with nuclear weapons in 1945.

Russia remains a monarchy. Communism never gains a toehold. V.I. Lenin, Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin remain obscure theorists. No Iron Curtain. No Cold War. No use for thousands of ICMBs…they were never built.

No Communist Cuba. The CSA has a very strong relationship with Cuba, and is Cuba’s primary trading partner. Cuba emulates the CSA’s constitution, and becomes a beacon of freedom for Latin and South America. However, the US also trades with Cuba since no embargo was enacted.

Mao Tse Tung and his wife are communists and work to bring Communism to China. They are arrested and executed in 1927. No more Communism in China.

China’s emperor embraces capitalism, and China becomes a leading world power.

Word War II does not occur, since none of the reasons for the war existed.

The Jewish Holocaust does not occur.

The Wright brothers fly their airplane in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, NC. Over the remaining
part of the 20th Century, aeronautic innovation occurs primarily in private aviation, since the USA and CSA were not consumed by and planning wars.

NASA is not created by governments, but private enterprise develops rocket technology.

No United Nations is formed.

No Korean War. The Korean Peninsula is not split by Chinese Communism, and the nation remains whole.

John F. Kennedy is not assassinated in Dallas in 1963. However, his Executive Order 11110 on June 4, 1963 to issue silver-backed money and de-fund the Federal Reserve still gets him assassinated in a Northern city. Someone other than Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas becomes the next president.

The CSA embraces nuclear power, and dozens of nuclear power generating plants spring up all over the nation. The CSA generates 90% of its electrical needs through clean, safe nuclear power.

No Vietnam War, and only one Vietnamese nation exists because China is not promoting Communism.

No Gulf Wars.

In the entire 140-plus year history of the Confederate States of America, there is no warfare, save the one day of battle on July 21, 1861 in Virginia.

Over 150 million people are not killed by governments and wars during the 20th century. All because Jefferson Davis did not hesitate to act on a day in July of 1861.

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