How the Rattlesnake can save America
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How the Rattlesnake can save America
Do Americans still value independence & liberty? Read More
A week ago today, after a three week hiatus, I returned to this blog with an intent to take a new, non-political direction with my posts. After Obama’s re-election, I felt that to continue to dwell on America doubling-down on stupid would serve no constructive purpose for the time being.
For three full weeks I waited for something positive to come to me and still had nothing positive to say. I finally returned with a quick post sharing some honest, well-intentioned Marriage Advice and a tongue-in-cheek post about the Final Week on Earth. I was purposefully avoiding the news feeds and had no idea the scope of the horror that had happened in Newtown earlier that day.
In retrospect, when I finally caught wind of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, after the initial shock and incomprehension, it felt like I’d just posted something along the lines of grandma’s favorite recipe for peach cobbler on the day of the attacks on the Twin Towers, so completely oblivious that I was to the great tragedy that had just occurred.
A week after evil visited that community, what can I possibly add here that hasn’t already been thought and felt by any loving parent and caring human being?
For those who lost loved ones, for those who lost children in the full flower of their innocence, we can only imagine the heartache. For the parents of the survivors, we can only imagine their resulting loss of faith in humanity and what they will have to deal with in helping to guide their children forward from a day they will never forget. For the children who survived we can only imagine the ways in which they will be forever changed after that day.
It’s probably a good thing I didn’t allow myself to react on Sandy Hook here until today. While my emotions in commiserating the tragedy would have been heartfelt, my commiseration would ultimately have ended up as a prelude to the political angle, perhaps nothing as blatant as Democrat Congressman Jerrold Nadler laying out his agenda by saying the opportunity for gun control “will be there if the president exploits it,” but left to my way of seeing all things through the lens of politics, my response would have been unseemly nonetheless.
With the tragedy now a week behind, Dr. Charles Krauthammer has added his thoughts on Sandy Hook, and in the spirit of leaving it up to others to tackle the politics, I share with you his article on “the roots of mass murder.”
While most columnists were almost immediate to leap to the conclusion you know they had already come to long before Sandy Hook, hammering away at their chosen angle the way you would expect a left-winger or a right-winger to do, the brilliance of Krauthammer in his piece is how even-handedly he looks at all three issues regarding the Second Amendment, imposing mental health treatment for those who might refuse it and the way the right of free speech has fostered a desensitized Hollywood / video game culture in which, especially for the generation coming of age, can make mass murder seem like nothing to even shrug your shoulders over. His piece couldn’t be any more even-handed in the way he deals with the effort to strike a balance between liberty and public safety.
Once you’ve gotten past the abject horror of Sandy Hook, Krauthammer’s piece is well worth the read and thoughtful consideration.
( The preceding was an opinion piece from one of our regular TNAM Twitter teammates, http://www.mikecornelison.com )
We were listening to John B. Wells on the 03_25_12 Coast to Coast AM radio show, & during the 4th hour of the show, he quoted this:
“When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.”
Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”
This quote encouraged us to post this line & ask for your feedback regarding how this 1957 book can be related to 2012 America.
Remind you of the Tea Party or the Occupy movement? Have things always been this way? What can we do to correct the problems running rampant in America today? Or please just answer your own questions & leave your own comments below.
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“If national debt was repaid at $1 a second, it would take over 440,000 yrs to pay off. RT if you want an END to Obama’s out of control spending!”
I just read this on Twitter from the handle: @RaisingRedAF , and couldn’t believe how bad things are.
Does anyone know if this statistic is accurate?
How can we ever pay off this much debt?
What happens if we default?
Who owns this debt, and how is debt created in the first place?
Please offer your opinions, & facts about this National Security issue for the United States of America.
“If national debt was repaid at $1 a second, it would take over 440,000 yrs to pay off. RT if you want an END to Obama’s out of control spending!”
(This opinion piece was received via e-mail. Please take a look at the Snopes review of this e-mail immediately following this column to try and fact check as best we can. Please use Snopes to review any information that comes via e-mail. This is a good column that makes some good points. BME)
Charley Reese’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel.
He has been a journalist for 49 years.
He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.
Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.
This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!
545 vs. 300,000,000 People
– By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.
You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.
If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan .
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy”,”inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.
They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.
Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess.
Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you. This might be funny if it weren’t so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end:
Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.
Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.
Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.
Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
Taxes to pass
Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…
Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me
to my doom…’
When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’
(Opinion piece from Tyler Whitmore Please leave a comment below to continue this discussion)
Perusing the news stories on my youtube channel each morning, it’s as if I’ve woken up in a bad dream where the whole world is buried under a pile of debt so massive that there is no way to ever escape it. While there is a growing sense among many that some sort of major disaster is on the horizon, the urgency of our situation is rarely reflected in the mainstream news. Turn on the television or pick up a newspaper and this whole debt crisis is presented as simply a matter of course. Our great leaders are putting their heads together to fix the problems and if the people would just cut out the pesky demands like wanting to vote on whether to sign their country over to the banks, it’s just a matter of time before we climb out of this “recession.” Always missing from the coverage is any discussion of the monetary system itself. Though our lives are controlled by these little green slips of paper that we call money, how many of us truly understand what money is, or where it comes from? A scene from “the Matrix” has become a common metaphor for the experience of “waking up”, or discovering the truth about the world around us. Neo can choose between taking the blue pill after which he will wake up in his bed “believing whatever he wants to believe” ,or taking the red pill and finding out “just how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Learning the history of the Federal Reserve Bank has definitely been a red pill experience for me, and I have been discovering just how deep the rabbit hole goes ever since.
I am certainly no economist. Though I have been making an effort to learn about our monetary system recently, I still find my eyes glazing over when the discussion starts to get too technical. Yet, looking into the nature of the Federal Reserve system, it is does not take an economist to discover this fundamental fact: we have been lied to. The discovery of this lie will have all of us questioning whether we are truly as free as we have been led to believe. It is a lie characterized by omission; one based not so much on what we have been told about our history, as on what has been deliberately left out. I mean, sure, everyone learned about “taxation without representation” and the Boston Tea Party in school, but just how is it that we never learned a thing about the fierce struggle between our founding fathers and the central banking powers of Europe. Why was there no mention of the great tragedy of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 when the control of our nation’s money supply was handed over to a cabal of international banking families? I’m pretty sure that’s something that would have stuck with me. In fact, the more I look into the Federal Reserve, the more it becomes clear that the central fight this country has been waging since its inception is to keep the central bankers from taking over. There is a wealth of quotes from our founding fathers that confirm this. During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln stated, “I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me, and the bankers in the rear. Of the two the one in my rear is the greatest foe.” When asked by the Bank of England in 1763 why the colonies were so prosperous, Benjamin Franklin stated that it was entirely due to the ability to print their own money, known as colonial script. The Currency Act of 1764 ordered the colonists to stop this practice, and within just one year a depression had set in with the streets of the colonies filled with the unemployed. It was losing the ability to print their own money that truly pushed the colonists into the revolutionary war.
Thanks to the efforts of many of our early leaders, the first two attempts at establishing a central bank failed, and the third bank was almost singlehandedly shut down by Andrew Jackson, who referred to the bankers as “a den of vipers and thieves.” But the bankers did not give up easily, and in 1910 during a top secret meeting on Jeckyll Island off the coast of Georgia, seven men, between them representing one quarter of the world’s wealth, developed their plan for conquest. All of these men had strong ties to the Rothschild family who controlled the Bank of England, and by 1850, had amassed more wealth than all the families of Europe. Snuck through congress during the Christmas recess when most of the senators were not in attendance to vote, the Federal Reserve Act gave this cabal sole control of our nation’s money supply. The Bankers now had the power to create money out of thin air, which would then be loaned to our government at interest. And just who would be on the hook for paying off this interest? The American people, of course. It is no coincidence that the Federal Income tax began in 1917, just a few short years after the passage of the Federal Reserve Act. By 1933, the country was bankrupt, forcing President Roosevelt to come up with a creative strategy for satisfying the banks. The government would now begin placing all birth certificates on file in Washington D.C., with each citizen being assigned a value based on projected future tax revenues. The American people had now become human debt collateral.
Since then, the Federal Reserve has continued to masquerade as a Federal institution while operating under as much secrecy as the CIA. For a window into the mindset of the financial elites behind the Fed, I submit this choice quote from Alan Greenspan, chairman for 19 years. When asked by Jim Lehrer what he believed was the proper relationship between the Fed chairman and the president of the U.S., Greenspan smugly replied, “Well, first of all, the Federal Reserve is an independent agency, and that means, basically, that there is no other agency of government which can overrule actions that we take. So long as that is in place and there is no evidence that the administration or the Congress or anybody else is requesting that we do things other than what we think is the appropriate thing, then what the relationships are don’t, frankly, matter.” This is the same man who recently assured us that the United States would never be in danger of defaulting on its debt because we could always just print more money. This brazen admission of how the Fed functions illustrates why fiat currencies have always failed going back to the Roman Empire in the first century. With nothing backing a currency and no limits on the amount that can be printed, that currency will inevitably lose its value. Case in point: since the dollar was taken off the gold standard in 1971, it has lost 90% of its value.
So it is clear that the Federal Reserve system where a privately owned central bank prints money out of thin air to loan to the government at interest is not working for the benefit of the general population. This has led me to a deeper question: just what is the intended purpose of such a system? Who are the people behind it, and who on earth gave them the authority to be the controllers of all money? Herein lies the answer to why we have all heard so little about the true nature of our monetary system. The people behind the central banks of the world represent a network of power so vast that, until the advent of the internet, they were largely successful in keeping the general public in the dark as to the nature of their debt slavery. Through an interlocking network of roundtable groups, corporations, banks and tax free foundations, the money masters have been slowly but surely consolidating their power, using debt as their ultimate weapon in achieving their true goal: total control. Many still mistakenly believe that the current economic crisis, along with the steady deterioration of the quality of life in the United States is the result of a series of poor decisions, or the greed of “the one percent.” The red pill moment comes with the realization that crises are deliberately created and allowed to build in order for the elites to present their “solution.” You can be sure that this solution will always involve more control for a very small group of individuals, and less freedom for you and me. Today the idea that the United States would unite with Canada and Mexico under a common currency seems unthinkable to most Americans, but bring on a complete economic collapse and the desperate public will be crying out to their leaders for a solution.
The idea that crises might be intentionally created runs so contrary to what we have been trained to believe that is still often dismissed as the paranoid speculation of conspiracy theorists, yet it is uncanny the way the predictions of these “conspiracy nuts” have been coming true lately. In a 1961 speech, President Kennedy referred to this sinister plan for world domination as “a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence.” Back in Kennedy’s day the best way to learn the nature of this conspiracy was to look at the many choice quotes from the conspirators themselves, often found in the writings of elite organizations like the Council on Foreign Relations. In 1950, James Warburg, son of Paul Warburg one of the founders of the Federal Reserve, confidently declared to the U.S. Senate, “We shall have one world government, whether or not we like it. The question is only whether world government will be achieved by consent or by conquest.” In the sixty plus years since these words were spoken, this agenda of the consolidation of power in the hands of a financial elite, and along with it, the erosion of national sovereignty of countries around the world has accelerated to the point where the conspiracy is no longer covert. Just take a look at Greece and Italy, the two latest countries to have their legitimately elected leaders replaced by technocrats from the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral commission. With each country in Europe, what is billed as a solution to its economic crisis always amounts to all the resources of that country being sold off to the banks for pennies on the dollar, and along with it a total loss of sovereignty. All of this is enabled by engineered crises, which are deliberately allowed to build to the point where the citizens of a country are then told by their political leaders that there is really no other choice but to give everything to the banks. These crises, such as the collapse of 2008, when we were told that martial law would be declared if the banks were not bailed out, amount to financial terrorism. Unlike the largely manufactured threat of Islamic extremism, which presents no real danger to the public, financial terrorism is a very real threat to all of us. Yet, as the growing police state subjects us to increasing indignities under the pretext of the war on terror, the banksters who have wreaked havoc on our society are allowed to increase their misdeeds with impunity. By now it should be clear who is really running the show.
For the past year, we have seen civil unrest explode as it becomes increasingly clear to people around the world that we have no future unless we can find a way to drastically change course. Here at home we have seen the emergence of the Tea Party, and more recently Occupy Wall Street. The members of the Tea Party point the finger at government while protestors at Occupy generally focus on the corruption of the banks and corporations. What many in these seemingly divergent groups don’t realize is that it is the Federal Reserve and the power structure behind it that is at the heart of the serious problems we face in our country today. We have been conditioned to view the world through a false left/right paradigm which keeps us rooting for our political party, or “team”, not realizing that both sides completely sold out to the money masters long ago. It is time for all Americans to wake up and unite against the real enemy. End the Fed!
(This article was sent via e-mail from a reader named: “DES”).
My uninformed take on the “occupy” protests:
— The rich and powerful (whether they work for the bank or the government) often need to be reminded that there’s a much larger class of non-privileged people that they share this country and world with. The rich have television networks, print media, radio stations, etc. to inform and affect the public consciousness. The rich have highly paid strategists and marketing people to formulate talking points. The rich have insider connections to get things done behind closed doors with those who can influence policy. The rich have the intellectual capital of how to rig the financial/regulatory system that they didn’t build, but have become whizzes at maintaining. This model – a tiny ruling elite presiding over the mediums that shape public policy and opinion for a much larger (usually under-privileged) lower class – continues to repeat itself throughout the course of human history. It’s well documented that right now, an extremely disproportionate fraction of people control most of the wealth in the world. This small group runs the show. And whether they use the government, a bank, religion, or an iron fist to wield their power, it always seems like the more power/wealth they get, the more they want. What may begin as a benevolent plutocracy, almost always defaults into tyranny. And given the nature of many wealthy/powerful people to be greedy to begin with, the tyranny commonly exists from the start.
So how do groups of less-privileged people make their voice heard when they disagree with the ruling class, but can’t access the TV networks or USA Today, and can’t get a behind-closed-doors meeting with their Senator?
Everyday Americans have it pretty good in this regard. In addition to what we see and hear in our everyday lives, most of us can also read and write, and have access to broadcasting mediums, libraries, newspapers, etc., giving us the tools and data (however skewed) necessary to form an opinion on how things should be run. And unlike less fortunate citizens of some other countries, we’re allowed to tell the government we think they could be doing better. So despite not controlling FOX “news” or the Wall Street Journal to spread our message, we can still write letters to congress, we can still vote for new representatives every 2, 4, and 6 years. Also in the modern age, we can post a blog or start a website, giving us more ability to share and disseminate ideas than any other time throughout history.
We as Americans should be thankful for this type of privilege to politically dissent. We also should push back harder if these regular channels of dissent aren’t cutting it. And if you don’t have the same opportunity to make your voice heard as do the rich/powerful, and letter-writing or changing your vote or calling your local AM radio station isn’t working, you have to use a more tried and true way to communicate with those forces you disagree with. One way to do that is physically stand in someone’s way.
People are struggling, and have been for a few years now. Sweeping reform of the financial/regulatory model was and still is needed, but doesn’t come. People are frustrated so much now that they’re showing their frustration with the government and big business through non-violent protest and otherwise civil disobedience. I’m all for it. Whether you think the problem is government or big-business or both, you have the right to say so, and a good old impassioned sit-in is all good in my book.
Will these people affect any change? I don’t know. But I’m glad they’re out there, fighting the good fight while I go off to work and continue to be a cog in the machine that I fear is fundamentally flawed but too big to change.
From The New American Media reader: “DES”
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"