Gun Control And The Well-Regulated Militia Update

December 4, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

(Editor’s note: I wrote this back in May 2009. I’m updating it today. Apparently, sportscaster Bob Costas and other mindless state-worshippers still cannot wrap their brains around the concepts of Natural Law. Of course, they would have had to actually learn the concept in order to forget or ignore it.)

Gun control is today’s subject. The issue has regrettably popped up onto the national radar screen after Jovan Belcher, a nobody NFL player, shot and killed his girlfriend and then did the criminal courts system a favor by killing himself. (In the USA, there are about 221 homicides EACH WEEK in which a gun is used.* But the rest of those people weren’t major or minor celebrities, so they must not count.) Those who would outlaw gun ownership are undaunted and patient. They know that another celebrity shooting, school shooting or mass murder will eventually occur in the United States, and that the 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.

For today, we will suspend the debate about whether the Constitution has any validity. Let’s just all stipulate that for this argument, it does.

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 or foreign invasion. 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, predatory Federal system. So the very opposite of the Second Amendment has become true, stated thus: “A Well-Regulated Militia, being unnecessary to the security of a Serf State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall indeed be infringed.”

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, 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 Unalienable 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 by the Federal government. It validates the concept of personal property ownership, in this case one’s own person, and the principle of self-defense.

Read What Are Unalienable Rights? to grasp the concept of Natural Law and Unalienable Rights.

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. Ladies and Gentlemen, the militias of the Colonies WERE the military!! Could it be that they considered the threat of government tyranny greater than that of citizens owning the latest, most advanced weapons? If the Continentals had the same technology in armaments as the British military, how is it that today’s politician has concluded that (a) semi-auto firearms are not necessary for a citizen to own, (b) full-auto firearms have mostly been outlawed, and that (c) firearms should be OK as long as they are used for hunting or sporting purposes? Where in HELL did this hunting and sporting idea come from?

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.

Finally, you might want to take a look at Ammo: Isn’t It Obvious? which is likely the next logical step for Washington to take to disarm America.

Liberty lovers, tyranny is usually not completed in one grand sweep. There is no single foreign enemy that is going to invade America and enslave its people. It is much more effective when the tyrants enslave people a tiny bit at a time. Tyrants are patient, and the people are usually too busy living their lives to care. It’s death by a thousand little cuts. And you still end up dead.

The Right To Keep And Bear Arms is yet another great reason that secession is the ONLY solution for individual liberty and property rights in North America.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

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© Copyright 2012, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


Here Is How To Secede From The Union

November 28, 2012

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By Russell D. Longcore

(Editor’s note: This is an update of an article I wrote in 2010. I’ve learned some more things about secession since then.)

With all the furor in the Main Stream Media over the last couple weeks regarding those secession petitions lodged at the White House website, I think this article may be of service to those who love America but hate Washington.

A reader recently pointed out to me that I’ve provided most of the possible reasons why any state should secede at DumpDC. But she said I haven’t given a step-by-step procedure on how secession should work. I started this process in my article entitled Secession The Hope For Humanity, but I’m fleshing it out here. This is not complete by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s a place to start a lively dialogue about the steps to secession.

You may think that this article is too simplistic, and omits important issues. Perhaps. But I submit that if secession is not made so simple that a child can understand it, it will not happen in your state. Its logic has to be made so unassailable that only a fool would resist it.

So, here it is, my friends:

How To Secede From The United States of America

1. Philosophy

Each individual must come to his or her own conclusion that secession is the only way to regain liberty, and each state must make its secession decision independent of any other state.

2. Initiation

Secession should be solemnly deliberated by the elected representatives and the state citizens. Secession should be initiated at the moment that any state reaches the point at which it will no longer accept the despotic tyranny and laws coming from the US Federal Government in Washington, DC. Or, secession should be initiated upon a collapse of the Dollar, or the declaration of martial law by Washington DC in the event of social upheaval.

There is no written, formal method for initiating and completing an act of secession. If history can be our guide, we see that the states of 1860 completed their secessions by specially-elected conventions or by referendum. But the secession could also be initiated by a Governor and the State Legislature in assembly.

It would be excellent if a seated Governor would lead his state into secession. The easiest way for a state to secede would be for the State Legislature to draft a Declaration of Secession document and an Ordinance of Secession document. Then the Legislature should take a roll call vote and pass a Joint Resolution of Secession in legislature assembled, and have the Governor sign the Resolution instantly upon its passage. This process should be done on live TV, with all proceedings televised and recorded. Allowing the world to view this process in non-edited real time would be one of the most exciting and historic TV broadcasts ever made. The eyes of the world would be fixed on the TV feed and little else would be reported or discussed on its programming. Hell, run commercials and make some money for the state. Why should the networks get this historic event for free?

If the Legislature and Governor refused to support secession, a petition initiative could garner enough signatures of registered voters to force a referendum. Each state has statutes about petition initiatives for referenda. The Texas Nationalist Movement is doing a petition initiative right now, with the intent of presenting the petitions to the Legislature on day one of the 2013 legislative session. Follow the law in your state.

If there was a statewide referendum on secession it could be a simply worded ballot question like: “Shall the citizens of the State of XXXX repeal the 1788 ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America by the State of XXXX, and shall the citizens of the State of XXXX resume all the rights and powers granted under said Constitution?” A simple “Yes” or “No” vote will suffice.

If that’s too flowery for you, here’s an even simpler question: “Shall the citizens of the State of XXXX secede from the United States of America?” A “Yes” or “No” vote will suffice.

A simple majority of votes would pass the referendum.

The referendum should only be done with paper ballots that will be counted by hand, no machines, no electronic voting. Further, the referendum should not be scheduled for only one single day, but over at least three days, preferably a weekend…to facilitate the greatest possible participation by registered voters. Polling places should be open from 6:00 am to 12:00 midnight on voting days. Finally, a photo ID should be required as verification of identity for eligibility to vote. This ain’t the American way of widespread voter fraud…this is the state’s rights secession way. It’s also my article, and I can write the rules any way I choose.

Another method of moving secession along in your state might be to organize on a county-by-county basis. The County Commission could either call for a countywide referendum on the question of secession, or could nominate a delegate to participate in a Secession Convention.

3. Secession Convention

Each state’s Secession Convention, formed to contemplate, design and complete the process of secession, should draft a Declaration of Secession.

Many of the seceding states of 1860 wrote and ratified a Declaration of Secession, also known as a “Declaration of Causes.” Each Declaration enumerated that particular state’s reasons for secession, in like manner to the 1776 Declaration of Independence sent to King George by the Colonists.

Once the Declaration of Secession is prepared, the Chair of the Secession Convention or the Governor should see that signed original copies of the document are delivered to the Governors of all of the States that comprise the United States of America. The delivery of each Ordinance Of Secession to each Governor would make good TV.

As a mere gesture of courtesy and wry wit, copies of the Declaration of Secession should be sent by Federal Express (just for the irony) to the President of the United States, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and the President of the Senate. You must remember that states do not have to ask permission of Washington to secede. Their compact, the US Constitution, is not between DC and the states. The Constitution is between the several States.

4. Ordinance of Secession.

Then the seceding states must prepare an Ordinance of Secession. Here below is the simple, succinct wording of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession of 1860:

AN ORDINANCE to dissolve the union between the State of South Carolina and other States united with her under the compact entitled “The Constitution of the United States of America.”

We, the people of the State of South Carolina, in convention assembled do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained, That the ordinance adopted by us in convention on the twenty-third day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and also all acts and parts of acts of the General Assembly of this State ratifying amendments of the said Constitution, are hereby repealed; and that the union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of the “United States of America,” is hereby dissolved.

Done at Charleston the twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty.

That is the sum total of all the words necessary to complete the secession.

Once the Ordinance of Secession is prepared (televised live), the Chair of the Secession Convention or the Governor should see that signed original copies of the document are delivered to the Governors of all of the States that comprise the United States of America. The delivery of each Ordinance Of Secession to each Governor would make good TV also.

As a mere gesture of courtesy and wry wit, copies of the Ordinance of Secession should be sent by Federal Express (just for the irony) to the President of the United States, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and the President of the Senate. You must remember that states do not have to ask permission of Washington to secede. Their compact, the US Constitution, is not between DC and the states. The Constitution is between the several States.

That is the process of secession from the United States of America. That was the easy part. Then the REAL WORK begins.

The first thing the new sovereign state should do is to form a Constitutional Convention, and create a new government. See how I would do it at The New Corporate Model of Governance.

Questions? Do I see questions?

Question: What if Washington files a Federal lawsuit or injunction in Federal Court to stop the state from seceding?
Answer:Once the state formally secedes, it is no longer subject to US Federal Court jurisdiction, is it? Is it not a sovereign nation after secession, just like any other nation of the world? So, the seceding state could answer any legal maneuver by rejecting the jurisdiction of the US Federal Courts. Remember, Washington doesn’t OWN your state. Washington was formed by the states to be an errand-boy for the states. Who runs who?

Question: What if Washington invades our state with military forces?
Answer: That is the reason that your state needs a well-trained state militia. And when I say “well-trained,” I do not mean trained to fight on a 3rd Generation battlefield (like WWII or Vietnam). I mean a militia trained to fight with guerilla warfare (4th Generation) tactics, with a heavy emphasis on the tactics of General Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War.

Question: What will we do for money?
Answer: The state must make sure that the free market determines what is money in the new nation. Any state that creates a new national money built upon the same system of debt, fractional reserve banking and fiat paper money is a state created by the same sociopathic criminals that ran the Federal Government, and perhaps even running your state government. The state/nation’s new Charter must prohibit a central bank and fractional reserve banking. The only thing that the national Charter should say about money is that (a) coins must show the weight and fineness, and that (b) the penalty for issuing counterfeit money or altering money is death.

Secession is little more than breaking up with your girlfriend or divorcing your spouse. It’s a lot like being a card player in a big card game, then folding your cards, cashing in your chips and leaving the game.

Isn’t the process of secession much like writing this short note to end a relationship?

Dear Washington: It’s over. We’re leaving. We ain’t asking your permission to leave. We ain’t asking for a legal divorce. We’re just ending this relationship right here and now. We’re rescinding the authority we gave you in the year we ratified the compact. Leave us alone. Goodbye.

In conclusion, try to envision yourself and your family in a new nation created by secession. All the people you meet are excited and breathless in their anticipation of the future. The general opinion of the populace is pure unbridled optimism. The new nation’s economy is booming, the money is backed by gold and silver, and there is no inflation. “Now Hiring” signs are in all the shop windows. The newspaper’s “Help Wanted” ads are packed full. People seeking liberty are POURING over the American border to settle in the new nation. Prices for goods and services are low, and the stores are loaded with goods. Manufacturers are streaming into the new nation to take advantage of the rare pro-business atmosphere. Wages are climbing steadily in manufacturing jobs as companies compete for the best and brightest for their employees. New businesses are being created at a fever pace. Residential and commercial construction is at a high level to meet the demand of the new residents.

All because one state recognized this historic opportunity and realized the dream of liberty through the process of state secession.

Secession is the hope for humanity. Who will be first?

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2012, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


Taxation in FRONA

November 26, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore
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The first thing you must do when considering taxation in The Free Republic of North America (FRONA) is throw out everything you ever thought you knew about taxation. But even before that, you must throw out everything you ever thought you knew about money.

The money of The Free Republic of North America is the Frona. There will be the gold Frona, the silver Frona and the copper Frona. Gold Fronas will likely be used for larger transactions. Silver and copper Fronas will be used as the day-to-day coinage of the nation. Pure gold and silver coinage from other nations would also be acceptable forms of money since they are denominated in fineness and weight. So for example, America Eagles, Austrian Philharmonics, South African Krugerrands, Australian Kookaburras, and Canadian Maple Leafs would all be seen regularly in FRONA transactions.

FRONA money is silver, gold and copper. It is not BACKED by precious metals. That defines a “Currency.” Currency is NOT MONEY. Precious metals ARE money when they are minted as money. But precious metals NOT minted as money can be used as money. If I have a one ounce gold chain of 18K fineness, any merchant could accept that as payment in a commercial transaction because the weight and fineness are known. If I have a one pound gold bar of .999% fineness, it spends just like 16 one ounce coins. Get it?

The next thing that you must do is to stop thinking of gold and silver coins in terms of their value against other currencies, such as the Dollar. Coinage is a function of weight, not price. Yes, there would have to be some exchange rate to convert other currencies to Fronas. But the free market would determine this floating exchange rate, not the FRONA government. US Dollars or Euros might not have a Frona exchange rate at any price after TSHTF. But I’ll bet that the Chinese Renminbi or the Brazilian Real will be just fine. The FRONA national Charter, in its clause about money, would require any minted coin to display its purity and weight, but no value. For those international coins that displayed a value, such as “One Dollar” or Twenty Dollars,” those words would have no meaning in FRONA. And the law would proscribe the penalty of death for anyone minting fraudulent coins or altering coins (clipping or shaving).

In FRONA, goods and services will be priced in WEIGHT, not dollars and cents. A pound of steak might be priced at 0.25 ounce of silver. A gallon of gasoline might be priced at 0.10 ounce of silver. And copper Fronas are there to facilitate the smallest physical transaction, down to the penny. But when using a debit card for transactions, amounts could be priced down to the hundredth or thousandth of an ounce.

There will be no national money and no national currency. This prevents FRONA from debasing the money and stealing from the citizens. The free market will decide what the medium of exchange is. Common sense suggests that gold, silver and copper coins will become money, and likely silver and copper coinage will be the most widely accepted medium of exchange for day-to-day transactions. (Actually, in the technological age in which we live, the digital transaction will likely be the most utilized medium of exchange. Most people will do daily business with debit cards.) The FRONA constitution will prohibit itself from enacting legal tender laws. If the FRONA Treasury wants to issue gold and silver coins it may do so, but enjoys no monopoly or control. It would have to compete in the free market like all other minting operations.

In FRONA, The Treasury Department collects funds in silver, gold and copper, not any other currency from any other nation of the world.

As an aside: The US Federal government has come up with poverty statistics over the years. And in 2012, DC considers you “in poverty” if your family of four earns $23,050 or less per year. Of course, you can own a house, a car, a refrigerator, a washer/dryer set, multiple TVs, multiple cell phones and a nice wardrobe. (Compare that to the per capita income in India of $1,219.00. Is there really poverty in America?) But in FRONA, all of that poverty statistical bullshit is swept away. The US Department of Agriculture determined that a family of three or more persons spent one-third of their after-tax income on food. But in FRONA, there is no Income tax, Social Security or Medicare deductions from a wage earner’s paycheck. So instantly, every FRONA wage earner gets a boost in take-home pay to 100%. And remember…the wage earner is getting paid in weight, not dollars.

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As long as I am fantasizing about The Free Republic of North America, I want FRONA to be the identical boundaries of the State of Texas. After all, Texas is the US state with the most advanced secessionist movement, the Texas Nationalist Movement. And Texas is the state with the best chance of actually seceding and making nationhood work.

I pulled some demographic statistics from various sources for this article.

From the US Census:

-Median household income in TX 2010 – $50,049
-Households: 8.540 million, persons/hshld 2.78
-Per capita income 2010 TX $39,493 (rounding up to $39,500)
-TX population 2011 25,674,681

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
-TX Civilian Labor Force 9-12 12,632,000
-Unemployment rate: 6.8%

From Texas state website:
-TX state budget 2012 $80.6 Billion

So based upon those stats, I have made some rudimentary calculations. Remember that these are in Dollars, not ounces of money:

I am going out on a limb here and attributing the FRONA national saving rate at 10%. That means that everybody living in FRONA saves 10% of their income. Easy to do when you get paid 100% of what you earn.

-Per capita income $39,500 x 25.6M people = $101,120,000,000 ($101.12B)
-Per capita income $101.12 Billion x 10% = $10.112 B going into savings

Let’s say that 90% of per capita income was available to be spent. That is $35,550. Let’s say that on average, people do 75% of their transactions with merchants, which could generate a 10% sales tax. That is $26,663 x 10% = $2,666 per year in total taxation. $2,666 x 25.6m people = $68.250B.

This calculation does not include any tax revenue from transactions made by FRONA businesses. That could easily double the amount of sales tax revenue flowing into the national Treasury. These calculations also do not include tax revenue from non-citizens making purchases while in FRONA. More money for the Treasury. I can easily envision sales tax revenues in FRONA of $120-$150 Billion in FRONA’s first year in existence.

And the budget for the State of Texas for 2012 was about $80 Billion.

FRONA has only one source of revenue…a national sales tax of 10%. No property tax, excise tax, duties, tariffs, ad valorem tax, estate tax, corporate tax, income tax…NOTHING but the sales tax. In FRONA, the national sales tax pays for ALL government, even funding the governance needed down to the county and city level. There is NO OTHER SOURCE OF TAX REVENUE…PERIOD.

What happens to any surplus? Under the Charter I have written for FRONA, the government would declare a dividend and pay it back to the citizen/shareholders. Try to wrap your mind around THAT.

Now THAT’S the way a nation should work!

Secession is the only solution for individual liberty and property rights in North America.

Dump DC: Six Letters That Can Change History.

Copyright 2012: Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


Voting in FRONA

November 6, 2012

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By Russell D. Longcore

It’s late in the day on Tuesday November 6th…the day America does its lemming imitation and marches dutifully to the polls.

For those not familiar with the misconceptions about the lemming: they are arctic rodents that migrate in large groups. Lemmings can swim and sometimes choose a body of water to cross to reach a new habitat. So, the old story used to go that lemmings would make a mad dash following one another, run headlong into the sea and drown.

See how my mind works? Scary, isn’t it? Only fools would rush in where angels fear to tread.

My analogy, although based in a misconception about a rodent, is not incorrect as it relates to the American voter. I have written about this topic HERE.

Today, Americans will vote for one of two candidates that have been approved by the oligarchy that runs America. One candidate may hasten the demise of the US through his actions. One may stall that same demise for a short time. But make no mistake. There is NOTHING that Barack Hussein Obama or Willard Romney can do to prevent the collapse of the US Dollar, which will result in the collapse of the US economy and the world economy.

At that point, liberty lovers will congregate in some location and secede from the Union. If they structure it right, it has a chance of surviving. If it is structured like I have structured the The Free Republic Of North America, it will thrive.

What would voting be like in FRONA?

Voting in The Free Republic Of North America…or FRONA… will be entirely different that the miasma that is emanating today from Washington.

The only individuals in FRONA that are eligible to vote are citizens. Nobody that is simply born on FRONA soil automatically becomes a citizen. And in FRONA, a person over age 18 becomes a citizen by executing a copy of the FRONA Charter and paying one ounce of .999 silver for one share of common stock in the national “corporation.”

FRONA citizens have a contract with their national governmental body. That citizen may remain a citizen until his death, or until he cancels his contract and sells his one share of stock back to the corporation for the one ounce of silver he originally paid. That doesn’t mean the citizen has to leave FRONA, but a cancelled contract makes him a resident alien.

The citizen has one vote. He (or she) can vote on any issue that comes before the Board of Directors. He may vote on the election of the Board of Directors. Any citizen may run for a position as a member of the Board of Directors. The electorate votes on various Vice Presidents.

The Board of Directors chooses a President and Chief Executive Officer from its own membership. There is no term limit imposed upon a President or CEO. The Board cannot go outside its membership to hire a new President or CEO like is done in a traditional corporation.

Voting in FRONA goes on all year long. There are lots of issues that must be decided in FRONA, and everyone has a vote. Citizens may sign proxy letters to allow a representative to cast their ballots for them. But they still have a responsibility to vote. The Charter has a codicil that revokes citizenship for those who do not vote in a certain number of plebiscites in a year.

In FRONA, every issue that requires a vote will require a quorum of voters. The Charter would state the percentage of votes that must be cast for a vote to be legitimate and the outcome acceptable. For example, if there are 1 million citizen members, and the Charter requires a 51% quorum, no less than 510,000 votes would have to be cast for the outcome to be considered legitimate.

Issues in FRONA that require a vote will have a time certain for voting. For instance, when the Board makes a recommendation and schedules a vote, the voting will take place over a certain number of days. This will allow for maximum participation in the voting process by citizens.

FRONA will have an Annual Meeting. The most logical way to conduct this meeting is by a CSPAN sort of broadcast with Internet access. The technology exists to create security procedures that guarantee that a person’s vote cannot be hacked, stolen or fraudulently cast. Even paper ballots would work. Every elected position is subject to challenge at the Annual Meeting. So no more 2-year, 4-year or 6-year terms. Either you produce and perform as an elected official or you are out.

That is all the time I’m willing to commit to this topic today. But just from this, can’t you see that living in FRONA would be an improvement over life in the USA?

Think. Use your brain. Do not let anyone tell you how to think. Question ALL authority. Free Your Mind.

Secession is the only hope for humanity. Who will be first?

DumpDC. Six Letters That Will Change History.

© Copyright 2012, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


FRONA and Jobs

October 16, 2012

How High is High?

By Russell D. Longcore

American politicians, constantly jonesin’ for a vote fix to satisfy their addiction for power, promise that what THEY propose will return “high-paying jobs” to America once more. Messrs. Romney and Obama are presently jockeying for position on this very topic. It’s one of the most cynical, dastardly lies they tell to credulous Americans and to each other.

The Free Republic of North America will be the only location on the planet where high-paying jobs will again exist. But it won’t be for the reason most people think. More on that later.

For a quick primer on what a job is, go to It’s Demand, Stupid! and read it.

If you visit DumpDC regularly, you know what a “connotation word” is. I have written about them many times. “High-paying jobs” is a connotation phrase. A connotation phrase is one that carries a subjective cultural or emotional association. An example of a connotation word is “God.” Your emotional or cultural interpretation of that word might be the little statue in the corner that you bow down to, burn candles to, and offer chicken blood on an altar. Another person’s mental picture might be the God painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. But I can manipulate you by the use of the word so that you either agree with me or disagree with me. My definition of the word or phrase is probably not the same as yours. A dishonest person used that to his advantage.

So it is with “high-paying jobs.” What does “high” mean? As compared to what? What is the yardstick with which we measure high-ness?

I contend that high-paying jobs are a relic of the American past, never to return to American shores. Let me walk you through my thought process on this issue.

The level of technological manufacturing has never been higher than it is today. A large percentage of that manufacturing is done outside the USA. American manufacturers are getting their products built overseas. But has quality gone to hell?

No. It’s better than ever. But market forces are at work globally…even in a market distorted by the Dollar.

In the free market, competitors will challenge your offering of goods or services in one of three ways:

1. Same product, better price
2. Better product, same price
3. Better product, better price

Where are LOTS of the highest technology products of the planet built? China. China has cornered the market on technological manufacturing. According to Forbes.com, tech workers earn about $1.50 per hour in a company like Foxconn, which manufactures the iPad, the iPod, the iPhone, Kindle, Playstation and Xbox 360. But its 2011 revenue was $102.74 BILLION. And the world snaps up its manufactured products as fast as lightning.

Here are some tidbits of information about your Chinese competition:

1. In China today there are over 320 million people that speak English. That means they are all at least bilingual. It is also a number greater than the entire population of the USA.
2. The US individual savings rate is zero. The Chinese individual savings rate is 34%, and a lot of those savings ARE IN GOLD.

You can tell me about currency manipulation, free trade agreements, tariffs, duties, and lots of other advantages or disadvantages allegedly held by one nation or another. But here is what I observe:
1. A bilingual Chinese worker will be trained to perform very high-tech world-class manufacturing skills…and then perform those skills for about 15% of the wage that American workers expect.
2. The American corporations that manufacture offshore are not subject to the burdensome American regulations (like OSHA and ADA) that they suffer on American soil, are they?
3. Offshore workers are not subject to unemployment insurance, Worker’s Compensation or Obamacare, are they?
4. American corporations can lawfully incorporate in other countries and leave their profits offshore so they are not subject to confiscatory Washington taxation, can’t they?

So just exactly HOW and WHY are American corporations going to bring “high-paying jobs” back to North America? What would be their motivation? All of the reasons they moved operations offshore still exist, and Washington is not going to roll back laws, taxation or regulation to bring those jobs home. Corporations exist to enrich the shareholders, not to perform some social function for “the greater good.”

Now let’s discuss what Washington has done to cheat the entire planet.

The world economy is a balloon inflated by the US Dollar. The tools Washington has used are (1) fiat currency, (2) fractional reserve banking, and (3) inflation caused by issuing trillions of dollars with no underlying value. Because the dollar lost 95% of its value since 1971, wages have been stagnant for over 40 years.

According to InflationData.com, you would need $568.84 in 2012 to have the same buying power that $100 had in 1971, the year in which Richard Nixon closed the gold convertability window for the US Dollar.

So, using the same calculator, a non-union carpenter that earned $10.00 per hour in 1971 would have to earn $56.88 per hour in 2012 just to have the same purchasing power that he had in 1971. Do you know any non-union carpenters that earn $56.88 per hour? Neither do I. And remember…that $56.88 does not reflect any raise in pay due to an increase in productivity. THAT IS JUST TO BREAK EVEN and maintain purchasing power. $56.88 times 2,080 hours (40 hours/wk. x 52 weeks) is $118,310.40. Once again…do you know any non-union carpenters who earn $118K per year? Me neither. I can hire all the carpenters I want today for $25 per hour here in Atlanta.

This calculation is the same for all of us. Inflationdata.com states that the average annual inflation rate since 1914 is 3.24%. That is 98 years, friends. I think it has become a trend by now. And, because of the Quantitative Easings I, II and III, the inflation rate is poised to skyrocket into insolvency. DC has no choice but to either continue printing fiat money and buy Treasury bonds, or allow interest rates to increase, which will drive DC into insolvency. There is no third choice for Washington.

Dear Readers, is there any solution for this problem? Yes there is.

SECESSION.

The Free Republic of North America will be able to DOMINATE the global manufacturing marketplace because of:
1. Its metals-backed money. Precious metals money NEVER has inflation. EVER. The free market determines the prices for goods and services based upon metal weights, not fiat currencies. Hard money chases out bad money. FRONA has no central bank, and therefore has no opportunity to steal from the citizens through monetary policy. And by protecting the value of the money by not regulating or monopolizing it, FRONA creates an irresistible draw to businesses. Imagine living in a place where you KNOW your money will have the same value year in and year out.
2. The business of the Free Republic of North America is business. FRONA’s charter commitment to individual liberty and property rights naturally favors transactions between individuals. And businesses are organic extensions of individuals. What is a corporation but individuals investing together seeking a return on their investment? When property rights and contracts are held sacred, and not subject to governmental abrogation, business can thrive.
3. Regulation. FRONA’s Founders were smart enough to write a simple Charter that gives FRONA very limited functions. All else is left up to the citizens of FRONA to figure out on their own in the free market. FRONA will not be weighed down with the American-style regulations that chased business from its own shores. The absence of regulations will be an irresistible magnet to global companies to locate within The Free Republic. And don’t forget that the cost of American regulations is built into every product. But not in FRONA.
4. Taxation. No corporate taxes? No property taxes? No duties or tariffs? No Social Security, Medicare, or income tax withholding? Entire accounting departments that exist in American companies will not exist in FRONA companies. No tax other than the national sales tax could mean lower priced goods and services, or more profit for the business owner. Or both.

High-paying jobs are jobs in which the labor cost of a product or service allows an individual to trade his time for money at a price that may use less of his time and provide more free time for that individual. High-paying jobs are a function of what any goods or services take to produce. High-paying jobs are those in which the workers have a superior level of training and/or experience, and they are able to negotiate more money paid to them per hour of labor. And all that is due to the free market, which decides the price of any goods or services by supply and demand.

In FRONA, people will no longer denominate every transaction in Dollars. They will conduct commerce in WEIGHT AND PURITY. When someone asks your hourly rate, you might reply that you work for one ounce of “999” (99.9% pure) silver per hour. In today’s US Dollar, that would translate to about $34.00 per hour.

So the high-ness of a so-called “high-paying job” will be relative to the monetary unit in which it is measured. Sure, there will be high-paying jobs in FRONA. But not measured in Dollars. And they will exist because FRONA has created THE ONLY free-market environment where they can exist.

If US politicians can get you jobs that pay $56.88 an hour, but that money has only the purchasing power of $10 in 1971, what have they actually done for you? They have stolen your money’s value. And the higher the inflation rate, the more dollars it will take to buy goods and services. So if you earn $500 an hour or $5,000 an hour, you’re a sucker and DC knows it. They count on it.

Secession is the only hope for mankind to enjoy individual liberty and property rights in North America.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

Copyright 2012 Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly given, provided full credit is given.


Life in FRONA

October 7, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

In many articles that I have written about secession, I have referred to a state that secedes and becomes a new nation. Many times I’ve called it New Texas for want of a better name. But from this moment forward, when I talk about the perfect example of secession, the new nation will have a new name…The Free Republic of North America. Its acronym will be FRONA.

I imagine that you readers, clever as you are, could come up with a better name. And if you do, I may change the name. After all, this is only a cherished dream at this point.

I chose “Free Republic” to mean that…FIRST…we will be free. That comes before anything else. It is our first principle above all else. The government of FRONA will be organized to protect the individual liberty and property rights of every individual.

The “Republic” form of government in FRONA is not the old republic you know. It is a new form of governance. It is modeled after a corporation. The republic in the USA may have started out well-designed in the Constitution, but was bastardized over time to become unworkable and corrupt. The American republic is now dead. The New Corporate Model of Governance is vastly different than the US Constitution in one major way. Every person who becomes a citizen in FRONA has to sign a contract and pay a fee in pure silver. Every citizen is a shareholder in the national government.

The US Constitution has no legal authority over any individual since it is neither a contract nor a treaty. Further, a legal obligation cannot be passed down from generation to generation without the consent of the recipient. A FRONA citizen has a legal contract with his national government that lasts until he forsakes it or until his death. Yes…a FRONA citizen can give up his citizenship simply by cancelling his citizenship contract.

The “NA” part simply shows the location of the nation on the globe.

Just in case you don’t click on the link above to learn about the Corporate Model, here are some highlights of The Free Republic of North America.

FRONA Money

The money of The Free Republic of North America is the Frona. There will be the gold Frona, the silver Frona and the copper Frona.

The first thing that you must do is to stop thinking of gold and silver coins in terms of their value against other currencies, such as the Dollar. Coinage is a function of weight, not price. The national law regarding money would require any minted coin to display its purity and weight, but no value. And the law would proscribe the penalty of death for anyone minting fraudulent coins or altering coins (clipping or shaving).

In FRONA, goods and services will be priced in WEIGHT, not dollars. A pound of steak might be priced at 0.25 ounce of silver. A gallon of gasoline might be priced at 0.10 ounce.

There will be no national money and no national currency. This prevents FRONA from debasing the money and stealing from the citizens. The free market will decide what the medium of exchange is. Common sense suggests that gold, silver and copper coins will become money, and likely silver and copper coinage will be the most widely accepted medium of exchange for day-to-day transactions. (Actually, in the technological age in which we live, the digital transaction will likely be the most utilized medium of exchange.) The FRONA constitution will prohibit itself from declaring legal tender laws. If the FRONA Treasury wants to issue gold and silver coins it may do so, but enjoys no monopoly or control. It would have to compete in the free market like all other minting operations.

FRONA Banking

The FRONA constitution will prohibit fractional reserve banking, and will require all banks to maintain 100% reserves. This prohibits banks from creating money out of thin air like the present global system does. Anything less than 100% reserves is fraud, and will be prosecuted as a felony.

The Central Bank will not exist in FRONA and will be prohibited by law. But in a practical sense, having a central bank only benefits a nation with its own currency. So why bother?

FRONA Contracts and Law

FRONA’s government will hold contract law sacred. The very constitution of FRONA is a contract. The FRONA government will start out with a clean slate as related to criminal and civil law and will not have libraries full of onerous regulations and silly-assed criminal law like drug laws. This gives FRONA an enormous competitive advantage as it begins its existence.

Strict privacy laws will be enacted to protect the privacy of individuals. There will be no tax treaties with other nations of the globe…certainly not with the US.

FRONA Taxation

FRONA has only one source of revenue…a national sales tax of 10%. No property tax, excise tax, duties, tariffs, ad valorem tax, estate tax, corporate tax, income tax…NOTHING but the sales tax. From that revenue FRONA operates its very limited governmental duties. And, because the FRONA citizens own a share in their government, each citizen could receive a dividend check if FRONA has a surplus at the end of the year. Try to wrap your mind around THAT.

“But what about roads, education, law enforcement, courts and stuff?,” I hear you say. First, why do you think government should be involved in any of that? Cannot the free market satisfy those needs better? There are a lot of government programs that would evaporate if they were forced to find a market who would pay for them. Goods and services that have no market willing to pay for them cease to exist. And, if you are not getting taxed like in the USA, you might have enough money to pay your own way.

The FRONA Military

Every person between age 18 and age 55 becomes a member of the FRONA militia. It’s in their citizenship contract. The militia is a defensive force managed by the FRONA national government and organized at a county level. Every militia member is trained and qualifies as a rifleman, and every member keeps a battle rifle in their residence…a full auto battle rifle with no less than 1000 rounds of ammo. Those militia members who are not physically capable to be a warrior can perform necessary administrative functions. But we all serve our nation in the Swiss militia model.

My friends, do not think me a utopian or one who looks at his world through rose-colored glasses. Every government in world history has eventually oppressed its citizens. Nearly all of them have debauched their currencies. FRONA will have the potential to morph into tyranny over time. But with some of the organizational protections built into the founding documents, FRONA stands an excellent chance to be the best method of governance ever designed by a human mind.

Gentle Readers, in the days to come we will explore the other requirements of a new government in The Free Republic of North America. This will force each of us to stop thinking about a government of fifty states, and begin to embrace concepts worthy of a NATION dedicated to individual liberty and property rights. This is an alien concept to most Americans, since we have all grown up and lived under continuously encroaching tyranny belching out of the DC sewer pipe.

Liberty, however, is like the morning dew…new every day.

Secession is the only hope for mankind to enjoy individual liberty and property rights in North America.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

Copyright 2012 Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly given, provided full credit is given.


Flash Editorials April 7, 2012

April 7, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

The Nation I: This week, President Barry got caught talking in front of a microphone without a teleprompter telling him what to say. For those of you living under a rock, the Supremes are going to rule on whether or not Obamacare is Constitutional. Barry called them an “unelected group” (true and intentional), and that overturning the law would be an “unprecedented, extraordinary step” and that they should not overturn the law which was enacted by a “democratically elected Congress.” God, where do I start? Let me start here…Barry’s right. Not that overturning law would be unprecedented…it’s not. But judicial oversight was INVENTED by the Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison in 1803. The doctrine of judicial review cannot be found anywhere in Article III of the Constitution. The state legislatures and state courts are where liberty should be protected and where Federal tyranny should be nullified. But poking the bear with a stick is never a good idea, and Mr. President may be sorry that he did not stay with prepared remarks. These nine robed bears remember full well when he invited them to sit in the front row at the 2009 State of the Union Address, and then scolded them in front of the world for a decision he did not like on campaign finance. Curious, though. Back then, superPACs were evil. This year, he’s planning on having some of his own. May the bears eat his law and shit it back at him.

The Nation II: What practical lessons can we all learn from the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman fiasco? First, don’t ever join or become the neighborhood watch guy. Mind your own business and be the watch guy for your own family or just you and a close neighbor. Do you have any idea how much personal liability you open yourself up to by patrolling your neighborhood with a firearm? I am sure most neighborhood watch groups do not buy a liability insurance policy for their acts. Second, you must know the law in your own state for the use of deadly force. I’m not saying Zimmerman violated Florida law. I’m just saying that the deadly force doctrine is complicated and changes very quickly in a physical confrontation. For example, if you’re being threatened by an assailant and you draw your firearm, OK. But unless that assailant makes a move on you, you cannot shoot him lawfully. As soon as the threat is diminished, such as you move away or he moves away, the deadly force justification goes away. If you must shoot, put two in his torso and one in his head. Dead guys don’t testify. Make sure your story is the only one you have to deal with. Third, don’t talk to cops. I’m not saying you should not cooperate, but everything you do and say will be used against you in court. And fourth, if you can leave the scene before police arrive, I recommend it. Even if you are the shooter. Get away from the scene and call an attorney immediately. “Lawyer up,” as the saying goes. So shoot, scoot and lawyer up.

The Nation III: The General Services Administration (GSA) had a big conference in Las Vegas recently, for which they spent over $800,000. They spend money on clowns, a mind reader and a standup comic. They spent $75,000 on a team-building event in which they built a bicycle. They sent attendees home with commemorative coins and a yearbook for the event. This is the government agency that is the landlord for all the federal buildings and is supposed to hold down costs. When this came to light this week, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson got the axe. I’m amazed at the amount of outrage this has generated. People, listen up. The Congress spends $2.2 trillion a year, and you get your panties in a wad over eight hundred K? Get some perspective. The GSA party in Vegas is not what is stealing your liberty and taxing you to death. Sure, it’s an example of how out of touch Washington is. But America should be storming the Capitol. Congress and the White House don’t fear the people, and until they do, not much in Washington is going to change.

International I: Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, has been in Cuba undergoing cancer treatments since late March. I understand he got a few minutes with Pope Bennie last week. Let’s hope the Pope brought his little vial of healing oil with him to Havana. Chavez is 57 and does not want to die just yet. He wants to dick with Washington a little more before his candle goes out.

International II: Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika, age 78, died this week of a heart attack. He was a reformer and pretty popular in Malawi. They export a lot of tobacco in Malawi, although the tobacco goes into cigarettes, not cigars. Which brings me to a point. Are you aware of all the toxic chemicals that go into making paper? Bunches of nasty stuff. If you’ve ever lived near a paper mill, you will never forget the stench of the mill. But people around the world think it’s OK to grind up some tobacco, wrap it in paper, light it on fire and breathe in the smoke. What a lousy way to get your nicotine fix!! If you’re going to smoke tobacco, why not at least look for a stick with a tobacco wrapper instead of paper? Smoke cigars. Smoke pipes. But cigarette smoking is kind of stupid if you ask me. White men learned tobacco smoking from the American Indians. I’ll bet they didn’t die of lung cancer. I could be wrong, though.

Business: Remember back about a month ago, when the Obama Justice Department struck a deal with the mega-banks to limit the amount of money they were liable for because of the “robo-signing” of mortgages as well as lots of other criminal shenanigans in the real estate foreclosure debacle of the last 5-6 years? Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Part two of the housing slump is getting ready to happen. The big settlement now allows banks and lenders to finish foreclosures that were previously clogged up. It doesn’t matter whether the banks have legal title to the house. The inventory of troubled homes in America is said to be north of 9 million. That means that (1) in the process of liquidating these properties, values are going to continue plummeting, and (2) the housing market will not find bottom any time soon, and (3) the housing market will not begin to recover until 9 MILLION houses clear the market. That means somebody will have to accept the losses on all the foreclosures and write them off. Don’t expect the banks to do this. They’re too big to fail. By the time the housing market hits true bottom, expect to see housing prices about a third of what they used to be. Not 33% lower…67% lower. A $100,000 house in 2006 could sell in the mid-$30,000 range over the next 2-5 years. Are you in the real estate business? Are you in the mortgage business? Perhaps you might think about another career path. Last week, we talked about trends, and sunset industries. Real estate is a sunset industry. Massive amounts of overpriced inventory can only mean one thing…fire sale pricing. Does it make sense to keep trying to milk a dry cow?

That brings me to tonight’s commercial message. Energy is the last industry in North America to deregulate. Think about all the industries that have deregulated in the last hundred years…shipping, trucking, air travel, long distance services, the phone companies, and more. When deregulation happens, there is always a massive transfer of wealth from the old monopolies to the new competitors. Companies like UPS, Fedex, Sprint, Verizon, Southwest Airlines and Airtran….none of them existed until deregulation happened. And now energy deregulation is sweeping across America. The energy industry is also the biggest industry ever to deregulate, a $500 Billion a year giant. The new trend, my friends, is energy deregulation. Here’s my question: Do you want to take advantage of a fast-growing trend that will continue growing over the next 20-30 years? Every adult that lives indoors pays an energy bill every month. Energy is a non-negotiable life-essential monthly expense. Many people will pay the light bill before the rent simply because if they don’t, the utility will cut off their service. But YOU can position yourself so that you get paid a monthly income when hundreds or thousands of individuals and businesses pay their monthly energy bills. Those visionaries who get in early stand to make fortunes over the coming years! To learn more about my Energy business, go to: MasterpieceEnergy.com. Watch the opening video about “Lifestyle.” Then look to the left and click on “Defining Moments” to learn about a truly recession-proof business.

Economy I: The number of actual new unemployment claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 311,339 in the week ending March 31, down only 12,054 from the previous week. Yet, the Labor Department reported 357,000 new jobless claims…a number higher than the real number by over 46,000!! Folks…what am I missing? What possible benefit is there to the Obama Administration to over-report new jobless claims numbers week after week? Apparently, I’m missing some Machiavellian reason for lying to America.

Sports Part I: The University of Kentucky stepped up strong Monday night and beat Kansas for the Men’s basketball national title. Congratulations, Wildcats!

Sports Part II: The Baylor Women’s basketball team went 40-0 this season, and their last win was the national championship. And most of their star are undergrads and will return next year. I wonder how far they can extend this streak? Should be a great year for them next season.

Entertainment: Professional smartass Keith Olbermann got his smartass fired last week from Current TV, the cable channel founded by Al Gore. With a decidedly liberal, socialist-loving, big government supporting viewpoint, the channel decided that Olbermann was too much of a petulant wannabe star to put up with any longer. Current TV hired Olbermann and was building their whole persona around him. Olbermann sued Current TV for about $50 million, and his former bosses are countersueing for unspecified damages. Think about it. How bad do you have to be to get Al Gore to get a belly full of you? Go back to sports, Keith. I liked some of your stuff on Current TV, but stop being a prick.

That’s all for tonight. Thanks for watching. I am Russell D. Longcore. For all of us here at Dump D C: Good night and good luck.

Dump DC: Six Letters That Can Change History.

Copyright 2012: Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


Constitutional Quizzery

March 12, 2012

by Tom Baugh
StarvingTheMonkeys.com

(Edtitor’s Note: Tom shows the path to secession. Attaboy, Tom!!)

Despite a continual degradation of liberty in these united States, the patriot blogosphere continues to be energized with sentiments such as “keep your hands off my Constitution”, “let’s restore the Constitution”, “if you don’t like my Constitution then you should get the hell out”, or “I can’t wait to kill all the people who don’t like my Constitution”. Or variations of this same theme.

While such emotional reactions probably feel good to the reactionary spouting them (who is, by the way, trying to articulate perfectly legitimate concerns about something having gone terribly wrong in this country), they ignore some simple facts about the Constitution itself. Without going into all the details about the facts which support a Hamiltonian power grab (Boston T. Party does a fine job of this all by himself in his Hologram of Liberty”), splitting hairs about “of” or “for”, or devolving into yet another academic Spooner tug-fest, we can let the Constitution speak for itself.

First, however, I would like to slice and dice some of the founding documents so that we can see Constitutional reality. For our purposes here, the founding documents can be divided as follows:

a. The Declaration of Independence (DoI).
b. The seven articles of Constitutional power.
c. The Bill of Rights (BoR).
d. The remainder of the amendments to the Constitution.

Pop Quiz (which should be a breeze for those Constitutional scholars so confident of their patriotism that they would easily exile or execute those with whom they disagree, freedom of speech notwithstanding):

Question 1: Of these four divisions, two are about liberty, one is about centralized government control, and the remainder patches holes discovered in that power over time. Can you name which is which?

Question 2: Of these four divisions, which is the one that most patriot types have in mind when considering ideas such as “oathkeeping” versus “oathbreaking”?

Question 3: For the division given as the answer to the previous question, what enforcement provisions exist to ensure the rights described therein are protected?

Question 4: Other than individual cases which don’t amount to a hill of stacked crap, when throughout the entire history of the nation have those rights been protected in any crisis of any magnitude (hint: Katrina), crises being the only time in which preservation of rights is essential?

OK, I could go on and on, but I run the risk of losing some of those who are starting to get a nagging, uncomfortable feeling. Let’s get rid of the nagging and make sure it is a full-bore deliberate uncomfortable feeling instead, and grade those papers. Get out your red pens, gang.

Answer 1: This first question should be easy. Only the DoI and BoR are about liberty. I think we can all agree that the concepts in those two documents are essential to a free people. In contrast, the seven articles of Constitutional power delineate the power structure established by, and powers granted to, the central government. The other amendments primarily patch holes in that framework when too much actual liberty threatens to squirt out at the seams.

Answer 2: Again, an easy question. Most patriots, especially military veterans, have in mind the BoR when thinking warm fuzzy thoughts about Constitutional oaths. But you can be sure that high office holders are instead only thinking about all that power vested in their offices when they take an oath. Both groups are correct, but only one of them carries the day in any meaningful way, which brings us to…

Answer 3: There is no enforcement language whatsoever for the Bill of Rights. Any prohibition without enforcement is merely a suggestion. Or propaganda, depending on your point of view. And so …

Answer 4: Whenever your rights bump up against the power of the high office holders or their mid- to low-office minions, you lose. Every time. Wherever or whenever you think Americans have been free in the past, it is just because the feds (read as “enforcers for the elites”) hadn’t gotten around to walling that place off yet. The tyranny has always been lying there dormant, waiting to be used, and leaks through the cracks in times of crisis. But now, it’s all crisis, isn’t it?

Now, the usual patriot answer is that “wee the people” have somehow let down “wee the people” by not marching on DC with our NRA-sanctioned sporting arms and straightening out “thee the people” in those high offices. Again, this sounds good, but the fact it has NEVER happened, and NEVER will, is due to one simple provision in all of that power stuff we usually skip over while paging one-handed over to the good stuff in that Bill of Suggested Rights If They Aren’t Too Inconvenient When They Matter Most.

Bonus Question:

Care to guess which one provision totally pulls the rug out from under any patriot movement based on purely Constitutional principles? For additional credit, what other provisions support this view?

(tick tock tick tock)

Don’t feel bad, it took me years to get this one, too…

(tick tock tick tock)

Hint: It’s in Article II…

(tick tock tick tock)

Another hint: Look in Section 2 of that Article.

(tick tock tick tock)

Let’s read it together:

“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States…”

Catch that?

Oh, you know, that little part where it says that if you want to have a militia, that the President owns it? And, by extension, the only valid militia is that of your State, which the President owns, too (check history, the real one, not what you learned in public school, for numerous examples before you argue the feel-good patriot-fantasy to the contrary). So, in effect, my patriot friends, by swearing to the sanctity of the Constitution, you have handed over your one means of enforcing compliance with that Bill of Rights fantasy. See also that militia stuff buried within the Article I, Section 8 laundry list, as well as in Article IV, Section 4.

These provisions of centralized Constitutional power are why there has never been, and will never be, any meaningful resistance to increasing national control and encroachment of every issue of life for each one of us. We are on a one-way path to oblivion, since our best means to resist has been carefully crafted to be meaningless from the start. Sure, form a militia, which, by the way, is the absolutely and ethically correct (albeit unlawful) reaction to our circumstances. But, after doing so, then all of your oathkeeping Constitutionalist buddies, you know, the ones in the officially sanctioned police and military militias, will demand that said local and/or private militia then answer to the President, and by extension to the elites who actually run this country. Said powers, will of course, demand that said militia disband and go home.

Despite Second Amendment propaganda, you have no Constitutional recourse of last resort to oppose with force the laws of the (capital letter) United States, including laws such as NDAA. Which means, of course, that any local militia opposition fantasies are strictly un-Constitutional, by definition.

Checkmate on the first move. Well, actually, before you even get to move.

My friends, despite what you want to believe about this nation, no form of government which criminalizes the right of any person to band together with his neighbors for armed mutual defense, against enemies foreign or domestic, can hold any validity in the mind of a free man.

Forget arguments about anarchist this, or Constitutionalist that, or any other ist you choose, this prohibition is the central nugget. By placing militias under the control of the Chief Executive, and providing for the use of that force to enforce compliance with laws, even, or especially, those laws which blatantly violate the Bill of Rights, we all lose.

Within two years of taking office, the first President showed exactly what central power was all about, by raising an army of 12,000 men to put down tax resisters in the Whiskey Rebellion. Review that little bit of history at your leisure. Note that the same founders who were aghast at a tea tax, and threw that famous Tea Party, didn’t take too kindly to the same behavior being applied to their tax against Appalachian corn tea out in the sticks (Yeah, I know, there’s that whole “no taxation without representation” slogan. But, who do you think gets more representation? You out in the sticks, or the elites with their checkbooks? If you think your vote actually means anything, or lets you make a meaningful or informed decision, you haven’t been paying attention to reality lately).

As you may recall, the private militias which had formed in the hinterland for mutual defense against that first major national tax were labeled as treasonous and enemies of the state. And the rest of the nation just lapped that rationale up. Just as the North lapped up a similar labeling of the breakaway South. And just as contemporary citizens lap up the idea that militia types are somehow dangerous to law and order as more than half of them wait for their government checks. See the pattern?

Your absolutely correct and noble desire to form a local militia to protect yourself against unconstitutional behavior is itself unconstitutional. Embrace that fact. The first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem, and we, my friends, have a big problem right there in black and white.

This is the document to which the Constitutionalists swear, and then wonder about the results in endless frustration. Lacking a constant brimming threat of imminent militia action, the national government has run amok, and will continue to run increasingly amok, all within Constitutional bounds.

As it was designed to do from the start for reasons you’ll discover once you open your eyes to see reality for what it really is.

Sadly, we are taught, and many of our Constitutionalist brethren believe, that the only alternative is anarchy and chaos. Anarchy and chaos is, of course, the natural end result of the path we are on. And sadly, there is no way back the way we’ve come, for a variety of reasons too numerous to list here. It is going to go all the way down, like it or not. Eventually, the US will run out of blood (regardless of even an inevitable draft someday) and treasure (regardless of how many nations from which we “democratize” valuable natural resources) necessary to pay the bondholders who own this country. Eventually, that little thing known as “the full faith and credit” runs completely dry no matter how many drag themselves up to wearily salute the tattered flag of the banksters’ state.

The question is, what then? What do we put in place to make sure the same juggernaut won’t be revived the next time around?

We’ve learned from this little quarter-millennial experiment that only a system in which universal local militia service is codified can protect you in any meaningful way or preserve civilization in any recognizable form. Only the Constitutional prohibition of the universal local militia renders immune from the consequences of their misbehavior tyrants at all levels, from the greenest cop to the highest office holders, including the generals who will one day come to crush your own private Whiskey Rebellion. It is for this reason that the proponents of the Bill of Rights struggled to check what they saw back then as a Hamiltonian juggernaut aimed at the throats of the individual citizen. A struggle which has now proven to be in vain.

As I said before, no form of government which criminalizes the right to band together with his neighbors for armed mutual defense, against enemies foreign or domestic, can hold any validity in the mind of a free man.

But that freedom comes with a price. And one facet of that price is that the individual citizen would have to participate, to man and woman up, to not delegate their responsibilities to unknown, faceless others. In a world in which even an invalid grandmother can spot targets out her farmhouse window and call for fire, the typical sandal-wearing 911-dialing man-mouse would become an endangered species. And civilization would thus lurch forward for the better as it crunches over the bones of those who gladly trade liberty for insecurity. Including those bones of those nobly misguided patriots who fear the prospect of local or regional warlords (read as “militia leaders”) so much that they eagerly not only accept, but actively promote, the yoke of the greatest warlord class in history in exchange for protection from those lesser shadows.

Does this mean our situation is hopeless? No, our situation is hopeless only so long as self-defined patriots think that restoring the Constitution, as written, is a viable path. As I have said many times, there is nothing broken with the Constitution that needs restoring; it is working fine and dandy, just as it was designed to do, which is to protect the elites from the rabble, foreign and domestic, who might otherwise take exception to unremitting theft and corruption under the color of twisted law.

The only valid path for us now is to stand aside while it all crumbles away. Let those who continue to fantasize about a republic which never was throw themselves into that self-defeating breach. Save them if they are willing to learn, but let them go if they won’t. Eventually, evolution will do what it always does, which is to correct error and reward, in its painful way, reality and truth.

A day will arrive when the last gasping pure Constitutionalist, bewildered to the end while defending his oppressors, has been crushed in the gears of the machine designed to feed the elites. Only then will those elites be stripped of the power to protect themselves from their victims. Stripped how? By local militias who refuse to yield more blood or treasure to their service. Universal service in militias under local control, my friends, is the only way forward. We’ve seen where the road leads without those local militias.

So, plan for that inevitable outcome. Organize your patriot militias, not to vainly restore the perfectly intact Constitution, nor to defend it for the benefits of the elite who have owned this country from inception, but to replace it when this house of cards finally collapses under its weight, preserving yourselves and your neighbors within that storm. Then, on the other side, let’s work together to restore the principles of liberty and put teeth into the rights of man with meaningful consequences enforced by local militias, unfettered by those who rightly fear them.

© 2009-2012 Starve Monkey Press, Inc. All rights reserved.


Flash Editorials March 3, 2012

March 3, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

To watch an entertaining animated version of this article, click below.

The Nation I: Andrew Breitbart, the blogger that exposed Anthony Weiner for his sexual indiscretions, and became a high profile, Drudge-like alternative news figure, made a speech about three weeks ago at the CPAC convention that he would release footage about Barack Obama’s connections to Marxists Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn on March 1st that threatened to derail the Obama re-election. But late Wednesday night the 29th, he spent time in a bar near his home with friends, and then about 11:30, left the bar alone to walk home. On his way, he allegedly had a heart attack and died at age 43. This death is far too coincidental to be accepted at face value. We wonder if Andrew entrusted that video to others who will now release it? Julian Assange of Wikileaks, call your office.

The Nation II: Mitt won the Michigan primary, but not convincingly. In all but Oakland County…where he used to live…Santorum tied him. Mitt won by about 30,000 votes, and that was the difference in Oakland County. And Mitt and Rick both get delegates. Super Tuesday is coming next Tuesday. Oh Boy…

The Nation III: I stumbled and tripped into a story this week about the US becoming self-sufficient in transportation fuels. The biggest use of crude oil is in the production of gasoline and diesel fuel. That is the blood in the veins of the American economy. And every day we see headlines about how the price of fuel is rising. We feel powerless to do anything about it. But did you know that the technology ALREADY EXISTS to get America off foreign oil? The United States is the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. We have hundreds of years of reserves of natural gas in our own country. And ALL internal combustion engines will run perfectly well on compressed natural gas (CNG). In fact, engines run cleaner, last longer and pollute less on CNG. There are tens of thousands of vehicles already operating daily on CNG, like buses, big trucks, and fleet vehicles. And the price of CNG for transportation fuel is only about $1.40 per gallon!!! So, why isn’t there a big push in America for CNG vehicles and CNG fueling stations? Honda already makes a Civic model that uses CNG. And when a diesel engine is converted to CNG, it becomes a hybrid, burning both fuels. There is absolutely no downside to CNG as transportation fuels and the more popular it became, the more the price would drop. That is, if Washington could keep their filthy mitts off the program. Another conspiracy? You explain why it’s not happening.

International I: The town of Rasquera, Spain has approved a land lease to private individuals who want to grow cannabis…hemp…or marijuana by any other name. There will be 7 hectares (about 17.33 acres) under cultivation. And in Spain, no one is getting the red-ass about it. Maybe this will be a good example for the rest of us.

International II: The bank of Israel began shifting some of its capital from US Treasury Bonds into US equities beginning Friday, March 2nd. This is a sovereign central bank that has committed $1.5 Billion to start, and will now invest directly in the stock of US companies. This is illegal for the Federal Reserve to do here in America. Why a problem? Because if the Fed is doing swaps with a foreign entity, it is equivalent to the Fed doing the same thing. And that means that central banks can take very aggressive stock positions and back them with Credit Default Swaps Then when the stock goes in the shitter, they can hit up the citizens for their losses. These guys just keep coming up with new and more cunningly dirty ways to rape and pillage the world economic system.

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Business: In the theaters now is “The Lorax,” a Dr. Seuss knock-off that raps on consumerism and commercialization. Of course, you’ll have to pony up about ten bucks to take little Johnny to see this crap in the theater, and don’t forget to do business with the 70 or so companies that are using the Lorax images to sell their products, from IHOP pancakes to Mazda to HP. Why isn’t there a McDonald’s Happy Meal with a Lorax inside? I’ll bet that the Lorax and all the other little woodland creatures in the movie would be delicious on a toasted sesame-seed bun.

Economy: The number of actual new unemployment claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 331,906 in the week ending February 25th. But the “seasonally-adjusted” number reported by the government is 351,000. This week, the Labor Department actually reported 20,000 MORE new claims than actually occurred. If you haven’t figured out by now that these numbers are entirely cooked week to week, hold a mirror under your nose and check for fog on the mirror. Meanwhile, don’t forget that 331,906 people’s lives got severely changed in the last seven days because they got fired or laid off. A week ago they had a job. This week, none. 331,906…this week. Got any compassion?

Sports: NASCAR kicked off its season at Daytona last week, and Matt Kenseth won the 500-mile race. Here is how a NASCAR fan counts to ten: “McMurray, Keselowski, Dale, four, Kasey, Stenhouse, Robby Gordon, eight, Ambrose, Danica.”

Entertainment: The Academy Awards show was the women’s biggest fashion show of the year. The guys are mere extras. A silent movie got multiple Oscars, and Hugo mopped up the rest. The best Oscar of the night went to “The Separation,” for Best Foreign Language Film. It was made in Iran…you know that Islamic country that hates us for our freedoms. I always love to see somebody stick their thumb in DC’s eye.

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© Copyright 2012, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


Faiths and Public Affairs

March 2, 2012

by Tibor Machan

(Editor’s Note: This is the most thoughtful, well-written treatise about religion in the public sector that I have ever read. I wish I had written it.)

Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has made an impassioned pitch in favor of rejecting the famous doctrine of the separation of church and state. He made his position clear on the ABC-TV program, “This Week,” on Sunday, February 26: “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” Santorum noted. “The idea that the church should have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical of the objectives and vision of our country.”

Of course, the exact statement he made is sadly hyperbolic since no one has ever advocated that church should have no influence on the operations of the state or government. Religion clearly has influence through its role in the formation of individual opinions, which in a free country play a crucial role in guiding public affairs. As a matter of the faith of the citizenry, religion’s involvement in public affairs is ubiquitous.

The idea behind the church-state separation is that when it comes to public affairs or the official edicts of governments, these are not supposed to be based on church policies or doctrines but on the secular ideas of the country’s constitution, ideas that any human being is capable of grasping and criticizing, no matter his or her religion. Let us see what lies behind this position and why it is sound.

When we discuss political economy, resting one’s case on faith places one’s ideas on wobbly foundations. By “faith” is meant a mode of belief based on the will to accept or commit, often despite systematic evidence to the contrary, or on belief not based on supporting evidence of the sort available for systematic, organized, public scrutiny. Indeed, faith is often taken by its champions and adherents to be something extra rational. Its merit lies, supposedly, in the fact that it is not based on evidence or reason but often contradicts both. Thus it is harder to sustain – and it is this difficulty that is supposed to make it a noble achievement to have and keep such a faith. If it were a conviction or belief based on evidence and reason it would lack this element, or so some theologians and religious leaders maintain.

The problem with faith is that, especially concerning matters of public policy but even vis-a-vis personal and social problems, it is rather hopeless to expect congruence or agreement to arise among very different people with different experiences, traditions and religious convictions that are based on faith. How, then, can faith be used to reach common or public convictions?

Faith is a very private mental disposition. In many theological systems it is supposed to be at God’s discretion whether someone will have faith or not. Augustine, for example, saw it as something that people acquired by the grace of God. Within this tradition, human beings are in a sense impotent when it comes to gaining faith – they are either graced with it or not.

But in matters of importance to all people, to the citizenry as a whole, it is futile to rely on such a method for reaching understanding and convictions. Indeed, there is a virtual guarantee of discord when faith is invoked. It may be appreciated, in this light, why there are nearly 4,200 different religions in the United States alone and why so many of the public conflicts around the globe find much of their source in religious views, and why religion is something that many people refuse to debate or argue (since, again, one either has or doesn’t have it). The religious based conflicts across the globe occur mostly where religion and the public sphere are thoroughly intertwined.

To be sure, religion has been present for most of history. As George Orwell illustrates in his classic book and indictment of communism, Animal Farm, there is always a priest or minister around no matter what politics happen to dominate (represented by the omnipresence of the raven through his story). Thus, Roman Catholic and other churches didn’t even collapse under the self-proclaimed atheistic system of communism and managed to live peacefully within others.

The presence of religion in nearly all epochs and societies, however, is no argument for the truth of much of what these religions proclaim – after all, most societies adhere to widespread superstitions, such as astrology, as well as all kinds of dubious practices and institutions, which arguably rest on various false beliefs about the world and about how we all should live. The pervasiveness of these doesn’t render them true.

Nonetheless, it is probably because religions consider a good deal of what is important to human life, like codes of conduct that resonate so sufficiently with common sense, that they have staying power. And there is also the plain fact that secular philosophies haven’t been sufficiently attentive to ethics or morality – often claiming that these, too, along with the descriptive parts of theologies, are myths. This isn’t a credible view and religions have thrived by holding that they alone can provide people with ethics for guiding their lives.

There are also many heroic acts by religious people against various forms of tyranny. But these don’t render the general outlook of the heroes true. For example, Roman Catholic Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary opposed the Stalinist regime in his country, invoking grounds that any secular liberal thinker could appreciate. Lord Acton’s liberalism isn’t especially wedded to religion even though he himself was Catholic. Although the real concerns many religious people have about tyrannies and totalitarian regimes needn’t be based on any specifically religious convictions – unless, of course, everything one believes rests on those – the ethical leadership provided from within religion has been significant in fighting such systems.

The bottom line is that what makes us human, most of all, is that we use reason and need to do so to make headway in our daily lives. In a country fit for human survival and for thriving, religion can’t be a basis for public policy. That’s why resting beliefs on the common capacity to reason, instead of on faith, and the need to discuss with others how one should lead one’s life, has greater promise for peace and justice, especially in organized human communities inhabited by very different people.

So one crucial reason that religiously based public policies have dubious merit is that their justification can’t be examined along lines available to us in virtue of our humanity alone. A human community, as opposed to a sectarian or religious one, can’t rest its institutions on what arises from faith – especially not if those institutions aim to be considered fairly and openly by all those who might be citizens, including members of very different religious denominations as well as many who lack any such membership.

Nonetheless, in a multicultural, highly diverse society such as those in most of the advanced civilizations today, especially the famous melting pot that’s the United States of America, the realm of public affairs cannot be approached from a religious viewpoint. Doing that would necessarily result in constant internal conflicts that are in principle unresolvable.

Accordingly, Rick Santorum’s call for what would amount to a substantially theocratic society must be rejected by all reasonable citizens, especially those who realize that religion is vital to their own lives regardless of how little that religion is shared by their fellow citizens. The best defense of religion and its free exercise is not to allow any particular faith to become dominant via the political system.

Tibor Machan, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Auburn University and holds the R. C. Hoiles Endowed Chair in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at the Argyros School of Business & Economics at Chapman University.

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