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.


Liars

October 18, 2012

They Have To Lie…It’s Required

By Russell D. Longcore

I watched the presidential debate Tuesday night from Hofstra University. This is actually the first debate I have watched from start to finish. I have a few thoughts, as you might expect.

Read the following text very carefully. Once you get a few words in, you will likely recognize it.

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers fro the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any For of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

This is from Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, paragraph two, the first two sentences. Look at the photos below. The text above is behind the candidates on the wall as artwork.

….I….must….lie….

Bye now…we’re going to go braid each other’s hair and talk about boys.

While I was searching for these two photos, I discovered the same artwork in many of the “debate” venues going back many years. So I’m thinking that the Presidential Debate Commission used the D of I words over and over at debate venues.

Who cares? You should.

Those two sentences are ALL ABOUT REBELLION AND OVERTHROW of a tyrannical, despotic government. Later Jefferson writes that it is the DUTY of The People to “throw off such Government.”

Such powerful words and phrases should make the heart of every politician quake with fear of a People in their righteous indignation rising up and throwing off such government. It’s almost as if Washington’s power structure is saying “we DARE you” to the electorate. Or perhaps they are simply pointing out what chumps and suckers the American citizens are.

Instead, The People Fear the Government. The politicos brazenly hang the quote up behind themselves as wall art and blithely go about their despotic business. And what is that despotism, eloquently exhibited last evening by both candidates?

It Is Never Ending LIES in public. Then doing whatever the hell they like. Remember the old saying, “Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.”

Last night, both candidates lied every time they spoke. They were well-done lies…cleverly spoken lies…but lies nonetheless. Both candidates were Artful Dodgers last night. They spoke in wide generalizations and used connotation words…but almost NO SPECIFICS. Further, every subject touched last night concerning what each candidate would do is entirely outside whatever Constitutional restriction may have ever existed. In fact, the word “Constitution” was not used by either candidate, the moderator nor any person asking a question throughout the entire televised event.

Dear Readers, the entire American political system is built upon lies. To wit:

• The Constitution is our guide
• The Dollar is strong
• Banking is ethical
• America must defend itself abroad
• Voting is crucial to our political system
• Social Security and Medicare will be saved
• The unemployment rate is less than 8%
• Quantitative Easing helps America
• Anyone in the military is a hero
• Iran is working toward nuclear weapons
• China is a currency manipulator
• Politicians create jobs
• Washington wants to fix the immigration policy
• Israel is our ally
• And the list goes on and on and on

The American political system REQUIRES adherents to lie. Our monetary system, which is fiat currency and fractional reserve banking regulated by the Federal Reserve, is a total fraud. Any banking system that permits, even enforces a reserve amount less than 100%, is a lie. So, if you support a system built upon lies, does it not naturally flow that you must lie to maintain the system? Truth would bring the system down.

What would Americans do if the Presidential candidates told the truth about that list above?

• The Constitution has been dead since the early 1800s.
• The Dollar is going to collapse because Washington has borrowed too much, printed too much paper money and decoupled the Dollar from any underlying hard metal. The nations of the world are rejecting the Dollar as world reserve currency.
• Fractional reserve banking allows banks to create money from thin air.
• America is going bankrupt supporting troops around the globe and funding unnecessary military technology and hardware. Over 4,000 men died in combat in the Middle East for nothing.
• Social Security and Medicare are going insolvent and will accelerate.
• The real unemployment rate in America is over 20%.
• Borrowing half of the amount Washington spends is insane.
• Military personnel that obey unlawful orders are not heroes.
• Iran is only developing fissionable materials for electric power and medical technology, and that has been proven.
• China owns Washington entirely and DC knows it.
• Only the free market creates jobs, politicians only get in the way.
• Washington and its contributors LIKE illegal workers and don’t want to change it.
• Israel manipulates the White House and Congress at will because Israel knows that Christianity wants Jesus to return as the Messiah.

Wouldn’t we all expect that the American people would rise up and throw off such Government? No. There WAS a candidate that DID tell the truth about all those issues. His name is Dr. Ron Paul. Look where he is today.

Sadly, after 59 years on this planet, and an adulthood of watching politics in America, I hold no such hope. Americans don’t care. In fact, Americans LIKE being lied to. It that were not so, why would Americans enthusiastically support men like Obama or Romney, Ryan and Biden? Why would over 100 million go to the polls in November and vote AT ALL?

In the Free Republic of North America, we start out with truth. We write a truthful Charter. We establish a truthful government with limited, MEASURABLE duties. We outlaw a central bank and require 100% reserve banking. We create the Frona, a money of gold, silver and copper. We establish a citizen militia that stays within our borders.

Because FRONA is established in truth, our leaders cultivate and practice habits of truthfulness. Truth is revered and required to live in FRONA. Truth is the yardstick by which all human action is measured.

That is what you get when there are standards and morals in your country.

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.


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.


The FRONA Constitution

October 12, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

FRONA is the acronym of The Free Republic of North America. This is my fictional name for the first american state that secedes. As I continue to write about state secession, I will use FRONA as my example of how I think secession should be done.

After I posted the article “Life in FRONA,” I started getting messages about how my corporate model is a bad idea. Of course, the complainers did not offer any better ideas, or any ideas at all. Just whining. So let’s look at how the FRONA charter would be structured.

LEADERSHIP

Somebody has to start this ball rolling. So a group of individuals will have to organize and create the Declaration of Independence, the Ordinance of Secession and the FRONA constitution (hereafter called the Charter).

Secession will spring forth from guys like me and folks like you. We have to do the intellectual heavy lifting now to prepare for our opportunity for liberty.

When it comes time for secession, the impetus may come from the grass roots folks, but it probably will end up in your state house. Most folks look to their state government as the leaders of their state. Unfortunately, for the most part, governors and state legislatures are the farm club for the Washington team. We should be extremely wary of any person who governed under the old system that failed. Remember that they approved of fiat money, fractional reserve banking and central banking. So I contend that the only thing that will motivate politicians toward secession is the economic collapse of the USA with the death, destruction and crime that occurs when The Shyt Hits The Fan.

Will the state that is contemplating secession actually consider a new way of organizing, or will the leaders simply keep doing the same things that failed…just with new bosses? My pragmatic side tells me “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” Most of the population of the USA is so inured to “democracy” and Federalism that they cannot think. I’m betting that deprivation on a massive scale will jar the people who want to survive into considering a Plan B.

Think back to the days before the Continental Congress formed in 1774, before meeting to hammer out a Declaration of Independence. None of the men were “elected” by ANYONE. Many were delegates sent from the Colonies. Benjamin Franklin wasn’t elected to anything. He was simply a revered and influential intellectual of his day.

Everybody that showed up to organize the “D of I” wasn’t a fan of fighting King George. But they were committed to liberty. The group accepted parliamentary procedure as a framework in which to conduct their business.

I will deal with a Declaration of Independence another time. It is that document that will identify the new nation as The Free Republic of North America, known as FRONA. And the signatories will be the Founding “Fathers”…girls also welcomed to the club.

**BIG POINT**

Stop thinking about a new Constitution like the US Constitution. Even the Articles of Confederation are not relevant. Why? A state that is seceding is becoming a NATION. The stuff that deals with state’s rights, etc, don’t matter in a single nation. Frankly, there is a lot in the US Constitution that should be kicked into the ashbin of history.

**END OF BIG POINT**

I have already written an article on how to secede with Here is How To Secede From The Union.” Read it.

When the FRONA organizational group begins, it should utilize the framework of parliamentary procedure also. Robert’s Rules of Order would be a good place to start.

When a FRONA is created, the first officers will be chosen from among the Founders. That group might be 5 people or 50 people or 5,000 people or more. In the Corporate model there is usually a President, and/or a Chief Executive Officer, a Vice President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Normally, a Board of Directors is either elected or appointed, and there is usually a Chairman of the Board chosen from among the Directors. So it will be with the FRONA organizational group. Let’s write FRONA’s Charter to create the same offices for us.

My recommendation is that the entry fee for eligibility to be in the FRONA Founder’s organization is one ounce of .999% pure silver. Once the charter is ratified and FRONA springs to life, one share of common stock would be issued to each person who paid the entry fee in FRONA. We can stipulate that only shareholders may be a FRONA citizen or hold an office in the FRONA government. We can also stipulate that shares may only be sold back to FRONA for the same one ounce of silver, and no other transfer of ownership will be valid or lawful.

Now let’s fill the officer’s positions. Anyone who paid the fee gets one vote. We will vote for each position until all positions are filled. Now we have a founding organization.

Let’s continue writing the Charter.

Any person who owns one share of common stock may vote on any issue brought before the FRONA Board of Directors for disposition. Voting may be done through proxy, in the same manner as proxy voting is done in corporations throughout the world. And every vote must sustain a quorum of voter/stockholders. For example, if there are 1 million outstanding shares, there must be no less than 500,001 votes cast in any instance for the outcome to be legitimate. And in FRONA, there WILL be proper identification required to prove one’s status as a legitimate voter. No people in cemeteries voting. Think about it. How often do you hear about massive voter fraud in corporations? HARDLY EVER. Why? Only shareholders can vote.

No more purely representative government, like the one in the US Constitution that was corrupted over time. Everyone gets to vote on everything. No more blaming the outcome on your Congressman.

What about preferred stock for FRONA? Why not issue a certain amount of preferred stock, denominated in .999% pure gold, available for purchase at a weight set by the free market? This would create instant capital for FRONA. Just a thought.

The Charter will have to contain sections about:

Monetary Policy
Taxation and Treasury
Civil Law
Criminal Law
Commerce
Matters of State (boundaries, citizenship, elections/voting, diplomacy, etc.)
Defense
Legislative (The Board of Directors)
Executive

The list will go on, but these sections can get the new nation started. The most important things that will be contained in the Charter are the limited functions of the Executives and the Board of Directors. Their duty under the Charter is to protect individual liberty and property rights.

Let’s not be naïve here. The US Constitution was supposed to form a pseudo-management company for the states, with strictly defined duties. That did not work out so well, and there are lots of reasons for that failure. The Corporate Model of Governance seeks to avoid the structural defects of the US Constitution and create a nation in which the free market can be truly free. There will always be men who wish to control and rule others. We simply desire to structure a nation in which those tyrants find little opportunity to practice their tyranny.

FRONA is the kind of nation I want to leave to my grandchildren.

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.


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