Question Authority, Always and Forever

September 21, 2009

by William Buppert

Human progress is furthered, not by conformity, but by aberration.
~ H.L. Mencken

For some time, I have been trying to figure out why the nation and we as individuals are in the fix we are in now. Many reasons manifest themselves. We labor under a government of such monstrous reach and epic incompetence that it makes the Soviets now look like a paragon of efficiency and probity. We suffer under a ruling class that has not simply been a gangster government under Obamunism but has been this way since the defeat of the original Constitution in 1865. With each illegitimate war since 1898, the power of the Federal government has increased exponentially. With each manufactured crisis, liberties and freedoms have withered and died. This is simply the latest and greatest improvement in the ongoing process of our overseers to find emerging ways to increase the output of our slavery.

I have alluded before that we live in the country and have occasion to run across orphaned animals. We have horses and chickens and other assorted animals on the Circle A Ranch. My wife happens to be a fantastic gardener and the reincarnation of Dr. Doolittle. We discovered by following the horrid cacophony of rabbit screams three orphaned cottontails, two of which promptly died. My wife is now nursing the survivor and hoping to brighten his life expectancy in this mortal coil. As is her wont, she is an inveterate researcher and proceeded to go on the ’net and search out advice on care and feeding of a rabbit which is not one of our areas of husbandry expertise. What struck her were the countless admonitions to seek government assistance and report it to wildlife “authorities” or the zoo. I look around and converse with colleagues and associates to find my fellow Americans increasingly frightened or unfamiliar with doing anything without someone’s permission. Whether at work or play, we:

* obey speed limits that have nothing do with safety and simply provide revenue to our rulers
* pay property taxes which inevitably increase the yoke around our necks locally and pay for the intellectual suicide pact call government schooling
* pay extraordinary sales taxes on local and state purchases to subsidize the countless layers of bureaucracy that choke citizen and business productivity everyday
* stop locally at a US Border Patrol checkpoint nearly twenty miles north of the Mexican border to be asked if we are American citizens and a visual check of the interior of our vehicles
* sit idly by while the various levels of government erect observation devices at traffic intersections to increase revenue streams
* receive property tax bills on our real estate which increase in assessment while market prices decrease
* are required to have permission from the US Forest Circus or National Park Service to hunt, play or work on lands expropriated by our betters in government

I have discovered the silver bullet and it is from the University of the Intuitively Obvious: question authority and maintain a skeptical attitude about all facets of government and governance. That’s it…simple. Even those of us who have invested considerable intellectual heavy-lifting in discerning why the government in all its consistent brutality and blood-raged destruction commands such a loyal and slavish quality in men are baffled by the absence of this simple epistemological tool to ask why on a consistent basis from stem to stern. If enough vigilance is maintained at the outset and embryonic stages of so much government mischief, much of the madness could be strangled in its statist cradle through peaceful discourse, non-compliance, shunning and development of innovative strategies to sabotage the government’s machinations. Most government programs start out with promises of nirvana and positive outcomes but the history of man shows that this is essentially iatrogenic and hubristic.

The state is a violent actor by necessity to preserve its power and expand it, so inevitably the promises dissolve into a nightmarish brew of incompetence, lethality and baleful societal consequences and we are stuck with the myriad Frankenstein monsters shambling about with the vague promises of eternal goodness and heaven on earth.

One may say that the horse is out of the barn and we are truly stuck with the state of affairs and no amount of reform will fix DC and its loyal minions at this stage of their maturation and dominance and you would be correct. The rub is this: the FEDGOD will fall and it will be in the next 12–24 months and much like the USSR, it will perish of its own internal Marxoid contradictions. Foreign wars, self-induced economic calamity and sheer naked arrogance will force it to fold and dissolve as a ruling elite. This is a window that rarely opens and the opportunities will be tremendous – for both sides. The furloughed politicos will spread their contagion when they flee the ruins of the DC power structure and seek to encourage the usual suspects among government workers and gullible subjects to help resurrect this monstrosity that has been astride our necks like a decomposing albatross. Truth serum will be necessary and that all starts with the kind of skepticism and incredulity that seems to characterize most everything we do except our attitude toward our rulers. Cross-examination is the engine of truth. Question every bit of alleged government authority which emerges from the ashes. This is one reason Thomas Jefferson was agitating for constant revolt for the tree of liberty. Government is a fungal growth that cannot be checked without constantly striking the root and taking whatever measures are necessary to curb its growth.

You won’t find this kind of critical thinking taught in the universities or any facet of the school systems because skepticism and clear thinking will be the end of them and the whole rotting mold growth choking American civilization called government. When was the last time you saw a government sponsored university study which called for the reduction and/or elimination of a statist rule or department? You don’t have to be a philosophy major or graduate to realize that Socratic drilling works. This is simply the process where you repeatedly ask why to a set of explanations until either you are satisfied the meritorious answer has been given or the shoddy intellectual construction is bared for all to see. It bears repeating: the entire artifice of the state is based on the threat or employment of violence to meet its ends, so it is morally illegitimate and reprehensible from the starting blocks. You have the moral high ground because all government for the most part is an elaborate shell game to develop proxy relationships with servant classes who obey at the urging of a lash or worse for the material and power benefit of the ruling class. Wake up, helots!

This is the chance we have. A dozen, fifty or hundreds of resistance and secessionist entities are going to move into the vacuum left by the great sucking abyss of the FEDGOD collapse. Hundreds of laboratories will emerge to test every variant of political collective and ordered enterprise imaginable. I have little hope for the subjects and somnambulant mental zombies that stumble around the cities of the Left Coast and the Northeast (Vermont and New Hampshire excepted) will do anymore other than instantly resurrect facsimiles of DC patterns of rule and other processes of national socialism but between the Marxist coastlines; the life and times of ordinary Americans will take extraordinary turns to develop from scratch freedom-oriented communities and spasms of spontaneous order. People may finally awaken and look at their neighbors and try to do the right thing. They may seek a system that asks, persuades and cooperates instead of bullies, collectivizes and forces through violent means the shape and texture of human relationships. They will be the vanguard of the men and women who finally awaken from the five millennia fever-dream of enabling various strangers the power of life and death over thousands and millions simply because they have surrendered the most basic right of all; leave us the hell alone.

Turn off the television, grab a book(s) and have conversations with family and like-minded friends. Go out and do things. Start a garden, fix your fencing, move to the country and reach out to the community you live in. Open your mind to the possibilities before us. Most of all, question every aspect of your relationship with authority. Does it derive from fear or respect? Does it emanate from first-hand experience or second-hand knowledge? How many times have you truly asked why a certain bureaucratic edict must be followed? More importantly, what is your line in the sand where your servitude stops and your resistance begins? Just say no to big government. Once a man establishes his limitations for tolerance of interference in his life and adopts a resolute stand against the forces buffeting him against his will, the world will change.

If you are still reading this, you are the Resistance.


WHY I JOINED THE TEXAS NATIONALIST MOVEMENT, AND MY THOUGHTS ON HOW I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

September 20, 2009

By Cary L. Wise

On the 19th of September, 2009, I made one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made as an adult. After long hours of research, and careful thought about me and my family, I joined the TEXAS NATIONALIST MOVEMENT, for the establishment of an independent REPUBLIC OF TEXAS. A new nation among the world’s nations, free of the government of the United States, and all that has come to mean. A new nation free to once again establish and follow a constitution written by the people, and for the people, that will assure the freedoms and rights as established in the original constitution of the U.S. A new nation that will be free of over two hundred years of judicial activism that has bastardized that constitution to where now no one in government pays attention to it, or in some cases even bothers, or attempts to follow it.

I have chosen to join and lead because I will not live just taking whatever Washington DC chooses is the best way for me. I will not just stand by and be denied the rights of a citizen to share and prosper as an individual because of an over burden of taxes, a denial by my country to the riches of its natural resources, because of fringe environmentalists, and the greed by some to prosper by the denial of those God given rights.

I choose not to take it anymore when it comes to politicians who can see the masses, and the masses disagree, but the masses are ignored. I’m done being silent of career politicians, whose number one priority is their own pocket book. I’m done with welfare and equal opportunity mandates that have ruined what the US was all about when it was born. I’m done with not being able to speak the truth, and if you do, you are labeled a racist, or a bigot. What happened to being able to disagree and speak what one knows to be the truth? Political correctness, that’s what happened. It has destroyed the ability of people to debate, converse, decide, and make common sense decisions based on the welfare of all involved.

Yes, I believe the US has grossly gone astray from what the founding fathers had in mind. I also believe it has gotten this way over the last 70 to 80 years, while the public was not watching, and when they began watching, the political correction of our time was too much pressure for people to bare, so we have just been quiet, and took it! I believe that the politicians in Washington are so corrupt, that they are rendered useless. My proof is when “czars” are appointed by Obama, that are functioning completely outside the constraints of Congress, and not one Congress person yells foul, unconstitutional, stop! Not one! Where is the outcry that Congress is being usurped every day, on TV, and no one says a word? Why is it we now see trillions of dollars being given away to curb a crisis that for all purposes, was started by the government?! These are not the people I choose to represent me!

So why was the decision so tough for me? I am 59 years old. All my life I have been all about the red, white and blue. I served in the Air Force for 4 years during Viet Nam. I was a flight crew member in Viet Nam. Although I hail from Texas, I spent 15 years in Michigan, serving as a state trooper in the Michigan State Police, one of the finest police organizations in the US. I have always been about law and order, and discipline, and self improvement, and taking care of yourself. I have been in business for 28 years teaching people how to be successful and how to win by always DOING WHAT IS RIGHT! I was, and have always been a patriot to my country and what it has stood for.

I have come to the sad conclusion that those ideals no longer exist as I knew them in the US. I can no longer support a government that blatantly steps on the rights, the dreams, the ambition, and the blood so many of us have spilled to maintain what we once knew was the best country in the whole world. I have traveled the world; I knew that to be true! I don’t see that anymore as corruption has spoiled that vision.

So I make my decision with a heart full of passion and belief, that the Republic of Texas can once again make that vision return. I know that Texas, and people from Texas are indeed unique. If you have ever traveled the world, or gone anywhere where you were the only Texan present, you know this to be true. We have grown up with a huge sense of state and historical pride. We have a history of straight talking and if you don’t like it here, you are damn sure welcome to leave as fast as you got here! We understand and love our tradition, our brave history, our heroes, our willingness to take a stand, and even die for it if we know it to be right! I have traveled the United States extensively. Many other people do not understand this, and they never will. They were raised differently in their home states…we are unique. That is the bond that has held Texas and Texans together forever. I understand it, and so do many here within our wonderful state.

To the Texas Nationalist Movement: I have also read all the documents, the articles, the opinions, the good and the bad, the legality of such a movement, and I am convinced that done the proper way, which is legally and through established legislative procedures, this can be accomplished. I am adamant that I do not want to fight the civil war again. I don’t want conflict with the U.S. federal government. I don’t want Texans turning on other Texans. I want the same set of circumstances that our founding fathers found themselves in. Do not stand for a tyrannical government abusing your rights! Declare your desire for independence and follow the proper procedures to do so. It is NOT against any law for the people of Texas to hold a referendum and choose independence! It violates no one’s constitution, the U.S. or Texas. If we can return our beloved Texas to one of the leading independent countries in the world, instead of being run into the ground now and for generations to come, we owe it to ourselves and our children and grand children to be the next “FOUNDING FATHERS AND MOTHERS” of a new shining light on the hill. It can be done, and it should be done!

This concept of education, and learning, and speaking of the real issues, is what will make the movement happen. I fully understand that many people are “red, white, and blue.” They do not get involved because that’s hard! They do not protest because that’s uncomfortable! They don’t want to rock anyone’s boat because their own life is still kind of OK yet.

Here is what people MUST UNDERSTAND! For 70 to 80 years, the progressives have been chipping away at the US. Now, they are in power. Look what has happened in the last 9 months alone. Connect the dots, folks. Bailouts, czars, national health care, GM, bank bailouts, headlines of a page full of new taxes, the race card being played from the WHITE HOUSE! Texans, if nothing else, things are getting even worse than they were, and they’re going faster. Whatever Obama gets from his long list of things that are happening now, will NEVER BE REVERSED! Fellow Texans, it can only, and will only get worse. Unless you are ready to give more and more of your pay away, ready to NOT be allowed some of the financial, religious, political and social freedoms we used to enjoy, you must start thinking in a reality mode.

Sticking one’s head in the sand won’t get it anymore. We must be REALISTS!! If we are not, we will wake up real soon, and wonder what the hell happened! That’s when the frustration and anger will boil over, and there might be violence. There is no need for that! Start now, plan now, prepare now, for a peaceful and legal transition into a new Republic that has term limits on politicians, laws that are clear, concise, and upheld, a foreign policy with animosity to no one, a trade policy that is good for Texas, and immigration and education policies that can again turn Texas to a world leader.

These are the reasons why I joined, and why I believe in the dream of achieving great things. It takes great people, and a great venue to achieve great things. WE HAVE BOTH!

Cary L.Wise
Hondo, Texas


How Much Money Do We Need?

September 19, 2009

by George F. Smith

With government largess rapidly approaching infinity, it may seem naïve to raise the question of how much money an economy needs. But we need to ask, if only to assure ourselves that reasonable questions are still legal. In fact, the question itself serves as the title of a 2007 book by Hunter Lewis, How Much Money Does an Economy Need?, which followed an earlier book of his, Are the Rich Necessary? Though both are brief, their wisdom-to-word ratio is quite high.

The question of how much money an economy needs assumes we know what money is and whether we need any at all.

If I had never heard of Mises, Rothbard, and other Austrian economists, I might say money is the Ben Bernanke–issued paper I would like to have in my wallet. I want absolutely no limit on the amount. When I decide to spend, I want the money to be there so I can spend it. Don’t make me think about the supply; it should be inexhaustible. You want hard times? Make money hard to get. When I don’t have enough money, I can’t spend, and that hurts me and everyone who’s dependent on me, which is ultimately the whole world. As a general rule, we can never have too much money in the economy – the more, the better. Therefore, when we read about Bernanke shifting the printing press into high gear, we should ignore the babble accusing him of destroying the dollar, the economy, and what’s left of peace, liberty, and prosperity. We should feel comforted he’s doing the right thing. Or if he’s not doing the right thing, it’s only because he’s not creating enough money. But in fact he is – look at the Dow. Look at the staggering profits of Goldman Sachs. As the big guys go, so goes the country. Wasn’t that the rationale for Paulson’s handouts? Even the unemployment rate is slowing. We’ll soon be back in Fat City – get ready to uncork the champagne and toast the Fed.

Money in the sense used above has never been accepted by people voluntarily. It has to be forced on us through monopoly privilege and legal tender laws, along with the outlawing or restriction of alternative monies. Government money comes into existence after a market money is well-established, with government’s notes redeemable in the commodity money. Then government eliminates the commodity backing and forces people to use its fiat paper money exclusively. As Mises argued in his regression theorem, there is no way government can impose its paper money on an economy from scratch. Money arises first in a barter economy as a commodity that is commonly accepted in trade.

But why did people even use a commodity money? Was that itself a corruption of barter?

Money makes prosperity possible

Commodity money arose voluntarily as a logical extension of the direct exchange of useful goods. In a barter world, the volume of exchanges is limited to the double-coincidence of wants. Furthermore, the producer of an indivisible good, such as a chair, might find he wanted five other goods of lesser value, each from different producers. Without money, he would either have to do without or trade at a perceived loss.

Eventually people discovered they could get around the limitations of direct exchange by trading their products for goods they could trade later. Certain goods eventually proved themselves more widely accepted in trade than others, and people started acquiring them primarily to make future trades. A good widely used for such indirect exchanges became known as money. Among its various physical qualities, the money chosen was divisible into smaller homogeneous units so that the chair-maker, say, with money at his command from a previous exchange, could acquire a dozen ears of corn, for instance, without giving up a whole chair.

Commodity money, then, arises through the voluntary cooperation of market participants, meaning there is widespread support for the money without violation of anyone’s property. Over time, gold, and to a lesser extent silver and copper, became the market’s choice of monies.

As Rothbard tells us, money makes it possible for:

. . . an elaborate “structure of production” [to] be formed, with land, labor services, and capital goods cooperating to advance production at each stage and receiving payment in money. [pp. 20–21]

The round-about way of trading a good for money, then trading money for some other goods, is the basis of an expanding economy and the division of labor. With commodity monies, or what Guido Hülsmann terms “natural monies,” civilization developed, with people living in houses instead of caves.

In sum, money originated as a highly-marketable commodity through voluntary exchanges. It is needed for human life to flourish. But how much do we need?

Following Rothbard, we learn that the total supply of commodity money in society is equal to the total weight of the existing money-stuff. If the market has selected gold as money, then the supply will consist of the total weight of gold in society, regardless of its shape. Since the money is a commodity, its supply will be governed by market forces, such as the profitability of mining or its demand for nonmonetary uses. Because money is not used up like other commodities and its potential supply is thought to be small, changes in its supply will tend to occur slowly.

Since money as such is neither a consumer nor a capital good, increases in its supply confer no social benefits. If the supply of hammers increases, it boosts the availability of hammers to the public; if the supply of money increases, it makes the hammers more expensive and lowers their availability. More money, therefore, does not make the general public richer; it merely dilutes the purchasing power of the money unit. On the other hand, if the supply of money should decrease, each remaining monetary unit will buy more. The supply of money, therefore, does not affect the total wealth of society; it only affects the price of that wealth.

Conclusion: Any money supply will do, above a minimum threshold.

How did we wind up with Bernanke?

There will always be people who wish to live at the expense of others. Government does this through taxes and inflation – which is here used as an increase in the money supply – and in modern times, inflation, because it is generally misunderstood by the public, is a politically safer method of confiscation than taxes.

Banks generate inflation through the practice of fractional-reserve banking. Banks profit from inflation. The gold redemption requirement limited the amount of inflation banks could create.

Inflation also creates crises. In the old days when people lost confidence in their banks they made a run on their banks to get their money back. No fractional-reserve bank could meet its obligations. The government protected the banks by allowing them to default on their obligations but still keep their doors open. They were allowed to collect loan payments from debtors.

In 1913, after over a decade of promoting the idea of banking “reform,” the biggest bankers got together with key politicians and got a law passed creating a central bank – the Fed. The Fed would be in charge of the money supply. The government granted its notes a monopoly privilege and legal tender status; in return, the Fed provided the government a new revenue source without the hassle of the legislative process. The year 1913 is frequently cited as the end of the American republic and the beginning of the American empire.

For the first two decades of the Fed’s existence, gold was still money, though its everyday use had been discouraged. As long as gold was still the heart of the monetary system, it could disrupt Fed plans.

Fed inflation during the 1920s brought on the depression of the 1930s. This is not the accepted explanation. The accepted explanation is there was no inflation during the 1920s because prices remained stable – and in most quarters stable prices mean no inflation. Prices remained stable because real economic growth offset Fed increases in the money supply.

The Fed’s monetary inflation caused malinvestments that had to be corrected. Unlike all previous recessions in American history, including the recession of 1920–1921, the government refused to let the correction happen, first under President Hoover, then under FDR. One of the first things President Roosevelt did was to confiscate the people’s gold. He took the country off the gold standard, announcing that Americans could no longer get Fed notes and deposits redeemed in gold coins. President Nixon did the same for the rest of the world in 1971.

The American dollar is no longer tethered to gold. Whereas money was once difficult to create, thus keeping its supply limited and protecting its value, the Fed can create fiat paper money in any amounts at the push of a button. Because of the benefits that accrue to the early users of the new money, there is pressure throughout the political system to keep the money machine printing.

Ben Bernanke is committed to monetary inflation. He claims it is healthy in boom times and will pull us out of any recession. He blames the Fed for not inflating enough once the Great Depression began. He’s determined not to make the same mistake today.

Fiat paper money regimes are not designed to promote a healthy economy. They are designed as a means of wealth distribution for the benefit of a few.

That probably doesn’t include you, and it definitely doesn’t include me.

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George F. Smith is the author of The Flight of the Barbarous Relic, a novel about a renegade Fed chairman. Visit his website at http://www.barbarous-relic.com.

Copyright © 2009 by LewRockwell.com.


Money, Inflation and Slicing A Pizza

September 17, 2009

by Russell Longcore

Today, let’s think about our dollars, what’s happening to them, what will happen to them in the future, and how it’s going to affect YOU.

Federal Reserve Notes are called dollars. The name is actually a misnomer. The term “dollar” was a unit of weight. The US Dollar was created by the Coinage Act of 1792. Prior to that, Americans used all kinds of hard money as legal tender. Spanish coins, British coins, and coins minted in the US were used by Colonials. In the Coinage Act, the US Dollar was fashioned after the Spanish Dollar, which WEIGHED 377 grains of silver. The weight had nothing to do with its value. Our government set the US Dollar WEIGHT at 371 grains of silver, depending on purity. The Gold Eagle was set at between 247 and 279 grains of gold, depending on purity.

Over the past 200-plus years, the US GOVERNMENT has made the dollar worth less and less by unhooking it from WEIGHT OF GOLD AND SILVER and making people believe that its value is based on what it will buy.

ONLY GOVERNMENTS CAN CAUSE INFLATION. Price increases are not inflation. Wage increases are not inflation. Only the devaluation of money causes inflation. If you want to see a propaganda piece about inflation, Google the term “inflation wiki” and read it. It is a lie from start to finish.

So, let’s get to the object lesson about pizza.

You have a nice deluxe 16 -inch pizza. It’s been sliced quartered, so you have four slices. OK…probably could make a meal of one slice.

But the Federal pizza company now slices it into eight slices. But they still call each slice “a slice.” Doesn’t matter how big or small it is. Doesn’t matter if it now takes two slices to make a meal. Everybody still calls each piece of the pizza a “slice.”

Next they cut the eight slices in half. Now you have 16 slices. Now you have to eat four “slices” for a meal. But everyone still calls each piece a “slice.”

The Feds make another series of cuts, and now you have 32 tiny slices. It will take 8 to make your meal. But you can’t call them appetizers. Oh, no. You still have to call each of the 32 tiny slivers a “slice.”

I know this is a silly example…or is it? Are you old enough to remember when “penny candy” actually cost one cent? Can you remember when a brand new American car cost less than $2,000? Remember when a 1000 square foot house could be bought brand new for $21,000? I do. I experienced all of those things between 1960 and 1972.

Now candy costs a quarter or more. Can’t buy an American car for less than $10,000, and that house would go for $75,000. The goods didn’t really change. It was the buying power of the money that changed. The government greenbacks still look mostly the same as they did in the 1930s. They are still called “dollars.” But they are only worth whatever they can buy on any given day.

What will you do on that day it takes a $20 bill to buy a loaf of bread?

When money is anchored to a precious metal like gold or silver, it cannot be inflated. That’s why governments hate the gold standard so much. It ties their hands.

The Federal Reserve, with the approval of every Congress since the 1930s, and every President except John Kennedy, has gone along with the theft of our money system. By flooding the world with paper currency, the Federal Reserve has sliced up our pizza into tinier and tinier bites. Some day soon, they will add a zero to a Federal Reserve note.

One of the other signs of the end is when the Federal Reserve begins to print money in denominations greater than the $100 bill. If you see $200 bills, or $500 bills, better get ready. Hyperinflation is just around the corner.

Ladies and gentlemen, the US Federal Government cannot stop this inevitability. Never in the history of the world has a government survived that devalued its currency. However, Byzantium thrived for over 700 years on a gold standard.

If the US Government collapses, or if America states begin to secede from the Union, one of the first things that the new nation will have to deal with is what form of currency they will use. But resolving that issue could go on for months. What will you do in the meantime?

Maybe you should think about putting your money in something other than Federal Reserve pizza slices.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2009, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


Nullification: The states have a “nuclear option,” too

September 16, 2009

by Josh Eboch

(Editor’s Note: Nullification is not the nuclear option, secession is. Nullification is an unarmed challenge on a battlefield against superior forces.)

After gambling his young presidency on an ambitious domestic agenda, Barack Obama’s political insecurity and ideological arrogance now demand passage of a health care “reform” bill that will vastly increase the federal government’s role in the lives of American citizens. This could be accomplished in a number of ways, from a Trojan Horse compromise to the so-called “nuclear option” of budgetary reconciliation. But make no mistake, it will be accomplished; despite the vocal protestations of voters across the country.

Look carefully though. Deaf to budget warnings and terrified of a minor legislative loss, the Obama administration and its statist allies in Congress may inadvertently be committing a much larger strategic error.

Their miscalculation stems from a failure to recognize the true nature of President Obama’s electoral mandate last fall. Certainly plenty of Americans share his leftist world view, but many more Obama voters, especially the independents who have since abandoned him in droves, voted for his fiscally conservative platform of efficient government, lower taxes, and more transparency. With each passing day, it becomes increasingly obvious that is not the change they got.

Instead, the eloquent centrist Americans thought they elected has been replaced by a haughty cuadillo who demands that we all shut up and get on board with his various social engineering schemes. And always, despite the abysmal economic track record of government, his plans call for more federal control over private industry, including our single-most important industry: Health care.

However, ripping a page from the Bush playbook of condescension and demagoguery is not the way for Obama to gain trust the trust he needs. Heavy handed federal policy turns voters off even in the best of times, and these are clearly not the best of times.

Outrage over decades of bipartisan waste, fraud, and corruption has been on display for the last six months, and widespread fear over the federal government’s motives has driven millions of previously apathetic citizens to vocal and vehement political activism for the very first time.

But the president still doesn’t get it. Obama expects us to continue watching quietly from the sidelines while he arrogates enormous power to himself, tramples constitutional freedom, and then waits to be lionized by history. After all, that strategy has worked for virtually every president since Lincoln.

It won’t work this time. If and when President Obama forces through his health care bill, it could trigger a backlash already simmering at the state level that neither he nor his colleagues in Congress seem to have seriously contemplated: A popular push for state level nullification.

These days, nullification is an obsolete and misunderstood term, ostensibly discredited as a viable policy option more than a century ago by four years of bloody Civil War.

But for desperate people whose freedoms are being systematically usurped by all three federal branches and both political parties, nullification may be the key to restoring our republic.

Already, state legislators from Arizona to Florida to Georgia have proposed measures to nullify unconstitutional aspects of any federal health care law. Which, in all likelihood, would mean pretty much the entirety of H.R. 3200. But even more intriguing is the precedent a nullification fight would set and the confidence it would build for those in the liberty movement.

For years Americans have watched helplessly while the Supreme Court sat as binding arbiter in constitutional disagreements, essentially permitting the federal government to dictate the limits of its own power. And, predictably, the limits on that power have been few.

But once citizens understand that they can circumvent a power-hungry Congress and its enablers on the court by demanding their state governments step up and nullify unconstitutional laws, entrenched abuses of every sort could come crashing down.

Admittedly, that future is still a long way off, and reaching it will require a sustained effort and focus by small government activists heretofore unseen. But more of those activists are finding their voices every day, and no matter what happens in the coming weeks with regard to health care, recent events suggest a major power decentralization may already be underway.

Josh is a freelance writer and journalist originally from the Washington D.C. area. He is a cynically optimistic and unrepentant news junkie. His work has been published locally and in Charleston, SC. Email Josh at: josh@joshebock.com

Attributed to the Tenth Amendment Center.


The Southern National Covenant

September 15, 2009

Kirkpatrick Sale, Director of the Middlebury Institute, issued the following press release:

The following extraordinary document was passed unanimously by the 109 delegates to a meeting of the Second Southern National Congress (Southernnationalcongress.org) meeting in Alabama over the September 11-13 weekend. It will be widely distributed to invite other Southerners to be signatories.

While not explicitly calling for secession, it is strong in its rejection of the United States empire and in the need for “a new foundation for law and government” and a restoration of “sovereignty of the Southern people.” If it finds a resonant response in the South it may well set the seeds for a future movement for Southern secession… again.

Kirkpatrick Sale
Director, Middlebury Institute
Director@Middleburyinstiute.org

THE SOUTHERN NATIONAL COVENANT

The undersigned Men and Women of the South to our fellow Southerners and on their behalf.

Our forefathers’ worst nightmare has now come upon us. They created a free government, limited in its powers and a servant to the people.

But today the United States has become an empire, fast decaying into tyranny; and we their children have become strangers and subjects in the land our fathers won. Instead of a free and just social and political order, today we are threatened by a godless national culture and a corrupt, despotic federal government that knows no limits to its power.

Our political leaders, setting themselves above the law, have forged an unholy alliance with large corporations and the international money cartel. These elites have purchased the law-makers who are sworn to serve the People, enabling them to expropriate our wealth in the greatest act of plunder in human history. Through threat of force, government seizes half of all we make for taxes, yet it is still not enough to satisfy the vaulting greed of our rulers. Thus government spends staggering sums above its revenues, saddling our People with debt so colossal that it cannot be repaid to the fifth generation. To service this debt, the government-banking alliance has stolen our Constitutional and God-ordained right to sound money and has given the power to create money out of nothing to corrupt, private banking interests. Federal law forces us to use only this bank-created money; and because it must be borrowed into existence, our once free people have become enslaved to debt. The burden of confiscatory taxation, combined with runaway federal spending and a currency manipulated to benefit the ruling elites, has brought our country to the brink of bankruptcy and economic collapse, with all the political and social turmoil that must inevitably follow.

The federal regime has loosed upon us floods of immigrants, strangers to our laws and language, who are displacing us on the soil our fathers won with their sweat and blood. Fomenting hostility between the races and regions, our rulers have destroyed hope and spread despair.

Injustice, tyranny, corruption, and deceit are the hallmarks of their governing. They call good evil and evil good, the recompense for which is divine judgement. Accelerated by dishonesty and corruption at every level of society and swept along by daily torrent of official lies, America is plunging toward the abyss. We watch transfixed with horror at the destruction of a once free and prosperous country and are forced to acknowledge the American political and economic system is no longer sustainable. It cannot be redeemed, only replaced.

We Southerners proclaim our right to be free of these evils our ancestors warned against and shed their blood to prevent. The seeds of our deliverance remain alive within our faith, culture, and historic principles of governance. Southern culture is founded on the enduring and permanent: trust in God, family, tradition, manners, property, community, loyalty, courage, and honour. We know that free and just government cannot grow from laws, regulations, bureaucracies, and ideologies. It grows only from the soil of faith and love, watered by struggle and sacrifice, and the harvest of which is liberty, justice, prosperity, and peace.

Before all the nations of the earth we affirm that we are a separate and distinct People, with an honourable heritage worthy of the respect of all mankind. Bound together by a shared history and faith, we have endured hardship and tragedy but have also enjoyed the fruits of Christian civilisation built by God’s grace and the works of our hands. Under heaven, we possess the right to govern ourselves in our own land under our own laws, customs, and religion.

With more sadness than anger we recognize that the country our forebears bequeathed to us no longer exists. To hug to our breasts the delusion of reform is to commit suicide. By depending on the central government’s increasingly worthless currency, its loans, subsidies, and payments, its putrescent schools, and its false promises of security, we have forged our own chains. But if we have forged our chains, we can also unforge them.

We are left with no recourse but to look to our own counsel to secure our welfare. We must “abjure the realm,” withdrawing our support from the tyrannical government and corporate institutions created for our enslavement. Then we must work to restore the power of our States, the first bulwark of freedom, self-government, and Southern identity. As our forefathers did, we must establish a new foundation for law and government by all lawful and ethical means available to free men.

Therefore, with humble trust in the Sovereign Lord of Nations, and in the name of the Southern Nation and People whom we serve, we the Delegates of the Fourteen Southern States, in Congress assembled September 12, 2009 in Delta, Alabama, make and publish this Covenant, and to which we invite all Southerners who yearn for liberty and justice to join us in subscribing.

By this Covenant we corporately pledge ourselves to the protection of our Southern cultural heritage and to the defense of liberty and justice for the Southern People and States. We bind and oblige ourselves, as we are by God and nature tied, with our lives, fortunes, and sacred honour to stand in defence of our native soil and People, contrary to this perverse and infamous regime now arrayed against the South. We swear that we will be ever ready to use all our best endeavours for her preservation, and that we will not cravenly and shamefully bow the knee to tyrants. By this bond, each of us faithfully promises to assist one another as the need demands. All of which before God we most solemnly vow and promise to adhere to and never to turn from, all the days of our lives.

In mutual support of one another as Christian Southerners, we covenant together
• To renounce the evils of corrupt government that our forebears warned against, and to resist by all lawful and ethical means every act of federal tyranny.
• To seek to revive our local economies, working together to promote every one’s prosperity as our own and toward freeing ourselves from the snare the Empire’s worthless money and perpetual debt which are the lifeblood of tyranny, and seeking a return to honest public money in daily use — gold and silver coin or currency backed by gold and silver.
• To support every measure which restores the sovereignty of our State and local governments, and the sovereignty of the Southern people.
• To obey no Federal executive order or statute that threatens our fundamental freedoms of speech, worship, assembly, and petition for redress, freedom from illegal search and seizure, and the right of due process under law.
• Never to allow ourselves willingly to be disarmed nor submit to the confiscation of our means of lawful self defence; nor comply with any national firearms registration scheme, which is the certain precursor to confiscation.

We declare before God and men that we earnestly desire to restore a Godly order in our respective States by peaceful means. We seek only that which may turn to the honour of God and the increase of peace and justice in our States and communities. Yet the growing evils of the time may not grant us the choice of peaceful means of redress. In such a pass, when criminal violence may be directed against any of us by the state, our fortunes shall be as their fortunes, his their wives or husbands as our wives and husbands, their children as our children, their losses as our losses, and injuries done them as injuries to our own persons; and we shall not rest till they be delivered.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF to the God of heaven, to all Southern People, to all powers, nations, and states, and to all mankind, we affix our names to this Covenant, beseeching the favour of Almighty God on a just cause. May God bless our Covenant and keep us faithful to perform all we have covenanted together to do.
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Subscribed by the undersigned Citizens of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia


Cognitive Dissonance, or American Life in the 21st Century

September 11, 2009

Cognitive Dissonance is the accepted psychological term for the uncomfortable feeling one gets when simultaneously holding two conflicting ideas in one’s mind. When people’s ideas and behaviors are consistent with each other, there is peace and harmony. But when ideas or beliefs clash with behavior or facts, there is usually some emotional reaction. The reaction could be anger, embarrassment, guilt, shame, stress or some other form of emotional discomfort…especially if you get caught in the midst of your conflicting behavior.

Examples of day-to-day Cognitive Dissonance could be:

• Driving 75 in a 55 mph zone because 75 mph is the flow of traffic.

• “Fudging” on your tax return, after all, taxes are too high.

• Stealing office supplies from your employer because he doesn’t pay you enough.

• Pocketing a cash transaction so there would be no income tax.

• Munching your way through the supermarket without paying for the food you eat.

• Returning a dress for a refund after you wore it to the event you bought it for.

• Accepting pricey gifts from vendors or contractors, a “thank you gift” in advance.

• Being an animal rights supporter that eats a hamburger while wearing leather shoes, jacket and belt.

In the realm of government and politics, I believe that most Americans have serious cognitive dissonance issues.

Examples are:

• Citizens who complain about government excess and waste while accepting Federal largess, like “Cash for Clunkers” payments, crop subsidies, Social Security payments, Senior prescription drug benefits, mortgage guarantees, commodity price supports, college Pell grants or loans, Medicare or Medicaid, Section 8 rent subsidies, anti-competition tariffs…and the list could go on and on.

• Calling another person pejorative names when they point out your logical inconsistencies.

• Flag waving and rah-rah about the USA, when you are really cheering for the government, not the nation.

• Calling WWII “the greatest war” and those who fought in it “the greatest generation” when America had no business being in that war.

• Criticizing Vietnam-era “draft dodgers” when history has proven them right.

• Saying that you “support the troops” when they are doing evil deeds daily and violating the Constitution with those deeds. The Nuremburg defense does not work. The soldiers are not “just following orders.” They have moral decisions to make every day. That is why the suicide rate for deployed soldiers is so high.

• The American citizen who votes for “the lesser of two evils” in ANY elections.

• Citizens who attend “Tea Party” rallies but vote to elect Congressmen and Senators who violate the Constitution with their actions.

• The Congressman or Senator who votes for unconstitutional laws or spending bills.

• “Supporting” any President who proposes Unconstitutional laws and programs.

• “Supporting” any President who signs an Unconstitutional bill into law.

People hate feeling uncomfortable for any long period of time. So they have essentially three choices: (1) Change their behavior to match their ideas or beliefs, (2) Change their ideas or beliefs to match their behavior, or (3) Rationalization.

Choice #1 sometimes requires more of a human being that he is willing to do. Selfish desires often conflicts with your beliefs.

Choice #2 requires an absence of hypocrisy. After all, hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.

Rationalization serves us well. Rationalization is the action of creating justifications for one’s behavior or belief. We Americans rely upon rationalizations to get through our days. Rationalizations are more important to humans than sex. When is the last time you went a week without a rationalization?

It also has choices:

(1) Confirmation bias – a tendency to interpret information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions. Rose-colored glasses, so to speak. But our world view, our preconceptions color everything we see and preconceptions are often hard to change. Much easier to justify our behavior or belief. But in government, politics and military strategy, confirmation bias can produce disastrous results. An example would be the American generals who keep asserting that the wars are going well and that objectives are being met. Another example is the “living Constitution” theory, which allows adherents to make it say whatever they want.

(2) Denial or dismissal of the disconfirming evidence – In the Simon and Garfunkel song “The Boxer” is the lyric “a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.” Labeling the unwanted evidence “liberal” or “conservative” or “socialist” or “just plain nuts” often lends enough credence to justify our beliefs or actions.

So, why all this fuss about Cognitive Dissonance? Simply to point out that ALL human beings labor under it, and that Cognitive Dissonance has real consequences in our real world. It goes a long way to explain why people do the things that they do. And, if you want to really understand people and have a clear understanding of what they value, don’t listen to what they say…only watch what they do.

A very small minority of American citizens truly understand the principals of liberty and manageable governance. In order for there to be a sweeping wind of liberty in America, the majority of Americans will have to put aside their Cognitive Dissonance, biases and rationalizations and embrace TRUTH.

I doubt if Americans are up to the task.

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