And While We’re On The Subject Of Music…

March 7, 2010

I just added a page of music here at DumpDC. Excessive frivolity, for sure. But while we work hard at changing hearts and minds about liberty in our lifetimes, we need some tunes. And even though we take Secession seriously, I encourage you not to take YOURSELVES too seriously.

So if you’re looking for a Kate Smith rendition of “God Bless America,” you’ve come to the wrong page (you gotta be an old guy to remember that ditty). No nationalism here.

Like the Sergeant in the movie “Stripes” says….”Lighten up, Francis!”

Look across the top nav bar just above this note, and click on “Music.” Turn your volume knob up to 11 (Spinal Tap, call your office) and listen to the tunes.

If you have a recommendation for other tunes that you think we should include, leave us a message. We’ll consider them all and include the best.

Secession and Joe Stack

February 26, 2010

Texan Joe Stack burned down his house, then flew his light plane into the Austin, Texas office building that housed the Internal Revenue office on Thursday, February 18, 2010, killing himself and one IRS employee.

No reasonable person will support and defend the actions of Mister Stack. But that’s not why I’m writing this article.

Joe Stack flew his plane into this Austin, Texas building that housed the IRS offices, killing himself and one employee.

My concern is that this single act portends future events.

Very soon our American economy will collapse. The suffering will be felt from coast to coast. Many hundreds of thousands of people…perhaps millions…will die from starvation, crime, weather and disease.

There is already much talk about whether Washington would declare martial law in the wake of a collapse. If they do, and begin to clamp down hard on the behavior of all Americans, I can envision attacks like the Stack attack all over America. But Americans are not suicide bombers in general. Still, is it hard to imagine Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) being used against Federal targets?

If there is even one state that pulls up its collective “big boy pants” and secedes from the Union, Washington might retaliate with armed invasion of that state. A guerrilla war will ensue. And Federal facilities will be prime targets for that insurgent Fourth Generation warfare.

Any state that has a “well-regulated militia” would be prepared to defend its own territory and citizens. Whether it would choose to defend the property of the American Federal Government is entirely another matter for discussion. The militia would likely not allow troops from Washington to guard their own property.

So before you just read all the new stories about Joe Stack and dismiss him as just another anti-government nut case, think about what his actions could mean in the not-too-distant future.

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

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2010, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

Secession and the Ten Four Pledge

January 21, 2010

Michael Boldin is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, found
HERE. Mike and his team have produced documents that are known as the “Ten-Four Pledge.”

This document consists of ten affirmations on government and ten pledges to be solemnly kept by officeholders while they hold public office. So, candidates for office, whether at State or Federal levels, are encouraged to sign one of these 10-4 Pledges and post it at the Tenth Amendment Center website.

The ten affirmations speak to the foundational truths of the Constitution of the United States. They are as follows:

As a public office holder, or a candidate for public office, I affirm that:
1. All just political authority is derived from the People, and government may only be established and maintained with their consent.
2. The People of each State have the sole and exclusive right and power to govern themselves in all areas not delegated to their government.
3. A government without limits is a tyranny.
4. The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people to the federal government in the Constitution, and also that which is necessary and proper to advancing those powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution of the United States. The rest is to be handled by the state governments, or by the people themselves, as they determine.
5. In order for a federally-exercised power to be “necessary and proper” it must be a) something that, without which, would make the enumerated power impossible to exercise, and b) a lesser power than that which has been enumerated
6. The “Interstate Commerce Clause” in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, does not permit Congress to regulate matters that merely affect commerce among the States. It only permits Congress to regulate trade among the States.
7. The phrase, “general Welfare,” in Article I, Section 8 does not authorize Congress to enact any laws it claims are in the “general Welfare” of the United States. The phrase sets forth the requirement that all laws passed by Congress in Pursuance of the enumerated powers of the Constitution shall also be in the general Welfare of the United States. This was affirmed by James Madison when he wrote: “With respect to the words “general welfare,” I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”
8. The federal government is not authorized to tax the People to raise monies for unconstitutional purposes. Likewise, the federal government is not authorized to condition funding to State or local governments on compliance with mandates which require them to do what the federal government is not authorized to do directly.
9. When Congress enacts laws and regulations that are not made in Pursuance of the powers enumerated in the Constitution, the People are not bound to obey them.
10. When the federal government exceeds its Constitutional authority, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy. Without that remedy, the People would be living in a tyranny, under the unlawful and excessive control of one or more branches of the federal government.

Then, the document calls the candidate to take an oath that:

As a public office holder, or a candidate for public office, I promise that, as long as I hold office:
1. My votes will always be in favor of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State. Every issue. Every time. No exceptions. No excuses.
2. I do, and will continue to, oppose any and all efforts by the federal government to act beyond its Constitutional authority.
3. I will proactively introduce and support measures designed to adhere to the Tenth Amendment and preserve, to their fullest extent, the powers of the People in my district, and of the legislators and administrations of my State.
4. I will introduce, sponsor and support resolutions affirming the sovereignty of the People of this State under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
5. I will introduce, sponsor, and support legislation that nullifies, within my state, actions of the federal government which exceed its Constitutional authority.
6. I will introduce, sponsor and support legislation that provides such relief as is necessary and proper to provide fair redress to the citizens of my State in response to actions by the federal government which exceeds its Constitutional authority.
7. I will introduce, sponsor and support legislation which refuses federal funding made on condition that my State comply with federal mandates not authorized by the Constitution.
8. I will only vote in favor of a bill that I have thoroughly read, considered and understood.
9. I will be accountable to voters. Upon request, I will make public every vote I cast while in office.
10. I will keep this pledge public, and will provide a link on my website which directs constituents to the text of this pledge.

Mind-boggling, isn’t it?

If you go to the The 10-4 Pledge page at the website, you can see all of the pledges that have been posted by candidates from all over the USA. You can also download a copy of the pledge HERE. These 10-4 Pledges are not just for newbie candidates alone. These should be signed by incumbents who wish to keep their jobs, also.

I live in the state of Georgia. Sadly, there are only two candidates who have signed and posted the Pledge. Even the state legislators that drafted the Tenth Amendment resolution that passed in the Georgia Senate last term have not signed this Pledge.

There is a wave of anti-government sentiment slowly building in America. The Tea Party movements show that some citizens are seethingly infuriated with government, and are looking for that one solution that will return to them their freedoms.

For example, on Tuesday night, Scott Brown of Massachusetts clubbed the Democratic candidate to win Teddy Kennedy’s old Senate seat…a seat that had been Democratic for over 40 years. The race was not even close….in the Democratic fortress that is Massachusetts.

Please don’t misunderstand. Scott Brown is not the solution. Scott Brown wanted to become a member of the Washington criminal class, and he got his wish. And in my opinion, Republicans and Democrats are like identical twins that come from the same mother’s womb. Brown SAID a lot of things that sounded like principle. We’ll see if his principles will fight Leviathan or succumb to the DC blandishments of power and privilege.

Americans are beginning to understand that there are only two ways to control Washington…nullification and finally, secession. My greatest concern is that the American populace will be blind-sided by the looming economic meltdown before they can fully understand nullification and secession. But, I also believe that no force less severe than an economic collapse will focus the minds of Americans toward secession.

Secession is the Hope For Mankind. Who will be first?

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2010, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

States’ rights protesters rally for change at Capitol

January 20, 2010

By Mike Ward

(Editor’s Note: This event happened over the January 15th weekend.)

Al Hays said he was a longtime Republican Party precinct chair in the Houston area, cheerleading for Gov. Rick Perry and the state’s GOP leadership.

No more.

On Saturday, Hays drove to Austin to join more than 600 fellow Texans at a grass-roots State’s Rights Rally on the Capitol grounds that roused more than two hours of cheering as speaker after speaker charged up a take-back-our-country agenda.

“We stand on the cusp of a new era,” said George Scaggs, director of NewRevolutionNow, a group demanding that the Legislature pass a so-called nullification resolution to block the federal government from enacting President Barack Obama’s health care initiative and other unfunded — and what they say are unconstitutional — federal mandates.

“This is a fledgling revolution, that’s what it is.”

Added Austin resident Peggy Venable, Texas director of Americans for Prosperity, “We’re mad as hell at the direction of government and we’re willing to fight to change it.”

Businessman Adrian Murray, president of the Fort Worth 912 Project, another take-back-your-government group, said the federal government is violating the Constitution “and should be viewed as a hostile power … a clear and present danger to the people of the United States.”

“The time has come for people to rise up and defeat their anti-American, Marxist agenda,” he said of the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress, as the crowd cheered.

A sign in the front of the crowd read: “Oust this regime.”

Raloph Barrera/America Statesman

With rhetoric that was at times reminiscent of Ross Perot’s third-party presidential campaign nearly two decades ago, and sometimes echoed the invective hurled during the states’ rights movement before the Civil War, speaker after speaker served up their harshest criticism of Obama and Congress.

But Perry and his GOP re-election challenger, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, and state lawmakers did not escape the anger. Other signs read: “Vote ‘Em Out,” “Perry: The Next Unemployed Texan,” Hey, Governor. It’s Time To Go!” and “Throw Out Kay Bail Out.”

When state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, started to speak, he was initially drowned out by boos and catcalls. “He is in the system. He works for The Man,” read a large sign waved nearby by a man with a dry-erase board.

“If we were called into a special session — if — I think there’s a good chance the nullification resolution would pass,” Wentworth said after leaving the stage.

Several protestors waved large posters showing Obama in white face paint, his lips colored red \u2013 reminiscent of the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’ with the word “Socialism” beneath. Attorney General Greg Abbott drew cheers when a speaker noted he was poised to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the so-called “Obamacare” bill.

State Reps. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, and Wayne Christian, R-Center, drew cheers with their support of the nullification resolution.

“This usurper in the office of president has been shredding our Constitution,” Berman said. “Washington is dominated by Socialists … Socialists do not believe in God. Their god is the state.”

Texans from as far away as Galveston, Harlingen, Jefferson and Midland, in groups with names such as Waco Tea Party, Houston Patriots, Austin Liberty Coalition and ACT for America, cheered themselves hoarse as they railed against Big Government for state’s rights.

“The Republican Party tried to use us, but we’re onto them now,” said Norman Shugar, 77, who drove in from outside Houston. “I was for Perry. Now, I’m for Medina.”

Some said they planned to vote for Libertarians; others said they would support Perry if he supports nullification — an unlikely possibility.

None of the gubernatorial candidates spoke. Debra Medina, a dark horse GOP challenger, was at the rally and wanted to speak — and tempers flared briefly at the end of the rally when she was not allowed to, as music was turned up to drown out her supporters. State troopers moved in briefly to help cool tensions.

But if the speakers were adamant about what they want, and what they see as wrong with federal and state government, perhaps it was the messages from the colorful display of dozens of historic Independence flags that underscored their passion the best: Come and Get It, Don’t Tread On Me. Liberty Or Death. Plus these more modern adaptations: Texas Independence Now and Secede.; 445-1712

Copyright 2010 America Statesman

Secession and Today’s Police: Friends or Foes of Liberty?

January 5, 2010

I have written much about the need for state militias. I have written hopefully about how military personnel may disobey direct orders to enforce martial law in the event of martial law being declared by Washington after some disaster or economic meltdown. But today, I’m writing about the police.

Have you noticed the many ways your local police forces have changed over the last 25 years?

Let’s start with the physical appearance of most Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs). Most of the uniformed police officers I see today are young men with military haircuts. That means that they either have shaved their heads or have a Marine Corps “high and tight” haircut. This choice of hairstyle seems to be a deliberate emulation of the active duty military personnel. It would seem that today’s LEO would rather be thought of as a soldier than a civilian.

But it’s more than just which side you want to look like. I see LEOs who dress like soldiers every day, driving cruisers and making routine traffic stops. This is a deliberate attempt by LEOs to separate themselves from the civilian world and appear threatening to the populace. The effort at civilian intimidation is not lost on this writer. I see this more in the big cities, and not so much in the rural areas. In the rural areas, the officers are still very much a part of the community they live in. But in the larger cities they are anonymous, and that’s dangerous.

Next point is LEO training. The IQ of the police recruit is not so much in question here, but the children of the government schools of the last 30 years have not been given a classical education which teaches them to think. They have been spoon-fed political correctness and a love for the government. Consequently, many of today’s LEOs know nothing of the US Constitution, do not consider the spirit of a law, but simply the letter of the law. That leaves no room for using common sense in the gray areas of human interaction as related to law enforcement.

Next point is the methods of training and tactics that modern police use. You can simply watch the evening news, and soon you’ll see a Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team of police make an attack on a building or residence. The footage you see will be identical to the methods and tactics used by military forces in combat.

Next point is the equipment and armaments that modern police are buying and using. We have local police agencies that have armored personnel carriers, helicopters and fully automatic battle rifles. Many police department SWAT teams have designated sniper teams, trained in identical sniper methods as active duty military personnel.

And have you made note of how police show up to a demonstration, or to do crowd control? They look just like military personnel, arrayed in helmets, combat boots, dark uniforms, face shields, and carrying combat assault rifles.

There is also the matter of the ethical behavior of LEOs. There are many LEOs on police forces around the country that have committed crimes. In my own area, the Atlanta PD is considered one of the most corrupt in Georgia. Add to that corruption the Federal EEOC requirements in which certain numbers of minorities must be hired and promoted. So a toxic stew of criminals with entitlement attitudes and a badge can make for very bad police organizations from top to bottom.

Lastly is the phenomenon of the funerals for LEOs who die on the job. I consider their reactions to be out of proportion and indicative of the “us versus them” attitude of most law enforcement personnel. I recently saw the video footage of the funeral in Lakewood, Washington for four police officers killed by a gunman. Reports stated that over 20,000 LEOs attended the funeral from all over North America that featured over 2,000 police and fire vehicles.

So, when we consider the implications of secession as they relate to LEOs, we must ask:

(a) Who will the police obey, the citizens or LEOs from some other Federal alphabet agency… like FBI, ATF, DEA, DHS, CIA, DIA or US Marshalls?

(b) Obedience is different than loyalty. In the military, unit cohesion is everything. You don’t fight for your country, you fight for the other five guys in your squad. So, will the loyalty of the LEOs move toward other Law Enforcement Officers from Federal agencies, or toward their oath of service?

(c) Would LEOs be true to their Oath of Office, if that oath included swearing to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic?

(d) Would LEOs arrest a Federal LEO who was attempting to enforce US Federal law in a secession state, or against secessionist leaders?

One of the other crucial matters in 2010 America is criminal prosecution. That process usually starts with civilian interaction with a LEO. The criminal justice system is so broken now that it is difficult for a normal citizen to go through a normal day without breaking some laws. And just having a conversation with a police officer can result in your arrest and incarceration…even if you are innocent.

Please go get a cold or hot beverage, promise not to answer the phone for the next hour, and watch the following two video presentations. I promise that they will be some of the most important time you spend in this very early 2010. Then, have the rest of your family members watch the videos, especially if you have teenagers. Finally, send a copy of this article to everyone you know, so they can protect themselves from negative experiences with Law Enforcement Officers.

Professor James Duane, law professor at Regent University School of Law, with a presentation “Don’t Talk To Cops, Part One.”

Officer George Bruch of the Virginia Beach Police Department, “Don’t Talk To Cops, Part Two.”

Thanks to reader Greg Josif, who wrote to inquire into this topic.

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

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.

Lew Rockwell Postcast, with Gerald Celente

November 12, 2009

Depression, Secession, and Revolution

Lew Rockwell interviews Gerald Celente, legendary trend watcher, about coming events.

Listen at: The Lew Rockwell Show

State Secession: Who Will Be The Enemies Of Secession?

October 4, 2009

The secessionist movement is growing exponentially in the United States. Secessionist organizations are operating at various levels of activity in Texas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Alaska and Hawaii. Many more have passed 10th Amendment resolutions. But there are several states that are taking secession quite seriously. Texas and New Hampshire come to mind first.

Abraham Lincoln set the precedent for the issue of secession in the War of Northern Aggression. The Confederate States of America was formed by Southern states who simply wished to part company with a government that they perceived was hostile to their interests. They did not want war, they wanted a peaceful separation which was their right.

Lincoln would have none of it. And the ensuing war cost over 600,000 American lives on both sides of the conflict. Lincoln and the Union did not settle a legal point, however. They simply won a war.

There is nothing whatsoever in the US Constitution that either authorizes or prevents any state of the Union from secession. It doesn’t have to. Under the 10th Amendment, powers not specifically delegated to the United States are reserved to the states and to the people. That includes secession.

But in today’s America, there will be stiff resistance to state secession. Right now, secessionist movements are actively spreading the word about the reasons secession is a viable solution for liberty. The “powers that be” are not threatened quite yet. “Tea Parties” and grass-roots political movements today are a dime a dozen. The threat level, in a nod to the Homeland Security bunch, is Yellow.

So, once the movement gains undeniable traction in one particular state, who will begin to resist? Who will actively fight secession? Here is the short list.

1. Washington (gee ya think?). State secession would be considered a worldwide loss of face. Sure, the Soviet Union fell apart by secession. But we’re dadgum America! A state secession inside America will be intolerable to Washington. Then consider the loss of revenue to Washington if a state like Texas seceded.

2. The Media. This will be an irresistible story for the Main Stream Media…kind of like a hurricane or terrorist attack. But the MSM will oppose secession every way they can. The reasons for this are the close ties that the MSM has to the regimes in Washington and in state capitols. The built-in bias of stories will be anti-secession with few exceptions. Remember Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential candidacy. He was ignored a lot, and ridiculed a lot more.

3. Department of Homeland Security. Don’t think that these guys won’t evaluate secessionist leaders and writers as potential terrorists. I didn’t say it would be right…I’m just saying it will happen. Expect the IRS to help them.

4. FBI, CIA, and all the other spy agencies. Expect spooks to infiltrate the secessionist movements, looking for potential crazies that they can prosecute as terrorists. Expect spooks to target the leaders and try to bring them down. Expect the spooks to do “sting operations,” trying to bait people into committing crimes. Remember Waco. Remember Rick McLaren of the Republic of Texas movement, who is mouldering in the prison today at Huntsville, Texas.

5. Banks. ALL banks will oppose a gold standard and the prohibition of fractional reserve banking. They have lots of money and their very existence is threatened by secession. The lobbying will be mind-boggling.

6. State politicians. Many state politicians consider statewide elected office as the farm system for higher office. Plus elected officeholders would likely have to run for election in a new sovereign nation. They might not like that.

7. Big corporations. Business, government and banking are woven together. Businesses domiciled in the seceding state would instantly have import/export issues that they might not have currently. In addition, any corporation domiciled in an American state, like Delaware or Nevada…would instantly be a foreign corporation.

9. People currently receiving government benefits. Think of all the government money that flows to individuals – Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, rent supports, college grants and loans, mortgage guarantees…these folks won’t want to lose their benefits.

10. Trial Lawyers and the legal system. This could go either way. Lawyers might look at secession as an opportunity in a new nation. But my suspicion is that they would not favor secession. They will also lobby heavily to influence a new legal system in the new nation.

I’m sure I’m leaving out somebody, but that will make for another article.

This short list will become much less important if the secession happens after a collapse of the American financial system or the collapse of the Federal Government. If Washington doesn’t have the resources to oppose any state’s secession, it might go much smoother when a state delivers its secession document to Washington.

Time will tell. Forewarned is forearmed.