Herding Cats: Texas Independence Faces Challenges From Within

February 24, 2015

by Russell D. Longcore

Herding Cats

Herding Cats

Have you ever thought about herding cats?

Cats are known for their aloof independence. Sure, your cat will curl up in your lap and purr while you pet him, but how often do you see cats sit…or speak…or fetch on demand? Nobody trains guard CATS. There are no Feline Units in your local police department. So the visual image above of cowboys herding cats is meant to be absurd, showing that corralling a bunch of snooty independent cats is a tough job.

“Herding Cats” also accurately describes efforts to get independence-minded patriots to work together. Let me tell you a story that illustrates this phrase well.

Back in the decade of the 2000s, I shifted from being an activist, conservative, Marine Corps-loving, pro-war, pro-gun, rock-ribbed Republican to being a Libertarian. I had read book after book about liberty, and it became quite clear in the pages of Thomas Paine, John Locke, Frederick Hayek, Lysander Spooner, Frederic Bastiat, Henry Hazlitt, Mises, Rothbard, Nock, etc. … that the worldview of the Republicans bore no resemblance to the worldview of lovers of liberty. And the Libertarian Party embraced all those authors, as well as writers like Dr. Mary Ruwart and her book “Healing Our World.” I thought the Libertarians had the perfect political platform. So I joined the local chapter and the national Libertarian Party, and set about finding ways to be an activist Libertarian.

What I discovered about Libertarians is that they are so dedicated to individualism that organizing them into a coherent group, pointed in one direction, was nearly impossible. And so my dream of a political party that espoused precepts of individual liberty and property rights was dashed on the rocks of reality.

So, how do we take that story and apply it to the Independence Movement in the State of Texas?

Texas has the most well-organized independence movements of all the US states. But recently, I have been hearing rumblings from the Lone Star State that all is not brotherhood and sisterhood in the Independence movement.

The two most influential Independence groups in Texas are the Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) and Freedom Texas. Then there is the Republic of Texas group, who has had recent scrapes with the Texas government and Texas courts. These groups are dedicated to returning the US state of Texas to its status as a sovereign nation, shaking off its Federal shackles and to “stand among the nations (Sam Houston).”

Next, we look at the various issue-oriented groups that exist in Texas. Gun rights groups, the NRA, Tea Party, FairTax groups, anti-abortion groups, anti-immigration groups and list goes on. These groups already know how tough it is to make a dent in the culture and make a difference in Austin.

Separately, these groups stand little chance of turning the attention of the Texas populace toward their issues, or toward Texas Nationalism. But together, there could be synergy, and there would certainly be heightened awareness of the benefits of a nation of Texas.

A problem arises when any one of these group’s leaders assert that they and they alone are the Sine Qua Non…the pre-eminent and only…spokesmen for Texas Liberty. That is political suicide. Exclusion won’t work. Stating “you can’t be one of our members and be a member of any other group too” only makes you look petty, small and insecure. Take the time to get everybody who cares about individual liberty and property rights to gather under the big tent.

Texas Independence WILL NEVER HAPPEN if the Independence movement has little Napoleons all over Texas, each trying to carve out their little kingdoms. Texas Independence MUST be about two things and two things only…individual liberty and property rights. Because all the other single issues pale into insignificance when compared to individual liberty and property rights. Fighting turf wars, or arguing over single issues is akin to arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

NOW is the time for planning and preparing for the future. NOW is the time that all the divergent groups must come together to unite around individual liberty and property rights. NOW is the time to prepare for the trigger event that will require a response.

It is my considered opinion that there MUST be an economic trigger to get the people of Texas to pivot toward nationhood. Recent history has shown that massive intrusion by Washington DC into the inner workings of the State of Texas have not resulted in a unified call for secession. The people of Texas and the state government in Austin will accept pretty much any legislation and insult visited upon them by DC. They may complain, but they will not fight back. Enough is NEVER enough.

So what could be the trigger? Stated more clearly…what WILL be the economic trigger?

The collapse of the US Dollar will be the economic event that will change the minds of people…from the outhouse to the State House…and galvanize public sentiment for secession and nationhood.

The Dollar will collapse, meaning that its purchasing power will collapse in a flurry of massive hyperinflation. The Western nations are all locked into a debt-based monetary system, linked to each other by the world reserve currency, the US Dollar. China is planning something different. China heads the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South America), and China is moving steadily toward a gold-backed monetary system. China is making deals with nations all over the globe to clear monetary transactions without using the Dollar. And at some point soon, critical mass will be achieved, the new system will be in place, and the Chinese Renminbi will supplant the Dollar as World Reserve Currency. This could happen through any number of events:

1. China could simply announce that it is taking over, and the other nations will pivot to China.
2. China could dump Treasury bonds in a large quantity into the bond market, thereby collapsing the US Treasury Bond Market and the Dollar simultaneously. This could be a retaliatory tactic against Washington’s imperialism worldwide.
3. China can quietly continue to make more and more deals with other nations, and let market economics make the decision on what currency is World Reserve. (This is actually what China is doing now)
4. What happens when you loan money, the borrower defaults, and you cannot collect then debt? You go bankrupt. That is, in effect, what will happen to the Western banking system. What happens when a country like France or Germany simply says, “We are not going to play anymore. We are cashing in our US Treasuries today.” But what happens to Western banks when 100 countries all default on their debt or cash in their bond holdings? Collection is unenforceable. It will happen again in your lifetime.

But there will eventually be a tipping point…a black swan event, if you will. Inevitably, there will come a day when the trillions of US Dollars that have flooded the earth will be rejected by other nations. At that time, all of that currency will come flooding back to the USA. The dollar will become worthless seemingly overnight.

When Joe Sixpack in some tiny Texas town can’t buy one Shiner Beer with a $20 bill, you’ll know that he will listen when you talk about the benefits of secession and Texas nationhood. As I have stated in the past…missing a few meals tends to focus the mind on a solution. This example, though meant to be amusing, does not adequately speak to the devastating effects of a Dollar collapse. There will be widespread hunger, death, crime, societal breakdown and riots. Only those with hard assets and guns will have a chance of survival.

The faster Texas secedes and becomes a sovereign nation, the faster the crisis will be overcome.

And finally…I mentioned the State House earlier. Texas has a new governor now, Greg Abbott. From what I have seen, the Governor is no more a friend of Texas independence than Rick Perry was. And how many Texas legislators have publicly stated their unflagging support for secession from the United States? Are there any? My opinion is that Austin will not be the place you should look for leadership about Texas Independence…at least not before the economic trigger. Once the Dollar collapse happens, they will be meeting in emergency sessions trying to figure out what to do. Secession may look like a pretty good idea when their backs are against the wall. Just remember the old visual about a parade going down the street, and some politician jumping out in front of it so he looks like he’s leading it.

Texas will need statesmen, not politicians. Texas will need men of vision like Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and Paine. God grant that such men and women will step up when duty calls. Many statesmen and women exist now in groups like Freedom Texas and the TNM.

Texas patriots, the time is NOW to band together and work tirelessly toward the Nation of Texas.

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To the Tea Party: Go Screw Yourself

October 26, 2010

by Karl Denninger

Yes, I mean it.

Here’s a “replay” of my interview with Dylan Ratigan last night:

I, and FedUpUSA, ought to sue anyone using this moniker for their so-called “political affiliation” for defamation.

Yeah, that’s a joke.

But so are you.

All of you.

Especially Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Bob Barr, and douchebag groups such as the “Tea Party Patriots.”

Let’s look at their mission statement:

* Fiscal Responsibility
* Constitutionally Limited Government
* Free Markets

Really? That sounds pretty good. But did you read “Free Markets”?

Free Markets: A free market is the economic consequence of personal liberty. The founders believed that personal and economic freedom were indivisible, as do we. Our current government’s interference distorts the free market and inhibits the pursuit of individual and economic liberty. Therefore, we support a return to the free market principles on which this nation was founded and oppose government intervention into the operations of private business.

Oh, oppose government intervention eh? You mean, you oppose stringing up the people who break the law and steal people’s homes and wealth? Private business is only private up until it rips someone off.

Notice what’s missing from this mission statement and principles: Any mention of why I and others led people to mail tea bags to Congress and our President in the first place: rampant theft of taxpayer money propping up FAILED private businesses.

Then look at what’s over at TeaParty.Org: you’ll find the usual pablum. Guns, gays, God.

Hey, I like talking about Guns, Gays and God too. Let’s talk about all of them within the context of The Constitution, which is what the Tea Party was supposed to be about. In short:

* Guns. What part of “shall not be infringed” didn’t you bother to read? That one’s simple. And yes, this means that under The Bill of Rights there should be no Brady Law nor any bar on a convicted felon who has served his time buying or owning a weapon! I know what the current law says and I understand the reasoning behind it. But you can’t square it with the clear language in the Second Amendment. Our entire system of criminal justice rests on the premise that if you are convicted of a crime and serve the time for it, your debt to society is paid. If said convicted criminal is still dangerous to society (and thus shouldn’t have a right to self-defense) why are we letting him out so he can victimize other people? Sentences should reflect this; you should not be released until you are no longer a danger to society – period. Prison is often debated as to whether it’s about rehabilitation or punishment – I argue it is neither, it is and should be about removing those who harm others from society until they are no longer a threat to others.

* Gays. What part of “what you do in your bedroom is none of my damn business” didn’t you bother with? You can find that in the 4th Amendment as well as elsewhere. In terms of public space what is your private sexual preference and life doing in the public space in the first place? 200 years ago we called such people perverts and stuck them in the stocks. You want to address this problem? It’s simple: That’s a gay (or straight) person’s private life and its none of anyone else’s damn business what two or more consenting adults do behind a closed door on private property.

* God. What part of the Establishment Clause didn’t you bother to read? “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” You want prayer in the schools? Not unless I can lead a prayer to Allah should I so choose; it is not Constitutional to favor one religion over another. Therefore, you either keep it all out or you keep none of it out, and my preference is to keep all of it out, although I’ll settle for none – either position is Constitutional. No other position is, and that’s the beginning and end of it. The same applies to any other publicly-run and funded space. What people do on their own private property with regard to how they worship is none of your damn business.

Now that we’ve dispensed with Guns, Gays and God in the context of what one of the founders of the Tea Party Movement believes, I’ll deal with the rest.

The Tea Party was initiated as a political protest against the unlawful and in fact unconstitutional usurpation of power from the Congress and The People in the form of extortion-led bailouts of enterprises that had engaged in acts that I, and many others, believe were at least civilly actionable and in many cases crossed the line into criminal activity.

This indictment is not limited to the nation’s large banks, although it certainly starts there. The corruption of our economic and monetary systems runs the gamut from Fannie and Freddie through their ties to Congress (including literal sexual encounters in some cases), banking interests selling trash securities to everyone from pension funds on down, judges who don’t judge but rather protect monied interests on Wall Street, The Federal Reserve intentionally debasing our currency and monetizing government debt, government spending that is running 40% above revenues and much more.

In short, The Tea Party was and is about the corruption of American Politics and the blatant and outrageous theft from all Americans that has resulted. It is about personal responsibility and enforcement of the law against those who have robbed, financially f****d and pillaged the nation.

Yet today we hear literally nothing about these issues among the so-called “Tea Party” candidates and their backers. Sarah Palin has not said one word about locking up the banksters that brought upon the housing bubble and economic collapse. Not one word about Bernanke’s out-of-control Fed and the arguably unlawful monetization of Fannie and Freddie paper, not to mention the monetization of the Federal Debt. Not one word about throwing judges such as this one – The Honorable Bruce Levine – in the dock – although that, ladies and gentlemen, is a statement of felony judicial corruption. If you as an investor run into trouble with a commodity or futures trade and sue you will not get your day in court – a literal “green light” to rob the people by the big banks with official judicial sanction. And you wonder how Hillary Clinton managed to “win” in her Cattle Futures trades eh? Wonder no more.

Tea Party my ass. This was nothing other than The Republican Party stealing the anger of a population that was fed up with The Republican Party’s own theft of their tax money at gunpoint to bail out the robbers of Wall Street and fraudulently redirecting it back toward electing the very people who stole all the f****ing money!

You want me to support The Tea Party as it is currently constituted?

Do all of the above, do it now, and apologize for attempting to perpetuate the financial f***ing of this nation.

Publicize the following as your LEAD:

STOP THE LOOTING AND START PROSECUTING

And finally, one more:

ALL FIVE OF THE LARGEST BANKS ARE RESOLVED AS OUR FIRST ACT IN CONGRESS.

They caused it, they pay for it. Period.

Until and unless you do?

©2010 Market Ticker


Tom Baugh at the NC “Restore The Constitution” Open Carry Rally

August 20, 2010

Black Hats Versus White Hats

(Editor’s Note: Tom was a guest speaker at the recent rally. “Open Carry” means that many of the attendees where openly carrying some sort of firearm. These are Tom’s speech notes. A short video of Tom follows this text.)

Good afternoon, everyone, and thanks for having me here. I want to thank the organizers, because they have done something phenomenal here. They’ve invited a contrary voice.

For those of you who have read Starving the Monkeys”, you know that I’m not a big fan of political rallies, because it is my opinion that we are outnumbered in this country. Now, I know that is a very unpopular thing to hear, but if you look, for example, at some of the speakers who have been up here already, if the educational system has been taken over, can you count those people as part of us anymore? If so many people are dependent on checks, either directly or indirectly, from the government, can you count those people? Or have we lost them, to them?

If that’s the case, then political rallies, or hoping that elections can change anything, are not going to work. Let me give you a thought experiment about that.

Imagine you are on a plane carrying twenty people, and you crash on a deserted island. Seventeen of them get together and decide to enslave three of you. Because you are in the minority, is it your responsibility to accept that slavery? Of course it isn’t.

If they let you have rallies, and vote and send out fliers and write your representatives, is that going to make any difference whatsoever? It will not. So what you have to consider is, if one day we wake up in that world, and we may already be there, what strategies do we employ then? What strategies do we use on that deserted island, with seventeen people trying to enslave the three of us?

It will not be rallies. It will not be elections. The topic of that is beyond the point of our talk here today.

But, I challenge you to accept that uncomfortable possibility, because it may very well be true today. Because if someone says, “we surround them”, where’s the evidence? If we surrounded them, would we have the health care bill? If we surrounded them, would the government no longer listen to anything we had to say? If we surrounded them, would any of these problems we’ve discussed today even exist?

I know that is an uncomfortable thought. But if we are going to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity, it is something you have to come face-to-face with, and not to continue to hope that the next election will change it. Because it may not. And it is likely not to.

Hope is not a strategy.

I’ve heard many of the speakers here today talk about the idea that the Founding Fathers gave us this right or that right. Nonsense! No man can give you rights. Your rights sprang into being the moment you were conceived. And your rights don’t depend on being in the majority, either, nor on what country you live in. If you were the only person on the planet to understand this, you would still have the moral claim to your rights. The other six billion people would be wrong, and if they tried to enslave you, you would be morally justified in anything you chose to do to secure those rights. Only the practical limitations of what actions were available to you might stay your hand, but certainly not ethics. You have rights by, and of, yourself, even if you stand completely alone. But you’re not alone. Not yet. You just aren’t able to vote anymore to retain the practical ability to exercise those rights without consequences.

So, this is a rally to “Restore the Constitution”. When you say these words, I know exactly what you have in your mind. You have in your mind the same idea that each soldier, sailor, airman and Marine, second lieutenant and ensign, cadet and midshipman, have in their minds when they take the oath. You have in your mind the same idea I had in my mind when I took that same oath. And that idea is that the Constitution is about liberty, and all our problems today are because we’ve drifted away from that.

But my friends, that idea is wrong. The Constitution isn’t about liberty, it is about power. The idea you have in your head about liberty comes from the Bill of Rights, which is really just a yellow liberty sticky note on the poster of Constitutional power. And this means that the Bill of Rights is just marketing spin to get you to accept the power of the national government over the states, and over you. Let me explain that.

If you read the original seven articles of the Constitution, and I mean really read them, you see there is nothing about liberty in there, except for some marketing spin in the Preamble. Everything else in those seven articles is about raw, undiluted national power. You can read more about what I’m going to say in Boston T. Party’s excellent book, “Hologram of Liberty”. I’m going to just hit you with some of the high points before I move on to what I really came here to talk about.

We are all taught that the Constitution guarantees our liberty through checks and balances. Oh really? Well, how successful are those checks and balances working out? Recently we all cheered when the Supreme Court struck down some gun laws we didn’t like. But, the larger story is that these decisions happened because of one vote on the Supreme Court. Think about that. Your liberty hinges on the actions of one person wearing a black dress. Just one person. Is that a system of checks and balances? Your liberty, our liberty, should never depend on the actions of a single person. The fact that this decision went our way was luck. Nothing else but luck. Remember that deserted island story? If the islanders put together a Supreme Court to adjudge your complaints, would you be morally obligated to accept the result if someone in a black grass skirt said you had to be a slave? Of course not.

My friends, the articles of the Constitution are articles of power, and you must never forget that. They are articles of the power of the national government over the states, and over you. As Boston says in his excellent book, our current situation has arisen either as the result of the Constitution, or in spite of it. No other possibilities exist, and neither of those are particularly soothing, are they? Wake up, friends.

Anyway, enough of that. I’m not here to convince you that the Constitution is alive and well. And I don’t have to convince you of that. Time, reality and bitter experience will do that for me soon enough. I just hope that all those people taking oaths have that idea of liberty in their minds, and not the idea of power. Because if they are really swearing allegiance to that idea of power, then may God help us all.

So what am I here for? To pop fantasies that continue to enslave us? No. I’m not really even here to talk to you. My real reason for being here is to talk about you to two specific groups: the media and law enforcement.

After the previous rally in Virginia, the media was ablaze with stories about how these people were crackpots and gun nuts. You in the media said that these people were out of touch with reality, and a menace to our society. Well, I want you to consider the reality that these people are the good guys. They wear the white hats, and if you in the media had any sense and believed your own rhetoric, you would understand this and support their efforts wholeheartedly. Why? Because they aren’t the real menace. The real menace that you should fear are those who didn’t show up today. The people here today, the white hats, still believe that this country can be pulled back from the brink. They believe it so much that they are willing to show up here armed, despite the personal risks, to make a point.

These people here today think that you in the media are merely misguided, or lazy, or otherwise benign. On the other hand, many of those growing number who won’t come to rallies like this, let’s call them the black hats, have learned to see you in the media as deliberately destructive. They see you as the propaganda arm of the powerful. And when you denigrate the efforts of people such as these, in their minds you prove them right.

I’ll get back to that in a moment, but now I want to turn to law enforcement. You, too, should be celebrating these people as the good guys. Why? Because they still believe that most of you in law enforcement are good guys, too. They see and hear stories of weapons being seized from people who do nothing wrong, and are still willing to write this off as the actions of a few bad apples. But the black hats, those who no longer believe these things, see you in law enforcement as merely the intimidation arm of the powerful. When you in law enforcement kick in doors in the middle of the night, and shoot pets and children, and harass people in their daily lives, the black hats understand these things as a systemic problem, and not just the result of a few bad apples.

The sad thing is that they are both right. Not all media people are bad, and not all law enforcers people are petty tyrants. But you, individually, don’t have to be bad for things to continue to spin out of control. No matter how good or how righteous you in the media or law enforcement think your respective causes may be, the powerful can simply reward the most effective propagandists, or the most effective intimidators, with jobs and promotions. And just as easily deny these things to those who refuse to propagandize or intimidate. The result of this selection process is that things slide farther downhill. And in the process recruit more and more people to the black hat view of the world.

So let’s dig a little deeper into that black hat world view, shall we? Why not?

The white hats believe that our economic crisis is the result of mistakes, or shortsightedness, or simple corruption or greed, and that we can just work our way out of it and get back on top. The black hats, on the other hand, understand that our situation was the result of a deliberate act of financial terrorism, specifically designed to transfer trillions of dollars taken by threat of force, or intimidation, from our citizens, and give that ransom to the powerful. And that the selling of this economic terrorism and payment of the subsequent ransom was the job of the propagandists in the media. And all of it was perfectly legal, and done under the watchful eye of the Constitution you here today wish to restore, which guarantees protection by national force against those states who might resent their being plundered by powerful interests in New York. And that hard work isn’t going to be enough against enemies like that.

So how might those enemies face justice? Well, the white hats still believe in law and order, and that ultimately justice will prevail. But, consider this thought experiment. If everyone in the country were as well armed as these people here today, would a growing law enforcement community be required? Well-armed, who would fear robbers, murderers and rapists? Who would fear drug dealers? Who would fear terrorists? None of these bad people would have a chance. So then why does law enforcement continue to expand, and restrictions on personal action and responsibility grow faster and faster each year, and each month? Simply put, the black hats interpret this situation as that the fiction of law and order is merely used as a shield to protect the truly guilty from the rest of us.

The white hats continue to pledge their allegiance to the flag of this country. Many of them still bother to say the word “indivisible” when they recite this, too. Black hats, on the other hand, don’t pledge their allegiance to a piece of cloth, but to the principles, of liberty and justice for all, which that pledge is believed to represent. And not some cheap pseudo-patriotic kindergarten substitute, instead.

White hats believe in liberty and justice for people of all races and creeds. Black hats believe in this, too.

But, whereas white hats reach out the hand of fellowship to those of different races and creeds, black hats intend to then clasp those hands and join in mutual, armed strength to fight those who have, for generations, pit us against each other for the benefit of a powerful few.

White hats are concerned that they might have their guns taken from them, and many of them are willing to fight to the death to prevent this. Black hats, however, understand that being armed is a state of mind. A man of skill, knowledge and determination can become armed at any time he chooses, and with that skill and knowledge obtain more weapons from his enemies who no longer need them. Cold dead hands won’t win this war, my friends. Fight back smarter.

White hats hold rallies to convince others of the importance of their cause, hoping that if enough people could be educated, then the phantom majority would rise up and set things right. Black hats understand that the majority of people, addicted to their checks, want things just as they are. And black hats also understand that liberty, and a man’s ethical claim to his rights, aren’t dependent on, and shouldn’t be dependent on, the whim of others, no matter to what numbers the tyrants may grow.

Which brings us to the upcoming election, and the hope for change. White hats believe that an election will change everything. Black hats accept the reality that it probably won’t change anything, and that history shows that tyranny ratchets ever legally and legitimately forward at the whim of the populace, until chaos reigns.

White hats are afraid that their time is coming to a close. Black hats are confident that their time will come.

So you in the media, are you merely the propaganda arm of the powerful? Are the black hats right? If not, then come support these good people, and others like them around the country. Because if they fail, and if I am right, you, too, will be writing the checks for the hell which must be paid. Along with the rest of us disposable cogs.

And you in law enforcement, are you merely the intimidation arm of the powerful? Are the black hats right? If not, then come support these good people, and others like them around the country. Because if they fail, and if I am right, you, also, will be writing the checks for the hell which must be paid. Along with the rest of us disposable cogs.

But, I am realistic enough to know that neither the media nor law enforcement will change their paths to help set things straight. The lure of their checks is too strong. And so what must come, will come. But along the way, both you the propagandist and you the intimidator will serve our larger purpose by creating a crucible from which leaders are forged. And for that, I thank you both.

And thanks to all of you good people here today, hoping to set things right, for taking the time to listen to these words.

Tom Baugh is the author of Starving the Monkeys, Fight Back Smarter. He is also a former Marine, patented inventor, entrepreneur and professional irritant.


Rand Paul: The Tea Party Can Have Him

May 23, 2010

So Dr. Rand Paul, son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, is the newly nominated Kentucky Republican candidate for US Senate. Dr. Paul wants to be a DC criminal and is fighting hard to get his chance.

Think that’s too harsh? Sorry to ruffle your delicate sensibilities. In my article entitled Criminal Congressional Compromise, I show that accomplices and accessories to crime are entitled to the same sentence as the main perpetrators. And plenty of crimes come out of the US Senate.

The drive-by media has had its collective panties in a big wad since Tuesday’s primaries. Paul has been labeled the “Tea Party Candidate.” From what I’ve seen of the Tea Party movement, and the things that Rand Paul believes, they seem to be made for each other.

But not made for individual liberty and property rights.

Dr. Paul still thinks that the nation can be saved. He believes that the solution is to simply get the Federal Government to operate within the limits of the Constitution, and then everything will work out all right. That’s the message coming from the Tea Party movement. Seldom mentioned are the seditious words “secession” and “nullification.” Oh mercy, no. Electing better politicians is the Tea Party answer, and that’s right up Rand Paul’s alley.

I went to Rand Paul’s candidate website and read his positions on various issues. Here are some quotes from his posted positions, followed by my caustic comments:

Rand on Immigration: “Millions crossing our border without our knowledge constitutes a clear threat to our nation’s security. I will work to secure our borders immediately. My plans include an underground electric fence, with helicopter stations to respond quickly to breaches of the border. Instead of closing military bases at home and renting space in Europe, I am open to the construction of bases to protect our border.”

Editor: So clearly you favor spending money the Federal Government doesn’t have. This administration is overdrawn just this year by a couple TRILLION dollars. There is no money for an underground fence, Rand…any more than there was money to build a fence along the length of the Mexican border. There is no money to build new military bases along the border with Mexico, either. Closing the foreign bases is good, but spending the savings is bad.

Rand on the Federal Reserve: “For too long the Federal Reserve has operated behind a shroud of mystery. As Senator I would make sure that all Americans understand the dangers of unsound monetary policy and shed light on this secretive organization. Given this incredible power given to a semi-private institution, one wonders why we don’t hear more about the Fed and its actions from the Congress. As Senator I would make sure that the Federal Reserve is held accountable and restore transparency to our monetary system.”

Editor: How exactly are you going to “make sure ALL Americans understand” ANYTHING? We don’t need transparency, Rand. America needs to abolish the Fed. Period. And from the news reports about HR 1207, the Transparency Act your father sponsored is dead…smothered to death by the guys you’re going to be working with. The Federal Reserve is the world’s largest counterfeiter, and the funny money needs to stop…even though it’s too late. If the Fed stopped printing money today, the money in circulation is guaranteed to cause hyperinflation soon.

Rand on National Defense: “I believe that the primary Constitutional function of the federal government is national defense, bar none. I believe we try the terrorists captured on the battlefield in military tribunals at GITMO. I do not believe in trying them in civilian court. I believe that when we must fight, we declare war as the Constitution mandates and we fight to win. That we fight only under US Commander and not the UN.

I believe that defending this country is the primary and most important Constitutional function of our federal government.”

Editor: My God, where do I start? (a) “National defense” is not invading other nations or having military bases in over 130 other countries. (b) People defending their own countries are not terrorists. America invaded THEM. (c) When has the US actually needed to defend its own borders since 1812? Rand, you’ve drunk deeply of the neocon Kool-Aid. (d) Tea Party member love guys who love the military, and you’re their guy. (e) GITMO is one of the blackest marks on the American character since Japanese-American internment during WWII. By supporting GITMO, you also support torture, since torture is a daily functional tool at GITMO. Thanks for clearing that up for us.

Rand on Energy Policy: “As Senator, the only question I will consider is whether government involvement is the most efficient approach to energy innovation. I will vote to cut taxes and lift regulations on companies developing new sources of energy.”

Editor: The only question you should consider is how quickly you can sponsor legislation to dissolve the Department of Energy, Rand. Washington has no Constitutional authority to regulate the exploration and production of any type of energy whatsoever. It is usurpation of state sovereignty. Did you miss that when last you read the Constitution?

Rand on Sovereignty: “We are a nation of laws. Our allegiance to foreign institutions sacrifices our autonomy as a nation by transferring our legal authority to unelected and unaccountable leaders. Our fiscal, trade, and monetary policy should be in the hands and best interest of ‘We the People.’ The US Government must answer only to the Constitution and the citizens protected by it.

Editor: We started as a “nation” of states. Now we are a nation governed by elected and unaccountable “leaders”…a position to which you wish to attain. The US government should be tightly controlled by the states and operate within the strictures of the Constitution. Even better would be the states simply opting out of “the Union” and becoming sovereign nations themselves. But Dr. Paul wants to be a part of the criminal element of Washington, not a state patriot. Remember, the moment Rand is elected and sworn in, he gets his paycheck from Washington, not Kentucky.

Rand on Inflation: “Dr. Paul will demand far greater transparency and accountability from the Federal Reserve, whose monetary policy has devalued our Dollar by approximately 95% since its inception in 1913. By restoring fiscal responsibility and honest monetary policy, we can regain our financial independence from China and other foreign lenders. Rand will fight to strengthen the value of our Dollar so our purchasing power is not destroyed by the sneakiest tax of all: inflation.”

Editor: Like the Federal Reserve item above, Rand…you need to dissolve the Federal Reserve’s authority to print money and manage monetary policy. Who cares about accountability? Get rid of the counterfeiters! And another thing…China holds $877 billion in US debt, and Japan holds $769 billion. “Transparency” at the Fed is not going to pay off the total American debt load of over $14 TRILLION that many experts say can never be repaid, even if the IRS collected 100% of the income from all Americans for years into the future.

Rand on Campaign Finance: “I propose mandating a clause in all federal contracts over $1 million that requires the recipient to pledge not to lobby government or contribute to campaigns during the terms of the contract. Companies that have willingly entered the public sphere by taking taxpayer funds should not be allowed to use part of that money to secure more funds.

But this proposal is only part of the answer. While it is important to cut down on the demand for lobbyists, the supply side is even more important. Washington, D.C. has a supply of money and power that it can dole out to the highest bidder. As long as this golden goose exists, people will find ways to take advantage of it. The problem is not the abuse of power, but rather the power to abuse.

The only answer to that problem is for Congress to reduce severely the size and scope of the federal government, so that the market is allowed to operate according to the free forces of a laissez-faire economy. Regulations, price controls, and political cronyism only distort the economy, foster corruption, and decrease our wealth as a nation.”

Editor: Forget campaign finance, Rand. That’s the least of your worries. Besides, you’re not going to change anything as a freshman Senator. DC does not have a “supply of money” of its own. DC plunders the American taxpayers and then prints fiat money or borrows money to make up the difference. Concentrate on forcing the Federal Government to only spend money on Constitutional things. Better yet, lead Kentucky to draft a Declaration of Independence and Ordinance of Secession and leave the Federal Government altogether. That would solve all the problems you naively enumerate at the Federal level.

Dr. Rand Paul may become the next Senator from Kentucky, but he will not lead Kentuckians into more individual liberty. He will be just like all the other Senators…receiving lobbyist funds, raising campaign cash for himself and others, and presiding over the last days of The United States of America.

Isn’t it amazing, friends? There is still a long line of people at the employment office of the USS United States…eager to be an employee on the last voyage of the ship as it sinks.

Secession…not new Senators…is the hope for humanity. 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 Citizen Opposition

February 16, 2010

The US Federal Government is a cancer that has affected nearly every organ and cell in the body of our nation. Trying to get rid of the cancer may very likely kill the host, just like chemotherapy or radiation do.

There is virtually no possibility of getting the citizens of any state to agree to secede in sufficient numbers that will move the lawmakers of that state to action. The biggest reason is that there are too many citizens of any state that feed at the Federal trough. If those folks saw that secession would mean the end of their jobs, benefits or incomes, they would fight secession with all their energy.

Here is a short list of people who are either Federal employees directly, or whose jobs are directly affected by Federal money:

• State government at every level, from Governor to dogcatcher, that receive and spend Federal money
• Federal bureaucracy personnel: there are tens of thousands of them in Federal offices including managers, IT personnel, secretaries, janitors, security guards, drivers, inspectors, etc.
• IRS personnel
• I.T. personnel
• Accountants: most accountants would not have work to do without the Federal tax code.
• Retirees: anyone who gets a Social Security check or Medicare benefits.
• Pensioners: see retirees. Most get both.
• Medicaid recipients: the poor who get their medical treatment from Uncle Sam.
• Military personnel: active duty would be unemployed. Retirees could lose pensions.
• Tax Attorneys
• Regulatory compliance attorneys
• Bankers: without the Federal Reserve and fractional banking, most people in banking would be out of a job.
• Post office workers: a seceding state would likely privatize this business.
• Law enforcement personnel: lots of Federal agencies have workers with badges and guns.
• College students with Federally backed loans or grants
• Mortgagees with Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae-backed loans
• Hospitals who accept Federal healthcare patients
• Doctors who accept Federal healthcare patients
• Nurses working for those doctors
• Hospital personnel: RNs, techs, orderlies, cafeteria workers, janitors.
• Federal Judges and their staffs
• Grant writers and grant recipients
• Colleges and universities: Huge staffs directly affected by college loans.
• Public schools
• Construction companies building and maintaining Federal structures
• Any company that gets Defense Department contracts of any kind
• Federal politicians and their staffs
• Social Security office workers: secretaries, inspectors, regulators, managers, executives
• Army Corps of Engineers
• Churches and non-profit organizations might lose their tax-exempt status and have to pay taxes.
• Farmers: some get Federal subsidies that would vanish.
• Manufacturers and suppliers of any product or service you can imagine that goes to the Federal government
• Lobbyists
• Property management companies that lease to Federal agencies
• Welfare office workers
• Media (radio, TV, internet, print media): all get advertising revenue from gov’t.
• And most of the workers above have families that rely on their incomes.
• And most of those workers and their families spend their incomes in businesses that rely on their incomes.

This list could go on and on if I thought about it some more. There are likely some obvious people I’ve omitted. But this list alone should give you a flavor of just how much the Federal government has infected America on every level.

Now…consider this wild card.

The inevitable economic collapse occurs. For some reason, the dollar begins its unavoidable hyperinflation because the worldwide economy collapses. The Dow Jones, Standard & Poors, and the NASDAQ all lose at least 50% of their value. The worldwide bond market collapses, and foreign/institutional boldholders refuse to accept dollars as payment. Banks close all over the USA en masse. Catastrophic layoffs begin at all levels of the economy. Unemployment soars to 40 or 50%.

The Federal Government panics…even more than they are panicking today…and starts laying off Federal workers. Their tax revenue is off by 50%.

OK…got the scenario? Now, at every level of society, from Washington to Walla Walla, every person has been affected by the collapse.

When the people on the list above aren’t getting paid anyway…or are getting paid with dollars that are becoming worthless…and the seriousness of the situation sinks in to their minds and stomachs…secession will finally make sense.

As I’ve said before, the number one job of the secessionist movements today it to educate the populace about the benefits of secession. The number two job of the secessionist movements is to begin to create a stable of the best people to occupy crucial positions in the state so it can secede. The politicians likely won’t help.

Albert Einstein said “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” I say that we cannot solve our problems with the same PEOPLE that created them.

The politicians of today must be swept aside to make room for those who will bring the solutions to the table. What of politicians who have a change of heart, and join the movement? My opinion is that they should be “quarantined” and watched closely, and not allowed to participate in the solutions without constant supervision.

The secessionist movements all over the USA must acknowledge the near impossibility of pre-collapse secession, and devote themselves to the post-collapse secession model. Anything else is Tea-Party rah-rah hype just to raise money for their coffers.

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.

mward@statesman.com; 445-1712

Copyright 2010 America Statesman


Napolitano, Gutzman and Woods Talk Nullification

December 6, 2009

This segment of the Glenn Beck Show was aired on November 10, 2009. In it, Judge Andrew Napolitano interviews Kevin Gutzman and Thomas Woods. It runs about nine minutes.

Gutzman is a professor at West Connecticut State University and frequent contributor to LewRockwell.com. His newest book is “The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution.”

Dr. Woods’ is a New York Times best-selling author of nine books and Senior Fellow at The Mises Institute. His newest book is “Meltdown,” about American monetary policy.

They wrote a book together entitled “Who Killed The Constitution?”

View their interview here: Nullification Interview