By The People

There are fundamental flaws in how American government operates today,
contrary to the Constitution and the vision of a representative republican form of governance.
I intend doing something about it: by educating and informing others who
are not even aware of the dangers.

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Phony Drug War

If you have ever been arrested on drug charges and have had to endure incarceration for it, this story will certainly thrill you.

The British giant banking firm, HSBC, was slapped on the wrist this week by the United States Department of Justice and while they violated several laws (the Bank Secrecy Act and the Trading With The Enemy Act) no criminal charges will be filed. Instead Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, the longtime buddy of none other than former President William Jefferson Clinton has chosen to settle with the banks for $1.9 billion dollars, despite the fact that HSBC makes more than that in less than a week of banking. While admitting they have laundered billions for both Colombian and Mexican drug cartels and others, the USDOJ will prosecute possession of drugs (don't get caught with a pot seed!) to the fullest extent of the law, while allowing the real pushers to get away with crimes.

This is evidence that there is no real war on drugs, only a war on individuals who choose to exercise their own choice to use drugs. While in many cases, the choice is a poor one, you cannot deny the fact that prosecution is selective.

The fine of $1.9 billion dollars may seem like a lot, but when you consider the hundreds of billions this one dirty bank makes annually, it is merely a few pennies from a cookie jar in comparison. Believe what you will, but this is another outrage from a DOJ that wants to take your Second Amendment rights while sending arms to drug lords and terrorists.

Where is the outrage from the American People? Where is the media coverage of the blatant disregard for the rule of law? Where is the rebellion?

Read full story here.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Cost of Freedom

We all know the often repeated phrase, "Freedom is not free" yet we ignore the reality of the price we must pay to sustain it. If you are not willing to defend your freedom with your life, you really do not deserve to have it.

I have been writing the Fix America blog since 2008. In that time I have covered many subjects that I felt were relevant to a majority of Americans. I have leaned heavily on the principles of liberty as a birthright as opposed to something that is granted by government. In fact, the very nature of our liberty is dependent on those willing to sacrifice all on order to have it.

The foundations for American liberty can be found in the words of Thomas Jefferson, specifically in the Declaration of Independence. In that superbly written document we read,

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

It then stands to reason that the government itself is created through the consent of We the People, and its purpose is to protect the rights of all sovereign individuals. At some point in the history of this once great nation, people began to take freedom for granted and the government began taking freedom from them.

The document itself is rebellious. It is the very essence of what Americans are in a sense, a revolutionary force in the world, that does not subscribe to the subjection to laws and regulations that inhibit the freedoms we hold so precious. And to protect those freedoms we must be rebellious at all times to anyone and anything that will attempt to deny us those rights.

In her book, Give Me Liberty, Naomi Wolf challenges the reader with these very same principles, to revolt, to rebel, and to be ever vigilant of those who seek to control you. It is portrayed as "A handbook for American Revolutionaries" and rightly so. 

In the present times, the very government that our founders created now view those same founders as extremists and insurgents, and that is exactly how we all must be to keep our freedoms and stop the tyranny of a government out of control. It is why the government wants gun bans, and laws that prohibit free speech. It is why we have unconstitutional laws such as the (un)Patriot(otic) Act and NDAA. If our founders were alive today, I am certain they would be gathering militias to storm the halls of the nation's capital and remove those guilty of high crimes and treason. But they are no longer with us and we must take up the challenge ourselves.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Resolution or Revolution?

What will the New Year bring? As we look back and reflect on the past year, what do we see? Not that we will all see the same things, but so many remain in a state of denial about what they have experienced and what is to come.

I hear and read every day about many things that the government is doing, but all I get from the people is complaining about the same old issues and the rhetoric and denial that got us to this point of turmoil.

The term bantering about lately is that we are 'falling off the fiscal cliff' and that our government is leading us toward that abyss. But I ask as John F. Kennedy did in his inaugural address: "What can you do for America?"

Each of us has the duty and responsibility to be accountable for our own liberties and rights. Each of us when we are united in conviction and ideology can make changes that will restore the integrity of government and the freedoms that so many thousands upon thousands of our ancestors and brethren have fought and died to give us.

Elections were meant to allow the citizens to hold office as representatives of their peers, to protect the rights of their own families and friends, to hold their respective elected counterparts accountable to the People. They were meant to serve a term of office and then to return to their businesses and jobs, knowing they did their part to insure the liberty of themselves and the rest of America.

Prior to 1913, there was no taxing of wages. There was no Social Security numbers, birth certificate numbers, marriage license numbers, or even drivers licenses. Numbers placed upon citizens reduce them to commodities that make them slaves to the corporate state. This was what our founders wanted to prevent by placing before the union a Constitution and the concept of contract law.

By allowing corporations to infiltrate America, and the laws that followed, the law of the land was replaced by the law of the seas, admiralty or maritime law that makes each of us nothing more than property of the corporation. 

It is time to make resolutions for a new year and to end the slavery that has replaced the liberty that was the united States of America, just as our founders did, through the rebellion against tyranny that has become the corporation  THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

I will not blame the government for what America has become. In fact, I will not place the blame on the corrupt politicians that perpetrate the treason against all sovereign individuals. No, I will take responsibility to correct the errors and replace the tyranny with liberty, so help me God!

And what will you resolve to do for the New Year?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sandy Hook vs. End of the World

Blessings and prayers to those lost and those who mourn.

I was going to write a short post about the end of the world, just as I did many years ago with the Y2K disaster predictions, but now that I seem to be getting all of these emails and posts ob Facebook regarding the shootings that killed so many children and adults in Connecticut last week, it seems that I must address this issue from my own unique perspective.

It is always a tragedy when human life is lost seemingly without any sense at all. Whether it be a lone gunman or a suicide bomber, the death and destruction remains senseless.

The knee-jerk reaction to Sandy Hook was the push for banning guns. An obvious rebuttal to that is this: Had teachers in that school had been trained and armed, the tragedy would have been lessened if not avoided. Blaming guns on the senseless murders is no different than blaming pencils for failing tests. Most people don't see the analogy as more  tongue-in-cheek quip, but it is nonetheless an accurate assessment.

Some insisted on having so-called assault weapons banned, since there was no 'use for them' for hunting, and the very nature of these weapons were designed for combat. That being so, it is still in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. The right to own and bear arms was not limited to flintlocks and muskets. The very purpose of that right was to arm the citizens and protect them through the right to form militias against any aggression from forces including a tyrannic government.

The very purpose of the Constitution itself was to limit the government, not the People. In the course of American history however, many laws have been enacted that were to benefit the people although they also violated constitutional limits and individual rights. Even today many feel that it is a necessary evil because they have become dependent of a government that gives them benefits at the cost of their own liberties and the burden of taxes on others. Most liberals call it paying their fair share, which as wards of the state, they themselves pay nothing.

The world did not end as many thought it would, based on the incorrect interpretations of a perpetual Mayan calendar. So now we all must go forward and face the realities of a world that is systematically becoming a totalitarian global corporate state, where rights are replaced with privileges and liberty is nothing more than a dream of patriots.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Discrimination by Congressional Legislation?

Laws that protect a group of individuals from discrimination seemed like a good idea at the time. Save for a minority of representatives who argued against such legislation on grounds of constitutional validity were at the time called racists. We face the same issues today but on a multitude of fronts.

Gay rights, immigration rights, religious rights, every special interest group wants their own rights, and it is at the expense of individual rights. To single out any special interest group with legislated rights is to discriminate against all others.

Our nation was founded on the principles of rights granted by our Creator, and that is why the Constitution for the United States of America did not grant special rights to special interests. It did however single out slaves as being less than equal to all others and that was a mistake. The Fourteenth Article of Amendment (now the Thirteenth by virtue of the hiding of the original Thirteenth Article a.k.a. The Title of Nobility Amendment) was supposed to correct that indiscretion, but it did not. Today, there are prisons where minorities are subjected to a form of slavery sanction by the federal and state governments that rob those incarcerated of must of their constitutional rights while doing nothing to pay restitution to the victims of their crimes. Instead the general public is taxed to pay for the penal systems, most of which are now privately-run businesses, and those incarcerated are treated better than their victims.

There are no Congressional Caucuses outside of the Black Caucus that discriminates against all other groups. And the reason for that is simple: It is believed that blacks are owed something for the many years of slavery they endured up to the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The truth is hard for most to swallow.

Immigrants from Europe like my ancestors, did not arrive on the Mayflower nor were they early settlers. They did not own slaves here or in their homelands, yet they are forced by law to pay the same taxes as restitution as the rest. That in itself is a violation of individual rights, but nobody is making and noise about that.

I do not feel that any group has the right to discriminate against any other group. Are ancestors came here for freedom and opportunity, many with only the clothes on their back an a desire to make themselves self-sufficient and to provide for their families. Many went without basic needs until they were able to secure employment or to establish themselves as self-employed tradesman or business proprietors.

When they arrived at Ellis Island they did not get food stamps, medical benefits, or grants for educations. They did not get housing whether it was subsidized or fully paid for. They worked until they could afford it. Some had relatives that helped and others had ethic or religious groups that helped a little. Their were no government programs whatsoever. And they succeeded in making a life for  themselves here in America, and instilled that same ethic and motivation in their children.

With the New Deal and other legislation since FDR was President, Americans paid into Social Security as a government administered retirement account and then When LBJ was President they began paying into Medicare for their health care when they retired.  Many employed workers received benefits for health care from their employers while they remained employed and some even had their own health care coverage in addition to whet their employers provided.

The point being, they were not entitled to anything from the government. When laws were passed to give special interests "rights" above and beyond the rights of all people, more and more special interests wanted special rights as well. It was a bad idea from the start and it still is a bad idea.

It may seem like a cold and harsh view to many, but I make no apologies. I worked for the best part of forty four years, paying taxes every year and contributing to Social Security and Medicare. When I became disabled and could not secure employment to remain self reliant, I applied for disability "benefits" which is part of the Social Security Act and therefore this benefit is not an entitlement per se, but more of an early retirement.

I did not have a Congressional Black, White, Italian, Jewish, or any other caucus through which I could claim my "rights" to benefits. In fact it took over a year and three denial notices before I was finally granted a hearing to present my case before an administrative law judge. I was finally awarded my disability although I will probably not receive any funds until after the first of the new year. As a result, I will remain homeless and in a shelter that provides beds for over three hundred people.

To have any group singled out and granted rights above all others in not only unconstitutional, it is discrimination against the rest. If only more Americans understood the real issue here, I think there will be more calls for repeals of these laws or at the very least, nullification legislation passed by the States' Assemblies.

Now if you want to do something about real discrimination, repeal the unconstitutional drug laws, especially those that make cannabis a crime. How can a plant be outlawed when it was a crop that helped build this nation into one of greatness through economic prosperity?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Finally I Have Been Heard!

Just a short note on why I was not online at all yesterday. I had a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge to make a final determination on my Social Security Disability claim. While I thought the whole process was a gross waste of resources and taxpayer dollars, it was satisfying to learn that according to the judge, I am entitled to disability payments as per the my work history and the level of disability according to my medical records.

I must also make it known that while I am satisfied with the outcome, I am outraged that my own primary care physician was working against me for all of these months, in spite of the facts presented to him by the orthopedic surgeon that he himself referred me to consult. It is yet another indication of how the health care industry has been corrupted by the pharmaceutical industry, preferring to keep patients on dangerous drugs rather than provide them with the proper treatments to cure illness and injury.

With all of the changes that will not only reshape how health care is administered in America but also the invasions into the personal and financial lives of all Americans thanks to the Affordable Patient Protection Act, also known as Obamacare, it is no longer a matter of personal choice to have medical treatment, it is now a government bureaucratic decision that patients will have forced upon them.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Third World: The US in 2030

Stephen Swintek/Getty Images
According to a report issued by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) titled, Global Trends 2030:Alternative Worlds, food and water shortages will reduce the United States to third-world status. They indicate that it is not 'carved in stone  however it does seem that with the current trends by our government, it will happen, unless an alteration of course is pursued in the very near future.

I feel that most Americans are too trusting of the government and the propaganda they are bombarded with by the privately-owned major media. Most Americans still believe that the media represents some truth in journalism standards that will keep what the government tells us as being truth. it seems obvious that nothing can be further from the truth.

We live in a world that is becoming more totalitarian every day. keeping people in fear of wars and terrorism has created a generation of people who fear that only the government can save them from certain death. The people of America are terrorized more by the so-called Transportation Safety Administration than they have been by any terrorists.

Government mandates, regulations, and taxes have driven farmers into bankruptcy or out of business before they faced bankruptcy and/or foreclosure. Many have sold out to corporate food producers like ADM, Burlington, or Monsanto, who have replaced healthy and naturally grown foods with genetically modified organisms that been banned in some nations because of their detrimental effects to the health of the consuming public.

It would seem logical that these mutant strains will eventually be incapable of supporting life, and hence the predictions of the Global Trend 2030 document may become reality. There is a solution.

We must stop the proliferation of these GMO foods. Legislation alone will not do it. We need to support the local farmers who use heirloom seeds and grow their crops without modern chemical fertilizers. These chemical are also contributing to decline of potable water. 

Desalination using sun and wind power sources like Israel does, will provide the necessary potable water for drinking and irrigation. Most importantly is to reduce dependence on government and free the markets to grow once more. 

Don't expect the government to capitulate to the people when they have demonstrated their disregard for the well-being of the people and embrace the corporate lobby. Demanding a return to constitutional limitations of the government will only work when the States protect and support their own residents against the tyrannical federal government.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Taxation For Representation

Every now and then, there are posts that I run across from ordinary people like you and me, that are so well articulated that I feel compelled to share them with my readers. This is one of them.

By Larry Gillreath 

In the United States Constitution, as written in the 18th century, the only sources of revenue were: 

1. A Capitation Tax 

2. Tariffs on imported products. 

The first was a per person tax levied on the States, based on the most recent decennial population figures. In fact, that was one of the two reasons for the census, the other being to determine the allocation of the number of each State's representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives (not so Big Brother could find out how many flush toilets we have, or how long it takes to commute to work each day!). The second was to raise revenue for those necessary, and limited, functions of the federal government from goods and products imported into these United States of America. 

The thing is, the Union worked very well, as it was designed to do, and without any sort of income tax, of any description. Of course, that was back in the day when the federal government respected the Constitution, and did not intrude into those powers reserved for the States, local governments, and the People. 

There is one political party that I have discovered that advocates returning to the original system described above! It is the American Citizen Party, whose founder, Bob McNeil of Houston TX, is an announced candidate for the Presidency in 2016. Their website is Check it out, it will be worthwhile!

While I do not support parties because they represent their own agendas instead of the will of the people, I can support a candidate from a party that has an agenda that is aligned with the true will of the people. Please offer your comments after researching  the American Citizen Party and the candidate(s) they endorse.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Taking Issue With Definition of Marriage

Image courtesy of Tufts University

I received an email this morning from a good man who forwarded an article from the Family Research Council. It was about two female cadets at West Point who were married in chapel in defiance of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that was passed into law. I felt compelled to address the issue myself although I am certain that it will not be well received by either side in this ongoing debate.

Back in September, 2011, I wrote a blog post (Marriage: Is It Legal or Lawful?) because the DOMA was being hotly contested in the media. I felt it was necessary to separate the issues at hand into their respective parts. Namely, the legal license that binds two individuals in a contract (civil union) and the ceremony of marriage, which is a religious institution, which is protected by law.

I also posted “Media Hype Aside: Ron Paul Stands Out!” where Dr. Paul articulates the need to remove “gay” preceding “rights” as all individuals enjoy equal rights, regardless of sexual preference. To grant rights to any group above the rights of others is not provided for in the Constitution.

The difference in not always obvious since the legal document called a marriage license is merely a contractual agreement for legal purposes, such as power of attorney when one party is unable to make decisions for themselves, and the other party therefore is granted the right to make decisions for the other. Just as a parent has legal power of attorney for a minor child, so does a license of marriage give the same power for their spouse or partner.

But the institution of marriage itself, the ceremony if you will, is particular to the religious faith of the two parties to be joined. After all, does not the ceremony state, “in the holy bonds of matrimony?” There is nothing “holy” in legal or lawful contracts between two parties.

So once again I am drawing attention to the post mentioned (Marriage: Is It Legal or Lawful?) since the question of whether or not West Point was correct in allowing these two women to be joined in marriage. Since the Constitution makes it explicitly clear that no particular religion can be chosen as the religion of the government, in also implies that all faiths must be treated with equal respect and reverence.

In times of war there were many soldiers who were of different faiths, and while the chaplains of the military may have been predominantly Christians, be no means were other religions made less significant by those chaplains.

While we may all have our convictions of what is right and wrong, and what is permissible based on religious doctrine, our nation was created on principles of liberty, and regardless of our personal beliefs, we must therefore accept the fact that there are others who will not always agree with our own religious practices.

It seems obvious that by prejudice against others of different beliefs we have become the Divided States of America, and that is a dangerous precedence to set when We the People must stand united when high crimes and treason are the main issues that are eroding our freedoms and nation.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Proclamation of Liberty

We the Sovereign Individuals of the Sovereign States of America, gave the Constitution for the United States of America in order to form a more perfect union of the many States, granting certain permissions to protect the sovereignty of the People and the States, and to form a representative government.

The Constitution created three separate branches of government in order to govern by our consent, and duly produce that government to protect the rights and the sovereignty of States and Individuals, those rights articulated but not limited to those documented in the first ten Articles of Amendment of that Constitution.

Over the last two hundred years those rights have been usurped by a government that has taken liberty away from the Individuals and the States in the name of equality and fairness and the general welfare of the People. It was never intended by our founders, nor was it unanimously accepted by the People to give up those liberties and rights to the federal government for whatever cause or reason that government may have seen as proper.

In the most recent several years, the majority of people, most of whom have become wards of the federal government, have seen fit to dictate to the rest of the people, a burden of regulations and taxation that has caused the republic to fail. This is no more acceptable to the current nation of States than it was to the colonists when the Crown also began to inflict injustices and tyranny over the People.

It is not only the right, but the duty of the People, to end the reign of tyranny which the federal government has inflicted upon us. It stands to reason that with cause, we must throw off the bonds that have been placed upon us, and to declare to the nations of the world once again our right to self determination based upon the laws of the land and the laws of nations.

If unable to convince the elected representatives whom we have sent to represent  and protect us from these infringements upon our liberties and well being, it is our duty to renounce that government, to secede from such tyrannical union, and to form a new nation based on the very principles and the law as we ratified at the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia.

It is also our right and responsibility to hold all those who have disobeyed their oaths of office and conspired as enemies of the People accountable and punish them for their deeds of high crimes and treason against the sovereign States and the sovereign People who reside in them. Without further authority necessary or required by any elected or appointed officers of the Congress or State assemblies, or of the law enforcement departments of any jurisdiction, we shall hereby make civilian arrests of those criminals who by citizen Grand Jury, are presented with such evidence, to issue warrants of arrest.

I swear by the God Creator, that I will perform these acts in a manner which is out of love and respect for all sovereign individuals, to bring those who have been indicted for those acts of high crimes and treason against us, to justice as defined in our Constitution in accordance with the laws of nations. Whosoever stands for liberty and justice for all, will certainly make a declaration to uphold the law, the law of nations as is defined in our Constitution, and repeal those Articles of Amendment which have taken that original Constitution out of its explicit meaning, in order to undermine the very foundations which created this great nation.

I ask that everyone who is a true patriot and liberty loving sovereign individual to add their name as signatory to this declaration and support the cause of liberty by having others of like mind and spirit to add their names and support as well.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Our Enemy Is The State: Part III

In his farewell address, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the Military Industrial Complex but most Americans had no real idea of what he was warning about. The term was not ubiquitous to most Americans and it was only those who were knowledgeable in the affairs of state who really understood his warning.

Most Americans were just happy to be working and paying their bills, still capable of saving for an annual vacation with their families. Jobs were plentiful, men did most of the labor while women were satisfied being wives and mothers. Some women did work, but like my own mother, stopped working when raising children was more important than having money to buy luxury. That was only for the wealthy or those who wanted to have the luxuries of the wealthy, and they usually bought those things with readily available credit offered by merchants or the banks.

Even a good education was available to the “middle class” in the best colleges and universities at the time. I myself was offered and promised scholarships to some of those great institutions of higher learning. I even attended some lectures when I was bored with my high school classes just to see what it was that was so special about attending college. Mainly due to how much it was drummed into my young mind that a college degree was a sure ticket to prosperity and a position of distinction in life.

But the usurpation occurred slowly. It reached quite a high as President Eisenhower left office and I was made shockingly aware of the impact when I read a document called the Report from Iron Mountain.

I highly recommend reading None Dare Call It Conspiracy and The Underground History of American Education. I consider these required reading for everyone who wants to know how we got to this place and how we can be a part of the restoration of a sovereign republic.