The Proper and Improper Role of Government – Part 3

Bait & SwitchThere many ideas I embraced as a child that brings me short mentally and cause some discomfort.  The biggest of these was the support of labor unions.  As a kid, I thought labor unions were the best thing since sliced bread.  I learned in K-12 how the labor unions had ended child labor, gave us weekends, Federal holidays, and the 8-hour day, among other tremendous and notable accomplishments.  Until I lost my job to a labor union guy who took four times as long to complete work, complained horribly and sent me to the unemployment line.  I never understood what he had to complain about, times were hard, and I lost a good job to a labor union member.

ApathyBecause of the hold, the Labor Unions have on government, the line between government policy and labor union influence is generally so blurred that confusion is bred as to why things work the way they work in government.  Unfortunately, every country with a representative government and labor unions has the same problem.  Labor unions are entirely Marxist in their ideology, but to keep the masses happy, instead of communism, we get rampant socialism instead.  J. T. Murphy writes specifically eloquently on the ties between socialism and the labor unions.  Frankly, I have never understood how a labor person can swear they love freedom and America while supporting tooth and nail their labor unions’ Marxist and socialist agendas.

Inflation and Socialism, plus the Captivity of Debt

Public Employment Retirement Costs Are At "Tipping Point"Public-sector labor unions are the number one reason many states in America have seen their credit ratings drop.  The debt of the retirement packages and pensions is a millstone around every state’s neck.  This is an absolute reality proven time and time again.  The pension crisis is so large that Forbes keeps coming back to this topic several times a year.  If you would like a primer on the public pension crisis, go here.  The public pension crisis is mentioned solely because it remains the number one budget item for too many states.  With that much money owed, the debt runs the state’s fiscal decisions, not people, and brings up the captivity of debt.

Look up the principle of “usury” in historical texts, and you find usury occurs when interest is charged on money borrowed, which creates captivity.  TheWalletcoach.com eloquently details how debt is captivity.  The oldest of historical texts, the Old Testament, is vehemently against charging usury of brothers and family members, but strangers being in debt captivity was okay.  Today, the confinement of debt, specifically the public pensions, leads the politicians like a goat to slaughter. But, unfortunately, none of the politicians can find the time to formulate a plan, gather their fellow politicians, and fix the problem.  Debt, to the height of the public pension crisis, creates inflation and leads to socialism, as the government runs out of other people’s money to pay for the failures of previous politicians to be fiscally literate and fiscally responsible.  Add in the labor unions’ consistent sticky hands, and the local and state governments are in deep trouble.  Add in the Federal Government’s debt obligations, and money trouble is a catastrophe!  Please note that catastrophe is not an “If” or “when;” it is a current issue right now!National Debt Graph + Bush-Reagan Voodoo Video - zFacts

16 March 2019, Tom Del Beccaro, writing an opinion piece for Fox News, produced the greatest missive I have ever seen tying the principles of debt captivity to inflation and governments becoming socialized!  Historically speaking, Mr. Del Beccaro is 100% correct that the socialization of Greece and the fall of the Roman Republic are both tied to government debts. However, the Founding Fathers in America knew history, were literate, and they feared what would happen to this Free Republic (if we can keep it) when the government is allowed to rack up debts!  Every single publication I have on the Founding Fathers, and the Founding of America, come back to the bondage of debt and the problems with government debt. However, when the population demands “free benefits” from the government and uses their voting power to elect only those who keep the “Gravy Train” coming, socialism has been achieved in all but name!Government Largess

That fact alone should scare every member of the American Experiment into correcting their government!  Yet, what do we find, the exact opposite!  Frightening does not entirely cover my feelings here!

Socialism, Taxes, and The Workplace

Gravy TrainReturning to the pattern discussed on 16 March 2019, Tom Del Beccaro, writing an opinion piece for Fox News, discussed how taxes are a knee-jerk reaction to “keep that gravy train running.”  Therein lay the root causes for how socialism has been promoted in the workplace and how high taxes will eventually go!  I have written about this relationship for a long time, but please allow me to refresh memories.

In the United States, the Government Agency tasked with employment, employment laws, and employer responsibilities is not the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); by statute, it is the Department of Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The NLRB is only there to handle labor unions, labor union growth, and labor union law.  The IRS defines what an employee is vs. a contractor or knowledge vendor.  Worse, the IRS rigidly protects this relationship as a key to preserving the government’s interest (tax dollars) in keeping socialism in the workplace.  Some of my earliest articles deal with these exact principles and the socialized employee structures in which each worker and business is demanded to participate.Gravy Train 2

Upset with how your employer treats you, both on and off the employer’s property, there is only one place to put the blame, the IRS.  The IRS states the employer can invade your privacy, in your home, as an extension of “Risk Control” because your employer agreed to the IRS’s demands to pay taxes.  Your rights, freedoms, and liberties are curtailed, culled, and clipped in the workplace because the IRS demands the employer play ball with them, and your liberties are the price you pay for a paycheck.  Every time I see a labor union complaining about how the employer treats them, I want to shake the stuffing out of the leaders, for it is not the employer but the IRS that should be struck down and disbanded!  Yet, the NLRB will always side against the employer, and the labor union, a Marxist organization, wins, the IRS wins, and the employer and non-union employees lose. As a result, socialism in America becomes more powerful and influential.

Socialism and Mothers in the Workplace

As a means to improve the strength of the family in society, several religious organizations would love to see mothers provided the power to stay home.  Yet, socialism, as a fundamental operating principle, that all able bodied people must support the state, K-12 educators can rear kids, and the government acquires drones who do as they are told.  High fuel prices are no longer discussed on the nightly news because the government needs every able-bodied and disabled person working and asked the media to find something else to discuss.Plato 2

Why does the current president keep ducking questions about inflation; because the higher inflation goes, the higher prices are demanded, and the more people will rely upon the “Government Gravy Train.”  Unfunded liabilities (kited checks) are acceptable to socialists as a means of controlling the populace and keeping people in the game.  Higher taxes from inflation are good when it controls those in society who would raise their heads and ask questions under the thumb of totalitarian control.  If mothers returned home, how fast would demands for improved schools become the big issue in local politics, again?Gravy Train 3

My wife, a single mother due to divorce, while raising her two kids, relates stories of gathering mothers in Seattle to fight the school board and win.  Bewitched (1964-1972), the TV show reflects several times where Samantha got involved and changed local politics.  It used to be expected in local politics for mothers to have the ultimate last word on worthy politicians for whom to vote.  Yet, by increasing prices, mothers had to go to work.  It is now standard for politicians to get elected whose only desire is to keep socialism going, stealing liberties and freedoms while pontificating that the other party is at fault for your suffering.

Knowledge Check!I repeat, only for emphasis, the IRS remains the most influential, nefarious, and deadly threat to America.  America, what I am proposing will be a culture shock. It will turn many people onto their heads. It will appear anathema, all because we, the citizens, have watched the government become stronger and us the citizens weaker for so many generations.  But, the reality remains, we own the government, the government has been abusing us, and the time of big government to solve all the problems from a broken shoelace to fixing the weather has to end!  We must believe, gather knowledge, and act as a conjoined whole to make the necessary changes.

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The Proper and Improper Role of Government – Part 2

QuestionThe following is the second part of the series on the proper and improper role of government. First, imperative to the discussion is a quick recap on the purpose of a government, and then we will discuss the actual role of government.  Second, the following cannot be stressed enough, America was founded upon a Judeo-Christian understanding and philosophy.  Other representative governments have removed the influence of religion globally, but America, thankfully, continues to keep it around.  Third, nothing herein is to be misconstrued as supporting any single religion, including atheism and agnostics.  My religious beliefs are not your business, just as your religious beliefs are not my business; we are not here to debate theology, philosophy, or anything but the government’s proper and improper role.

What is the purpose of government?

The second sentence of The Declaration of Independence is long but powerful:

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.”

The purpose of government is to “secure these rights… deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”  The rights the government is to secure are “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  When talking about securing, we are not inferring that those rights come from the government, are tools of government, or can be dispersed by the government.  When discussing securing, we are talking about the government protecting against threats to, harm from, or the need to make safe from those who would do the collective body of citizens harm.  The government securing rights does not mean affixing those rights to an individual, as the individual already owns these rights.  The government’s purpose is to protect the body of citizens by making the body of citizens safe.quote-mans-inhumanity

The etymology of secure is vital to understanding the purpose and proper role of government. “Mid 16th century (in a sense ‘feeling no apprehension’): from Latin Securus, from Ee- ‘without’ + Cura ‘care.’”  Hence, without care for an individual, the government secures, protects, and defends the individual’s inalienable rights.  Not deciding what is good for the masses, not selecting winners and losers based upon the whims and wishes of a bureaucrat, but considering the entire mass of citizens without preference and defending their inalienable rights is the purpose of government.

What is the proper role of government?

Government LargessFrom many Judaic and Christian sources, one can find various systems of government in place throughout history.  From despots of the most vile to the judges of Israel, which brought liberty and freedom instead of kings, one can find just about any form of government represented in historical texts of ancient date.  More specifically, one can find the proper role of government, which is stated most simply in the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints, specifically Section 134:2.

We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.”

Is the proper role of government clearer? For example, suppose the government is only focused upon securing the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of [private] property, and the protection of life. In that case, that government is fulfilling its proper role.  Did you notice what is missing from the strict interpretation of the proper role of government?  Social services, arbitration, buying support through forced taxation, and much more.  Except, America was established as a Constitutional Republic with democratically elected representatives.  Thus, does America’s government have a different interpretation of the proper role of government?

Ziggy - IRS AuditThe founding fathers, and several of the first presidents in America, were considered statesmen. However, statesmen are not merely politicians, and politicians are never statesmen!  A statesman is a person who is well versed in the principles or art of government, actively engaged in conducting the business of government or in shaping its policies.  The statesmen are respected for their skill, diplomacy, power to communicate ideas, and being principled.  Thus, the statesmen are morally upright and can be trusted to understand why they are morally principled and why the law should be morally centered.  It cannot be stressed enough. The true statesmen values principles over popularity and works to create popularity for political principles in government operations that are morally sound and bring the most freedom to the most people.

Consider the following from Albert E. Bowen:

Right and wrong as moral principles do not change.  They are applicable and reliable determinants whether the situations with which we deal are simple or complex.  There is always a right and wrong to every question which requires a solution.”

The Duty of AmericansNow, returning to the proper role of government, any form of government instituted by man, we find the following as guidance in measuring said governmental role.  From D&C 134;1-2, 5:

1 We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.

2 We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.

5 We believe that all men are bound to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they reside, while protected in their inherent and inalienable rights by the laws of such governments; and that sedition and rebellion are unbecoming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished accordingly; and that all governments have a right to enact such laws as in their own judgments are best calculated to secure the public interest; at the same time, however, holding sacred the freedom of conscience.”

From the US Constitution’s Preamble, a person will find why the government was instituted.  “… in order to form a more perfect Union (government), establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”  Between the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the offered verses, we find similar language discussing the purpose and role of government.

Thus, the proper role of government remains simple and easy to understand.  The proper role of government is to secure man’s inalienable rights, protect private property, and ensure each citizen may pursue their path of happiness.  A citizen’s path of happiness cannot infringe upon another citizen’s pursuit of happiness, steal their property, damage their property, or destroy public property.  Hence, the government must balance the inalienable rights of a person to commit crimes against the acceptable restriction to hold people accountable to socially acceptable laws while never infringing upon an individual’s conscience.  Therein lay the seeds of the improper role of government.Apathy

What is the improper role of government?

Ziggy - NSAThe improper role of government begins with refusing to accept that government power is limited to only those powers the citizens grant the government.  Thankfully, there is a simple test for understanding what powers the government has or does not have.  The test: Can you order your neighbor to pay for welfare for another person?  If not, the government does not have this right or power.  Can your neighbor call you to pay subsidies to them for keeping their lawn and home maintained?  If not, the government does not have the right to spend taxpayer money to subsidize another person’s housing.  This simple test relates the power of government, the government’s improper role, and reasonable government restrictions.

The line between the proper and improper role of government is thin but very distinguishable using the simple test described above.  Claude-Frédéric Bastiat was a French economist, writer, and prominent member of the French Liberal School. A member of the French National Assembly, Bastiat developed the economic concept of opportunity cost and introduced the parable of the broken window.  We present Bastiat as providing the logic behind the simple test.  “Nothing can enter the public treasury for the benefit of one citizen or one class unless other citizens and other classes have been forced to send it in.”  Hence, the simple test regarding a neighbor forcing you or forcing your neighbor is justified as the test for the proper or improper role of government.Patriotism

Forced taxation is a form of legal plunder, and since payment is the test for which powers are proper or improper for government, we must return to Bastiat for a delineation of legal plunder.

When a portion of wealth is transferred from the person who owns it – without his consent and without [just] compensation, whether by force or by fraud – to anyone who does not own it, then I say that property was violated; that an act of plunder is committed. … How is legal plunder to be identified?  Quite simply.  See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong.  See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.”

Government Largess 3Legal plunder is theft through the misuse of the power of government.  Consider the following example, your paycheck.  On that paycheck, the Federal and State governments demand money from you, not earned but forced through jurisprudence and legislative fiat, and those funds are given to another person.  As a private citizen, if I took your wallet and removed money from it, I would be guilty of theft and liable to the penalties of criminal and civil law, even if I did not keep your cash but donated it to a charitable organization.  Remember, the simple test that details the difference between the proper and improper role of government.

One additional piece of knowledge where the improper role of government is described and dictates that government cannot create wealth.  No government, at any time throughout history, has produced wealth.  The government takes from the citizens to survive, and the proper role of government would see every cent of forced taxation as a precious resource, needing to be accounted to the citizens forced to pay.  People create wealth, and if you desire a full explanation of how money is created, please see the following link.

Plato 2Why does it matter?

The government cannot exist without the consent of the governed.  Your inalienable rights should be the only concern of any government form, type, or methodology.  Yet, what do we find; legal plunder to buy other citizens’ support.  We find legalized plunder without transparency, without accountability, and without regard for those struggling to pay the forced taxation (legalized plunder).  We find Trillions in missing money in every government, where the representatives are not concerned, or even aware, of the money lost.  We see government spending above and beyond its intake, creating debt penalties for many future generations to pay for the benefits of the current generation, all because the government refuses to live on a budget.  We find bureaucrats treating citizens as property and abusing that property worse than any corporate polluter of the 1970s.

Knowledge Check!Look carefully, dear citizen; government only exists by the will of the governed.  Do you think it is time for a change in government?  Do you feel your government is fulfilling its purpose and proper role or is your government abusing its rights and powers as granted through the consent of the governed?  You must answer these questions and then decide where you stand.

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The Proper and Improper Role of Government – Part 1

Several years ago, I tripped across a paperback book and felt to read the book.  It was written by Ezra Taft Benson, who was the 15th US Secretary of Agriculture, whom I respected for his keen mind; I felt compelled to read his book.  Mr. Benson, writing about the proper role of government, providing a running commentary about the founding of the United States of America, is worthy of study by every student as a part of social studies.  Before reading this book, I had not thought about the role of government, proper or improper. However, after reading this book, I came to understand why America is in such trouble and how the government is the perpetrator of the crimes against the citizen of America.

If they were missed, I have written articles about the US Constitution, the US Bill of Rights, the role of the “Rule of Law,” and other founding documents.  All these and more are essential or fundamental principles of understanding for discussing the government’s proper and improper role.  Please note, when talking about the proper and improper role of the government, I am not explicitly discussing The United States of America; but all non-Communist governments and many of the principles should be applied to communist governments to improve the situation for the citizens.

Private Property Produces Liberty and Freedom

Unfortunately, to fully appreciate all Mr. Benson is discussing, one must first understand the role of private property.  Charles Reich, an American legal and social scholar and an author while also a Professor at Yale Law School, wrote a paper every American citizen needs to read and be concerned over.  With the US Government changing the definition of private property and selecting winners and losers for government investment, the US Government radically changed and fundamentally destroyed the basic fabric of American law!  “Property is not a natural right but a deliberate construction by society. Like the Bill of Rights, property represents general, long-range protection of individual and private interests, created by the majority for the ultimate good of all” (Reich, 1964, p. 771-772)

Starting in the 1930s, during the “Great Depression,” changes were made to America’s methods of governance by the President, a willing media, including sycophants in the Senate and House, continuing a trend that began under President Woodrow Wilson (D).  Thus, establishing the Federal and State Government’s ability to rule by largess, picking winners and losers based upon obeisance to a bureaucrat’s whims, wishes, and will.  Reich lays out this history, walks the reader through the laws, and makes the case that because of democratic rule, America’s Republic has been reduced to a feudal system where the government decides who gets the largess and who does not.  With the Federal and State Governments making these decisions, businesses do not compete fairly upon their own merits but upon how much taxpayer money they can bamboozle from Uncle Sam.  Unfortunately, the entire system hinges upon reducing private property ownership and the freedoms private property allows feeding the ever-hungry beast of Government consumption.

The United States of America and every representative government can only provide freedom to their citizens if that country allows ownership of private property.  From private property principles comes every freedom and liberty enjoyed, as even the government must bow to the will of the people owning private property. So how did the government hijack your personal liberties and freedoms; well, there are a couple of wrongheaded Supreme Court cases, several Federal Court Cases, a complicit Congress with supermajorities, and a couple of presidents who were forward-looking and planning on stealing for personal gain.  The judicial interpretations opened judicial activism, released judicial restraint, and Congress stepped into the vacuum to protect itself from the people’s will.

One of the scariest ways personal freedoms have been stolen has been through owning a home but not owning the property under that home.  Homeowner’s Associations and the United Nations Agenda 21 actions have stripped personal property and made the homeowner pay ever-increasing homeowners association fees for the privilege of losing liberty and freedom.  All these actions, and many more, originated in the government actions under President Woodrow Wilson and were compounded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Many will try and claim WWI and the Great Depression, and WWII triggered taking “bold action” through the legislative process.  What they mean was the Legislative Branch kowtowed to the Executive Branch, while the Judicial Branch twiddled their collective thumbs and began to legislate from the bench.  Never forget, the two presidents with the most executive orders are Wilson and Roosevelt, and this was even with a complicit media and friendly legislative branch.

Reich (1964, p. 773) implicitly details that the power to change the culture and definitions of private property and liberty started with judicial activism that led to government intrusion.  “During the first half of the twentieth century, the reformers enacted into law their conviction that private power was a chief enemy of society and individual liberty. Property was subjected to “reasonable [emphasis in original] limitations in the interests of society. The regulatory agencies, federal and state, were born of the reform. In sustaining these major inroads on private property, the Supreme Court rejected the older idea that property and liberty were one and wrote a series of classic opinions upholding the power of the people to regulate and limit private rights.”  Continuing, Reich (1964) detailed relevance and the conflict of having government contractors and bureaucrats inventing the rules to provide services or grant largess.  Concluding that “many agencies take action which is penal in all but name,” and how these penal actions are punishing the citizen through adjudication without a judge, jury, or trial.

To review, the US Government stole private property, abused the US Constitution and US Bill of Rights, and fundamentally changed America.  Private property is the source of freedom and liberty in a representative government.  By choosing to limit private property, many have never been able to possess the most basic of human rights and liberties.  Worse, the deck has been stacked to keep the average citizen from owning private property.  When the US Government used statehood to strip constitutional authority from the states to own their own land, America started a decline where private property produced liberty and freedoms.  These are crucial steps in the journey to understanding the proper and delineating the improper role of government.

Finally, Reich brings us to the summum bonum of the problem where the government, Federal and State, have been leading the citizen, the “Welfare State” as a “Right.”  Consider, “It is time to recognize that “the public interest” [emphasis in original] is all too often a reassuring platitude that covers up sharp clashes of conflicting values and hides fundamental choices. It is time to see that the “privilege” or “gratuity” concept, as applied to wealth dispensed by government, is not much different from the absolute right of ownership that private capital once invoked to justify arbitrary power over employees and the public”  (Reich, 1964, p. 787).  Who is smart enough to “know” “the public interest?”  Honestly, which political party, politician, business leader, or influencer would you select, always to know the “public interest” and work for the “common good?”

Without private property, the citizen will not find a secure place to consider how to vote and who to vote for properly. This has been designed into government to facilitate single-party rule.  I agree with Reich (1964, p. 787), “Above all, the time has come for us to remember what the framers of the Constitution knew so well-that “a power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.” We cannot safely entrust our livelihoods and our rights to the discretion of authorities, examiners, boards of control, character committees, regents, or license commissioners. We cannot permit any official or agency to pretend to sole knowledge of the public good.”  Hence, before we can understand the government’s proper and improper roles, we must have liberty derived from private property!

References

Benson, E. T. (1995). The proper role of government: The Improper Role of Government. H. V. Andersen (Ed.). Heber City, UT: Archive Publishers.

Charles A. Reich, The New Property, 73 Yale L.J. (1964). Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/ylj/vol73/iss5/1

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NO MORE BS: Religion and Politics

Bird of PreyPlease note, if you cannot openly discuss either topic without relying upon emotional hyperbole, feel free to stop reading right here!  I will not allow any discussion that insults, denigrates, derides, or casts insults and aspersions on either topic.  As a Republic, America must be able to openly discuss religion and politics in the public square openly, and the public square includes social media.  I will not suffer snowflakes and idiots; take your emotional hyperactivity elsewhere.  You have been sufficiently warned!

What is Religion?

I have written a post dedicated to supporting atheists, and after some consideration, I felt it was time to tackle theism.  I discussed in the atheist article that the world is not split between atheists and theists; feel free to read that article for more information.  We begin in the same place as we did with the atheists, defining religion properly.  To understand a word, all the definitions and etiology (history) of the word are critical to grasp what is being discussed fully.   According to Webster, religion has three accepted definitions:

Religion Quote 2As a Noun: “The belief in and worship of a superhuman or controlling power, especially a personal god, God or gods.”

A particular system of faith and worship.”

A pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.”

From Latin, Religare meaning “to bind,” and Religio meaning “obligation, bond, reverence.”  From Old French, we have the emergence of the term Religion meaning “life under monastic vows.”  Thus, a person may easily conclude that many things of supreme importance, where faith and worship are attached and is personal as a belief, can be considered a religion, including sports, food, atheists, a car, and so much more.  Consider that neighbor who polishes his car every Sunday as a method of meditating; he can be considered to be worshiping.  The same for that guy glued to the NFL all season, every season, and even between seasons, expressing a bond, an obligation, or a vow to express belief because the NFL is of supreme importance to that person.

Religious ThoughtAre the term and the method of use clear for the term religion; America has many religions and a lot of religious people who might not belong to what a person might consider “normal” religions.  I have met beer worshipers, prostitutes worshiping at the church of the virgin who believe that when taking the sacrament, it returns them to a virgin state, and a lot more, including the church of a purple (Not Barney) dinosaur.  We have the “Church of the Happy Spaghetti Monster,” where the high priest wears a colander on his head.  Lots of religious beliefs, lots of supreme beings, lots of dedicated believers whose personal beliefs are of supreme importance to that individual.

President AdamsI respect their beliefs and will honor their freedoms to believe as they choose.  I will accept no denigration, aspersions, or insults to a person’s honestly held belief structures.  If it is of supreme importance to you, that is your religion; I will support you as long as your beliefs do not infringe upon the life, property, and liberty of another person’s religious beliefs.  I expect the same rights to be extended to me under the US Constitution as amended for the US Bill of Rights.

First Amendment:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances [emphasis mine].

What is Politics?

Politics is too often a word with so much baggage; people become confused and stop listening after hearing the word politics.  According to Webster:

The Duty of AmericansAs a Noun, “the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.”

The activities of governments concerning the political relations between countries.”

The academic study of government and the state.”

Activities within an organization that is aimed at improving someone’s status or position and are typically considered to be devious or divisive.”

A particular set of political beliefs or principles.”

The assumptions or principles relating to or inherent in a sphere, theory, or thing, especially when concerned with power and status in a society.”

As a Verb, politic/s is derogatory and is defined as “engaging in political activities.”

From Old French Politique “political,” Latin from Greek Politikos, and Politẽs “citizen” and Polis “city.”  Thus, we have described the term politics in all its glory and inhumanity.  Is the term more understood?  Politics is a descriptive tool used to identify certain human activities where power is sought, and devious means and divisive gestures are employed to obtain that power.  Every action tied to securing power through devious means and divisive gestures is politics or political, which means derogatory.  For those needing more, derogatory is “showing a critical or disrespectful attitude.”Patriotism

Why are these topics important for open discussion?

I do not include the definitions to insult anyone’s intelligence!  The definitions are required to place all of us on the same page of understanding to discuss what is happening and use the terms correctly.  In our world, so many words have been plasticized to encourage tyranny through modular language.

Dont Tread On MeThe tyranny is witnessed in many different means and methods.  The easiest way to see the tyranny is in the lawfare we witness every Christmas by the atheists demanding less Christ and other religions in the traditional winter holidays.  Religion can be politics, and as such, this places your political beliefs into a sacred area.  I will not tell you how to vote or express your political beliefs, nor your religious beliefs.  I expect the same in return!

I demand the ability to discuss both topics openly without moderators, thought police, speech Nazis, trolls, and others giving way to emotion.  Consider something, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to Reverend Ezra Stiles and discussed his beliefs, asking Reverend Stiles, President of Yale College, to keep the letter confidential.  Franklin said, “All sects here [in Philadelphia] have experienced my goodwill in assisting them with subscriptions for building their new places of worship; and as I have never [publicly] opposed any of their doctrines, I hope to go out of the world in peace with all” (p. 65).  I agree with Mr. Franklin; my religious tenets are my own affairs, I do not push religion, and allow all men (and women) the ability to believe as they choose.Apathy

However, I understand precisely what President George Washington said in his final address to the nation about religion.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”  Continuing, Pres. Washington called religion and morality “Pillars of human happiness, and the duty of citizens to uphold.”  Concluding with, “Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation [and morality in society] desert the oaths?  Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

Liberty and Freedom are Rooted in Politics and Religion!

As Pres. Thomas Jefferson claimed the French Revolution occurred because of “Kings, nobles, and priests.”  The French Revolution, especially the influence of the church in state affairs, is one reason why President Jefferson was such a stickler for the “Rule of Law” and one of the most important reasons for supporting the First Amendment, which allowed America to keep Church and State separate.  A town supporting a Christmas decoration does not intrude or imply a Christian breach into state affairs.  A violation of church and state affairs, which would be unconstitutional, would be for Pres. Biden to invite the Pope to dictate laws for America.  Is the distinction clear?  The separation of church and state has been a legal quagmire since 1879 SCOTUS decision on Reynolds v. United States.  Bad cases have made bad case law, and bad case law has left everyone scratching their heads and hostile!

Religion QuotePresident Thomas Jefferson wrote,

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”

Morality in society needs strong religious people who place supreme importance on living the tenets of their religion for liberty and freedom to grow and expand.  The Greek philosophers have been so twisted and plasticized that morality through philosophy is impossible.  Politics remains an ugly business, mainly due to the lack of morality lived by the individuals practicing political behavior.  Pick a politician, and we find problems living a moral centered lifestyle—President Clinton, well known, zero moral center.  President Obama had a pornography problem, among other less publicized moral issues.  Rep. Anthony Weiner had a sex problem with young girls.

Image - Politics is DirtyThe problem we have here is not just the lack of moral center in the politicians; it is the twisting of ethics, morals, and politics into a cohesive behavior that is the exact opposite of morality and ethical conduct required for holding public office.  Schools teach “Political Ethics,” “Moral and Political Philosophy,” and other twisted logic classes to excuse private indiscretions due to the politician’s public reputation.  Are the reasons clearer for why the definitions were discussed first?  I read a research report on ethics.  The moral decline in understanding terms became painfully obvious when behavior can be excused in a public official that would be criminal in a private individual.

A “Liberty FIRST Culture” must understand this precious connection.  Religion can be many things to many people.  Politics cannot in any way, shape, or form exist without morally centered religious people.  Liberty and freedom die with the citizen’s moral centeredness, not the politician, even though the politician plays a dynamic role as an example of proper ethical and moral conduct, publicly and privately.

Image - Eagle & FlagReference

Brookhiser, R. (2007). Chapter 4: God and Man. In What would the founders do? Our questions, their answers. New York, NY: Basic Books.

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NO MORE BS: The Role of the Rule of Law

GavelRome made global history when it wrote down its laws and posted these laws in a manner that told everyone that the law was the highest order in the land, and everyone is held to the same legal standard.  Writing down laws was nothing new in societies; the Jews had written and codified their laws long before Rome, but to hold everyone accountable to the same legal standard set Rome apart and blessed their land.  Why did Rome eventually fall; they stopped holding everyone responsible to one rule of law.

What is the Role of Law?

Ask a lawyer this question, and you will get a similar answer to the following:

Laws provide a framework and rules to help resolve disputes between individuals. Laws create a system where individuals can bring their disputes before an impartial fact-finder, such as a judge or jury.”

Frankly, my experience with lawyers is as productive as my relationship with the VA, hostile and not productive.  Hence, I infer that the law’s role in society is to bring order to a social environment, produce equality under the law, and punish those who decide to break the law.  Law is an expectation, a social contract, that restricts and constricts behavior to a socially acceptable level.

Thin Blue LineConsider today’s tragic events in Boulder, Colorado.  Before the blood was even clean at the scene, we have the President and selected hysterical gun-grabbing politicians making hay and demanding “gun reform.”  Except, “Gun Reform” always means stealing guns from legal owners and doing nothing about illegal gun holders.  Nothing is being urged to avoid and eliminate criminal behaviors with a firearm.  The Rule of Law’s role only applies to those who choose to live according to society’s laws and rules.  Those choosing to live outside society’s rules are terrorists and need to be treated as such!

President Lincoln is quoted thus:

Let every American, every lover of Liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their abuse by others. As the Patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear [down] the character of his own, and his children’s Liberty. Let reverence for the [Constitutional] laws [of America]… become the political religion of the nation.” President Lincoln is quoted thus: “Let every American, every lover of Liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their abuse by others. As the Patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear [down] the character of his own, and his children’s Liberty. Let reverence for the [Constitutional] laws [of America]… become the political religion of the nation.”

President Lincoln continued to proclaim:

When I so pressingly urge a strict observance of all the laws, let me not be understood as saying there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise, for the redress of which, no legal provisions have been made, I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say, that, although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still while they continue in force, for the sake of example, they should be religiously observed.” The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume I, “Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois” (January 27, 1838), p. 112.

Does President Lincoln’s plea inspire you, encourage you, and provide direction for improving the government moving forward?  The role of the “Rule of Law” is to empower and motivate people, to create order in a society, and to constrict and restrict behaviors for those choosing to live outside societal norms and acceptable behaviors.  Is the role of the “Rule of Law” clear?

President AdamsWhat is the “Rule of Law?”

As President Lincoln was quoted above, the “Rule of Law” in America is:

“[The] support of the Declaration of Independence, the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear [down] the character of his own, and his children’s Liberty. Let reverence for the [Constitutional] laws [of America] … become the political religion of the nation.”

Are laws currently abusing America; absolutely!  Herein is the charge to action; the government has chosen to declare you are the US Government’s property (Reich, 1964).  Charles Reich’s discussion on “New Property” is unacceptable and unconstitutional in the extreme.  The lack of treating the western states in a constitutional manner is also unconstitutional.  The theft of farmer’s goods, fisherman’s wares, and ranchers’ products remain 100% unconstitutional.  Yet, the bureaucrats’ actions and the politicians continue to treat you and me as unwanted property in our own country.

ApathyLike Rome, the legislators and the President are not above the “Rule of Law.”  Even though these people continue to consider themselves above the “Rule of Law.”  Worse, no matter how many laws a country produces, if the society is immoral, the “Rule of Law” is a joke.  Consider the knife and machete attacks in the United Kingdom, outlaw guns, and people are still finding ways and means to hurt other people.  France has stringent laws, yet people rent vehicles and mow their neighbors down in case lots.  Japan, very orderly society; how do criminals make the news there; they use chemicals to poison their neighbors on a subway.  Laws do not dictate moral behavior, ever!

Laws can only, ever, restrict and constrain those amenable to living a moral life.  A “Liberty FIRST Culture” understands this principle and protects itself accordingly.  Bringing this topic to a subject closely related to the “Rule of Law,” morals, morality, and moral living are all products of people amenable to religious belief structures.  Those people who desire to maintain connections to a religious society act their ideology through living a moral life.

Life ValuedI am not saying everyone needs to change religions; I am claiming that religion plays a significant role in reducing people’s animal minds to become amenable to living in a social order that respects the law and being ruled by law to enjoy maximum freedom.  We also need to be clear, atheism is a religion per Webster, and while this is a topic for another article, religion is a codified belief system with adherents that form a social order based upon expectations of behavior.  Liberty and freedom require choices; choices require more than a single option or two for a person to make more; Liberty and freedom require written and codified moral statements that grow from living a moral lifestyle.

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NO MORE BS: The Articles of Confederation

Detective 4One of the more overlooked documents that established the Republic of the United States of America is “The Articles of Confederation.”  Many confuse these articles of confederation with the confederate states and the Civil War.  The following is written to honor these articles and clarify their role in building the America we recognize today!  Having covered the US Constitution and the US Bill of Rights, it is only fitting that before writing about the Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation be given their day in the public eye.

The Articles of Confederation were agreed to by Congress on 15 November 1777; ratified and placed in legal force on 01 March 1781.  The articles were a binding agreement and perpetual Union between the States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.  Understanding the signatories and the Articles of Confederation’s limitations remains critical to the foundation of a Constitution.

Article 1:  Provides the new country’s name as “The United States of America;” what better way to start a legally binding document to join the various independent states into a cohesive whole.

The Duty of AmericansArticle 2:  Testifies that “each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right not expressly delegated to the United States in Congress assembled” [emphasis mine].  Want to know why these articles so frequently refer to States’ Rights and what States’ Rights mean; pay close attention to what the states retain control over in Article 2.  Sovereignty is the supreme power or authority to govern itself; I fight for States’ Rights as freedom and independence branch from the power of sovereignty.

Article 3:  Covers a league of friendship, common defense, the security of state liberties, binding themselves to help and support each other in peace or war.  While protecting state sovereignty without regard for religion or trade, or another pretense. They were essentially stating that the states would be friends and protectors of each other’s sovereignty without regard for personal interests!  Does it appear to you that the Federal Government has forgotten the sovereignty of the individual states?

Lever UpArticle 4:  Guaranteed free movement between the states, except for vagabonds, paupers, and fugitives.  Article 4 also demanded that the states not exact tariffs or seize property when a citizen traveled from one state to another.  Article 4 also bound each state to the jurisprudence of the other states.  Hence a criminal in one state, trying to escape to another state, could be detained and returned to the state accusing the person of a crime.

Article 5:  Set the number of delegates and term limits for those delegates to Congress.  A novel idea whose return should be seriously considered for our time!  Better still, the delegates were required to be supported by the individual state, not their political party, not through wages and forced taxation, and not through Congressional fiat.  Another novel idea whose time has come to be reconsidered in American Society.

PatriotismArticle 6:  Contains another novel idea needing reconsideration, no state shall entertain any foreign dignitaries to enter into treaties, alliances, or other business without the consent of the entire Congress.  The article goes further in outlawing war between states and protection from pirates.

Article 7:  Discusses how armies are to be raised, officers appointed, and the role of the state legislature in officer appointments.

Article 8:  Sets forth how war is to be paid when armies meet for the common defense and a tax levied to pay for the debts incurred in raising an army for the common defense.

President AdamsArticle 9:  Sets the Congress as the sole power to declare war and sets apart other duties of the Congress to settle disputes, create committees, and constitute a court for hearing and determining matters.

Article 10:  Defines a quorum of Congress who can meet and settle matters in the case that the full Congress cannot meet.

Article 11:  Offered Canada the opportunity to join the United States with an open invitation, and all other future states needed approval from Congress to enter the United States.  This article is my favorite of all the articles, and I wonder if Canada would like to join the Union yet?  Imagine how fun that would be!

Article 12:  Handled the continental states’ debt and placed those debts into the Federal Government’s hands to establish a payment method.

Government LargessArticle 13:  Insisted that all states are bound to Congress’s decisions and actions and required affirmation by all state legislatures.

National GuardWhile each of these articles is summarized, it is well worth a person’s time to know the particulars and details in The Articles of Confederation.  It is fascinating to see how The Articles of Confederation fed language into the US Constitution, forming a legal process for Congress to work under in writing the US Constitution and US Bill of Rights.  A critical point, The Articles of Confederation, started the earliest laws needed to frame how the United States of America worked through Congress to benefit individual states and citizens.

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NO MORE BS: Understanding Money – Shifting the Paradigm on Money

LookDo you understand money?  Honestly, is how money is created, used, and tracked understandable or a complete mystery?  I have advocated for economics to be taught in high school to understand the actions of government since I was in high school.  I was forced to take a class to write checks, balance a checkbook, and other simple economic topics in US Army Basic Training.  I thought I knew how money worked after this class, but only later realized I knew enough to get into trouble with money, but not enough to fix the problems I had gotten myself into.  I was mid-way through my MBA when I finally took a class on money, economics, and how money works.

I have asked other adults and high school students what they think about money and remain aghast that basic economics is not taught in K-12 education.  There is no reason for fiscal illiteracy in America; yet, fiscal illiteracy is evident in the politicians elected, the lobbyists pushing agendas, and how American politicians of all levels understand money.  The following is a brief attempt to clear some of the confusion regarding money.

Green money is cash.

Dane-GeldGreen money is the dollars and cents in a bank account or your pocket and is quickly spent.  Green money is often called liquid money or liquid assets, liquid because the holder is presumed the owner, owns it, and can spend it freely any way he wishes.  Possession is nine-tenths of the law where liquid assets are concerned.  One of the first lessons most of us learned growing up was if you wanted to buy something and your pocket was empty, you went without.  Liquid assets are cash, green money and are available to be spent in any way the holder chooses.

Non-liquid assets are considered green money due to their sale; this is why a house, a car, a boat, and other such items are considered assets, investments, and opens the door to depreciation or money loss where an asset is concerned.  The sale of the asset provides the opportunity to turn a non-liquid asset into a liquid asset.  However, since the asset is often employed as collateral for a loan, the sale of that asset means the loan holder is paid first from the sale.  If the resale value is insufficient to cover the full loan owed, the loan, which is red money, can still be collected; this process is why red money is so important to understand.

Red money is debt.

Government Largess 3Historically, if a debt could not be paid, the debtor’s blood was allowed to be spilled; hence debt is red money.  Red money always comes with a penalty called interest.  Interest is green money turned red to return the profit to those who lent the initial funds or principle.  That debt, be it a loan, a credit card, or another debt model, remains a burden to the borrower, continues to accumulate interest, and can be called due at any moment in time.  While some laws protect the borrower from excessive interest rates, it remains essential to know about and be cognizant of the interest rate trap.  The legalese on a contract to launch a debt is important to understand, especially where prepayment penalties, late payments, and the ability to call the note due are concerned.

The interest rate trap comes in several forms.  While in the US Navy, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, a sailor buddy bought a beautiful car for $4000 with a 45% interest rate.  He put $1500 in green money down, so the full loan amount, principal, and interest, for 60-months were $7805.49, including the sales tax.  Later that month, when the car was stolen, the insurance company valued the vehicle at only $1000, leaving the sailor to pay $6805.49 immediately.  This is one type of interest rate trap; another comes from Payday Loans.  Borrow your next paycheck today, get the money today, and pay your paycheck back during the next 36-months at an interest rate between 30-60%.  By the time the payday loan is paid off, more than four separate paychecks will have been paid to cover a single paycheck loan, provided all the payments have been made on time and as quickly as possible.

Welfare State BeginsWhile paying off this loan, you lose your job.  You can lose your car because your car is sometimes used as collateral for your payday loan.  If the resale value is insufficient, you lose your car, you lost your job, and now you still owe a considerable sum that gains interest.  Red money is dangerous; like Damocles’ sword, the danger hangs by a tiny thread above the borrower; one wrong move and the sword falls.  Debt, red money can be helpful; but, careful planning and budgeting are required before entering into debt obligations.  Always it is better to save and budget green money or obtain investors before contemplating debt.

Black money is dead money.

Consider the person who takes green money and places those dollars and cents under a mattress or coffee can in their home.  The cash is out of circulation, is not valuable enough to collect, and no one is benefiting from the money through interest.  Black money can be created in other ways that will be explored later in this article.

Potential Money – Blue Money

blue-moneyThe next type of money is blue money, also referred to as potential money.  Consider a hammer. The hammer might cost $20.00 in green money to buy and bring home.  In the hands of a trained construction worker, a $20.00 hammer, over the course of the hammer’s useful working life, has the potential to earn thousands of dollars in green money for the construction worker.  In the hands of an inexperienced worker, the hammer has the potential to cost thousands of dollars in green money through waste, destruction, and learning.  Training a person to improve their performance might cost $300 in green money; but, if that employee can improve his performance on the job, potentially millions of dollars can come into the company because of the training provided.

Money is created when it is borrowed, and interest is paid on the loan.  For example, Jack has an extra $500 (green money).  He gives this money to his friend Joe in the form of a loan (red money).  Joe takes the loan, adds to his business potential (blue money), and through increased profits, can pay Jack his $500 loan plus the interest of $300.  Hence, $300 (green money) is created as profits for Jack.  While a simple analogy, do the types of money become more apparent?

Welfare State EndsJoe’s loan to Jack showed on Joe’s books as red money until the loan and interest were paid.  During this time, Joe was also making green money, or profits sufficient to pay his workforce, his other obligations, and still retain adequate to pay himself.  Small business owners are not paid until everyone else is paid.  It is not uncommon for small business owners to be scraping by on the smallest margins because all their non-liquid assets are locked up in loans to keep the business afloat.  When poor business practices begin risking inventory and equipment and shareholder investments are added into the equation, is it any wonder why small businesses struggle.

quote-mans-inhumanityMoney is also created when saved in the various saving tools offered by banks.  The diligent saver can save $40 a week until he or she is 65 years of age and potentially have millions in the bank for retirement.  Why, because the bank will pay interest to the saver from the interest collected on the loans the bank makes with the green money invested from the savings account.  Many different savings tools can be considered non-liquid assets because of the agreements made between the saver and the bank.  Generally, the longer the bank’s contract to hold the savings money, the higher the interest rate paid as the bank can schedule payments and loan the same dollars more efficiently when the saver’s funds are expected to be in the bank for a more extended period.

quote-mans-inhumanity-2Often Federal treasury departments of governments create money by printing more or larger bills.  The problem with printing more money is one of surplus, which begins to increase interest rates and decrease the value of the green money held by citizens participating in the economy.  Consider that if the only way to create money is to work money through lending, improving business, etc., and then printing only makes it harder to put money to work.  Too much money on the market creates negatives; negatives include lower dollar value, which makes items cost more and increases interest rates, making borrowing costs rise, and inflation begins to increase prices for goods in the economy.  More importantly, except for necessities, producers’ willingness to spend money stops; these are typical cause-and-effect actions.  A long enough period of decreased desire to spend money and an economic downturn is initiated.

Blue Money BurningState, City, County, Town, municipal governments are even more pernicious with their plots and plans.  On the local government level, money cannot be printed.  Hence, debt is entered into, and municipal bonds are sold to create money in the private sector, which is then paid to the government in increased taxes, but the money lent to the local government was already spent.  One truth discovered about government, when taxes are increased, money is asked of the voters to borrow.  The truth is, the government body asking for more has already spent the increase, spent the budget, and usually spent twice as much as they are asking the voters to allocate.  Consider special elections for increasing taxes; the money being asked for has been spent, the budget was spent, and now the voters are asked to pay for the special election cost to decide if the local government can spend some more money.  The increase being asked very often has been spent three to four times before the election is considered to ask for permission to enter larger amounts of debt in the public’s name.

Poor fiscal planning increases debt by decreasing the value of the original municipal bonds.  The government has to borrow more to get relatively close to the value of the first municipal bond sold.  Note, municipal bonds are considered a debt to the local government and as green money non-liquid assets to the purchaser; municipal bonds can be bought and sold on the private market.  Government focuses upon the holder of the most bonds; because elected leaders are focused upon the holders of the most bonds, citizens bear no weight in being heard.  Money talks!

Detective 4In several different locales, municipal bonds can be held as unseen debt or black money, also referred to as unfunded liabilities, kept on other books, not currently open to the public.  The monies owed are not considered red money because there is no plan by those in power to pay these debts; thus, the city’s debt could be significantly higher than reported.  Unfunded liabilities never have a plan for repayment by those in power.  Unfunded liabilities can be a mixture of many different debts (employee retirement, some municipal bond types, unpaid bills to local service providers, etc.).  The common denominator remains, there is no plan or money to repay this debt.  Thus, black money is created because there are no plans or money to meet these obligations.  The taxpayer remains on the hook for the principal and the interest of those unfunded liabilities.  Unfunded liabilities are hopes of current politicians on future prosperity, and sometimes, depending upon laws, unfunded liabilities are part of the government’s credit rating. Low credit ratings by the government increase taxes, the risk increases, making borrowing money more expensive, and the taxpayer generally has no idea how poor their municipal government’s credit rating.  Never forget, municipal government, many times includes the local school board.

ToolsWhile this explanation is elementary, the lessons contained are sufficient to protect the bottom-line, improve knowledge, and provide an opportunity for improving circumstances.  When bottom lines fail, before anything else, look to lost blue money as the cause.  When blue money is disregarded long enough, red money increases exponentially, and green money evaporates; this formula is set in stone.  Potential blue money is not elusive, but it takes keen observation to protect and grow.  Grow enough blue money, and green money multiplies exponentially.

Americans must start demanding fiscal literacy in the politicians running for office.  Americans must begin understanding the captivity they are in where the government spending is concerned.  Ask yourself, would your bank honor a post-dated check?  Why should the government be allowed to write a check the bank won’t allow you to write?  Can you spend 8-15 times your salary between paychecks and maintain your house, car, and other assets?  Of course not, so why should the government be allowed to do this on your tax dollars?

DutyFiscal literacy improves freedom and liberty.  Fiscal literacy is required to maintain the US Constitution and US Bill of Rights.  Budgets are not bad things for government to live on; in fact, the government should be the first exemplar of budgetary soundness and fiscally literate action.  A Liberty FIRST Culture will require fiscal sanity and fiscal restraints, a reduction in debt, and a payment plan for all unfunded liabilities.

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NO MORE BS: Voting is a Privilege

Note: Today, we revisit a previous topic due to continued confusion about the difference between a right and a privilege.

Yes, the U.S. Constitution declares, no less than five times, that voting is a right.  Except, before the U.S. Constitution was written, voting was understood as a privilege that could be granted and withdrawn; thus, the U.S. Constitution’s insistence that the government listens to the citizenry through elections.  As a noun, Webster defines privilege as “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.”  Voting is not a right as discussed and defined in the U.S. Bill of Rights, but rather as a privilege, as described above.  Under the U.S. Bill of Rights, the difference is critical; an act of government cannot remove those rights. In contrast, an act of government can remove the voting privilege, driving privilege, and marriage or business privileges, which they extend through licensure or other bureautic controls.

Fast forward to 2020, and through the actions of the uncouth and the uneducated, as well as the agendas of conspiring men and women, and through the plasticization of words, we find a need to re-emphasize the difference between a right and a privilege.  A right is not granted or withdrawn by a government, originates in a higher power, and a right may be infringed but never removed from a person.  Rights include property, life, moral agency, and so forth.

A privilege is a government-granted opportunity.  For example, a driver’s license is a privilege.  There is a power (government) that dictates behavior (speed limits, where one can drive, and how to behave while driving).  All of these are enforced by government agents (police, highway patrol, etc.), which demand adherence to the privilege of driving and the social order that emanates from the proper and controlled exercise of that privilege.  Is the pattern clear?  A power greater than an individual extends an opportunity that can be withdrawn, based upon bending the individual’s rights (moral agency) to the dictates of an enforceable social order.

Elected Officials will eventually use the term “privilege” when describing being elected; this is correct, as we, the people, are the higher authority over government.  We have the privilege of electing you, or not electing you, to the office you currently hold.  Thus, the people are the government’s governing authority, not the elected politicians; this is also in the U.S. Constitution.  However, the government retains the ability to hold or not hold elections as a privilege for living in a democratic republic.

19 January 2020, an email was sent from the office of a Congressional Representative that was so plasticized in wording as to attempt to make reasonable and kind extending the privilege of voting to those who have sundered, through their own actions, their ability to exercise their privilege to vote.  Let us be clear; this is unacceptable!  When a person drinks too much, operates a vehicle, and obtains a legally set amount of charges for operating under the influence, that person’s driving privileges are revoked.  Society says this is a good thing as this person has declared they are a clear and present danger behind the wheel of an automobile and cannot control their moral agency.  The person losing their driving privileges exercised their moral agency (a right) to abuse their government-appointed privileges.

The same logic then patterns the problem with criminals and the privilege of voting.  These people have chosen to act (a right) and lost their privileges as a direct consequence.  If the convicted person had wanted full and unrestricted privileges, that person should not have broken society’s trust (laws).  I cannot make this argument any more precise, and politician advocacy for more votes from illegal aliens and convicted criminals is an egregious testament to their lack of substance as a politician.  Can you not win elections without the dead, criminals, and aliens voting for you?

When the privileges of convicted criminals come before the law-abiding citizenry, the politician is the problem, not the answer!  You, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D), are the problem in this scenario as you blatantly refuse to represent all your constituents.  Your conspiring is emboldening the enemies of America, to the detriment of law and order, which is the sole reason you were elected.  Through the election process, we hired you to protect law and order, representing all your constituents in matters that we cannot ourselves exercise.

You, Elected Officials, have been, and while privileged to hold your office, remain being measured, and you are found wanting!  Proof of this can be found in the email sent, received, and copied below!

From: Representative Debra Haaland <NM01DH.Outreach@mail.house.gov>
To:
Date: Jan 19, 2020, 11:05 AM
Subject: Voting is a Right
Mailed-by: mail.house.gov
Signed-by: mail.house.gov
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19 January 2020

Dear Mr. Salisbury,

Tomorrow we celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Although he was assassinated more than fifty years ago, his legacy stays with us through organizations fighting racism, like Black Lives Matter, and in Congress as we work towards a more just criminal justice system, worker rights, and equal access to the ballot box.

Throughout his life, Martin Luther King, Jr., fought for equality, justice, and the fundamental democratic right to vote. Systemic discrimination in the criminal justice system leads to a present-day [sic] threat to Dr. King’s fight for the right to vote. Today there are people who served their sentences and are expected to integrate back into society, but are being refused the right to vote.

States across the country, including New Mexico, have restored the right to vote for all free citizens, but other states institute a lifelong ban on voting. House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Nadler introduced H.R. 196, the Democracy Restoration Act, to restore the right to vote to those who have served their debt to society.

Thank you so much for letting me know your thoughts on this important issue. It helps me serve as your representative.

Sincerely,
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Member of Congress

P.S. 2020 is a Census year and we have a responsibility to our communities to make sure everyone is counted. Starting on 12 March, you can respond to the Census by phone, online, paper, or in person. It is safe, easy, and critical. My staff in Albuquerque will be available to help if you have any questions. The Census Bureau also needs hundreds of part-time employees to help with this task and can accommodate full-time workers who would like the extra income.You can learn more on the Census website here.

As an independent voter, I hold myself, and those claiming to represent me, to the same high standards of logic, behavior, and action.  When I fall short, I have consequences.  I firmly believe that when elected officials fail to represent their entire district, they also should have direct consequences, up to and including judicial actions that hold them financially liable for abusing the trust the people placed upon them.  America used to hold her politicians to a higher standard of behavior because these elected officials represent more than just themselves.

Where did the power to hold elected officials derive?

Education, social norms, and a single “Rule of Law” as granted by the U.S. Constitution.  But, when the liberals and leftists took over the government-mandated classroom (1960), the dumbing down of Americans began to the detriment of the citizens and the power of the government elected and unelected officials.  The changes to the legal definitions of property started as early as 1930, and by 1943 Charles Reich was writing about how lost America had become.  Hence, the path to holding these elected and unelected officials of government responsible is reversing the dumbing down of America.  We, the citizens, need to educate ourselves, then teach others, so we can then begin to learn more perfectly.  As we gain knowledge, separating the plastic words and intentions, we can discern who to vote for, and blessed change will occur!

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NO MORE BS: The US Bill of Rights – Knowing Begets Action

GI JoeDuring much of the 1980s, G. I. Joe cartoons had a commercial that ended with, “Knowing is half the battle.”  In the spirit of “knowing,” the following is a discussion on the U.S. Bill of Rights.  The US Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  Many people think that the U.S. Constitution begins with these 10 amendments, and there remains significant ignorance over what is said and what is meant in the US Bill of Rights.  Finally, the US Bill of Rights, or the first 10 amendments, was passed by the U.S. Congress and ratified by the states too, “… Prevent misconstruction or abuse of its (U.S. Government) powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added, and as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”

Never forget, the preamble to the U.S. Constitution describes why governments are formed, stating, “… In order to form a more perfect Union (Government), establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

Amendment 1 states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  There is much to discuss about what is being witnessed in America right now where the First Amendment is concerned.  Peaceable assembly does not include throwing rocks, blocking traffic, interrupting the free flow of commerce into or out of a building, starting fires, shouting, screaming, or anything else like the behavior witnessed in America by radicalized youth and adults.  How does one tell the difference between peaceably assembly and protests; the answer is simple and comes down to one word, respect.

Scared Eyes!Aretha Franklin (1967) taught America about R-E-S-P-E-C-T and just following the basics she sang about, will differentiate between mobs and peaceably assembling.  But, do not forget, there is a purpose to peaceably assembling, to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.”  Petitioning does not include screaming, using a megaphone, “sit-ins,” and other actions that disrupt the working of the Government.  The actions of those in Portland, Seattle, New York, and several other cities where fires burn, private and public property is destroyed, commerce interrupted, business halted, and fear is spread, is the work of anarchists, terrorists, and villains, not people peacefully assembling to petition for redress.  Politicians note that if you cannot tell the difference between a peaceful assembly and a riot, I am sure those injured police officers can make the difference perfectly clear to you!

Respect is a two-directional path leading to communication, improvement, and the betterment of society.  If respect is offered but is not returned, then the problem is with the receiver being selfish, and communication will never occur.  If the sender is not sending out respect, the problem is a selfish sender, and contempt is all that will be returned.  Why is respect important; because, in today’s political environment, there is no respect.  Contempt for the voter, contempt for the other political side, contempt for law and order, contempt is running rampant, and the fruits of contempt is a bitter fruit indeed.

The Duty of AmericansPoliticians, ask yourself, what do you do to reflect respect to the people you represent?  What do you do to reflect respect for the office you hold and the heritage left you as you fill that office’s duties?  What does your staff do to reflect respect to those who hired you through an election process and pays for your staff through forced taxation?  If you only represent the big business and big donors who helped elect you, you do not respect anything or anyone, especially yourself.  The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution reveals much about a person, almost as good as holding up a mirror of the soul!

Amendment 2 states: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  Much continues to be said and written about this amendment.  Many have tried to wrestle meaning from this amendment that runs contrary to the specially selected wording in the amendment, covering their actions by calling their shenanigans “the intent of the authors.”  Each citizen of America was considered a member of the militia. As such, the American Republic’s security rested first in the hands of freedom-loving, gun-toting people.  Stop selling snake oil, start accepting the fact that those who try to “judge intent” of the U.S. Constitution are the problems in America.

Amendment 3 states: “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”  The language of this amendment, particularly, never ceases to amaze me.  In order to protect the liberty of individuals, soldiers cannot be housed in a citizen’s home; thus, protecting the ability and freedoms of thought and property from unlawful government intrusion.

Since fourth grade, it has amazed me to no end that the second amendment needed to be understood through the intent of the signers and founding fathers, but the first and third amendments needed no “intent” clarification.  The intent argument is not irony but blatant bias and opinion masquerading as benevolence.  I reject wholly and utterly any and every argument based upon the “intentions” of the signers and founding fathers in understanding the U.S. Constitution.

DutyAmendment 4 states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”  Speaking of “intentionality arguments,” the fourth amendment continues to be replete with interpretations by judges, lawyers, interfered with by lousy case law, and weak-kneed Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions.  Like the third amendment, the fourth is all about keeping the Government out of a person’s home, properties, papers, and so forth.  If there is anything more egregious in modern America, the abuse of the U.S. Constitution must rank first and foremost in the minds of every American.  Several current issues are before the court, and the lawyers will make more money, and the judges will make more money, but the citizens of America will be abused.

Consider how the Patriot Act, a horribly misnamed piece of legislation, allows for warrantless searches in the name of protecting America.  Like the Affordable Care Act produced the reverse and increased the cost of health care while reducing the quality of health care, the Patriot Act has stripped patriots of safety in the property, papers, and so forth.  2018 had two cases argued before SCOTUS regarding warrantless searches and seizures.  The two cases of warrantless investigations were both decided by SCOTUS in the petitioner’s favor (Collins v. Virginia & Byrd v. Government).  SCOTUS has ruled on cellphone data, and many regarded that law as dangerous due to the argument that survives, that since the Government owns the technology the cell phone providers use, then the individual users have no right to privacy or constitutional protections by using cellular phones, cellular data, and where that user goes can be scrutinized without warrants.

PatriotismNow, enter the lawyers, attorneys, and armchair lawyers who will argue and complain about my ignorance of the law, throwing up arguments, and muddying the issues.  Yet, the ACLU is making the arguments that the Patriot Act has reduced the American Citizen’s rights to the fourth amendment.  FISA Courts have been discussed due to their role in obtaining warrants to spy on political opponents illegally.  FISA Courts should scare the hell out of every American!  Yet, the Patriot Act initially passed with no debate, no discussion, and many legislators never read the bill before or after voting.  Even with all the abuses of the Patriot Act, the Legislative and Judicial Branches continue to allow the abuses of the American Citizen!  Do you feel represented adequately by your Government?

Amendment 5 states: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”  FISA courts empowered the FBI to be the politician’s best friend and the freedom-loving person’s worst enemy.  The taking of private land for public use continues to be abused beyond measure.  Eminent domain abuses abound, and one axiom of law I have come to appreciate is as follows, “Bad cases make bad case law!”  Where the concept of “eminent domain” is concerned, this axiom remains telling, and the abuses of Government unabated.  Between eminent domain and the Patriot Act, the fourth and fifth amendments have been stripped, the power shifted to the bureaucrats and politicians, and the abused American Citizen left without recourse.

Life ValuedAmendment 6 states: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”  When it comes to legalese muddying the intelligence of an issue, I have not found anything more convoluted than the definition of a “speedy trial.”  Worse, with the FISA Courts not having to inform the accused, a person could be charged with a crime and never know they have been charged.

Amendment 7 states: “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”  The seventh amendment remains essential specifically for the re-trial in a different court of an issue settled by a jury trial.  Enter the convolution of “small claims court” as a method of settling matters between people or businesses (under $10,000).  To be frank, you can have a jury trial in small claims court, and some issues are worth having a jury hear evidence.

CourageAmendment 8 states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”  According to a dictionary, what does excessive mean “more than is necessary, normal, or desirable; immoderate.”  Bail is all about incentivizing a person to appear in court.  Excessive bail used to be set in England to keep a prisoner in jail, to work.  Thus, the founding fathers desired bail to be reformed to prevent people wasting away in prison due to poor living conditions, harsh work conditions, and languishing in jail for a considerable time without a trial.  Modern America has seen the abuse of language, the plasticization of terminology, and the convolution of excessive into decreasing bail to nothing.  New York and California both have laws representative of these practices, to the detriment of law enforcement, the revolving doors of prisons, and the decrease in safety for the citizens affected.

Amendment 9 states: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”  The U.S. Constitution, and the individual constitutions of each state and commonwealth in the American Union, cannot infringe upon people’s rights as they individually desire or choose.  The Ninth Amendment is designed to shield the citizen from the Government writing new rights and establishing those rights to the citizens’ detriment.  How did we, the American Citizens, lose sight of this amendment and what it means?  How did we lose the U.S. Constitution?  Under Amendment nine, FISA Courts should never have been established.  The right to die without health care intervention is encapsulated in the ninth amendment, but somehow this has been lost.  I remember distinctly losing the classroom debate that assisted suicide is a right under the ninth amendment; I also remember when states started passing laws to counter assisted suicide.  Consider the case of Boston Children’s hospital interference and Justina Pelletier, and you will find the ninth amendment abused and tattered by the hospital bureaucracy, as well as horrible malpractice.

President AdamsAmendment 10 states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  Yet, America is replete with Federal and State laws that represent government overreach. However, America is inundated with bureaucracies that design new rules without the legislative branch’s consent that empower the executive branch to trample individual rights, state’s rights, and liberties.  America, you have been abused by a runaway government, powered by politicians and bureaucrats who strive to “keep the gravy train running” at your expense.  Executive orders by the sitting Governor or President are authoritarian when those Executive Diktats begin to dictate behaviors outside the Executive Branch of Government.

According to the U.S. Constitution, can a person choose to live in poverty; yes!  According to the U.S. Constitution, does the Government have the power to pass out government benefits, which are nothing but taxpayer funds; no!  Yet, the U.S. Government and the various states and commonwealth continue to choose who to pass out government funds to interfere in people’s lives and choices.  How many times in American History has the actions of the Government improved a situation; zero!  War on poverty; lost!  War on drugs; failed.  Never forget, all legitimate actions of the Government cause injury!

Theres moreFrom both major parties, the politicians are guilty of government overreach and unconstitutional power grabs at the city, county, state, and federal government levels.  America must stand; to survive, America must return to the roots established by the U.S. Constitution.  Yes, this means getting the Government out of Social Security, Welfare and butting its nose into individual citizens’ rights and liberties.  Consider the following, a whale and the ocean.  Does the Government represent the whale or the ocean?  For if the Government is the ocean, then the wale is reliant upon the Government.  If the whale is the Government, then we, the citizens of America, are the ocean and the Government is dependent upon us.  The U.S. Constitution claims the Government is the whale and we the citizens are the ocean, and the Government depends entirely upon the consent of the governed.

Well, I am revoking my consent!  The Government has abused me enough.  I am done with Government and bureaucratic overreach.  I reject the thought posited by Charles Reich that I am the property of the Government.  Until the Government is placed upon a strict constitutional diet, I revoke my consent to be governed.  We, the American Citizens, can retake control from the bloated feck beasts in Government and correct this Republic’s course through the powers provided to us in the U.S. Constitution.

LinkedIn ImageI speak by way of invitation; join me, revoke your consent to be governed by these totalitarians!

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NO MORE BS: Defining a Patriot

Theres moreSome people have criticized me for not speaking like a psychologist.  By profession, choice, and a lot of work and experience, I am an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist (I/O Psych).  An I/O Psych collaborates with people to improve systems, organizations, and the processes that naturally occur when you put a bunch of people working together on a task in the same room.  I do not charge people $500 an hour to listen to them and offer platitudes.  By this comment, I am not dismissing, denigrating, or deriding my fellow practitioners; I am merely drawing a distinction.  My education, experiences, or talents do not make a patriot; my choices do!

The First Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Notice the stress placed upon peacefully assembling.  I do not care about your grievances, but, as long as you protest peacefully, do not block commerce, traffic, or allow emotions to cross over into violence, I will fight to the death your right to peacefully assemble.  The same is true of expressing speech; you can speak like a blathering idiot, and I will fight to the death for your right to be the blathering idiot and only expect that you respect my freedoms of speech and fight to help me maintain those rights.  I do not care what god, gods, or God you worship, even if you refuse to worship a god, gods, or God.  I will fight to the death your right to believe as you choose, provided you respect my rights to worship as I choose; this includes not waging lawfare to change religious expressions in society.  Peacefully allowing religious displays does not intrude, hurt, or even influence you, so please stop wasting community resources as you practice lawfare.

The Duty of AmericansThe Second Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

People who own weapons legally, per the codified laws of the 50-states, are not terrorists, hell-bent on capturing the world; cease criminalizing the ownership of firearms!  Emotion has overcome reason, logic, and common sense on this issue. The tools of policy (law enforcement) should not be made the bad guy because a political figure is demonizing legal gun owners.  If you want to stop crime, reduce gun-related violence, and improve society’s safety, arm the citizens, don’t demonize them!

Washington at Valley ForgeThe Third Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”

Some people will erroneously think this is not that big of an amendment; I beg to differ.  America is a Country of law!  How grateful we all should be that the government cannot lodge soldiers in our homes in peace or war without law properly ascribed.  Now, I am not claiming that all laws are good or bad, merely stating that there is a law, and the laws can keep us free.

ScalesThe Fourth Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The Fourth Amendment has been beaten and bloodied but remains a crucial and vital aspect of constitutional law in protecting citizens from the government.  However, legislation continues to be passed that infringes upon this amendment.  The FISA courts are a perfect example of unconstitutional legislation being allowed to thrive, based solely upon the excuse, “National Security.”  The cogent points of the laws allowing this abuse of constitutional rights are found in Charles Reich’s (1943) writings, specifically since the early 1930s in America, the citizens have been seen as the property of the Federal Government and the bureaucratic lackey’s!  As Americans, if we are to remain safe and secure in our homes from illegal government overreach, the Fourth Amendment needs to be strengthened!  As a patriot, I will fight to the death for your right to be safe in your home from illegal government search and seizure, for if you lose your rights to safety in your home today, I will surely lose my rights tomorrow.

President AdamsThe Fifth Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

The Fifth Amendment continues to be bloodied and badgered by the liberal leftists who seized the government, regardless of their stated political party!  Consider how the FISA Court warrants were abused to obtain support for false accusations before President Trump took office.  Yet, put the same liberal leftists on trial, and they will scream their rights under the fourth and fifth amendments are being infringed.  As a patriot, I will fight to the death for your right to be safe from illegal government overreach, for a jury trial, and to protect your rights to life, liberty, and property.  If you lose your rights today, I will surely lose my rights tomorrow.

Pride 2The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights states:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

Over the last four years, the legal-political theater has been a constant reminder of the Sixth Amendment’s importance.  How many people were arrested, charged, then waiting for a year or more while the political drama played out, and the accused were innocent of any crime; too many!  The importance of a speedy trial is understood in the phrase, “make charges appear against them.”  Too often, where politics and law merge, this phrase is being used, the law abused, and the political gamesmanship is disgusting!  Consider General Flynn; he was innocent, lost his job, and had to fight a multiple-year battle to clear his name, all because the liberal leftists “made charges appear against him.”  Due process of law is fundamentally enshrined in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. Every time the government overreaches and abuses these amendments, real people suffer, and chaos in the law ensues!  Why does chaos ensue; well, there is another legal axiom at work, “Bad cases make bad case law!”  Essentially, when a judge issues an order, this creates the opportunity for another lawyer to use that case law as an example to stretch the envelope just a little bit further.

RememberFor example, eminent domain, June 2005 – Eminent Domain, Kelo v. City of New London by a 5-4 majority, affirmed the city’s right to seize private land as part of an economic development plan—a redefinition of the “Takings Clause” under the Fifth Amendment.  The U.S. Constitution clearly states that “private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

    • Until this decision, the Eminent Domain and Taking Clause had been strictly and rigidly defined. Five judges who believe in judicial activism opened this “Pandora’s Box,” and the havoc has been nonstop ever since.
    • What was in this legal “Pandora’s Box;” before Kelo, eminent domain had been limited to direct government ownership, excluding property transfers to private corporations. With Kelo, the question of whether economic gain, resulting from a “taking” for corporate interests, constituted “public use” finally came under Supreme Court scrutiny, and five judges declared that if a corporation has interests, those interests are the same as government interests.
    • As proven by Eminent Domain, corporate interests change with economies. When corporate interests change, the property holder does not get their property back, and if seized under eminent domain, the government can choose what the value of the property is worth.
    • Ever want to see the power of bureaucrats in action, look at the abuses that property owners have suffered through eminent domain. Ever want to see why judicial restraint is critical, look no further than the still undeveloped land in the Kelo case!

As a patriot, I will defend your rights to a speedy trial.  A trial with due process of the law, speed, and urgency to restrain the lawyers and political operatives from “making charges appear” against you, hoping for your help in protecting my rights when the government comes to remove them from me.

PatriotismThe Seventh Amendment of the U.S.  Bill of Rights states:

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

The Seventh Amendment is another amendment that, unless you have been a small claims court party, does not get a lot of attention.  Yet, I am exceedingly grateful for this amendment!  But, like the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, this amendment continues to be bloodied and abused at the hands of willful people for personal gain!  As a patriot, I choose to uphold the rights enshrined in the U. S. Bill of Rights, even those deemed obscure by politicians and activist judges who would see these amendments removed.

Police and Government Lines of CongruenceThe Eighth Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

The courts regularly change the rules where bail is concerned, the various state legislatures also continue to meddle and change bail rules because of the term “Excessive Bail.”  More, the lawyers continue to claim particular punishments are “cruel and unusual.”  However, as a patriot, I do not see the death penalty as either cruel or unusual, as I have studied crime and punishment throughout history. There are much worse punishments that have been inflicted!  When a penalty is harsh, less crime is committed for fear of suffering the same fate.  Examples of this abound, even though many practitioners in psychology and lawyers will disagree.  To really influence crimes committed, both the sentencing needs to be a deterrent, and the nuclear family needs to be supported in society.  As a patriot, I support both the nuclear family and harsher punishments for a crime being committed.  Better still, I support freedom under the Rule of Law; the same law that applies to a poor man applies to a rich man.  The same Rule of Law that applies to the politically unconnected applies to the politically connected.  There is no reason why position, money, or influence should create a rule for thee and a different one for me, and this practice must cease forthwith!

moral-valuesThe Ninth Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The Ninth Amendment is essential, as not all human rights were encapsulated in the U. S. Bill of Rights, and this is a good thing!  The government cannot proscribe rights, nor can a person claim a right in ambiguity.  For example, recently, a person declared they had a right to a driver’s license.  A driver’s license and the privilege to drive is not a right; driving is a liberty closely controlled by the government.  Just as marriage is closely regulated and guarded liberty by the government, while I agree with driving, marriage should not be governed by the government but by religion.  However, since the government has seized marriage control and regulation from religion, as a patriot, I will support the government’s assumed right to regulate marriage until this can be changed in the legislatures at the Federal and State levels of government.  Is the purpose of the Ninth Amendment clear?

Andragogy - LEARNThe Tenth Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

My favorite amendment allows me to declare, as long as I follow the laws as rightly established in the legislatures and enforced by the executive branch of government, leave me alone!  More, as long as my actions do not infringe upon others’ rights, I can insist on being left alone by the tools of government policy.  You can insist upon being left alone to pursue life, liberty, and happiness, all because of the Tenth Amendment!  Celebrate this amendment, for, without it, the government could invent a right to pester you, and you would have no recourse.  Better still, this amendment declares something that is profoundly simple and exquisite in design; the individual states have control over the Federal Government.

Thin Blue LineLegal precedence and judicial activists would have you think otherwise, but this is not true.  The states were designed to be independent bodies, joining the Federal Government to solve conflicts between states amicably, ensure commerce between states was fair, and provide for the common defense rationally and logically.  Thus, the U.S. House of Representatives as the “People’s House,” and the U. S. Senate was the “State’s House,” where governors dictated who should represent the state.  When your governor lost control of the Senate, individual states’ rights were captured by the Federal Government, and chaos has ensued ever since.

LinkedIn ImageThe following has been written expressly for American society; however, the same dissection of your countries laws should be made to understand your rights and plot how to dissent legally while supporting your society’s good.  It remains imperative that before one launches on a dissension path, they know how to sail the waters successfully.  Hence, look at individual rights in your society, claim those rights, for if you do not claim those rights, they will be taken!

Regardless of your society, being a patriot is a choice.  You choose to stand for another person’s rights because you know if you do not stand today for others, tomorrow the government will come to take your rights, and no one will care.  Please choose to be a patriot.

Religion Quote 2A final word, faith is like freedom; when you possess freedom, and when you see freedom violated, you know.  Hope is believing in that which you cannot see, but long to keep.  Charity is the mindset of believing that all are equal and deserving of their fundamental human rights.  The fight to throw off the chains of bondage placed by the liberal leftists will require faith, hope, and charity.  Be believing, be hopeful, and be charitable and that which you send out will return!

© Copyright 2021 – M. Dave Salisbury
The author holds no claims for the art used herein, the pictures were obtained in the public domain, and the intellectual property belongs to those who created the images.
All rights reserved.  For copies, reprints, or sharing, please contact through LinkedIn:
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