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Our Founders Gave Us a Republic... Not a Democracy.
For the First Time in History,
Mankind Was Given
True Liberty and Justice for All!
We Have Allowed Our Republic to Be Stolen From Us!
If We Are Going to Take Back Our Republic,
We Must First Educate Ourselves and Our Fellow Americans.
[Thomas Jefferson]"Those that think that they can live free and be ignorant are thinking of something that never was nor never will be."
[Thomas Jefferson]"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of Constitutional power."
It is not our objective to turn you into a scholar on Constitutional Law. It is more important that you understand three crucial principles behind the ideology that forms the basis of our Founding Fathers' thinking when they created our Republic. The Constitution was drafted to prevent government from circumventing these principles.
Even though many of you, in varying degrees, will be familiar with these principles, we cannot emphasize enough the need to comprehend them as our Founders intended. It is our objective to educate you from this day forward, so you will be able to judge the actions of all politicians, legislators and courts by these Founding Principles. Never again should you let politicians and government deceive you.
The following exposés are the result of years of research in an attempt to discover the truth. We indeed do stand on the shoulders of many wise individuals in compiling these exposés. Our primary contribution is to present our collective statements and conclusions on these subjects in such a way as to have the most impact to educate and motivate action on behalf of our fellow Patriots. We urge you to question our abridgment of the topics we present. We challenge you to do your own research. Search for historical facts, not just propaganda distributed by politicians and ideologues .
as Intended by Our Founding Fathers
Our Founders believed that all individuals are endowed with certain rights (Individual Rights), and that those rights come from their Creator (Laws of Nature), not government. These rights were to be unalienable (government could not take them away).
With this in mind, the most profound realization of our Forefathers was the need to subordinate society's rights to one's Unalienable Individual Rights. Historically, democracies that regarded individuals only as sacrificial lambs for society and society as an end in itself, self-destructed at some point. Consequently, our Founding Fathers gave us a new form of Republic (not a democracy) that regarded the Individual as the end in itself and society only as a means to a nonviolent and voluntary coexistence of individuals.
The chief characteristic and distinguishing feature of a true democracy is rule by the omnipotent majority. In a democracy, the individual and any group of individuals composing a minority have no protection against the unlimited power of the majority. It is a case of majority over man. The majority's power, implemented throughout government, has the ability to become absolute, unlimited and tyrannical. History had taught our Founders that democratic forms of government could easily open the door to eventual, unrestrained tyranny by the majority.
The Founders' aim was to give us a government that would protect one's Unalienable Individual Rights and, therefore, the rights of all minorities and the liberties of people in general... a system where one's Individual Rights would be protected against all possible violators, including the majority that may be in control of government at any given time. Accordingly, they gave us a Republic form of government with an entirely different purpose than a democracy. Its purpose was to control the majority and factions (special interest groups). They wanted to give us a system of government designed to bar equally the "snob-rule" of a governing elite and the "mob-rule" of an omnipotent majority. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were drafted to accomplish this by severely limiting the power of the federal government.
The concept of Individual Rights was so new in human history that most citizens have not fully grasped it up to this day, including, unfortunately, the majority of our current politicians. The concept of Individual Rights relates to the freedom of one's actions. It can be defined as the freedom to act on one's own judgment without physical force, coercion, intrusion, fraud, extortion, etc. as long as one is not interfering with someone else's Individual Rights . One of the foundations is the right to own property. It is not a guarantee that every man will own property. It is a guarantee that a man will own property if he earns it. It is the right to gain and retain material possessions, including one's own income, and to use and dispose of those possessions at one's discretion, not at the discretion of government or society.
[James Madison (Father of our Constitution)] "When government interferes with the freedom to derive the fruits of one's talents and labors, it violates the principle of human equality by subjecting some to peculiar burdens and others to particular exemptions. When government dictates arbitrary taxation or the taking of property from one class of citizens to benefit another, freedom is assailed. This is because the right of property is simply the natural and necessary extension of the free use of one's faculties. A just government will protect the citizens in both their rights of property and their property in rights. A person's opinions and the free communication of them is a no less sacred form of property, from which freedom of speech, assembly and press are derived. Government is instituted to protect property of every sort, as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own."
Violating one's Individual Rights means to coerce one to act against his or her judgment or to confiscate one's property against his or her will. Essentially, there are two ways to achieve this: by the use of fraud or by physical force. There are two potential violators of one's Unalienable Individual Rights: a criminal and government. Our Founders knew that a democratic government without restrictions would become the most serious threat to our Individual Rights. Remember, the basic reason our Founding Fathers created government was to protect individuals from criminals. They wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to protect citizens from the government. Unfortunately, the federal government has claimed sole authority over time to liberally interpret the intent of our Constitution and thus broaden its own powers while diluting and destroying our Individual Rights.
One's Individual Rights, according to our Founding Fathers, is something that exists concurrently among all citizens, but without imposing an obligation or intrusion on another. With that in mind, ask yourself this question: was it our Forefathers' intention for all citizens to have the right to employment, food, housing and medical care whether they worked for it or not? The right to own property (if you earn it) and bear arms, and the right to freedom of speech and religion are rights granted to us in the Constitution. They impose no obligation or forced intrusion on one's fellow citizens.
The right to employment, medical care, food and decent housing are not granted in our Constitution . They in no way equate with rights such as the freedom of speech and religion. It is easy to buy into the utopian dream of "abundance for all" through the redistribution of wealth, but unfortunately, these ideals are not compatible with the survival of a Free Society. To the contrary, they will end up destroying it.
If fellow citizens feel they deserve these amenities without any means to pay for them, what gives them the right to expect government to provide them for them? The only way government can give one citizen something is to first take it from another citizen through the use of intimidation and force, if necessary. When government grants a right to a citizen for something he or she did not earn, it must first take away the Constitutional Right of another citizen for something he or she did earn. Unfortunately, history has proven that democratic governments can never stop themselves. If they guarantee everyone security and abundance ask yourself: what happens when the amount of money taken by the tax-takers becomes greater than the amount confiscated from the tax providers and the government has borrowed so much money that it can no longer repay even the interest on the federal debt? The end result will be civil and economic chaos and the death of our free society and way of life. It is these predictable results our Founders warned us about. As President Harry Truman said: "The only secret is the history you don't know."
Because we have allowed our politicians to violate the most fundamental principle upon which our country was founded, that of Individual Rights, our society is no longer based on Liberty and Justice for all. It is now broken into an ever-growing number of enemy camps fighting one another for self-preservation. It has allowed our elected officials to use politics to pit liberals against conservatives, the poor against the rich, big business against labor unions and cultural and ethnic groups against one another. Rather than promote the undeniable principle of Individual Rights granted to us by our Creator and protected in our Constitution, which would create a Just and United America for all, they have create an economic war of special interest groups and lobbyists all fighting to seize some monetary control of government and extort some special privilege at the expense of others. The end result will be civil conflict between Liberty Loving Americans on one side and tax-takers, elitist self-serving politicians and special interest groups on the other.
Do the elected officials who continue to dilute our Individual Rights (by advocating policies and principles remarkably similar to those of the early days of Hitler's National Socialism and Mussolini's Fascism) consider themselves as having socialist or fascist preferences? In most cases, probably not. To do so would at least mean they voted based on principles they believed in and thoroughly comprehended. To the contrary, we believe the overwhelming majority of these elected officials are either one or both of the following: (1) elitists who think they know more about what is best for our country than our Founding Fathers while being in a state of denial as to the eventual outcome of their actions or (2) power-hungry politicians whose visions do not extend beyond the next election. In either case their leadership has resulted in a scramble for power among factions (special interest groups) without any purposeful long-term direction toward the survival of our Republic. Their socialist and fascist programs by any other name (Corporate Favoritism, Corporate Welfare, International Welfare, The Welfare State, The New Deal, The New Frontier and The Great Society) have no regard for the principle of Individual Rights and will eventually bankrupt our Republic and destroy the American Way of Life for us all. Never forget that it was the objective of our Constitution and Bill of Rights to restrict these very actions taken by our elected officials who took a sworn oath to support and defend them.
Remember, those political systems that subordinate Individual Rights to the rights of society through some higher elitist authority are only variants of the same tyrannical systems we have witnessed throughout history. The most flagrant and tyrannical violation of our Individual Rights is government imposing taxes on our incomes and redistributing it to whomever they please in an attempt to accomplish a utopian dream under the pretext of "promoting the general welfare." Never kid yourselves, they will collect it at the point of a gun if necessary. Our Founders would be appalled that We The People have allowed this to happen to our Republic.
There is only one true free society with Liberty and Justice For All and that is one based on the principle of Individual Rights. Our Founding Fathers gave us a Republic that did just that. It is time We The People took it back!
as Intended by Our Founding Fathers
The Declaration of Independence, which underlies the Constitution, holds that the rights of the people come from our Creator and that the powers given to a government must then come from We The People. Nobody can read our Constitution and not conclude that it was our Founders' intent to have We The People severely limit the powers of the federal government. Yes, government is necessary and must play a role in any peaceful and productive society. Yet the question is, what is that role?
If we are to realize the maximum benefits and common good that results from dealing with one another in a free society, then we must all first be committed to the concept of Individual Rights over the rights of the majority. Remember, a person's Individual Rights can be violated only by the use of physical force, fraud, extortion, etc. Therefore, the precondition of a civilized society is the barring of physical force, fraud, extortion, etc. from social and business relationships thus establishing the rule that, if citizens wish to deal with one another, they may do so only by means of reason, discussion, persuasion and voluntary, uncoerced agreements. If society would provide no organized protection against force, we would degenerate into a chaos of gang rule not unlike what we see in many third world countries. Consequently, the protection of our Individual Rights through the administration and enforcement of an objective code of rules (laws) is the most important role of government. For all advocates of a true free society, this, along with the need for a strong national defense and an entity to represent all the states on foreign commerce, is the only true and objective basis for having a federal government.
[James Madison] "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects, which in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives and liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State."
[Thomas Jefferson] "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others either through brute force or fraud to the people."
Accordingly, other than the matter of foreign commerce, our Founders saw the proper functions of the federal government falling into three broad categories, all of them involving the issues of physical force, fraud, extortions, etc. and the protection of our Individual Rights. We need the police to protect us from criminals. We need the armed services to protect us from foreign invaders. We need the law courts to settle disputes among individuals, states and entities according to Constitutionally Sound and Objective Laws. Issues may arise within these categories, but the primary purpose of law and government is the protection of individuals and their property and Individual Rights.
[James Madison] "It is sufficiently obvious that persons and property are the two great subjects on which Governments are to act; and that the rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. These rights cannot well be separated."
Our Founders knew that when government exceeds its proper role, law and justice become distorted and misused. Two primary sources of distortion of the law are greed and false philanthropy. Greed leads individuals and groups to seek material enrichment through "legal plunder" of our tax dollars. False philanthropy is employed to justify the tyrannical use of power by political and intellectual elites who also seek, through the "legal plunder" of our tax dollars, to improve the lives of supposedly the disadvantaged in our society. If the government were confined to its proper functions, everyone's interests in the law would be just and equal. If we all then, to the best of our abilities, utilized our mental faculties and the free disposition of labor, then our individual and collective progress would be virtually unfailing, and necessary charity would be provided by family, friends, neighbors, churches, charitable organizations and only as a last resort by local governments.
In drafting the Constitution (1787), our Founding Fathers were endeavoring only to address issues and concerns not sufficiently covered in the Articles of Confederation (approved by Congress after the Revolutionary War in 1777 and ratified by 1781) under which the delegates from the 13 original states had been governing as a "league of friendship." We do not argue that the 13 states needed a stronger union with an improved set of regulations and laws that would enhance and promote free trade and markets among the states. The 13 states also needed a stronger, single voice to enhance their individual and mutual dealings with foreign countries in matters of commerce and national defense. The federal government also needed the right and means to raise money in order to accomplish those extremely limited privileges that would be granted to it in the new Constitution.
With the exception of those limited powers given government, it is extremely important to note that our Founding Fathers took a very narrow and restrictive view of the wording in our Constitution which states the federal government shall " promote the general welfare" (Preamble and Article I - Section 8). They were extremely concerned that federal politicians would use this phrase as a means of gaining power and votes.
[James Madison] "With respect to the words 'general welfare,' I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs not contemplated by its creators."
[Thomas Jefferson] "Aided by a little sophistry on the words 'general welfare,' they (politicians) claim a right to do not only the acts to effect that which are specifically enumerated and permitted (in the Constitution), but whatsoever they shall think or pretend will be for the general welfare."
[Thomas Jefferson] "They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose. To consider the latter phrase not as describing the purpose of the first, but as giving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please. Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them. It was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect."
The Framers of our Constitution obviously made it clear as to their intent of this wording. Unfortunately, liberal interpretations by politicians and judges have resulted in illegal actions and programs being instituted by our federal government that would have been beyond belief to our Founders.
[Thomas Jefferson] "On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
We strongly argue that it was the original 13 states' and our Founding Fathers' intent that any laws passed or tax dollars spent by the federal government under the pretext of " general welfare" had to be for the good of all members of society rather than specific members, groups or states within the society. To take money from some members of society and redistribute it to specific members, groups or states within the society, not to mention other countries, would have been an extremely liberal and flawed interpretation of promoting "general welfare" and one our Founders would have adamantly opposed.
Probably the most progressive thinker of the time was Alexander Hamilton who saw the promotion of education, agriculture, manufacturing and commerce as within the confines of promoting the "general welfare" of the country. This could include internal improvements such as roads, canals, ports, postal services, etc. He felt that the nation should possess within itself the ability to produce all of the essentials necessary for the safety and welfare of the country, especially after the extreme embarrassments of not being able to do so during the Revolutionary War. We are convinced that even Alexander Hamilton would be enraged by today's liberal interpretation of promoting the "general welfare" and consider it no less than tyranny. Keep in mind that even though he was a progressive thinker for his time, he would be a radical conservative compared to the thinking of the majority of today's so-called conservative politicians; and even more so if compared to the liberal ones.
A significant number of today's politicians are friends to everyone, but loyal only to themselves. Fortunately, the Constitution was written not to depend on the motives, ethical character or intentions of any given party or politician. Not only did our Founding Fathers formulate a plan for a truly free and just society, they created a means of checks and balances to translate it into practice. It was a system methodically planned to leave no opportunity for the development of tyranny; that is, unless We The People did not do our job. Unless We The People were not diligently watching, our Forefathers knew the Constitution, through liberal interpretation, would be manipulated and changed by power-hungry, self-serving factions and/or utopian-thinking politicians and judges. For more than 150 years, We The People have virtually forgotten, ignored and evaded our responsibility. (For More Information See Our Educational Exposé Titled "How We Lost Our Republic.")
[George Washington] "Few men have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder."
[James Madison] "Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. Some representatives will be weak of mind or lacking in backbone. Some may possess the ambition and political skills of a demagogue and be able to work their wiles on less clever and weaker colleagues. Even the most philosophic and patriotic representatives should not be given a blind trust, for the political scenes in which they must operate often distract their reasoning and exposé it to the influence of the passions. Be wary of the heat generated by politics and the allurements of political power. The accumulation of all powers [of government]...in the same hands...[is] the very definition of tyranny."
[George Washington] "In the long run, disregard for the rule of law allows cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men to subvert the people and take power illegitimately by force or fraud. This is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed."
[Alexander Hamilton] "There is in the nature of government an impatience of control that disposes those invested with power to look with an evil eye upon all external attempts to restrain or direct its operations. This has its origin in the love of power. Representatives of the people are not superior to the people themselves."
Liberal politicians and, unfortunately, most conservative politicians today feel morally entitled to force us, if necessary, in the service of what they consider a higher good. Instead of guarding our freedoms and protecting our Individual Rights, the government has turned all Hardworking Taxpayers into virtual sacrificial lambs who work half the year just to pay taxes, the majority of which is being redistributed under the pretext of the common good. From this point forth, when you hear politicians make statements such as "We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good," never forget that at the peak of the Cold War, communist Soviet Russia was also dedicated to the "common good" of its citizens. This was also the foundation of Nazi Germany's National Socialist Workers' Party or, as they stated, "the common good before the individual good." Helping our fellow man is admirable and praiseworthy when done by one's individual choosing, but it becomes tyrannical when enforced by government at gunpoint. It sounds good, yet in final analysis, not only does it not work in a Free Society, it ultimately destroys it.
Instead of being guardians of our Rights and Property, we have allowed our government to become the most dangerous violator of our Individual Rights under the guise of promoting the "general welfare." Instead of concentrating on its primary function to protect its citizens from the initiators of fraud and physical force, our government has instead become an oppressive and intimidating power against its own citizens. Instead of concentrating on serving as an instrument to enforce objective laws among members of society, it has created uncertainty and fear by means of non-objective laws and regulations that are often interpreted by means of arbitrary and random decisions made by bureaucrats and/or our courts.
[George Washington] "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
We must ask ourselves why we allow our elected officials to continue to lead us down this path of quasi- socialism and corporate fascism that will eventually tear apart our society. Do you think those special interest groups, both foreign and domestic, that take our tax dollars for their own good care about our families' or country's good? Not only do tax-takers not care, they feel entitled to our money and are getting it because We The People have been negligent in our duties to hold our elected officials accountable to our Constitution.
There is absolutely no question that our Founding Fathers would consider the form of federal government we live under today as the rankest form of slavery and tyranny. We are fast approaching the final stage of their worst nightmares. If the erosion of our Individual Rights and the tide of socialism and fascism continues into the 21st century as it did in the 20th century, the end result will be civil chaos and bankruptcy of our Republic. Do not make the mistake of thinking this cannot happen. (For More Information See Our Educational Exposé Titled " There Will Be Blood in the Streets.")
as Intended by Our Founding Fathers
Laissez-Faire Capitalism is the doctrine that economic markets function to the greatest good for all when government does not impede the act of Free Enterprise through intervention. The more you keep government from regulating, repressing, influencing and manipulating a free economy, the more every individual in a society will be afforded an equal opportunity to benefit from a capitalistic system.
[James Madison] "I own myself the friend to a very free system of commerce, and hold it as a truth, that commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive and impolitic--it is also a truth that if industry and labor are left to take their own course, they will generally be directed to those objects which are the most productive, and this in a more certain and direct manner than the wisdom of the most enlightened legislature could point out."
Our Forefathers knew that unimpeded Free Enterprise was the only economic system compatible with a true free society and one's Individual Rights. No political-economic system in history has ever proven its merit or benefited so many people as Capitalism . Yet, no system has been so distorted or criticized via deception and a lack of knowledge. The public has been so misinformed about the truth that they have now reached a point where they believe more governmental intervention is the cure for the country's problems.
Unfortunately, we have not known true Free Enterprise or Laissez-Faire Capitalism in our lifetime or, for that matter, for most of the last two centuries. What we have witnessed is how government's interference has resulted in creating various mixed economic systems such that it has become difficult to separate one's thinking between government and our economy.
If a detailed study were to be made of all the instances in the history of American commerce that have been used as an indictment of Free Enterprise by those who believe economic controls and planning should be in the hands of a highly centralized government, it would find that the overwhelming majority of developments blamed on Free Enterprise were in reality either necessitated or exacerbated by government intervention.
[William Emmott, editor, The Economist] "Capitalism will always have dramas. It is governments that turn them into crisis."
There is a strong argument that all nationwide economic crises have government's fingerprints all over them. How could anyone blame these issues on Free Enterprise when in fact a free capitalist system did not exist when they occurred? It does not take much research to see that the economic crash of 1929 and the resulting decade of economic depression, if not caused (there is ample evidence it was), was certainly exacerbated and prolonged by government's intervention in the economy. It was one of the most massive and disastrous failures of government policy in American history. They literally created a depression within a depression. Please google and read: Great Myths of the Great Depression. Just open up your mind and read the facts. How could anyone read this (and its referenced sources) and not conclude that government is the primary cause of economic calamities, not a Free Capitalistic System that came nowhere close to existing then or now.
It now appears history will also prove that government, including the Federal Reserve Bank, had its fingerprints all over the Real Estate/Mortgage Bubble Crisis. Never has the sage observation " Those that cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" been more evident. There is no question that the federal government had warning after warning of what was happening in the housing/mortgage industry. They not only failed to act, but they stood by actions and policies initiated by themselves that were instrumental in helping create, facilitating and intensifying the toxic mortgage environment.
How many times does history have to prove to us that the Federal Reserve Bank's easy money and credit policies (i.e. artificially lowering interest rates and printing and circulating billions of counterfeit dollars) followed by an increase in rates and thereby tightening the money supply once the easy credit/money has caused inflation to rear its ugly head, has become the primary cause of boom and bust cycles in our economy. And let us not forget that the Federal Reserve Bank is a creation of the government.
Now what was government's solution to deal with the real estate bubble they helped create? Rather than letting everyone suffer the consequences of their own actions, they again promoted easy credit/money, printed and circulated billions and billions of more counterfeit dollars and, on the backs of our grandkids, bailed out various industries to include big banks and Wall Street financial firms and thousands of home owners in America. Literally, they threw good money after bad that many predict will foster more horrific decisions and future bailouts (as already happening in the banking and auto industries) just as it happened during the Great Depression.
There is a strong contingent of respected individuals that contend that all they are doing is delaying what will someday be the biggest bubble of them all: the eventual bankruptcy of our Republic. We hope they are wrong, but unfortunately history puts the odds on their side.
[Ludwig von Mises] "There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit (debt) expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit (debt) expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved."
Government has no Constitutional right to pick winners and loser by confiscating taxpayers money to bail out privately owned businesses. Greedy or mismanaged businesses should be left to fail on their own, not be bailed out on the backs of our grandkids. The very spirit of Free Enterprise consists of risk, reward and potential failure.
Yes, recessions are customary in a free economy based on supply and demand. If the federal government would just practice Laissez-Faire Capitalism there would be a better chance than not that the economy would experience normal recessions which would self-correct themselves in a reasonable amount of time. Industries that offer a fairly priced product/service that remains in demand will survive. It may hurt for a while, but in the long run it is best for the survival of our Republic and the only just system for us all. Remember, government's interference in the economy always consists of them giving an unearned benefit to some person, organization, business, industry, country or even to itself at the expense of taxpayers or other organizations and businesses.
Please understand that we believe in Capitalism with integrity and compassion. We are in no way saying there should be no laws to protect workers and consumers against unscrupulous businesses. There were plenty of questionable, possibly illegal, and at best unethical business practices that helped facilitate the Real Estate/Mortgage Bubble Crisis that should not go unpunished. However, there are 50 state attorney generals who can deal with dishonest businesses and practices, and they certainly cannot do any worse than the federal government.
Unfortunately, there are many who believe economic controls are the proper function of government and that government is a tool of economic class interests. Those who prefer government to have a pro-labor interest over a pro-business interest are basically advocating the values of Carl Marx (the father of socialism). Those who prefer government to be pro-business are advocating corporate fascism. Unfortunately, both of these groups are contributing factors to our problems.
It is no secret that an overwhelming number of politicians are virtually owned by special interest groups. Some unions and industries have so much influence over governmental departments that they are able to suppress and often eliminate their competition (corporate fascism). Therefore, justice ends up being based on which special interest groups have the most influence over government, either through money or the size of their voting factions. This is not the Laissez-Faire Capitalism espoused by our Founders.
As long as the government holds this form of power, it will attract corrupt politicians, and the system will work in favor of the dishonest businessman, penalizing and even destroying the honest business person who only wants to participate in the American Dream.
We are often asked: "But isn't government intervention necessary to prevent monopolies?" Again, with a little research (google the subject) you will discover that the antitrust laws utilized to protect the American consumer from monopolies are unjustified, unreasonable, misguided and even tyrannical in nature.
Our research indicates the genesis of antitrust legislation was not in response to a real problem, but to the widely accepted assumption that an unregulated, free market would inevitably lead to the existence of monopolies. In the late 1800s, businesses were becoming so big and successful that government, as usual, simply overreacted.
A true coercive monopoly may be attained and realized only by the intervention of the government into economic affairs on behalf of the company or entity obtaining that monopoly by special franchises, licenses, subsidies, legislature, etc... actions that would not otherwise be obtainable in a free market. You will find that every true monopoly that ever existed was created or made possible by an act of government, not by Laissez-Faire Capitalism.
When we think of monopolies, we imagine early oil companies, early steel companies, early railroad companies, banks and, most recently, Microsoft and Google. The only part of these industries that came close to being a true monopoly were segments of the railroad industry, which were in fact a product of government intervention in economic matters granted to them through privileges, charters and subsidies. The government then chose to enact legislation against this problem itself had created.
We contend that in a free market, one in which government does not intervene in economic affairs, a true monopoly is virtually impossible. Yet, the government refuses to yield its power despite the overwhelming historical evidence that a monopoly has not yet existed without its intervention.
We see no need for antitrust laws which appear to us to primarily be used today by competitors trying to level the playing field by using our tax dollars (Department of Justice) to fight their battles for them (think Microsoft case plus they now appear to be targeting Google). The threat of a monopoly needs no further deterrent than the self-regulating nature of the free market system, which solves its own problems thanks to the predominant forces of consumer choice and the law of supply and demand. We would argue that the only monopoly about which We The People need be concerned is that of government itself.
Remember, a true free market is a continuous process that cannot be held down. It creates an upward progression that demands the best of every individual and rewards or punishes them accordingly. The smarter and harder you work, the more you will be rewarded. There is no more equitable system on the planet.
Whether you are an hourly worker or Bill Gates, it is in your best interest to get the government off industry's back. If you are a worker, you want businesses bidding for your services. Pure Free Enterprise promotes growth and new industries. Growth promotes more jobs. The more jobs and new industries, the better your chances to obtain an advanced job. More government controls and unfair corporate taxes have the opposite effect by suppressing new job growth in the private sector.
Those who have created their own wealth-the exceptional individuals, the innovators, the risk takers, the intellectual giants-do not hold anyone down. In fact, it is the members of this extraordinary minority who lift the whole of a free society to the level of their achievements. These individuals have carried us on their backs and kept our society prosperous. They have raised the playing field for us all. For the government to put arbitrary restrictions on these individuals only restricts and punishes society as a whole.
Free Enterprise Capitalism is the only true economic system based on justice that serves everyone fairly. Any government control over the free markets in an attempt to level the playing field only lowers the playing field for everyone. Conversely, a true free market not only levels the playing field for everyone, but, more importantly, raises the playing field for all participants. Ask yourself, would you want to live in the former Soviet Union, the Eastern European countries before 1989, North Korea, Cuba or most African countries? It is only when these countries add Capitalism to their economic mix that they can, and do, raise the standard of living for all of their citizens. The experience of countries such as Hong Kong, South Korea, and Singapore offer further testimony to this fact. By creating an environment where economic freedom flourishes, these countries experienced rapid growth and were able to lift themselves out of poverty to become some of the wealthiest in the world. If all underdeveloped and third world nations would institute Capitalism with full protection of Property and Individual Rights, they, too, would begin to see their prosperity and standard of living improve. Can you imagine what total Laissez-Faire Capitalism would do for these countries or, for that matter, for our country once again?
Guardians of Free Enterprise and Individual Rights can no longer stand by and allow government to unjustly control our economy. We believe everyone's interests would be better served by advocating Limited Government and Laissez-Faire Capitalism. Businesses, consumers, hardworking taxpayers and Liberty Loving Patriots must unite and take the responsibility to stand up and put the " Free" back in Free Enterprise and the "Individual" back in Individual Rights. All we demand is the return of our Constitution that our Founders granted us.
How We Lost Our Republic
Living under today's form of government, we are less free, more heavily taxed and worse governed than our ancestors under British rule. How did We The People allow this to happen?
[Thomas Jefferson] "On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power to them?"
Our Founding Fathers put the necessary checks and balances in our Constitution (the judiciary, the executive and the legislative branches) to limit government and protect our Individual Rights. Almost immediately after our Constitution was ratified, powerful factions at the time were trying to circumvent it. You will find it interesting that Thomas Jefferson's platform in the presidential election of 1800 called for the reduction of federal power and fiscal austerity and was aimed at reducing the federal debt with a need for strict interpretation of the original intent of the Constitution.
Although much impairment was done to State Rights and our Constitution during the 1800s, the first truly lethal blow to our Liberties and Individual Rights came with the passing of the 16th Amendment (1913) to our Constitution, giving government the right to tax our incomes. This occurred only 19 years after the Supreme Court had ruled that taxing one's income, other than for emergencies, was un-Constitutional. It was our Forefathers' intention that duties, impost and excise taxes (taxes on articles of consumption) were sufficient to fund the limited functions of the federal government in ordinary times. As described in our Constitution, direct taxes (property and income taxes) were expected to be used only in emergencies (such as war) and were made very difficult to levy because of proportion requirements based on population within each state. Our Founders could not have imagined the end result of the income tax amendment passed in 1913 that now allows the federal government to confiscate money from one group of people and redistribute it to another. This amendment has resulted in tyranny far surpassing anything our Forefathers experienced with the British Empire. For the first time in our history, every U.S. citizen became directly accountable to the all-powerful federal government. Why would our ancestors allow this to happen when we were already one of the most powerful, rich and envied nations in the world. They were manipulated (a chapter for another day) just as we are being manipulated today.
The 17th Amendment was put into effect the following year (1914). It required that the two senators from each state be elected by popular vote in their respective states rather than be chosen by state legislators as originally required in our Constitution. Our Founders assumed that state legislators would always appoint two senators who would advocate strong State Rights and a strict interpretation of our Constitution, rather than relinquishing power to the federal government. The 17th Amendment meant that states no longer had this power. Unfortunately, the factions within society that approved of a strong federal government could now appeal directly to the citizenry (primarily by buying votes with our tax dollars) to elect senators who would advocate a strong federal government. Because elections of our congressmen (congresspersons today) to the House of Representatives were already done by popular vote (per our Constitution), the states (and thus all Liberty Loving Patriots) had now lost their remaining control over the legislative branches of the federal government.
Our Founders also feared that powerful or popular factions within society could manipulate an ill-advised population to elect a president that would be open to the dilution of State Powers and our Constitution. Consequently, our Founders created the Electoral College which served a dual purpose. The first was to create a buffer between the population and the selection of a president. The second was part of the structure of the government that gave extra power to the smaller states.
The Electoral College would be a small number (based on the number of representatives each state had in Congress) of competent and informed persons (electors) from each state, charged with the duty of selecting and casting votes for a presidential candidate. Our Founders believed that with the Electoral College in place, the states would ensure electors who believed in strong States Rights would be selected. Their desire, of course, was in turn to have the electors select a wise and virtuous president who believed in our Constitution, thus retaining the integrity of State Rights. It was left to each state to decide how these Electors would be chosen and cast their presidential votes. Initially, the most popular method of selecting the electors was by appointment through the state legislatures (similar to the two senators prior to the 17th Amendment). Over time, this procedure gave way to popular elections by the majority of the states where the electors pledged (although in some states not required) to cast their votes for the presidential candidate who wins the majority of the popular vote (51%) in their state. This essentially changed the Electoral College as our Founders originally envisioned and opened the door to exactly what our Founders feared: the ill-advised populace could now be manipulated. This significantly diluted the power of the states to protect their State Rights and thus our Constitution as our Founders' originally intended. There are constant attempts to completely eliminate the Electoral College and replace it with a direct popular vote. Even the ancient Greeks knew that a pure democracy with popular vote would not work in the long term.
Although revered by many for his New Deal programs during the depression and leadership during World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt's (FDR) manipulation of the Supreme Court (judiciary) opened the door to allow additional undeniable destruction to be done to our Freedoms, Republic and Constitution.
Alexander Hamilton gave us fair warning about what could happen if the Supreme Court (judiciary) were ever corrupted. He wrote, "Liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have everything to fear from its union with either of the other [branches]."
Unfortunately, FDR was successful in re-staffing the Supreme Court with his compliant cronies. Since then, the judiciary has, in effect, formed a union with the other two branches to enhance the power of the federal government at the expense of the states and all Liberty Loving Patriots.
There is no question that the integrity of the Supreme Court suffered a bloody defeat at Roosevelt's hands. At the federal level, "checks and balances" ceased to include a sound and conservative judicial review of the actions of the executive and legislative branches as intended by the Constitution's Framers. Now that the executive and legislative branches could get an extremely liberal interpretation of the Constitution, the federal government was able to create its own powers as it went along. This allowed the supremacy of the federal government to virtually grow without restraint.
This also allowed FDR to set the un-Constitutional precedent of using entitlement programs, such as Social Security, to influence voters. This opened the door for power-hungry, elitist politicians to appeal to a class of ill advised voters by promising them free benefits from the public treasury. This has resulted in unrestrained growth of the federal government ever since. At this point, we were losing our Republic and started looking more and more like a democracy destined for eventual failure.
[Alexander Fraser Tytler (1747-1813)] "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy.... The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years."
We are in no way implying that the federal government should not fulfill its obligation to those that have contributed to the Social Security and Medicare Funds. We are saying, if they do not stop the spending madness, these socialistic programs will eventually crumble like all Ponzi schemes. Do not be surprised when they start subjugating the Baby Boomers' Social Security checks for the greater good. (See Our Next Exposé Titled "There Will Be Blood in the Streets")
FDR's New Deal programs did not just increase the power of the federal government, they struck at the very principle of Constitutional resistance to federal expansion. Congress now did not need a Constitutional amendment to increase its powers. It could now increase its own authority at any time by a simple majority vote. This has allowed the federal government to assume numerous new powers never before mentioned or implied in our Constitution. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has never seriously impeded this expansion, but rather allowed Congress to take more control over public education, communications, transportation, health care and basically every other facet of our lives. Ironically, what the Supreme Court finds un-Constitutional are our Individual Rights and the traditional powers of the state which our Constitution and the Bill of Rights were ratified to specifically protect.
FDR's socialist ideas in his economic Bill of Rights were reaffirmed by the Democratic Party's platform of 1960, which essentially espoused "cradle-to-grave security for all." Then came Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society programs that advocated "abundance for all" and included Medicare and Medicaid, which were signed into law in 1965.
Now add to this the establishment of a privately owned Federal Reserve banking system made possible by the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. This gave government an influence over credit, interest rates and the quantity and value of money. It also gave it the means to borrow an unlimited amount of money (on the backs of taxpayers and future generations) to buy votes and power by promoting these socialistic programs and corporate handouts of every kind.
The Federal Reserve Bank, in accord with the government, can create and circulate new dollars as they desire. There is an extremely convincing school of thought that the circulation of these new counterfeit dollars is the primary cause of inflation. Consider this: what $1.00 would have bought you in 1776 (the year the Declaration of Independence was signed) took only $1.13 to buy the day the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was passed. However, what $1.00 would have bought you in 1913 at the conception of the Federal Reserve Bank, takes over $22.00 to purchase today (http://www.measuringworth.com/uscompare/). Although the establishment of the Federal Reserve Bank is a chapter for another day, trust us, it was not created for Liberty Loving Americans. It was established by and for the big bankers of that day to preserve and grow their wealth, not yours. Its actions eat away at the purchasing power of every dollar you have or will ever have. It is correctly called the hidden tax that we should all factor into the total amount of money the government confiscates from us every year.
We contend that the most serious threat to our Liberties and the American Way of Life today is not terrorism, immigration or health care, but our own Government's fiscal irresponsibility that is destroying our Republic from within. The money they continue to borrow in the name of We The People to support their utopian programs and handouts, not just domestically but worldwide, is beyond comprehension. The federal debt already equates to $35,000 for every man, woman, child and infant born in our Republic. When you add all future liabilities to which they have obligated us, it balloons to over $500,000 for each family in the U.S. and growing by the second (projected to triple by the year 2020). How could anyone consider this action by our government anything but tyrannical? Just the interest on the federal debt is approaching over 500 billion dollars this year (2009). It is estimated that by the year 2040 it will take every cent the federal government collects in income taxes just to pay the interest on the federal debt. It is predicted that to balance the federal budget in 2040 would require cutting total federal spending by an incredible 60 percent or raising federal taxes 200 percent over today's level. Legally, this debt does not go away. It has to be either repaid by taxpayers or repudiated by our government with devastating results.
This reality is even more inexcusable due to the fact that we would be hard pressed to think of only one problem (either social or economic) in which the federal government's solutions (in the name of promoting the general welfare), did not make the situation either worse or more expensive in the long term; in most cases it did both. Our elected officials' track record of government waste, corruption, fraud and failures in virtually everything they attempt to do makes a travesty of common sense.
A huge base within the liberal, quasi-socialist camp will continue to gut our Constitutional Rights and put us on a fast track to socialism if allowed. Even scores of so-called conservative politicians today are evading, distorting, perverting and diluting our Constitutional Rights. Together, they are on a path to destroy our free society and way of life and, sadly, are either not cognizant of this fact or, worse, do not care.
Maybe today's politicians are afraid to call their actions by their real names due to their fear of discovering what they really advocate (you may be in the same state of denial with them). Their decisions are not based on the principle of what is best for the long-term survival of our Republic, but on which factions they should support at any given time. Any individual or special interest group that advocates these "house-of-cards" schemes will be just as guilty as the self-serving politicians when they have destroyed our Liberties and the American Way of Life. It is time you stand up and take back your Republic.
"There Will Be Blood in the Streets"
The Eventual Death of the American Dream
and Bankruptcy of Our Republic
What the tax-taking, debt-creating, quasi-socialist and fascist apparently do not understand is that by continuing to promote the dream of "security and equality for all," they will not only destroy the living standards of the entire middle class and many of the rich, but their actions will eventually relegate the poor to a future of devastating poverty with little hope for escape. By destroying the lifestyles of those above them into which the poor might have evolved through hard work, they will eventually destroy the American Dream for us all. The only just society for everyone is one based on the principles of Individual Rights, Limited Government and Laissez-Faire Capitalism.
Three primary enablers of this false dream were (1) the passage of the 16th Amendment allowing the federal government to tax our incomes, (2) the elimination of the gold standard (the backing of our currency by a fixed unit of gold) and (3) the establishment of a privately owned banking system (the Federal Reserve system) that allows the federal government to influence credit, interest rates and the quantity and value of money while offering them virtually unrestrained borrowing. These three elements have given the federal government the means and power to confiscate an unlimited amount of money from the taxpayers, including trillions from the yet unborn, and put it in the hands of the tax-takers. Our Founders tried to warn us:
[Thomas Jefferson] "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
[George Washington] "No generation has a right to contract debts greater than can be paid off during the course of its own existence."
[Thomas Jefferson] "I place economy among the first and most important of Republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared."
[George Washington] "No pecuniary consideration is more urgent than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt. On none can delay be more injurious or an economy of time more valuable."
[Thomas Jefferson](1) "The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale." (2) "We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."
Even the past Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, Alan Greenspan, stated: "In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves. Stripped of its academic jargon, the welfare state is nothing more than a mechanism by which governments confiscate the wealth of the productive members of a society to support a wide variety of welfare schemes. The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare states to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit (debt creation)." (The Objectivist newsletter published in 1966, reprinted in Ayn Rand's Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal)
If the socialist democracies (what else would you call us?) of today were forced to operate on a cash basis (where they could spend no more than the taxes confiscated yearly from the taxpayers) without the ability to borrow money from the wages of generations yet unborn, the fraud inherent in their socialist schemes would have been recognized decades ago.
Yet, in a vain attempt to keep themselves in power, quasi-socialist and pro-corporate fascist politicians continue to sell their financially failing house-of-cards programs to whoever provides them donations or buys them a vote. But, as with all socialist and/or fascist societies, their days are numbered. As history repeats itself, these politicians will be dishonored, perhaps even despised, by those whom they promised "cradle-to-grave security" in a world where there is no such thing without stealing more from someone to give to another, while at the same time borrowing money that cannot be repaid.
One would like to think the failure of socialism would come about through the comprehension that its doctrine is false and based on lies. Additionally, since it is based on taking property without the owner's permission and redistributing it to another, it is morally wrong. What appears to be pro-social ends up being anti-social. Beware, the negative attitudes, the vindictiveness, the animosity and the ill feelings between the tax-takers and the Liberty Loving Americans will grow exponentially in the coming years.
Why can our elected officials not simply look at history and the documented fact that socialism's record is the bloodiest in history as exemplified by Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse-tung, Pol Pot, Idi Amin and countless others too numerous to mention? Even the socialist planned economies of the Soviet Union and its satellites in Eastern Europe did not collapse due to their inherent immorality, but simply because they did not work.
At some point, we who live under the less extreme quasi-socialist/fascist-democratic welfare state will need to re-educate ourselves after decades of brainwashing in order to realize the truth: our politicians are creating and un-just, corrupt, adversarial society that fosters and environment for them to make more and more promises on the backs of taxpayers that they eventually cannot keep.
[Dr. Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, National Socialist Workers' Party of Germany (Nazi Party)] "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
It would be difficult today to find an economist who would maintain that the federal debt and other obligations of the United States could ever be paid unless drastic actions are taken. The debt is simply too large. What happens when we can no longer pay the interest on this debt created by the continued borrowing to pay for socialist welfare programs? Our country becomes the financial slave of international bankers, the IMF, the World Bank, etc. that will insist on stern austerity measures, increased taxes, the devaluing of our currency and the mortgaging of our natural resources.
[Lord John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), renowned British economist] "There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch (degrade) the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose."
Unless spending is severely curbed, we can expect taxes to be drastically increased over the next few decades. Once the government has reached the point where no more taxes can be wrung from the productive citizens, all corporate and international welfare has been eliminated, national defense has been cut to the bone and useless departments eliminated, all that remains is to cut payments in domestic social welfare programs or face federal bankruptcy. When the government finally has to start cutting payments to the welfare recipients or face bankrupting our country, we can then expect the self-serving leaders of the welfare societies to present their ultimatums: "Pay the financial assistance the socialist politicians have taught us are our entitlements or watch your cities burn." The politicians who created the welfare system will then be confronted with this monster they created and demand military action. We pray We The People can stop this before it goes that far. Yet history shows us that riots, violence and full-scale police states are the end result.
If the debt or the annual interest on the debt simply cannot be repaid, the only option will almost certainly be the refusal of public authorities to pay the debt under the terms it was created (repudiation). If we do not soon reverse this spending madness, many feel it is not a question of if repudiation will happen, but when and under what form.
Potential repudiation options are (1) a straight out default, (2) hyperinflation caused by the government simply printing enough central bank notes to discharge the debt, (3) a leverage currency swap or (4) a call on all publicly held treasury obligations in an exchange for certificates of lower value and longer maturities. These actions will result in a collapse in the government's ability to raise future money, a collapse of our currency and bond market, the rendering of all treasury obligations probably worthless or of little value and the backing of the federal government of any form of obligation such as CDs, mortgages, student loans, pension funds, etc. as worthless. Finally, with the failure to continue to fund the welfare programs, there will be blood in the streets. Economic, social and military turmoil will follow.
[Paul Kennedy] "The decline of great powers is caused by simple economic overextension." ("The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers")
If there is any doubt in your mind that civil chaos and bankruptcy are inevitable should we continue to allow our federal politicians to lead us down this socialistic road, you are blind. We can all ignore reality, but we will not be able to ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.
The hour may be later than you think. The Comptroller General of the United States, David M. Walker (2008), warned that the nation will go broke within a generation unless it takes radical steps now to rein in out-of-control federal spending. You must unite with other Liberty Loving Patriots and take back your Republic before it is too late.
It should be noted that there are a number of federally elected and appointed officials that are considered statesmen. They do endeavor to abide by the original intent of our Constitution and do what is best for our Republic. Your political preference should no longer be about Democrats or Republicans. It should be about who rigorously supports our Constitution.
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