2009 Continental Congress: The Final Document
(This article was originally published on Dec. 26th, 2009. It's the third and final article on the Continental Congress 2009 that I attended.)
The quest for individual liberty has not ended. For ten historic days in November, 2009, from the 11th to the 21st, delegates from forty eight of the fifty states met in St. Charles, Illinois to discuss the unconstitutional usurpations of the federal government of the United States of America and peaceful methods available to hold accountable those responsible for constitutional violations. These were ordinary people for the most part, not professional politicians, not rich elitists, not well known activists, but ordinary middle class folk from a variety of backgrounds as diverse as you could find in any community in this great melting pot we call the United States of America. They gathered together because, like most of us, they have come to the realization that something is wrong with this nation of ours. They, like many of us, wish to do something to correct the problem, something that does not involve violence. The Continental Congress 2009 looked to be a solution worth attempting. There´s nothing wrong with demanding elected officials obey the laws they swear an oath to uphold and until and unless we the people raise up and apply the pressure necessary the abuse will continue and nothing will change.
Christmas Time and the Dream of Peace
(This article was originally published on Dec. 15th, 2009. Merry Christmas early.)
At this time of year, as the cold wraps its fingers around the Midwest and coats it in a blanket of snow, one is inclined to reflect on past events and give thanks for past accomplishments. One can also reflect on failures he may have had and make plans for the future that will hopefully correct past mistakes and attempt to correct said failures or move in a different direction. Depending on one's present situation, this is likely not as important in modern times as it was in the past. In these days of abundance, where we live in heated buildings, have plenty of food stocked on store shelves and enjoy many modern conveniences, it is much more likely we will be able to survive and bounce back from failure then it was in the past when such things could have easily led to death. This time of year, being the coldest and darkest time, must have been a tough time for ancient man, especially if he was unprepared. If the harvest had been good, one was likely able to relax and enjoy a well earned respite, if not then there would be a struggle to survive until the spring.
Human Driven Climate Change; Greed and the Manipulation of Science
(This article was originally published on Nov. 26th, 2009.)
I do have a bit of a science background. Granted, it's not much, but it is enough to understand certain concepts that others might have trouble wrapping their minds around. It was at least partially due to this background, due to being trained in the scientific method, observation, and critical thinking, that I began to question this notion of man made global warming, or human driven climate change. There was just so much that didn't make sense to me. But that wasn't all I learned by attending a university. It wasn't all about science, math and liberal arts. I learned quite quickly how a bureaucracy works. I learned that a bureaucracy doesn't care about truth, about what is right or what is wrong, about principle, or about anything ethical that might be of concern to an ordinary human, a bureaucracy only cares about money and paperwork.
2009 Continental Congress: Historical Observations and Outlook
(This article was originally published Nov. 21st, 2009. It's the second of a three part report. The last part didn't come until much later.)
History has a strange way of repeating itself. In the late 1700s, in America, people were experiencing the culmination of the Enlightenment. They were on the fringes of the greatest empire at the time, an empire run by the parliamentary monarchy of King George III in a land far from the colonies. As is often true with empires, England was involved in several wars. War costs money. Money can be hard to come by. Monarchs at the time used the fear of war to fleece the wealth of the populace, likely making the case that they had to take the fight to the enemy so the enemy would not come to their shores. As it so happened the English colonies located in the Americas were creating quite a bit of wealth. King George III felt it was time for the colonies to chip in and pay their fair share for the protection the empire provided.
The Importance of the Constitution in Reclaiming the Republic Peacefully
(This article was originally published on Nov. 10th, 2009.)
Nancy Pelosi was recently asked where in the Constitution she (and congress) got the power to pass laws involving health care. Her reply was "Are you serious?" That was the best answer this woman could come up with? Are you serious? Is she serious? The woman supposedly took an oath to uphold the Constitution. This woman is third in line to take the office of the presidency should some unforeseen catastrophe or political upheaval cause the president and vice president to be unable to fulfill their duties. This is supposed to be the document that enshrines American values and encodes into law the powers that those elected to federal office are able to exercise. Yes, the reporter was and should be serious when he asked that question. Nancy Pelosi should be serious about paying attention to the Constitution and following its mandates. We should all be serious about making certain the politicians obey the Constitution and prevent them from usurping the powers the founding fathers delegated to us, we the people.
Gaining Free Health Care, Losing Freedom
(This article was originally published on Nov. 2nd, 2009. The health care debate continues.)
One of my brothers suffers from diabetes. He often complains about health care in this country. But you won't find him complaining about its cost. He doesn't complain because he can't get health care. He's a teacher with great insurance and access to all the doctors one could possibly hope for. There are other things to dislike about the health care situation in this country. My brother has told me that his right to life is compromised by the medical community and the governmental restrictions surrounding it.
A Fair Warning to the Establishment Upper Echelon
(This article was originally published on Oct. 23rd, 2009.)
It seems the political establishment in this country continues to ignore their constitutional roots. They decided long ago to do away with this document and head down their own path regardless of the consequences to the American people and the ideals upon which this nation was built. By doing this they have, in essence, decided to disregard the law of the land. They have made themselves criminals. Now, if they were confronted with this accusation, one would expect them to hem and haw and try to deny, excuse, justify, equivocate or otherwise rationalize their behavior in an attempt to dismiss the accuser and seek support of others who might wish to see the state continue to abuse its monopoly use of force. They look to the general populace to get permission to continue their criminal behavior, but enablers from those ranks are becoming harder for them to find.
The Ignoble Nobel Peace Prize
(This article was originally published on Oct. 11th, 2009. My opinion of the Nobel Peace Prize will never be the same.)
I have lost all respect for the Nobel Peace Prize. Not that they've had that great of a track record when it comes to who gets this award, but by giving it to Barack Obama they have done away with all pretense of actually caring about peace in the world. Perhaps a better name for this award would be the Nobel Rest in Peace Prize. Certainly there are only millions of others who are more deserving of a peace prize than Mr. Obama, myself included. Anyone who hasn't actively participated in the effort to continue the maintenance of a statist empire, especially by means of military occupation, deserves this prize more than Mr. Obama.
Time Now For a New Enlightenment
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(This article was originally published on Sept. 28th, 2009.)
"Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem."
The Age of Enlightenment, in my opinion, started even before the mid seventeenth century as some historians would argue. This is because I believe that the undercurrents that brought about the Enlightenment have persisted in the human spirit from time immemorial. The Enlightenment culminated in the creation of The United States of America, a system of government that was supposed to put individuals and their rights above all else. This was brought about through reason and a certain disdain for the politics of the times. The American colonists were looking for a better system then the monarchies and even the so called representative democracies (which were heavily influenced by a royal presence) they had left behind on the European continent.
Freedom and Peace Are Non-Partisan Issues
(This article was originally published on Sept. 4th, 2009.)
I was glad to see that Cindy Sheehan finally decided to protest Barack Obama's war policy. I was beginning to wonder what had happened to the anti-war movement in this country. I hope her decision will help to reinvigorate peace activists. I also hope that perhaps many who were involved in the peace movement and quit their anti-war activism after Mr. Obama was elected will take the time to look into their souls and think about why they stopped.
Uprooting the Wild Rose Bush
(This article was originally published on Aug. 28th, 2009. It didn't get as much attention as the last, but I liked it more. I got the idea when I was taking down a wild rose bush that had overgrown everything.)
I know that I usually write about politics, but I thought that this week I'd switch gears and write a little something about gardening. I used to have a little garden of my own that I'd take care of, but as life would have it I have lost my home and now live in an apartment, so I have a garden no longer. My mother, on the other hand, still lives on an acre of wooded land out in the country and she has several large and small gardens on her property. A couple times a month I try to get out there and help her maintain her gardens. It is more work than hobby anymore, but there is still a certain amount of satisfaction to be gained from working with the land and growing pretty things.
Derelict Politicians Aren't Reading the Bills
(This article was originally published on Aug. 14th, 2009. I start to get the feeling that maybe the politicians do know what they're doing, and they're doing us on purpose.)
Are you paying attention? Have you been listening to what the politicians have been saying? Have you been listening and noticing the mainstream media's twist on recent happenings? I don't mean have you been simply hearing the words and seeing the images, I mean have you been truly listening and paying attention? Have you taken the time to really think about what's being said? Have you thought about what it all might mean?
Ron Paul and Alternative Leadership
(This article was originally published on Aug. 4th, 2009. I guess Ron Paul decided to stick around. People are beginning to listen.)
I realize I write a lot about Ron Paul. I make no apologies for that. He is out on the forefront of a new freedom movement, a movement that is gaining strength as more and more people begin to understand its true nature. There are two divergent ideologies at odds in the world today, collectivism and individualism. Unfortunately, collectivism and group thought seem to be the dominate ideologies guiding politics in modern times. Ron Paul has emerged as the most prominent leader championing the virtues of individualism. This ideology is the spirit which drove the founders of our nation and was codified into law via the Bill of Rights in an effort to ensure that it would be the guiding ideology in perpetuity of the people who would come to these shores seeking freedom. Over the past few decades it seems that most people have forgotten this as we struggle and experiment with different collectivist political schemes, most of which have already been tried and have already failed in other parts of the world. Not only has Ron Paul reminded us of this, he has brought to the forefront of our consciousness ideas that innately make sense to many of us, the ideas of freedom and liberty.
The Young Green Fascists
(This article was originally published on Dec. 19th, 2009. The ecology activists on the march.)
Man made climate change is not a scientific debate. Al Gore declared it so. He declared that the science was in and the debate was over. Many others have followed suit. Politicians parrot his work to try to make themselves look heroic as they claim they wish to "save the planet" by taxing carbon dioxide, a natural gas produced by life. The media uses his work to try to create a fear and hysteria perhaps in hopes this will help their sagging ratings, and possibly their politically connected friends. The elite hail Mr. Gore´s work, raining upon him accolades and awards such as an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, a Nobel Peace Prize and others which has made me wonder as to the significance of these awards. One can wonder as to why anyone should listen to Al Gore about such matters as global warming. He is, after all, not a career scientist, not a career documentary film maker and not even a career writer, but a career politician. You know what they say about politicians whose lips are moving. To me, the integrity of these awards are now in question.
The Camera Really is the New Gun
(This article was originally published on Dec. 7th, 2009. Hmm, that date looks a bit familiar.)
Judge Andrew Napolitano likes to say that the camera is the new gun. He is more right than even he may know. Cameras in the hands of ordinary citizens are something that most bureaucrats have a deathly fear of. They are more afraid of a common man with a camera than they are of giant hairy spiders. To a bureaucrat, a common man with a camera is more frightening than a million zombies converging on them. More seriously, they are likely more afraid of one common man with a camera than they are of a man with a gun. Government types are terrified of several common folk armed with cameras, perhaps more so than they are of an entire constitutional militia. One who is inclined to thoughtful reflection might wonder why this should be.
The Corporate Media's Dancing Monkeys
(This article was originally published on Nov. 23rd, 2009. My opinion of the corporate media becomes more cynical every day. This article points out some of the hypocrisy one can find in it.)
I remember at one point during the Bush years, when things looked particularly dark and the police state was closing in, I saw Youtube clips of a man by the name of Keith Olbermann speak poignantly to power about the evisceration of our constitution. He pointed out to President Bush that most of the first ten amendments, the portion of the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights, had been violated by the laws that at the time had recently been passed. Week after week, for a time, he admonished the administration and berated Bush for dishonoring the ideals that this nation supposedly stands for and violating the Constitution, a document they swore an oath to defend. For a moment in time, I found hope in the fact that someone in the mainstream media seemed to get it, that someone seemed to understand the concepts of freedom and liberty and was pointing out the abuser and ringing the alarm bells against the coming fascism. Then something happened.
2009 Continental Congress: First Thoughts and Impressions
(This article was originally published on Nov. 13th, 2009. It's an attempt to report some news I was actually a witness to. It was a very interesting week.)
There's an anger roiling throughout American society. Perhaps it reaches overseas into all of Western society, I can't say, but it's particularly palpable here, especially among the middle classes. People know that something is wrong. They may not be able to put their finger on exactly what is wrong, but they know something's not right. And there are many, many people who aren't sure what they should do about it. Most people feel their country is slipping away. They feel that the principles upon which this nation was built no longer have meaning. When the foundation of your society crumbles, then there will obviously be nothing left for your society to stand upon. There are many scenarios that could play out should this happen, some of them very frightening. As a freedom loving people seeking liberty for all, it should become incumbent upon each of us as individuals to do what we can to promote the restoration of the respect for individual rights that has been lost to those serving in the federal government. When such tyranny rears its ugly head, it becomes necessary for concerned men and women to speak out or their silence may be construed as condoning the actions.
Shame on the Big, Centralized, World Government Deniers
(This article was originally published on Nov. 5th, 2009.)
I had nothing better to do the other day and was browsing through some blogs and some news stories. I was surprised to see so many people still vehemently arguing about the reality of climate change and insisting that something needs to be done about it. Many pointed to this graph and that graph, this scientist and that scientist, this study and that study, this piece of propaganda and that piece of propaganda, and then cried about how arguing about climate change was going to lead us down the path to mankind's destruction. Both sides of the debate claim the other side is lying. Both sides present arguments that may be considered convincing to some. But there was something I noticed about those who argue that climate change is man made. Many of them have taken to calling those who argue against them "climate change deniers."
Copenhagen, Carbon Emissions and World Government
(This article was originally published on Oct. 28th, 2009. It was picked up in quite a few places and got a lot attention.)
I was contacted earlier by some readers of my articles and asked for my view on the events scheduled to take place in December in Copenhagen. This was something I had only recently heard about and therefore had little knowledge of. I quickly discovered a speech on climate change given by Lord Monckton which he ends by giving a stern warning to Americans that the United States will lose its national sovereignty should Mr. Obama sign this treaty in Copenhagen in December. It seems there are some who fear such an occurrence. They truly worry that Mr. Obama will turn our country over to a world government. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we lost our national sovereignty long ago. If Mr. Obama were to sign a treaty creating a world government that would supersede the government of the United States it would be doing nothing except finally bringing out in the open what's been happening under the table for decades.
Ron Paul's Principles Should Hijack Both Parties
(This article was originally published on Oct. 17th, 2009. It points out that Ron Paul's principles should be adopted by all politicians as he follows the Constitution unlike any of the others.)
I used to consider myself a Republican. That was long ago and far away. It began with the presidential candidacy of a man named Ronald Reagan. He said some pretty profound things like "Government isn't the solution to the problem, government is the problem" and "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" Unfortunately, only a few months into his presidency he was shot in an assassination attempt. I don't know what went on in the time he was in the hospital recovering nor what was going through his mind, but when he reasserted his control of the federal government he grew it rather than shrinking and limiting it as his rhetoric suggested would happen. He, like our current president, talked a good game but when it came down to brass tacks did not deliver. He did not stick to his principles nor the principles of liberty upon which our nation was founded. As a result, I felt the Republican party had left me.
Why I Won't Be Taking Any Flu Shot This Year (Even if it's Free)
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(This article was originally published on Oct. 7th, 2009. It got a lot of attention as it was quoted in an ABC article about the morality of refusing to take a flu shot. I was within a half hour of appearing on a BBC world broadcast. If I had opened my email a half hour sooner, I would have been able to answer an email from a BBC commentator in time to get on the program. That was one of those "Oh well, too bad, so sad" moments.)
I took the flu shot one year. It was offered at work and paid for by my employer. Most of us employees lined up happily, filled out the forms, answered the questions the nurses asked, rolled up our sleeves and took the shot. A few days later, I was sick as a dog. I'd never been so sick in my life. I was a young, healthy man and felt like I had aged fifty years and been run over by a truck all on the same day. I don't say that the shot gave me the flu, but I did find it odd that I'd never had much of a problem with the flu and when I take the shot I get it so bad that I'm bedridden for three days. I haven't taken a flu shot since and have not had a flu give me more than a low level fever, stuffy nose and some aches and pains in the years following.
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(This article was originally published on Sept. 20th, 2009. True experience.)
"Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream."
Verse from a famous childhood song
I´ve always wanted to be an actor. I was able to pursue that dream for a while when I was younger, when I was in high school and had no real financial worries. I sort of had to give up on that dream when I became an adult and the realities of life slapped me in the face. Acting simply wasn´t in the cards and I needed to get a real job in order to raise a family. In fact, I had to get several real jobs just to make ends meet. I guess that´s just the way things are. You do what you got to do and sometimes dreams must be sacrificed in order to survive.
Teaching Obama to Children (And Maybe Some Adults)
(This article was originally published on Sept. 3rd, 2009. Eight months into his first term and very few really knew what he was all about.)
I've heard that on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 Mr. Obama plans on addressing the school children residing in the United States of America. It is my understanding that his speech will address issues such as national service, health care, and other items on the administration's agenda. It is also my understanding that this speech will be given to young elementary school children, perhaps even younger than five, as well as to older high school children who will be able to vote in a couple of years. One might wonder what the purpose of such a program would be. Certainly, such an unusual measure taken as this can lead to the conspiracy theorists speaking out. Perhaps in this case they have more than good reason, especially when you consider the historical significance of such past programs. Think about Hitler youth, Pol Pot, Kin Jong Il, those kind of guys and how they treated the children of their countries. Never before, at least not in my memory, has a president of the United States of America specifically addressed school children nationwide on subject matter as sophisticated as this. Perhaps there is something very nefarious going on here, or perhaps Obama and his administration have come to the realization that they can no longer fool the thoughtful adults in this nation and they have no other place to turn for support than the youth of America, or perhaps they believe Obama will be president for a very long time.
Gun Propaganda and the Health Care Reform Illusion
(This article was originally published on Aug. 20th, 2009. It got me quite a bit of attention. It really made the rounds on the web and got quite a few views.)
I'm getting very upset by what I've been seeing since this health care issue has come to the fore. I'm becoming really angry by how much my intelligence has been insulted. I'm beginning to feel like the man who has to explain to his friends that Criss Angel is not really defying the laws of physics. He's in the business of creating illusions. He does not really float above buildings, pull ladies in half, climb through closed, solid windows without breaking the glass, walk on water, or do any of the things one might see him do. These are illusions. They are parlor tricks. They are elaborate, complicated, well designed, well executed, likely expensive illusions, but they are nothing but illusions nonetheless.
Politicizing Healthcare and Diverting Attention
(This article was originally published on Aug. 8th, 2009. I thought the health care debate was long dead. Leave it to the Democrats to resurrect an undead bill. Despite popular sentiment against this bill it was passed, proving that the Democrats can ignore the majority just as well as the Republicans can.)
I watched some videos on Youtube recently and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. Thousands of people across the nation have been attending town hall meetings to express their concerns, vent their anger and demand that their representatives vote no on the proposed health care bill, AKA Obamacare, making its way through congress. It seems that this particular issue has been the one that has activated the people. It seems that the proposed total government takeover of health care is the straw that has broken the camel's back. The ire of the common man has been aroused and we are letting those who are supposed to represent the interests of the average Joe know that with this issue they had better listen.