by Fred Marshall Jr.
October 1, 2008
What is "private property?" What is "ownership?" What do you "own?" Or do you own anything?
If you own something, it is yours to do with as you choose. You are free to give it away, to sell it, to bury it, to burn it, to let it ruin, rot or rust, or to use it. If there is ANY restriction on those rights, then you don't really own it.
If you own a lawn mower, you can give it to me, you can sell it to me, you can leave it in the back yard to rust, you can even bury it in the back yard, or you can protect and maintain it, fill it with gas and oil and mow your lawn with it. However, you cannot BURN it if you live within the city limits. With that single exception, it's yours, you own it.
But if there is an ordinance in your town that prohibits running lawn mowers on Sunday mornings, then your ownership of the lawn mower is conditioned upon your not using it on Sunday mornings. If you violate that ordinance, the city may fine you or confiscate the mower as their ways of forcing your compliance with their laws. You know, the ones that are for "your own good."
How about the money you call yours? Is it really yours? Do you own it? Hardly and hardly. If you have it in a CD, then you can't withdraw it until its maturity date without surrendering a portion of it, but that's a self-imposed restriction because you pre-agreed to let the bank use your money for a specified period of time. If you opt to withdraw $10,000 or more in cash, from any account, then it's conditioned upon the bank's submission of an SAR form to the IRS. That's a "Suspicious Activity Report" of a currency transaction. That you want to use your own money is decreed, by law, to be a "suspicious activity."
If you decide to take, say, $6,000 or $8,000 in cash to go and enjoy a nice holiday week in Vegas or Atlantic City, they can detect the cash money on your person with monitors in the airline terminal and arrest you and call it drug money. After all, they assert, no one carries that much cash around with them unless he/she got it illegally. Some of the money you have will have trace amounts of cocaine on it, enough to be detectible by drug dogs and special lamps they use to find blood, drugs, etc., that isn't visible to the naked eye. The government embedded the bills with cocaine in order to always give them a reason to arrest you whenever they so choose. By employing such tactics and laws, those who control the money and currency are saying indelibly to the public, "Use our banks and pay us our interest or we'll put you in jail."
I know a man who doesn't use banks in any way, shape or form. He hates them. He recently bought a car at a public auction for $1,500 and promptly sold it for $3,500. He was paid by check. He went with his brother to his brother's bank, endorsed the check to his brother and his brother told the teller he wanted the money in cash. She had to go get the head teller who told the two men they don't like to give out that much cash to individuals because they could get mugged, robbed, and even killed. "What do you plan to do with that much money in cash?" asked the head teller of the account holder. "None of your business, give me my money," answered the man. He got his money of course, but whose money was it, anyway? What rights did the bank employee have to even ask?
I know another recent case where an account holder notified his bank on a Monday that he would be coming in Tuesday to withdraw $50,000 in $100 bills the following day. He feared his bank might join the gaggle of failing banks, though he didn't tell the bank that. It took him two and a half hours Tuesday to get the cash money and then they gave it to him in $20 bills, claiming they needed their $100s for the normal first of the month business. They offered to let him put the money into a safety deposit box ($120 box fee) until they could order the $100s on Friday, which would get delivered by armored car the following Tuesday. Because of the bulk involved with that many $20s, he had little choice. Even to move the money from the teller to the deposit box, he had to sign a form in which the bank strongly advised him against withdrawing large sums in cash and in which he agreed to hold the bank harmless in the event he was robbed inside the bank or on bank property.
Furthermore, his safety deposit box contract not only holds the bank harmless for the contents, he also had to waive his right to sue or have to a jury trial in the event of any complaint or dispute with the bank concerning the box. Any dispute or claim has to be handled by arbitration under state arbitration rules and procedures.
After considering all the above, then it's instructive to read the following about laws recently enacted (you heard about this already, it was all over the news....wasn't it?) which provide for taking and taxing your money if you decide to surrender your citizenship and leave the country, or give up your green-card residency and go back home. I thought the Iron Curtain was something we poo-pooed when Russians had to defect and climb guarded walls to get OUT of their country.
It's a Free Country - Till You Try to Leave It
While you are inside the United States, if you are a natural-born citizen or legal immigrant, you are a "U.S. Person." The limited "rights" accorded a U.S. Person are the same for all within that category. You are not a "U.S. Citizen" unless you leave the United States with a valid passport, you know, certified written permission (my mom used to call them "kitchen passes" when she issued them to me) of the United States Government to temporarily leave their walled-in-but-not-walled-out gulag for a specific purpose for a specified period of time. While you are gone, you ARE a United States Citizen. When you return, you resume being a U.S. Person, with rights equal to those of green-card holders and any other U.S. Person. You've come a long way, Baby.
Of course most readers didn't know they are no longer U.S. Citizens. But they shouldn't be alarmed, it's a voluntary status they have contracted to adopt. They may not be consciously aware that they have, but everyone has already made the conversion if (s)he has opened a new bank account, or modified an existing one, since 2001. Those innocent-looking forms they signed contained their contracts. Even the signature cards contain it.
Think you own your car? Try not renewing your registration and just parking the car in your back yard. See how long it takes for the state to come and tow THEIR car away. Yes, they hold the title to it, all you have is an ABSTRACT of the title. The car is THEIRS, not yours. You have the rights to USE it so long as you obey their rules, and you have the rights to drive it so long as you have met their requirements for licensing as an operator. The same is true of your home, and any real property you might "own." Try not paying the property taxes and see how long it takes them to auction off "your" property to the highest bidder.
When folks can no longer own property free and clear, then there can be no semblance of "freedom," there's only the ILLUSION of freedom because you can still drive from city to city without specific permission from government. But those days and times are drawing to a close as well. As long as things such as these are done inconspicuously, and gradually so we can adjust, most people neither notice nor care.
Welcome to U.S.S.I., the United Socialist States of Illusion. You are being watched and monitored. Get used to it. Or leave. It'll cost you either way.
Copyright October 2008
Fred Marshall Jr.
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