Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I Have Changed My Mind
by Fred Marshall Jr.
March 1, 2009
Governments derive their powers from the governed. With the birth of the Constitution for the United States of America, a representative republic was established to which We the People granted powers that were few and defined. In the years since, the three branches of that republic have gradually grown - - in both size and power - - and transformed the republic into the oligarchic monstrosity that economically and psychologically enslaves us today. That we cannot see the shackles eases none of the restrictions on our lives.
Few people realize and understand that this growth has only been possible because We the People have stood indolently by and permitted those in official positions to continuously empower themselves with our money and with the authority that our disinterested nonparticipation allows to thrive. At any juncture along the way, We the People could have stopped the transformation - - and retained the republic - - but we haven't. The republic is gone.
For years I've been telling - - preaching to - - people and readers that our last best hope is to vote at least 300 members of Congress out of the House of Representatives. I'd really like to see 434 of them (save Ron Paul) sent home, but I've long thought that if 300 were evicted, the other 135 would suddenly see being responsive to We the People as the only way they could retain their seats. But I have finally realized that is never going to happen. In modern times, the largest number ever replaced in a single election was 52, back in 1994. We saw then that the 383 who weren't defeated were the ones who "trained" the 52 freshmen to "replace" the ousted 52, and the status quo was preserved with only a hiccup interruption. The newbies were jerked into line in very short order.
What We the People had accomplished in 1994 amounted to nothing beyond having temporarily fooled themselves. The illusion prevailed - - that a new group was in charge - - for a while, but it soon became apparent that nothing had actually changed but the label by which the majority was identified. Though the "new" majority was said to be Republican, the performance of the Congress continued to be indistinguishable from that of the preceding Democratic House. Both parties represent the same special interests, and they ain't We the People. What we have in reality is single-party rule, with the first and second teams taking turns on the floor from time to time.
We the People have complained, moaned, and groaned over the years, not as a formidable majority but, as a multitude of small, splintered groups - - each with no significant influence - - championing various single-issue agendas. That's as the puppet masters want it. They see a little dissent as healthy, so long as it doesn't get out of hand or project any power. They see We the People as items on their menu, and they "employ" public officials as chefs to "prepare" us and "keep us warm" on the steam table. At all costs, they are determined to keep us off the guest lists of their planning conferences. Through the mechanisms and systems they have devised and put into place, they routinely grind selected people up like sausage to maintain their control and, of course, their cash flow (income taxes).
Throughout the first 55 years of my life I truly believed that the United States of America was a Constitutional Republic, with three separate branches of government. I believed the President and Vice President, and members of both Houses of Congress, were elected by secret ballot of the people in open and free elections supervised by the people. I believed Supreme Court Justices were nominated by Presidents and confirmed by the Senate, and I believed the rules governing the operations of the three branches of government contained a system of "checks and balances" that guaranteed no one branch could ever become too powerful.
I believed that the Federal Reserve was an official agency of the U.S. Government and its Chairman was periodically selected by Presidents and confirmed by Senates. I believed the public education system was the best in the world. And I believed the people in the criminal justice system in the United States were essentially fair and honest , and dedicated to the pursuit of justice. I even naively believed that judges and juries viewed all defendants as innocent until proven guilty.
The reason I believed all these myths is because I was "educated" (indoctrinated) to believe them. I read about them in textbooks in high school and college. I saw the concepts portrayed in movies and on television. I saw "talking heads" on various "news" shows endlessly discussing the ins and outs of all the so-called political issues and election campaigns. I even watched both Houses of Congress put on their "shows" on C-SPAN.
Eventually I learned that elections are anything but free and open. Since long before my birth (during the Great Depression), elections have been rigged to produce the outcomes desired by the "money trust," (the puppet masters, the men behind the curtain). Today, it's very easily done with computer software rather than stuffing ballot boxes.
As long as 2,000 people physically go and vote in a given precinct, the computerized, unverifiable no-paper-trail voting machines can be programmed to "tally" that 1,100 voted for Candidate A and 900 voted for Candidate B. It is by those 2,000 people going to the polls that they give the power to the criminal scumbags who rig elections.
What if no one voted? What if no one showed up at the polls on election day? What if two or three people in each precinct were to set up video cameras across or down the street and focused on the entrances to the voting places, to show that no one entered all day? Wouldn't the media be forced to report it, since they wouldn't have footage of people crowding around these places? How could the political bosses claim their candidate had won if no votes were cast?
What if no one voted for, say Representative John Smith of Rhode Island's 87th District? Would he remain in the House of Representatives without receiving any votes? What if ten people in that district were to go in and vote for the challenger, and be interviewed on camera by concerned citizens of the District after voting, clearly announcing that they had voted for the challenger? Could the party bosses claim victory for Smith, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary?
"The pioneers of a warless world are the youth who refuse military service." - Albert Einstein
Our armed forces are all-volunteer forces. What if nobody were to volunteer? There is no law against opting not to volunteer, is there? Seems I remember an old movie "What if they gave a war and nobody came?"
North Platte Canteen - 7 min - Here's an example of what used to be important http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07DGeLvDw8I
What if we could educate our youth, and persuade them that our armed forces don't serve our country, they don't protect our imaginary freedom, they don't support and defend the Constitution, but instead protect the interests of world financiers and multi-national corporations? What if our youth were awakened to reality and no one volunteered for service in the armed forces? How can a country engage in war if it has no military?
"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger." - Hermann Göring, Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe (Nazi Air Force), President of the Reichstag (German Parliament), Creator of the Gestapo (Nazi Secret Police), designated successor to Hitler.
One key in Göring's quote above is his reference to patriotism. When a country sends it's fighting forces to war, all citizens are expected to rally around the flag and support the troops and, by implication, support the cause for which they allegedly are fighting. Is it possible to support the troops while opposing the war? Yes and no. We want to support our troops no matter what. Some people believe the propaganda "My country, right or wrong."
But how can we justify - - in our own minds, let alone in any other venue - - rooting for the troops as many of them die while striving to kill "the enemy" when we know the best way to truly support them is to bring them home and get them out of harm's way if the war is a waste of time, money, and good soldiers? Are these soldiers not good men and women, weren't they valuable human beings before they went to war? Will the country's population benefit from their presence, performance, sacrifice and even death in the war, or will the only beneficiaries be the financiers, the mega-corporations and the politicians? How does an American family benefit when its loved one is killed in uniform?
How do 5,000 families benefit when 5,000 service members die in war? And how do 15,000 other families cope with 15,000 crippled-for-life soldiers come home? How many of us are willing to see our son-husband-father-brother-uncle-nephew-cousin die or be crippled for no reason other than to protect or enhance the profits of corporations which sell munitions, armaments, weapons, and supplies to the military, or to provide windfall profits to the banking industry which lends money to both sides of every conflict?
A second key aspect of the quote is just how simple it is to "drag the people along" using most any sort of FEAR that there is an "enemy" somewhere threatening their country and their freedoms.
So, why not stop volunteering for military service? Why not stop voting? Why not stop paying taxes en mass? If We the People don't GIVE power to the government, then it hasn't any. If we don't give it our money, if we don't give it our relatives, if we don't vote anyone into office, what power does government have?
You see, ladies and gentlemen, an armed revolution cannot succeed. It would spill a lot of blood but, in the end, the people would lose big time. The government has planes, tanks and bombs arrayed against our pistols and rifles. They can disable our motor vehicles via satellite with a couple of key strokes. They can shut down our communications just as easily, or they can leave them operational and listen to every plan, then "head us off at the pass." We cannot overpower them, but we damn surely can deny them the power of our willing support.
For 20 years after I completed my 20-year Army career, I encouraged lots of young men to join the armed forces. I cannot in good conscience do that ever again. I cannot encourage anyone to risk his life - - and turn his family's lives inside-out - - to satisfy the profit motives of the elite. War is a racket, always has been and always will be. The text of a speech "War is a Racket" U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler delivered was published in 1935 as a booklet. You can read it online at the link below.
WAR IS A RACKET - Major General Smedley D. Butler - USMC Retired - READ IT HERE
"I have known war as few men now living know it. It's very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes." - Five-star general Douglas MacArthur
"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity." - Five-star General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them must share in the guilt for the dead." - Five-star General Omar Bradley
"Older men declare war. But it is youth who must fight and die." - President Herbert Clark Hoover
"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today." - John F. Kennedy
"Every thoughtful, well-meaning and conscientious human being should assume in time of peace, the solemn and unconditional obligation not to participate in any war, for any reason or to lend support of any kind, whether direct or indirect." - Albert Einstein
The United States Government is working tirelessly to wipe out the middle class, and its rapid progress is conspicuous to all who bother to look. A middle class is an inherent and unavoidable by-product in a society of free people, but when a government deliberately dismantles the middle class - - as is currently being done here - - the intent is to obliterate freedom and suppress the people. The people's influence upon such a government, that aims to move them into peasantry and serfdom, must be snuffed out before the final takeover can be launched.
So, I've changed my mind about (1) voting everybody out of the House of Representatives and about (2) encouraging military service. The latter is a real turnaround for a man of my background, but is a position I haven't adopted without long, deep, and profound thought. Considering some of the quotes I provided above, I suspect I'm in the company of some pretty impressive men.
We need to recognize what a joke elections are in this country. Even using the pre-programmed computer-generated figures they gave us, 65% of Americans eligible to vote DID NOT VOTE for Barack Obama, yet we are led by the media to believe he won by such a great margin that it gave him a "mandate." What kind of fools do they think we are?
We must organize and boycott elections everywhere until they get rid of electronic machines and return to paper ballots that can be counted by hand, in settings open to the public. We'd be far better off waiting a few days or a week to get and verify the final vote tallies than to have instant results determined in advance by the men behind the curtain. Elections - - as they have long been conducted - - insult our intelligence.
And we must discourage all our youth from joining any branch of the military service. It's time we stopped providing our loved ones as expendable fodder for the money machines of the super-rich. Printing trillions of dollars is a move designed to wipe out the middle class, and we must find ways to stop that, though I fear that juggernaut can't be derailed.
Despite what you may or may not think of Rush Limbaugh, and despite whether you consider yourself liberal or conservative, you will be hard-pressed to disagree with the messages he includes in this recently-televised 83-minute (C-SPAN and FOX) talk before CPAC. He really only talks about 45 minutes but, with all the applause interruptions, it takes about 83 minutes. But he does remind us of the virtues and values that made this country great in the first place. Unless we return to those standards, there is little hope for this nation to survive.
Rush Limbaugh addresses the nation - CIPAC - 83 minutes (in 10 minute segments)
Then, a really good look at reality is provided in this 144-minute presentation. I urge everyone to watch and listen to every word. There is a whale of a lot of information on a wide variety of subjects covered in these twelve 12-minute segments.
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol. 1 Chapter 1 of 12) By Richard Grove - 12 min
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol 1. Chapter 2) By Richard Grove - 12 min
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol. 1 Chapter 3) By Richard Grove - 12 min
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol. 1 Chapter 4) By Richard Grove - 12 min
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol. 1 Chapter 5) By Richard Grove - 12 min
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol. 1 Chapter 6) By Richard Grove - 12 min
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol. 1 Chapter 7) By Richard Grove - 12 min
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol. 1 Chapter 8) By Richard Grove - 12 min
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol. 1 Chapter 9) By Richard Grove - 12 min
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol. 1 Chapter 10) By Richard Grove - 12 min
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol. 1 Chapter 11) By Richard Grove - 12 min
A FILM TO END ALL WARS! (Vol. 1 Chapter 12) By Richard Grove - 12 min
Understanding the "exponential factor" is essential for any understanding of reality today. This four-part presentation is a must-see.
The Most IMPORTANT Video You’ll Ever See (videos; The EXPONENTIAL FACTOR - Parts 1-4)
Immigration cannot be fully understood without seeing these graphs and their explanation.
Immigration exponential growth demonstrated with Gumballs - 9 mins
Opposition to the current administration's agenda is GROWING.
02/28/2009 - St. Louis riverfront draws rally against Obama stimulus plan
What can one individual do? A great deal. Get involved. Find organizers in your area, such as Campaign for Liberty, TruthAttack, and more. There are lots of groups that will welcome you to the cause of Liberty. If you can't find one, email me and I'll give you a list of groups to look for or establish in your area.
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