Time to Act ..

The Tenth Amendment Center, which I follow closely, has most of the answers to the tyrannical challenges to our Republic … it is the Federalist amendment to the Constitution, the tenth article, and probably the most mis-understood and most crucial Bill affecting our Republic in the “Bill of Rights”… “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This most recent article by the Center is just too timely not to share with those of you who are not aware of it … so here it is …

For years, the Tenth Amendment Center has drawn the ire of both the American right and left, but generally for different reasons. To the left, we were neo-Confederates trying to mask our desire to somehow reintroduce slavery and Jim Crow segregation by promoting nullification and state’s rights. We draw the ire of the right for challenging unconstitutional wars and the federal War on drugs.

While we have detractors from both sides of the political divide, the most vocal opposition almost always originates from whichever side hold federal power at the moment.

During the Bush years, we frustrated the right because we stood against unilateral executive war powers, the REAL ID Act, the so-called Patriot Act and more. During the Obama years, the left railed against us because we opposed Obamacare, Common Core, the IRS, the War on Drugs, police militarization, gun control, even the Supreme Court imposing its own definition of marriage on the states.

Now we’ve gone full circle.

Although presidents have changed, our position remains the same: “The Constitution. Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses.”

Meanwhile, the tunes sung by both political movements in the country have switched entirely. The right, once the advocate of decentralization, is now pushing for greater executive power. Meanwhile, the left has suddenly come to appreciate, perhaps begrudgingly, the role of nullification as the “rightful remedy” that people like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison offered to combat federal tyranny.

How ironic that people who for years seethed with contempt for the founding fathers and everything they stood for have suddenly developed an appreciation for the philosophy they fought, suffered, and even died to preserve!

Some have found this flip-flopping amusing, perhaps ironic. To them, it’s a game played between both sides. When one wins, they switch talking points and strategies. In years past, that might have been humorous. But I find no levity in the situation, or the prolonged, rampant hypocrisy.

It’s a game this country can no longer afford to play.

It has done indescribable damage to our political system, our government, and the Constitution. What’s more, it is not sustainable. Calls for defending the Constitution and limited government now fall on deaf ears because Americans who hear it and might have otherwise listened know that those who proclaim it are disingenuous and opportunistic. Adhering to the rule of law is now the trite punchline of an old joke.

The Constitution is not a political buffet. We don’t get to pick and choose which parts of it we will follow and what parts we will ignore because we don’t like them.

For it to have any real meaning or force, the whole document must be followed and its constraints acknowledged. To do otherwise is to make a mockery of the very concept of a written constitution. In doing so we regress to the days of the British Crown that only afforded a “living, breathing” constitution that had no definite meaning beyond the temporary moment

The time will soon be upon us when Americans of all political stripes must decide whether we are going to accept the Constitution as it is written or reject it entirely, because the pretense of federalism has at last come to an end.

If Americans refuse to do this; if they insist on violating it to impose their will on their fellow countrymen, then they invite the very question of why they live under the same government in the first place. We can no longer waver between freedom and tyranny. If we wish to be free, then fight for the freedom of all. If not, then do not be surprised when your opponents use the very same tyranny you would wield against them to subjugate you.

–TJ Martinell, TAC

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Things I Don’t Understand

Occasionally, I come across works by other people that pretty well tell it like it is. I found this on the internet written by a man I do not know, but thought that you might like it if I shared it with you.

Things That I Don’t Understand

by Joseph M. Valenzano

1. Rioters and protesters tore down the monuments to Francis Scott Key, author of the Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, and the statue of Father Junipero Serra, founder of the Spanish Missions in California. The monument to Christopher Columbus in NYC was defaced as was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The New York Museum of Natural History just decided to remove the statue of Teddy Roosevelt, which has stood at the entrance of the museum since 1940.  It seems that young revolutionaries want to rewrite our history, but how is that possible? You cannot erase history; you can only learn from it. George Santayana once wrote, “those who ignore the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it.” So, I am wondering, if we consciously try to erase history and rewrite it as we believe it should have been, how will we ever learn of the mistakes we made in the past so that they will not be made again? But here’s a thought: Why not get back to teaching history instead of advocacy in schools?

2. So, if a police officer shoots a criminal after being assaulted by that criminal, it is the cop’s fault, but if a criminal shoots someone, it’s the gun’s fault? Help me understand that, please. 

3. I have lived in America for all my 75 years. I am probably old-fashioned, but it has been my experience that police typically leave you alone if you are not doing illegal stuff. So here is another thought: How about teaching our kids to be responsible for their actions and respect police, adults, and senior citizens? This is a process that begins in the home. 

4. Does Black Lives Matter (BLM) include aborted black babies, murdered black police officers, black on black killings, or does BLM respond only when a white police officer kills a black man or woman? 

5. So, now the classic movie Gone with the Wind has been removed, and high school students no longer are asked to read the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain or To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.. They are banished from school curricula. That is sad and a significant loss from an educational perspective.  Does anyone remember Hattie McDaniel? She was the first black American actress to win an Oscar for her performance in – wait for it – Gone with the Wind. Is her name and performance now cast aside and gone forever because of the new revolutionaries telling us what we can and cannot read or see? 

6. Rest in Peace Aunt Jemimah (1893-2020) and Uncle Ben (1943-2020). Cause of death: Liberal Stupidity. Whatever happened to Common Sense? 

7. Why would President Barack Hussein Obama have a Presidential Library? What the hell would it contain? 

8. In the last four years, can you name any piece of legislation, any program that benefited America and Americans coming from the Democrats? What exactly have they done over the last four years? Come to think of it, Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for President and former VP under Barack Hussein Obama, is an enigma. He has been in government 51 years! What exactly has he done for America and Americans in all those years? What is his platform?

9. The Prophet Mohammed was a pedophile, murderer, and slave trader. Why are there no riots to burn down mosques? How about the Pyramids of Egypt? Slaves built them. Why are there no riots and efforts to destroy these? Ditto for The Great Wall of China. 

10. Maybe it’s just me, but if I have a problem with my faucets, drains, or showers, I call a plumber to help. If I have a question about taxes, I call my accountant. If I have a fever or upset stomach, I call my doctor. But if I want advice on politics or economics or international relations, I would not be inclined to call Lebron James or any other athlete. How about you?  

11. I read where Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was laughing, and high-fiving people for scamming the Trump Rally in Oklahoma and having teens and others register for advance tickets to it and not show up. Fascinating! But here’s a question: If these liberal democrats can do this, what will they do with mail-in voting?  

12. I find it ironic and a bit humorous that the very first thing the insurrectionist wanna-be tough guys who took over a six square block segment of Seattle did was – wait for it – build a wall! Why did they do that? (Don’t answer, I think I figured it out)  

13. I read earlier today that rioters in California tore down the statue of Ulysses S. Grant, former President and General, who defeated the Confederacy and wreaked havoc on the KKK in South Carolina. He was vehemently opposed to slavery.  Wonder what he did so wrong as to elicit the ire of the mob? Could it be that the mob was not so concerned about Blacks but more concerned about simply tearing down everything to do with America?  Makes you really wonder about just what BLM(black liberal morons) and Antifa( anti fatherhood) stand for, doesn’t it? And who the hell oversees these well-orchestrated riots?  You see, a mob has a leader, so who is the leader? George Soros? Barack Hussein Obama and OFA? Someone is calling the shots to undermine our way of life. I’d really like to know. Wouldn’t you? 

14. Sometimes I find myself wondering why we are so obsessed with trying to find intelligent life on other planets when we can’t seem to find intelligent life right here on Mother Earth? 

15. Someone needs to explain to me why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports 57,000 COVID-19 deaths, and the media reports over 120,000 deaths. Why the disparity? 

Equally, I would like to know the distinction between those who died from COVID-19 and those who died with COVID-19. 

Am I just not smart enough to understand these things? 

But here is what I do understand and for which I need no explanation:  Americans live in the greatest country on planet earth, and I have been all over this world so I can make that statement.

We the People have the most excellent medical care in the world.

We the People earned more Nobel Prizes than any nation earth by a factor of ten. 

We the People have pioneered the exploration of space and are innovators in technology. 

We the People have accumulated more wealth and prosperity than any other country on the globe and have the highest standard of living known to man. 

We the People have abolished slavery, prevailed in two World Wars, and saved Europe twice in the 20th century. Instead of reaping the spoils of war, we invested in rebuilding Europe and Japan in the aftermath of the devastation of WWII. And we did all of this in 244 years as compared to other nations whose histories go back millennia! 

America is a free country and, if you don’t like it here, you don’t need to destroy other people’s property and businesses to satisfy your primal, uncontrolled emotions, nor do you have to tear down our historical monuments. You can pack up and leave. 

I’m just guessing about this, but I bet if I looked carefully, I would not see any anchors on your ass keeping you here. 

A few days ago, we will be celebrated Independence Day, the Birthday of our Nation. It is a golden opportunity to put aside personal differences and salute the fact that we all wake up every day as free men and women thanks to those who paid the ultimate price for that privilege. 

Happy Birthday, America!

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Speed of Light ..

It’s  fairly common knowledge nowadays that the government has spent upwards of 7 trillion dollars in combating the latest terror to our society called the CoVID-19 corona virus.  In my last blog I suggested that this viral attack could have been overtly sent to this country as a biological warfare attack.  I reiterated the description of warfare that my ROTC professor gave to me and my classmates in his long ago lecture.  As a young student at the time, I couldn’t see how biological warfare would work, but I left out what the professor said in the rest of his lecture.  He made it clear that you would win a war if you could obliterate the enemy army in the field, or if you could nuke the civilian population off the map or make the war so ghastly with chemical or biological agents that the enemy would throw in the towel.  I don’t think that he discussed more subtle ways to defeat the enemy … but we are today being subjected, either overtly by a diabolical enemy or just accidently by a demonstration of subtle biological warfare.  This viral attack may have already and irretrievably brought the United States of America to its knees and defeated us economically without one bullet having been fired.  If the Chinese, our avowed enemy, did it intentionally it is genius; if not, it is a tremendous lesson to us if we survive … economically, that is.

I need not go into the ridiculousness of trying to point out that the virus is airborne and as such will come into contact with all of us, nor to point out that the best filter masks that I know of are of the HEPA variety.  These masks are much too porous to filter the tiny virus … if you cough the virus into your mask, the virus will pass right on through and therefore go right on through the handkerchief that your neighbor is wearing.  It is useless to point out that we don’t have data enough to accurately computer model the effects this disease or even to point out that it will be our own body’s antibodies or “herd” immunity that will ultimately be what protects  us.  But I can point out the clear and present danger of economic ruin.

I think the biggest problem about money, government spending and economics is that the general population cannot comprehend the enormity of the amount of money we are spending to combat this chimera.  A trillion dollars is a million million dollars.  That is $31,250 for every man, woman and child in America.  The national debt is now approaching 23 trillion dollars or $718,750 for each and every one of us.  We can state it but how can we quantify this enormous amount of money so that we can understand it?

A friend of mine, Scott, did a pretty good job of it the other day, I thought.  He said “Lee, what is the speed of light?”  Quickly, from my steel trap mind I replied, “186,000 miles per second,” adding,” it takes 8 minutes for light from the sun to reach us … a bullet fired at that speed would go around the Earth 7 times in a second.”  So then he said, “How far does light travel in a year?”  At that point  my steel trap mind went blank, but after some consultation with my handy dandy hand calculator, I found the answer … it is 5.87 trillion miles  This is a numerical result, a number, somewhat less than the 7 trillion that we are spending on the corona virus.  So, to quantify what we are spending on this problem, let’s look at it this way.

If we wanted to pay the bill for this virus in a year we would have to spend in excess of 186,000 dollars every second … that is for 31 million 536 thousand seconds.

Since at the beginning of this debacle the national debt was about 23 trillion, it is now approaching 30 trillion.  The government doesn’t tell us what the interest on the debt is (I suppose it is “variable”) or where or to whom it goes.  The Federal Reserve Bank has never been audited, but let’s just suppose it is 6%.  6% of 30 trillion dollars is 1.8 trillion dollars or about 40% of our national budget.  You may say that 6% is too high, but what ever the rate is, it is of no benefit to the American taxpayer. 

The other day I bought an ice cream cone for $3.00 dollars … the same as one I bought when I was a boy for 10 cents.   The purchasing power of our money has deflated to one thirtieth of what it was in the brief period of time from my boyhood to now.  60 years ago Zimbabwe, when it became a nation, adopted the Zimbabwe dollar as their national currency and it traded on the international currency markets at $0.60 American, but since then they have printed money without end … they have recently printed a 100 trillion dollar bill that was worth $0.40 in depreciated American dollars.  We are, in my estimation, like Weimar Germany in the 1920’s or Zimbabwe, speeding with a stuck accelerator toward a runaway inflation in this country that will rob all of us of the value of our assets, ostensibly to stop an unstoppable terror that only mother nature can and will stop.  No Social Security, No retirement, No value in property …  Why? Hysterical terror! 

Maybe, because we are coupled with our clueless and profligate Congress, we may have already lost this war to a virus!  One thing for sure … we can’t pay the national debt, it is too large and if we try to pay the interest, we will have to borrow more money to do it … an economic “death spiral.”  It seems to me that to try would just harm us more.  Such is the specter of biological warfare … terrorizing the enemy into committing suicide.  As the comic strip character of long ago, Pogo, said, “we have met the enemy and it is us!”

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