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Archive for 16 June 2012
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I spent a couple of hours doing some reading, and actual writing, for a post this morning. It was turning out pretty good considering I haven’t actually been in the mood to do a whole lot of in depth snooping, and commenting. Then the storm hit. sigh… So, when it rains…I mean REALLY rains, around here, the internet goes….POOF! And stays POOF for several hours. Well, naturally, I occupied myself with other things for a while, and when it came back on, I just wasn’t in the same frame of mind. So, I didn’t finish it. Who knows… maybe tomorrow, I’ll get back in that frame of mind to finish. Then again, maybe not.
While trying to clean out some out of date drafts in my behind the scenes blog stuff, I came across this post, dated 16 June. Why I never hit publish, I have NO clue, but considering the circumstances at the time, I suppose it’s understandable. So, I’m going to hit publish now. If a few things are out of date, so be it. We’re still screwed either way if we continue on the path that we’re being dragged.
I’m fairly sure that most thinking people have noticed we no longer have a Constitutional Republic. They haven’t exactly completely done away with the Constitution, but what’s the point of having one, if those who are sworn to uphold it are constantly violating that oath? We might as well just go ahead and say it….our elected officials are following the tenets of Karl Marx. We have a president who rules by executive order, ignoring the will of the people. We have a Congress that passes bill after bill, that go no where, because we have a Senate led by the most incompetent boob known to man, who won’t allow any bills put forth by the House controlled by the ‘opposing party’.
1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose.
Through the actions of the EPA, the Department of Land Management, and other unelected bureaucrats, we have pretty much lost the freedom to do what we wish with land we have bought and paid for with our hard earned money. A prime example would be the town of Tombstone, Arizona. After a devastating fire, torrential rain, and mud slides, they needed to repair the town’s municipal water supply. You know, that water that comes out of your tap when you turn a knob, or when you flush the toilet. Obama’s EPA has decided the town has to apply for a federal permit to make the necessary repairs. Seriously? Don’t the towns people pay the bills for this service….to the city? Why would an unelected federal bureaucracy have any say in the matter? In direct violation of the 10th Amendment, the EPA has decided they have control over who does what, where. Now they have decided if water runs through a ditch on your land, they own it. If it rains real hard, and you have water running through a gully, it is under their jurisdiction, and they have the right to prevent you from stopping the gully washer. I guess that means we can’t find a way to stop the flood that gathers in our front yard every time it rains, that has managed to kill the grass. If it rains, and creates what looks like a swamp, you don’t have the right to drain it, or prevent future flooding. Nowhere in the CWA does it state that the feds can confiscate, or regulate, what a person does with their own land to prevent erosion, or flooding. I’m sorry, but I can’t see my brother in law captaining a barge through our front yard.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Have you read the tax laws? As of 2010, there were 71,684. The people who write this garbage don’t even understand it, yet we, as lay people, are suppose to follow their ‘rules’? If my memory serves, the previous Revenue Act of 1861 was a temporary measure to fund the War of Northern Aggression. The 16th Amendment was shoved down the throats of the American people, and here we are, 99 years later, with an ever increasing burden on We, The People, in direct violation of several sections of Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. If you can think of something the government does NOT tax, please let me know, because wracking my brain trying to think of something, ANYTHING, that doesn’t have a tax attached to it, in some way, shape, or form, has caused a raging headache. Yes, they even tax the air we breath. Oh, they call it a fee, or a fine, or some such thing, applied to companies, which support another unelected federal bureaucracy, but it’s still a tax, no matter what they call it.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
It’s called the ‘death tax’. Evidently, the government doesn’t take into consideration that a family farm (or any family run business, for that matter) may have large assets on paper, but in reality, this is equipment, etc., that is used in production of the food we eat. No liberals, food does not just appear out of nowhere on your grocery store shelves. When the farmer dies, the family is taxed for him/her dying. Wait a minute, didn’t said farmer already pay taxes on his property, including the equipment he used to grow said crop, or animals? Isn’t this double taxation, and isn’t that unconstitutional? The family farm has become endangered BECAUSE of the ‘death tax’. The family has to sell off the assets, equipment, land, etc., to pay taxes just because the farmer had the audacity to up and die. Families aren’t allowed to pass on their gains from their hard work to their children. The government evidently believes it is entitled to the proceeds of someone else’s hard work.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
Do you have the audacity to oppose the actions of the federal government? Be prepared to forfeit any property you may have. Shoot, even if you are a major Obama supporter, but say something he, or his minions don’t like, there’s a chance you’d get your property stolen. Hey….they’re planning on stealing more of your income starting January 1, 2013, so what difference does it make if they take your home, your car, or anything else you paid LEGALLY earned money to acquire. Recent actions by the DoJ is a glaring example of just how corrupt, and anti Constitutional the government has become, especially under the Obama administration. In direct violation of the 4th Amendment, and probably some of the 5th Amendment, the Holder Department of ‘Justice’, no doubt, at the direction of the current resident in the White, has confiscated somewhere in the vicinity of 2.5 BILLION dollars worth of private property. The innocent have suffered at the hands of this regime, not just the guilty. If the guilty suffer, I don’t give a flip. Unless the way it was gone about was unconstitutional. THEN, I DO give a flip….many flips!
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
The Federal Reserve has nothing to do with the federal government, yet it is a dot gov. It is privately owned by privately owned banks. The voting majority of the board is appointed by the POTUS. Why it has the power to regulate interest rates, etc., is beyond me. In Article 1, Section 8 it states: “To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;…“ I don’t see anything in the Constitution that gives authority to a group of private bankers to regulate diddly. I am far from an expert on the Fed, but from what I’ve read, and my small understanding, we have got an entity that is owned by private banks, that regulates, and basically OWNS the U.S. Treasury. How is this not a ‘national bank’, that has a monopoly?
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state.
Think the Federal Communications Commission, whose purpose is to issue licenses for radio and/or television stations. Preventing the overlap of stations is a good thing, which on occasion, they have failed miserably. That ‘bleeding over’ is one of the more annoying things when you are traveling, trying to find a decent station on your vehicle’s radio. Giving unelected officials the authority to issue a license for your radio station if you don’t happen to agree with their agenda is a very dangerous power, and should NEVER have been given to a ‘central government’. The beloved Transportation Security Authority has made travel for everyone a total nightmare, but hey…they’re keeping us all safe, right? I mean, after all, when a 5 year old is groped by TSA agents, don’t you feel safer? Never mind those who actually WANT to blow up planes (aka Muslims) and murder innocent men, women, and children. When airports HAVE to apply to the inefficient federal agency to get rid of the inefficient federal agency so they can hire a private security firm, that is typically 100% MORE efficient, there is something really out of whack!
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
Two words…. General Motors! Then there is the numerous executive orders, including the one signed in March by the U.S.’s head Marxist, giving the POTUS the authority to take over any, or all, resources, in the the name of ‘national security’. Authority for this total takeover of all national resources is granted with nothing more than the writing of a single statement that claims these actions are necessary to “promote the national defense.” Uh…yeah….right.
8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of Industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
It doesn’t look like it, with all the millions of people out of work, but with so many dependent on the government for their sustenance, there is an ‘army’ being created. An army of those who don’t want their ‘free ride’ to end, and will likely do whatever it takes to stay dependent. And while you’re at it, read Sec 5210 (page 496) of that fiasco called ObamaCare.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
Take a gander at the U.S. Department of Labor website. Under Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is an Occupational Outlook Handbook – Urban and Regional Planners.
Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land. They use planning to create communities, accommodate growth, or revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
Interesting. Shouldn’t the people who actually LIVE in such areas plan what goes where? What about the people who actually OWN the land? Those who worked hard, made a decision, bought land, paid the bills, and all the taxes required….isn’t it up to them what will be done with their land? Not according to the numerous federal bureaucracies.
10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.
Where to start!?! Ok, I have no problem that the ‘children’s factories’ were abolished. Kids should be kids, not worker bees. Considering the times back then, it was understandable why so many children went to work in factories. It was called ‘feeding the family’. Mom, dad, brothers and sisters were all needed to contribute so the family could have a roof over their heads, and food on the table. They didn’t live well, or long, for that matter. I don’t think many of us today could have survived in such conditions. The words ‘spoiled rotten’ come to mind.
Now, the ‘free education’, which isn’t free, has become what was intended….indoctrination centers. Glossing over true history, preaching fabrications like ‘global warming’, the theory of evolution, etc., as fact, and why the blazes can’t these kids read, write legibly, add, subtract, multiply and divide without a machine? Why aren’t they able to actually think? Why is rational thought, being able to work out a problem in their own heads, no longer required? Kids parrot what their teachers tell them, and seem incapable of disputing the ‘facts’.