"Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death": The Loss Of Our Freedoms In The Wake Of 9/11

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Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.” ? Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and acclimated to life in the American Surveillance State.

The bogeyman’s names and faces change over time, but the end result remains the same: our unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security has transitioned us to life in a society where government agents routinely practice violence on the citizens while, in conjunction with the Corporate State, spying on the most intimate details of our personal lives.

Ironically, the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks occurs just days before the 228th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there is virtually nothing to celebrate.

The Constitution has been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded to such an extent that what we are left with today is but a shadow of the robust document adopted more than two centuries ago. Most of the damage has been inflicted upon the Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the Constitution—which has historically served as the bulwark from government abuse.

Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, overcriminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, roving VIPR raids and the like—all sanctioned by a corrupt government run by Congress, the White House and the courts—a recitation of the Bill of Rights now sounds more like a eulogy to freedoms lost than an affirmation of rights we should possess.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the Constitution has been on life support for some time now and all efforts at resuscitating it may soon prove futile.

We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document. However, the reality we must come to terms with is that in the America we live in today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned, and “we the people” are seen as little more than cattle to be branded and eventually led to the slaughterhouse.

Consider the state of our freedoms, and judge for yourself whether Osama Bin Laden was right when he warned that “freedom and human rights in America are doomed,” and that the “U.S. government will lead the American people in — and the West in general — into an unbearable hell and a choking life.”

Here is what it means to live under the Constitution today.

The First Amendment is supposed to protect the freedom to speak your mind, assemble and protest nonviolently without being bridled by the government. It also protects the freedom of the media, as well as the right to worship and pray without interference. In other words, Americans should not be silenced by the government. To the founders, all of America was a free speech zone.

 

Yet despite the clear protections found in the First Amendment, the freedoms described therein are under constant assault. Increasingly, Americans are being arrested and charged with bogus “contempt of cop” charges such as “disrupting the peace” or “resisting arrest” for daring to film police officers engaged in harassment or abusive practices. Journalists are being prosecuted for reporting on whistleblowers. States are passing legislation to muzzle reporting on cruel and abusive corporate practices. Religious ministries are being fined for attempting to feed and house the homeless. Protesters are being tear-gassed, beaten, arrested and forced into “free speech zones.” And under the guise of “government speech,” the courts have reasoned that the government can discriminate freely against any First Amendment activity that takes place within a government forum.

 

The Second Amendment was intended to guarantee “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Yet while gun ownership has been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court as an individual citizen right, Americans remain powerless to defend themselves against SWAT team raids and government agents armed to the teeth with military weapons better suited for the battlefield than for a country founded on freedom. Police shootings of unarmed citizens continue to outrage communities, while little is really being done to demilitarize law enforcement agencies. Indeed, just recently, North Dakota became the first state to legalize law enforcement use of drones armed with weapons such as tear gas, rubber bullets, beanbags, pepper spray and Tasers.

 

The Third Amendment reinforces the principle that civilian-elected officials are superior to the military by prohibiting the military from entering any citizen’s home without “the consent of the owner.” With the police increasingly training like the military, acting like the military, and posing as military forces—complete with military weapons, assault vehicles, etc.—it is clear that we now have what the founders feared most—a standing army on American soil. Moreover, as a result of SWAT team raids (more than 80,000 a year) where police invade homes, often without warrants, and injure and even kill unarmed citizens, the barrier between public and private property has been done away with, leaving us with armed government agents who act as if they own our property.

 

The Fourth Amendment prohibits the government from conducting surveillance on you or touching you or invading you, unless they have some evidence that you’re up to something criminal. In other words, the Fourth Amendment ensures privacy and bodily integrity. Unfortunately, the Fourth Amendment has suffered the greatest damage in recent years and been all but eviscerated by an unwarranted expansion of police powers that include strip searches and even anal and vaginal searches of citizens, surveillance and intrusions justified in the name of fighting terrorism, as well as the outsourcing of otherwise illegal activities to private contractors. Case in point: Texas police forced a 21-year-old woman to undergo a warrantless vaginal search by the side of the road after she allegedly “rolled” through a stop sign.

 

The use of civil asset forfeiture schemes to swell the coffers of police forces has also continued to grow in popularity among cash-strapped states. The federal government continues to strong-arm corporations into providing it with access to Americans’ private affairs, from emails and online transactions to banking and web surfing. Coming in the wake of massive leaks about the inner workings of the NSA and the massive secretive surveillance state, it was revealed that the government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 every day for failing to comply with the NSA’s mass data collection program known as PRISM. Meanwhile, AT&T has enjoyed a profitable and “extraordinary, decades-long” relationship with the NSA.

 

The technological future appears to pose even greater threats to what’s left of our Fourth Amendment rights, with advances in biometric identification and microchip implants on the horizon making it that much easier for the government to track not only our movements and cyber activities but our very cellular beings. Barclays has already begun using a finger-scanner as a form of two-step authentication to give select customers access to their accounts. Similarly, Motorola has been developing thin “digital tattoos” that will ensure that a phone’s owner is the only person who may unlock it. Not to be overlooked are the aerial spies—surveillance drones—about to take to the skies in coming years, as well as the Drive Smart programs that will spy on you (your speed, movements, passengers, etc.) while you travel the nation’s highways and byways.

 

The Fifth Amendment and the Sixth Amendment work in tandem. These amendments supposedly ensure that you are innocent until proven guilty, and government authorities cannot deprive you of your life, your liberty or your property without the right to an attorney and a fair trial before a civilian judge. However, in the new suspect society in which we live, where surveillance is the norm, these fundamental principles have been upended. Certainly, if the government can arbitrarily freeze, seize or lay claim to your property (money, land or possessions) under government asset forfeiture schemes, you have no true rights. That’s the crux of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the government’s use of asset forfeiture to strip American citizens of the funds needed to hire a defense attorney of their choosing.

 

The Seventh Amendment guarantees citizens the right to a jury trial. However, when the populace has no idea of what’s in the Constitution—civic education has virtually disappeared from most school curriculums—that inevitably translates to an ignorant jury incapable of distinguishing justice and the law from their own preconceived notions and fears. However, as a growing number of citizens are coming to realize, the power of the jury to nullify the government’s actions—and thereby help balance the scales of justice—is not to be underestimated. Jury nullification reminds the government that it’s “we the people” who can and should be determining what laws are just, what activities are criminal and who can be jailed for what crimes.

 

The Eighth Amendment is similar to the Sixth in that it is supposed to protect the rights of the accused and forbid the use of cruel and unusual punishment. However, the Supreme Court’s determination that what constitutes “cruel and unusual” should be dependent on the “evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society” leaves us with little protection in the face of a society lacking in morals altogether. For example, a California appeals court is being asked to consider “whether years of unpredictable delays from conviction to execution” constitute cruel and unusual punishment. For instance, although 900 individuals have been sentenced to death in California since 1978, only 13 have been executed. As CBS News reports, “More prisoners have died of natural causes on death row than have perished in the death chamber.”

 

The Ninth Amendment provides that other rights not enumerated in the Constitution are nonetheless retained by the people. Popular sovereignty—the belief that the power to govern flows upward from the people rather than downward from the rulers—is clearly evident in this amendment. However, it has since been turned on its head by a centralized federal government that sees itself as supreme and which continues to pass more and more laws that restrict our freedoms under the pretext that it has an “important government interest” in doing so. Thus, once the government began violating the non-enumerated rights granted in the Ninth Amendment, it was only a matter of time before it began to trample the enumerated rights of the people, as explicitly spelled out in the rest of the Bill of Rights.

 

As for the Tenth Amendment’s reminder that the people and the states retain every authority that is not otherwise mentioned in the Constitution, that assurance of a system of government in which power is divided among local, state and national entities has long since been rendered moot by the centralized Washington, DC, power elite—the president, Congress and the courts. Indeed, the federal governmental bureaucracy has grown so large that it has made local and state legislatures relatively irrelevant. Through its many agencies and regulations, the federal government has stripped states of the right to regulate countless issues that were originally governed at the local level.

If there is any sense to be made from this recitation of freedoms lost, it is simply this: our individual freedoms have been eviscerated so that the government’s powers could be expanded, while reducing us to a system of slavery disguised as a democracy.

The film V for Vendetta is a powerful commentary on how totalitarian governments such as our own exploit fear and use mass surveillance, censorship, terrorism, and militarized tactics to control, oppress and enslave.

As the lead character V observes:

Where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.

How will you have it? Will you simply comply while the train heads down the track to a modern-day Auschwitz? Or will you become a free person and resist? To quote Patrick Henry, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! — I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

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OC Sure's picture

Article V or continue to boil like frogs. 

38BWD22's picture

 

 

In many, maybe most, these are the scariest time for our Republic.

RAMPANT abuse of the Constitution as the author details, I cannot remember a time when so many of the Bills of Rights were violated in such a wholescale manner.

Gun up, get money out of the banks (at least some!), get gold, lower your profile (or be prepared to fight or flee).

 

EDIT:

The jury who decided to let OJ off was essentially a jury nullification.  Maybe THAT will turn out to be good after all.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Osama Bin a Laden won. We are going to self destruct because we are now afraid of every boogeyman.

cougar_w's picture

I think that was the point, and all terrorism has that goal. It is political jiu-jitsu. When done properly no civilized people can over-come such an attack.

Ignatius's picture

"Americans are free to say what they think, but they do not think what they dare not say."

9/11-anthrax is/was a colasal fraud and the root of the current 'war on terror', which means that the root of our current operating narrative is a false sacred myth, courtesy of the neocons.

Whitehead dares not say this so we say it for him.

Occams_Razor_Trader's picture

Whoa- hold on, next you'll tell me that the bird flu and the Ebola crisis were just another "false", made up scare tactic? Fear is probably more profitable than exurberance.

Gene Watson's picture

The secret police get more money and more power for every enemy they make.  They more problems they can manufacture, the more money and the more power they get.  They have every incentive you get think of to make many enemies and to make many problems.

The USA was also founded on an effective set of checks and balances on everyone working for the government. That ended with each new secret police agency created.  There were few checks and balances on the secret police in the 1900's, now there are none. The endless wars need to end. The secret police state USSA needs to end too. We want peace. We want our democracy and our freedom back too. 

For investors, what good are billions of dollars if you cannot have freedom.  Who wants to live in a country where the secret police can take your money, your things, they can take you and yours and torture you and yours in any way they want to torture you and yours Guantanamo style and then kill you and your family - who wants to live in a country like that, like the USA.

Money Boo Boo's picture

you ALL miss the point! Bin Laden was a straw man used for effect, not the other way around

MrBoompi's picture

We created Al Qaeda to do our bidding in covert actions wherever needed, like ISIS today.  The people who created AQ won.  The secret government operates outside the rule of law, but that won't stop them from attemtping to "legalize" what they have been doing in secret.  The losers we elect can do little to nothing about the world's power structure.  They are only the public face of what's being done in the dark.

doctor10's picture

The freedoms stolen will prevent every banker everywhere in the world from ever seeing a dime of their money back

Those freedoms were the foundation of American world dominance in the 20th century. They permitted the generation of untold wealth as never before seen on this rock. Those product of those freedoms fooled mizerly banksters into thinking that a human body without those pesky, stupid freedoms could be as productive-forgetting the centuries of night that preceded the light of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

The control freaks in their desperation at the sign of the towers collapse have squeezed so hard in their adolescent foolishness they have literally wrung the living life from the golden American Geese

rubiconsolutions's picture

Take the words of the constitution and put them in a word processor. Highlight the words dedicated to what government can do. Now do a count of those words. What you will find is that 95% of the words in the constitution are devoted to what government can do and a mere 5% devoted to the rights of the individual. The constitution was never designed to protect individual, natural rights. It was written to centralize government power. Just the combination of article 1, section 8 and the 16th amendment alone is a recipe for absolute tyranny. You can be taxed at a rate of 99% of the fruits of your labor and that would be "constitutional". It's a useless screed.

Cloud9.5's picture

That is why the Anti Federalists insisted on a Bill of Rights as a condition for their supporting the Constitution.   Without that support, the Constitution would never have been ratified.  The Anti Federalists have been routed by the perpetual state of war in which we find ourselves.  The social contract has been shredded.  We now live in a post Constitutional era governed by the dictates of unseen agencies and power brokers.

 

From the Whisky Rebellion to the present time there has been a relentless, never ending effort on the part of the Federalist to concentrate all power in the hands of the central government.  It is a fool’s errand for two reasons:  First off, anal retentive central planners operate under the misconception that they can first understand and then control what is essentially organic and self-organizing.  This natural process is both unfathomable and uncontrollable.

 

Any large scale effort to micromanage a system as large and complex as ours will simply result in paralysis and collapse.  The Soviet Union collapsed the moment the socialist dream was realized.  In the end, the workers pretended to work and the system pretended to reward them.  As a consequence of all this pretense,  reality took another turn and the entire nation state ground to a halt.

 

Second, pay attention to what is actually happening to oil.  The North Sea will be shutting down large sections of production in the coming months.  Stripper well producers are beginning to plug holes because production is no longer economically viable.  Artic drilling is put on hold.  The trend is unmistakable.  The contraction is well under way.  The levels of complexity imagined by central planners are not possible in a declining energy environment.

 

Collapsing states have put massive waves of migrants in motion.  Tribalism is once again raising its head.  Trump is proof of that.  Devolution is underway.  Our complexity has exceeded the energy available to run it. We are all going local.  As a result, states and localities will assert themselves in defiance to the mandates of central planners. Those areas with local energy and food security are going to become more and more reluctant to bow to the demands of central planners.

 

A bankrupt federal government, bankrupt states and bankrupt municipalities have nothing to sustain them but the mouse clicks of the Federal Reserve.  The debasement of the currency has been underway for more than a hundred years.  Hyper printing is the only way a debauched, debased, and bankrupt system can keep the lights on.  The inevitable consequence of this fraud is a collapsed currency.

 

 

The day the money dies is the day that pensions implode, the entitlements collapse, and the federal checks bounce.  On that day, the Federalist’s dream of total control will evaporate.

Oscar Mayer's picture

"No State, Without Its Consent"

Restoring the Republic.

The 17th amendment supposedly amends Article 1 Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, it does not amend Article 5, which prohibits taking the state's right to equal suffrage in the senate via amendment and without the state's expressed consent. As per Article 5, each individual state, all 50 of them, must consent to the 17th, and if only one state withdraws its consent, the 17th is automatically voided.

" ~ that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate." It doesn't say, unless *three fourths of the other states decide otherwise. No State, Without Its Consent.

The 17th was unconstitutional from its inception, Alabama; Florida; Georgia (refused to vote on it); Kentucky; Maryland; Mississippi; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Virginia; Utah (explicitly rejected amendment);. Did not consent.

The 17th is basically, a nonbinding agreement that is held in place by the rule of custom and ignorance.

Being unlawful to begin with, the 17th does not need to go through the repeal process, all the states' have to do is withdraw their consent to it, as per Article 5, and seat their selection of Senators.

IF the states' legislators were to do this, it would effectively end the 100+ year rule of progressive (statist socialist) democracy and restore the Republic. It would also decimate the DNC/RNC national party apparatus and cut the corporate bribery funneled through campaign funding by half, leaving the remaining half ineffectual. It would force people who divide themselves along party lines to seek common ground and common goals to counter state's ambitions in congress. And of course, it would toss the biggest monkey wrench into the gears of the Neoliberal/Neocon's nation destroying, empire building machinations.

Over time, the people would withdraw their attention from the newly established Federal and focus upon the politics of local and state import, and states will regain their individual, independent personalities, establishing laws that work towards their own population's ends independent of other states and of Federal interference. We would, once again, become a nation of states, distinct.

States' reputation of the unconstitutional 17th represents the fulcrum, the point at which the ever expanding centralized fascist police state can be overturned. All that needs to be done is to convince the states' legislators (the lever) that it is in their best interests to do it. They stick that one constitution based step into D.C., and we'll rush them with more constitution based reforms.

If nothing else, we'll find out which side of the totalitarian fence they stand on.

The only thing I would suggest to the states' legislators when they write the enabling law, is that they stipulate that the selectee must be native born to their state and have served for a minimum of six years in elected public service within the state.

jughead's picture

The boiling frogs are the useful idiots who think Article V is a solution.  Riddle me this...why would a reasonable person expect the government to adhere to a new Constitutional Amendment...or even a new Constitution...when they routinely selectively ignore the existing Constitution and its amendments?  Doing the same thing and expecting a different result THIS TIME is crazy, ya know. 

Article V is of no use until we can somehow enforce the Constitution we already have.  

Tallest Skil's picture

Plant the seed in our homeland, boys. Let it grow where all can see.
Feed it with our devotion, boys. Call it the Liberty Tree.

It’s a tall old Tree
And a strong old Tree
And we are the Sons
Yes, we are the Sons
The Sons of Liberty.

Save it from the storm, boys. Water down its roots with tea.
And the sun will always shine on the ole’ Liberty Tree.

(Chorus)

March along with the piper, boys. We were born forever free.
Let’s go pay the piper, boys, beneath the Liberty Tree.

(Chorus)

Pay the price they’re asking, boys. Always pay the tyrant’s fee.
Never give up the struggle, boys. Fight for the Liberty Tree.

(Chorus)

Stand for the rights of man, boys. Stand against all tyranny.
Hang the lamps of freedom, boys, high on the Liberty Tree.

(Chorus)

N’ it will grow as we grow, boys. It will be as strong as we.
We must cling to our faith, boys- faith in the Liberty Tree.

(Chorus)

FreedomGuy's picture

Without liberty there is actually little point to life.

McMolotov's picture

"Give me liberty or give me... hey, is that Kim K's ass on the teevee?!? Wait, what was I saying? Could you pass the Cheetos?"

Patrick Henry, 2015

TahoeBilly2012's picture

You could fit the entire Constitution on Kim's ass in a size 10 font.

roddy6667's picture

Give me Librium or give me meth.

Stares straight ahead's picture

Give me labium or give me sex.

Slomotrainwreck's picture

We don't need no stinkin' Amendments. We don't need a coercive monopoly run by psychopaths.

I said it before and I'll say it again, as long as I am free to do so -

https://mises.org/library/market-liberty

http://freekeene.com/2007/12/26/free-audiobook-the-market-for-liberty/

 

"The most interesting political questions throughout history have been whether or not humans will be ruled or free, whether they will be responsible for their actions as individuals or left irresponsible as members of society, and whether they can live in peace by volitional agreements alone.

The fundamental question of politics has always been whether there should be politics.

Morris and Linda Tannehill, in this book, which has become something of a classic even while being (until now) out of print, answer that politics is not necessary, that the ancient and ongoing contrivance of the marketplace can be substituted for it with ennobling results."

OC Sure's picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Without liberty there is actually little point to life."


"Man is free, we say, who lives for his own sake and not for another's." - First Philosophy ( Metaphysics)

 

"Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim... Happiness then is the best, noblest, and most pleasant thing....but to us it is clear from what has been said that happiness is among the things that are prized and complete. It seems  to be also from the fact that it is a first principle; for it is for the sake of this that we all do everything else, and the first principle and cause of goods is, we claim, something prized and divine." - Nicomachean Ethics

 

"...And in fact the conclusion at which we arrive respecting all these forms rests upon the same grounds. For if what was said in the Ethics is true, that the happy life is the life according to virtue lived without impediment, and that virtue is a mean, then the life which is in a mean, and in a mean attainable by every one, must be the best." - Politics

 

~ Life, Liberty, and the Wisdom of Aristotle. 

 

I need Another Beer's picture
1. In my many years I have come to a
    conclusion that one useless man
    is a shame, two is a law firm,     and three or more is a congress.     -- John Adams   2. If you don't read the newspaper     you are uninformed, if you do     read the newspaper you are     misinformed. -- Mark Twain   3. Suppose you were an idiot. And     suppose you were a member of     Congress. But then I repeat     myself. -- Mark Twain   4. I contend that for a nation to try to     tax itself into prosperity is like a     man standing in a bucket and     trying to lift himself up by the     handle. --Winston Churchill   5. A government which robs Peter to     pay Paul can always depend on     the support of Paul. -- George     Bernard Shaw   6. A liberal is someone who feels a     great debt to his fellow man,     which debt he proposes to pay off     with your money. -- G. Gordon     Liddy   7. Democracy must be something     more than two wolves and a sheep     voting on what to have for     dinner. --James BovardCivil     Libertarian (1994)   8. Foreign aid might be defined as a     transfer of money from poor     people in rich countries to rich     people in poor countries.     -- Douglas Case,     Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University .   9. Giving money and power to     government is like giving whiskey     and car keys to teenage boys.     -- P.J. O'RourkeCivil Libertarian   10. Government is the great fiction,       through which everybody       endeavors to live at the expense       of everybody else. -- Frederic       BastiatFrench economist(1801-1850)   11. Government's view of the       economy could be summed up       in a few short phrases: If it       moves, tax it.  If it keeps       moving, regulate it. And if it       stops moving, subsidize it.       --Ronald Reagan (1986)   12. I don't make jokes. I just watch       the government and report the       facts. -- Will Rogers   13. If you think health care is       expensive now, wait until you       see what it costs when it's free!       -- P. J. O'Rourke   14. In general, the art of government       consists of taking as much       money as possible from one       party of the citizens to give to       the other. --Voltaire (1764)   15. Just because you do not take an       interest in politics doesn't mean       politics won't take an interest       in you! -- Pericles (430 B.C.)   16. No man's life, liberty, or       property is safe while the       legislature is in session.       -- Mark Twain (1866)   17. Talk is cheap, except when       Congress does it. -- Anonymous   18. The government is like a baby's       alimentary canal, with a happy       appetite at one end and no       responsibility at the other.       -- Ronald Reagan   19. The inherent vice of capitalism is       the unequal sharing of the       blessings. The inherent blessing       of socialism is the equal sharing       of misery. -- Winston Churchill   20. The only difference between a       tax man and a taxidermist is that       the taxidermist leaves the skin.       -- Mark Twain   21. The ultimate result of shielding       men from the effects of folly is       to fill the world with fools.       -- Herbert Spencer, English
            Philosopher (1820-1903)
  22. There is no distinctly Native       American criminal class, save       Congress. -- Mark Twain   23. What this country needs are       more unemployed politicians       --Edward Langley,
            Artist (1928-1995)
  24. A government big enough to give       you everything you want, is       strong enough to take everything       you have.  -- Thomas Jefferson   25. We hang the petty thieves and       appoint the great ones to public      office. -- Aesop   FIVE BEST SENTENCES   1. You cannot legislate the poor into     prosperity, by legislating the     wealthy out of prosperity.   2. What one person receives without     working for, another person must     work for without receiving.   3. The government cannot give to     anybody anything that the     government does not first take     from somebody else.   4. You cannot multiply wealth by     dividing it.   5. When half of the people get the     idea that they do not have to     work, because the other half is     going to take care of them, and     when the other half gets the idea     that it does no good to work     because somebody else is going to     get what they work for, that is the     beginning of the end of any nation!  
Cabreado's picture

You have a fairly small collection of stressors in play...

A critical mass of the Self-Absorbed -- the Narcissist and Sociopath -- in places of influence and control.
On their own, unchecked, they will eventually destroy any organization up to and including a soveriegn nation.

A critical mass of enablers -- the sycophant, the ignorant, the low-in-emotional-intelligence, the met-expectations crowd.

The globalists -- the extreme.

So then,
this is why Law came into play...
and Principle became the basis for this Law...

and this is how petty ignorance of Law and Principle guarantees failure of the soveriegn organization, no matter its kind or purpose.

Good luck, all...

alternatively, wake up, swallow pride, jack up the humility, and insist on Principle and Law.

mastersnark's picture

Your obedience to DC is the result of your conditioning. It's rule over you ends when you decide it ends.

cougar_w's picture

I'm sorry to disagree, but no, that's not when it ends. It ends when they can no longer reach you and not before.

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Mostly Harmless (not verified) cougar_w Sep 9, 2015 6:54 AM

You are both right.  When the masses rise up and say "ENOUGH!" and dismantle the corrupt "government", then we will have the opportunity to truly live...or enslave ourselves all over again.

rrrr's picture

You're right. It's a matter of the public making things work the way they want them to.

cougar_w's picture

Brave words. But I don't think it's the same now as it was fighting the British. Modern warfare, media control and the surveillance State have changed everything.

No I think it must all burn first. We can start over from the ashes. This is why I sadly must welcome the end of free energy fossil fuels and the coming financial ruin. 50 years of rolling destruction and perhaps we will have forgotten all this.

khnum's picture

Yes you have the best toys in the world to offset that you have 7 years of Obama purges and appointments 

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Mostly Harmless (not verified) Sep 8, 2015 11:02 PM

Read No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority, by Lysander Spooner.  Then we'll talk about this CONstitution of yours.

piceridu's picture

Wouldn't it have been grand if we could have read that book in school...I know, just a pipe dream.

Mostly Harmless's picture
Mostly Harmless (not verified) piceridu Sep 9, 2015 6:33 AM

Yea, but school wasn't about education - it was about indoctrination.  I didn't receive a real education until after I left traditional schools.

I've gone back and read some of the comments on this article and have to shake my head.  So many have yet to take the "Red Pill" and realize that the CONstitution, Law, etc. - that it was all a sham.  Hell, I bet most have never gone to D.C. to view the original Constitution and have no idea that a very critical word in law (for) was changed to "of" in 1871.

There is so much more evidence that we really do exist in a "Matrix" like prison, and yet these "Patriots" just go on prattling about their "rights" and have no idea that they have no rights; that the CONstitution does not apply to them as they are not parties to the contract (SCOTUS: Barron v. Baltimore).  

I hesitate to give out this info, as you will never look at your life, or really much of anything, the same way again.

To those who think they can handle knowing the truth, pull out your BIRTH CERTIFICATE (Not the statement of Live Birth) and look around the borders.  You'll notice that it says in very small print "USA BANK".  Once you realize and piece together exactly what you really are - your life will never be the same.

Porous Horace's picture

"...the Constitution has been on life support for some time now and all efforts at resuscitating it may soon prove futile."

Actually, the Constitution was taken off life support and allowed to die after 9/11. It had been on life support since the progressives took over both parties after the Repubs' humiliating defeat in the 1934 mid-term elections.

honestann's picture

Yet another phrase that got royally screwed up somewhere during translation or conveyance.

The correct phrase is:

Give me liberty and give them death.

There, fixed it for you.

Almost as bad as "in god we trust" instead of the appropriate...

In gold we trust.

Someone should make a book of major screwed-up sayings.

Or at least a PDF.

SSRI Junkie's picture

 a few people didn't enjoy your sardonic humor...i did

bunnyswanson's picture

"Got money.  Am Outta Here!"  isn't a strong position to be in when judging men who devoted their lives to give us a life worth living.  Flee if you will, but it will be called running scared whether you like it or not. 

honestann's picture

I have no idea which men you imagine "gave" me a life worth living.  But somehow I doubt that whoever you claim did this gave a damn about you or me.  In fact, whoever you mean probably screwed-up my life somehow, as well as the lives of billions of others humans too.

The fact is, I give myself and my own life meaning and take actions that make my life worth living.  Nobody else does that for me, or ever has done that for me that I know of.  Most everyone I've ever met wants me to follow their ideas of how I should live, not enjoy my own life, or even figure out what I "enjoy" in the first place.

I moved to a place that I love more than any other place I've ever lived.  If you want to call that "to flee", go right ahead.  If you want to call me a yellow-bellied chicken who was running scared, go right ahead.

Am I really supposed to care AT ALL what anyone else thinks of me, or what names they wish to call me?  Have you ever heard the expression "sticks and stones... and so forth"?

Well, obviously some folks are unable to apply this wisdom, which should be easy for everyone to learn by first grade at latest.  I certainly did, and haven't given a flying butt-puff what anyone thinks about me for even longer than that.

It still amazes me that modern adult humans haven't even learned one of the most basic and obvious lessons of life.  But I guess I shouldn't be surprised, because modern humans are dumber than rocks, as you and so many other humans demonstrate so eloquently and so often.

honestann's picture

Thanks.  I guess many folks find it odd that where "separation of church and state" is supposed to be absolute and total, and also where gold is officially specified to be money, that the phrase "in gold we trust" (and on supposed-money no less) seems more natural than a direct violation of a foundational principle (church/state separation).

Is that not odd... purely from a factual, sensible, rational point of view, whether one is a bible-thumping god-lover or not?

I guess nobody ever went broke betting against the honesty and rationality of human beings, did they?

Glad at least some folks can see what's in front of their faces.

Not many though.

PS:  Just imagine how strange that someone might place the phrase "in gold we trust"... on a freaking gold coin!  Ouch!

samsara's picture

"The Meek shall inherit the earth"

 

 

"The Mediocre shall inherit the Earth"

honestann's picture

If any of the meek or mediocre survive the human predators called banksters and authorities, they are welcome to whatever remains of the planet.

Folks like me who are not meek will have moved on... far beyond this planet, and eventually beyond this solar system.  But that'll take a while.

The meek and mediocre shall get eaten by the predators.

Why anyone would imagine otherwise is beyond me.

Just open your eyes.  What?  Too much trouble?

So easy for predators to eat their meek prey when their prey loves simple minded sound bites so much they're happy to ignore what's directly in front of their faces from birth until death.

Speaking of funny phrases, who was it who said "denial isn't just the name of a river in the middle east".  That was a rather clever and insightful expression and joke.

TurdOnTheRun's picture

Give me liberty, or give me food stamps, bitches.

Manipuflation's picture

What more do you any of you want me to do?

Ms No's picture

Just live free of fear, live as a free man would and be as good to people as you can, there is nothing else you can do.  There are 7 billion people on this rock and there is a huge momentum that you cannot stop.  Maybe it's not all bad, maybe the evil that has been in control for thousands of years is in it's death throws, about to roll over and some better evolution of society will come along.

 

Keynesians say the darndest things's picture

Hey we're losing our freedumbs, but at least we got trannies getting courage awards on E!SPN

morongobill's picture

I admit to getting nervous when I saw the visit from the NSA among my blog traffic.

q99x2's picture

911 marked the day that the US Military was officially taken over by the Global Regime of Interlinking Corporations and Organizations. The US as a sovereign nation ended and  became an occupied nation-state, On that day it officially lost its government. No effort was made to go after Bandar and the Saudis by the military. It was fun while it lasted. Won't take long for the banksters to kill themselves now. They seem to be working on it pretty damn hard.

Prophet of Rage's picture

I have always held the notion that the US was taken over first financially by the federal reserve in 1913, then militarily via coup in 1963 on the day Kennedy was murdered. 911 was just to implement the police state and sweep away the last vestiges of the Bill of Rights and Constitution.

Memedada's picture

Very true. US have been run by and for a minority of capital-owners for decades. The state is just a dim shadow of the real powers – the Deep State. It’s been a fascist state for a while. It has been masqueraded with ‘Bread ‘n circuses’ but now cracks are appearing in the façade – soon even the most cheerleading/patriotic ‘citizens’ of US will realize that behind the glittering lights and 24/7-entertainment there’s the brick wall of the Gulag-prison-casino-system called US - and they're all prisoners/slaves and have no jettons/fiat to play in the casino with.

+ Ayn Rand-types disciples who keeps calling this ‘socialism’ needs to start and get their “education/knowledge” from ‘non-Google’-sources (or skip the first couple+ of pages of corporate propaganda – including all the Koch-brothers financed ‘libertarian’ BS. Real libertarians fight the state with the same ferocity as they fight the capitalists).

http://anarchism.pageabode.com/afaq/150-years-of-libertarian


 

blindman's picture

i get that the context of the proclamation is
rhetorical, however, that does no service to the thought
or sentiment; if the statement is made in the
form of a request you have already lost the
message.
@""Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death" ...
.
the correct verbiage for this sentiment
and thought is "fuck off", then we will see
what happens. no, i was not
an english or drama major in high school
but that, i know.
.
what right minded and thinking human could
earnestly ask such a ridiculous question, even as
a call to arms. if you ask that question of
an "authority" you are disingenuous on either
account. do i have to explain it?
.
so, the statement/request is offered to
the powerless and likewise oppressed, requesting
their sacrifice, a recruitment slogan. is it a rallying
cry for idiots? do you want an army of trusting
innocents at your service, armed and dangerous.
have you lost your mind?
ridiculous.
it is always the ridiculous call
to arms that results in perverted "economic"
growth, lately. peace has a problem, the wizards
of war are damned adept wordsmiths and forgers.
.
"The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation." .....
actually, not really, and apparently, it doesn't work.
anyway ....