Nobody is ready, willing, or able to ask and/or answer questions of substance.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

-Major General Smedley Butler, USMC,
Two-Time Congressional Medal of Honor Winner
Author of, War is a Racket!

In observing politicians, the media, and American citizens, one thing is clear to me about the presidential, congressional, and local campaigns.  Nobody is ready, willing, or able to ask and/or answer questions of substance.

Quite some time ago, my family and I ran across one of our elected representatives, our United States Congressman, campaigning at the town square.  We observed more than 100 of our fellow Texans shaking hands with him, and offering their support, which he was grateful to accept.  Not one person asked a question about his party's platform, or his voting record.  The congressman did not make a single statement of substance about any issue.  Sure.  There were a few comments and jokes exchanged about the personalities of other candidates, but nothing at all about policy.

Finally, our family approached him, introduced ourselves, told him where we live (in his district) and exchanged warm greetings.  I asked, "Considering that you voted for both TARP bills in 2008, the most recent of many tax-payer bailouts of bank shareholders, and considering that you reported owning more than $100,000 of JPMorgan Chase Common Stock and Employee Stock in 2007, Congressman Brady, what is your position on the Federal Reserve Banks being responsible for regulating and supervising the very same banks that own them, such as JPMorgan Chase? 

Immediately, a twenty-something woman stepped around from behind our elected representative, and in between him and us.  Our congressman stepped backwards several steps.  She said to us, without even a hint of the Texas twang used by Brady, "The congressman believes strongly in protecting our nation's financial system for the benefit of every American."

I said, "Well, like the vast majority of Americans, I did not, and do not, own any bank stocks or receive any bank dividends, especially New York banks.  I am, however, paid my salary in the US dollars that continue to lose value, and I use them to purchase the ever more expensive necessities of life.  Back to my question, please.  Doesn't self-regulation and bailouts put the fox in charge of guarding the tax payer's hen house?  And hasn't our congressman shown himself to be one of the foxes?"

Congressman Brady was smiling, waving, and making his escape to a waiting vehicle.  One of our children shouted, "Dad!  He's getting away!" 

I laughed and nodded.

The un-elected twenty-something woman simultaneously smiled and glared at me.  She said, "America has the strongest banking system in the world, and the most stringent regulation.  Your congressman has worked hard to ensure that.  Thank you."  Then she also left the town square. 

I love the United States of America.  But as a parent, I have learned that two very important parts of love is not accepting wrong behavior and holding our loved ones accountable.  If we do not, then we are enabling wrong behavior, and that is not loving.

Many years ago, in high school journalism class, I was taught that journalists held politicians accountable.  In fact, the media used to be known as The Fourth Estate.  However, today, I see no evidence of this.  I only see the media as tools of propagandists and sellers of advertising and advertisers' products and services.  Nobody in the mass media appears ready, willing, or able to ask our politicians any questions of substance.  When they do, rarely, and the politician is not responsive, usually, journalists are totally incapable of holding the politician accountable for an answer.

As I have described in a previous ZH article, I have spent many days with Donald Trump on several occasions.  I found him to be intelligent, honest, and hard working.  However, I am not yet willing to vote for him, even though he has never held political office, and is using his own money, which are both very admirable and appealing traits in a political candidate.  Below are five of the questions I need to hear answers to before I would consider supporting Trump, or any politician.

As a side note, mostly because of the way the electoral college works, I do not currently subscribe to the idea of voting for anyone except candidate X.  Voting for the Libertarian candidate, such as Gary Johnson, and not voting for any candidate at all, are both rational options.  The candidate that represents me may not be able to win this election, but my vote will encourage him or her and others to continue to be a voice crying out in the wilderness.

1)  Would or could you ever support amending The Bill of Rights?  If so, which, how, and why?

2)  Do you consider the recent actions of the United States military in Ukraine, Pakistan, Syria, Libya, etc., to be violations of the War Powers Act?  If no, then why not?  If yes, then what actions would you take on this issue, if elected?

3)  What is your position on the Federal Reserve Banks being responsible for regulating and supervising the very same banks that own them?

 

Conflict of Interest

 

A term used to describe the situation in which a public official or fiduciary who, contrary to the obligation and absolute duty to act for the benefit of the public or a designated individual, exploits the relationship for personal benefit, typically pecuniary.

 

In certain relationships, individuals or the general public place their trust and confidence in someone to act in their best interests. When an individual has the responsibility to represent another person—whether as administrator, attorney, executor, government official, or trustee—a clash between professional obligations and personal interests arises if the individual tries to perform that duty while at the same time trying to achieve personal gain. The appearance of a conflict of interest is present if there is a potential for the personal interests of an individual to clash with fiduciary duties, such as when a client has his or her attorney commence an action against a company in which the attorney is the majority stockholder.

 

Incompatibility of professional duties and personal interests has led Congress and many state legislatures to enact statutes defining conduct that constitutes a conflict of interest and specifying the sanctions for violations. A member of a profession who has been involved in a conflict of interest might be subject to disciplinary proceedings before the body that granted permission to practice that profession.

 

 

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/conflict+of+interest

4)  What are the similarities between unlimited campaign contributions and bribery, and what actions would you take to reform campaign finance, if elected?

Bribery is the act of giving money, goods or other forms of recompense to a recipient in exchange for an alteration of their behavior (to the benefit/interest of the giver) that the recipient would otherwise not alter. Bribery is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bribery

5)  The invasion and ongoing 14-year occupation of Afghanistan represents the longest war in American history. Explain your personal understanding of why, exactly, US soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen are still killing Afghani men, women, and children in their homes, schools, fields, shops, and hospitals? 

 

Look at that American-enabled growth of the largest opium crop in the world! 

Try to ignore 2001, when the Taliban were in control, along with the epidemic of heroin abuse in the USA.

Look at all of those dividend payments (blue diamonds)!

Try to ignore this little girl who was burned beyond recognition by a U.S. drone and Lockheed-Martin Hellfire missile in Afghanistan...

I hope ZH readers read and act on my article, hedgeless_horseman's Revolutionary Call to Arms, and find the courage to ask your politicians at least some of these five questions.

Peace and love!

h_h

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NikoBellick's picture

So you most likely live in the Woodlands and have spent time with Trump.....I'd guess you work for one of the oil companies based off of that but you also write what you write so I don't know what to think other than you'd be a helluva guy to conversate with over a drink. Keep the articles coming Hedgless!!

madmax1965's picture

Great post HH!  Check this gem out, CONgress critters kids apparently don't have to pay back student loans?  WTF?

 

This involves equally both Democrats and Republicans.

 

Please Read, and forward.   This will only take 1 minute to read! 

 28th Amendment, 35 States and Counting.

 

 

It will take you less than a minute to read this. If you agree, please pass it on. It's an idea whose time has come to deal with this self serving situation:

 

 

Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans.

 

 

Staffers of Congress family members are also exempt from having to payback student loans.

 

 

Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term.

 

 

Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live.

 For example, they are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment.

 

And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects

 

We must not tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public servants and then putting themselves above the law.

 

I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

 

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

 

IF???

 

Each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days most people in The United States of America will have the message.

 

 

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

 

"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the Citizens of the United States ..."

Cash Is King's picture

Sorry for the double post but after thinking about it I'm not. This demands twice the attention it's getting!

Cash Is King's picture

Excellent HH! I logged in just to tell you (and the NSA) this is exactly what's missing in the conversation nation wide. I printed out several copies and plan to start distributing to friends and Family immediately considering most of them are asleep at the wheel. Let's light this candle and get the fk on with it! Thanks again! Peace out.

Grandad Grumps's picture

A while back I was given the opportunity to take a high level strategy job in the war machine making (let's not kid ourselves by calling it defense, its not) industry. After 25 years of progressive advancement in a conglomerate that went military integration and got purchased by a big ... I could not do it.

Sometimes one has to vote with one's heart and accept the consequences.

Now, more than 10 years later I know I made the right choice.

It seems that only a fraction of the people are sociopaths. Somehow they seem to find jobs as bosses and slavemasters. The vast majority just hold their nose and hang onto comforting rationalizations... and they get sucked in by fear and ego.

what happened to my rights's picture

Yep.  Based upon a lot of what I see, I believe we may just move from leftist tyranny to rightest tyranny after the upcoming election.  When individuals can be reasonably informed there is no justification for some self righteious leader to force anything upon us or take anything away from us.  When I'm in pain I don't appreciate not being able to get pain meds and I don't appreciate being treated like a criminal.  I don't appreciate my doctor being treated like a criminal either.  I don't appreciate being put on some kind of watch list either.  I try to be responsible and not harm other people.

A central source of power cannot know or understand what is going on everywhere.  They cannot know or understand what is best for everyone.  I believe I know what is best, however, dammit.  LOL.  Decentralize and allow individuals to be free right up to the point others freedom is being taken away.  It is easy to say, but hard to do.  Also, the primary thing anyone is entitled to is the fruits of their labor.

I despise one world type philosophies.  I despise a national system that does not allow for smaller units of government to govern.

I despise people rationalizing that something which, even they, would never do to another person individually, becomes right, good, acceptable, or moral by forming an entity (government, corporations, etc) to carry out the same or similar action.

The largest problem today is people do not believe in freedom.  They believe in control!  This applies to the left and right!

vologogo's picture

yes, one of the best pieces I've read here! - saving for later reference

withglee's picture

Below are five of the questions I need to hear answers to before I would consider supporting Trump, or any politician.

Question 0: Why did WTC7 fall down?

Depending on the answer to that question, you don't likely need to ask the remaining five. He's part of the problem.

withglee's picture

The congressman did not make a single statement of substance about any issue.

I'll guarantee you, he wrapped himself in the flag and implored all to support and pray for our troops. I'll guarantee he pledged to bring relief from big bad government and to reduce your taxes.

All Risk No Reward's picture

"The flag follows the money (*Debt-Money Monopolist produced). The military follows the flag."
~Major General Smedley Butler, author of War is a Racket and thwarter of the Debt-Money Monopolist Mega-Corporate In-Your-Face Fascist takeover of the federal government.

They took it over covertly - and it has worked out well for them.

withglee's picture

He is my representative as well (if you think someone who has no way of knowing you, nor you them, amongst the other 500,000 that need to have that close relationship as well to have representative government) and what an embarrassment.

He doesn't respond to questions about WTC7 falling down either.

But he sure cranked out the propaganda this election cycle ... one piece of direct mail from him almost every day in the two weeks preceeding voting.

We definitely need to opt out.

Iterative secession.

koan's picture

This bit about the "young woman" who spoke for the politician.
Seeing more and more of this “handling”, almost a direct parallel to Hollywoods stars and their publicist, and run by the same group as well it appears.

I am fascinated at how easy it is to get an entire nation to sleep walk off a cliff.

Perimetr's picture

The CIA oversees the manufacture and distribution of Afghanistan opium/heroin . . . and it makes about one trillion dollars a year from this operation, which is used to finance its wars, buy policiticans and governments, and every covert and overt operation you might possibly imagine, including running the psyop called "the news", which is why you will never hear about it on corporate media.

now, get back to work.

VWAndy's picture

 People best start asking the hard questions soon. Starting with ourselves. Cuz superman aint comming.

Tarzan's picture

"When things go wrong in your command, start searching for the reason in increasingly large circles starting around your own two feet."

Gen. Bruce Clarke

scrappy's picture

Good article HH,

You say...

"Nobody is ready, willing, or able to ask and/or answer questions of substance."

 

I found someone who has.

This video series is produced by a regular person who looked deeper for the truth of God, Law, and our shared illusion. It is a long series, but you are a leader, and need to see this message.

 Should we seek God's truth or our "truth" ?

 Servant King Intro: Confusion Programs 1 of 9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-PJDVG1uak

 Servant King Intro- Unraveled Programs: 1 of 14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GSRN7s3dxQ

Many say "Defend the Constitution" but which Constitution is a good question.
 
It is good to seek and reflect on the truth. There are so many lies, history, law, religion, you name it. Do you agree? I believe we need to review every thing and begin anew. (renew)

Perhaps you can review this mans ideas, and share them in a future article.

Have a great week, Scrappy
Nunya Bidness Gogl's picture

Comments disabled?

I'm not making time to watch that.

withglee's picture

 Should we seek God's truth or our "truth" ?

And then we should believe our only alternative to this nonsense is the mythical law of a mythical being? A mythical being who answers all questions (through self proclaimed spokesmen) about how all this came into being ... but can't explain how she herself came into being.

Solution: Iterative secessession, letting these thumpers discriminate and segregate themselves, and we, ourselves, as is natural ... regardess of who or what is responsbile for nature.

mastersnark's picture

Well, duh.

 

That people continue to believe elections are a legitimate method of implementing change *still* gobsmacks me everytime I read these kinds of articles.

Fisherman Blue's picture

Good lookin out Hedgeless, I will ask these questions.

TrustbutVerify's picture

Then, of course, there's the other side of the issue.  

GardenWeasel's picture

All good points. But, why did you address them to only one candidate?

 

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

"Below are five of the questions I need to hear answers to before I would consider supporting Trump, or any politician."

Reading is fundamental.

Grouchy Marx's picture

Good article, HH.

Thinking citizens seem to be a rare breed these days. Wish there were more like you.

Best,

GM

Lost in translation's picture

Not one person I talk to in my workplace - NOT ONE - connects the dots between the War in Afghanistan and heroine use in the US taking off like a rocket. Not. One.

Please bear in mind that all of them hold M.A. and M.S. degrees in one field or another, and many hold PhD's.

Back to the author's essay, it's another home run. The five questions make for an excellent starting point - good job, HH.

css1971's picture

I've also found that very few people are able to connect dots more than 1 dot appart. It's one of the big problems, they all simply look at direct symptoms.

Single mothers -> Crime for example.

The correlation is absolutely clear. It can't reasonably be that crime causes single motherhood. It's entirely plausable though that single mothers cause crime. And when you look deeper, whole avenues of research appear which confirm the issue.

 

But the same thing. Blank looks.

 

Single mothers do cause crime.

Zandalf's picture

I'll take a Heroine over Heroin anyday!

Sandmann's picture

You can have Asperger's and get a PhD, probably helps......it says nothing about connecting dots

cogen11@cox.net's picture

HH contact me vis a vis Somalogic. cogen11@cox.net

atthelake's picture

Depopulation, any and all ways possible.

are we there yet's picture

All congressmen are bought, And owe their allegiance to those who have bought them. The only solution to this is to polygraph congressman on a regular basis as where their money comes from. The system is corrupt.

atthelake's picture

That is not the only solution to this.

Nunya Bidness Gogl's picture

There is a pretty smart guy on YouTube who I like called StormCloudsGathering.

He says, one of the problems with the Constitution, is that there are no specific penalties for not following it. It just says "do this, don't do that" or whatever, but there aren't really any penalties if it's not followed.

I thought that was a pretty good point, and one we need to start thinking about now, ahead of the time it comes to re-write it, or restore it, or whatever may eventually happen...

More Ammo's picture

Correct!

I still like an old idea from when I was a kid.  Every two years when the rep elections are held there should be a question on the ballot:

 

Are you satisfied with your federal government.  When "yes" wins all is well.

When "NO" wins all 546 of them get to draw straws and a full one third gets a bullet to the head.

East Indian's picture

"Immediately, a twenty-something woman stepped around from behind our elected representative, and in between him and us.  Our congressman stepped backwards several steps. "

 

So now every politican is accompanied by bank-appointed handlers? North Korea appoints such handlers for every visiting tourist.

Crawdaddy's picture

Thanks for this article HH. Nicely done.

Good list. I will use it if the occasion permits, otherwise I will just do what i normally do if I see them racing past in the airport, which is yell "Enjoy it while you can asshole because you aren't going to get away with it forever. Burn in hell you worthless scumbag traitor." If I'm in a bad mood then I may swear a little.

Lost in translation's picture

I have a thought I'd like to share with you.

Get yourself a good amount of piano wire, quality piano wire. Then, if you happen to see them attempting to flee to their bunker in New Zealand and you can find the time, use the piano wire to connect them to the nearest street light by the neck.

If you're feeling especially creative, you could make some signage for passers-by to read, and attach it to their Armani suit.

Like I said, just a thought...

blindman's picture

Willy DeVille Mark Knopfler version I Call Your Name
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOAx-iL6Clw
.
so it goes .....

squid's picture

I used to say this wouldn't stop until Congressman started getting shot in their home districts and the state police refused to investigate....

That would still be usedfull but....

This has to do with congressional funcding of itself. WTF does a congressmand have 20 handlers around him whenever he is out and about? Why is that funded? He, "maybe", should have a secretary....THAT'S IT!!!. Research assitants? Do your own research, that is your Fxxking job.

 

The fish rots form the head down and heals form the head down. Cut congressional funding of itself by 80% and much of this shit will go away.

 

They are need to do something about lobbying/bribery.

 

Don't have all the answers but most of us have an idea of what needs doing.

 

Squid

LawsofPhysics's picture

Power and control is never willingly given up.

This will require blood and sacrafice, period.

runnymede's picture

Institutionalized unaccountability, systematic organized crime. All legitimized under the law.

But the higher laws of nature, Steins law, and the relationship between cause and effect always plays out. All this will continue until it collapses under its own weight. And not a minute before. 

Baked into the cake. The more you know, the clearer the understanding of inevitability becomes. Same as it always was.

God bless the Remnant

WTFUD's picture

Amen to that, even though i'm agnostic. Seems like these filthy fucking slimy weasels get all the protection they need as long as they keep voting the Right way. That said protection, a luxury, would be withdrawn in a heartbeat if the scum, brown nose, didn't tow the line. Personally these two-cent fucks should be born and bred ,3 generations of family, within 10 kilometres of the folks they are supposed to represent. If the rat-faced twat turned his back on me ( remember we are entitled to his public service time ) i'd launch my size eleven up his arsehole, the filthy banker's whore. More shameful Texan's voting in a tosser who can't look you in the face and defend his record.

RichardParker's picture

Congressman Brady was smiling, waving, and making his escape to a waiting vehicle.  One of our children shouted, "Dad!  He's getting away!

 

+10000

Sounds like you did a good job raising your kid.

Mr. Universe's picture

The last thing that any politician wants is to lose control of the narrative or be held accountable. We just don't understand that they are beyond our parochial way of thinking and are looking at the big picture in order to make a better world. /s

Look here in California at State Senator Richard Pan who pushed through MANDATORY vaccines for all California school children.  Concerned that his agenda was somehow related to big pharma the producers of the movie  vaxxed went to visit him. He got away, they always seem to when they are doing God's work.

https://vimeo.com/166083184  the dude can hoof it when he has to!

Tarzan's picture

Apparently the video was getting to many clicks... didn't take long, and it's gone! 

Mr. Universe's picture

Contrast and compare....link works but not if you click from ZH.

https://vimeo.com/166083184

Nunya Bidness Gogl's picture

Actually, you just need to hand edit all the %blablabla off the end of the link. Well, that worked for me anyway.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

Congressman Pete Stark blows up when he loses control of the narrative, and threatens Jan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjbPZAMked0

All Risk No Reward's picture

As crazy as Stark sounds, he's actually exposing some backwards truth in our debt-money system... the more debt you have, the more monetary wealth you have because the debt generator is the money generator!

It sounds like Stark is a stark raving lunatic, but the monetary is so corrupt he's actually making a valid point (assuming a prima facie fraudulent debt-money system).