Navigating Through The Storms: "I'm Losing My Sense Of Outrage"

Tyler Durden's picture

Authoed by Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform blog,

Several weeks ago I had to drive west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to pick up my son after his sophomore year at Penn State. I’ve made this trip a dozen times over the last few years, since this is my second son attending Penn State, with a third starting in the Fall. It’s a tedious, boring, protracted, four hour trek through the rural countryside of the Keystone State. During these trips my mind wanders, making connections between the landscape and the pressing issues facing the world. I can’t help but get lost in my thoughts as the miles accumulate like dollars on the national debt clock.


More often than not I end up making the trip in the midst of bad weather. And this time was no different. The Pennsylvania Turnpike is a meandering, decades old, dangerous, mostly two lane highway for most of its 360 mile span. Large swaths of the decaying interstate are under construction, as the narrative about lack of infrastructure spending is proven false by visual proof along the highways and byways of America.


The real infrastructure crisis is below ground in urban shitholes where 100 year old water and sewer pipes fail on a regular basis, but bankrupt Democrat politicians divert their steadily declining tax revenues to bloated pensions of government lackeys. Infrastructure spending is only interesting to politicians if they can name it after themselves and have a ribbon cutting ceremony. Replacing water and sewer pipes before they explode isn’t sexy, so it won’t be done.


A winding two lane highway, with a speed limits of 70 mph, and jam-packed with 18 wheelers driven by sometimes sleepy and often aggressive truckers already leads to a pressure packed few hours. Add rain to the mixture and you ratchet up the blood pressure.



Ramp that up to torrential downpours and heavy fog and you’ve got white knuckles, strained neck muscles and an occasional prayer regarding that big rig crawling up your ass.




I was lucky enough to be faced with torrential rains and fog for the first two hours of the trip. I was tense, cautious, concerned and careful.

The way I felt during that treacherous drive is how I feel about the course our country and world is facing as the precarious and perilous portion of this methodical, but ultimately bloody Fourth Turning, reaches its climax. Since the election of Donald Trump in November, it feels like dark storm clouds have been gathering just over the horizon. I supported Trump for president and was among the few who believed the silent majority (aka deplorables) in flyover country were not being taken into account by the corrupt liberal mainstream media rigged polls.

I was elated that Hillary Clinton was not going to be my president. Trump’s rhetoric regarding illegal immigration, repealing and replacing Obamacare, cutting taxes, reducing spending, reversing our interventionist military adventures, cutting government red tape, and keeping the Supreme Court from going further left, was music to my ears. I found his relentless assault upon the fake news media and left wingers to be extremely entertaining during the campaign and have continued to be amused by his pugnaciousness and daily tweet storm launched against CNN and the rest of the fake news media.

The focus of my writings and blog over the last nine years has been on the economic issues which imperil the future for my children and the children of millions of other hard working Americans. Trump’s accomplishments thus far include filling the vacant Supreme Court slot with a conservative judge, backing out of TPP, backing out of the Paris Accord, reducing illegal immigration through enforcement of existing laws, and reversing numerous Obama executive orders.

As someone who concentrates on fiscal issues, I’ve been disappointed with many of Trump’s cabinet selections, failure to lead on the Obamacare repeal and replace efforts, lack of progress on tax cuts, unwillingness to address the $200 trillion of unfunded welfare liabilities, inability to make progress with his wall, and his seeming capture by the military industrial complex.

Trump’s victory has prompted an all-out assault from the violent left wingers funded by George Soros and spurred on by the unrelenting fake news media outlets. They will stop at nothing to discredit and destroy Trump’s presidency. Violence on left wing campuses across the country, where they have safe spaces to burn and destroy, has begun to be met by Trump supporters willing to fight back when confronted.

The relentless fake news propaganda spewed by MSNBC, CNN, NYT, Washington Post and the rest of the left wing media incited a radical lefty to try and slaughter dozens of Republican congressmen. The false narrative of right wing violence has been obliterated, as left wing domestic terrorists are intent on creating a civil war in order to violently overturn the legal outcome of a fair election.

Trump’s non-interventionist bombast during the campaign has proven to be empty promises as Deep State neo-con operatives, on the behest of the military industrial complex, have gained control of Trump’s foreign policy agenda. Missiles have been launched into Syria based upon a false flag gas attack blamed on Assad’s forces. Trump continues to arm supposedly moderate rebels (aka Al Qaeda) attempting to overthrow the Assad regime.

More American troops continue to be sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. Is this 2003 or 2017? I’m sure we’re on the verge of winning this time. Provoking Russia through NATO aggression, war games, and missile placements is being ramped up. Aggravating relations with China by contesting their claims to the South China Sea islands and openly supporting Taiwan has the potential to create dire unintended consequences. Or maybe they are intended consequences. Coming conflict with North Korea and their fourth largest military in the world appears imminent.

Neo-cons are thrilled with their success thus far. Whenever Trump shows even the hint of compromise with Putin or lack of interest in starting World War III, the doddering old fool McCain and his lapdog Graham are rolled out to condemn Trump’s cowardice. According to the neo-cons Putin is a diabolically evil enemy intent on ruling the world. In reality, he is just as evil as every other world leader. The slimy liberal politicians continue to use the false Russia narrative as a cudgel to beat Trump into submission. The Deep State game plan is to block Trump’s domestic agenda of replacing Obamacare, cutting taxes, and building the wall.

The true controllers of our world know when presidents are under assault by their opponents and can’t achieve domestic success, they turn to military interventionism as a way to rally the masses utilizing false patriotism. With the corporate media flogging the Deep State approved war propaganda, they are attempting to force the president into military conflict, benefiting their military industrial complex partners. The non-critical thinking, easily manipulated populace, is putty in the hands of the propaganda machine and is soon foaming at the mouth for blood. Half the country actually believes Vladimir Putin interfered in our election to benefit Trump. Not a shred of proof has been presented and never will.

I’ve spent the last nine years operating an anti-establishment website, with the purpose of trying to pull back the curtain on the Deep State operatives in the government, military, Wall Street, mainstream media and central banking. I’ve written so many articles revealing the falsity of government generated unemployment, inflation, and GDP propaganda, the criminal activities of Wall Street bankers, the treasonous actions of the Federal Reserve, the seditious activities of corrupt spineless politicians, the false flags provoked by the military industrial complex, and the contemptible propaganda peddled by the corporate media, that I’ve reached the burnout phase. I’ve grown tired of writing the same article every month discrediting government falsehoods.

When I watch supposed financial “journalists” mouth the Federal Reserve and BLS false narrative of inflation running “dangerously” below 2%, when I know for a fact prices over the last year are higher by 9% for gasoline, 8% for natural gas, 8% for heating oil, 20% for copper, 16% for wheat, 5% for corn, 16% for pork, 11% for beef, at least 10% for health insurance, 4% for college tuition, 3% for autos, 4% for apartment rents (to all-time highs), and 14% for home prices, I am no longer outraged.

If the citizens of this country can’t figure out they are being screwed and lied to by the government, another article from me isn’t going to help. The real cost of living for the average American is rising 5% to 10%. The one cost the Deep State has thoroughly under control is the wages of average working Americans. They’ve successfully kept real wage increases in negative territory for two decades.

I hear talking heads on the boob tube every day blathering about the “strong” jobs market and either truly believing the bullshit shoveled by the BLS every month or just mouthing the words written by their corporate media bosses. Only an utter moron would believe you really have a 4.4% unemployment rate when 102 million out of 255 million working age Americans aren’t working. For the math challenged, that’s 40% not working, hovering near all-time highs. That number was 35% at the beginning of this century. And it’s not due to Boomers retiring, as the percentage of men 25 to 54 years old not working is at record highs and the percentage of Americans over 55 working has soared. The percentage of teenagers not working is also at record highs.

In addition, 26 million of the 153 million employed Americans are working part time for low wages and minimal benefits. Almost 10 million Americans declare themselves self-employed (aka selling crap on Ebay, blogging, writing the next great novel). Another 8 million Americans hold multiple jobs. Then we get to the fact 21 million non-producing people are working for the government, getting paid from the tax dollars generated by those working for companies producing something. When it is all said and done, there are approximately 94 million full-time workers in private industry paying taxes to support 102 million non-workers and 21 million government workers. In what world does this represent a strong job market?

What passes for a financial journalist today can’t seem to utilize critical thinking skills to connect the dots of a failing economic system, dependent upon an ever accelerating level of debt. The miniscule downturn in consumer debt in 2009, barely perceptible on the chart below, almost collapsed the worldwide financial system. As you can see, the pitiful economic growth achieved since 2009 has been artificially produced through the issuance of $1.2 trillion of debt in eight years – most of it in the form of subprime student loans and subprime auto loans. For some perspective, it took from 1950 until 1995 (45 years) to generate the first $1.2 trillion of consumer debt, and then from 1995 until 2007 (12 years) to generate the next $1.2 trillion.

It is duplicitous for supposedly highly educated central bankers, financial “experts”, and journalists to pretend inflation is under control and jobs are plentiful when the evidence of economic contraction is everywhere. GDP, even using a fake inflation adjuster is still in the toilet, running below 2% when everyone knows 68% of it is generated by consumer spending. A record number of retail store closings and retail bankruptcies is baked in the cake for 2017, worse than the recession of 2009.

Restaurant sales have been falling for sixteen straight months. Auto companies have leased or loaned a car to every person in America that can fog a mirror and scratch an X on a lease or loan document. Auto sales are starting a multi-year decline as loans go bad in record numbers. Should that be shocking when the average financed amount has risen to $29,000 and the average loan term now exceeds 67 months – both record highs.

At least 25% of all student loans are in default. The taxpayer is going to be on the hook for hundreds of billions in loan losses. The heavily indebted millennials with lousy jobs are not boosting the economy by spending money they don’t have. They can’t buy houses and are stuck living in their parent’s basements. Broke Boomers are being forced to work in retirement and restrict their spending since they saved virtually nothing for their retirement years. Gen Xers are caught in the middle, supporting their kids and their aging parents. It’s the perfect storm.

So even though I and numerous other thoughtful, honest bloggers (Zero Hedge, Jesse, Hussman, Martenson, Stockman, Charles Hugh Smith, Denninger, and dozens of others) have documented the dire circumstances facing the nation, central bankers at the behest of their Deep State masters, have engineered the stock markets and high end real estate markets to all-time highs, as their looting and pillaging scheme accelerates.

My frustration and disillusionment with a world gone mad has begun to affect my mental state. I’m losing my sense of outrage which has driven me to write for the last nine years. It isn’t worth the expended energy when it will change nothing. I’m resigned to the inevitability of economic collapse. It’s just a matter of when. Bloggers and writers who make a living at it, must write daily articles of doom to generate page views. Since no one can reliably predict the timing of the collapse, I’ve grown tired of reading and writing the same old shit.

The analogy between driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike during bad weather and my mental state is useful in understanding where I see things headed. There is danger lurking around every bend in the road. Construction zones suddenly appear forcing you to change course in an instant. Aggressive drivers tailgating and weaving in and out of traffic create havoc. Sleep deprived truckers let their big rigs drift into your lane, with no room for you to maneuver away.

When you enter the three separate tunnels through Blue Mountain and its brethren, you feel claustrophobic as if the walls are closing in and there is no way to escape. During torrential downpours I’ve navigated during multiple journeys to and from Penn State, the pure terror of not being able to see 50 feet ahead while hydroplaning on a flooded roadway with an 18 wheeler in the lane next to you is hard to describe.

The road directly ahead is blanketed in the fog of uncertainty. Anyone declaring they know what will happen in the near future with any level of certainty should be regarded with suspicion. But if you have studied history, you realize people never learn the lessons of history, so they will always create and encounter the same problems and make the same mistakes. Human nature has not changed down through the annals of antiquity.

The desire for wealth and power by sociopaths, delusions of grandeur among the rich, tendency of human beings to act in a herd like manner leading to bubbles and busts, and an overall ignorance of the masses, are constants across the millennia. Those at the top of the chain utilize mass media propaganda tools to control the minds of the many, but their hubris eventually leads to their downfall.

“Anyone who studies present and ancient affairs will easily see how in all cities and all peoples there still exist, and have always existed, the same desires and passions. Thus, it is an easy matter for him who carefully examines past events to foresee future events in a republic and to apply the remedies employed by the ancients, or, if old remedies cannot be found, to devise new ones based upon the similarity of the events. But since these matters are neglected or not understood by those who read, or, if understood, remain unknown to those who govern, the result is that the same problems always exist in every era.” – Machiavelli

My apathy in trying to predict when the next financial catastrophe or world war will happen is driven by my belief we are in the midst of a two decade long Fourth Turning period of crisis which began with the financial storms hitting in September 2008. What I’ve come to realize is how slowly Fourth Turnings progress. They proceed at their own pace.

There is an initial death defying event, followed by what appears to be actions taken to alleviate the crisis, lulling the masses into thinking all is well. It’s a false sense of comfort. GDP has grown by a pitiful 30% since 2009, while it grew by 60% from the bottom during the Great Depression. Do you hear highly paid mainstream media shills providing that interesting data point?

The deaths of 65 million people followed the initial lull during the last Fourth Turning. We are currently in another lull (or eye of the hurricane), with an intensification of storms over the horizon. No “solutions” introduced since 2008 have solved anything. They have just exacerbated the debt problems, guarantying the next financial crisis will be devastating and global in nature.

Every Fourth Turning has involved earth shattering levels of violence and war. It is highly doubtful we will avoid a similar or worse fate. Fourth Turnings are resolved in blood, tears, atrocities, courage and the actions of heroes. The narrative of rainbows leading to a pot of gold for the American empire will soon be confronted with lightning bolts of reality.

Just as you can be experiencing a relaxing drive along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in bright sunshine, you can turn on the weather report and find out blizzard warnings have been issued for the road ahead. Many of the drivers are oblivious to the warnings as they never listen to weather reports. Many hear the warnings but ignore them, preferring to live in denial. Others recklessly speed up and try to outrun the storms. Very few heed the warnings and get off the road for the safety of shelter. The weather can change in an instant. Sunshine dissipates rapidly as a winter blizzard engulfs the countryside, paralyzing the economy, overwhelming modern technology, exposing weaknesses, and creating havoc on the roadways as the unprepared pile up in a devastating crash.

“Reflect on what happens when a terrible winter blizzard strikes. You hear the weather warning but probably fail to act on it. The sky darkens. Then the storm hits with full fury, and the air is a howling whiteness. One by one, your links to the machine age break down. Electricity flickers out, cutting off the TV. Batteries fade, cutting off the radio. Phones go dead. Roads become impossible, and cars get stuck. Food supplies dwindle. Day to day vestiges of modern civilization – bank machines, mutual funds, mass retailers, computers, satellites, airplanes, governments – all recede into irrelevance.

Picture yourself and your loved ones in the midst of a howling blizzard that lasts several years. Think about what you would need, who could help you, and why your fate might matter to anybody other than yourself. That is how to plan for a saecular winter. Don’t think you can escape the Fourth Turning. History warns that a Crisis will reshape the basic social and economic environment that you now take for granted.” – Strauss & Howe The Fourth Turning

This Fourth Turning has over a decade of continuous storms to come. We will not recognize this country when the climax is reached. It could be far worse country or a revitalized nation. The outcome will depend upon the actions we take as individuals and as a country. Cheering for your side in today’s political side shows, meant to distract you from focusing on the true enemies of freedom, is a worthless exercise. Turn off the TV and think for yourself. The generational dynamics and darkening mood will drive the reaction to events as they unfold over the next decade. Batten down the hatches and prepare to navigate through the deadly storms bearing down upon the nation.

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Too-Big-to-Bail's picture

Invest in ApathyCoin ICO -- or don't -- I don't care

Truther's picture

I buy Gold. I hold it, and I own it. Do you?

Too-Big-to-Bail's picture

I just started buying gold and silver coins. I wish I started earlier, but was not as in tune with what was happening in the world as I am now.

Bad Goy's picture

Your timing isn't too bad.  We aren't far from the 5 year bottom.

My advice:  Highest purity, lowest premium.

davinci7_gis's picture

Mrs. Davinci7_gis and I started buying coins when the price was around $800 back in 2008-2009.  It was the best investment we have made in a very long time...besides agriculture real estate!

NoDecaf's picture

About that first Fred chart, I think what is supposed to happen is that it gets rotated 90 degrees clockwise after the hockey stick.


No worries bro, just grab some popcorn.

LargeHardonCollider's picture

Beans, bullets and band aids.  Oh, and some silver coins would help too. 

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Hot sauce makes everything good, including long-pig.

rado_watching's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

bardot63's picture

Gold is good, but stick for now with silver.  Much cheaper (per paper money) than gold.

chiaroscuro's picture

I hope the burnt out author of this article takes heart in knowing that because of his efforts, and those of others like him, there are more people like you each day who are awakening to the reality of the coming storm and making preparations to withstand it. Of course no one can stop the blizzard itself. But by warning others he is saving lives.

Consuelo's picture



Nah....  A guy named Ditch Low said crypto currencies are the new sheriff in town for the next 60 - 80 years cause the universe told him so and the ufo's he sees outta his night vision goggles did too.

-The End.



devnickle's picture

Bitcoin is awesome. Until the power goes out......  pffftt..... LOL

devnickle's picture

Long candles and matches. 

FoggyWorld's picture

Trouble is you can't eat it.

rejected's picture

Can't eat a fiat dollar or a Bitcoin either...


bardot63's picture

I love hearing that you can't eat gold.  This is among the most idiotic of all canned, ignorant responses to precious metals.

Can't eat gold?  Try chewing on a dollar bill.  Add some salt or hot sauce.  See how that paper dollar bill goes down. Maybe add some bearer bonds, shredded and oiled, for some roughage.   Or, here's a good menu idea -- chew on Bitcoin for an hour and see what that does for digestion.  Want to go for Italian, or French tonight?  Chop up a nice Euro salad and sprinkle with bits of mystery metal modern coinage.

Exactly what Quinn is writing about in this excellent article.  So many cannot connect the dots between past and present and future.  Idiots who believe they understand money because they believe idiots. 

DeepFriedLizards's picture

"Trouble is you can't eat it."

You should already have that base covered for at least a year or two.   

StychoKiller's picture

The best thing that any individual can do about any of this at this point, is tend to their own garden(s) -- you wanna eat, dontcha?

wcole225's picture

I do as well but I've lost a great deal of confidence in my own wisdom and preparations. What's coming now may be what was foretold. If so then having gold will be one of the last things we care about.

38BWD22's picture



Well, I too think that some kind of big ugly event will happen.  So much debt, so little of real solutions.

Save, save, save.  "GOTS"

Rothbardian in Cleveland's picture

All that debt is a few accounting entries away from not being a problem.  

UselessEater's picture

I now suspect that while we wait for "the event", it is already happening.

Catherine Austin Fitts is talking past the 'slow burn'... interesting.

Bad Goy's picture

4 hours?  You're crazy.

Buy your kids a reliable beater, like a cheap used Lexus, and call it good.  Get them AAAplus and you've basically covered any contingency.

Wrenching Away's picture

He describes in detail what a dangerous drive it is, and you tell him to give the kid a car and wish him good luck. Love you too dad

gregga777's picture

"Turn off the TV and think for yourself."

That's especially relevant considering that the 6 Crony Capitalist CONporations that own at least 90% of the print, broadcast and cable news Media also own most of the Entertainment businesses where they promulgate equally egregious propaganda in service to the Deep State psychopaths.

Sonny Brakes's picture

I don't even listen to the radio in my car.

BlueGreen's picture

Look behind the curtain.....the only tool that keeps humanity down is deception.   Teach the masses,to see the lies.

Angry White Guy's picture

I'm with this guy - can we please just get this shit show over with already?  It's fucking driving me nutty.  Nothing to look forward to than the collapse.  

Wonderful country we've created here.

Rothbardian in Cleveland's picture

The end of the world doesn't come in nuclear war and/or economic collapse.  There is simply too much to lose for everyone involved to destroy what is here. There will eventually become a one world government, one world currency, Universal Basic Income to address the lack of human economic value as AI and Automated Robotic processes take over 95% of the chores of human  existence.  Now, before you recoil in disgust, know that Gen X is probably the last "me" generation.  Look at Millenials and whatever that shit show generation is beneath them.  If you look at what I describe does any of that offend their senses?  Of course not.  Sure, there will be crazies like us holed up in a cabin in Idaho.  But we'll barely be a footnote.  When billions of people look at that possibility as the zenith of human evolution there is no well constructed argument that will encourage libertarian thinking in that skull of mush.  While those generations are cattle with childlike views of the world, they will be the ones to embrace that outcome.  And they certainly don't want to blow shit up and do anything that might stop Wi-Fi service.

khnum's picture

5G is military microwave communications it is the same tech as active denial systems,soon if you have a smart phone,smart appliances or a credit card they will have your testicles on a plate,the generation you speak of has no clue what freedom is so how the hell can you expect them to defend it,AI bots are working to make the internet self aware and when skynet ramps up freedom on this planet ends.

Omen IV's picture

Universal income with no license or approval for sex is a disaster as the animals become the majority

The animals and the politicians are the enemy, if you are subject to them you will be destroyed.

Tejano's picture

The generation coming up after the Millennials is Generation Z. Z for Ziklon B. Get it ?

DOGGONE's picture

A picture is worth ...!

Get these in peoples' faces ONGOINGLY.

Zarbo's picture

So, on this dangerous highway, who is operating the camera taking pictures out the windshield (a passenger, I hope)?  By the way, a two-lane highway has one lane going each direction -- two lanes each direction is a four-lane highway.

Liberty2012's picture

I appreciate your perspective Jim. More and more people are waking up all the time. It may seem like a tired story to you, but it is brand new to them. You are doing something valuable.

Thank you!

Felix da Kat's picture

Some say the US is now, analogous to the Weimar Republic leading up to WWII. If so, it could be that if Quinn's dystopian nightmare proves-out, that over half the guns sold in America in the last decade will be used for suicide. Americans are totally dependent upon the grid for survival. The strong might make it (10%). The weak will not (90%). But I think some X-factor will get in the way of Quinn's scenario. The tremendous power of our national homeostasis will hopefully, keep things from spiraling too far in the wrong direction. 

hooligan2009's picture

i have ten thousand bucks, that says there are twenty thousand others who also have an average of ten thousand bucks, who could form a political party with the objective of running fiscal surpluses of 2% a year for the next forty years.

set clear objectives and get to work - simple


GRDguy's picture

You have no idea of how to defend yourself from the tremendous resources of your enemy.

The best political party is NO political party.  Just limit every office to one term,

by voting against every incumbent, every time.

Tejano's picture

 You'll get outvoted, every time. Liberal democracy is part of the problem.

ElTerco's picture

"And it’s not due to Boomers retiring, as the percentage of men 25 to 54 years old not working is at record highs and the percentage of Americans over 55 working has soared."

Be careful here. While it's true that the percentage of retired people working is at an all time high, that percentage is 20%. So if Boomers were a third of the workforce, and 80% of all Boomers were working during their prime working years, that still means that 60% of all boomers have stopped working. 60% not working while being 30% of the workforce still means approximately 18% of the working age population is dropping out of the workforce due to retirement.

south40_dreams's picture

Hillary's election would have given us another age of Caligula. Instead we may have just bought a brief reprieve

RagaMuffin's picture

Don't disagree with Mr. Quin's points but he appears to have no experience with actual storm warnings let alone cat 1.  If you are ever caught out on an ocean with 40 - 60 mile winds, you will long for the Penn turnpike in a car .......

RiNS's picture

Was it necessary to reach for that ad hominem. 

Stormtrooper's picture

Well, Jim, I for one look forward to your insightful rants.  While there are plenty of ranting bloggers out there, you do have a penchant for backing yours up with solid facts.  Some of us are listening and preparing.

You are correct in that the future looks bleak.  With the elites and neocons in control of an out-of-control federal government, Americans struggle to understand how they as individuals can change the situation.  Many conclude that they can't, or don't want to put forth the effort, an continue to live their hopeless lives.

I recognized the problem of the federal government that has usurped powers never given to it by the states long ago.  And, without a joint effort by the states to reassert their sovereign rights over their tyrannical agent in Washington, D.C., I concluded that the only answer was a violent overthrow.  I equipped myself for that possibility and joined other like minded individuals in training for that potential eventuality.

Then, I became aware of a movement to convince the state legislatures to use a power inserted into the Constitution to deal with just such a situation, thanks to George Mason.  They included the second way to amend the Constitution when the situation became so dire that Congress would no longer proposed meaningful controls on itself.  That method is Article V.  It gives the state legislatures the power to call a Convention of States with virtually no involvement by Congress other than calling the Convention after 2/3's of the legislatures made a call, setting a time and place and proposing(recommending) a method of ratification which the states can adopt or ignore.  Article V does not place any limits on amendments that can be later proposed to the state legislatures.  When 3/4 of the state legislatures ratify a proposed amendment, it becomes the law of the land.  Their "nuclear" option would be to propose, and ratify, an amendment that abolishes the three branches of federal government and all agencies created under them.  The Constitution would continue to exist but the federal government would not.  Quite radical and not likely to happen but it shows the power that the states have over the federal goverment.  The Constitution does not give the federal government similar power to dissolve the states.

There have been some 800 calls for a Convention since the founding of the nation but Congress has conveniently ignored them because they have not all called for having a Convention for the same reason.  Article V does not require the states to give any reason whatsoever.  Just to call for a Convention.  The leaders of the Convention of States project have reasoned that if they can get the state legislatures to give the same reason for a call, Congress can no longer ignore it.  Twelve states have adopted that call to date.  Many others are considering it.

While there are the doomsayers who predict that a Convention of States would become a "runaway" Convention during which the delegates re-write the Constitution (under George Soros' watchful eyes), their only authority is to propose amendments to the states legislatures.  If not adopted, it dies.  Same went with the original Convention.  The Constitution was written in 1787 and required 4 more years of debate and ratification by the state legislatures before it became the "law of the land".

And, back to my orignal point Jim, if you feel that you are not making a difference with your excellent articles, you can become a volunteer in Pennsylvania to help promote the Convention to your legislators.  I know my state legislators and have listened to their speeches and talked to them personally.  They have the interest of their state in mind.  I would trust them to make good decisions on ratifying amendments before I would turn my back on the typical Washington, D.C. scum, plus, I know where they live.  I know that there is a majority of legislators in my state that understand that the time for a Convention has come.

If you don't know about or understand Article V, look it up online and go to "".  With your persuaviveness, you could really make a difference as a volunteer, especially as a leader in your state(I'm a district Captain).


Burticus's picture

Right pal...  Trust the usurping elephantjackass sock puppets who have wiped the bankster cartel's @$$ with the constitution amend it at an Article V convention.

No, the answer is for the state legislatures to secede, same as the colonies did from Great Britain.  Unfortunately, the elephantjackass sock puppets (& their bankster puppeteers) control the state legislatures too.

Stormtrooper's picture

Sure, the Constitution doesn't say anything about seccession which means that it is a power that the states reserved to themselves.

Unfortunately, as you will find out when you get into 10th grade history, you will find out about this thing called the Civil War which cost 500,000 American lives for the federal government to prove that it could supersede the Constitution.

Take your choice, arm up and prepare for a bloody revolution or try the legal method given by the Constitution first.