War Is A Racket – General Smedley Butler

Previously I wrote about President Eisenhower’s final address to the nation where he warns about “The Military Industrial Complex”. He wasn’t alone, nor the first.

Two-time Medal of Honor winner General Smedley Butler wrote the book. Literally. It was called “War is a Racket”. His book, published in 1935, predated President Eisenhower’s revelation by more than 20 years.

Both were men of war. Both achieved high ranks in the US military. Both saw how the politicians have corrupted an honorable profession for personal gain.

This is one more reason we citizens need to reclaim our birthright and take back the reins of government. You can find General Butler’s book here:

The article leading to this post is here:

Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Why No Retired Generals Oppose America’s Forever Wars

 

Forgiving Student Loans = $200 Billion College Bailout

The new crop of politicians are all about forgiving student loans in an attempt to garner college-age votes.

What all of this amounts to is making taxpayers foot the bill for college communist indoctrination. Isn’t that cozy? Communist politicians using our money to brainwash our children.

It is not enough to throw BILLIONS of dollars for “research” at colleges or for any of the other myriad… and sneaky ways the politicians dole out our hard-earned cash to promote their communist programs. They crush our kids under mountains of debt and then swoop in as their “saviors” before they are flattened by the weight. All the time saying “See how wonderful government is? WE care for you.” Before skipping out and leaving us with the bill!

I do feel for the kids. I do. That said, the colleges themselves should be held accountable for selling these young men and women a bill of goods and worthless degrees. I say the colleges can either pay off these debts themselves or allow the students to return to their respective alma maters for a truly marketable degree – free of charge. By this I mean the college can provide the classes, the food and housing for those students saddled with a useless sheepskin.

Here is the zero hedge article that got me going.

 

Trump Cannot Save Us!

This is a hard pill to swallow but deep down you know I am correct. The very first time I was able to vote for a President, I proudly cast my vote for Ronald Reagan. While he was far from a perfect president, he was the best that ever held office. Some may say Trump is better, but this is not about some pissing contest. Either way, just as Ronald Reagan could not save our nation, Donald Trump cannot save us either.

The truth is only Almighty God can save us. He has already offered us salvation through His Son Jesus the Messiah. That said, I am not talking about salvation from the wrath to come at this point. I am talking about deliverance – deliverance from the e

vil that has descended upon our nation. Darkness has enveloped our nation. Like a black poisonous fog it has seeped into nearly every aspect of our lives. It is choking us all – destroying our nation – destroying our people. Unless God delivers our nation from this plague – our nation will fall to the adversary.

None of this is news to our Heavenly Father. You must know this. You also know He knows how this turns out. We do not. Will you throw up your hands and say “I can do nothing about this!” and give up? If this is the path you choose, I can do nothing about it. What I can do is lay out a path. This is the path I will follow until and unless I feel led to turn another way. While I cannot say if this path leads to deliverance, I am convinced if I walk it alone it will likely lead nowhere. If some walk with me, this path may lead us out of the darkness. As more walk with me, the more certain the path will lead us all to a better place. How many? I do not know. God would have spared Sodom and Gomorrah if Abraham could find just ten righteous men there.

With all of that I am convinced if we turn to our Heavenly Father and ask for deliverance – He WILL deliver us from this darkness. What makes me so certain? These answers have been in front of us all along. Scripture says so.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Anyone who has been around for a while has seen this. Yes, it was written to and for the Hebrews but this does not at all mean it is no longer relevant. I absolutely believe our Heavenly Father will certainly do for us, His children as He promised to do for His chosen people. We, too, are chosen!

There is more to all of this than meets the eye. Recently, I came to the realization our very nation – our constitutional republic – is a gift from Almighty God. This is our birthright. No other nation has been granted the opportunity for self-government as we have. Who else has the God-given freedoms and liberties enumerated in our Bill of Rights documented as ours are? There is no nation such as ours – gifted from birth the right to a limited government of the people, by the people and for the people. We have squandered these gifts. We have taken them for granted. We have allowed evil persons to usurp and seize what rightfully belongs for us.

We can point fingers all day long but the truth is we are culpable. We are complicit. We allowed this to happen and have done little, if anything, to stop it. Now we face the consequences of our sins. Sins? Really? Are we not good people? Do we not go to church? Do we not vote? Are our sins not covered by that precious blood of Jesus the Messiah?

As I stated in the beginning, we are saved from the wrath that is to come, but this does not mean we will never see the consequences of our actions… or our inaction. Those consequences are all around us. Our liberty, our freedoms are taken from us every day by those who are supposed to be representing us, working for us. We PAY them to steal our freedom! This is the height of bad stewardship. Before we can hold government responsible for the wrongs thrust upon us – we must accept responsibility for our own sins.

As citizens of this nation, we have failed miserably. WE have dropped the ball. We have dropped so many balls we are up to our necks in dropped balls – such that they are about to smother us as we sit idly and whine about why we can no longer move from here to there due to the plethora of balls impeding our way. How so? You may ask.

First and foremost we have allowed the continual expansion of government. On every level, government has grown far beyond limits set by their respective constitutions. We sat and watched as our “representatives” promulgate more and more regulations – imposing on every aspect of our lives. While some throw up hands in frustration, that is often the limit of any response. When government oversteps even those laws that should apply to them – we allow those in government to “police” themselves, more often than not allowing them to grant blanket passes even for blatant and overt crimes against the people of this nation.

Consider Hillary Clinton, Lois Lerner, Andrew McCabe – the list is nearly endless. Notice how just these three span over seven years. These are just the tip of the iceberg! How many have seen one day in court for the charges levied against them? Where is the outrage? Where is the accountability? Are you aware of the congressional slush fund used to pay off sexual harassment charges in D.C.? Yes, politicians – OUR REPRESENTATIVES – use OUR MONEY to pay for their personal indiscretions – quietly, of course, so as not to disrupt their political careers. If you were not aware of this… WHY not? It is our responsibility as stewards to hold those trusted with our nation’s business accountable.

These are just two examples where our own laziness and lackadaisical attitude has allowed our nation to become the mess it is. WE have to stand up and say “NO MORE!” We have to take back the reigns from those who have held them for far too long – whether we handed them off or they took them by deception – it does not matter. What matters is WE need to step up and take charge. How can we do this? Can we vote our way out out of this mess?

You will not like the answer because it is yes… and no. First, there are no “easy answers”. We got ourselves into this mess by taking the easy way out. We can no longer afford this. Many will scoff at this but voting is an inherent part of the process but it is only part. Waiting for election days will get us nowhere. Neither will simply participating in the election process. The fact is, no matter how slimey and distasteful they are, politicians will always be among us. They are like a fungus with no known retardant. It just keeps coming back and growing on any available surface.

The real answer rests in true decentralization of government and active participation by us citizens. Without these two elements, our nation is lost forever. The “great experiment” will prove to be a bust. This is also how we can regain the power we’ve lost. It is not difficult but it will take commitment and persistence. Much can happen quickly but nothing will happen overnight. You can forget about instant gratification for the most part. Here’s what we need to do:

Follow the example of the 2A sanctuary movement here in Virginia. Descend upon our local county seats. First and foremost – just show up! This alone will make national headlines. Our very presence in huge numbers will shake the politicians to their bones. It will send a message: “We are determined to take back our nation.” This will not only affect those on the county level – it will ripple through to the state and federal level. The earth will tremble beneath their feet. Then what?

Then we start talking. I will tell you right now, most county board members will not welcome us. They will insist we are not “on the agenda”. They will whine about those who want to speak and limit how many can talk and how long. How do I know this? I’ve seen it before. These board members are used to having things their way. They get a “packet” before each meeting telling them exactly what to expect. They’ll show up, have their meeting, maybe trade a few words or jokes with other members and go home. Typically, their goal is to get in, get done and go home. The last thing they want is to drag stuff out and ruin their plans. This is on the local level. Imagine how the people’s business must impose upon the lives of the important politicians at the state and federal level. That’s right – THEY are important because, you know, they hold an office – don’tchaknow?

More than talking to the politicians, we need to talk to each other at these meetings. Find some common ground, set some common goals. If the locals won’t allow “non-agenda” items, find out how to add things to the agenda. Remember they work for US – not the other way around.

After a few meetings, yes this thing cannot be a “one and done” thing, as a matter of fact it needs to be an ongoing thing, it will become clear what the business at hand should be. For example, right after President Trump was found “not guilty” at his impeachment trial, I heard rumblings about another impeachment. I do not know about you but I’ve had enough of this. I do not care whether you think he has done anything worthy of removal from office – it should be clear to us all it will not happen! Stop wasting taxpayer time and money on this nonsense and move on! I should think if a large number of counties in this nation passed resolutions saying just that – even the House of Representatives might just listen. The fact is every day our state and federal governments are pursuing some idiocy they have no business sticking their noses in. For a while it may seem like we are playing whack a mole but eventually, things will calm down.

The point here is if we do nothing we will be lost. If we all just get up and vote, we will be lost. If we get busy and participate in the election process and vote – we will STILL be lost. At the very least we need to activate on the county level AND do all of the above. This will start us on the right path. Is this a path you should take? I cannot tell you. I am only one man. My suggestion is you take your questions to God Himself. He is always there and He will guide you if you ask. While you’re there, if you don’t mind, put in a word for me.

Reclaiming Our Birthright – Liberty Will Be Messy

Thinking about the “how” of reclaiming our birthright – our constitutional republic and limited government is something I find rather daunting. Why? In a word… liberty.

Don’t be like this idiot – messy liberty is better than “neat” communism any day.

To be true to liberty one must accept the idea that your concept of liberty does not necessarily agree with mine. I am good with this but things get really messy as the numbers of citizens expand. You’ve been in a large room full of people all talking at once. This is your snapshot of what liberty would sound like if it could talk. Yeah. That’s it. Messy.

So how do we reconcile all of this? How do we make a coherent whole from an incoherent cacophony of voices? First and foremost we have to agree on one thing: our constitution rules. It is the law of the land. If we forget this again, we will lose – lose our nation and lose ourselves. Second, we need to embrace the idea of our republic. As a republic we elect representatives who are then charged with consolidating the will of all those represented. We must realize we will not always agree with the individual decisions made by our representative. This is where accountability comes in. We must keep tabs on our representatives and make them account for their actions on a regular basis. Finally we need to stay diligent about limiting government. Pandora must stay in her box. We need to throw that key away. We cannot, must not ever allow government to again expand beyond the constitutional framework. We’ve seen the disastrous results of this. As of now we are on the verge of losing our nation to a cabal of controllers. We cannot be fooled again.

If you are one of those neatniks, you are not going to like this at all. We need to decentralize. Home rule should be our new buzzword, er, phrase. This means we can no longer accept “mandates” from state or federal governments. It is not the place of the state or federal government to dictate to us. Again, the constitution is the law of the land. The term “Federal Law” should never again be held up as the “be all and end all” or the last word on anything. Home rule should override everything but the constitution. Hence our state constitutions cannot conflict with the federal. Should such a case come up, the state in question would have two choices – either conform to the federal constitution or leave the union. Yes. Leave the Union. No more should the “Union” be considered mandatory. This is the root of the problems we see today.

Of course things are already a mess. Our nation is a train wreck. Our representatives has spent us into oblivion – leaving us in a ocean of debt. We are buried under mountains of liberty-stealing laws and regulations. Rogue agents are everywhere, literally stealing from citizens under the guise of “asset forfeiture” and other means, spying on us, hauling us off to who knows where and likewise disrupting our peaceful lives. Meanwhile criminals run rampant in urban areas. Thousands of homeless gather in tent cities – or just make do with whatever in the streets. Often, efforts to help any of these homeless results in charges against the good Samaritans. Other good people are hauled into courts and/or off to jail for “crimes” as insignificant as using the wrong pronoun or refusing to submit to the demands of “customer”. Need I go on? Have we had enough of state and federal meddling yet?

Eventually things will calm down but for now, getting a handle on this mess is likely to look more like chaos. We all want different things and have different ideas on how to reach what goals we can agree on. The important thing is getting started. A body at rest tends to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. We need to move, to act. As citizens we have rested far too long.

Here in Virginia, we are off to a good start. The attack on our 2A rights galvanized us into action, but things are just getting started here. The controllers seem bent on moving forward with their plans to strip us of our liberty. All signals from the ground level indicate we will not back down. My own hope is we citizens not only force a retreat but use our momentum to further restore long longs liberties. Why stop at our Second Amendment rights? The controllers certainly drew no such line. They want it all. Well guess what? So don’t we. The difference is our liberty belongs to us. It is ours to claim.

Yes, reclaiming our liberty and our birthright will be messy. It is not likely to be worse than what we see now. Either way, we own it so we might as well take possession.

Off-Guardian: The USA’s Doll House: A Vast Tapestry of Lies and Illusions

Stark and hard-hitting – this article pulls no punches. The toughest question asked: are we citizens complicit? Yes and no, I’d say. The controllers deceive us to. I spent most of my life living the lie. “This is a free country. America is great because it is good.” Deep down this is true but the controllers have corrupted our nation and corrupted us with it. They made one very serious error: They touted our freedom and our liberty while stealing it away. They fed us an ideal… an ideal I will never surrender. America IS great because America IS good! Let us reclaim our birthright!

Read the indictment below:

The USA’s Doll House: A Vast Tapestry of Lies and Illusions

Strategic Culture: Who Can NOW Say America Hasn’t Become a Mega-Corporate Dictatorship?

Another article with valid points. My own take on this is these controllers derive both their money AND their power from us citizens. We can stop the flow of money – our money when we  reclaim our birthright and restore limited government.If you like your republlic you can keep it - Ben Franklin

Who Can NOW Say America Hasn’t Become a Mega-Corporate Dictatorship?

Burning Platform: In the Bubble: Trump’s Presidency Reveals 7 Undeniable Facts About The Swamp

Doug “Uncola” Lynn hits the nail on the head in his article published by The Burning Platform.

In essence he gives  SEVEN reasons we citizens MUST reclaim our birthright now.

In the Bubble: Trump’s Presidency Reveals 7 Undeniable Facts About The Swamp

 

Mises Institute: What’s Next for the Virginia Sanctuary Movement?

For my money, this is a must read article from the venerable Mises Institute. Here is the “Executive Summary”: If we want to effect real change we need to look to decentralization.

It should be no secret I wholeheartedly agree. Decentralization is the only way we can reclaim our birthright as citizens. More on this in a future essay.

For now, consider Mr. Jose Nino’s perspective:

What’s Next for the Virginia Sanctuary Movement?

 

Conservative Logic – Why Right is Not Always Right

Grab some popcorn as this essay is going to tick off a lot of people. Mostly it will be liberals. Why? The title is accurate but guaranteed to be misread so I’ll explain it right off.

Today I saw a couple of related posts of interest. They got me thinking on this topic. The first post concerned how the NFL wouldn’t allow Pro-Life or Pro-2A ads because “they would be too offensive.” The next post talks about Bloomberg’s gun grabbing ad that DID play… on the Super Bowl broadcast. Hmmm. Well there’s some logic for you right at the start and the total lack of logic on the NFL. Not only their actions were illogical but also their bottom line so-called “logic”. Just whom to they think pays big money to watch what can certainly be described as modern gladiating? While all this got me to thinking, the failed logic and hypocrisy of the NFL isn’t exactly my point but their actions demonstrates it beautifully.

Why is right not always right? What I am saying here is it often does no good at all to use try to logically convince the left of the error of their ways. To paraphrase something attributed to AOC “Facts don’t apply to what I believe.” Time and time again, the globalist controllers tell us “Facts don’t matter.” Are we listening? I don’t think so.

In the Bloomberg post above, the author takes Mayor Shorty’s argument and dismantles it piece by piece until even the scraps would be ignored by the hungriest vulture. It will do no good. Get this: Liberals don’t do logic. They just don’t. For example: how many times has this been asked:?

What part of “Shall Not Be Infringed” don’t you understand?

My teen daughter asked me what “infringed” means. Good question! Instead of shooting from the hip, I looked up the dictionary definition. I’m glad I did. There were two but this one rings so true:

infringe: act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on

This word alone smashes any supposed justification for taxing, banning, requiring permits or otherwise limiting the right to keep and bear arms. Notice the word is “arms” NOT “firearms”. The word “arms” is a military term – short for armaments – meaning weapons. Thus “firearms” are included in this group but the term “arms” is far more expansive. Does this include “automatic machine guns? I would say “yes”. Personally I’d also say this includes battleships and fighter jets also, but lets not go there. Such is a fruitless discussion. Can you imagine the emotional argument “Well, you’re saying my neighbor could part an F-15 in his backyard.” Yeah, right, and compost dung from his pet Elephant to produce homemade jet fuel too. Logical hint here folks: most people cannot afford to shoot as much as they like, much less feed a belt-driven machine gun for any period of time. Only governments have that kind of money to burn. By the way… have you priced an F-15 lately?

The next “logical argument” the controllers bring up is the “well-regulated militia”. They seize upon this phrase with an “Ah HA! Got YA!” saying this means government oversight. Uh, well, no, it does not. First lets use some real logic. If one wants to know the meaning of these terms, one needs to understand them in the usage at that time. (infringe meant “infringe” then too.) To be “well-regulated” in 1789 meant… drum roll please… well supplied. Oops! That’s right you controlling fools. Drop your preconceived notions and face the facts. Now… about that word militia.

Let’s stay right here in Virginia. What better example can we get than the Virginian 1789 era concept of the militia? Simply put, the militia was comprised of every able-bodied man. They did state an age range but I expect such would be ignored in perilous times. Today, I’ve no doubt we would not automatically exclude women so it is safe to say that, in 1789 terms, we, the people are the militia. The point was the founders did not want a standing army, controlled by the limited government, hence the concept of the militia.

So now, when we put the entire 2nd Amendment together it states in modern terms:

A well-supplied militia, consisting of all able-bodied citizens, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Notice the only clarification I offered was in terms of the militia. I only did this because of the goofy idea that somehow the first clause overrules the rest of the statement and opens the door for the infringement specifically denied in the latter part. Logic.

The problem with all this is logic is lost on the emotional appeals to “keep our children safe”. Irrational visions of dead children everywhere mists the eyes so much they cannot see the truth. Granted a picture of any person shot to death is powerful imagery. Have you noticed how rarely, if ever, one sees a photo of a teen who died in a car accident attributed to texting? Considering the facts, why doesn’t “Moms Demand Action” take a stand against texting and driving? The answer is simple. Logic has no part in this. They like cars. They don’t like guns. End of story. Well… almost.

We all know far more people die in automobiles then from firearms. Why, then, do these get a pass? The answer, again, is emotional – subtle but emotional. Most Americans drive cars. We know cars. We like cars. Sure we know they can be dangerous but we’ve been around them all our lives and we know how to handle them safely. Thus the perceived danger is mitigated. The same cannot be said about firearms. Several anti-gun people have changed their minds after being taught how to shoot and handle guns safely. Others who have been thrust into the “gun culture” suddenly find themselves surrounded by sane, safe people who are generally decent and nice. A line in an old Dwight Yokum song, “The Streets of Bakersfield” said it perfectly…”you don’t know me but you don’t like me”.

So what do we do? In a word… punt! Actually, we need to step away not only from logic but from arguing altogether. It gets us nowhere. It accomplishes nothing. We also need to get a grip on where our own emotional buttons are. For some it is gun control. For others is is abortion. I could go on but you get this. When everything comes to a point the real battle is for the hearts and minds of us citizens. Deep down, we all want the same thing. Okay… most of us want the same thing. Those who want to be handed everything, I think, are anomalies. I am also convinced even those few have some sense of wanting to earn what they have. Those that don’t we will always have with us.

Instead of trying to “win over” the masses with endless arguments – logical or emotional, why don’t we look for common ground and build on that? Do we not all want to be treated like adults? Does a “nanny state” fulfill this desire? Do we like paying more and getting less? Who likes taxes? Who believes “that” person should get stuff for free while we have to pay for the same thing?

My personal feeling is we all want liberty. We all want freedom. More government always means less freedom – not more. Until we begin to limit government, our freedoms will shrink rather than expand as a general rule. Let’s roll with that. We do not need to “win” on gun control. We need to win on the principle of less government control. Set aside the distracting issues for now. Focus on things both sides can agree on.

If our goal is to reclaim our birthright – our constructional republic and a limited government – we need to keep our eyes on the prize. No matter how sane and logical our arguments are – they will fall on deaf ears. We do not need a whopping majority to win. All we need is enough citizens in agreement with the general principle to claim what is already ours. I am convinced we already have the numbers to reach this goal. All we need to follow through and insist on what rightfully belongs to us.

God bless,

Andy

(Note: This essay was written over several days so references to dates refers to the day it was written, not published.)