Happy 244th America! You look Beautiful to me!

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“Jefferson Lives!” – John Adams, July 4th, 1826

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“I agree with you, that in Politics the Middle Way is none at all. If We finally fail in this great and glorious Contest, it will be by bewildering ourselves in groping after this middle Way.” – John Adams

Happy 244th America! You look Beautiful to me!

John Adams letter to General Horatio Gates 1776

https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/06-04-02-0023

The World’s Best Hope

“I know, indeed, that some honest men fear that a republican government cannot be strong, that this Government is not strong enough; but would the honest patriot, in the full tide of successful experiment, abandon a government which has so far kept us free and firm on the theoretic and visionary fear that this Government, the World’s Best Hope, may by possibility want energy to preserve itself?  I trust not.  I believe this, on the contrary, the strongest Government on Earth.  I believe it the only one where every man, at the call of the law, would fly to the standard of the law, and would meet invasion of the public order as his own personal concern.”  – Thomas Jefferson

                Wait?  Do you believe that honest and good people would treat this country as our Best Hope, understand its beauty, and rise up to defend our Government as if it actually mattered to them personally? 

Yes, for indeed it does.  Ok… Tell me more.

“About to enter, fellow citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend everything dear and valuable to you, it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government; and consequently, those which ought to shape its Administration.  I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations:

Oh, thank God!  Thanks for compressing the essential principles down to the narrowest sliver possible – because I’m really busy, you know, being Me and all, and hearing what you think takes time.  Instagram gives you 59 seconds, but I really only give you 3.  Hey, perhaps now you should listen to what I think!  Yes, that sounds like a — No?  That’s NOT what you’re saying?  Are you sure?  Because a good President of a Republican government would allow – wait, what is happening, why am I being escorted out?  What?!  Oh… you were going to tell us, in as small a body as possible, the most essential things for us to know

Yes, you need to stop talking in order to hear.     Ok… Tell me more.

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state of persuasion, religious or political

Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none

Support of the State governments in all their rights – as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies

Preservation of the General Government in its whole constitution vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad

A Jealous care of the right of the election by the people

A mild and safe corrective of abuses which are lopped by the sword of revolution where peaceable remedies are unprovided

Absolute acquiescence in the decisions of the majority, the vital principle of republics, from which is no appeal but to Force – the vital principle and immediate parent of Despotism

A well-disciplined militia, our best reliance in peace and for the first moments of war till regulars may relieve them

Supremacy of the Civil over the Military authority

Economy in the public expense, that labor may be lightly burdened

Honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith

Encouragement of agriculture and of commerce as its handmaid

The diffusion of information and arraignment of all abuses at the bar of the Public Reason

Freedom of Religion

Freedom of the Press

Freedom of person under the protection of the Habeas Corpus

Trial by impartially selected jury

Wait, so that’s it?  That’s your narrow sliver?  Let me see if I’m hearing this right… We Democratically elect representatives to be in our Republic.  These republican representatives then ensure Government treats all the same, regardless of persuasion, strives to be honest and fair with everyone, submits to the majority under a bar of Public Reason, attempting at its core to be an honest payer of debt, an encourager of commerce so that labor is lightly burdened… Free to think, worship, and say or print things without government intervention and, if and when accused of a crime, given due process of law in front of an impartial jury.  That’s it?!  Wait, do I talk now?  Can I say something? 

No.         Oh yeah, sorry.  Shh… OK, tell me more.

Yes.  That’s it.  I believe the Lord wants us to be good, and that means to strive toward these principles.  In fact, I believe that it is these very principles which form the light that guides us, they are what has brought us here, through this revolution and reformation, to everything that a man can hold dear and valuable – for my brethren, my fellow citizens, it is these principles that have brought this nation, our Nation, to right now

Everything we do must be guided by what is right and just and good.  Everything – the Wisdom of the Sages, the Blood of our Heroes, it is all toward the attainment of that Great Light.  This is our tenant and creed, it is where we meet, and right now is our opportunity to try to pen instruction, give it those upon we decide to trust, and then, if ever we should begin to stray away from them… it is these principles that hasten us to retrace our steps, compel us to regain the footing we once had toward that Great Light, that Political Faith, the path that best leads us to Peace, Liberty, and SafetyThat is what we are doing!  And we cannot walk alone.  As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.

Jake shook his head, savoring the juices of the tobacco, before eyeing his captor.  “It is compelling,” he nodded, “to me anyway.  That’s the problem I keep running into.”  He shook his head harder now, trying yet failing again to remember the Creed.  “Every time,” he averred loudly, frustration now discernible in his tone.  “And we’re just going to keep running into it,” he reflected further, chewing on the truth of it.  “Always,” he pleaded, shaking his head a third time as he spit into a red cup.  Grinning at his captor now, Jake felt a resurgence of energy he hadn’t felt in years.  “That’s the problem you have,” he concluded, smiling fully now.  “The problem you have is that he’s right.”

“Still one thing more, fellow citizens: A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.” – Thomas Jefferson


https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/jefinau1.asp – Jefferson’s 1st Inaugural Address

Happy Easter! Happy 4/20!

For the first time in our great nation’s history we celebrate Easter Sunday, the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical Full Moon of the Lunar calendar, and then, eight days later, we celebrate the 20th day of the 4th month of the 20th year of the 20th century since we started counting the years of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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I don’t know about you, but for me, this April 20th feels like the year the Grinch came and tried to ruin our Easter. The Grinch’s name? Wuhan apparently. It’s been a tough year for the Church of Good Trips, COVID being a respiratory illness and all – now if someone harshes out, everyone thinks their life is in danger. So what to do on this April 20th?

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than to those attending too small a degree of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

I don’t know if you’ve taken the red or blue pill, nor do I profess knowledge on how the Lord wants us to properly celebrate April 20th this year, but I am getting more familiar and comfortable with Zoom calls, and my plan is this:

“In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless; but planning, indispensable.” – Dwight D. Eisenhour

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At 3:33, we will review an update on the Housing Market from Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. Then we will open to discuss the Convention of States movement, the COVID pandemic, and our latest efforts. Invited guests include you, Mark Meckler and his team at ConventionofStates.com, Bill Gray and Dr. Larry Arnn from Hillsdale College, and the President of the United States. @PotUs Then, at 4:20, my Pegasus and I are going to go find the treasure. 🏴‍☠️ 😀

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You can join me at zoom.us/j/7237436309

For all of you who are trying to balance the Truth that COVID is real, is here, and is now, with the Truth that we can only be good from here… please know that you are not alone. God loves you, and so do I.

“I think we can agree. The past is over.” – George W. Bush

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The Fighting 49th

“Help us Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope.” – Princess Leia, Star Wars

Maybe it’s because I watched Star Wars’ Episode 1 last night – “The Phantom Menace.” Maybe listening to Matchbox 20’s “How Far We’ve Come,” or hearing my freshman Congressman speak last weekend, or maybe it was meeting with the Bread of Life Charity and talking about their mission. I’m not sure exactly what, but somethings got me all fired up again.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12

My district (California’s 49th) changed from Red to Blue last election. Mike Levin won a seat in the House after Darrell Issa retired and, as for me, little changed. I still believe that both of them want to do good while they are on this planet, nearly all of our elected officials are trying to be good men, and that’s the God’s honest truth – just not sure where that leaves me. Independent? Reform Party? Just Human?

“Promise me you will train the boy.. He is the chosen one… He will bring balance… Train him. Train him.” – Qui-Gon’s final words to Obi-Wan

Do the Red and Blue battle forever in hopes that one day, after we’ve kicked Evil’s ass all the way to Kingdom come, we will be left with what is best for us? I don’t know, but as I look around, it still feels to me like Darth Maul killed our Master and now we need to carry on. That’s the cross America must bear, We the People are Sovereign.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams to Massachusetts Militia, 1798

Hearing my Congressman talk on Saturday about how he felt when taking the oath, knowing that indeed it imprints upon a man – well, it got me thinking again – renewing in me a strong sense of hope, assurance, and confidence that good men will indeed triumph. To all of you flying to DC and back every week, spending Saturday at your 198th House party, conversing with your constituents, meeting with Generals, putting out fires, working for the people around you – I say Thank You Sir.

“Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.” – Thomas Aquinas

Stressing how America could use a balanced media diet, Congressman Levin relayed a welcome calm to the television’s tension. After a few questions, the tide turned to Trump impeachment, and I didn’t ask anything. On the way out, however, I did get the Congressman’s ear for a moment and relayed my question: “Do people in the House talk about balancing the budget? Or have we all agreed we’re not doing that anymore?”

“The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;” – Article 1, Section 8, Constitution of the United States of America

Although Congress is certainly granted the power to borrow money, I wonder whether our founders ever figured that we’d decide one day to assume as much debt as they’ll give us, talk about the good we’re doing with all the money we borrowed, and live as slaves. Weird way for us to die I think, but maybe it is indeed Fate.

“Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.” – Mayer Amschel Rothschild

I still believe the right answer is to reveal what being good looks like, show them why it looks this way, and then charter our leaders to go that direction. We need to pull the heading knob, steer the ship, take control, and be the good People we were created to become. We don’t need to borrow to live – why do we keep believing this lie?

“There were no needy ones among them, because those who owned lands or houses would sell their property, bring the proceeds from the sales, and lay them at the apostles’ feet for distribution to anyone as he had need.” – Acts 4:34-35

I now see why Communism is so attractive to some, but as for me, I still hear it loud and clear… and uh, he sounds pretty sure of himself when he says it. We were never meant to call government the disciples, give our earnings to them, and create government programs to take care of the least of us. This was never His desire for Us and, because of this, why our current course will never work.

“Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord’s controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the Lord hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.” – Micah 6:2

We can borrow to make it look like it’s working (and we have done plenty of that, even set the interest rates at an artificial low for over a decade so that we could “afford” the exorbitant interest payments we’ve accumulated). In the end though, in our soul, we know that our nation will never thrive by borrowing. We can only change, or die this way.

“If it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.” – Abraham Lincoln

That’s how I see the Sith Lord now, the Phantom Menace, and why he is so difficult to destroy. He uses your good nature to get you to engage in wars across the globe, borrow more, puff your chest out, beat “them” – all the while happy to lend you more money than your children can ever pay. The Phantom Menace gets you to destroy yourself.

“I believe the world is burning to the ground. Oh well, I guess, we’re gonna find out.”

“In order to be a good person,” he starts softly, “to show a love for your neighbor, to demonstrate that you too want to live in a pleasant world where we value one another, striving to be good and free, kind to all – you agree we are supposed to be good, right?” Forgetting now that he wields a dual bladed light saber, you nod assuredly. Yes, I do think we’re supposed to be good and free.

“Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. They came to him and said, ‘Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” – Mark 12:13-14

“And so you agree my good Sir,” the Sith continues, “that our government should do more to help people, good citizens should support programs to aid our struggling neighbors, and what would benefit our community most is to borrow money to build more low income housing, fund the State board of Equalization, you want to be a part of a Great Society, don’t you? Whoever has money gives so we can do this great work, we will borrow as needed to assure all people are cared for, promote government assistance for all as needed. You agree this is best, right?”

“At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge.” – Darth Maul to Darth Sidious

Forgetting now that a free market, a free people, and a desire to be good is what is best for society, not understanding that the Sith will use your tithes to build a war machine, support his followers, entrenching his position, you find yourself nodding still, even as he sets out to make your children slaves. After all, you figure incorrectly, if government doesn’t build low income housing, no one will. Forgetting now that Oprah funds orphanages, business CEO’s fly goods to Puerto Rico, and the churches really do care for people, you begin to believe his lie, his fiction, his made up reality that a free market, a free people, and one nation under God doesn’t work, is cruel and heartless even, and we must task our government to do better.

Still one thing more, fellow citizens. A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is what is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.” – Thomas Jefferson

And this is where I go for Jefferson’s light saber, eliminate the Sith’s Apprentice, and agree to train the boy. Question is, train him to become what?

“The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'” – Luke 10:35

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“I believe it all is coming to an end. Oh well, I guess we’re going to pretend.”

Yours in Faith.

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Not Quite Dead…

“Rumors of my demise have been greatly over-exaggerated.” – Mark Twain

Happy Easter, Happy Labor Day, and God Bless everyone!  After I finished my Opus, I stopped blogging for a bit.  You ever feel like everyone in the room is all thinking you need a break?  Like the best thing in the world is to shut up, sit down, and listen for a while.  Well… it kind of felt like that… and the book is long, so I took a break.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

It’s been awesome!  Just got back from a mission trip to Africa, had a wonderful adventure, and I’m excited to report that, for the first time, the children of Risa, Kenya now have fresh water piped to a 500 gallon water tower!  Thank you Africa Thriving, Cerrone, Pastor Daniel, and all those doing good in the world.  I am most grateful to be home again – got to spend Labor Day teaching my 16 year-old boy how to drive a car around the neighborhood.  Best Labor Day yet!

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

On my flight home from Africa, I not only got to view the Harry Potter movies for the first time, but was able to catch the newest Avengers movie as well.  As they often do, the fictional movies cause me to ponder our non-fictional world, the 9 realms of Asgard becoming the 9 judges of our Supreme Court, or the 9 wraiths seeking the Ring of Power – depending on how you view them, Us, our political state, and the World…

“The world is changed.  I feel it in the water.  I feel it in the earth.  I smell it in the air…  Much that once was is lost; for none now live who remember it.” – Galadriel to Frodo, Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings

Maybe it’s nothing, but I do feel that way.  That a generation, our best generation, is slowly but surely boarding the Elvish ships and departing.  A humble salute to John McCain – thank you Sir for your life of service and devotion to our great nation.  But as they depart, I do wonder.  Do the Avengers and Super-Heroes ever win?  Or do we just keep borrowing?

“We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves.” – John McCain

I felt an urge to start “Vision President” many years ago, and now, as I watch Super Heroes trying to defend “Vision,” fight the never-ending battle for Goodness, prevent the Enemy from winning… for me, I think about this site, what prompted me to start it, and I wonder… what would “Vision” say is the best way for a Society to function?

“So do all men who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide.  All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.” – Gandalf to Frodo, Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings

Whatever your answer, know that I treasure your right to have it.  As for “New Deal 3” manuscript, the 3rd edit is complete, book is back on Amazon, and a charitable donation will be made to “Africa Thriving” for each book sold in September.  Still not sure what all happens in Volume 2, but I’ll keep plugging away.  I’m not quite dead.

“Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible.  I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.   Fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long speech, and there is a bullet – there is where the bullet went through – and it probably saved me from it going into my heart.  The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Yours in Faith for a better America and a better World.

What do you do when we reach the mountain top?

“I have a dream my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King

One day I had a Dream, a vision of the world He desired, inspired by the Lord, with the Promise that if I stayed strong, took up my cross, and followed Him, He would make it come true.  This vision became my Passion, my calling, my mission in the world.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” – Proverbs 16:3

After Alabama decreed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was illegal, Reverend Shuttlesworth founded the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights to continue our quest.  While meeting in Old Sardis Baptist Church in 1959, a graduate student from Ohio compiled statistics of our group.  70% of us claimed to be Americans first, then Negro.  ½ of us attended weekly mass services, and 80% favored non-violent means.  To her stats, she added a comment.  “I try to think of myself first as an American, but usually not a day passes that I am not somehow reminded that I am first a Negro.”

“Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.  Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.” – Proverbs 16:19-20

          We marched, enduring beatings and hardships; Congregated in prayer, succumbing to batons and dogs of Alabama State Troopers, spending nights on end on jail cell floors, calling for non-violence even as dynamite struck our doorsteps – so that one day you would live in a land that judged you only by the content of your character.  We could wait no longer.

“When you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five-year-old son who is asking: ‘ Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?’  When you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ‘nobodiness’ then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.” – MLK, Letter from Birmingham Jail

My brothers and sisters, my Dream today is that We would realize that these inner fears and outer resentments, this degenerating sense of ‘nobodiness’ is a yoke we are meant to cast off!  By God, I know this to be True.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Brothers and sisters, you who now attend desegregated schools, walking freely in a land where Funtown welcomes your children, who march unopposed to Capitol buildings, having no fear of dynamite in your neighborhood churches, I ask you today, what is your Dream?  What nation did you hope to create?

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.  How long will you lie there, you sluggard?  When will you get up from your sleep?  A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.  – Proverbs 6:6-11

Be humble, contrite, serving those around you.  Obtain your diploma, refrain from drug abuse, attend weekly mass service, marry under God before bringing children into this world, raise them in His ways, run from the adulteress, avoid groups of fools; Seek Wisdom.

“My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.  If they say, ‘Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;  cast lots with us; we will all share the loot’ – My son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.  How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!  These men lie in wait for their own blood, ambushing only themselves!  Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.” – Proverbs 1:8-19

Seek the Lord first.  Have faith He will provide for you, and all these things will be given unto you.  Accept that you are a child of God, embrace His Grace, respond to His calling, and Be Good.

“Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.” – Psalm 97:10

America, land that I love, today I give you my children, strong in character, steadfast in determination, sober in mind, and kind in heart.  Treat them as your own, for indeed they are.

“Repent at my rebuke!  Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.  But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you – when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.  Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord.  Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.  For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” – Proverbs 1:23-33

Yours in Faith.

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.  We have guided missiles and misguided men.” – Martin Luther King

Happy 4th of July!!!

“FRIENDS AND FELLOW-CITIZENS,

Called upon to undertake the duties of the first executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow-citizens which is here assembled to express my grateful thanks for the favor with which they have been pleased to look toward me, to declare a sincere consciousness that the task is above my talents, and that I approach it with those anxious and awful presentiments which the greatness of the charge and the weakness of my powers so justly inspire. A rising nation, spread over a wide and fruitful land, traversing all the seas with the rich productions of their industry, engaged in commerce with nations who feel power and forget right, advancing rapidly to destinies beyond the reach of mortal eye – when I contemplate these transcendent objects, and see the honor, the happiness, and the hopes of this beloved country committed to the issue and the auspices of this day, I shrink from the contemplation, and humble myself before the magnitude of the undertaking. Utterly, indeed, should I despair did not the presence of many whom I here see remind me that in the other high authorities provided by our Constitution I shall find resources of wisdom, of virtue, and of zeal on which to rely under all difficulties. To you, then, gentlemen, who are charged with the sovereign functions of legislation, and to those associated with you, I look with encouragement for that guidance and support which may enable us to steer with safety the vessel in which we are all embarked amidst the conflicting elements of a troubled world.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1st Inaugural Address

    Felt re-energized singing the chorus of “God Bless America” in church yesterday.  If you missed it, here are the words.

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea

Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free

Let us all be grateful for a land so fair

As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer:

God Bless AMERICA, land that I love

Stand beside her, and guide her,

Through the night with a light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans

White with foam.

God Bless AMERICA, my home sweet home,

God Bless AMERICA, my home sweet home!

  Motivated me enough to buy a new flag and some piano sheet music.  If it’s anything like “Happy Birthday to you,” I’m pretty sure I’ll have a hell of a time trying to make any sense of it.

“Life’s tough; but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.” – John Wayne

  Sometimes, when I reflect on our national debt, student loans, trade policies, banking regulations, Federal Reserve, school system, prison system, drug and healthcare policies, government aid programs… as I consider our political parties, monopolies, mortgage and financial industries, and military presence across the globe, I wonder how free we are…

“Peace, Commerce, and honest friendship with all nations.  Entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson

Happy Independence Day!

Yours in Faith for a better America and a better world.

Audit the Fed, S2232

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“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large.” – Thomas Jefferson

   Last week, my church Pastor said now was the time of the year when Pastors walk their dogs, talk to God, and create their SMART goals for next year (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Readily Achievable, and Timely).  Seeing how he was taking some time to think, I thought I’d let my mind wander as well. 

“If the Bank really be a grievance, why is it that no one of the real people is found to ask redress of it? The truth is, no such oppression exists. If it did, our table would groan with memorials and petitions, and we would not be permitted to rest day or night, till we had put it down.” – Abraham Lincoln

  The Senate’s Audit the Fed vote was today and, as people today are crying foul, watching helplessly as trillions of their dollars are given to bankers, and as Abe’s birthday is again approaching, I thought it appropriate to look at January 11, 1837, President Abraham Lincoln rising to deliver his Speech concerning the State Bank to Illinois’ State Legislature. 

“Some gentlemen have the stock in their hands, while others, who have more money than they know what to do with, want it; and this, and this alone, is the question, to settle which we are called on to squander thousands of the people’s money.  What interest, let me ask, have the people in the settlement of this question? What difference is it to them whether the stock is owned by Judge Smith or Sam. Wiggins?  If any gentleman be entitled to stock in the Bank, which he is kept out of possession of by others, let him assert his right in the Supreme Court, and let him or his antagonist, whichever may be found in the wrong, pay the costs of suit. It is an old maxim and a very sound one, that he that dances should always pay the fiddler. Now, sir, in the present case, if any gentlemen, whose money is a burden to them, choose to lead off a dance, I am decidedly opposed to the people’s money being used to pay the fiddler.” – Abraham Lincoln

When I started my quest, a banker friend of mine sent me a note, “I took your journey back when I was 35.  The problem with peeling an onion is, the more layers you peel, the more it stinks.”  Attached with his note was the book, “Currency Wars.”  I’ve never been the same.

“These capitalists work harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people.” – Abraham Lincoln

Dear Abe, since you left they created a Federal Reserve composed only of big bankers, whose profits they’ve guaranteed by making the people liable for them.  They’ve created “covered” transactions, made foreign dealings un-auditable by our Congress, and removed silver or gold from our legal tender.  Your nation now owes more than the rest of the world combined.  What do we do now?  I thought a look at S2232, Audit the Fed, might be illuminating.

“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

So what is Audit the Fed?  What is Bill S2232?

Audit the Fed bill advocates:

 a) striking everything after “in writing” of subsection b of section 714 of Title 31, and

b) striking subsection f in its entirety.

What does that mean?  The links are above, but I’ve also pasted the application sections below.  Read for yourself, but to my pea brain, it sounds like it allows an actual Audit by Congress, the ones who created the Federal Reserve, the ones who are charged with managing our purse strings, the very ones we count on to be ‘in the know.’  Why would ‘transactions for or with a foreign bank, government of a foreign country, or non-private international financing organization’ be exempt from purview?  Elizabeth Warren, you truly seem to be for the people.  Harry Reid, Bob Corker,  somebody, please tell us why the 80% of Americans who support a full audit of the Federal Reserve are wrong.  Why don’t you support Audit the Fed?

“The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” – George Washington

(b)  Under regulations of the Comptroller General, the Comptroller General shall audit an agency, but may carry out an onsite examination of an open insured bank or bank holding company only if the appropriate agency has consented in writing.  Audits of the Board and Federal reserve banks may not include—

(1)   transactions for or with a foreign central bank, government of a foreign country, or nonprivate international financing organization;

(2)   deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy matters, including discount window operations, reserves of member banks, securities credit, interest on deposits, and open market operations;

(3)   transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee; or

(4)   a part of a discussion or communication among or between members of the Board and officers and employees of the Federal Reserve System related to clauses (1)–(3) of this subsection.

1. and

2. (f)  Audits of Credit Facilities of the Federal Reserve System.—

(1) Definitions.—In this subsection, the following definitions shall apply:

(A) Credit facility.—

The term “credit facility” means a program or facility, including any special purpose vehicle or other entity established by or on behalf of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or a Federal reserve bank, authorized by the Board of Governors under section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 343), that is not subject to audit under subsection (e).

(B) Covered transaction.—

The term “covered transaction” means any open market transaction or discount window advance that meets the definition of “covered transaction” in section 11(s) of the Federal Reserve Act.

 

 

The Interview

Watching the movie, The Interview, a fictional comedy in which the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, agrees to be interviewed by an American dummy like myself, reminded me of an assignment we were given in War College. We were tasked with the following question: If you were the combatant commander of the Pacific (our military leader in charge of Pacific forces), what advice would you give the President?

“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson

I advocated that we give China the world prestige it both desires and deserves by shifting the region’s stabilization role to the Chinese, recommended removal of our combat forces in South Korea, and, believing that our Grand Strategy is best served by shrinking the footprint of our forces on foreign soil, argued it was time to diminish our role as the world’s policeman, shift the eagle’s talon from arrow to olive branch, and resume the noble cause of our great nation.

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.” – George Washington

Watching the movie resurged some of my old feelings, caused my nagging spidey sense to tingle, and now I offer Kim Jong-un my Interview questions:

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln

  1. Your grandfather, Kim Il-sung, led the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Your father, Kim Jong-il, was General Secretary of the Worker’s Party of Korea. Your family’s vision, as I have heard it, has always been the unification of the Korean people, One Nation, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  As a man living over here in the Democratic People’s Republic of America (we called it the United States), I wonder – are you willing to embrace a true Democratic Republic in Korea, a government of the people, determined by the people, working for the people? Is this the “Democratic Republic” you envision, or is it something else?
  2. With 49 million people south of the DMZ and only 24 million north, a “united” Democratic Republic of Korea would presumably look more like South Korea than North Korea. Is this agreeable? Would you be willing to recognize Seoul as the capital of a united Korea if that’s what the people wanted?
  3. George Washington, the first leader of our budding Democratic Republic, declined the opportunity to become its Supreme Leader, refused the temptation to be President indefinitely, and instead, chose to give up power. He recognized that his Vision precluded his Rule, and for that, We chiseled his likeness into a mountain and celebrate his birthday. Are you willing to do likewise? If the US were to remove all forces from Korea, would you, recognizing that a Democratic Republic is incongruent with an authoritarian family dynasty, leave politics altogether and cede power to the people?
  4. If the armistice and demilitarized zone from your grandfather’s day were today taken to the next logical step, if the UN Security Council recognized a united nation of Korea, assuring both its sovereignty and security, if lifted sanctions were coupled with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear inspections, if united Korea was welcomed into the fold of peace-seeking nations on this planet, would you support UN monitored elections and remove yourself as a potential candidate for election?

Sometimes, when I look at our world, I wonder if the solution sits right in front of us.

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – Colin Powell