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The Ten Principles of a Free Society – discussion

In American Sovereign on April 21, 2011 at 10:23 am

Does anyone have a problem with any of these principles?

The Ten Principles of a Free Society

  1. Rights belong to individuals, not groups; they derive from our nature and can neither be granted nor taken away by government.
  2. All peaceful, voluntary economic and social associations are permitted; consent is the basis of the social and economic order.
  3. Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by governments.
  4. Government may not redistribute private wealth or grant special privileges to any individual or group.
  5. Individuals are responsible for their own actions; government cannot and should not protect us from ourselves.
  6. Government may not claim the monopoly over a people’s money and government’s must never engaged in official counterfeiting, even in the name of macroeconomic stability.
  7. Aggressive wars, even when called preventative, and even when they pertain only to trade relations, are forbidden.
  8. Jury nullification, that is, the right of jurors to judge the law as well as the facts, is a right of the people and the courtroom norm.
  9. All forms of involuntary servitude are prohibited, not only slavery but also conscription, forced association, and forced welfare distribution.
  10. Government must obey the law that it expects other people to obey and thereby must never use force to mold behavior, manipulate social outcomes, manage the economy, or tell other countries how to behave.
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U.S.S. Constitution vs U.N.N. Global Leviathan

In American Sovereign on April 18, 2011 at 11:46 am

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By Stewart Rhodes
April 17th 2011

U.S.S. Economic Titanic

has already hit the economic ice-berg and is sinking.Arguing over who should be the next captain is not going to save us.Even if we replaced the entire leadership staff, by firing all of Congress, that also won’t save us.Those who have served in the infantry know the old saying “embrace the suck,” which means to accept reality and deal with it.Well, we need to dispense with false hope, accept that an economic collapse is coming, embrace the suck, and deal with it.As Patrick Henry said, it is better to know the worst, and provide for it, than to delude ourselves with false hope.

Frankly, we should be glad it is coming on our watch, so that we can clean up the mess we have allowed to happen, rather than leaving it to our children and grand-children to fix.As Thomas Paine said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Exactly.This is our watch, so let’s get it done so our children and grand-children may have peace and freedom.So, knowing that the ship is sinking, what do we do?Do we sit on our butts and wail and cry about what’s coming, while waiting to hit the icy water?Do we jump into life-boats and wallow around, waiting to be rescued?That’s what the globalist power elites want us to do.When the Federal Reserve created fiat money system collapses, when the ship sinks, they will then “rescue us” by sweeping us all onboard the U.N.N. Global Leviathan – their “final solution” of a world-wide version of the “Fed” (out of the IMF) along with ‘world governance.”That has been their plan all along – con us into sailing an un-seaworthy fiat hulk, sail it into an iceberg, and then “rescue” us onto their massive prison ship.You think getting rid of the Federal Reserve is tough?Just wait till you are under a world “federal reserve.”

So what do we do?Well, the U.S.S. Constitution is still sitting right there, off the stern! She’s still sea-worthy, able to weather any storm.We need to jump off of this weak, fiat imitation of a system we have been conned into sailing for nearly a hundred years, and get back onboard with our Constitution.We have neglected her.The supposed leaders have forsaken her.But we, the crew – us oath-sworn veterans, and We the People – who are the real owners – can still sail her if we but realize she is still there, just waiting for us.

Let’s patch the sails, plug any leaks, man our battle stations and get Old-Ironsides ready to give the U.N.N. Global Leviathan a royal ass kicking.And then let’s sail back into liberty waters onboard the Constitutional Republic built by the blood and sweat of our forefathers.That is the answer to the globalist’s plans.And that is exactly why Oath Keepers has launched Operation Sleeping Giant (www.operationsleepinggiant.org).

Certainly we are all in this together, whether or not we are veterans, but the veterans of this nation have a critical role to play.Each of us who served are still bound by our oaths to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and we must acknowledge that it has been because of our neglect of our duties, because of our negligence, that our nation has come to this.  So, we veterans have a duty to right this wrong.We have the training and leadership experience it will take to help lead our people in resisting the dark plans of the global elites and in getting back to liberty. Together, we can defeat them and restore our Republic.

OPERATION SLEEPING GIANT

I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto after attacking Pearl Harbor.*

 

America’s veterans truly are like a sleeping giant. It is time to awaken them and fill them with a terrible resolve to defeat the domestic enemies of our Constitution and their globalist fellow travelers.   If we wake the veterans up, this Republic will be saved. If we don’t, then I fear that this Republic will fall.   If we can’t get the veterans to step up and do what must be done to save our Republic, then how can we expect to get the rest of our people to do what must be done?

So, let’s WAKE THEM UP so they can help us wake up the whole country and so they can take the lead in restoring this Republic and resisting the plans of the enemy.

If we reach the veterans fast and “reactivate” them, with their leadership we can get our neighborhoods, towns, counties and states squared away so we won’t be weak and desperate when the fiat money system crashes. The stronger ‘We the People’ are within our states, the less pretext there will be for “martial law” during a crisis and the less likely the current serving military and police will be to go along with it.

Liberty Defined, Ron Paul’s newest book, to be released on April 19, 2011

In American Sovereign on April 15, 2011 at 10:18 am

The following is the Introduction to Liberty Defined, Ron Paul’s newest book, to be released on April 19, 2011

America’s history and political ethos are all about liberty. The Declaration of Independence declares that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights, but notice how both life and the pursuit of happiness also depend on liberty as a fundamental bedrock of our country.  We use the word almost as a cliche. But do we know what it means? Can we recognize it when we see it? More importantly, can we recognize the opposite of liberty when it is sold to us as a form of freedom?

Liberty means to exercise human rights in any manner a person chooses so long as it does not interfere with the exercise of the rights of others. This means, above all else, keeping government out of our lives. Only this path leads to the unleashing of human energies that build civilization, provide security, generate wealth, and protect the people from systematic rights violations. In this sense, only liberty can truly ward off tyranny, the great and eternal foe of mankind.

The definition of liberty I use is the same one that was accepted by Thomas Jefferson and his generation. It is the understanding derived from the great freedom tradition, for Jefferson himself took his understanding from John Locke (1632-1704). I use the term “liberal” without irony or contempt, for the liberal tradition in the true sense, dating from the late Middle Ages until the early part of the twentieth century,1 was devoted to freeing society from the shackles of the state. This is an agenda I embrace, and one that I believe all Americans should embrace.

To believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation. It permits people to work out their problems for themselves, build lives for themselves, take risks and accept responsibility for the results, and make their own decisions.

Do our leaders in Washington believe in liberty? They sometimes say they do. I don’t think they are telling the truth. The existence of the wealth- extracting leviathan state in Washington, DC, a cartoonishly massive machinery that no one can control and yet few ever seriously challenge, a monster that is a constant presence in every aspect of our lives, is proof enough that our leaders do not believe. Neither party is truly dedicated to the classical, fundamental ideals that gave rise to the American Revolution.

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Of course, the costs of this leviathan are incalculably large. The twentieth century endured two world wars, a worldwide depression, and a forty- five- year “Cold War” with two superpowers facing off with tens of thousands of intercontinental missiles armed with nuclear warheads. And yet the threat of government today, all over the world, may well present a greater danger than anything that occurred in the twentieth century. We are policed everywhere we go: work, shopping, home, and church. Nothing is private anymore: not property, not family, not even our houses of worship. We are encouraged to spy on each other and to stand passively as government agents scan us, harass us, and put us in our place day after day. If you object, you are put on a hit list. If you fight to reveal the truth, as WikiLeaks or other websites have done, you are targeted and can be crushed. Sometimes it seems like we are living in a dystopian novel like 1984 or Brave New World, complete with ever less economic freedom. Some will say that this is hyperbole; others will understand exactly what I’m talking about.

What is at stake is the American dream itself, which in turn is wrapped up with our standard of living. Too often, we underestimate what the phrase “standard of living” really means. In my mind, it deals directly with all issues that affect our material well-being, and therefore affects our outlook on life itself: whether we are hopeful or despairing, whether we expect progression or regression, whether we think our children will be better off or worse off than we are. All of these considerations go to the heart of the idea of happiness. The phrase “standard of living” comprises nearly all we expect out of life on this earth. It is, simply, how we are able to define our lives.

Our standards of living are made possible by the blessed institution of liberty. When liberty is under attack, everything we hold dear is under attack. Governments, by their very nature, notoriously compete with liberty, even when the stated purpose for establishing a particular government is to protect liberty.

Take the United States, for example. Our country was established with the greatest ideals and respect for individual freedom ever known. Yet look at where we are today: runaway spending and uncontrollable debt; a monstrous bureaucracy regulating our every move; total disregard for private property, free markets, sound money, and personal privacy; and a foreign policy of military expansionism. The restraints placed on our government in the Constitution by the Founders did not work. Powerful special interests rule, and there seems to be no way to fi ght against them. While the middle class is being destroyed, the poor suffer, the justly rich are being looted, and the unjustly rich are getting richer. The wealth of the country has fallen into the hands of a few at the expense of the many. Some say this is because of a lack of regulations on Wall Street, but that is not right. The root of this issue reaches far deeper than that.

The threat to liberty is not limited to the United States. Dollar hegemony has globalized the crisis. Nothing like this has ever happened before. All economies are interrelated and dependent on the dollar’s maintaining its value while at the same time the endless expansion of the dollar money supply is expected to bail out everyone.

This dollar globalization is made more dangerous by nearly all governments acting irresponsibly by expanding their powers and living beyond their means. Worldwide debt is a problem that will continue to grow if we continue on this path. Yet all governments, and especially ours, do not hesitate to further expand their powers at the expense of liberty in a futile effort to force an outcome of their design on us. They simply expand and plummet further into debt.

Understanding how governments always compete with liberty and destroy progress, creativity, and prosperity is crucial to our effort to reverse the course on which we find ourselves. The contest between abusive government power and individual freedom is an age- old problem. The concept of liberty, recognized as a natural right, has required thousands of years to be understood by the masses in reaction to the tyranny imposed by those whose only desire is to rule over others and live off their enslavement.

This conflict was understood by the defenders of the Roman Republic, the Israelites of the Old Testament, the rebellious barons of 1215 who demanded the right of habeas corpus, and certainly by the Founders of this country, who imagined the possibility of a society without kings and despots and thereby established a framework that has inspired liberation movements ever since. It is understood by growing numbers of Americans who are crying out for answers and demanding an end to Washington’s hegemony over the country and the world.

And yet even among the friends of liberty, many people are deceived into believing that government can make them safe from all harm, provide fairly distributed economic security, and improve individual moral behavior. If the government is granted a monopoly on the use of force to achieve these goals, history shows that that power is always abused. Every single time.

Over the centuries, progress has been made in understanding the concept of individual liberty and the need to constantly remain vigilant in order to limit government’s abuse of its powers. Though steady progress has been made, periodic setbacks and stagnations have occurred. For the past one hundred years, the United States and most of the world have witnessed a setback for the cause of liberty. Despite all the advances in technology, despite a more refi ned understanding of the rights of minorities, despite all the economic advances, the individual has far less protection against the state than a century ago.

Since the beginning of the last century, many seeds of destruction have been planted that are now maturing into a systematic assault on our freedoms. With a horrendous financial and currency crisis both upon us and looming into the future as far as the eye can see, it has become quite apparent that the national debt is unsustainable, liberty is threatened, and the people’s anger and fears are growing. Most importantly, it is now clear that government promises and panaceas are worthless. Government has once again failed and the demand for change is growing louder by the day. Just witness the dramatic back- and- forth swings of the parties in power.

The only thing that the promises of government did was to delude the people into a false sense of security. Complacency and mistrust generated a tremendous moral hazard, causing dangerous behavior by a large number of people. Self-reliance and individual responsibility were replaced by organized thugs who weaseled their way into achieving control over the process whereby the looted wealth of the country was distributed.

The choice we now face: further steps toward authoritarianism or a renewed effort in promoting the cause of liberty. There is no third option. This course must incorporate a modern and more sophisticated understanding of the magnificence of the market economy, especially the moral and practical urgency of monetary reform. The abysmal shortcomings of a government power that undermines the creative genius of free minds and private property must be fully understood.

This conflict between government and liberty, brought to a boiling point by the world’s biggest bankruptcy in history, has generated the angry protests that have spontaneously broken out around the country — and the world. The producers are rebelling and the recipients of largess are angry and restless.
The crisis demands an intellectual revolution. Fortunately, this revolution is under way, and if one earnestly looks for it, it can be found. Participation in it is open to everyone. Not only have our ideas of liberty developed over centuries, they are currently being eagerly debated, and a modern, advanced understanding of the concept is on the horizon. The Revolution is alive and well.

The idea of this book is not to provide a blueprint for the future or an all-encompassing defense of a libertarian program. What I offer here are thoughts on a series of controversial topics that tend to confuse people, and these are interpreted in light of my own experience and my thinking. I present not final answers but rather guideposts for thinking seriously about these topics. I certainly do not expect every reader to agree with my beliefs, but I do hope that I can inspire serious, fundamental, and independent- minded thinking and debate on them.

Above all, the theme is liberty. The goal is liberty. The results of liberty are all the things we love, none of which can be finally provided by government. We must have the opportunity to provide them for ourselves, as individuals, as families, as a society, and as a country. Off we go: A to Z.

Political Class vs. The People

In American Sovereign on April 13, 2011 at 11:28 am

Politicians and their media lackeys tell us there’s a Culture War in the United States. They frame it as pro-life vs. pro-choice, or religion vs. secularism.

They’re lying.

The REAL Culture War is between the Political Class vs. The People, or Statism vs. Liberty

The Political Class . . .

* Invades our personal lives and our bodies, such as telling us what substances we can or can’t take
* Takes money that we might use for charity, and uses it for THEIR pet purposes
* Keeps Americans divided by unconstitutionally involving the Federal State in matters of personal conscience

Americans are waking up to this con-game. We’re realizing that the most important struggle isn’t between the Red States and the Blue States, but between The People and The Political Class.

There wouldn’t be a budget problem if YOU fulfilled your oath of office and Congress exercised only the powers delegated to it by the Constitution.

And there would be NO NEED to raise the debt ceiling if you only spent tax money on what the Constitution permits, instead of on what YOU want. You have no right to fund organizations or governments. DON’T . . .

* subsidize non-profit corporations and charities; instead, clear all tax and regulatory requirements that obstruct their fundraising and progress
* subsidize or protect for-profit corporations; instead, eliminate tax and regulatory hurdles for ALL businesses, and allow research and development to go unhindered
* send aid to states and local governments; instead, eliminate all the “unfunded mandates” you have imposed on them
* send “aid” (or is it bribes?) to foreign nations; instead, eliminate ALL embargoes and trade restrictions so that Americans can be free to charitably help whomever they wish

In other words, stick ONLY to the powers given to you under the Constitution.

I’ll be watching what you do.

 

Governments only job is to protect the liberty of free people.

In American Sovereign on April 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

In America each human is sovereign under God. Our limited government is created to protect the liberty of free men. The American constitution is nothing more than a contract between the free people and a company/government to perform a couple tasks. Any action of the government outside the specifics of this constitutional contract is de facto, without jurisdiction and only commercial activity which should be scrutinized and possibly ignored as each sovereign individual sees fit. The false premise that assembled governments have any dictatorial authority over the free people is an ancient premise that has no place in the 21st century.

WHO OWNS THE HOUSE? THE HOMEOWNER OF COURSE

In American Sovereign on April 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm

60 MINUTES: SECURITIZATION PROPERTY TITLES ARE A “TRAIN WRECK”

PAYMENT TO HOMEOWNERS TO BACK OFF LITIGATION PROPOSED

30,000 QUIET TITLE ACTIONS ALREADY FILED AND NUMBERS ARE CLIMBING SHARPLY

SHEILA BAIR: A Flood of Litigation from Homeowners is Swamping the Court System.

60 MINUTES; SECOND CRISIS IN THE MAKING

60 MINUTES OVERTIME: WHO OWNS YOUR MORTGAGE

Scott Pelley did a strong piece on the securitization scam last night on 60 minutes (see above links and watch the video). BUT THE SECURITIZATION MYTH WAS NEVERTHELESS PERPETUATED. According to Pelley, we don’t know who owns the mortgages AND THE TITLE IS CORRUPTED so people won’t be able to sell or refinance their house. The clear implication is that we don’t know who owns the house. But the answer is as simple Property Law 101. There is no mystery here. The fact that the securitizers intentionally or unintentionally screwed up the paperwork and the closings is not the homeowners’ problem.
WHO OWNS THE HOUSE? THE HOMEOWNER OF COURSE. THAT WOULD BE THE PERSON OR PERSONS IN THE PROPERTY RECORDS OF COUNTY RECORDERS OFFICE WHO WERE PROPERLY REGISTERED AS THE GRANTEE OF DEED FROM THE FORMER PROPERTY OWNER. The implication that the securitizers actually have some right to the house is wrong, and CBS was unintentionally carrying the message from Wall Street that this is just a paperwork mess that could be cleaned up. But as we have repeatedly said, if it were that simple, it COULD be corrected legally and they wouldn’t have need to have $10 per hour clerical people signing as vice-president of 20  different lending institutions, most of which they never heard of, were never employed by and who didn’t even know of their existence.

The reason why the paperwork is so screwed up is that Wall Street tried the usually successful practice of burying the opposition in paper. But the paper is meaningless. What Pelley missed in his focus on robo-signing was that the closing with the homeowner was defective in the first place and the only “correction” that is possible is to get another signature from the borrower. Good luck. The fact that Federal and state lending laws require that the lender be identified and that the fees and costs all be disclosed before the closing required that information to be on the promotional information given to the buyer, the Good Faith estimate, and the closing statement as well as the promissory note and mortgage or deed of trust. None of that was done.

SO THE QUESTION OF WHO OWNS THE MORTGAGE IS IRRELEVANT. There is no mortgage or deed of trust that can be enforced. The liability for the loan runs from the borrower to the lender. The party on the documents was not the lender. THAT is why this can’t be corrected without the cooperation of the borrowers who are now going to be presented with various proposals to induce them to sign off on paperwork that will make the initial filing of a mortgage valid and legal. It is highly unlikely, without a very significant payment estimated between $20,000 and $100,000 that any homeowner or former homeowner is going to sign such a document.

If the home is STILL worth less than the proposed mortgage, a significant number of homeowners simply won’t sign.

The bottom line is that the liability exists — only to the initial investor or successors who purchased mortgage bonds — and even there, such rights would only be valid if established i courts of equity where the “creditor” would come in with “clean hands” and a credible claim about how they are suffering a loss. Such parties might be and probably would be subject to answers, affirmative defenses, set-off, counterclaims and especially suits for quiet title, which are the last thing that pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury want to get involved with.

THE REAL BOTTOM LINE IS THAT NEARLY ALL THE LOANS WERE UNDISCLOSED TABLE-FUNDED LOANS MEANT FOR THE SECURITIZATION MARKET, VIOLATING FEDERAL AND STATE LENDING LAWS. AT LEAST 96% OF ALL “LOAN TRANSACTIONS” HAD MONEY CHANGE HANDS BUT NONE OF THOSE HAD ANY VALID DOCUMENTATION.

PELLEY CALLED THIS A TRAIN WRECK. I disagree. I CALL IT JUSTICE AND THE APPLICATION OF LAW INSTEAD OF THE RULE OF WEALTHY MEN. When Xerox forgot to patent their document copying process, nobody said we should treat it as though they had the patent. Quite the contrary. When bankers, who have been doing this for hundreds of years, “forget” to document their liens and prioritize them, nobody should be saying we should give it to them anyway. Why? Because we already know they sold the same thing multiple times. In many cases, perhaps most, the “creditor has been paid, and perhaps over paid.

The consequences of homeowners getting an unintended collateral benefit from Wall Street’s screw-ups is unusual only because it is the little guy who is getting the benefit. But it is also society at large, where the attempted transfer of wealth did not succeed. Homeowners are realizing that they actually didn’t lose their house and are not at risk of losing their homes and that if they have any liability they have no burden of finding out the amount due or the identity of the creditor to whom it is due. The world is realizing that the mortgage bonds were empty pieces of paper and they have trading spit balls instead of proprietary currency.

The opportunity presented by this turn of events is enormous in terms of our ability to rebuild infrastructure, upgrade education, and level the playing field of what we want as a free market without domination by giants that are too big too fail and too big to manage or regulate.

 

The evil side of incrementalism

In American Sovereign on April 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage,
hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs
under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys
with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with
same result … all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water.
Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the
other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put the cold water away.

Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one.
The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs.
To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him.
After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it
with a new one.  The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.
The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment… with enthusiasm.

Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by
a fourth, then the fifth.  Every time the newest monkey takes to
the stairs he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs.
Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of
the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold
water. Nevertheless, none of the monkeys will  try to climb
the stairway for the banana.

Why, you ask?  Because in their minds…
that is the way it has always been!

This, my friends, is how Congress operates… and is why,
from time to time,

all of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.