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It is no secret that the American economy is an absolute wreck.
But our broken economy is just one symptom of a much larger malignant disease that has been growing within our nation for decades.
Those on the right of the political aisle point blame at the the current Obama administration. (After all, we all know that our nation was completely fine until somewhere around January 20, 2009.)
And naturally, those on the left of the political aisle point to Republicans as the real problem.
In the end, neither the Republicans or the Democrats have done anything to slow the demise of the Republic.
In typical Washington fashion, both parties have attempted to deny responsibility for the economic collapse of 2007-08. In reality, their inept policies are among the chief reasons for the collapse. Band-aids don’t solve heart attacks. In order to shift the direction of the American Titanic, vast and sweeping changes to Washington will be required.
Reality TV or FoxNews? There is No Escape
Meanwhile, many Americans sit silently stunned in their living rooms each night, eyes glazed to a parade of “reality” television and other mindless shows that have been written, directed, and produced under the watchful eye of the show’s sponsors. Subtle product placements are laced throughout the prime viewing hours. Each day, Americans are surrounded by a matrix of corporations, financial institutions, and advertisers. And these profit-seeking entities don’t just want some of your money… They want all of it. They promise good health, wealth, better looks, younger skin, and everything else that you want, yet can’t seem to afford. The corporations hound us to spend money. Millions of Americans go deeper into debt every year just to afford “Christmas.”
Instead of finding relief in their consumption, Americans are told they must always upgrade to “the latest 2.0, no wait, its already 3.0” version. Just like placing money on a conveyor belt that leads right into the corporate America’s pocket, Americans have vainly searching for peace and happiness in mere objects. Never before in history have so many people believed the lie that money brings happiness than in our current age. Employees work hard, earn money, and then immediately give all of their paycheck right back to corporate America. Our modern consumption trap is truly a clever invention and is the path to riches for those who discover it.
A smaller portion of America’s population prefers to conclude their evening with the rantings of televised actors, who make big bucks portraying themselves as objective news anchors. In what may be the ultimate irony, these Americans turn to the corporate-controlled mainstream press for information on today’s most pressing issues.
Turn it on for just a moment and you will quickly see that the mainstream media has sold its “soul” to the highest bidder. 90% of all of the media that enters the average American's eyes and ears on a daily basis is concocted and spewed out from one of only six multinational corporations.
It doesn’t matter where you turn within the mainstream press, as they all have the same ultimate agenda… to transfer your money to their advertisers so that those advertisers will keep paying the bills.
The mainstream media answers solely to the corporations and the shareholders who own them. They are not looking out for you. You are their prey. As to why this simple concept has not been properly understood by the masses continues to confound me.
Corporations exert excessive and undue influence on Washington’s top decision makers. Meanwhile, the corporate-controlled mainstream media has been all but silent in the face of the federal government’s unprecedented and ongoing attack on liberty.
The long list of abuses includes: the unpatriotic Patriot Act, federally mandated healthcare, corporate bailouts, excessive taxation, and the failed war on drugs, just to name a handful.
America's corporate-controlled media does little to inform the American people of the egregious violations on their constitutional rights and liberties.
Take My Freedoms, Just Give Me My Money
We are told by the federal government, and by the corporate-controlled media, that naked body scanners and unreasonable searches and seizures of our persons and luggage in our nation's airports are designed for "our security."
When the government sticks their hands down your pants and tells you its "good for you," you know that we are nearing the end of the American experiment.
Given our current state of affairs, you would expect mass riots in the street, or at least some type of organized effort within the national media to expose the federal government's overreach. Of course, the mainstream press is mute on the most important issues facing our nation.
And it seems Americans have become numb to the destruction of their liberties. Or perhaps they simply don't understand the basic concept of liberty.
I am not smart enough to answer that question.
What I do know is that our current government benefit situation is unsustainable. When, not if, the government begins making cuts to the public's benefit payments, the people will rise up.
Apparently, sticking your hands down someone's pants is one thing, but reducing their government benefits is an entirely different matter.
(Perhaps there is logic in stripping Americans of their liberties first. This way they can more effectively mute the eventual crazed mobs protesting cuts to their entitlements. Just a thought…)
Tyranny is Not Coming… It’s Here
In addition to our economy being in shambles, and our derelict media having been sold to the highest corporate bidders, our current monetary system is unconstitutional, immoral, and entirely unsustainable.
Tyranny has entered our nation wearing no disguise. Forget the disguise, the tyranny that has breached America's shores is naked.
Tyranny, under any name, should be considered unacceptable among those who have tasted freedom.
Sadly, a once “free” people appear completely unable to recognize what is happening.
For those who love liberty, the whole situation can seem utterly hopeless. But giving up is not an option. There is hope. America's origins are uniquely tinged with the sweet fragrance of liberty and freedom. Winning the the hearts and minds of the American people, who once understood the value of personal, financial, and spiritual liberty, is a worthy goal.
Below, you will find my contribution to the discussion on restoring liberty. This brief list is just the beginning. I will be adding more over time. I encourage you to contribute your own ideas to the list by leaving them in the comment box below this post.
10 Ways to Restore Liberty and End Tyranny in America
1. Abolish the Federal Reserve Act and End the Fed
Let’s be blunt: The Federal Reserve is a fraud. It is not “federal” and it has no “reserves.” It is an appalling collusion of global banking interests under the careless eye of the Congress. Despite its insistence to the contrary, the Fed weeps no tears for America’s middle class. Over the nearly ten decades of its existence, the Fed’s monetary policies have encouraged imbalances in capital allocations and malinvestment. The Fed blows bubbles and pops bubbles. It is a game to the elites. But to the average American, the Fed’s bubble cycles represent the reality of unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and homelessness. At the dizzying heights of Washington’s corrupt financial machine there appears to be little regard for the average middle-class working family.
The Fed is a leach upon the American economic system. It is an extraneous middle man. The U.S. Constitution gives the express mandate to coin the nation’s money supply to the Congress alone. No outside private banks were to be given this job. As it reads in Article I, Section VIII of the U.S. Constitution:
“The Congress shall have Power… To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;”
The Mystery of the Federal Reserve
The money creation process should be ripped from the hands of the private banking interests and rightfully restored to the Congress. The American people were never given an opportunity to vote on such a seismic policy shift, which effectively shifted control of America’s monetary system from the more accountable stewardship of public hands to the dark recesses of private hands.
The Federal Reserve is the third central bank in America’s relatively brief existence. In 1913, (on December 23, 1913 to be exact), the Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act. In one century (1913-2014), the Fed has promoted consistently destructive monetary policies.
Since its inception 100 years ago, the Fed has systematically attacked the U.S. Dollar (under the guise of “monetary policy”), destroying its value by over 90%.
Never again should our nation be held hostage by globalist banksters to whom interest must be paid on our own currency.
The Fed serves America’s wealthy investor class. The deck is stacked against America’s middle class. The future is not bright. 2014 is a year of preparation. It’s time to really begin saving money and then diversifying those savings into precious metals and stable foreign currencies. Investors should remain widely diversified. Remember, the rules of the game can change at anytime. Be prepared for anything.
ACTION POINT #1: End the Fed. Take Their Gold. Deport Their Principals.
2. Shut Down the NSA, TSA, and Other Similarly Corrupt Agencies
The NSA requires little discussion. It is overly intrusive, unconstitutional, and immoral. The Fourth Amendment should be the nail in this agency’s coffin. However, it seems America wants to “debate”, not “end,” the growing police state.
The TSA is skilled in the use of bogus “security theatrics and routinely harasses and assaults American citizens, regardless of whether they are traveling to Minneapolis or Manila. Some of the TSA’s finer moments include: touching genitals (including those of children), stealing from passengers, and sleeping on the job. 90% of Americans are not pleased with the TSA’s performance. These TSA agents, and those who manage them, work for the American people. They are employees on the taxpayer’s payroll. And if 90% of Americans are displeased with their employees, they should have a right to fire them.
The National Security Agency and the Transportation Security Administration should be shut down immediately. The Federal government has clearly overreached in its efforts to keep Americans “secure.” The invasive nature of the growing police state represents a clear violation of every American’s Fourth Amendment rights, which guarantees the freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures without probable cause. Some will say that Americans who do not want to frisked can drive instead of traveling by air. I wonder if this will still be their attitude when TSA agents are frisking and taking x-ray scans of their children when they enter the school house? History is clear that governments never press the rewind button. They continue marching forth in their folly until the entire empire collapses. Excess upon excess. It is human nature.
One solution to the TSA is to privatize the airline security industry. If the masses truly desire security at the airport, then the airline industry should shoulder the cost and pass the costs on to the consumer. Besides, do we really want — or need — the Federal government stationed in every single airport across the country? Corporations would have an economic incentive to be highly selective in their hiring decisions, as a few bad employees could harm their corporate image.
If the private sector were given a chance, it would have naturally responded to growing consumer demand for greater airport security. Market signals travel the fastest within free markets. Under current government policies, free market signals are being severely stifled.
The airline industry should be in charge of securing their own airplanes. This approach would allow the free market to place checks and balances on the system and would also serve to make the actual security costs more transparent.
ACTION POINT #2: Stop the NSA and End the TSA by Privatizing Airport Security.
3. The Patriot Act should be immediately abolished
This law was hurriedly pushed through Congress in the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Few Congressmen had adequate time to read the bill. The attack on civil liberties that has occurred under this Act are in direct violation of the spirit of our Constitution. Put simply, the Patriot Act is unpatriotic.
And while we are on the topic of America’s growing police state, we should also defund the NSA.
ACTION POINT #3: Abolish the Patriot Act and Allow the States to Raise Militias
4. The Federal and State income tax systems, as well as the Internal Revenue Service, should be abolished immediately
The income tax is an immoral form of taxation which penalizes individuals based upon their production levels. Under this system, the more you produce, the more you pay. Tax policies are designed to encourage and discourage certain types of economic behavior. Therefore, a higher tax on activity related to economic growth is illogical… if your goal is more economic growth. Governments obviously require funding and they have a wide array of taxes which they can impose – and currently do impose – to fund their activities. (i.e. user fees, excise taxes, sales taxes, etc.) The intrusive nature of the income tax, which literally rips money from the hard-earned paychecks of the working class through payroll deductions is both insulting and outrageous. End the IRS and the Income Tax immediately and force government to collect necessary taxes in a reasonable and moral manner.
ACTION POINT #4: Replace the Federal and State Income Taxes with a Nationwide Consumption Tax.
5. Get the Federal Government Out of Our Bedrooms
The Federal government should not be asked to define marriage. Marriage is a beautifully intimate and spiritual event that should not be dependent upon the approval or oversight of the Federal government. The Constitution does not give the Federal government the right or authority to operate as a morality police force.
If marriage must be defined by government authorities, let it occur at the State level. Each state is capable of making its own laws without being made dependent upon the Federal government for questions of intimacy and sexuality.
Instead of the Federal government acting as the morality police, let the American people craft their own laws through their respective states.
ACTION POINT #5: Allow States, not the Federal government, to decide upon issues of morality. The Federal government lacks the credibility for the job.
6. The Department of Education should immediately be abolished
The public education system is an absolute disaster. Compulsory education, which mandates homogenized curriculum, is unnatural and ineffective. The process of educating our children should be determined at the state level. Ideally, the power would flow down and ultimately reside within each locality. Privatizing education is a worthy goal, as governments should not be in the business of educating the public. It is a complete and obvious conflict of interest. And given the extremely poor results of America’s public education system over the last several decades, its failure should necessitate its demise.
ACTION POINT #6: Close the Department of Education. Support Homeschooling. Empower parents and entrepreneurs to develop learning systems that can compete against each other in the free market.
7. The Federal ‘War on Drugs’ should be ended
Federal drug laws are ineffective and serve only to create excessive amounts of low-level criminals, which fill our nation’s prison system and rip apart families. The drug war represents a major tax liability to our nation’s citizens. Each state should be allowed to determine its own drug laws without the intervention of the Federal government. Decriminalize drug use.
ACTION POINT #7: End the drug war and decriminalize. Redirect current drug law enforcement spending towards rehabilitation, prevention, education, and employment assistance programs.
8. Term limits should be immediately imposed upon all Senators and Congressmen
Under the current system, politicians are unduly motivated and incentivized to place an inordinate amount of time and effort into their re-election efforts. This distortion of incentives can be ended by limiting the amount of time a politician can remain in office. We need term limits now.
ACTION POINT #8: Demand term limits.
9. A plan to allow younger American citizens to opt-out of the fraudulent Social Security system should be introduced immediately
All current beneficiaries should continue receiving their Social Security benefits. However, instead of continuing the ponzi scheme of funding current retiree benefits with current payroll taxes, current benefits can be funded through draconian spending cuts to the many bloated Federal programs that are ripe for the knife.
If the Senate and House of Representatives fail to act upon a plan to salvage the ailing Social Security system immediately, they should be forced to forgo their current luxurious Congressional pension plans and instead be integrated into the failing Social Security system. The best way to solve the Social Security crisis is to make the lawmakers dependent upon it themselves, just as average Americans have been forced to be. (Remember, it's all about incentives.)
ACTION POINT #9: Create an opt-out provision in Social Security immediately.
10. The Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision should be immediately overturned by the United States Congress
Laws regarding abortion should not be mandated by the Federal government but instead, should originate at the state level. Each state is capable of determining its own criminal laws regarding murder, rape, etc. Why should the state be forced to take its marching orders regarding abortion from the federal government? While I am strongly pro-life, I am also a realist. You may be familiar with the saying "when you outlaw guns, only outlaws have guns." The same applies to abortion. America cannot stop abortions. Only a truly moral people can do that.
ACTION POINT #10: Overturn Roe vs. Wade and end the Federally-mandated modern holocaust of the unborn.
This list of 10 ideas is just the beginning. What about you? Do you have any ideas on how to stop the growth of tyranny in our nation? Speak your mind in the comments box below!