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Chuck Baldwin — Freedom Lost

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……The report states, “Once upon a time, our founders thought that they were guaranteeing our freedoms by adding a Bill of Rights to the Constitution.

“But today there are a lot of freedoms that we simply do not have any longer.

“In America today, you do not have the right to say whatever you want. If you say the wrong thing on a blog or a website it can have dramatic consequences.

“In America today, you do not have the right to do raise your own children as you see fit.

“In America today, you do not have the right to grow whatever food you want and you do not have the right to eat whatever food you do grow.

“In America today, you do not have the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

“In America today, you do not have a right to privacy. In fact, you should expect that everything that you do is watched, tracked, monitored and recorded.”

The report then goes on to list several real-life examples to prove the assessments listed above.

See the American Dream report.

And, of course, the ultimate symbol of a free people is the right to keep and bear arms. And while most states theoretically recognize a citizen’s right to own and possess a gun, the vast majority of them only do so–not as a right guaranteed to a free people by their Creator–but as a privilege granted to approved subjects by the limited benevolence of the State. At last count, only four states recognize the right of their citizens to keep and bear arms without any kind of State license: Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming.

(For clarification, the State of Montana allows open carry Statewide and concealed carry in unincorporated areas, but people carrying concealed in incorporated cities, must have a CCW permit. We passed legislation this year to expunge the incorporated city CCW requirement, but our Democrat governor vetoed it. But Montana will be the fifth State soon!)…..

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via Chuck Baldwin — Freedom Lost.

When Karl Marx Worked For Horace Greeley (JFK mentoned this in 1961)

October 5, 2011 1 comment

When Karl Marx Worked For Horace Greeley (JFK mentoned this in 1961)

American Heritage Magazine ^ | April 1957 | William Harlan Hale

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 4:59:38 AM by No One Special

On Saturday morning, October 25, 1851, Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune , entrenched after a decade of existence as America’s leading Whig daily, appeared with twelve pages rather than its usual eight. The occasion was too noteworthy to be passed over without comment by the paper itself. So a special editorial was written—probably by Greeley’s young managing editor, the brisk, golden-whiskered Charles A. Dana—to point it out.

Besides a “press of advertisements.” the editorial ran, this morning’s enlarged paper contained “articles from some foreign contributors that are especially worthy of attention.” Among these were “a letter from Madame Belgioioso, upon the daily and domestic life of the Turks, and another upon Germany by one of the clearest and most vigorous writers that country has produced—no matter what may be the judgment of the critical upon his public opinions in the sphere of political and social philosophy.”

Turning the pages to see who this most clear and vigorous German might be, readers glanced past such items as a “Grand Temperance Rally in the igth Ward“; a Philadelphia story headlined “Cruelty of a Landlord—Brutality of a Husband”: a Boston campaign telegram announcing a Whig demonstration “in favor of Daniel Webster for President.” Then they reached a long article entitled “Revolution and Counter-Revolution,” over the by-line, Karl Marx.

“The first act of the revolutionary drama on the Continent of Europe has closed,” it began upon a somber organ tone; ”“The ‘powers that were’ before the hurricane of 1848………………………

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via When Karl Marx Worked For Horace Greeley (JFK mentoned this in 1961).

Call to Action: A Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic

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…..We find ourselves immersed in an “Alice Through the Looking-Glass” world where terrorists are called “freedom fighters,” and law abiding patriots are called terrorists; where the US Congress passes laws while saying “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it;” where the federal government sues a state for trying to protect America’s border from invaders; where our representatives don’t represent us; where incompetent crooks are given billions of dollars in handouts, while honest citizens are left to die on the vine. Curiouser and curiouser.

The “long train of abuses and usurpations” runs on ad nauseum, and gives cause for any sane patriotic American to rise up in anger and alarm—“It shall not stand, nor shall it come to pass!”

As a sign of just how off-track and un-American America’s government has become, those who should hold an honored place in society—her military veterans—have instead been targeted as potential terrorists (while identifying who the real terrorists are is forbidden). Link Link

We the people” now live under the jack-boot of tyranny, call it what you will. The “Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic” was drawn up under the auspices of the Patriots Union and Veteran Defenders, in order to restore America to being the free republic it was designed to be, meant to be, has to be. Link Link

Although the Declaration is primarily aimed at veterans, the message is applicable to all patriotic Americans (especially those who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution), and all freedom-loving Americans are encouraged to get involved, whether they are a veteran or not……

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via Call to Action: A Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic.

In Hill testimony, justices lift high court’s veil–Views diverge on Constitution

October 5, 2011 1 comment

Partially lifting the veil that usually guards their actions, two Supreme Court justices on Wednesday painted the court as a bulwark for the Constitution and said some of today’s cynicism about government stems from the public’s scanty understanding of the founding document.

One of the two, Justice Antonin Scalia, said there are too many federal judges and they are too heavily taken from the ranks of lawyers, which he said has watered down the quality of judges.

He and Justice Stephen G. Breyer appeared before the SenateJudiciary Committee in an unusual hearing. The branches of government usually strive to keep their spheres separate, but the two justices agreed to testify on the role of judges and the Constitution because both said they take a keen interest in trying to educate the public on the critical importance of the document.

“I feel that we’re not teaching it very well,” Justice Scalia said.

Justice Breyer said the Constitution “creates a structure for democracy” that has served the country well and said judges aren’t there to substitute for legislators, though he said they do bring their personal experiences to bear.

“This is a very big country. We have 309 million people, 308 million of whom, to everyone’s surprise, are not lawyers,” he said. “And they have many different views. And it’s a good thing, not a bad thing, that people’s outlook on that court is not always the same.”

Justice Scalia was nominated by President Reagan and confirmed in 1986, while Justice Breyer was a pick of President Clinton’s and began serving on the high court in 1994.

The judiciary is the most closed of any of the three federal branches of government, and the workings of the Supreme Court are somewhat shrouded.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com …

via In Hill testimony, justices lift high court’s veil–Views diverge on Constitution.

Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit

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Families were more dependent on government programs than ever last year.

Nearly half, 48.5%, of the population lived in a household that received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2010, according to Census data. Those numbers have risen since the middle of the recession when 44.4% lived households receiving benefits in the third quarter of 2008.

The share of people relying on government benefits has reached a historic high, in large part from the deep recession and meager recovery, but also because of the expansion of government programs over the years. (See a timeline on the history of government benefits programs here.)

Means-tested programs, designed to help the needy, accounted for the largest share of recipients last year. Some 34.2% of Americans lived in a household that received benefits such as food stamps, subsidized housing, cash welfare or Medicaid (the federal-state health care program for the poor).

Another 14.5% lived in homes where someone was on Medicare (the health care program for the elderly). Nearly 16% lived in households receiving Social Security.

High unemployment and increased reliance on government programs has also shrunk the nation’s share of taxpayers. Some 46.4% of households will pay no federal income tax this year, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. That’s up from 39.9% in 2007, the year the recession began.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.wsj.com …

via Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit.

A Rainy Night In Hell | ATLAH Media Network

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A Rainy Night In Hell

Dr James Manning

via A Rainy Night In Hell | ATLAH Media Network.

Fred On Everything ~ A Fatal Self-Absorption The Tea Party and American Exceptionalism

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Suppose, though, that realism intruded its ugly head. Suppose that to the Tea People I spoke as follows. “Yes, you are right. We are most astounding democratic. I cannot doubt it. Just to satisfy my thirst for understanding, can you give me three ways in which America is more democratic than, say, Japan, Germany, or Australia? More free than France, Switzerland, or Uruguay, wherever that is?”

But I am cross, and a curmudgeon.

Are Americans the “best educated”? Or do they just think that they are? I submit, and could back it up with countless surveys of “college graduates,” that the US is not nearly as schooled as it thinks it is, and doesn’t come close to Japan.

From the Wikipedia on functional illiteracy, “In the US, 14% of the adult population is at the “below basic” level for prose literacy… and 22% are at that level for quantitative literacy. Only 13% of the population is proficient in these three areas—able to compare viewpoints in two editorials; interpret a table about blood pressure, age, and physical activity; or compute and compare the cost per ounce of food items.”

via Fred On Everything.

http://fredoneverything.net/TeaParty.shtml

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