Friday, August 31, 2007

Larry Lessons on the World of the NeoCons

Sen. Larry Craig's behavior was certainly revolting. Grouping strangers for sexual favors in the men's room, is, well, at best tacky. Thinking you can get away with it because you are a U. S. Senator makes you want to send all of them back to preschool. But thanks to Larry there are some things we can more clearly see, so let's take a moment to thank him.

That was long enough.

Larry's actions spoke more truly than any of his campaign speeches or Congressional opinings ever did. That hand under the privacy barrier told us a lot about the world of which Larry has so long been a part. We know that world variously as Bush Co. of NeoConland.

When I first started trying to understand this clutch of greed infested freeloaders in the 90s I asked myself one question. What does the world look like to these people? If you know that about anyone then their actions made perfect sense.

They sure didn't feel guilty about lying; they were caught often enough in flagrante delicto. That is especially true in this case. They do not feel guilty about lying to start the War In Iraq; they do not feel guilty about having intentionally ignored the threat to new Orleans to evade Federal costs and then enrich their friends. Probably they have never felt guilty about anything.

Craig, Bush Co. and their cronies remind me of children who think when they got away with it cold.

Anyone who has raised children has seen this pattern. I had five and was also a brownie leader and cub scout den mother. But children generally act guilty. No guilt here, why was that? And why the arrogance?

Straussianism and the other circular self justifications explained that to me. Oh! I said to myself, they are operating under the happy illusion that they have a RIGHT to lie, cheat and steal because they are so special. Perhaps they found a decoder ring in their Cheerios.

This is the Connect the Dots Moment.

First, it must have struck you that many of these people have odd personal habits. You know what I mean. This shocking and appalling revelations about Bob Allen, David Vitter, Mark Foley, Glenn Murphy, Jr., Tommy Tester, Ted Haggard illustrate that appalling point. These, and others, including George W. himself are known to have habits that make a Scarlett A kindergarten stuff. Yet they were elected as Republicans to oversee the growing role government has taken unto its bosom; That stated role is to mind our morals along with our money.

That in itself makes you pause. Goldwater would never have recognized these people as Conservatives. They would have made his trigger finger itch, I suspect. They stole the term, “Conservative,” too. Minor larceny when all their other crimes are considered.

With those habits rectitude is not in the operating rules – so why are there so many of these people with strange personal habits in positions of responsibility, in and out of Congress, associated with Bush Co.?

Two separate points here.

  1. A statistically significant percentage of those associated with Bush Co. have personal habits that, if discovered, would kept them from being elected.

  2. These people have been reliable supporters of Bush Co. policies that put a fast forward on canceling the Bill of Rights.

Do these two observed phenomena, connected by those in power, connect logically? Yup.

People you can blackmail are amazingly reliable.

The NeoCon Cabal knew it needed to 'hold paper' on anyone who went into Congress or other positions of critical importance. What better way to do that than to have irrefutable proof that readily sinks their boat quickly and finally? You would need to prove it, if necessary. Rove probably has some amazing videos on each of these individuals.

Canceling the Bill of Rights, effectively converting what was once a form of government, call it Republic or Democracy as you like, into an oligarchy-serial monarchy has been Bush Co's goal since Prescott, at least.

Getting there necessitated some rhetorical footwork. Lying is all well and good but to convert the form of government you need to extinguish the knowledge that government is just a tool used by the people. If the people know that each of them is sovereign in their own persons before the existence of government they will get uppity. Therefore for a long time now you have continuously heard Bush Co. asserting loudly and vociferously that government enjoys sovereign immunity along with those who are paid by government. They effectively turned the world up side down, filing off the serial numbers. Another larceny.

This is like a clump of 10 year olds trying to rewrite the rules to monopoly.

These people do not care about our morals. The laws they pass, the wars they start, the programs they debate and all else they do is aimed at installing control at every level of our lives. Those controls are intended to hold us in place so we can be milked. The bottom line was, and is, counted out in cash.

And that is what the grouping hands of Old Larry told you.

For Larry Craig being a U. S. Senator was an always renewable get-out-of-jail card. Bush Co. issued the card but it came with strings.

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Ron Paul REvolution – The Road to Freedom

Watch this Video on The Granny Warriors and Ron Paul!

At the beginning of the 1770s waves of distrust and tension had already caused America's colonials to view the Royal Governors and England's Monarchy with caution and hostility. Colonial Americans had removed to the New World for a variety of reasons but a love of government was not among those.

For many, including the Puritans and Quakers, two of the major groups who made up the population prior to the Revolution, the intention was to try new forms of organization based on very different ideas about their relationship with God. Through town governments that depended on a small group of people using persuasion the ideas of individual freedom had been in use for generations by then. General Gage, the commander of the British forces based in Boston in the period before the Concord Alarm and the Shot Heard Round the World was advised to force the replacement of town governments with oligarchic British borough governments. Gage correctly saw that would not work.

Those ideas explored the idea that God endowed each individual with an immediate and personal relationship with Him. Remote from England the ideas that were born from the most ancient ideas of Christianity found resonance with new ideas then finding light in the works of John Locke and other writers on the ideas of Natural Rights.

The ideas of individual freedom had moved into the realm of politics through a process that had been going on for six generations. Getting things straight can take time.

General Gage wrote copious letters to his own commanders in England explaining that he could not seize the leaders of the Rebellion because in their place others would simply take action. Organizing action in New England had become decentralized, with individuals using their ample initiative. In this way the Sons of Liberty came together as a secret society and the Committees of Correspondence began meeting to build consensus.

America would be characterized by the initiative of its people until the present monarchy arose, asserting through changed practice that sovereignty was again held by government instead of by individuals who hired government to handle some things for them. Again, the initiative of a free people has responded to refute that assertion.

The players in this Revolution are very decentralized.

Linda Hunnicutt, the Granny Warrior, met Ron Paul for the first time in 2005 when she was on a personal crusade to stop the busibodiness of government. Linda had become aware that the U. S. Department of Agriculture was interfering with the right of individuals to own exotic animals and become active on the issue.

Linda and her husband were licensed to care for exotic animals for many years, starting a sanctuary for animals in Florida. As a trained caretaker for exotic animals of all species, Mrs. Hunnicutt had bottle raised over 200 orphaned baby monkeys; many of these were sold to zoos or placed with families trained to care for them. When she left Florida she took one small monkey with her. His name is Buddy.

As Thomas Jefferson noted in the Declaration of Independence, the people will put up with a lot before they decide that action must be taken. Having heard about legislation that would categorize monkeys as inherently dangerous Linda and her fellow Warrior Granny, Karen Racca from Texas headed to Washington D. C..

Linda and Karen parked their huge RV outside of Congress so they could speak to the Fisheries Committee then meeting that had the power to put an end to such foolishness. The bill under consideration was H. B. 1329. The amendment would keep people from traveling with their monkeys and Buddy would hate that.

Walking in they encountered a slight, gray-haired man who obligingly offered to show them where to go. So Congressman Ron Paul showed them to the Fisheries Committee room. No one ever explained why the Fisheries Committee would be considering the question but it made as much sense as anything in Washington D. C., she figured.

Linda and Racca got the law changed that day. No more trips to D. C. were necessary. Linda is very persuasive.

Linda kept working but she also became aware that there were more issued with government than she had imagined possible.

Then, in March of 2007 a swat team, two sheriffs, and an agent from the USDA came to her door demanding she sign a permit to keep Buddy. Linda was just back from Virginia where she had helped Danny and Cindy Henshaw , whose hogs had been shot dead by the USDA with no notification. Linda was told that if she refused to sign the permit, which would in effect be a contract allowing them access at any time to her home, they would take Buddy away from her right then.

Linda was alone, her husband at work. She leaned her 30/30 rifle up against the door and told them she would not sign. One of the swat team asked her if she was going to shoot someone over a monkey. Linda replied that she would shoot someone over a ground hog if it were her ground hog. Then she broke out her Constitution and Bill of Rights and explained why they did not have a right to come into her home or question her about Buddy.

After the remedial civics lesson Linda suggested they leave. The swat team and sheriffs turned around and left leaving the USDA agent standing there alone. Then he scampered away, too.

Initiative and knowing your rights makes all the difference. Linda could see that immediate action was necessary.

The more Linda had learned about Ron Paul, the nice guy who took time to help her, the clearer it became to Linda that Ron Paul was the only candidate she could trust and so, determined to see him elected President, she took to the road in The Freedom Ride, sharing with ordinary Americans the words and history of a man they could trust to put the Federal government in order, eliminating much of its infrastructure and returning power to the people.

Innovation is the uniting theme of the Ron Paul Revolution, a movement about the people doing it themselves because that is their right. You can buy Miles To Freedom or arrange for Linda and the Freedom Ride to visit your town. Get in touch with her here.

Linda has been at every major Ron Paul event, following the action across the United States. In the last 5 months the crowds have grown in size and become increasingly knowledgeable about what went wrong with government, she says. She would know. Linda represents the original courage and integrity of Americanism. Her travels in the Freedom Ride show just what ordinary people can do.

Today there are 700 Ron Paul Meet-up groups. Tens of thousands of activists are working to elect Ron Paul President of the United States – so he can return America to the form of government agreed on in 1787. Ron Paul activists make their own signs, register Ron Paul Republicans, rally, and let the establishment know that they cannot ignore the people.

At some point they began calling it the Ron Paul Revolution. That is true in ways they cannot even imagine.

The Ron Paul Campaign has a National Headquarters that maintains a website and does fundraising but that is the smallest part of the campaign. The real Ron Paul campaign is being carried out by unpaid activists working in their communities and on line through action taking place with individuals and small, local groups. It is an replication of the original form for cooperative action that empowered the American Revolution. Its activists think of it as Revolution II.

The issue underlying the activism is the form Americans will use to provide services through what we think of as government. The Constitution and Bill of Rights say that if the people can do it themselves, through community or privately, then government has no role. The Ron Paul Revolution is proving that, as was true at the time of the Revolution, the people can do it themselves. Illustrating the truth is the best way to persuade; the Ron Paul Revolution effectively provides the community level infrastructure for local organizing in politics so that other community organizations can take on the jobs that so desperately need doing for all of us.

If we had kept that form at the time of the Revolution we would be better off today, living in communities that were practiced in doing it themselves.

Government has let us know they are not to be trusted or relied on. Katrina and dozens of other incidents, the War in Iraq and the rape of our monetary system, the coming economic meltdown, have let us see their real agenda. George III was a piker in comparison.

Churches, fraternal orders, women's clubs, and the other organizations that once provided nearly all our essential infrastructure can then begin repairing the damage that governments and corporations have caused.

Ron Paul has committed himself to return federal government to the role and power set for in by the Constitution. That is tiny. He has committed to expunge the IRS, the Department of Education and many other agencies that take to themselves the power that is reserved to the people.

When Ron Paul is inaugurated Linda intends to be there with Buddy. It will be one heck of a party for all Americans.

Friday, August 10, 2007

The Tipping Point – Taking Back America

(See the Ron Paul Ad in the Ames Tribute placed by supporters.)

On this day, August 8, 2007, America is at a tipping point. We arrived here through a series of incidents and actions, many unintended.. Our tools for creating the world we know were law and institutions, tools we thought would provide stability and order. Instead we have violence and growing fear.

Growing numbers of Americans now realize that those we trusted have used those tools to enrich themselves. The shock of understanding vies with an overarching sense of outrage. We are faced with the compelling need to change government because of the deceit and unbridled greed of those who used our trust to steal.

Greed is a long-understood human failing. Our institutions were used to deceive us. Those deceptions were created by people we trusted who stood to profit. We know their names and it is a long list including former presidents, the heads of corporations, and leaders from both major parties. This did not happen as a single conspiracy; it happened because when one person comes up with an original way to steal, it will be copied and applied to other circumstances to achieve the same purpose.

As John Judge says a conspiracy means to breath together. These people have bad breath and ambition combined with habits of larceny.

A blow dryer is a small appliance used to dry and style your hair. Dropped into the bathtub of someone you want to eliminate, it is a murder weapon.

Blow-dryers and institutions of all kinds are just tools. These 'leaders' and other individuals entrusted with American's tools are responsible for how those tools were misused. There are many tools we need to rethink. We have been too trusting.

Our monetary system was intended to provide the means for exchange, to securely hold money, and to provide a way to measure what money is worth. It has become a weapon in the war to steal the wealth of people around the world. Fractional banking is a monopoly license to print money, issued by Congress to the Federal Reserve System in 1913. This system has stolen the wealth of five generations, while reorganizing us to make stealing ever easier.

There are alternatives. Read Money, Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender by Thomas H. Greco, Jr., Chelsea Green Publishing, ISBN 9781890132378.)

We have learned that the greed inclined who work their way into power always want more of our wealth and lives. Politicians make a living making sure that Grid Corporations, for instance all the oil companies, Halliburton, Koch Industries, and scores of others keep us passive and paying.

Other Grid Corporations did this with electricity, transportation, for all financial dealings, for insurance, and for all government services including the police and military.

In cooperation with government and aided by the media they have been re-calibrating the police and military to control us when deceit finally fails, which it is now doing. The cows, us, have to stay in the pen.

How they accomplished this redistribution of wealth is an ugly story. It will get uglier.

Those in government, profitably employed by Grid Corporations, knew that we would eventually notice. Like a conman playing the old pea and shell game they used lots to distract us.

In the wake of WWII they terrorized us with the boogie man of Communism; When it seemed we would agree on the need for clean air and water the same corporations used operatives to take over the Environmental Movement, displacing the real Earth Day for the April Oil Day. Flags flew, rhetoric oozed, children were told to hide under their desks in the 50s. Today they are training our children to expect death at their schools at any moment.

Fear = Control.

During Iran – Contra Big Oil began overtly dictating when and where Americans would go to war. Our military slid a little further towards being just a tool for corporate profits. But America's servicemen and women were faithful to what they believed. They believed they were protecting our country.

Behind the facade of greed those responsible know they are lying. That truth seeps past their empty words.

To put off the day of reckoning they found justifications for their actions. We know those justifications by many names. Among them are Communism, Socialism, The True Faith (fill in your favorite), The Free Market, Spreading Democracy, Fighting Terrorism, Straussianism, Progressivism - the list is endless. Some of these are complex sets of ideas that seem logical or idealistic - when reality is ignored. By artfully redefining words like 'is' and 'privatize', those in control can justify anything.

Just slather on lots of rhetoric that evokes emotions but is completely disconnected from what the words mean and you hold those streams of income firmly in place. That is government as it exists today.

We are divided. That was their plan. Using rhetoric and the media they sowed poison and distrust. Many among us are coming to realize that Right and Left are meaningless. That is a long step forward. We need to take more steps in the same direction. Women and men, Black, White, Hispanic, (fill in the blank) straight, gay, young, old; it is the contents of character that really matter.

There are solutions to all the problems; we can find those answers.

Get ready to rethink your ideas, rejecting their games.

Government is just a contractor hired to fix our collective toilet. Government cannot be sovereign: the only sovereignty exists in individuals. As the Declaration says,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -----”

This form of government has not worked.

So here we are today. Now the question is what to do about it.

Government needs to be returned to its original form, with the people deciding how to organize at the most local level. That mandate from the Declaration reads:

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

This time we'll do a better job. If the last 200 years was the beta test, it is time to learn from our mistakes and hit the Reboot.

To Reboot, we need to get off the grids they set up to contain and control us; we must focus on local sources for all our needs; we need to strengthen community; we must assert accountability through common law courts since their courts exist just to perpetuate their power.

Freedom: You don't have it until you give it away to everyone.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Kevin Martin: Trolls of the Bush Administration – Making money by chopping you up for sale.

Kevin Martin is a name you should get to know. He looks harmless, even as a troll. But he isn't. He is going to cost you huge chunks of money and significant portions of your freedom. Kevin Martin is the Bush Troll presently overseeing the sale of stolen property at the Federal Communications Commission

Perhaps you are too young to remember when television was broadcast and came into your television through rabbit ears or an outdoor antenna and came only over the "FREE"airways. Starting in the 50s you received programs on the set you bought and placed prominently in the living room. After all, you wanted people to know you could afford it. Programming was innovative; television ads were blatant but you wanted those, too, because programming did not last that many hours a day.

Costs: The Set (It probably sat in a glossy wooden box. It might even coordinate with your furniture. Sort of.) and the electric power. Everyone knew that the airways belonged to the people, held in trust by the Federal Communications Commission.

How things have changed. And how they are going to change. You can't even begin too imagine what's on the horizon.

That television your parents bought in the 50s is more sophisticated today. It is also more expensive and probably connects to programming via a cable service for which you pay amounts of money ranging from around $40.00 a month up into a couple of hundred. This will vary, depending on what extras you decide you can't do without. You see government is backing cable television operators who generate revenue for their services, which in turn generates tax for the treasury, and which tracks customers and their choices and usage patterns so they can essentially use big corporate entities to spy on us. They can't do that over the free airways.

Some of you may be asking yourself why you can't just climb up on the roof and put up an antenna? Of course, you may live in one of those new postage stamp housing developments that do not allow anything so completely déclassé... called "Restrictive Covenants" That story belongs in another article. See Keeping Your Home. But getting the cable turned on today is just like getting the electricity and water. Now, that should give you pause. Look for other stories on the Bush Trolls, coming soon.

Television started as analog. In 2010 you, and all of us, will be forced to move over to digital technology. The premise under which this is taking place is solemn opinings on the quality and efficiency of digital over analog. That is true. But that does not translate into the transferral of this God-given resource into the dirty, grasping, sweaty hands of quasi-government corporations who are conspiring to charge us for what we already own, and was once free, paid for by advertising. They call this privatization but that is government speak for we are stealing your right to free broadcast television. It's a lie, just like the war in Iraq was a lie.

To privatize would be to bring or give something back into the control of ordinary individuals. Conversely, this is corporatization masquerading as something that was once respectable. If you reconsider the word, "privatization,' you will see this redefinition has been going on for a long time. This interpretation is more pirate the private.

Here is their business model: Subscribe to what should be free so the Grid Corporations can make trillions. The Bushes will doubtless get a percentage. They call this blood money. We should all band together, and hold any Senator of Congressman who supports this behavior and remove them from office. Specifically target them for removal and then hold them fully and legally liable and accountable.

You are being urged to buy, buy, buy the new technologies and so fatten the corporations and generate more taxes. These products sound sexy, appealing and exciting and are only transitional in nature until the next "new and improved" version comes out three weeks later. This will be a whole new infrastructure. High definition, plasma, wireless, interlaced, non-interlaced, 1080I, 1080P, and the myriad of gadgets to go with them. You pay and then you will never stop paying. Because if you don't pay to subscribe you won't see anything on your new $5000.00 TV!

Today significant amounts of the content come cost free to those who provide the programming you pay for. Much of that comes from your tax dollars – but they still insert advertising, giving them yet another profit center.

No one invented the air ways. They exist not through any human agency but, like us, through the complex nature of the universe. The idea writing law, The Communications Act of 1934, passed by Congress, was to regulate the use of this resource and ensure it was forever guaranteed for the use of the people. Today the airways are being auctioned off and someone, not you or me, rest assured, is making an enormous profit and creating the means for ensuring a perpetual stream of income. We don't get any of that, either.

The development of the technology that is being applied to make the airways usable was, in part, developed privately. Gugliellmo Marconi changed the world we live in at 12:30 pm December 12th 1901. The message was in Morse code click – click click or 'S.' The transmission was picked up by Marconi and George Kemp at a receiver station at signal hill on the Newfoundland coast.

The original analogue technology would be in large part privately funded. But the digital technology that is replacing it came from tax dollars. We own it and it is far better.

Analogue is a light bulb. Digital is a laser pointer. Analogue causes interference and feed back. It catches harmonics and wanders into other channels. Digital is pure, crisp and right on the money. In the worst case you can get ten times the number of channels with digital. But in the best case you get 100. It is worth trillions of dollars in potential income if you can pull off the transfer of wealth, taking what belongs to all of us and selling it for a few shekels to the hungry maw of greedy grid corporations. The Bush people can only sell it as long as they control the government so that has to happen now.

That answers the question of why is this administration is working so fast to sell a resource that belongs to all of us. Remember those pallets of money that disappeared on their way to Iraq? Remember Silverado and Neal Bush? This is how the Bush family makes a living. But they can't do all the stealing themselves; too much like work. So they get trolls like Kevin to do it for them.

They are setting us up, forcing us to subscribe to what is free. They are licensing their buddies to impose a business model to make trillions. The Bushes have doubtless ensured they will get a percentage. It should amaze all of us that Congress has still failed to impeach. Impeachment is the cure for lying in office. Because of this dereliction Congress also must be targeted for removal and then for accountability. Check out those in Congress, too. Any Senator of Congressman who supports this must be removed from office. Their actions lead the reasonable to the conclusion that they, too, expect to profit.

Take another look at Chairman Troll Martin. Now that you understand what he is really doing he doesn't look so harmless, does he?

We can remove them all. We can take our country back. We can assert accountability. Then The Gang of Trolls and Bush can get jobs at MacDonald's. Jail is too good for them.