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22/Jul/2009: Antifederalist No. 1

Antifederalist No. 1

General Introduction:
A Dangerous Plan of Benefit Only to
The "Aristocratick Combination."


From The Boston Gazette and Country Journal, November 26, 1787.

I am pleased to see a spirit of inquiry burst the band of constraint upon the subject of the NEW PLAN for consolidating the governments of the United States, as recommended by the late Convention. If it is suitable to the GENIUS and HABITS of the citizens of these states, it will bear the strictest scrutiny. The PEOPLE are the grand inquest who have a RIGHT to judge of its merits. The hideous daemon of Aristocracy has hitherto had so much influence as to bar the channels of investigation, preclude the people from inquiry and extinguish every spark of liberal information of its qualities. At length the luminary of intelligence begins to beam its effulgent rays upon this important production; the deceptive mists cast before the eyes of the people by the delusive machinations of its INTERESTED advocates begins to dissipate, as darkness flies before the burning taper; and I dare venture to predict, that in spite of those mercenary dectaimers, the plan will have a candid and complete examination. Those furious zealots who are for cramming it down the throats of the people, without allowing them either time or opportunity to scan or weigh it in the balance of their understandings, bear the same marks in their features as those who have been long wishing to erect an aristocracy in THIS COMMONWEALTH [of Massachusetts]. Their menacing cry is for a RIGID government, it matters little to them of what kind, provided it answers THAT description. As the plan now offered comes something near their wishes, and is the most consonant to their views of any they can hope for, they come boldly forward and DEMAND its adoption. They brand with infamy every man who is not as determined and zealous in its favor as themselves. They cry aloud the whole must be swallowed or none at all, thinking thereby to preclude any amendment; they are afraid of having it abated of its present RIGID aspect. They have strived to overawe or seduce printers to stifle and obstruct a free discussion, and have endeavored to hasten it to a decision before the people can duty reflect upon its properties. In order to deceive them, they incessantly declare that none can discover any defect in the system but bankrupts who wish no government, and officers of the present government who fear to lose a part of their power. These zealous partisans may injure their own cause, and endanger the public tranquility by impeding a proper inquiry; the people may suspect the WHOLE to be a dangerous plan, from such COVERED and DESIGNING schemes to enforce it upon them. Compulsive or treacherous measures to establish any government whatever, will always excite jealousy among a free people: better remain single and alone, than blindly adopt whatever a few individuals shall demand, be they ever so wise. I had rather be a free citizen of the small republic of Massachusetts, than an oppressed subject of the great American empire. Let all act understandingly or not at all. If we can confederate upon terms that wilt secure to us our liberties, it is an object highly desirable, because of its additional security to the whole. If the proposed plan proves such an one, I hope it will be adopted, but if it will endanger our liberties as it stands, let it be amended; in order to which it must and ought to be open to inspection and free inquiry. The inundation of abuse that has been thrown out upon the heads of those who have had any doubts of its universal good qualities, have been so redundant, that it may not be improper to scan the characters of its most strenuous advocates. It will first be allowed that many undesigning citizens may wish its adoption from the best motives, but these are modest and silent, when compared to the greater number, who endeavor to suppress all attempts for investigation. These violent partisans are for having the people gulp down the gilded pill blindfolded, whole, and without any qualification whatever. These consist generally, of the NOBLE order of C[incinnatu]s, holders of public securities, men of great wealth and expectations of public office, Bankers and Lawyers: these with their train of dependents form the Aristocratick combination. The Lawyers in particular, keep up an incessant declamation for its adoption; like greedy gudgeons they long to satiate their voracious stomachs with the golden bait. The numerous tribunals to be erected by the new plan of consolidated empire, will find employment for ten times their present numbers; these are the LOAVES AND FISHES for which they hunger. They will probably find it suited to THEIR HABITS, if not to the HABITS OF THE PEOPLE. There may be reasons for having but few of them in the State Convention, lest THEIR OWN INTEREST should be too strongly considered. The time draws near for the choice of Delegates. I hope my fellow-citizens will look well to the characters of their preference, and remember the Old Patriots of 75; they have never led them astray, nor need they fear to try them on this momentous occasion.

A FEDERALIST


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The Crisis by Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine The Crisis is a collection of articles written by Thomas Paine during the American Revolutionary War. In 1776 Paine wrote Common Sense, an extremely popular and successful pamphlet arguing for Independence from England. The essays collected here constitute Paine's ongoing support for an independent and self-governing America through the many severe crises of the Revolutionary War. General Washington found the first essay so inspiring, he ordered that it be read to the troops at Valley Forge.

http://www.ushistory.org/Paine/crisis/index.htm

The Crisis by Thomas Paine
December 23, 1776
THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

Whether the independence of the continent was declared too soon, or delayed too long, I will not now enter into as an argument; my own simple opinion is, that had it been eight months earlier, it would have been much better. We did not make a proper use of last winter, neither could we, while we were in a dependent state. However, the fault, if it were one, was all our own [NOTE]; we have none to blame but ourselves. But no great deal is lost yet. All that Howe has been doing for this month past, is rather a ravage than a conquest, which the spirit of the Jerseys, a year ago, would have quickly repulsed, and which time and a little resolution will soon recover.

I have as little superstition in me as any man living, but my secret opinion has ever been, and still is, that God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction, or leave them unsupportedly to perish, who have so earnestly and so repeatedly sought to avoid the calamities of war, by every decent method which wisdom could invent. Neither have I so much of the infidel in me, as to suppose that He has relinquished the government of the world, and given us up to the care of devils; and as I do not, I cannot see on what grounds the king of Britain can look up to heaven for help against us: a common murderer, a highwayman, or a house-breaker, has as good a pretence as he.

'Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. All nations and ages have been subject to them. Britain has trembled like an ague at the report of a French fleet of flat-bottomed boats; and in the fourteenth [fifteenth] century the whole English army, after ravaging the kingdom of France, was driven back like men petrified with fear; and this brave exploit was performed by a few broken forces collected and headed by a woman, Joan of Arc. Would that heaven might inspire some Jersey maid to spirit up her countrymen, and save her fair fellow sufferers from ravage and ravishment! Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them, and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their peculiar advantage is, that they are the touchstones of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to light, which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered. In fact, they have the same effect on secret traitors, which an imaginary apparition would have upon a private murderer. They sift out the hidden thoughts of man, and hold them up in public to the world. Many a disguised Tory has lately shown his head, that shall penitentially solemnize with curses the day on which Howe arrived upon the Delaware.

As I was with the troops at Fort Lee, and marched with them to the edge of Pennsylvania, I am well acquainted with many circumstances, which those who live at a distance know but little or nothing of. Our situation there was exceedingly cramped, the place being a narrow neck of land between the North River and the Hackensack. Our force was inconsiderable, being not one-fourth so great as Howe could bring against us. We had no army at hand to have relieved the garrison, had we shut ourselves up and stood on our defence. Our ammunition, light artillery, and the best part of our stores, had been removed, on the apprehension that Howe would endeavor to penetrate the Jerseys, in which case Fort Lee could be of no use to us; for it must occur to every thinking man, whether in the army or not, that these kind of field forts are only for temporary purposes, and last in use no longer than the enemy directs his force against the particular object which such forts are raised to defend. Such was our situation and condition at Fort Lee on the morning of the 20th of November, when an officer arrived with information that the enemy with 200 boats had landed about seven miles above; Major General [Nathaniel] Green, who commanded the garrison, immediately ordered them under arms, and sent express to General Washington at the town of Hackensack, distant by the way of the ferry = six miles. Our first object was to secure the bridge over the Hackensack, which laid up the river between the enemy and us, about six miles from us, and three from them. General Washington arrived in about three-quarters of an hour, and marched at the head of the troops towards the bridge, which place I expected we should have a brush for; however, they did not choose to dispute it with us, and the greatest part of our troops went over the bridge, the rest over the ferry, except some which passed at a mill on a small creek, between the bridge and the ferry, and made their way through some marshy grounds up to the town of Hackensack, and there passed the river. We brought off as much baggage as the wagons could contain, the rest was lost. The simple object was to bring off the garrison, and march them on till they could be strengthened by the Jersey or Pennsylvania militia, so as to be enabled to make a stand. We staid four days at Newark, collected our out-posts with some of the Jersey militia, and marched out twice to meet the enemy, on being informed that they were advancing, though our numbers were greatly inferior to theirs. Howe, in my little opinion, committed a great error in generalship in not throwing a body of forces off from Staten Island through Amboy, by which means he might have seized all our stores at Brunswick, and intercepted our march into Pennsylvania; but if we believe the power of hell to be limited, we must likewise believe that their agents are under some providential control.

I shall not now attempt to give all the particulars of our retreat to the Delaware; suffice it for the present to say, that both officers and men, though greatly harassed and fatigued, frequently without rest, covering, or provision, the inevitable consequences of a long retreat, bore it with a manly and martial spirit. All their wishes centred in one, which was, that the country would turn out and help them to drive the enemy back. Voltaire has remarked that King William never appeared to full advantage but in difficulties and in action; the same remark may be made on General Washington, for the character fits him. There is a natural firmness in some minds which cannot be unlocked by trifles, but which, when unlocked, discovers a cabinet of fortitude; and I reckon it among those kind of public blessings, which we do not immediately see, that God hath blessed him with uninterrupted health, and given him a mind that can even flourish upon care.

I shall conclude this paper with some miscellaneous remarks on the state of our affairs; and shall begin with asking the following question, Why is it that the enemy have left the New England provinces, and made these middle ones the seat of war? The answer is easy: New England is not infested with Tories, and we are. I have been tender in raising the cry against these men, and used numberless arguments to show them their danger, but it will not do to sacrifice a world either to their folly or their baseness. The period is now arrived, in which either they or we must change our sentiments, or one or both must fall. And what is a Tory? Good God! What is he? I should not be afraid to go with a hundred Whigs against a thousand Tories, were they to attempt to get into arms. Every Tory is a coward; for servile, slavish, self-interested fear is the foundation of Toryism; and a man under such influence, though he may be cruel, never can be brave.

But, before the line of irrecoverable separation be drawn between us, let us reason the matter together: Your conduct is an invitation to the enemy, yet not one in a thousand of you has heart enough to join him. Howe is as much deceived by you as the American cause is injured by you. He expects you will all take up arms, and flock to his standard, with muskets on your shoulders. Your opinions are of no use to him, unless you support him personally, for 'tis soldiers, and not Tories, that he wants.

I once felt all that kind of anger, which a man ought to feel, against the mean principles that are held by the Tories: a noted one, who kept a tavern at Amboy, was standing at his door, with as pretty a child in his hand, about eight or nine years old, as I ever saw, and after speaking his mind as freely as he thought was prudent, finished with this unfatherly expression, "Well! give me peace in my day." Not a man lives on the continent but fully believes that a separation must some time or other finally take place, and a generous parent should have said, "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;" and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty. Not a place upon earth might be so happy as America. Her situation is remote from all the wrangling world, and she has nothing to do but to trade with them. A man can distinguish himself between temper and principle, and I am as confident, as I am that God governs the world, that America will never be happy till she gets clear of foreign dominion. Wars, without ceasing, will break out till that period arrives, and the continent must in the end be conqueror; for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.

America did not, nor does not want force; but she wanted a proper application of that force. Wisdom is not the purchase of a day, and it is no wonder that we should err at the first setting off. From an excess of tenderness, we were unwilling to raise an army, and trusted our cause to the temporary defence of a well-meaning militia. A summer's experience has now taught us better; yet with those troops, while they were collected, we were able to set bounds to the progress of the enemy, and, thank God! they are again assembling. I always considered militia as the best troops in the world for a sudden exertion, but they will not do for a long campaign. Howe, it is probable, will make an attempt on this city [Philadelphia]; should he fail on this side the Delaware, he is ruined. If he succeeds, our cause is not ruined. He stakes all on his side against a part on ours; admitting he succeeds, the consequence will be, that armies from both ends of the continent will march to assist their suffering friends in the middle states; for he cannot go everywhere, it is impossible. I consider Howe as the greatest enemy the Tories have; he is bringing a war into their country, which, had it not been for him and partly for themselves, they had been clear of. Should he now be expelled, I wish with all the devotion of a Christian, that the names of Whig and Tory may never more be mentioned; but should the Tories give him encouragement to come, or assistance if he come, I as sincerely wish that our next year's arms may expel them from the continent, and the Congress appropriate their possessions to the relief of those who have suffered in well-doing. A single successful battle next year will settle the whole. America could carry on a two years' war by the confiscation of the property of disaffected persons, and be made happy by their expulsion. Say not that this is revenge, call it rather the soft resentment of a suffering people, who, having no object in view but the good of all, have staked their own all upon a seemingly doubtful event. Yet it is folly to argue against determined hardness; eloquence may strike the ear, and the language of sorrow draw forth the tear of compassion, but nothing can reach the heart that is steeled with prejudice.

Quitting this class of men, I turn with the warm ardor of a friend to those who have nobly stood, and are yet determined to stand the matter out: I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state: up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake. Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it. Say not that thousands are gone, turn out your tens of thousands; throw not the burden of the day upon Providence, but "show your faith by your works," that God may bless you. It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light. Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to "bind me in all cases whatsoever" to his absolute will, am I to suffer it? What signifies it to me, whether he who does it is a king or a common man; my countryman or not my countryman; whether it be done by an individual villain, or an army of them? If we reason to the root of things we shall find no difference; neither can any just cause be assigned why we should punish in the one case and pardon in the other. Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man. I conceive likewise a horrid idea in receiving mercy from a being, who at the last day shall be shrieking to the rocks and mountains to cover him, and fleeing with terror from the orphan, the widow, and the slain of America.

There are cases which cannot be overdone by language, and this is one. There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful. It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and we ought to guard equally against both. Howe's first object is, partly by threats and partly by promises, to terrify or seduce the people to deliver up their arms and receive mercy. The ministry recommended the same plan to Gage, and this is what the tories call making their peace, "a peace which passeth all understanding" indeed! A peace which would be the immediate forerunner of a worse ruin than any we have yet thought of. Ye men of Pennsylvania, do reason upon these things! Were the back counties to give up their arms, they would fall an easy prey to the Indians, who are all armed: this perhaps is what some Tories would not be sorry for. Were the home counties to deliver up their arms, they would be exposed to the resentment of the back counties who would then have it in their power to chastise their defection at pleasure. And were any one state to give up its arms, that state must be garrisoned by all Howe's army of Britons and Hessians to preserve it from the anger of the rest. Mutual fear is the principal link in the chain of mutual love, and woe be to that state that breaks the compact. Howe is mercifully inviting you to barbarous destruction, and men must be either rogues or fools that will not see it. I dwell not upon the vapors of imagination; I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as A, B, C, hold up truth to your eyes.

I thank God, that I fear not. I see no real cause for fear. I know our situation well, and can see the way out of it. While our army was collected, Howe dared not risk a battle; and it is no credit to him that he decamped from the White Plains, and waited a mean opportunity to ravage the defenceless Jerseys; but it is great credit to us, that, with a handful of men, we sustained an orderly retreat for near an hundred miles, brought off our ammunition, all our field pieces, the greatest part of our stores, and had four rivers to pass. None can say that our retreat was precipitate, for we were near three weeks in performing it, that the country might have time to come in. Twice we marched back to meet the enemy, and remained out till dark. The sign of fear was not seen in our camp, and had not some of the cowardly and disaffected inhabitants spread false alarms through the country, the Jerseys had never been ravaged. Once more we are again collected and collecting; our new army at both ends of the continent is recruiting fast, and we shall be able to open the next campaign with sixty thousand men, well armed and clothed. This is our situation, and who will may know it. By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils a ravaged country a depopulated city habitations without safety, and slavery without hope our homes turned into barracks and bawdy-houses for Hessians, and a future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall doubt of. Look on this picture and weep over it! and if there yet remains one thoughtless wretch who believes it not, let him suffer it unlamented.

December 23, 1776


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05/Feb/2009: Kill This Porkosaurus

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=30513

Kill This Porkosaurus
by Ted Nugent

Im a hunter, and proud of it. Most of my best hours are spent in the field, sometimes chasing dangerous game. Im on the track of one, a bigger more dangerous critter than Ive ever hunted before: the Obama-Pelosi Porkosaurus.

The Porkosaurus is plenty dangerous by itself. It subsidizes unemployment by increasing unemployment benefits. And, as the man said, when you subsidize something you get more of it. It doesnt spend anything -- not one thin dime -- on the one thing that economists say is guaranteed to stimulate the economy, defense spending. And its whole purpose is to feed Fedzilla and make it grow even bigger, swallowing our economy whole.

In a crisis, hysterical, wrongheaded, ignorant people will squall and holler to "do something." Reasonable people with a modicum of intellect know that throwing a cinder block to a drowning person qualifies as "something", but surely it is the wrong something.

Amazingly, some of these same reasonable people continue to look to Fedzilla to solve the financial crisis that this bloated beast created. Result: America is drowning in
unsustainable mountains of debt and deficits and threatening to do more of the same. President Obama and his Democratic cronies on Capital Hill want to pile on more debt and more deficits that will further destroy the US economy.

President Obama and Nancy Pelosi's trillion-dollar Porkosaurus bill will fail miserably at creating new jobs and reversing our economic kamikaze swan dive. The bill is weighed down by irresponsible, ineffective, wasteful spending which is the status quo in Washington DC.

It is not just President Obama who wants to feed the grossly obese Fedzilla. President Bush fed Fedzilla mountains of our tax dollars, too. According to the Wall Street Journal, during his tenure America witnessed the largest expansion of Fedzilla spending since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society boondoggle. Many of the Republican House and Senate members voted in support of expanding Fedzilla. They deserve to get tossed out of power.

But now President Obama is in charge of feeding Fedzilla and he has wasted no time in advocating a trillion-dollar pork dinner for The Beast. The menu of spending items is the most irresponsible pile of pork in the history of our country.

In a January 28 op-ed the Wall Street Journal did an outstanding job of identifying the waste in Pork-stimulus. The following are a couple of shameful examples.

There is one billion for Fedzilla's railroad, Amtrak. Shamtrack, as I call it, has not been profitable for decades, and probably never will be. The Shamtrack Xpress to financial hell should be derailed.

$400 million more of our tax dollars are scheduled to be wasted on the global-warming scam of the century. Here's how we save this cash: We agree the earth warms and cools. We admit that warming and cooling is a naturally occurring cycle that has to do with the sun and that there is nothing we can do about it. We admit Al Gore is a fraud and a global warming Ponzi-schemer. Then we take back Al's Grammy and documentary award.

$81 billion will be wasted on feeding Medicaid. Give me one week with some smart, savvy business people and we will come up with a private-sector, cost effective, efficient health care program that does not include Fedzilla and its gluttonous unaccountable tax dollar bonfire.

$66 billion is scheduled to be fed to Fedzilla's Department of Lack of Education. We can save this cash by parents just checking their child's homework and cutting the cords to computer and video games.

$83 billion more will be spent on providing earned income credit for people who do not pay taxes. I am all for earned income. No one gets a dime unless you earn it.

$54 billion is scheduled to be overtly wasted on Fedzilla programs that Fedzilla's very own Office of Management and Budget or the Government Accounting Office has labeled as "ineffective" and can not pass a financial audit. There is no accountability. None.

According to the Wall Street Journal, only about twelve cents of every dollar in the trillion-dollar Pork-stimulus will jump start the economy and create new jobs. I trust the WSJ much more than I do President Obama or Nancy Pelosi.

As I outlined in my book, TED WHITE & BLUE-The Nugent Manifesto, the way out of this economic mess is permanent tax cuts across the board. Find a tax and slash it at least in half. This will ignite the fuel of private industry and will instantly create new jobs and yank us out of the economic abyss in months, not years.

Along with tax cuts, Fedzilla spending should be slashed by 25 percent. Imagine how the stock market would instantly respond to that bold, new approach.

It is now up the Senate to do what is right for America and kill the Porkosaurus. I beg of them not to throw a concrete block to drowning Americans and call it a life preserver.


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While this bill probably will not go very far, it may indeed open the eyes of a few people and may even bounce the price of gold while it is pending, which is a good thing for those folks who are small claim miners, good for those folks who "play" investor in the gold market, and may even wake a few folks up that the inflation of the dollar is due to it not being backed by anything, merely monetized by oil since 1973.

Listen to terminus radio weeknights for a round table discussion 9pm on the eastern coast, 6 pm on the west coast where this may be a topic. http://patriotlive.tripod.com/index.html join the java chat and listen at the same time if you feel like it, ask questions of the hosts, sometimes they answer live as those come across in the chat...... if you can not listen live there is always the archives too.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2009

Indiana State Senator Files Gold Money Bill

Senate Bill 453, The Indiana Honest Money Act

Indiana Picks Up Where New Hampshire Left Off !

Indianapolis, Indiana -- State Senator Greg Walker of District 41, (R-Columbus), has officially filed a Bill that would allow Indiana to offer its citizens a choice of Gold (and Silver) coin or the Electronic equivalent in payable and receivable transactions with the state. This bold bill will finally bring Indiana back into conformance with the Constitution for the United States of America which states "No state shall...make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts..." Article 1, Section 10.

The Indiana Honest Money Act will be voluntary for citizens, but mandatory for certain, specialized businesses and will allow Indiana to fund the Treasury with enough assets insuring that no current state funds will need to be earmarked. S.B. 453 is NOT a replacement for Federal Reserve Notes, but more of a competing, Constitutional currency and an insurance policy for our current, tenuous "money" system.

Indiana is picking up where New Hampshire left off in their attempt to get essentially the same Bill passed back in 2003 and 2005. The Bill was written by eminently qualified Constitutional Money Scholar and practicing Constitutional Lawyer, Dr. Edwin Vieira of Virginia. Jerry Titus of Kokomo, a Senior Field Service Engineer, worked to take New Hampshire's Constitutionally compliant wording of Dr. Vieira's Bill, and adapted it for Indiana's unique purposes.

This exciting juncture is only the beginning of S.B. 453 as it needs to be approved by the Tax and Fiscal Committee for House consideration, etc., and will probably be subject to debate and possible amendments. There will be about 700 Bills under consideration in the current Legislature and only about 200 will survive to be voted on.

Here is the official wording for S.B. 453:

http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2009&session=1&request=getBill&docno=453

For more information you may contact:

Dana Carter, Legislative Assistant to Sen. Walker at 317-232-9984 or 800-382-9467

Or, visit the Indiana Honest Money website at http://www.indianahonestmoney.com/

For more background information you may contact Harvey Wharfield at 978-635-9586 who has been involved with the concept of a Gold Money Bill for the past five years and has worked with both New Hampshire, Indiana, and other states, in raising the conscientiousness of "sound money" around the country.

Special thanks to all who worked so hard to get S.B. 453 to this auspicious point.

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Contact: Harvey Wharfield

Post Oak Public Relations 978 - 635 - 9586, 11am to 11pm, EST

postoak.pr@gmail.com


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I would like to encourage all to become involved in the Election Process. Whether you are below voting age or feel there is no point. This is the only process we have, so we must work with it.

I have, over the years, felt that there was no point in voting. What good does it do to vote when the same people will continue to be voted in? Why vote when it's the Electoral College that ultimately decides who becomes President? Well, because my voice counts. My vote counts. Every vote counts. Even if my vote is just one more to be counted for the loser, that is one less vote for the winner.

If everyone does this, we will eventually see a change. We will see more elected officials that the people actually want in office, instead of those who received the most votes from the 20% of eligible voters who chose to actually vote.

There truly is strength in numbers. I have seen a reduction in the importance of voting being taught to children by their parents. So many people have become disenchanted by the entire process but we must get past these feelings of ineffectiveness. Your college education or well-paying job won't mean anything if you can't find a job when you get out of school or taxes are raised so high that 50% of your income is going to the government.

If you are below voting age, now is the time to become familiar with the process and the issues. You hear people talking about this candidate or that candidate. Go to their My Space pages, go to You Tube, and find out what each of the candidates believes. What do they say they will do different than those who are already in power? How do they compare to the other candidates? If you could vote now, who would you vote for? What made you choose that person over the others? Those who are in political office WILL affect your future. Two to four years from now, many of you will be out of the house, living on your own.

Go here: http://impact.myspace.com/

This page lists most of the official my space pages for the candidates running for President. Please, check them out, compare them, decide, and VOTE!


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I have been a supporter of Fred Thompson since I first heard there was a chance he may run for President. He seems to be forthright and honest, with no wavering in his convictions. I can't wait to see him in a debate but when am I going to see him in a debate? I received notification of the "Family Values" debate, and contacted Mr. Thompson hoping he would accept their invitation.

I was listening to a radio program that I just discovered and I heard AGAIN how wonderful Ron Paul was so I decided to check him out. I spent a good three hours watching clips on YouTube (this clip was the most impressive: Candidates@Google: Ron Paul). I didn't watch the "this is my tribute to Ron Paul" videos. I watched interviews and clips of the debates he has participated in. I was impressed! Everything everyone was saying about him was true! He does want to eliminate the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, and many other departments within the government. His reasoning is these bureaucracies are inefficient and more problematic than they are efficient. Ron Paul also DOES want to do away with the income tax, property taxes, and many others that are unnecessary to run the government if spending is also curtailed (especially since income tax only accounts for about 3% of all taxes collected).


I thought seeing Fred Thompson and Ron Paul in a debate together would help me cement who I would support for President. So, tonight I tuned into the "Family Values" debate. I was excited. Then, the candidates were introduced. It would seem that the top 4 Republican candidates (and all of the Democratic candidates) did not feel the need to attend. Those 4 candidates are Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and FRED THOMPSON! According to his blog, he was in Florida so why didn't he go? Is he already too "big" to debate with anyone but the first tier candidates?

I enjoyed the debate but three hours was a bit much (my eyes were drooping toward the end of the second hour). I noticed there was a lot of pandering going on. Alan Keyes (at least it felt like this to me) concluded that almost every ill could be prevented or stopped by getting rid of abortions.

When asked what role their faith played in their lives, this is how some answered: Alan Keyes was raising his voice like a preacher, tapping the podium, emphasizing the United States is in the position it is because we have forgotten the power and glory of God. Mike Huckabee talked about how he used to be a preacher. Sam Brownbeck spoke about how when he was ten he was struck by Jesus and became born again. Ron Paul said that he looks to the teachings of Jesus, and how he taught about peace and that any war we fight needs to be a moral war.

Overall, I do not think the majority of the Republican candidates get it. We need to learn to truly embrace the text and intent of the Constitution. We do not need to keep going in the same direction, with the Democrats actually looking like they are more fiscally responsible than the Republicans. We need someone like Ron Paul to pull us back to the roots of our Republic. So, I will be changing my voter registration to Republican so I can vote for Ron Paul.


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With all the political rumblings over Presidential candidates, I had almost become numb. No one stood out as someone I could "trust" (I use quotation marks around trust, because you can't really trust anyone except those closest to you). That WAS the case, but now Senator Fred Thompson is considering running for President. I always liked the fact that he stood by what he thought was right (even when I was yelling at him as a young, naive Democrat many moons ago). I have looked at his voting record, and spent multiple hours downloading interviews from YouTube (makes me love dial-up even more, when it takes 2 hours to download a 7 minute video).

If you have the time (or the internet connection), check out these links:

Fox News Sunday Interview, Part 1

Fox News Sunday, Part 2

Also, there are a few websites:

Elect Fred Thompson 2008

Draft Fred Thompson 2008

I don't typically discuss specific political issues or candidates, because of the arguments/nasty comments this can bring up. Fred Thompson is a different story. His comment about a potential Presidential run actually got me excited enough to brave the potential backlash!


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After a slightly heated debate on a discussion group I am on, I am left with one question: Who decides what is in the best interest of "the people"? From the messages I read, I am surprised there are still people out there that feel the government is acting in the best interests of "the people" (and this was on a survivalists discussion group!).

The debate began about smoking (which is ALWAYS a hot-button issue) being banned on most public beaches in Southern California. There have always been strong feelings on both sides of the smoking issue, but this should never have been an issue of smoking. The true issue behind the ban is the government deciding they know what is best for all.

The government, through all of these laws focused on one group or the other, is slowly setting the stage to take away the rights of more and more people. Since they are taking away rights slowly, very few are paying attention to how many rights have been taken away from individuals over the years. The on-line debate started with smokers (anything we can do to protect the children, we should do), then led to fast food, where the suggestion was made that banning all fast food would be a good idea. Excuse me?

Don't you see what is happening? With each one of these laws, your rights are being eroded (whether they apply directly to you or not). Your threshold is being lowered, so you will accept more invasive laws. Soon, there will be very few aspects of your life that you will truly be able to make your own decisions.

How about all Internet providers limiting time on-line to 2 hours per day, per person, because people should be out exercising instead of sitting at the computer. Oh, but people can't exercise outside for great lengths of time due to pollution, so let's ban driving during the hours of 8 AM to 5 PM. That way, all those people who should have left their desk to exercise can breathe cleaner air. Recently, "evidence" has shown that decomposing fecal matter from cows has contributed to the smog problem in the Central Valley of California. So, let's ban all dairies. That way we can all breathe cleaner air, but will end up paying $7 per gallon for milk, or $8 per pound for butter. Well, butter isn't good for you either, and you feed that to your children, so let's ban butter. Better yet, let's do away with all dairy products, since some people still choose to drink whole milk.

We all know that children cannot properly take care of themselves, and there must be evidence out there that shows the majority of parents do not know how to properly raise their children. So, let's remove all children from their parents' homes and raise them properly. Better yet, only allow those that have been properly screened for mental and physical (including genetic) defects to give birth, then the powers that be (who are the only ones who know what is proper) can raise healthy productive members of society. Hey! If we do that, there will be less health care costs, because most genetic abnormalities will have been eliminated prior to conception!

I am dismayed with the attitudes shown by some of the people on that survivalist discussion group. This has shown me that, unless some major change happens, we could headed the way of the swastika or the hammer-and-sickle and "the people" will go right along with it.


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Here is the latest email I sent to our "representatives":

"The largest factor that has unified citizens of the United States has been
a common language. If we are requiring new citizens to learn English,
then why would English not be the official language of the United States?

Spanish=Mexico
French=France
German=Germany
Italian=Italy
Greek=Greece
Arabic=Saudi Arabia
United States=?

When I went to Belgium, although I was thrilled when someone DID speak
English, I was not arrogant enough to EXPECT them to speak English. Why?
Because I was in their country, and needed to learn as much French/Dutch
as I could to get by.

This has nothing to do with racism, it has to do with National identity
and commonality. Immigrants cannot properly assimilate and contribute
fully in our country without learning the common language, which should
OFFICIALLY be English.

Sincerely,


Brenda Nolen"


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