Sep 092020
 
 September 9, 2020
Achieving world peace would be so great. As long as I can remember, I’ve heard people preaching about it and have read plenty on that theme. Just think what a marvelous place the planet would be if only….. my gosh, I can almost hear John Lennon singing “Imagine” in the background. Scholars, musicians, artists and poets alike have hummed similar tunes for centuries. Hollywood entices us with films about the promise of a Utopian world. After all, we have evolved as humans and should eventually reach that point of perfection, right? Well, I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but it’s a grand illusion.
The premise to this idea of societal perfection is that human nature will progress to a point of collective enlightenment whereby everlasting peace can be attained. Therefore, we will all eventually live in harmony. The problem with that logic lies in the assumption that human nature changes over time. Well here’s a splash of cold water on that theory. Human nature does not change. Yes, we may increase in knowledge and awareness. With each passing year, we witness amazing technological advances. By God, we humans have achieved all sorts of amazing scientific breakthroughs, built marvelous architectural wonders, planned sophisticated market logistics and produced processing power beyond belief. I am sure the future will be filled with more awe-inspiring feats and mind-blowing milestones at exponential rates. However, it’s not to be confused with our innate nature, our way of being. Human nature has been the same since Cain murdered Abel. Let’s see, how many more ways can I say it? We get jealous, we want to control everything and everyone, we behave in unpredictable ways, we desire more than we have, we are selfish, we get greedy and we can be a hateful nasty lot. On the flip side, we can be loving, selfless, helpful, empathetic, thoughtful and generous. However, our nature will always be what it is, human.
Some of the world’s most intelligent beings have fallen into this alluring Nirvana trap. Albert Einstein, for instance, was a huge proponent of world peace. He associated with pacifists and international communists who believed in this state of perfection. They believed that somehow, if we could just get everyone on board to erase borders and get rid of the private ownership of property, worldwide unity and tranquility would follow. Yes, as intelligent as Albert was, he ran around with a bunch of collectivist-minded imbeciles who were true believers in the perfection of the individual and the elimination of nation states. It’s not to say his intentions weren’t noble. He was a strong proponent against war and weapons of mass destruction. However, his politics led him into the land of unicorns. Sorry Vladimir, but an enlightened society filled with new Soviet men and women is unattainable.
Certainly, as individuals, we can improve ourselves and be of better nature. As a Christian, I try hard to follow Christ and His teachings. I am constantly working on becoming a better person because it’s my desire. But there’s definitely no perfection here! No matter how many people are saved or go through a transformation of the mind, the earth will never have the entire population singing from the same hymn book. No matter the pew, church, temple or belief system, human nature will follow its usual path and evildoers will persist. I try to stay away from absolutes, but I must make the exception here and boldly state: World peace will NEVER happen by human intervention. There will always be a fly in the ointment, a snake in the grass or a devil in the details. It’s just human nature.
So, what are we to do? Well, that’s why I am so high on spreading the principles of Liberty and promoting what our Founders tried to accomplish with our Constitution. You see, our Constitution was built with a firm understanding and knowledge of human nature. Our system of government was devised in such a way to make it hard for the dark side of human nature to control the rest of humanity. As Thomas Jefferson once stated, “it was intended to lace them up straightly….”. It may not be perfect, but at least it’s a path to freedom so we can have the opportunity to live in some relative peace.
Even with the wisdom of our forefathers, we have fallen into a few ruts. Several amendments to our original compact are troublesome. In my studies, I’ve come to the conclusion that parts of the 14th Amendment, the 16th Amendment and especially the 17th Amendment have chipped away at our foundation. I’ll go further. They have done serious damage to our Republic. Even more egregious, is the failure to follow some of the basic stipulations within the body of our Constitution. For instance, did you know that originally the House of Representatives alone had authority over a budget no matter what the Senate or the President had to say about it? This power of the purse was one of the strongest safeguards placed into our Constitution. It was set up so those closest to the people in our federal government were given the authority to hold those strings. Unfortunately, laws have changed the way budgets are passed, which in itself goes against our Constitution. Budgets change on a dime, laws get messy to repeal once passed. Please read a great explanation on this point in relation to Article I, Section 7, especially the exchange between James Madison and Alexander White.
We should be forever grateful for what we have and how special America is. We may not get to that pinnacle of perfection, but we sure have a shot at happiness.
In Liberty,
Ray
Sep 022020
 
 September 2, 2020
Supreme Law of the Land
I’ve many times interviewed individuals running for office, whether it be for Congress or for a local judgeship, and posed the question of federal supremacy. I don’t give them any indication as to my thoughts on the matter, but just let the open question hang there to see where they stand. Without fail, they all fall into the myth that there is such a thing. A few are actually astute enough to bring up our Constitution and say that Article VI confirms the idea of federal supremacy. Some will cite numerous historical events and cases, such as Marbury v. Madison, to plead their case. This erroneous translation and false narrative has destroyed the rule of law from the highest offices down to local city halls. This fundamental platform of our Republic has been dismissed and failing to abide by it is very detrimental to Liberty. When any person, agency, organization or branch of government believes they can create a law or statute that overwrites the actual Supreme Law of the Land, they become tyrannical. The false notion of federal supremacy is really just an abuse and usurpation. That does not mean that we don’t give the federal government authority which the states have delegated to them, but we shouldn’t allow this to mean the federal government is superior to the states nor that they have a power not delegated to them. Remember, the states created the federal government with limited authority.
Now, as to my thoughts on the matter, although I believe to be pretty solid, should have no real weight for the curious. I always encourage others to study it for themselves and come to their own conclusions. However, the record is clear and the evidence makes the case for itself. So, I will assist you by providing texts from our Constitution itself and Alexander Hamilton’s explanation of Article VI. Read for yourself and you be the judge!

Paragraphs 2&3 of ARTICLE VI

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

From Federalist #33

But it is said that the laws of the Union are to be the SUPREME LAW of the land. But what inference can be drawn from this, or what would they amount to, if they were not to be supreme? It is evident they would amount to nothing. A LAW, by the very meaning of the term, includes supremacy. It is a rule which those to whom it is prescribed are bound to observe. This results from every political association. If individuals enter into a state of society, the laws of that society must be the supreme regulator of their conduct. If a number of political societies enter into a larger political society, the laws which the latter may enact, pursuant to the powers intrusted to it by its constitution, must necessarily be supreme over those societies, and the individuals of whom they are composed. It would otherwise be a mere treaty, dependent on the good faith of the parties, and not a goverment, which is only another word for POLITICAL POWER AND SUPREMACY. But it will not follow from this doctrine that acts of the large society which are NOT PURSUANT to its constitutional powers, but which are invasions of the residuary authorities of the smaller societies, will become the supreme law of the land. These will be merely acts of usurpation, and will deserve to be treated as such. Hence we perceive that the clause which declares the supremacy of the laws of the Union, like the one we have just before considered, only declares a truth, which flows immediately and necessarily from the institution of a federal government. It will not, I presume, have escaped observation, that it EXPRESSLY confines this supremacy to laws made PURSUANT TO THE CONSTITUTION; which I mention merely as an instance of caution in the convention; since that limitation would have been to be understood, though it had not been expressed.
Hamilton not only clearly makes the case that the Constitution stands above any of these federal supremacists, but he also gives us a great insight into how treaties are to be viewed. Nothing stands above our Supreme Law of the Land and we should hold all elected officials and agencies within all governments across this land accountable.
In Liberty,
Ray
Sep 022020
 
 September 2, 2020
Following a Madman
In a book of his memoirs, Albert Speer warns the reader of the dangers of technological advances in an authoritarian state. His advice to future generations and the world in general: Individual liberty is a paramount check from technology becoming a danger to society. This may seem like elementary counsel, but carries a timeless message we cannot afford to ignore.
The advances in technology of Speer’s time seem rudimentary compared to our world of high speed internet, social media, smart phones, smart meters and smart everything. Our high-tech world is ever changing and grows at an exponential rate. Terabytes of information can not only be transmitted close to the speed of light, but can also be stored in a space measured in microns. Drones, stealth bombers, global positioning and weapon delivery systems far exceed anything ever implemented in the past. Not even the Third Reich could have imagined such an advanced military complex.
So, what can we learn from a man whose name is eternally branded into the archives of history as part of Hitler’s inner circle?
Nearly a quarter of a century after the Nuremberg trials, Albert Speer published writings he had pieced together while in prison. Here was a seemingly decent man who just wanted to be a renowned architect, but ended up a tool in the kit of one of the most evil empires in modern times. He became a key member in what can only be described as a force led by Satan. As the minister of armaments, he was part of a technocracy controlled by the diabolical mind of Adolf Hitler. Recognizing the role he played, Speer makes no excuses, but rather ends his book with a valuable lesson on technological advances and the role of government. When the state becomes superior to the individual, death and destruction are its inevitable companions. What begins with social engineering and control ends in the massive confiscation of life, liberty and property. Individual liberty is the key to safeguarding those precious blessings.
We must heed the warnings. Speer, like thousands of others, followed the vision of a mad man who took a whole nation down a very dark path. Germany, whose majority identified with Christianity, looked away while a brutal regime committed horrific acts. With the exception of a very few, as was the case with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German people failed to take a stand against tyranny. They ignored the political shift, compromised their moral values and watched while an iron-fisted dictatorship developed. We may want to study how a constitutional Weimar Republic, at a time of increasing debt, became a collective machine of tyranny. The parallels to America today are frightening; however, we have the greatest counterpoise in our arsenal.
We are extremely fortunate to live in a country where the blessings of liberty are guarded in the words of our founding documents. All we must do is stay true to those great fundamental principles our forefathers so brilliantly transcribed for us. The Declaration of Independence, along with our Constitution, stand as the greatest written plan for keeping human nature from spiraling down the path of power and control. Keeping our Republic alive in our hearts and minds is instrumental in securing freedom and prosperity. Our responsibility rests in holding one another accountable, especially those in government to whom we lend power. As individual architects of liberty, we must be vigilant in following that great blueprint.
In Liberty,
Ray
Sep 022020
 
 September 2, 2020

 

Unmasking Tyrants in an Age of Fear
I usually know right where to begin when sending out a Liberty message, however, I’d be lying to you if I knew where to start with this one. It’s been such a strange time. The lines of division are so scattered, nuanced and blurred that wrapping it up in one essay can be a bit daunting. Do I start with citizens snitching on one another, outing those they deem to be going against CDC standards or not following orders to close their businesses? Or how about a team of police officers swarming onto a church campus holding a drive-in service and telling a minister his rights and the rights of his congregation have been suspended? Then there’s the story of police standing in front of a woman’s home barking unlawful orders and threatening harsh action because they were told she allowed her daughter to go on a play date. Of course, there are the dozens of mayors and governors mandating unconstitutional stay at home orders and shutting down people’s livelihoods. Or how about big tech choking out any dissenting voices, even from qualified doctors and experts, on their media platforms? Quarantining has taken on a new definition as it is now the healthy who must remain isolated in their homes and be forced into unemployment. The encroachments upon our rights are piling up and Americans stand by offering little resistance. It doesn’t seem possible in America, yet, here we are. Many of my fellow citizens, friends and even family members are fine with compliance and have allowed Liberty to be quashed. I never thought in my wildest dreams that a virus would be the catalyst to open the door for such madness.
But, then, what to do about it? It’s not an easy answer as the country seems primed for conditioned acceptance. People like us feel outnumbered. Talking heads shame anyone who questions government action or tries to offer alternative advice on how to proceed. Government has become the end all and be all for these lost souls. We’ve come to a point where every community and individual needs government to deal with such a crisis. The role of government has been broadened to be our nanny and our king. Yes, our state health departments and our local governments have a role to play, but not the overreaching role we see being played out. Those of us with a good grasp of history and knowledge of the delicate balance of freedom are left behind to be ignored, forgotten and, in some instances, dealt with harshly. We must not allow that helpless feeling to persist, however, knowing the tide can turn on this veil of deception. The answer is growing teams of Liberty-minded Americans who will firmly, albeit peacefully, stand up to this growing oppression. It’s a process we must begin and continue to do until we secure our freedoms once again.
What started out as frightening news of a super-virus that was going to leave millions dead on the streets of America has now become a somber reminder of how easily our rights can be taken away. The initial terminology by the national assembly of “experts” seemed innocuous enough. Actions like social distancing, frequent hand washing and sheltering in place were what was needed, they said, until we manage to flatten the curve on this disease. Yet, all the while, the outbreak had already occurred with little evidence that it was killing the high percentages predicted. Scientific reasoning and fact-based reality were taking a back seat to computer models and conjecture. From inconsistent messaging by the World Health Organization to fearful press conferences by the Centers for Disease Control, insufficient information was being fed to us. The numbers didn’t quite add up and the statistical data was misleading; it was very difficult to make heads or tails out of what was really transpiring. While the “science” was being formulated, draconian measures swept across this land. Add to that the politicization of the pandemic and power-hungry officials positioning themselves for political and monetary gain. Fear caused people to behave in the most irrational of ways and, disappointingly, Americans complacently placed chains upon themselves.
So, as the dust settles on this horrible chapter, even more unsettling trends are exposed. More and more tyrants are appearing before are very eyes. We’ll see stories about a neighborhood grocery store greeter who admonishes someone not practicing social distancing to tales of governors threatening to keep businesses that they deem non-essential closed. Bloggers and social media trolls will callously describe those who protest forced lock downs as selfish idiots or even as attempted murderers. These despots of all shapes and sizes become tools for those who would like nothing less than to fundamentally transform America into a socialist state under the thumb of the UN . We witness bone chilling videos of health officials perfunctorily assessing how people can be removed from their homes if found to test positive for this virus. Despite contradictory and unproven theories on wearing masks, it is gaining traction to become mandatory and is becoming the dividing line between us. Wear one or you are guilty of attempted murder! We see governments across our country implementing biomedical and surveillance technologies to control their constituents. Stories abound about big pharma and big tech executives rubbing their hands with anticipation for more profits and power. Patents are at the ready with promises to make us a safe society. The unrealistic and Utopian idea of creating a perfectly sterile and hermetically sealed world is fomenting the rise of administrative health tyrants across this globe. Social engineers of the world are prepared with the technology to track and identify those who comply and those who don’t. Frightening concepts like contact tracing and biomedical tattoos are being massaged into the public lexicon until they are acceptable to a large segment of the population. Comply and take the mark that proves you have been tested and vaccinated or else you cannot be allowed to participate in society. There seems to be an entire nation of sheep willing to succumb to this tyranny, fall into line and even believe it is their patriotic duty to do so. It’s a very sad chapter, indeed, with the tranquility of servitude, rather than the animating contest of freedom, being the new norm.
This American will not fall into that dreaded pile of misery. I serve only one master and He is the Divine Creator who has given us the blessings of Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. I will continue to stand on those time-tested, Judeo-Christian principles grafted into our foundation. I will proudly hold up those standards, try to protect those blessings and make my voice heard. I will unite with others who believe the same and will try to grow our ranks. The government is not my master; in our form of government, government is to be our servant. True authority comes from the Almighty and those in government that turn away from that responsibility and use the power lent to them for tyrannical means, who place the state above God, who abuse that authority for control and who place themselves above the Supreme Law of the Land, are reprehensible traitors and enemies of America. Yes, we should submit to laws made within the bounds of our Constitution and respect the rule of law. But no person, organization or governing body has the authority to violate our unalienable rights. The initial response in the midst of the confusion is understandable, but the truth still stands. Even those who erred on the side of Tyranny rather than Liberty who finally come to their senses and show they are willing to turn back to our principles can be forgiven. However, we cannot allow this culture of despotism, with fear and necessity used as cattle prods, to crumble the foundation of our country. The American blueprint, crafted with axiomatic truths and fought for with the blood and toil of our ancestors should never be dismissed. We should all take heed and learn from this dark chapter in our history and be the lamp stand to guide us off this diabolical path and back to our first principles. We must stand up for America, the world’s last bastion of freedom. I will stand……and am willing to die for it……are you?
In Liberty,
Ray
Sep 022020
 
 September 2, 2020
1st Things First
Our Republic calls for knowledge and virtue in order for Liberty to survive. It sounds like an easy formula, but our founders drew upon 700 years or more of history to pen many of the principles required for us to live as a free people, not to mention how they risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for the sake of Liberty. Their words of wisdom were passed down mostly by their ancestors, but they also sought many other sources of information, including the Bible, different forms of governments from all over the world, philosophers throughout history, as well as personal experiences with King George and his power-hungry Parliament.So, you may ask, what knowledge is it? And, how do you define virtue? Isn’t this all subjective? Well, if you want to keep alive the axioms necessary to being an American, there are concrete answers to those questions.From our Republic’s very beginnings, our founders passed along to us what they termed “self-evident” truths. These are truths based upon, as stated in our Declaration of Independence, the laws of nature and of nature’s God. The basis of what is known as the laws of nature can probably be summed up by the great statement found in that same document that begins with “We hold these truths to be self-evident……”. I call it our American creed. Our very Bill of Rights also gives us, based on solid historical facts, wise reminders of our rights and the necessary limits to be placed on government. Any rational human being can recognize these first principles.

Here’s an excerpt from The Law by Frederic Bastiat with a wonderful explanation of these truths:

Life, liberty and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.
Each of us has a natural right – from God – to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties?
If every person has the right to defend – even by force – his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right – its reason for existing, its lawfulness – is based on individual right.

 

He goes on to discuss a just and enduring government to secure those rights. These are first principles that must be fully understood in order to have that knowledge necessary for maintaining Liberty.

So, the next ingredient in this Liberty formula is virtue. Who determines what is virtuous and what is not? Well, let’s first define virtue. It’s defined as behavior showing high moral standards. Some of the synonyms are goodness, morality, integrity, dignity, decency, rectitude, honor and respectability. It wasn’t too long ago that we taught such things in our schools or even did things like, God forbid, proudly display the Ten Commandments in public. One thing for sure about virtue, it is clearly evident when it’s absent. When you see someone exhibit behavior that isn’t virtuous, it’s pretty obvious. There’s also the old adage, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” or the fact that we, being on guard for our own rights, should realize it’s wrong when we infringe upon someone else’s rights. It’s easy to recognize injustice once an injustice is done to you. As Americans, we should hold each other to this higher moral standard.

Our founders had a great opportunity to start with a blank slate and rely upon on their knowledge and virtue in order to form a more perfect union. We should honor their hard-fought efforts, along with all who have shed blood, sweat and tears (along with small fortunes) for Liberty, by passing along the needed knowledge and virtue requisite for the survival of our great Republic. It’s a formula that has worked well and helped change the entire world for the better; let’s help promote, protect and defend it.

In Liberty,

Ray

Sep 022020
 
 September 2, 2020
The Chicago Boys meet Chilean politics
The clash of political philosophies is an ongoing human saga. History is filled with the good, the bad and the ugly when opposing views collide. The writers of history can shape opinion and even alter the significance of the past.
The story of the Chicago Boys and their rise to fame from the University of Chicago circa 1957 to Chilean politics in the 70′s and 80′s is an extraordinary one. However, the story gets muddled because of the tactics used by Augusto Pinochet to turn a country around. Shamefully, it also gives some historians an opening to blame the applied economic principles for much of the subsequent strife that took place during Pinochet’s rule. The “Miracle of Chile”, though, lives on as one of the bright spots in Chile’s rise to economic success.
Let’s first go back in time, way before this group of Chilean students were under the tutelage of Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger at the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. Political philosophy can shape entire nations and Augusto Pinochet, although widely criticized as a dictator, was fond of American-style freedom. His political outlook was influenced by a fellow Chilean statesman back in the 1800′s by the name of Diego Portales, who believed in a strong republican form of government. Portales wrote to a friend in 1822: “Politics doesn’t interest me, but as a good citizen I feel free to express my opinions and to censure the government. Democracy, which is so loudly proclaimed by the deluded, is an absurdity in our countries, flooded as they are with vices and with their citizens lacking all sense of civic virtue, the prerequisite to establishing a real Republic. But monarchy is not the American ideal either; if we get out of one terrible government just to jump headlong into another, what will we have gained? The Republican system is the one which we must adopt, but do you know how I interpret it for our countries? A strong central government whose representatives will be men of true virtue and patriotism, and who thus can direct the citizens along the path of order and progress.” In many of Pinochet’s words, he edified this sentiment during a time when Marxism was running rampant throughout South America. He stood strong against communism and its economic destruction. He took over rule of Chile in 1974 after his military junta overthrew the socialist government of Salvador Allende. Pinochet then swung the door wide open for the economic ideas proposed by the Chicago Boys.
Here’s where the clash of ideologies ignited into tragic human drama. Many of those opposing Pinochet were dealt with harshly and, although great economic principles of freedom were moving an entire country closer to prosperity, an iron-fisted military approach to dissenters became Pinochet’s black eye. It is important to note here that the freer the economy is from governmental control the better. It’s unfortunate those fundamental ideals of economic freedom were so virulently rejected by those opposed to Pinochet. While I’m not advocating his methods, eradicating communism was his noble goal. Although government plays a role in securing our freedoms, even contrasting ideas should be recognized as a freedom worth protecting. Unless lawlessness and violence take root, the state must restrain from using force. Under Augusto Pinochet, there were no holds barred.
This raises some questions on political thought and civil society. At what point do dissenters become enemies of the state? Who is to judge if the people protesting the government or those in power are to blame? Snuffing out people with evil ideas doesn’t always translate to political victory, but protecting good citizens from violent mobs is warranted. There seems to be no end to hard line leftists and those complicit with their horrible ideas. The tragedy is when they become destructive to Liberty or are in places of power in government.
So, what’s the answer? Well first, remember elections have consequences; so find good candidates and help them get elected. But the real key is easily found in true American principles and values. Virtue and knowledge, being necessary for Liberty, must be dispensed among the public. We just need to educate future generations of our American miracle and teach them to protect Liberty at all hazards.
In Liberty,
Ray
Sep 022020
 
 September 2, 2020
Orwellian Memes and Modern Mobocracy
There are some great literary works that give us a glimpse into a future where history is replaced, or even expunged, culminating into a horrid existence for the populace. But even when you read some of the most profound, like Fahrenheit 451 to The Giver, or even Logan’s Run to Brave New World, the fiction is not nearly as bad as some of the world’s real-life drama. Without even going deep into the past, we can easily find examples of governments going awry and making life miserable for millions of people. Many of these morsels of history are ripe with erasure or alteration of true records in order to control the masses. Real history teaches us this ends in loss of life, limb and property, not to mention Liberty.
One of my favorite novelists who made a living describing such dystopian societies is George Orwell. Interestingly enough, he was known to be a socialist even though he foretold of devilish paths paved with socialist ideas. I would love to learn more about his thinking and if his own works, like 1984 or Animal Farm, changed his ideas. Too bad he died young. Maybe, since he wasn’t American, he just didn’t quite have a grasp on the Liberty principles enshrined in our foundation and was confused as to where socialism leads. He was spot on, however, on how altering or erasing information is a key tactic employed by an authoritarian state to maintain power. If we blot out the knowledge of our American heritage, the light from our torch of freedom will go dark.
In Orwell’s 1984, the main character, Winston Smith, is tasked with destroying any information the government wants gone and disseminating what they want the people to believe. Here are some telling excerpts:
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. “Reality control,” they called it: in Newspeak, “doublethink.”
The interesting thing about what’s happening in America today is that we have groups willing to impose this unthinkable existence upon themselves. The problem is they’ll end up taking us all down with them. The mobocracy being fueled by those more influenced by memes than by history are driving us closer to anarchy – a road which will quickly turn towards the turbulent path of tyranny. Those yelling for “social justice” are only a symptom of the disease. Socialism is not even the disease, but a transport system for a very malignant design. The never-ending chaos that results from those who allow such ideas to take root in the mind will bring us to the final destination of despotism. Friends don’t let friends get infected with it. As crazy as it sounds, the fictional future described in Orwell’s 1984 is nothing compared to the painful reality it can become. America, don’t let it happen.
In Liberty,
Ray
Sep 022020
 
 September 2, 2020
Sacred Fire
Accurately archiving our history is not only important for highlighting the good, but is also beneficial for future generations so they can avoid the bad. Some historians do an injustice by skewing the facts in order to fulfill their own agenda or, quite possibly, to avoid the ugly truth about some of our past. This brings up two main points. One, fact-checking is always necessary and two, even the bad stuff is important to know about so we can learn from our mistakes. Getting as close to the source as possible is crucial to passing along honest information, especially in this age of rapid-fire, ’round the clock news coverage. As the old saying goes, the truth shall set you free.
So, for today’s message, I thought I’d go back to the very beginning of our founding and give you a glimpse into the heart of one of our founders. If ever there was a doubt as to what type of people our founders were and what kind of government they wanted, you can easily find it in the writings of those who were there. It is obvious they were focused on Liberty and strongly believed that, as a gift from heaven above, it is the duty of every generation of Americans to protect Liberty at all costs. There’s no better source than the written words of those who were part of that history.
Here’s a transcript straight from the first inaugural address by our first president under the U.S. Constitution.
I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire: since there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. – George Washington in inaugural address 1789
I think it’s pretty cool to go back into the minds of those who lived at such a time. George Washington clearly understood his unique and historic role, and even better, the role of our newly formed government. Thanks to people like him, that holy flame, that sacred fire of Liberty still has a chance!
In Liberty,
Ray
Sep 022020
 
 September 2, 2020

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Neither wholly federal nor wholly national
Our genuinely American form of government surpasses all other types. The evidence of this is indelibly etched in our history. A great analysis of it can be found in the writings of James Madison.
In Federalist # 39, Madison goes through a very detailed explanation of the form of government proposed in our Constitution. Remember, the Constitutional Convention proposed an entirely new document rather than just amending the original Articles of Confederation. So, although components of the Articles were used, there was a lot of wrangling over every word and meaning of this new document. I will go over some of JM’s main points and try to convey his message. However, there is no substitute for doing your own homework. It’s worth reading Mr. Madison’s words in order to gain a better perspective of the genius of our system.
James Madison had to calm the fears of many who thought the Convention was steering away from the idea of a confederation of states. Although most understood and agreed with republicanism, they were not very cool to the idea of nationalism over federalism.
So let’s quickly define the terms national vs. federal so we may better grasp their meanings as they pertain to governing. National government relates to the nation as a whole whereby a central power is exerted. A federal system constitutes government in which power is distributed between the central authority and a number of constituent territorial units (states) in a compact.
Mr. Madison starts out by comparing several governing systems that used the term republic. He makes a good point in that, although places like Holland, Venice and even England defined parts or all of their system as republican, they were far from it. He goes on to point out that it is essential for this system to derive its power from the great body of society. The main thrust here is to accurately define a republic and, above all, to avoid placing power in the hands of a few. There are plenty of current examples. For instance, North Korea is officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Although the term republic is in their name, they are so far removed from being a republic or what any freedom-loving American would accept.
So later in Federalist # 39, Madison takes on detractors who were critical of the new Constitution claiming it was abandoning federalism. He gives some precision to his rebuttal and what follows is one of many brilliant political treatises in Madison’s treasure trove.
Madison not only doubles down on the necessity of maintaining, on the whole, what was already authentic republicanism throughout the states, but he also expresses how the power being vested to the federal government will be delegated by the people. He then gives a complete rundown describing the proposed complex system as neither wholly federal nor wholly national in nature. It is a mixture of both, and depending on which branch, what act or what power is being exercised, will it be national or federal in its form. His last paragraph in this particular paper sums it up concisely.
It is without question one of the best explanations of federalism and nationalism in our system; one built on ideas from generations going back way before our founders. Additionally, during this great time of enlightenment and discourse, the brilliance of our founders offered the people a better solution for organizing society. It is the longest standing constitution in history for a reason and its ratification gave it the stamp of approval by the states and the people of the states.
You can see why there was some question as to what was going on within the Constitutional Convention. Three important characters, however, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison, helped with transparent inspection and left us some solid political meat in those fantastic Federalist Papers. Chew on that, America!
In Liberty,
Ray
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 September 1, 2020

I’ll Take Freedom to Fail Over Big Government Care
Now that we have a new president, there have been more discussions in the office about the direction of our economy. In general, predicting future outcomes, whether on a micro or macro economic scale, is virtually impossible. The best we can do is take educated guesses based on trends of the past. The one beneficial thing a president can do is steer our federal government on a more market-friendly course.
Previous economic policies have not been conducive to freedom and have put us in a state of urgency. What once was a free market system has become a hybrid of crony capitalism and government control. Especially over the past 10 years, we have seen our federal government become a ball and chain to economic freedom. This Marxian-Keynesian mix is not good. Shifting away from this command-and-control system and back to good old fashion capitalism may send short-term shock waves through our economy, but will benefit us in the long-run.
Stability in government is a key factor in a free market if the goal is economic growth and prosperity. Arbitrary laws, which punish some and favor others, should not be made by our government. We have yet to see what the current federal government will do in regard to domestic policy. However, if in after four years, we see a booming economy, nobody will care about the media coverage of the current administration or what may have been said by our president. If the economy doesn’t improve, we’ll see another person in the White House. Let’s hope this present administration will take heed and adhere to sound economic freedom principles.
Manufactured panic can also affect human behavior and the economy. If the media hypes things to extremes, creates the perception of chaos and continues to negatively shape public opinion, segments of our economy will suffer. Groups causing destruction and mayhem can disrupt businesses and cause market instability as well. There have always been coordinated efforts to destroy America from within, but we are now seeing these efforts rise to new heights. Unfortunately, there are misguided enemies of capitalism living among us. Our government has a duty to bring justice to the culprits of violence and destruction. Without real justice and the rule of law, chaos and instability will continue.
Of course, capitalism can have its own natural disruptions. There are all sorts of market fluctuations that can cause hardships, but the ability to refresh is there. It is still the best system for bringing jobs and opportunity to the masses. Even the freedom to fail is freedom after all. Innovation and technological advances can at least have a chance in a free environment. Contrast that to socialism where economic stagnation is the norm. Getting back to our Constitution and the fundamentals of Liberty is the answer.
Even though a shift to free market principles will eventually make for a better economy, change will bring resistance. Hate and fear motivates many miscreants. So, hang on to your hats because we are in for a wild ride. Filter the news coverage with extreme caution and don’t fall for everything you see and hear.
A current example where some filtering is required is the continuing argument about Obamacare. The media is hammering Congress for an answer on the replace part of their insipid “repeal and replace” phrase. It’s sad to see the lack of any intelligent discussion by either side. Not only is the replace part unconstitutional, but it’s also a bad idea to allow government intrusion into the market like this. It’s so typical. The media frames the argument and our legislators fall for the faulty premise. The real question is, in a free-market system, should the government even be in the business of health care or health insurance? The answer is no. The best thing government can do is steer clear of being a competitor in the marketplace. If we really want to see America at its best, we need to be free to do so.
In Liberty,
Ray