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Wednesday, Nov. 7 — This is what we have woken up to my friends. Welcome to your future.

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

• From bondage to spiritual faith;

• From spiritual faith to great courage;

• From courage to liberty;

• From liberty to abundance;

• From abundance to complacency;

• From complacency to apathy;

• From apathy to dependence;

• From dependence back into bondage.”

The above quote has been attributed to several different individuals. I am less concerned with who first spoke those words than with the truth they speak that we are now faced with.

Yesterday, a majority group of children voted for Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over the adult that makes them brush their teeth and go to bed. Yesterday, the masses voted for higher taxes on people that work, so they in return can get free phones, free medical care, free money. They voted for warrantless wiretaps, surveillance drones, the TSA, presidential “kill lists,” cover-ups, bailouts, increased deficits, class warfare and handouts.

Yesterday, America became a broken dream of ideals like freedom, personal responsibility, hope for lifting yourself up by your boot straps and being the best that you can.

Yesterday I thought the system could still be fixed and we had a chance to make a future.

Today I see that the system as irretrievably broken and the only way to fix things going forward will be in the complete destruction of our current system and hoping we can lay the groundwork to get things right the next time around.

I am not a racist.

I do not hate gays.

I think abortion is a personal choice of a woman.

I do not want any religion pushed down my throat.

I think pot should be legal.

I am for deporting all illegal aliens.

I believe welfare should be a hand up and not a handout. If I need to be drug tested to keep my job, then you should be drug tested to receive our charity.

I believe unions have entirely too much power.

I believe the Constitution laid out specific enumerated powers for the federal government, and they should stick to those powers only.

I believe the individual states should be responsible for the welfare of their own citizens.

I believe individuals are more charitable when they have more of their own money to give.

I believe in the ideals our country was founded upon.

I do not believe the Constitution is a “Living document that changes with the times.”

I believe politics was never meant to be a career path, but rather a service to your fellow citizens.

Sometimes it is kinder to let something you truly love die ... a beloved pet, a relationship that has run its course, a terminally ill grandparent ... than it is to keep trying to mend what simply can’t be fixed.

I no longer believe the U.S.A. can be fixed.

Ric Hawthorne

Comments

ALLAN SIMS 2 years, 1 month ago

What an excellent expression of the pitiful road we’ve followed.

I foresee one possible fix, for a seemingly unfixable problem. But, it may take the threat of secession to force the issue.

The Constitution makes provision for a case such as we have now. Many questioned why it was even included in the first place; and it has never been attempted. There was some discussion of it last year, in passing. The Constitution provides for a Constitutional Convention of the states themselves.

That convention must be requested by 2/3rds of the states by their applications of same, submitted to Congress. Upon receipt of the necessary number of applications, the Congress must call a Constitutional Convention, wherein the states themselves will propose amendments to the Constitution, which will hold the same status as amendments issued by Congress.

Thus, amendments so generated can repeal or modify existing amendments and/or change provisions of the Constitution, itself. Therefore, the states (If they so chose) could do such things as: Limit salaries, tenure, power and rules within the Congress itself. Repeal the 16th amendment, effectively eliminating the ability of the government to divide the people into classes for political ends, preventing undue power going to the government. In its place Section 2 of Article 1 of the Constitution could be amended to allow for a federal sales tax. In that manner, all would pay tax proportional to their usage. Therefore, the rich would pay their ‘fair share’ as well as those who freeload now.

Repeal the 17th amendment, which violated the very heart of the Constitution itself, that being the division of power. That repeal would return the control of the senate to the states themselves, instead of the mob rule as you expect in the House of Representatives. When you have both houses elected by the populace, you get the result you have now. (For, as Mr. Hawthorne said above, no democracy can continue without self-destruction, as we see happening before our eyes.) As a result of those changes, the states regain their prior positions under the original Constitution, and you return the country to the status of a Republic.

Further, they could tighten the controls on the courts, eliminating legislation from the bench, preventing judges from setting ridiculous bail amounts, preventing the Gestapo tactics of law enforcement, strengthening the rights to bear arms, and a myriad of other things taken, without due process, from the people. And other important things such as: They could stop this stupid rush to communism, by rescinding Obamacare, and this insanity of subjugating our nation to the will of the UN. Authorize our commerce ships to arm themselves to prevent piracy, allow soldiers to carry weapons, and profess to the world that we are a people different from all others, by such actions.

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don evans 2 years, 1 month ago

Both above posts are excellent. I can agree with 99% of all of it. But.....it will never happen. The career political and judicial elites will never let such a process occur, no matter their personal ideology or party title. Why, their self interest and power holding. Then there is the TV and written media that will opose, mock, and condem any such efforts. The leeching 50% will never give up enjoying the sweat equity of the tax paying 50%, or the santa clause leaders who set the policy's to allow it occur. A very vicious circle that has been well played out. So what can you do? I truly believe it will come down to a violent confrontation to settle the matters in question. Sad, but maybe necessary. Talk and squack is not going to resolve the direction of the country. Compromise? What power do you currently hold that the opposition doesn't already have? You have nothing left to negotiate a compromise with. So what is left and what are you truly willing to do to protect the original founding principals and values?

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Ronald Hamric 2 years, 1 month ago

Divide and conquer. This is a nation divided within as at no other time in it's history, including the Civil War . In that conflict, there were two sides. In this dispute there are so many different factions, one needs a program to know who's who. Race, gender, culture, wealth, religeon, sexual orientation, geographic location, age, education, union, non-union etc. All separate and distinct divisions that have been cleaverly orchestrated by those who desire this nation's destruction. No longer "The United States of America" but very distinct and identifiable interest groups all wanting their agenda to succeed irrespective of the damage it does to the nation as a whole. If there is anything we learn from history, it is that we simply refuse to learn from history. Pray for America.

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ALLAN SIMS 2 years, 1 month ago

Quite right. I also concur that it won’t happen. But, I think it incumbent upon us to try. What would make a rotten Congress call a convention that would be sure to hurt them and their plans? The only possibility, ever so remote, is the threat of secession, and the ensuing bloodbath that would bring. Then, just possibly, they might be prompted to call such a convention.

Even then, could we get 3/4ths of the states to agree? That would be 38 states, which would have to vote for reforms to strengthen freedom.

But, we are not ready for rebellion. All we can achieve is to die. But, like Zapata was quoted to have said "It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." And, like Zapata, many of us will do just that.

As late as 1992, Bill Clinton signed into law a provision that any militia organization, state local or whatever would, by default, be a federal organization. This was an obvious move to prevent secessionists from gaining military strength. We have no planes, tanks or even artillery to withstand an assault, should we secede. Therefore, any secession would be almost doomed to fail, unless the military refused to attack its own citizens.

Would our military come down on the side of the states, as the Russian Army did in October of 1993? Probably not. They followed the direction of the President. Ours would probably do the same, even though they are sworn to uphold the Constitution.

But, the possibility it would favor our actions may have been Obama’s emphasis for saying in Colorado Springs on July 4th 2008 that he wanted a “National Police Force that would be just as strong as the U.S. military”. I was told the other day that he has started something similar to the Hitler Youth. Google “FEMA Core” “The full-time residential service program is for individuals ages 18-24, and members will serve a one-year term including a minimum of 1,700 hours, providing support working directly with disaster survivors. The first members will begin serving in this August and the program will reach its full capacity within 18 months.”

The corps is ostensibly to aid in disaster relief. http://www.dhs.gov/blog/2012/03/14/announcing-creation-fema-corps In the picture, notice Janet Napolitano.

As originally with the Hitler Youth, their creation is for non-threatening reasons. Will it be as benign as the peace corps? Maybe. We could see boogie men in every corner. However, we are already guilty of allowing our freedoms to slip from us. So, should we not be weary of each, until proven otherwise?

And, is it any question why they so desperately want to take our guns from us?

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Pat Randall 2 years, 1 month ago

Taking our guns is not a new thing. That was started at least 59 yrs. ago that I know of. Think about all the other rights that have been taken already. Nobody does anything but complain.

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ALLAN SIMS 2 years ago

That’s right. It’s not a new thing. It started in the late 1860’s in New York, and other Eastern Cities. Dodge City did it in the 1870’s. So, it was a lot longer than 59 years ago. It even occurred in ancient times, too. Most conquering armies disarmed the citizens.

It was one of the first steps Hitler took, after he came to power. The same with the Fascists.

Now the notion that since it’s been going on for quite some time somehow makes it a ho-hum experience seems quite strange. Unless it is presented by someone that would like to see it happen.

Then, we have the comment “Nobody does anything but complain”; again, quite an interesting expression. It is as if this person is saying ‘get over it’.

I imagine that a lot of Tories said similar things to the rebels in 1775, until they figured out those ‘nuts’ would actually kill themselves defending theories, and things that meant nothing or very little in the eyes of the Tories. It appeared at best a bunch of crybabies singing ‘Woe is me’ to the rooftops.

It is always that way. The Cuban populace similarly just kind of rocked along, while Fidel and Che were shooting soldiers and civilians from the tree lines. Yet, when the smoke cleared the world was very different.

The Civil War was an example of a failed revolution. The communist Chinese Regime is an example of a successful one, as was our American Republic.

This revolution going on now, is completely different. For it has occurred in the minds of our people, not with weapons, yet.

Like Pat Randall, it seems to matter not at all to the nation at large, this weapons suppression. No big deal. So what?

We are now a democracy, not a republic. It’s gone. And, now they will chip away at our weapons, as they have for the umpteen years before. But, now it will get serious. And, once they are taken, then Hussein can do whatever he wants, and what will we do? Nothing.

So, it’s more than just sour grapes. It an attempt to head off the loss of even more freedoms, than we’ve already allowed to get away from us. Our freedoms hinge on our freedom to keep and bear arms. That means anything from a pocket .22 to an attack jet. Some in the hands of individuals. Others in the hands of our militia.

Pat Randall and et al see little connection with the original article and our right to bear arms. That is how far we have sunk.

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