American Dictatorship

The idea that the United States of American, the “land of the free and the home of the brave..” would ever fall under a dictatorship seems far fetched to most people. While the executive branch of our government has grown exponentially for decades and its bureaucracy has appropriated what can only be described as dictatorial power, most Americans are loathe to think of their elected government as autocratic. Not only has the executive, with the complicity of congress and the courts, expanded its power in relation to those other branches, it has expanded its power over all of us through the bureaucracy and their myriad regulations. Its law enforcement and domestic spying organizations, the FBI, NSA and Homeland Security, are compiling mountains of information on us, monitoring us, and with the Patriot Act and Defense Authorization Act have the ability to snatch us off the street and incarcerate or kill us without charges, hearings, or trials.

We have allowed all recent presidents to exercise this illegitimate and unconstitutional authority and it is not surprising that eventually someone would be elected to office who was not steeped in American culture and ideals who would not show respect to even the veneer of our myth of limited government. President Obama has been very clear in his contempt for the Constitution and its limitations. He has stated that he will circumvent and ignore congress to advance his agenda. His statist cohorts in that body will twist and break the rules to get their way. This has resulted in pushback from many Americans, notably the TEA party.

The problem is that those whose entire focus is on obtaining and exercising power do not obey the rules. Elections and legal limitations are nuisances to be circumvented. At some point, when push comes to shove, the statists who have been content to see their agenda implemented piece by piece over time will no longer be satisfied exercising power piecemeal. They will decide to consolidate authority within the executive and the bureaucracy and blatantly exert totalitarian control over all our lives. The specific framework for establishing such a state has already been established through a series of executive orders issued during the Kennedy administration and continuing through the present. The executive need only pull the trigger to implement its protocols.

What is the trigger? It is found in Executive Order 11051 signed by President Kennedy on September 27, 1962.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis

It goes on to say;

Executive Order 11051 — PRESCRIBING RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY PLANNING IN THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

WHEREAS national preparedness must be achieved and maintained to support such varying degrees of mobilization as may be required to deal with increases in international tension, with limited war, or with general war including attack upon the United States;

While many of these executive orders were in response to to the very real threat of nuclear attack and all out war with the Soviet Union, look at the vague language of the “triggers.” All executive orders can be put into effect “in times of increased international tensions,” “economic or financial crisis,” “limited war,” or “general war including an attack on the United States.” Consider each one of these. We are currently in a state of severe international tensions. Muslims the world over are attacking our embassies and violently lashing out at anything non-Muslim. Iran and Israel are close to war. Tensions with China and Russia are growing. Any of these could presently or with little escalation be a pretense for pulling the trigger.

The next is economic or financial crisis. Are we not facing an economic crisis of unprecedented scope? The Federal Reserve is destroying our currency. The government is taking on unsustainable debt. There is “Taxmaggedon,” the cuts and tax increases that are designed to happen at the end of the year. The imminent collapse of the Euro and the European Union. Any one of these could easily be a trigger.

Finally we have war, limited or general. We are currently engaged in the “war on terror.” We have experienced attacks on the United States with the promise by our enemies that there will be more. Those could include nuclear, EMP, chemical or biological attacks in addition to the low tech terrorism we have been subject to for the last two decades. We have already seen this war with Islam result in constitutional protections being thrown out the window. It would take very little for such events to serve as a trigger.

An even more important consideration is who pulls the trigger, who determines when the criteria have been met? Section 105 states “Plans so developed may be effectuated only in the event that authority for such effectuation is provided by a law enacted by the Congress or by an order or directive issued by the President pursuant to statutes or the Constitution of the United States.” It can be congress or the president pursuant to statutes or the Constitution. The Constitution can be ignored and the president can issue a directive or order to put all this into effect. Dictatorial powers can be appropriated by one man based on his perception of the vague threats that constitute the trigger.

Why haven’t the executive orders been implemented yet? My guess is that during the Obama administration there has not been a singular event like 9/11 that would provide a crisis of a magnitude necessary to make such actions palatable to a large percentage of the population. There is plenty of potential for that to happen and if reelected, its likelihood over the next four years is almost certain.

What is the scope of these executive orders? There are many but most related to our topic were consolidated by President Nixon in order 11490 on October 28, 1969. If you read through this and other execrative orders, some of them seem reasonable in response to a disaster or the disruption caused by a great war on our soil. For example, compiling a register of all people with the purpose of reuniting families is a good idea. However, it is not hard to conceive of using a register of all people for sinister purposes by an executive whose main aim is total control over the population. That is the problem with government power. When originally expanded or co-opted it may be done for good reasons or with good intentions by good people. However, that power can one day be exercised by people with evil intentions. Consider that as I highlight some of the powers authorized by these executive orders.

The Department of State will have the authority to control all people entering and leaving the United States. (201-11)

The Department of the Treasury will have control over monetary, credit and Federal payment programs. They will determine who gets what and how much. (302)

The Department of Defense has the authority to confiscate “production facilities, production equipment, petroleum, natural gas, solid fuels, electric power, food, transportation, and other services” it needs for mobilization. It is authorized to take whatever measures necessary to overcome deficiencies in production, manpower and the appropriation of non-industrial facilities. In other words the military can take what it wants, when it wants. It will control all military and civilian air traffic. It is also authorized to enforce the “National Censorship Agreement” and control all devices capable of emitting electromagnetic radiation. In other words, it will control the content of information and the means of its dissemination (Radio and Television) (401-2, 9. 16, 20, 22, 26, 27)

The Department of Justice will make every effort to give all this the veneer of legality and will appropriate for the Federal Government local law enforcement and prisons, making provision for “mass feeding and housing.” Why are we appropriating prisons for mass feeding and housing unless they are assuming the people being fed and housed are a mass of prisoners? (501-2, 502-1, 2)

The Post office is authorized to implement a program of registering all people and censor the mail. (601-1,2)

The Department of the Interior has control over “all usable waters, from all sources.” (as amended in EO 11921)

The Department of Agriculture will exercise control over the production, processing, storage and distribution of all food, control of all farm equipment.and the management of the land itself. (803-1,3)

The Department of Commerce has a blanket authority to control “the production and distribution of all materials, the use of all production facilities, the control of all construction materials, and the furnishing of basic industrial services” except for those under the specific authority of another agency, like the military. It has authority over all scientific and technological development. (901-1, 3) As amended in EO 11921 “Claimancy for resources shall include materials, manpower, equipment, supplies services and water.” This amendment also gives it total control over the fishing industry. Such blanket claims are found throughout the executive orders.

The Department of Labor has the authority to ensure the maximum utilization of the civilian manpower population as well as the ability to control the wages and benefits of those workers. (1002-1, 2)

The Department of Health, Education and Welfare has authority over all health services, both facilities and personnel including their direct operation by the government and compensation for service. It is in charge of all welfare services including those administered in the private sector. It has the authority to determine Social Security benefits and control of credit unions. It is also put in charge of all education, public and private. The water supply is also under its control as well as all food and drugs. It has the authority to direct a program of training emergency welfare workers-we need to make sure redistribution never stops. (1102-1 through 7, 1103-2, 5, 1104-2)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, in addition to building new housing, has the authority to determine which areas should be redeveloped and the authority to transfer people to temporary or permanent housing. (1202-1, 1204-2, 1205-1)

The Department of Transportation has total control over all civilian transportation and the nation’s roads and highways. (1301-3, 1303-3)

The Import-Export Bank has the authority to control all imports. (1601-a)

The Federal Bank Supervisory agencies (which includes the Fed) has the authority to regulate money and credit including the distribution of currency. It also has the authority to regulate cash withdrawals and credit transfers. (1701-1, 4)

The Federal Communications Commission exercises total control of the broadcast industry, including the regulation of its business, the shutting down of stations and utilization of its personnel. It also has the authority to close any radio station capable of emitting electromagnetic radiation which is aimed at HAM radio operators. (1802-1a, 5)

The General Services Administration has a lot of responsibilities including determining access to survival stockpiles which includes the requisitioning of private property. In other words, your private emergency stash is considered part of the government’s emergency stockpile and can be appropriated for its use. (2001-8, 12, 2002-7, 8, 10)

The National Science Foundation has the ability to conscript scientific personnel. (2301-1)

The Securities and Exchange Commission has total control over the stock market including closing it, suspending redemption rights, freezing stock and bond prices, and controlling the flow of capital inside and outside the country. (2501-1 through 5)

Section 3006 establishes direct economic controls including “price, rent, wage and salary stabilization, and consumer rationing programs.”

The other executive order that is relevant here is 11051 which established the Office of Emergency Management in 1962. It includes the provision for rationing consumer goods. (204) It is the director’s responsibility to push legislation to ensure that these orders can be implemented (303) and he has the authority to develop whatever rules and regulations he deems necessary to implement these directives. (501)

Are you prepared to live under a government that exercises total control like this? Over everything? Food, water, money, transportation, wages, prices, information, the workplace, technology, consumer goods, and housing, along with appropriating to itself the authority to make any rules necessary to ensure compliance. With modern technology such a place will be worse than Stalin’s Russia or Hitler’s Germany. Freedom will have been extinguished in one fell swoop based on the decision of one man (or woman) who will then have total control. This control should never be exercized by any government or any man. It doesn’t matter who is elected in November, we should not, we must not, acquiesce to this total consolidation of power for any reason by anyone. Even in response to a massive attack or natural disaster, the Federal Government has shown itself in the past to be inept, inefficient, corrupt and often does more harm that good. It is local communities and neighbors that are best able to assist and defend themselves and each other if they are allowed the latitude of action and the means to achieve it. The Federal Government’s job is to defend us from enemies abroad and if they attack us, rain hellfire upon them. It should have no role whatsoever in conducting our affairs in response to an attack (unless it is an invading army) or disaster on our soil.

In response to this information we need to prepare to assert our rights and individual sovereignty against a government that respects neither. That government, our government, will appropriate by force everything we need to survive. It will show no respect to private property, the concept will cease to exist in their minds. If we expect to see our founding ideals and the very concept of unalienable rights survive here and in the world, we must be prepared, mentally and physically, to defend them with any and all means at our disposal.

Michael Calpino

Candidate for Congress 1st district MD

http://www.electmike.webs.com

Its Worse Than You’ve Been Told

One of the big topics of the upcoming election is the national debt and the yearly deficit. Although there have been recent attempts to portray President Obama as a fiscal conservative, we all know that this administration has spent and borrowed more than any other. We know he has added five trillion dollars to the national debt and that yearly deficits under his administration have been 1.3 to 1.5 trillion dollars. These are the numbers we are familiar with. They are very bad. We are borrowing forty cents out of every dollar and using these numbers, we would have to cut the federal budget by forty percent to balance it. We know the Democrats have no intention of attempting that but do you really think that the Republicans have the guts to cut real expenditures by forty percent? Or twenty? Or ten? Or even five? The gimmicks of reducing the deficit by some amount over ten years may fool some but they are worthless gestures that do nothing to slow our headlong rush to fiscal destruction.

Even if the looters in Washington could muster the political courage to cut the deficit in half or, miracle of miracles, balance the budget, it would all be a lie. You see, Washington doesn’t use the same accounting practices every other business in America is required to use. In fact, if a business did accounting like the politicians in Washington they would be in jail. But fudging the numbers for political benefit has a long and storied tradition in Washington, just look at the economic numbers, especially unemployment, they put out on a regular basis. Getting back to the point. Washington does not have to include future benefits in its budgetary considerations. A business must include future pensions and health benefits in its yearly budget, Washington does not. If it did, the numbers would get much, much worse. While many of us have heard that the national debt of sixteen trillion dollars is just the tip of the iceberg and unfunded liabilities put that number in the one hundred trillion dollar range, putting that in yearly and personal terms is something else entirely.

The yearly deficit under standard accounting practices, is a smidgen over five trillion dollars. Every year. This is not new, of course. Go back to the Clinton administration and the “balanced budget” and “surpluses” the he and the Republicans like to crow about. It was all an accounting trick. In fact the national debt rose by 1.6 trillion during Clinton’s eight years. The surpluses were created by taking all Social Security income and treating to as ordinary income. If any corporation treated pension contributions as ordinary income and spent it all its officers would be in prison. Yet our politicians do it routinely and lie about it with a smile.

There is no way to make up this deficit with taxes. No way. The average yearly household income in the United States is around $49,000. To balance the budget the government would have to confiscate $42,000 of that, leaving the average family $7000 a year to live on. In fact, if we collected one hundred percent of the income in this country, we would still be running a deficit. That is not going to happen. Raising taxes is not going to solve this problem. When the government is spending half our GDP, they cannot tax enough to cover it all without destroying the economy completely. But they are going to try. While confiscating all the wealth of the rich would fund the government for days or hours, politicians, particularly Democrats, will try to convince us that taking more money from the people who create wealth will improve the lives of those who don’t.

In addition to taxes, an even more nefarious scheme to keep people from protecting their wealth is coming. We all know that some corporations keep a portion of their profits outside the United States because we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world and that wealthy individuals often keep some of their money “offshore” to protect a portion of their assets. As our situation becomes ever more dire and the government looks for ways to get hold of even more of our money, politicians are considering ways to keep it here in the country where their tentacles reach into every financial institution. Barny Frank and Sander Levin recently wrote a letter to Timothy Geithner complaining that our current trade agreements don’t adequately address “capital controls.” What they are concerned about is the ease with which capital can flow out of the country and into other non US investments. I would like to remind you that one of the ten goals in the communist manifesto is the confiscation of the wealth of emigrants. What this means is that the government wants the ability to keep you from protecting your wealth by trading dollars for gold or other currencies.

Why does that matter to the vast majority of us who don’t have offshore accounts or trusts? Because neither party in Washington is going to make the cuts necessary to solve our fiscal nightmare. They are not going to eliminate any departments, they are not going to reduce Social Security or Medicare benefits, they are not going to cut military spending, food stamps or unemployment benefits. They do not have the political will or courage to do it. They will ride this horse to death and we are the ones who will pay the ultimate price. The only way the government can pay for all this is for the Federal Reserve to keep printing money. They have been printing trillions of dollars every year and inflation is rearing its ugly head. The only thing that is keeping the dollar strong at this point is that Europe is in even worse shape, in the short term, than we are. The dollar is the “least worse” currency right now. When that changes, hyperinflation will wipe out the savings and wealth of the average American and the only way to protect yourself is to own something of value other than dollars. But the politicians are working on making that impossible (remember FDR outlawed gold ownership, it has happened before), ensuring that we all go over the cliff together. Everyone except the political class and their well connected friends.

It is time to tell the truth. It is time to elect people who know it and are willing to take the radical steps needed to mitigate the worst effects of our foolishness. It is time to try liberty once again. Democrats and Republicans have gotten us into this mess and neither has the courage or desire to get us out. It is time for real change.

Mike Calpino
Candidate for Congress
electmike.webs.com

Traitors to the Republic

As problems in the economy continue to fester and grow, the finger pointing in Washington will continue. Republicans will blame Democrats and Democrats will blame Republicans and the problems will remain. Consider the debate that continues to rage about gasoline prices, an issue that affects each one of us in a very detrimental fashion. Republicans blame the Obama administration for making a war on energy, holding up drilling for oil, formulating rules that make coal fired power plants nearly untenable and wasting billions of dollars on alternative energy companies that regularly go bankrupt. The Democrats counter that oil production has never been higher and the questions surrounding conflicts in the Middle East, particularly Iran, are driving up the price.

The bickering is masking the real problem, one that affects not only gasoline but all our essential commodities. As gasoline closes in on four dollars a gallon, we are reminded of four years ago when its price topped out at a little over today’s price. However, things are a little different this time around. In 2008, oil was over one hundred and fifty dollars a barrel, today it is around one hundred and five. Certainly additional production would bring that price down and have an impact on gasoline prices but there is another dynamic at work here. It is not simply the rising price of oil that is driving our gasoline prices to record highs with no real end in sight.

I would propose that the rise in gasoline prices and other commodities are primarily the result of inflation, the plummeting value of the dollar due to the massive printing by the Federal Reserve Bank. When President Obama took office, gasoline was selling for under two dollars a gallon, it has more than doubled. In 2008, gold was selling for around eight hundred dollars an ounce, it has more than doubled. In real terms gasoline hasn’t really gone up at all; in dollar terms, however, it has changed dramatically.

While it is true that we are an energy rich country and if we eliminated all the impediments to exploration and production of all forms of energy, leaving it to the free market to develop it, it would be great for the country. However, if we persist in debasing the currency energy and other essentials will continue to be less and less affordable to the average American. The value of the medium of exchange is the foundation of commerce and with it, our liberty. It is our ability to receive “value” for our labor that enables us to exercise and defend our God given rights. If the “value” we receive is continually debased we become the victims of theft for we are no longer receiving what is due us according to our contracts, voluntary contracts being the foundation for exchange. For example, if I agree to dig ditches for ten dollars an hour for a year and six months into the contract the ten dollars I am receiving is only worth eight dollars, someone has stolen twenty percent of what is due me. It is not my employer, for he is still giving me a ten dollar bill for every hour of work; it is the person debasing the value of that ten dollars through what can only be described as “legal” theft.

The founders understood this which is why the constitution only recognized gold and silver as legitimate tender for debts in Article one, section ten. Not only that, but one of the first major acts of congress in the new republic was to pass the coinage act of 1792 which established the gold content of minted coins. Because they understood the essential nature of a strong and reliable currency and the absolute disaster that would result from its debasement, the proscription for violating the law, for debasing the currency in any way, was death!

“That is any of the gold or silver coins which shall be struck or coined or minted at said mint shall be debased or made worse…or shall be of less weight or value…through the default or connivance of any of the officers or persons who shall be employed at the said mint, for the purpose of profit or gain, or otherwise fraudulent intent…every such officer or person who shall commit any or either of the said offences, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and shall suffer death.”

I would propose to you that every treasury secretary and Federal Reserve chairman since 1913 is guilty of violating this law, since repealed. For decades our government has stolen the hard earned wealth of generations of Americans just as surely as a mugger on the street. They do it with fancy words like “quantitative easing” and “expansion of the money supply” and with silver tongues try to convince us that they have our best interests in mind while they plunder us for their own benefit. They have robbed us of our future, our ability to save and protect our wealth, and practically force us into risky investments that do little but benefit the crooks who established the system in the first place. Our government happily encourages this scheme so it can pay its exorbitant debts in devalued money and ensure a steady supply of cash with which to buy votes and line their own pockets. (for a more comprehensive look at this legalized counterfeiting see “Leave Me Alone” at http://www.leavemealonenow.webs.com)

Today Ben Bernake and Tim Geithner have taken this immoral game to a level seen only in banana republics whose currency ends up being worth more as toilet paper than as currency. Until now their thievery has been slowly destructive; soon it will be disastrous and result in the bankruptcy of the citizens of a bankrupt nation. It will, for many, be a matter of life and death. The founders understood this which is why the penalty for debasing and destroying the currency was death. It was the worst kind of treason, like a malignant tumor which grows unseen in the beginning, causes growing discomfort in the middle but kills the patient quickly in the end while the “physician” pockets billions of dollars for his “treatment”. This scheme kills the nation in ways an invasion never could for its perpetrators are unseen to most and often chosen by its victims It is treasonous, the players know exactly what they are doing; they are pillaging the wealth of the nation, enhancing the power of the state and destroying the vision of the founders and the liberty of the people. In a just world, in the world of our founders, they would be held accountable and suffer the ultimate price for their treachery. Don’t hold your breath, we no longer live in that world.

Michael Calpino

1st District MD Independent Congressional Candidate

http://www.electmike.webs.com

Who Wants Freedom?

As we are engaged in this great struggle for our nation’s future, perhaps this is the most fundamental question of all. As conservatives, libertarians or patriots who love America and the freedom it has represented for two centuries, freedom that we fear may soon become merely a footnote in our mythological past, we enter the contest for liberty with a few important assumptions in mind. We believe that “no man, in his right mind, would choose to be a slave.” We believe that all the “teeming masses” of the world “yearn to be free.” We believe that freedom is a gift from God, it is the natural state of man, and it is only through force or fraud that any man would give up that gift. We look around at our fellow citizens and assume that if we could somehow remove the wool from their eyes they would see the chains with which they are bound and join us in demanding a return of our liberty. It is this effort to educate and convince our fellow man of the deception that enslaves him that motivates us to give our time and treasure to the task. We hope to add ever growing numbers to the chorus of voices crying for freedom today so that tomorrow our children will realize the dream of the founders rather than the nightmare of the statists.

We must ask, however, if these assumptions about human nature are true. Does every man want to be free? Does every man and woman want to take responsibility for his or her actions and reap the consequences, good and bad? Does every person want unlimited opportunity and the accompanying unlimited risk? For the vast majority of our ancestors who settled this land, the answer was an unequivocal yes. The first settlers believed freedom was valuable enough to gamble their very lives. Most others came here with little or nothing but will and an unshakable belief in their ability to succeed if only give the chance, free from the constraints of caste or the petty meddling of innumerable government bureaucrats and tax collectors. The rapid ascent of the United States to a world power economically and militarily is a testament to the veracity of their faith.

That speaks of those who came, the ones with the moral and physical courage to stand on their own two feet, to “take the bull by the horns.” Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was ruled by monarchs and their bureaucracies and any freedom the common man had was at their behest. Their choices were limited, their responsibilities few, their opportunities rare. They existed for the good of the monarch and the state. The food and goods they produced were the property of the state, their sons were cannon fodder, the land on which they toiled was someone else’s. There was little hope to improve one’s lot in life. Those who found this intolerable took the first and greatest risk of all, they left.

What of all those left behind, those without such courage? Who remained in Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Poland? Government bureaucrats and people either happy with the status quo or lacking the courage to stand against it. People who were either masters or slaves and content with their lot. The vast majority of those who stayed behind chose a life of slavery for they lacked either the heart or the will to change it or escape it. A life of familiar servitude was preferable to a life of unknown risks even if those risks could bring about unlimited rewards. Is it any wonder then, how Europe has evolved over the last one hundred and fifty years? A people, comfortable with servitude, when given the opportunity to vote for their own destiny merely chose new masters who would take care of them. With such passive people, government easily manipulates and grows. And people who have so little of their lives under their own control easily blame others for their misfortune whether it be “others” in their midst or the nation next door. When a Napoleon, a Lenin or a Hitler promises to punish those perceived to be responsible for their misery, support is easy to come by. In times of peace, living within the constraints of socialism is amenable to the ancestors of the sheep. They are taken care of from birth to death, living in endless moderation, insulated from pain and restrained from achievement.

The United States, in her history, has experienced a similar drain of “rugged individualists” who valued the freedom of opportunity and risk above anything else. From the sparse settlements on the east coast, these men and women constantly pushed west, leaving the more “risk averse” in the settled areas. With few exceptions, the longer a state has been around and the more densely populated it is, the more statist is is. Look at New England, the most consistently “liberal” region of the country. Cities attract those with a statist mind more than rural areas for the sheer fact of circumstance. In a rural area, self-sufficiency is essential. In a city cooperation is necessary, specialization routine and the acceptance of government regulation is a given. As long as we were a frontier society, more rural than urban, circumstances favored our libertarianism and the traits of the original immigrants were reinforced. We remained a country where absolute liberty was prized, government was distrusted and rare was the man who considered living at the expense of others his “right”.

The great Frederic Bastiat observed that man has only two ways of satisfying the wants and needs of his life. “Through the ceaseless application of his own faculties to natural resources” or his own labor. This is the origin and value of property. The other way is “by seizing and consuming the products of the labor of others.” This is “plunder.” Bastiat then identified what he termed the fatal flaw of mankind-his “primitive, universal, and insuppressible instinct that impels him to satisfy his desires with the least possible pain.” Since labor is pain, it naturally follows that “men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work.” Plunder will only stop “when it becomes more painful and dangerous than work.” (All quotes from “The Law”)

For Bastiat, the purpose of the law was to make plunder more risky and painful than labor. I would add that that the mores of society will also make plunder more or less acceptable to an individual without the application of force. If the society as a whole values work and expects each man and woman to “pull his own weight”, the idea of living through plunder would not be part of the mindset of most, including those charged with creating and implementing the law-government. Government, however, possessing the unique ability to “legally” use force in a society, finds it irresistible to begin plundering for its own benefit and those of its benefactors and becoming, by definition, tyrannical. Our founders wisely formulated a system to keep this tendency at bay but if plunder becomes more acceptable in society, the original system and ideals will be circumvented and eventually discarded. This is where we find ourselves today.

In today’s democratic societies, politicians are elected based on promises made possible by plundered wealth. Those who vote for such politicians are merely hiring the government as a mercenary to take the wealth of one citizen to give it to them. They, like government, live on plunder. Some of our citizens live entirely on plundered goods. Government food, housing, health care and retirement provide all the necessities for some. Others receive only some of this plunder. Business or individuals use government regulation and power to ‘plunder’ an advantage over their competitors. All the while government continues to grow at its citizen’s behest and eventually everyone desires to live at the expense of everyone else. Politics becomes everything to everyone because nothing is outside its domain. We reach a point where “legislation will then be-in fact, already is-the battlefield for the fantasies and greed of everyone.” Bastiat was prescient, was he not?

Our nation, once proud of our traditions of individual independence, risk taking, hard work and unlimited opportunity, has become a nation of “moochers and looters,” to quote Ayn Rand. We have returned to that sad state of serfs and masters we left behind so many centuries ago. The masters have not changed. There will always be those who insert themselves into power to live easily and richly at the expense of others. We, the American people, have changed. We have become slaves to plundered goods. Only our situation is worse than any other. In most nations, as Margaret Thatcher observed, “socialism only works until you run out of other people’s money.” There is a limit on plunder and hence, on the standard of living of those who live on it. If one is living on plundered goods, one can only have the house the government will provide, nothing bigger or better, only the food provided, nothing more or of higher quality, the retirement provided, nothing fancy or comfortable, only the health care provided, nothing extensive or expensive. The more widely distributed the plunder, the lower the standard for everyone. The slaves are at the mercy of the efficiency of government in acquiring and distributing the plunder and the victims, their ability to provide it.

In the United States, however, our plunder is supplemented by the printing press. This enables the recipients of the plunder to receive much more than they would otherwise. Therefore, if we accept that Bastiat is correct and most men will live on plunder as long as it is easier than labor and a life of “mooching” is a life of slavery, how do we then answer our original question? Do all Americans, or even most of us, want to be free? If the moocher suddenly finds his supply of plundered goods cut off, will he not try to restore his former lifestyle? Like the traitor in the film “The Matrix”, will the easy fraud of the matrix become preferable to the risks of living in freedom? Will the serfs pledge their undying allegiance to masters who promise to continue allowing their parasitic lifestyles? What about you? Can you conceive of life without the government “safety net” and even if you can conceive it, do you want to live without it? Are you willing to educate yourself and stop relying on government to ensure your safety? Are you prepared to take on the responsibility of your choices beyond government defined parameters? Are you willing to trust your future to your own abilities and not on the capacity of government to secure it with plundered wealth?

Those who truly want and understand liberty have always been a minority. America’s history is unique because for perhaps the first time in history a place attracted enough of those people that they became a majority; and it changed the world. It was the first society based not on plunder but hard work and the rule of law. Wise men formulated a government to perpetuate that society as long as possible and it encouraged successive generations to pass on those unique values. Geography supported it through an ever expanding frontier, constantly providing each generation with an opportunity to experience the rugged individualism of absolute liberty for themselves.
The frontier is gone. We are no longer taught the values of our founding. Plunder has become acceptable. In fact it is an “entitlement,” a word anathema to liberty. As a result, people and property are no longer respected, morality has suffered. Government has become society and it is based on theft. Almost everyone assumes the “right” to live at the expense of everyone else. There is still a minority who desire freedom but neither the culture, government nor circumstances support their claim to veracity. We are plundering the legitimate results of our past success as a free people and printing the money necessary to make up for a demand growing exponentially faster than supply. It is a situation that is unsustainable but until what is unsustainable actually ceases to be sustained, living on plunder is easier than work. Every two or four years one needs only show up at a polling place and vote for the masters who will keep the system going as long as possible.

The sad conclusion to our question “who wants freedom” is “very few people.” Will people addicted to plunder seek freedom? Would they choose to live without the “safety net”-Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, guaranteed school and home loans? Will they trust their safety to private groups or their own intelligence instead of the FDA, EPA or the Securities and Exchange Commission? Will they take responsibility for their own health, retirement, food, housing and the education of their own children? Most people, perhaps even you, are not willing to go that far. So when will freedom become attractive once again? When the oppression of the state exceeds the value of the plunder to the slaves and the willingness or ability of the victims to provide it. We are not there yet but we are getting much closer at an ever increasing pace. When we do, it is going to be very uncomfortable for everyone and the courage of those who love liberty will be tried in ways not seen since the Revolutionary War. So, do you want freedom enough to pledge your life, fortune and sacred honor? Are you cut from the same cloth as our ancestors, believing in the ability and morality of every man exercising his God given rights to the extent that your own life is put at risk? Or have you joined the majority, content in the servitude of accepting stolen goods from a tyrannical government?

MAs we are engaged in this great struggle for our nation’s future, perhaps this is the most fundamental question of all. As conservatives, libertarians or patriots who love America and the freedom it has represented for two centuries, freedom that we fear may soon become merely a footnote in our mythological past, we enter the contest for liberty with a few important assumptions in mind. We believe that “no man, in his right mind, would choose to be a slave.” We believe that all the “teeming masses” of the world “yearn to be free.” We believe that freedom is a gift from God, it is the natural state of man, and it is only through force or fraud that any man would give up that gift. We look around at our fellow citizens and assume that if we could somehow remove the wool from their eyes they would see the chains with which they are bound and join us in demanding a return of our liberty. It is this effort to educate and convince our fellow man of the deception that enslaves him that motivates us to give our time and treasure to the task. We hope to add ever growing numbers to the chorus of voices crying for freedom today so that tomorrow our children will realize the dream of the founders rather than the nightmare of the statists.

We must ask, however, if these assumptions about human nature are true. Does every man want to be free? Does every man and woman want to take responsibility for his or her actions and reap the consequences, good and bad? Does every person want unlimited opportunity and the accompanying unlimited risk? For the vast majority of our ancestors who settled this land, the answer was an unequivocal yes. The first settlers believed freedom was valuable enough to gamble their very lives. Most others came here with little or nothing but will and an unshakable belief in their ability to succeed if only give the chance, free from the constraints of caste or the petty meddling of innumerable government bureaucrats and tax collectors. The rapid ascent of the United States to a world power economically and militarily is a testament to the veracity of their faith.

That speaks of those who came, the ones with the moral and physical courage to stand on their own two feet, to “take the bull by the horns.” Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was ruled by monarchs and their bureaucracies and any freedom the common man had was at their behest. Their choices were limited, their responsibilities few, their opportunities rare. They existed for the good of the monarch and the state. The food and goods they produced were the property of the state, their sons were cannon fodder, the land on which they toiled was someone else’s. There was little hope to improve one’s lot in life. Those who found this intolerable took the first and greatest risk of all, they left.

What of all those left behind, those without such courage? Who remained in Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Poland? Government bureaucrats and people either happy with the status quo or lacking the courage to stand against it. People who were either masters or slaves and content with their lot. The vast majority of those who stayed behind chose a life of slavery for they lacked either the heart or the will to change it or escape it. A life of familiar servitude was preferable to a life of unknown risks even if those risks could bring about unlimited rewards. Is it any wonder then, how Europe has evolved over the last one hundred and fifty years? A people, comfortable with servitude, when given the opportunity to vote for their own destiny merely chose new masters who would take care of them. With such passive people, government easily manipulates and grows. And people who have so little of their lives under their own control easily blame others for their misfortune whether it be “others” in their midst or the nation next door. When a Napoleon, a Lenin or a Hitler promises to punish those perceived to be responsible for their misery, support is easy to come by. In times of peace, living within the constraints of socialism is amenable to the ancestors of the sheep. They are taken care of from birth to death, living in endless moderation, insulated from pain and restrained from achievement.

The United States, in her history, has experienced a similar drain of “rugged individualists” who valued the freedom of opportunity and risk above anything else. From the sparse settlements on the east coast, these men and women constantly pushed west, leaving the more “risk averse” in the settled areas. With few exceptions, the longer a state has been around and the more densely populated it is, the more statist is is. Look at New England, the most consistently “liberal” region of the country. Cities attract those with a statist mind more than rural areas for the sheer fact of circumstance. In a rural area, self-sufficiency is essential. In a city cooperation is necessary, specialization routine and the acceptance of government regulation is a given. As long as we were a frontier society, more rural than urban, circumstances favored our libertarianism and the traits of the original immigrants were reinforced. We remained a country where absolute liberty was prized, government was distrusted and rare was the man who considered living at the expense of others his “right”.

The great Frederic Bastiat observed that man has only two ways of satisfying the wants and needs of his life. “Through the ceaseless application of his own faculties to natural resources” or his own labor. This is the origin and value of property. The other way is “by seizing and consuming the products of the labor of others.” This is “plunder.” Bastiat then identified what he termed the fatal flaw of mankind-his “primitive, universal, and insuppressible instinct that impels him to satisfy his desires with the least possible pain.” Since labor is pain, it naturally follows that “men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work.” Plunder will only stop “when it becomes more painful and dangerous than work.” (All quotes from “The Law”)

For Bastiat, the purpose of the law was to make plunder more risky and painful than labor. I would add that that the mores of society will also make plunder more or less acceptable to an individual without the application of force. If the society as a whole values work and expects each man and woman to “pull his own weight”, the idea of living through plunder would not be part of the mindset of most, including those charged with creating and implementing the law-government. Government, however, possessing the unique ability to “legally” use force in a society, finds it irresistible to begin plundering for its own benefit and those of its benefactors and becoming, by definition, tyrannical. Our founders wisely formulated a system to keep this tendency at bay but if plunder becomes more acceptable in society, the original system and ideals will be circumvented and eventually discarded. This is where we find ourselves today.

In today’s democratic societies, politicians are elected based on promises made possible by plundered wealth. Those who vote for such politicians are merely hiring the government as a mercenary to take the wealth of one citizen to give it to them. They, like government, live on plunder. Some of our citizens live entirely on plundered goods. Government food, housing, health care and retirement provide all the necessities for some. Others receive only some of this plunder. Business or individuals use government regulation and power to ‘plunder’ an advantage over their competitors. All the while government continues to grow at its citizen’s behest and eventually everyone desires to live at the expense of everyone else. Politics becomes everything to everyone because nothing is outside its domain. We reach a point where “legislation will then be-in fact, already is-the battlefield for the fantasies and greed of everyone.” Bastiat was prescient, was he not?

Our nation, once proud of our traditions of individual independence, risk taking, hard work and unlimited opportunity, has become a nation of “moochers and looters,” to quote Ayn Rand. We have returned to that sad state of serfs and masters we left behind so many centuries ago. The masters have not changed. There will always be those who insert themselves into power to live easily and richly at the expense of others. We, the American people, have changed. We have become slaves to plundered goods. Only our situation is worse than any other. In most nations, as Margaret Thatcher observed, “socialism only works until you run out of other people’s money.” There is a limit on plunder and hence, on the standard of living of those who live on it. If one is living on plundered goods, one can only have the house the government will provide, nothing bigger or better, only the food provided, nothing more or of higher quality, the retirement provided, nothing fancy or comfortable, only the health care provided, nothing extensive or expensive. The more widely distributed the plunder, the lower the standard for everyone. The slaves are at the mercy of the efficiency of government in acquiring and distributing the plunder and the victims, their ability to provide it.

In the United States, however, our plunder is supplemented by the printing press. This enables the recipients of the plunder to receive much more than they would otherwise. Therefore, if we accept that Bastiat is correct and most men will live on plunder as long as it is easier than labor and a life of “mooching” is a life of slavery, how do we then answer our original question? Do all Americans, or even most of us, want to be free? If the moocher suddenly finds his supply of plundered goods cut off, will he not try to restore his former lifestyle? Like the traitor in the film “The Matrix”, will the easy fraud of the matrix become preferable to the risks of living in freedom? Will the serfs pledge their undying allegiance to masters who promise to continue allowing their parasitic lifestyles? What about you? Can you conceive of life without the government “safety net” and even if you can conceive it, do you want to live without it? Are you willing to educate yourself and stop relying on government to ensure your safety? Are you prepared to take on the responsibility of your choices beyond government defined parameters? Are you willing to trust your future to your own abilities and not on the capacity of government to secure it with plundered wealth?

Those who truly want and understand liberty have always been a minority. America’s history is unique because for perhaps the first time in history a place attracted enough of those people that they became a majority; and it changed the world. It was the first society based not on plunder but hard work and the rule of law. Wise men formulated a government to perpetuate that society as long as possible and it encouraged successive generations to pass on those unique values. Geography supported it through an ever expanding frontier, constantly providing each generation with an opportunity to experience the rugged individualism of absolute liberty for themselves.
The frontier is gone. We are no longer taught the values of our founding. Plunder has become acceptable. In fact it is an “entitlement,” a word anathema to liberty. As a result, people and property are no longer respected, morality has suffered. Government has become society and it is based on theft. Almost everyone assumes the “right” to live at the expense of everyone else. There is still a minority who desire freedom but neither the culture, government nor circumstances support their claim to veracity. We are plundering the legitimate results of our past success as a free people and printing the money necessary to make up for a demand growing exponentially faster than supply. It is a situation that is unsustainable but until what is unsustainable actually ceases to be sustained, living on plunder is easier than work. Every two or four years one needs only show up at a polling place and vote for the masters who will keep the system going as long as possible.

The sad conclusion to our question “who wants freedom” is “very few people.” Will people addicted to plunder seek freedom? Would they choose to live without the “safety net”-Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, guaranteed school and home loans? Will they trust their safety to private groups or their own intelligence instead of the FDA, EPA or the Securities and Exchange Commission? Will they take responsibility for their own health, retirement, food, housing and the education of their own children? Most people, perhaps even you, are not willing to go that far. So when will freedom become attractive once again? When the oppression of the state exceeds the value of the plunder to the slaves and the willingness or ability of the victims to provide it. We are not there yet but we are getting much closer at an ever increasing pace. When we do, it is going to be very uncomfortable for everyone and the courage of those who love liberty will be tried in ways not seen since the Revolutionary War. So, do you want freedom enough to pledge your life, fortune and sacred honor? Are you cut from the same cloth as our ancestors, believing in the ability and morality of every man exercising his God given rights to the extent that your own life is put at risk? Or have you joined the majority, content in the servitude of accepting stolen goods from a tyrannical government?

Michael Calpino
Independent Candidate for Congress
Maryland 1st District
http://www.electmike.webs.com

Mike Calpino For Congress

I am declaring my candidacy for congress in the first congressional district in Maryland and I am going to run as an independent. Such an announcement naturally raises two questions. First, why would anyone want to try to get into a club whose approval rating is consistently in the single digits? Second, why run as an independent? I will answer each of these questions in turn.

First, why am I running? Several reasons. First, I am sick and tired of my government taking my money and using it to put me in a regulatory straightjacket. I am tired of being forced to pay for other people’s irresponsibility and immorality. I am tired of having my pocket picked to build my own cage. I am tired of listening to politicians and bureaucrats who think they know how to run my life, raise my children and worship my God better than I do. I am tired of hearing that everything that made America the greatest nation on earth is evil and that I, because I believe in the principles of our founding, of limited government, and individual freedom and responsibility, I am stupid, ignorant, bigoted and wrong.

But those are just my personal pet peeves. More importantly, I have three children who are nearing adulthood and I fear for their future. Are they going to be free when they can’t afford to drive to school or work because the government has made war on cheap energy? Are they going to be free when they can’t afford to buy the necessities of life because the government has destroyed the dollar? Are they going to be free to work when my and my parents generation has placed a crushing burden of debt upon them and made them slaves to the Chinese and Saudis? Are they going to be free when their dreams are put into the straightjacket of political correctness? Are they going to be free if they live the in fear that global jihad will come to their doorstep; or even worse, a government bureaucrat?

America; our ingenuity, our wealth, and our voluntary charity has been a benefit to billions of people. We have been the bedrock of freedom in the world for over two hundred years. We have been the best hope of mankind to escape tyranny, we have been the check against totalitarianism, we have demonstrated that when men are left to rule themselves, to reap both the positive and negative results of their free choices, a nation of unparalleled wealth and morality results.

If we lose our national soul, if we abandon our ideals, it is not just we and our children who will suffer, but we will condemn generations of people around the world to oppression and tyranny. We have been losing our spirit for decades and it is accelerating…rapidly. We defeated totalitarianism from abroad and are succumbing to it from within. We are suffocating inside the bubble wrap of a government that tries to meet every need and regulate every action and in the process we have bankrupted our nation and relinquished our freedom. If we allow this process to continue, very soon we we will lose all those unique traits that made us Americans and a blessing to the world.

Therefore, for the sake of my children and their future children, that they may have a chance to live in the freedom the great men who founded this nation believed in, I am compelled to do everything I can to give that to them. It would be the greatest honor if representing the first district is part of that effort.

However, I have no desire to be someone who just tries to stick his finger in the dike to stop the flow of tyranny, I am not interested in conserving the status quo. An individual and an campaign need a positive program for what they would do. In contrast to any other major party candidate you will hear, my platform is not based on how I plan to use government to “fix” our problems. Daniel Webster warned us against men with ‘good intentions.’ “Good intentions will always be pleaded for in any assumption of power. The constitution was made to guard people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men of all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” The “good intentions” of our politicians and bureaucrats have cost us trillions of dollars, given us a mountain of debt and destroyed our essential liberties. The fact is this. Anytime government expands beyond the negative-protecting only natural, God-given rights, and becomes proactive, when it tries to “do” something, it will always plunder one man to give to another and thus destroy the humanity of both men and the legitimacy of the government itself. “To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men”.

To restore our great nation to its foundation, I have identified three areas that need to be addressed which I have written about at length in “Leave Me Alone; A Patriot’s Plan to Restore Pride and Prosperity in America.” Our great country is in mortal danger from three fronts. First, and foremost on the minds of many, is our economic peril-debt, deficits, spending, monetary policy, regulation, taxes, trade deficits, economic stagnation, unemployment, inflation. The second is our loss of American culture-multiculturalism, a lagging work ethic, gay marriage, abortion, crime, the celebration of immorality and the assault on religious liberty and expression. Finally, there are the threats from outside our borders-Islamic militancy and terrorism, illegal and unrestricted immigration, a powerful China and reassertive Russia.

The first two are problems we have created for ourselves by departing from the wisdom of our founders and the principles upon which our nation is based. To restore our moral condition we must once again embrace the only moral system for organizing society, capitalism. Capitalism is the idea that all of our interactions with our fellow citizens should be voluntary and that private property is sacrosanct. Government, in a capitalist system, exists only to protect the God-given rights of the people it serves. Therefore, it is immoral to use government as a mercenary to steal the property of our neighbors for any reason, no matter how noble it may sound. Not for our food, not for our housing needs, not for our education, not for our retirement, not for our health care. The necessities of our lives are our responsibility, not our neighbor’s, and a just government exists only to ensure we have the liberty to pursue what we determine is the most pleasant way to fulfill those responsibilities without infringing on the rights of our neighbors to do the same. In reality, capitalism produces the society we all idealize; a prosperous, charitable, moral and religious society where each man is responsible for his own life and enjoys the fruits of his own labor. It was our nation before big government.

The idea that the state is the be all and end all destroys our humanity, it puts our lives in the straightjacket of government acceptability where someone other than ourselves determines the scope and feasibility of our lives and dreams. That is wrong, it is immoral and we need to change it. In America, of all places on the earth, we are to be all we can be, realize our full potential, take risks and reap the rewards of a full life. We can’t do that when we need to apply for a government permit for every activity, perform an environmental impact study for every undertaking, pay for the privilege of pursuing every endeavor and ask the government if our dreams are politically correct. It is up to our fellow man to determine the worth of our endeavors through their free acceptance or rejection and it is up to us to measure the value of our lives and ideals. Free men and women acting in their own interest with respect for the rights of their neighbors is what made our nation great and will once again.

The most severe assault on our economic well being is the existence of the Federal Reserve Bank. The idea that a private corporation of unelected bureaucrats, with the blessing of our representative government, has the power to determine the direction of our economy by manipulating the value of its most fundamental element, our money, is anathema to the liberty of the individual and the health of the republic. It is the Fed’s ability to legally counterfeit money that has allowed our government to grow beyond all bounds reasonably constrained through taxation and borrowing. It is the Fed’s intervention in the market that causes the severe swings in the business cycle. It is the inflation caused by the Fed that impoverishes us through that hidden tax and prompts us to put our money in banks and the stock market for the benefit of the banking cartel that created the Fed. It is the Fed that exacerbates our trade deficits. It does all this in secrecy without oversight for the benefit of government and the banking cartels. This must end, the Fed must end. Only by returning to sound money and transparent free market banking will consistent, long term prosperity return to the people of America.

Finally, we face external threats in an increasingly dangerous world. This is not new, of course. From the conflicts with the British Empire in the first half century of our founding to an aggressive Soviet Union spreading the tyranny of communism throughout most of the twentieth century, there have always been enemies outside our borders regardless of our desire to live at peace with all. A resurgent, militant Islam is this century’s ideological totalitarianism bent on world domination and it needs to be recognized as such. Why did the communists hate us, why does every tin pot dictator rail against America, why do the Muslim militants despise us? Because the health and prosperity of a free people is a black eye to every totalitarian who wants to convince his miserable slaves that he knows what is best for them, that his way is the only way to happiness. For almost two hundred years we defeated every challenge to our sovereignty and identity. It was not only a question of military superiority, unquestioned today but non-existent in our early years. It was even more so a result of our strong cultural identity, the belief in the morality of, and the divine blessing on, our noble experiment.

In the 1960’s we began to lose that and have allowed the “elites” in our nation and government to convince us that our enemies are right, that our nation is responsible for all the evil in the world because we are racist, homophobic, sexist, slave owning, money grubbing, warmonger imperialists. Relativism and multiculturalism are trying to persuade us all that our culture of freedom founded on Judeo-Christian morality is no better than the brutal atheistic communism of Stalin, the murderous genocide of innumerable dictators or the barbarity of the “Religion of Peace”. America became great because America was good. Not perfect, but very good. However, we are losing the strength of our virtue, which is a culture of a free people based on Judeo-Christian principles. We have diluted our culture through unrestricted legal and illegal immigration from third world nations and those of our enemies, we have degraded our culture through the government’s enforcement of political correctness and multiculturalism in our schools, workplaces and political institutions and have destroyed the American spirit through the welfare state. We have put ourselves at the mercy of those who desire us harm through energy dependence and debt. We have abused our military and our national good will through military adventurism and misguided attempts at nation building. If the America we know is going to survive, we must treat the threat of Islam, which has been at war with the West for over a millenium, as the most serious since communism. We must get our fiscal house in order, control the border, maintain military superiority and stop attacking our own culture and lying about our own history. It is this that will ensure a free nation for our children.

You may agree with a lot of what I have said so far, maybe most of it. You may be asking, why can’t we have courageous people in Washington or at all levels of government with ideals, clarity, courage and common sense. Because the system is rigged against it. Because the two parties we currently have exist for the purpose of acquiring and expanding government power. Because the mindset of every major party politician and appointed bureaucrat assumes that government is good and can solve all our problems even if one of those problems is a lack of liberty. Government, by definition, is the greatest threat to freedom; it is foolishness to believe that by using government, adopting some new policy, trying some new program, government will restore what government, by definition, is designed to take. In the last twenty years we have seen rule solely by Democrats under Clinton and Obama, solely by Republicans under Bush, and split or shared rule under both. No matter what, government has gotten bigger and more intrusive, debt has increased, freedom has retreated and our standard of living diminished. The only way this is going to change is to stop supporting our current masters, to stop voting for the lesser of two evils, and to have the courage to support men and women who truly believe that liberty, not government, is the answer-economically and morally.

In the first district we have a unique opportunity to make a national statement. We could vote Mr. Harris back into office or replace him with a Democrat and nothing is going to change. Two years from now we will be a couple trillion deeper in debt, government will be bigger, corruption more widespread, our freedom will have retreated further and the parties in power will remain secure and complacent in their position. Or we could stand up and say “NO MORE” and elect an independent not beholden to the parties or special interests, whose only passion is to protect the liberty of those he is elected to serve. I have no desire to make a career out of organizing, directing, ruling or plundering society. I don’t want to reform, conserve or “fix” anything; I want to dismantle. I, like you, want government to stay out of my life and my pocket; I want to be left alone. If the first district rejects the status quo of the two parties and the edifice of power they have created, we will have cracked the wall for the first time. We will have shown that it can be done, that even a rigged system can be overcome by determined voters. We will give courage to other candidates and other voters in districts all over the country and two years from now there will be others. And then we will begin to tear down the monstrosity on the Potomac that has for too long stolen our money and freedom. If we muster the courage to step outside convention, if we believe liberty is worth the pledge of our lives, fortunes and sacred honor, if we believe in ensuring a free America for our children, we can be the tip of the spear, we can make history.

Sincerely,
Michael Calpino
For more information go to www.electmike.webs.com

The Looting of America

Throughout her history, the political discussion in America has encompassed a very wide range of issues. In the last two or three years, however, the discussion has focused on one thing-money. Whether its the economy, taxes, debt, spending, waste or corruption, it all comes back to money. One of the primary reasons for this is the unheard of scale of the spending and on what that money is being spent. Waste measured in millions was bad enough. Now the graft, corruption, kickbacks and favors are measured in hundreds of billions or even trillions. We have allowed government to grow so large that the accompanying corruption has become too big to ignore.
There are two seemingly unrelated stories that illustrate not only the corruption but the reasons for it. The first is the case of Solyndra. The basics of this case are as follows. Solyndra was a solar panel manufacturer hyped by the President as part of his “green energy” initiative that declared bankruptcy earlier this month. Normally, this wouldn’t have attracted attention beyond Wall Street but in this case, there was half a billion dollars of taxpayer money involved. Money that is now gone. Your money. Five hundred million dollars doesn’t sound like much when we are accustomed to a government in which only amounts over one hundred billion count as real money. However, what if you, personally, were on the hook for it? How long would it take you to come up with half a billion dollars? For the vast, vast majority of us-never. For an individual in America, a worth of half a billion dollars puts one in the rarefied atmosphere of the “super-rich”. In most cases, we would have to confiscate the money from all the citizens of whole towns to come up with that kind of money. Howerver, because it is spread out among all of us, it “only” amounts to about $1.65 for every man, woman and child in America. $1.65 of your money up in smoke. Take a dollar out of your wallet and burn it, throw the change down the sewer. Gone. (In case that doesn’t get your dander up, “what’s a buck sixty and change?” your personal share of the first stimulus slush fund is over $2300. Still want to stand there with your wallet and a lighter burning hundred dollar bills?)

Where did it go? Ahh, that is the real rub. The whole thing was a scam to begin with. No businessman worthy of the name (unless they graduated from Harvard with the president) would look at a business model that manufactured an item for $6 and sold it for $3 as viable. It is, however, just the sort of thing those brainwashed in government ideology would consider brilliant. So a bunch of con men went to the administration, contributed the “pay to play” fee, capitalized on their fanatic ideological adherence to Al Gore’s hoax, and walked away with half a billion dollars of our hard earned money. They looted the treasury. Just like GE, GM, the unions, ACORN, Planned Parenthood, and thousands of other businesses and organizations with personal or ideological connections. Political contributions that ensure reelection paid back with taxpayer dollars.
What makes Solyndra today’s poster child for corruption is the amount and the way it was publicized personally by the president. That has people screaming for blood but I can practically guarantee that nothing is going to come of it. The FBI raided the offices, carted away all the evidence and Eric Holder will make sure it is never seen again. The executives called to testify but will say nothing. No one’s going to jail, the money will never be recovered and soon there will be other things to worry about. That is the way it works.
The second story is the “Fast and Furious” or “Gun Walker” scandal. In a nutshell, this was supposedly a “sting” run by ATF in which gun dealers in border states were pressured to allow the purchase of guns by criminals who would take them back to Mexico for the purpose of catching the gun dealers. This proceeded over the objections of the dealers and ATF enforcement personnel until the guns started showing up at the murder scenes of border patrol agents and others.
The real reason for this was to create the illusion that lax American gun laws were responsible for the violence along the border. It is an ideological outcome pushed by a president and administration that is rabidly anti-gun. What does this have to do with money? There is only one thing government looters fear and that is insurrection and insurrection is only effective with an armed populace, for an unarmed populace can be looted and enslaved with impunity. The administration has already imposed greater restrictions on border state gun dealers as a result of this episode even though it was their policies that caused the violence. The whole scandal was an attempt to justify greater restrictions on our right to “keep and bear arms.” The looters know that when the exercise of our first amendment rights to protest the theft of our hard earned money is routinely ignored, the exercise of our second amendment rights to “throw off such Government, and provide new Guards for their future security” remains our last resort, fallback position.

So what can we do? .We need to change our attitude about the purpose of government. Most Americans now believe the purpose of government is to meet individual needs and it does this by taking from one citizen and giving to another. For the vast majority of Americas this means they receive a pittance in welfare, health benefits, pensions, FHA loans or educational assistance. These benefits are measured in the tens of thousands of dollars at most. For a select few, the benefits of this redistribution are measured in millions or billions. That may anger those who receive little but the inequitable redistribution of stolen property is incidental to the fact that it is the redistribution of stolen property! But the game will continue to be played as long as class warfare is effective as a political tactic and the looters can throw out enough pennies to keep us happy while they are getting rich from the treasury.
Not only does our attitude toward redistribution and the purpose of government need to change but our attitude toward government itself must change. Government is not a beneficent entity populated by do-gooders with our best interests in mind. It is, at best, a “necessary evil” with a monopoly on physical coercion and staffed by thieves and con men. There are two reasons corruption is so rampant in government; endemic, in fact. Number one is the obvious. Government has a monopoly on the use of force to uphold the law. It is the politicians and, too often, bureaucrats, who decide what the laws are and how to apply them. They can, and often do, exempt themselves from laws that apply to the rest of us. They have inside information we are not privy to that enables them to make fortunes or protect themselves from loss. They are left to police themselves. Congress, for example, has its own ethics committee staffed by its own members who are loathe to punish one of their own because so many of them are guilty of similar offences. The congress is tasked with policing the presidency but regardless of how many laws he may break, how he endangers national security, how many people are killed, or if he impoverishes the nation while driving it into bankruptcy, if congress lacks the courage or political will to remove him, he can continue to do what may be irreparable harm to the country they are all supposed to be serving.
What makes it even worse is the very size of the government; federal, state and increasingly, local. As the
Solyndra scandal is proving, finding someone on whom to affix blame is nearly impossible. If everyone engages in CYA it is rare to find an exposed butt to nail. And on the off chance there is, it is usually some low level bureaucrat with no seniority or friends and they are rarely fired because they may blow the whistle. No, they are simply moved, and often promoted. This has been the case in the “Fast and Furious” gun walker case. Finally, if the machinery of law enforcement and the courts become part of the corruption, those who engage in criminal activities will never be prosecuted. The current justice department failed to prosecute the Black Panthers for obvious voter intimidation but will nail Gibson Guitar to the wall for its failure to donate to the right political campaign. Put in the most simple terms, the reason corruption is so pervasive in our government is because its so easy to get away with. Politicians and multitudes of bureaucrats make the rules, cover for each other, corrupt law enforcement and buy judges. The higher you go, the more insulated from negative consequences you are.
The second reason corruption is so rampant in government is because of the people that inhabit the corridors of power. Americans seem to have a schizophrenic belief about politicians. On the one hand we distrust them, expect them to lie in their campaigns and in office and hold them in low esteem in general. On the other hand, we think the person we specifically vote for is the exception to the rule of general stupidity, greed and corruption so we re-elect most of these people to office. We have this mistaken belief that our politicians are just like us, basically good, decent people trying to do their best. This is not the case and once upon a time we understood this.
“There is a danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with the power to endanger the public liberty.” John Adams.
“If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and the Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.” Thomas Jefferson.
“I do not believe…that fourteen out of fifteen men are rogues. I believe the great abatement from that proportion may be made in favor of general honesty. But I have always found that rogues would be uppermost, and I do not know that the proportion is too strong for the higher orders for those, who rising above the swinish multitude, always contrive to nestle themselves into the place of power and profit. These rogues set out with stealing the people’s good opinion, and then steal from them the right of withdrawing it, contriving laws and associations against the power of the people themselves.” Thomas Jefferson.
The founders were smart and oracular men, were they not?! In “Leave Me Alone: A Patriot’s Plan for Restoring Pride and Prosperity in America” ( http://www.leavemealonenow.webs.com ) I stated the following about the people in government.

“One, the people in government, be they elected representatives or absolute monarchs, thirst for power and other people’s money, they are no more than thieves or bullies. Or, they believe that they posses exceptional knowledge and wisdom that enable them to know what is best for their fellow man and that it is acceptable to use force to get people to do what is in their best interest according to these “superior” beings.”

People in government are wolves, rogues, thieves and bullies for the simple reason that they want to take your wealth and freedom for the benefit of others. They may want it for themselves or their friends. They may profess lofty motives about helping the poor or disadvantaged. The reason doesn’t matter because if they desire to do anything other than protect our rights to life, liberty and private property, they are thieves and bullies. If they refuse to change the system of looting and plundering we have now, protecting the sacred cows of larceny like Social Security, food stamps or Medicare/Medicaid and refuse to hold the pillagers accountable, they are cowards and accessories to the crime. I know it is hard to wrap your mind around the idea that not only are the politicians, their “contributors” and the friends they appoint to assist them robbers and thieves but all the low level bureaucrats who live off of and distribute these ill gotten gains and the beneficiaries who receive a pittance of the plunder are all guilty of receiving and distributing stolen goods.

It used to be that this corruption in attitude and action were of a small scale and relatively hidden. But as government has exploded in size, so has the scale of the corruption. Millions in waste, fraud, abuse and graft have become billions, hundreds of billions and now trillions. Contracts worth billions, regulations or subsidies that can make or break businesses, tax policy than can mean the difference between profit and loss and legislation which can literally mean life and death have turned our government into a high stakes game in which the only way to survive is to appease the gods of government.
President Obama and his administration have boldly laid bare all the ugliness of government. He and his cronies are brazen in their contempt for those he desires to punish and rob, he does not hide his racism, he attacks his perceived enemies with explicit and dangerous language and he continually pushes policies and an ideology that are culturally, economically and physically detrimental to our nation. It is now obvious that we have a group of vindictive thugs running our government. They are a super aggressive parasite that is sucking the blood out of its national host and destroying anyone or anything that tries to get in their way. Our salvation will not come through half measures, parsed language or compromise with a system of piracy. Only when we the people develop a “zero tolerance” policy for theft and corruption, stop electing the same rogues and wolves and no longer accept the ill gotten gains of these bandits will we save our country for ourselves and our children.

Mike Calpino
http://www.leavemealonenow.webs.com

Leave Me Alone!!!!

The last two years have seen the battle for America’s future heat up exponentially. With the election of Barack Obama we have seen the socialist agenda shoved forward at a pace unimaginable a few years ago and the negative consequences of big government intervention are becoming obvious to all but the most mindless kool-aid drinkers. The TEA party movement, of which I have been a proud participant since the beginning, is a bold and wide reaching reaction of average Americans who have coalesced against big government intrusion and its consequences.

One of the problems we face as we attack the destructive monster that is our government is that it is involved in so many things; it is like a hydra with a thousand heads. As one attack on our liberty arises and we focus on it, ten more appear at the same time. It is impossible to keep up with it all. To know the minutia of all the legislation, the statistics and numbers involved in the arguments, the regulations and the people concerned is nearly impossible for the average America on even one issue, much less the hundreds that come at us at every level of government, all desiring to tear away a little more of our flesh.

The battle for the future and soul of America will be concluded by the end of this decade. We will either restore the vision of the founders and recapture the essence of liberty or we will complete our descent into the totalitarian nightmare, following Europe into chaos, violence, cultural and financial bankruptcy. For those of us who want to see our children inherit a free country, we must do more than fight a defensive holding action. We cannot be defined only by what we are against, we need to know and understand what we are for. We need to know, and be able to articulate, why freedom is better than slavery, why government is the problem and not the solution, why liberty and prosperity are two sides of the same coin. Instead of so many individuals swiping at a multitude of heads that only grow back, we need to develop a weapon of mass destruction, a set of core principles, that will be effective not only against the multitude of devouring heads but drive straight into the heart of the beast.

I believe that there are three crucial areas of action if we are to save our country for ourselves and our posterity. We must restore the moral foundations of our country by embracing capitalism unequivocally. To ensure our economic health and prosperity we need to terminate the Federal Reserve and return to sound money. To secure our future liberty we must confront, defeat and transform the totalitarian menace of our time, Islam. To detail this plan I have written “Leave Me Alone: A Patriot’s Plan for Restoring Pride and Prosperity in America.”

Ayn Rand said that capitalism is the only moral social system ever devised by man. I agree. The essence of what makes us human is our ability to make choices and own the consequences, positive or negative. Government intervention through the theft of the positive results and insulation from the negative through redistribution and regulation is immoral and results in all the detrimental consequences we see-destruction of the family, the rise of rude and immoral behavior, isolation, moral and financial bankruptcy. If government is restricted only to the protection of fundamental rights, as the Declaration of Independence states, we will not devolve into a Hobbsian nightmare of each man against his fellow. Without the inefficient, suffocating straightjacket of government intervention we will reconstruct the web of support that once defined our society-family, friends, community, church. We will unleash the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that made American prosperity and opportunity the envy of the world.

Sound money is the foundation of prosperity. We need to understand how money works for most Americans are woefully ignorant of basic economics and have no idea how a central bank and fiat currency destroy the wealth of the average person for the benefit of the central bank and government. The Fed was supposed to protect the monetary system from inflation, smooth out the business cycle and end bank failures, among other things. The problem is, fractional banking is inflationary by definition, the Fed is destroying the dollar, the highs and lows of the business cycle have become much more intense and banks are still failing, only the taxpayers, you and I, back them up. A central bank is designed for only one purpose-to allow banks to reap private profits and socialize any losses. That is immoral. Real, lasting prosperity will return only when our economic direction is determined by three hundred million Americas and not by the oligarchs in the Fed or government who have shown themselves totally incompetent to perform a task, ensuring national prosperity, that is impossible for them by definition.

The third section of the book deals with the totalitarian menace of our time-Islam. Islam’s war against America, the West and the rest of the world did not begin with 9/11, the establishment of the state of Israel or European colonization. It began with Mohammed himself. For fourteen hundred years Islam has believed a good Muslim has a Koran in one hand and a sword in the other. Every time Islam has perceived weakness it has gone on the attack. We have weakened ourselves through our embrace of political correctness and multiculturalism, an absurd immigration and energy policy and a hamstrung military. While terrorism is the flashiest tactic in this war, the struggle is one of culture, western culture and Islamic culture, a culture of freedom and life and a culture of submission and death. To win the struggle we must confront Saudi Arabia’s export of Whabbism and Iran’s overt military tactics. We must defeat those who embrace terrorism. And if the future is to be secured, we need to encourage the American Muslims who have transformed Islam by relegating it to a matter of conscience, isolate it from foreign radicals so it can grow, and then export it as a viable competitor to the Saudi and Iranian versions.

Within each section are policy suggestions; ways for dealing with entitlements, education, energy, immigration, regulation, drugs and others, based on libertarian principles. We are seeing the failure of the socialist system in the West take place before our eyes. Europe is falling apart. America is broke. We can no longer lie to ourselves, we cannot make excuses. Our government is out of control and it is because we have either allowed it or asked for it. We must change as we expect our government to change. “Leave Me Alone” is my contribution to the struggle for liberty and the restoration of the American soul.

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A Most Dangerous Man

“The time to guard against corruption and tyranny

is before they have gotten ahold of us.

It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold,

than to trust drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.”

Thomas Jefferson

As one crisis after another has spread across the globe, particularly in the Middle East, many people are scratching their heads and wondering exactly what drives President Obama’s decisions in foreign policy. Its obvious he has lost interest in it now that it has become much more than an apology tour. It is Secretary Clinton, who was a ghost for the first year and half of the Obama reign, who is now the face of American foreign policy in the absence of the president. She jets around the world, she hold news conferences, she makes statements, while he enjoys spring break in Rio, goes golfing and hosts Motown parties in the White House.

However detached he may appear, Barack Hussein Obama is still the president and he is still the one that drives American policy. It would appear that our decisions are made “on the fly” and place a glaring spotlight on his complete lack of experience. While that may be partly true, and while it may often be more reasonable to ascribe bad decisions to stupidity rather than malice, in the case of this White House and this president, I don’t think that we can cut them even that much slack.

It is my belief that this president has two primary motives for every one of his actions and if we understand these motives, what he does makes a lot more sense. Most past presidents were not hard to figure out. George W. Bush was motivated by his born again Christian faith and his belief that America should not only lead the world but should spread “democracy” by whatever means necessary. This explains why he would go to war so quickly and why he would preside over such a large expansion of domestic government programs. “Compassionate conservatism” embodied both concepts. Clinton just liked being president and he wanted everyone to like him as president. That is why his policies were pragmatic or poll driven. He wanted to do what was popular. Was he an ideological leftist, sure, but that took a back seat to popularity. He had no qualms about dropping “Hillarycare” or eventually signing welfare reform. He had no interest in getting us into long, drawn out, unpopular wars which is why he conducted war from thirty thousand feet and cut and run when it looked tough. Clinton enjoyed the perks of the presidency, sometimes a bit too much, but the “popularity president” explains much of what he does.

President Obama also has motives for being president. There is no question that, like Clinton, he loves the perks. But unlike Clinton, we get the feeling that Obama uses the perks like a stick in our eye, as if he thinks we have denied him what was owed and now he is flaunting his new found status as our overlord. The constant vacations, the air force one flyby of the Statue of Liberty, his arrogance in press conferences all seem to stem from this idea. But that is a side-show to the main event.

There are two things that motivate Barack Obama and while we may dismiss the talk show jock who proclaims “we have elected the enemy,” there is no question that Barack Obama has embarked on a course of action that is severely detrimental to the health, and yes, honor, of our nation. The question is why? Two reasons. First, he divides the world into two camps-the haves and have nots, the oppressed and oppressor, the good and the evil. While traditionally we have viewed ourselves as the guys in the white hats, to Barack Obama, we definitely wear black.

This explains many of his actions toward our traditional allies like Great Britain. If there was ever an oppressor, great Britain and its colonial heritage fit the bill for Obama. In fact, with England, it is personal. It was the policies of Winston Churchhill that led to the imprisonment of his Marxist father in Africa. He has a deep seated hatred of previously colonial nations and his actions toward our traditional allies demonstrate this bias.

His division of the world is also based on his Marxist ideology. He believes in the redistribution of wealth not just from Joe the Plumber to the welfare queen but from the “haves” to the “have nots” of the world. That is why we will shut down American drilling in the Gulf of Mexico but grant drilling privileges to Brazil, which happens to be led by a fellow Marxist, a twofer for Obama. We will never move toward energy independence under Obama because by sending our dollars abroad we are facilitating a huge wealth transfer.

The second motivation is one which will, no doubt, put me in the camp with the tin foil hatters and conspiracy theorists. But if we accept the fact that we could elect an anti-American communist it should not be a stretch to say that we could have elected a Muslim radical as well. Yes, I said it, president Obama is a Muslim. Just as his Marxism was hidden in plain sight during his campaign and has become obvious in his policies, so his Islam was, and is, obvious if you look. In two interviews before the election he had a “Freudian slip” in which he referred to “My Muslim Faith,” the one with George Stephanopolis being the most memorable. His early years were spent in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world and one in which radical Islam has more than a toehold. He went to a Madrassa where he was taught Islam, a fundamentally anti-Semitic, anti-western ideology, a perfect complement to his anti-colonial Marxism.

This motivation will explain his actions in the Middle East. If the stated policy is to encourage “democracy”, his actions are inconsistent at best. Why ignore the Iranian protesters, who may be the only pro-American group in the region, and throw support behind the Egyptian protesters? Two reasons. First, Iran is already anti-western and virulently anti-Israel, no need to support regime change there. Egypt under Mubarak, however, was nominally an ally of the United States and had maintained peace with Israel for over thirty years. That was a regime that could go, no problem. In fact, his policy in the Middle East is best explained by his support for radical Islam represented by the Muslim Brotherhood and other fundamentalist groups. That is why he has no problem pulling the plug on “secular” Arab leaders like Mubarak or Assad of Syria. So the “Obama Doctrine” is to basically ignore nations undergoing transformations from one anti-Semitic, anti-Western regime to another and support the transformation from secular, nominally pro-western, pro-Israel regimes to jihadist ones. The reason Obama has been so inconsistent on Libya is because while it falls into the former category, Khaddafy is a friend of his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, and a major supply of oil for the European nations that pressure us through the United Nations. He would rather stay out of it but was compelled to intervene by outside forces and is trying to make the best of it.

This “doctrine” is very bad for two reasons. One, although I don’t think we need to be supporting brutal dictators, particularly with taxpayer money, I don’t think we should be encouraging their ouster if they are likely to be replaced by radical Muslims who are going to be open in their support for anti-western terrorism. An Assad or Mubarak or even a Khaddafy may not like the West or America and may quietly support terrorism but their over-riding priority is maintaining their own power and they know, as Khaddafi found out in the Reagan years, they can go too far and put their very lives in danger. If, however, a group like the Muslim Brotherhood or the Revolutionary Party in Iran take power, their rhetoric will escalate in their religious fervor and they may not care about what they do. Martyrdom, after all, is their highest goal. On a national level, that is a thousand times worse than an Al Qaeda, as we have seen with Iran. Nations run by people who strap bombs to the chests of children have no concept of Mutually Assured Destruction. There is no negotiation with such regimes, none of the traditional means of applying pressure will provide deterrence. Killing the infidels, even if it means their own destruction, is an acceptable exchange for them.

While the ascendency of radical Islam to positions of power in several nations in the Middle East will certainly be a concern for our security and well being, the real threat is to the nation of Israel, whose very existence is put at risk. There has not been a major war between Israel and her neighbors since 1973. Between the peace with Egypt and a practical truce with her other neighbors, the situation has been one of relative peace, Palestinian suicide bombers excepted. If, however, the secular leaders of Egypt, Syria and even Jordan are replaced by radicals who join with Hamas in Gaza in the belief that waging jihad against Israel is the highest religious duty, Israel’s position becomes much less secure. Add to that our apparently official policy of backing off our support for Israel in favor of the very radicals that desire her destruction and Israel’s very existence is threatened. If Israel can no longer count on us and her enemies know that, they will be emboldened like never before.

I don’t think most people understand the ramifications of what the President is doing. His Marxism is leading to the weakening of America. He is accelerating the transfer of our wealth to other nations through his energy policy, impoverishing the citizens whose best interests he is supposed to represent. But he thinks we, as Americans, deserve to lose what be believes are our “ill gotten gains.” Domestically, he is doing this three ways. First, through the energy policy mentioned above. Second, by placing us under loads and loads of debt by expanding government and rewarding his friends through the internal transfer of wealth. Finally, by destroying the dollar he is exasperating out trade deficit and undermining the very foundation of our economy. In foreign policy his anti-colonial, anti-Semitic ideology supported by his “Muslim faith” is making changes in the world that will have ramifications long after he is gone. He is supporting the ascent of radical, jihadist Islam across the Middle East and North Africa. Not just as a small cadre of terrorist groups within those nation states but as rulers of nation states themselves! Do we know what the world will look like when Taliban like governments rule nations from Iran to Morocco? If jihad is a threat when supported primarily by two nations, Saudi Arabia and Iran, imagine the mortal threat it will be when actively supported by the entire region. Outside the Middle East he is supporting the ascension of China, a repressive, communist regime. He is destroying our relations with our traditional allies, allies like Great Britain and Israel who share our fundamental values. Finally, he is subverting our very sovereignty as a nation to international organizations like the United Nations.

What makes such destructive policy catastrophic is the fact that the things he is doing cannot, in most cases, be reversed. Sure, we could repeal Obamacare and save some money in the future but the treasuries have been sold, the money is gone, the debt accumulated. If the dollar is destroyed, it is gone and even if it isn’t destroyed, it will take years to recover any of its value. Once domestic energy production is eliminated through regulation and tax policy, it will take years to get that back even if those regulations and policies are eliminated. We have seen this in the Gulf of Mexico. Once the moratorium of drilling was enacted, the drilling rigs moved elsewhere, companies are not going to wait around and lose money in the hopes that two or six years from now a more amenable administration will take power. Once the Muslim Brotherhood or some other group of Muslim radicals-Al Qaeda in Libya perhaps-is in control of some country, that’s it. We have condemned an entire nation to an oppression likely to be much worse that what was there before. We will have placed the nation of Israel, the only nation in the region where a liberal democracy protects the rights of its people, where beheadings and stonings don’t happen, where Jew and Arab live together, in a position where they and their enemies know they no longer have our support, a situation as grave as they faced in 1948. If we allow Israel to be destroyed, there is no going back. The flow of wealth and technology we have transferred to China cannot be reversed.

This is a direct result of the fact that we have placed entirely too much power in the hands of one man. Historians call this the development of the “imperial presidency” and it has been going on for over a century. Over time, the executive branch through its growing bureaucracy, the rise of the power of the Federal Reserve, an assumption of police powers through one crisis after another, has become, for all intents and purposes, an elected dictatorship. We may hope that the person we choose to lead our nation and, in may respects, the world, respects our history, institutions and traditions of freedom and limited government. Today we have a man in that office who sees our history as one set of oppressions after another, holds our traditions in contempt and believes in using the levers of power to destroy cherished institutions. For over two hundred years this great nation has been the example of what free men can accomplish. For the last hundred we have been in a position to lead the world, economically and militarily. We have not been perfect and sometimes made mistakes but the world was a better place because America led. We are starting to get a taste of what the world would look like when America no longer leads, its not pretty. Presently we choose not to but in the future we may not be able to.

The question is this. Will historians look back on the Obama presidency as a great transformative event, one that saw the decline of America and the genesis of a new Dark Age? It has become obvious that it is no longer simply our nation that is at risk. This generation of “we the people” have a burden at this time, in this moment, that will have ramifications for the world; not just for years but decades, perhaps centuries. We can no longer use the slow, timid approach, attempting to right the ship through incremental measures. We need bold action, bold policies. We need our representatives to shut down Obama’s ability to destroy by taking back their power, our power. We are supposed to have a government with checks and balances. It is time we used them. And if the weak-kneed Republicans won’t, “we the people” must.

“There are extraordinary situations which

require extraordinary interposition.

An exasperated people who feel they possess power

are not easily restrained within limits strictly regular.”

Thomas Jefferson

Mike Calpino

Who’s in Charge?

This week we, the United States, committed ourselves to another war. We began enforcing a ‘no fly’ zone in an effort to help the rebellion, led primarily by terrorists, against a brutal dictator. And why have we decided to become engaged in this conflict? Because the United Nations said so.

Once upon a time we were a sovereign nation who would only commit blood and treasure when it was in our best interest. We adhered to a law, called the constitution, that said that only the representatives of the people, the congress, could make that commitment, and it could only be paid for if that body approved and could convince the people to buy bonds or pay taxes to support it. Not any more. Now we have a president who has no clue what to do until the United Nations, an unelected, anti-American body, tells him that it would be a good idea to put our brave men and women in harm’s way and expend billions of dollars of the Fed’s freshly printed dollars. Really? When did “we the people” choose to give up our national sovereignty and allow the United Nations determine where and how our military and tax dollars are used? I don’t remember that vote, do you?

There are two things wrong with our latest “intervention” that concern me. One is the above mentioned subservience to the United Nations. That is an organization we should have pulled out of a long time ago. In fact, it was set up in a way to put us at a disadvantage in any attempt gain support for any action we may believe is in our best interest. It is a waste of our money and everyone else’s. It is corrupt from top to bottom, it is comprised primarily of dictators and thugs and even our supposed ‘friends’ only vote with us half the time. It puts countries like Libya and Iran on the Human Rights Council and its blue helmeted soldiers often engage in the same atrocious activities they are supposed to prevent. We may complain about the stupidity and corruption in our government but the UN takes it to a whole new level. Knowing that most nations see the UN simply as a tool to bleed us of billions of dollars, humiliate us and keep us from acting in our best interests through supposed ‘international’ condemnation, the last governmental body we should be taking direction from is the United Nations. I’d withdrawal from that worthless organization, pull the plug on all funding, give them six months to move out of New York and use that building for something useful, rent it out to some greedy capitalists, perhaps.

The second problem is our policy of engaging in military action in an attempt to ‘fix’ problems in nations where no national security interest, much less a threat, can be determined. Is Khaddafy an evil guy? Yes. Has he killed American citizens? Yes. Is that why we are going into Libya now? No. When we found out Khaddafy was training terrorists and actually killing Americans, that was the time to engage in military action. Ronald Reagan should have bombed that country until Khaddafy and his terrorists were annihilated and then left. We should have done the same to the Taliban in Afghanistan for their involvement in 9/11. That is a compelling national security interest. We should let it be known that no nation and no two-bit dictator can target Americans anywhere in the world with impunity. Now the world knows that we will do nothing unless the UN lets us! Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria, any country that is so inclined can provide material support for terrorist activities without fear of serious repercussions. That puts a target on the chest of every American in the world, including you as you sit at your computer here at home.

That being said, what America needs is decisive leadership and freedom of action. That requires a strong, independent America, something we have not had for decades. I am not talking about our military capability which is unequaled in the world, by far. I am talking about the fact that our actions on the international stage are held hostage by our financial and energy dependence. Why is the Middle East a national security interest? Because we get so much oil from them. What if we were energy independent? What if we didn’t need a drop of oil from any nation in the Middle East? There would be no need for any military presence in the region other than a carrier group in the Indian Ocean to protect our shipping, provide emergency natural disaster relief or provide quick strike capability if we find ourselves threatened or attacked by some weasel. There certainly would be no need to intervene in a civil war, no matter how brutal, under the guise of maintaining our oil supply. We would stop our funding of terrorists by funneling hundreds of billions of dollars in the coffers of their supporters like those in Saudi Arabia. We would also stop funding the buildup of the Chinese military through the interest we pay them. We could finally return to the foreign policy of our founders who believed it improper to meddle in the internal affairs of other nations.

It is our dependence that requires our military intervention all over the world. We feel obligated to act in the interests of those to whom we owe money and the politicians need to keep the oil flowing because if it stops, prices skyrocket, people get upset, and they don’t get reelected. Until we get a handle on our financial situation and start developing our own vast resources, we are going to be at the mercy of events in the world rather than shaping them. We should be providing leadership in the world but that leadership should rarely be military in nature. Our leadership should be based on the benefits of our friendship, benefits not based on military alliances but on trade. We should be using our tariffs to reward nations that embrace our values of freedom and civility and demonstrate support and friendship to us and withhold our trade from regimes that do not meet basic standards of human rights and freedom. A strong and independent America would not have been funneling billions of dollars into Egypt to support Hosni Mubarak. A strong and independent America would not be putting up with the absurd trade relation we have with China. A strong and independent America would not need to buy anything, including oil, from nations that fund terrorism. Unfortunately, we are not strong and independent; we are broke, liable to our lenders, subject to those who provide our basic resources and terrified that at some point someone will ask too much of us and force us to actually make some hard decisions. As long as this situation exists, we will be like a reed blown in the wind, hostage to others, subject to the whims of the United Nations and we will spill the blood of our brave men and women and expend our hard earned treasure to prop up a situation that is unsustainable by definition. Who’s in charge? Everyone but us.

Mike Calpino

Out of the Ashes

“Human nature cannot bear prosperity. It invariably intoxicates individuals and nations.

Adversity is the great reformer. Affliction in the purifying furnace.”

John Adams

Last month I gave a seminar entitled “Surviving the Coming Economic Catastrophe” in which I detailed the precariousness of our economic situation and what could trigger the collapse of the dollar and the onset of a hyperinflationary environment in the United States. While there were several scenarios discussed, one of them was a war in the Middle East that disrupted the flow of oil, causing its price to skyrocket. While we do not yet have a shooting war between nations in the Middle East, the demonstrations and revolutions in a variety of countries in that region are having the same effect. This is particularly true in Libya, the first major oil exporter to experience real unrest.

It would appear that the unrest in the Middle East is spreading and will lead to more instability in the next few months at least. No matter which way you look at it, this will lead to rising oil prices. Many experts are calling for four to five dollar per gallon gas by the summer. That is if there is not a “catastrophe” like Qadaffy following through on his threat to burn his oil fields. Or if the bribes of the Saudi royal family fail to keep the unrest from spreading to the people of that country. Or if the Muslim Brotherhood takes over in Egypt and uses the Suez Canal as a political tool. Under any of those scenarios oil could easily climb to two hundred dollars a barrel or higher almost overnight. Now we are talking about ten dollar a gallon gas or higher.

Whether it is five or ten dollars a gallon, rising oil prices are going to put the brakes on any supposed economic recovery we are experiencing. It is also going to accelerate the rate of inflation. Look at where we are at the moment. The real inflation rate is already close to ten percent. Inflation is directly caused by the inflation of the money supply by the Federal Reserve and we have been exporting our inflation to the rest of the world, leading to unrest in poor countries like Egypt and aggravation among our creditors, like China. Do you really believe that with a real unemployment rate between seventeen and twenty-two percent that our economy is growing at three percent or more? There is only one thing enabling us to maintain our sense of normalcy and that is the gobs of money being printed by the Fed, borrowed by the government and pumped into the economy for government employees and welfare benefits. It is all an illusion, worse than a ponzi scheme and rapidly rising oil may well be the trigger that causes the whole mess to blow up in our faces.

I have detailed what a hyperinflationary situation looks like and what you need to do to prepare elsewhere so I am not going to do that here. It is ugly. Americans have never experienced the uncertainty and privation that such a situation will bring. It will make the Great Depression look like a picnic. It will leave no one untouched. When the very medium exchange, the dollar, is destroyed, and there is actual scarcity of food and energy, we are looking at situation that will be deadly for many. Riots, unrest, the breakdown of civil society, all those things we watch on the television in distant countries will come here.

What will that adversity reveal about us, as a people, as Americans? There will be two roads before us. One is one in which we complete what was begun in the thirties during the Great Depression. We will run into the arms of the very entity that caused the problem-government. Like the Egyptians in the time of Joseph, will we come begging, willing to sell ourselves into complete slavery for a morsel of bread; bread, I might add, that was forcibly taken from the people in the first place. If we have become so dependent, so conditioned to look to government for salvation that we choose this path, then the American experiment will have failed, the American ideals of liberty and self determination…dead. Our darkest days will stretch out into a long totalitarian night.

The other road will lead us through the wilderness to the promised land of restoration. It will not be easy because we have become accustomed to our bonds, we have long enjoyed the paternalistic care of our government that has absolved us of our responsibilities. As steps are taken to remove the so-called safety net, which is merely a snare to ensure our servitude, there will be those who will cry “Take us back to Egypt! At least we had a morsel of bread to eat in our slavery!” We must resist because our masters will be apoplectic over our departure and will employ every carrot and stick they can think of to bring us back and reestablish their power. If we resist the impulse to take the easy way out, if we put in the hard work as the founding generation did, we can restore the American ideal for ourselves and our posterity.

The question you need to ask yourself is, “Are you prepared?” Not just are you prepared to weather the economic catastrophe we have brought upon ourselves. I hope you are because if you are not, it will be difficult for you provide leadership to others who have not employed such foresight. Are you prepared to make the changes necessary to live without government provision? Are you ready to live in an America without Social Security and Medicare? Without unemployment checks and food stamps? Are we ready to risk failure without a government backstop? Are we ready to demonstrate our charity to our fellow man and reestablish family, church and community as the only vehicle for social solutions? Are we mentally ready to live in an America where the government leaves us alone and does not pick our pocket, the America envisioned in our founding documents and highest ideals? If you are, then the America that emerges from our darkest days will have the brightest of futures.

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