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By TLB Contributor: Robin Koerner

You know you love someone when you want for them what they want for themselves.

The three little words that really convey this sentiment are not, “I love you,” which can mean all kinds of things to all kinds of people; rather they are, “As you wish.”

Love is kind, expansive, proactive, and fundamentally non-constraining. And although some of us may disagree on a positive definition of love, we can surely all agree about what it is not: restricting, compelling, imposing, or violating the right of another to pursue his own happiness and self-actualization. Those characteristics attach to something altogether incompatible with love – and that is Fear.

And it is evident that fear has also been the driver of our nation’s politics for many years.

In a divided nation, as partisans work to use the political system and the institutions of power to impose their worldview on those who disagree with them, could we develop a politics not of Fear or imposition, but of Love? What would it look like? What system or philosophy could possibly be Love, politicized?

The answer is the politics of Liberty. Liberty, like Love, says to its recipients, “As You Wish” or “I want for you what you want for yourself.” Liberty seeks to build a society in which people can express themselves most fully because they can express themselves most freely.

While this identity between Liberty and Love is for me the best argument for the former as a political philosophy, it poses serious challenges to those of us who are fighting for it.

As I discussed with the wonderful Jeffrey Tucker on two episodes of my Blue Republican Radio show, liberty that is not Loving is not true liberty. Even libertarianism, like all political philosophies, can become a dogma, purporting a principled basis but in practice chiefly concerned with proving its own rightness and imposing itself on unwilling recipients. Even libertarianism can be imposed without consent – but only if it is not loving, and fails to put people first.

Tucker calls the latter tendency “Brutalism,” after the architectural school that was associated with the Soviet ideology and era – for, like brutalist architecture, brutalist libertarianism refuses to make any concessions to the culture, history or aesthetics of the people who are supposed to benefit from it – a refusal it justifies by its own supposed functional rightness and an appeal to a neat system of ideas.

If true Liberty (“as you wish”) is the politics of Love (“as you wish”), then what does that tell those of us who seek to bring more of the former to our national politics? The power of this question follows from the fact that most human beings have a very deep and clear experiential understanding of Love.

Some of the specific qualities of love are so obviously those of Liberty that there is little that needs to be said about them. For example, both refuse to aggress against another. Neither seeks to constrain another, except in emergency situations, perhaps, when someone’s life is in immediate danger, unperceived by the endangered party.

But Love is more multi-faceted than that and, therefore, so is Liberty.

First of all, Love is inherently humble. If you love someone, then you want to know what makes them happy, so Love shuts up for long enough to hear. Love listens. It listens to the beloved and acts on what it hears. Love acknowledges that different people experience and express Love in different ways. Even when it hears from the beloved something that seems misguided, wrong or even unloving, it doesn’t assume its own superiority, acting in a way that rejects what it heard as valueless. That variation in experience and expression of Love among people is in no way inconsistent with Love as a universal – and perhaps the fundamental – human value.

Similarly, the politics of Liberty must understand that Liberty, itself – like Love – may mean different things to different people. And similarly, also, that variation in experience and expression of Liberty is in no way inconsistent with Liberty’s being a universal – and perhaps the fundamental – political value.

Love is concerned with consequences, seeking to improve itself and adjust when the actions of the Lover are received badly by the Beloved. In other words, it is concerned and it is responsive. That makes it empirical. There is not, and there cannot be a dogma or orthodoxy of Love. No formula. It remains rooted in the human experience. And so Love is not measured theoretically by some abstract or impersonal metric: rather, it is measured in large part by the experience of those at whom the Love is directed. Like Love, Liberty should never forget that its primary purpose and measure is the happiness of people – and the facilitation of our own and others’ self-realization.

Further, Love recognizes that it has various manifestations, flavors and expressions. It even allows that sometimes, in the hands of imperfect people, it can produce completely opposite results.

In our life, we may love different people differently, and we may love the same people differently as they change, or as we do. The lesson for those who pursue political liberty is the need for sensitivity to context: an appreciation that different societies, cultures and historical traditions may use liberty to build different institutions, emphasize different principles, evolve in one way or another. Libertarians benefit their cause by respecting what a culture has already built with it. Just at “Love” that is maintained against the will of the Beloved, and denies what the Beloved values, is not Love, so a form of “Liberty” that is rejected by the people for whom it is promoted, is not Liberty.

Love is unifying. Just as Lovers do not divide against each other because their Love brings them to opposing conclusions in a few areas of their lives, so libertarians should take care not to divide among themselves because various of their number experience Liberty in ways that lead them to opposite positions in certain specifics. If they do so, they lose the opportunity to build what otherwise they may have been able to build together.

Love is respectful. It allows people to follow their own path, even when the one who Loves can see the pain that the Beloved is about to choose. By definition, letting people follow their path is the essence of Liberty, too. Sometimes, sadly for the one who Loves, the Beloved is not ready to receive the Love that is offered to them. At such times, the person who Loves may have to wait patiently and calmly, remaining open to the Beloved but standing far enough back not to impose. Parents, for example, when they look at their children, have a particularly deep sense that the point of the human experience is the journey – not the finding of a “right destination” and sitting there. And when they see their kids follow a path that will result in pain or difficulty, they don’t put down their children for their idiocy or lack of moral rectitude, but allow them to make their mistakes, as they did, being ready to support them when the request comes.

Said John Ruskin in 1870,

One evening when I was yet in my nurse’s arm I wanted to touch the tea urn, which was boiling merrily. My nurse would have taken me away from the urn, but my mother said let him touch it. So I touched it. And that was my first lesson in liberty.

And it was entirely consistent with his mother’s love.

Love lets people follow their own path that not only for this metaphysical reason that life is a journey, but also for the practical reason that judging someone for a mistake that they cannot perceive and insisting that they comply with your judgment always backfires. It breeds resentment and alienation.
The lesson for libertarians? Part of loving liberty, and part of loving people – and those two things are the same thing – is to be respectful in the face of people’s mistakes and ill-informed opinions. In particular, recognize that part of being human is at times not to behave consistently with one’s values, or the facts on the ground. Treat the mistaken with respect because only then will they be open to you and your ideas when they are ready to hear them. Libertarians are imperfect and have plenty to learn too.

For most people, politics is the society-wide application of morality. These are the same people that when they love their children, or their husbands or their wives, don’t just express that love in allowing them their freedom and doing them no harm. Rather, they actively care. Ultimately, Love cares. People who love make compromises. They go out of their way to ensure that their interactions with their beloved are fair, not just in their own sense of fairness, but in a way that is judged as fair by their Beloved.

Similarly, those of us who seek to reclaim our political liberties might appreciate that some of our ideas, if implemented without consideration of the thoroughly illiberal circumstances of many of our countrymen whom they’d effect, could do immediate harm – not because the ideas are wrong, but because we would be disrupting an equilibrium, transitioning from one state of affairs to another, in a way that some people who did not chose the change with us, are not ready for. Many of those are people who have been disempowered by their dependence on the state. Think of the young adult who’s been brought up in a house where he’s never seen a parent work, but watched his one parent cash the welfare check to survive week after week. And others have been made promises by the state which – although they perhaps should not have been made – should not be broken without extremely good cause. Think of the old state worker who’s paid his payroll tax for a lifetime and has expected for a lifetime the huge pension he is contracted to receive from his nearly bankrupt state.

If Liberty is the politics of Love, then caring for such people during a transition to what is Good and free is as much a duty of the libertarian as the transition itself. It is the very society that we seek to change that, after all, put many of them in the positions they are in.

I am convinced that such a humble, respectful, empirical and actively caring posture of Love is the best way making the case for true individual liberty sufficiently congruent and compelling that it will change our nation. The Love = Liberty equation reminds us that to speak of Liberty is not to speak about a political system, but to speak about the state of the spirit, or the soul, or simply humanity, itself.

Love is not indifferent. Libertarians may be entirely right that civil society should take care of most of what the state does today. But if the rest of the country cannot see the movement care – cannot see that it is concerned to offer those civil solutions and alternatives inasmuch detail as it points out the faults of what we have – they will rightly believe that we’re more concerned with our philosophy than with people.

More concerned, in other words, with Liberty than Love.

And that would be a contradiction in terms.

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Robin-KoernerRobin Koerner is Publisher, WatchingAmerica.com, Founder, Blue Republican (TLB partner), Contributor to The Liberty Beacon project and Contributor to the Huffington Post, Daily Paul , Moderate Voice and Ben Swann.com. Follow Robin on Twitter: www.twitter.com/rkoer

 

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By TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

The number one weapon that is used against humanity in order to further the globalist agenda is induced stupidity. Many older foreigners are in awe as they witnessed the dumbing down of America in just a few short decades.

We Americans were once known for our culture, innovations, creativity and work ethic. Phrases like “made in America” use to mean something. There was a time in this country when our elected leaders feared the people. Today, leaders like Feinstein, Pelosi, Reid, Obama and McCain mock America on a daily basis as they tell the same lies and engage in the same criminal behaviors with impunity or fear of discovery.

 How Dire is America’s Intellectual Deficit?

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America’s intellectual deficit starts right at the top of the intelligence pyramid, namely with its intelligence quotient (IQ). The USA scores the lowest in national average IQ among the developed countries of the world, at a national average score of 98. The data is obtained from IQ and Global Equality by Dr. Richard Lynn (professor of Psychology, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and Dr. Tatu Vanhanen (University of Tampere, Finland).

Take a look at this long-running poster child for American stupidity:

A Snapshot of Stupidity

Through the implementation of the unproven and untested principles underlying Common Core, which was introduced on the heels of the unmitigated disaster, known as No Child Left Behind, should we really be surprised at the following?

50% of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were married

55% of the U.S. population does not know that the Sun is a star

25% believe we won our independence from a country OTHER than Great Britain.

29% couldn’t name the Vice President

73% couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War

 Our nation even entertains itself with stupidity on top of more stupidity. 

Political Stupidity

It is not just the school children that are stupid, there is plenty of the “stupid virus” left over for the adult population.

The following are facts which should inspire a collective sense of national shame.

 3% can identify the first President of the United States

10% know how many justices sit on the Supreme Court

14% know who wrote the Declaration of Independence

23% can correctly identify the two houses of the U.S. Congress

22% of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just 1 in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms

Meet the man who will bring us a vaccine for stupidity.

And of course we will be stupid enough, as a nation to accept one more devastating vaccine, a vaccine for stupidity.

 

Just What Kind of STUPID Nation Would Permit These Things?

What kind of nation would tolerate criminal Wall Street bankers engaging in an illegal Ponzi scheme (i.e. the derivatives) and then bailing out these felons with our own tax money?

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What kind of nation would tolerate a Nancy Pelosi who has admitted to engaging in insider trading in the stock market and then let her also get away with telling the people that we need to pass Obamacare to see what’s in it?

feinstein  ugly tyrannyWhat kind of nation would tolerate a Senator, like Diane Feinstein and her husband, making a billion dollars from the sale of post office buildings?

Famous for his frequent temper tantrums. Now he's infamous for his treason, but we tolerate it.

What kind of nation would tolerate a US senator, John McCain, who has given aid and comfort to al-Qaeda in Libya and Syria and then ISIS in Iraq?

Malik and his half brother, the President

What kind of nation would tolerate a president who has a half-brother, Malik Obama, running finance and gun trafficking for the Muslim Brotherhood and then having this president support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Libya?

What kind of nation would murder 53 million, and counting, of its most vulnerable citizens without blinking an eye?

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What kind of citizenry would tolerate its elected leaders while they pass and implement a health care system based upon the British NHS which pays bonuses for euthanizing the elderly?

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What kind of citizenry would tolerate its elected leaders handing over control of the military to the United Nations?

BANKSTERS A

What kind of nation would tolerate its megabanks and their laundering of drug money and child sex trafficking money through their institutions? Oh yes, they have paid fines, but nobody has gone to jail.

And, please explain to me, how we elected this moron, TWICE?

And how many stupid people would sign this petition to repeal the First Amendment?

What kind of nation would tolerate its President and Secretary of State refusing to close to air travel from the point of origin of the Ebola outbreak? What kind of nation would tolerate its leaders opening its southern border to anyone and everyone in the midst of the same crisis?

Answer: A nation who has citizens dumb enough to sign a petition to repeal the First Amendment, that’s who!

Conclusion

The number one enemy facing the American people are not the Chinese, the Iranians, the Russians, the Bilderbergs or any other liberty-destroying group. The number one enemy facing America is its profound level of stupidity!

There is one final takeaway that is not being discussed. If this population is dumb enough to be led to its destruction by people who openly profess that they are seeking to destroy 90% of humanity, then these same people are can also be led by members of the truthful media, their awake and aware neighbors and by you!  Meanwhile…

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By: Roger Landry: (TLB)

I was born in the mid 1950′s into a country that was seen by the world as Camelot, the shining castle on the hill.

An America that the world once admired as the land of promise, opportunity, freedom and liberty.

Where people from across this ever shrinking globe once dreamed of immigrating to this great nation to build a new life and raise a family free of poverty and oppression and make their fortune.

Where a man could say what is on his mind without fear of being throw in prison.

Where our government was made up of dedicated people who’s only wish was to serve the American people.

Where a man’s land was his in perpetuity to use as he sees fit for the betterment of his family.

Where a man could work hard his entire life, and look forward to a bountiful retirement he has prepared diligently for.

Where work was plentiful and opportunities for the the ambitious and resourceful were limitless.

Where our industrial might and intellectual prowess made us the true leaders of this world.

Where the world looked upon us and the guardians of freedom and liberty.

Read more here: I HAD A DREAM …

This has all evaporated in the blink of an eye by historical perspective, a scant three generations. And the saddest part of it is that most Americans cannot see it, or don’t care enough to push back against it. Everything that used to exemplify America is gone today because …

America is dying

 

When Patriotism turns to Distrust and Fear

I never feared as I do today that because I speak out for the freedoms and rights we are supposed to enjoy, my front door may suddenly burst in and I will be forcefully removed to never be heard from again.

Today I fear those who have families and I wonder if, by involving themselves in patriotic activism, they are dooming them to this fate.

I feel sorrow for my grandchildren who may never know what it is like to look at the American flag and have pride swell their bosoms, but instead feel only fear for a repressive authoritarian government.

I am deeply concerned for the innocent citizens of the world who we as the most powerful and brutal, militarized nation on this planet will invade and occupy, not even for our interests but for for the interests of the self proclaimed ruling oligarchs. I weep for the masses who die daily to advance the interest of this (international) Cabal.

I fear for the up and coming generation who may never know the freedom and prosperity I knew as a young adult because this no longer fits into the master plan of these soulless individuals we call the one percent.

I pray for the patriots of this once great nation who may soon sacrifice their lives to try and throw off the yoke of tyranny forcing us all into slavery to serve the privileged few.

Read more here: I Cry for My Country!

America used to be such a giving nation, a nation who’s people gave more from their own pockets to charitable endeavors than any other on this planet. The first nation to send aid and personnel to any disaster scene in a crisis anywhere on this planet. We were giving and philanthropic.

Yet today we live in a country that has morphed so radically that feeding the poor is now frowned upon and even made illegal in some cities. When did we transform from a nation of “Please don’t feed the animals” to a nation of “Please don’t feed the people” ???

Read more here: Man Arrested For Feeding Homeless Gets Arrested THIRD TIME This Month

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When Oligarchs Rule

We live in a country today that no longer belongs to We The People, but instead is ruled and raped regularly, for what ever can be gleaned from us, by a greedy and all powerful Oligarchy. America is now a nation controlled by a global cabal, and we have morphed from a Republic governed by Democratic principals to an owned Corporatocracy of such magnitude that the worlds most powerful governments bend and kneel to their wishes and needs. We the people, our needs and wants, our dreams and ambitions, are now inconsequential to the power and greed of this entity we call the one percent.

Today a vast majority of our elected leaders, those sworn to uphold the Constitution are all traitors to this very document, and long past anything we can be proud of. Their loyalties no longer belong to We The People but instead to those who own them. Laws are no longer passed to protect the freedoms and interests of the people, but instead to support the corporate entities that rule this country. If you don’t believe this then please get your head out of your butt and look around you … the proof is clear and abundant!

America today bears little resemblance to what I knew when I grew up in the early 1950’s. This oligarchy that has a strangle hold on America hides behind a thin facade of “democracy” allowing us to believe (wrongly) that we are still our own masters. But in actuality what has transpired is the ultimate and intentional destruction of the industrial and social fabric of the United States … and thus the most powerful middle class this planet has ever experienced.

This is relegating We The people to third world status while these oligarchs get richer and accumulate more power onto themselves, culminating in the total destruction of the most powerful, richest and freest society in history, and all for the benefit and gains of a very few.

Today America is hated and feared by a vast portion of the world as even the old Soviet empire never was. We are by far the most powerful military entity on this planet, and this big stick is wielded by these oligarchs who control this nation for their own benefit. They extort whatever they wish from the global community via the mechanisms of military blackmail or military force.

Read more here: Princeton Makes It Official: USA Has Become Oligarchy, No Democracy

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So Is This The Death Of America?

My life has been invaded by fear, sorrow and remorse because this is all being done in our names, by a county I was once so proud to be a citizen of, and I hide my face in shame.

So what do we do? Do we rise up and push back against tyranny, to leave a free and prosperous America for our children, or go back to sleep and stop complaining? One of the biggest reasons for the failures in this country today IS the failure of We The People to participate in the governing of this country, or simply put, to hold our servants accountable. And if you ask what can I do …

Read more here: Two Veterans Force 102 Corrupt Officials to Resign, Place Entire Local Board Under Citizen’s Arrest

We The People are the check and balance of a true Republic and our failure to participate in its governance, or to rise up against its tyranny, will be the fatal blow that will facilitate the very ruination of America.

Understand that if we chose to do nothing as so many of us may, the true ending of this sad and shameful story can only be, God bless the United States of America … May she rest in peace!

I for one will never acquiesce to tyranny … and you say ???

 

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By TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

Since even before Obama assumed the Presidency, his mere presence in the 2008 election was an affront to every member of Congress that has Presidential aspirations. The foreign born and disbarred Barack Obama, who never held a real job in his life, and did not even serve one full term as a senator, was a slap in the face of our political system and all of those with much more experience were passed over for a “community activist”.

Obama Worse Than Woodrow Wilson

Obama and Wilson separated by a century but not by a desire to dismantle America.

As I have pointed out in Part Three of this series, Obama was not even vetted as a Presidential candidate by the FBI as required by law. Not since J. Edgar Hoover was complicit in the assassination of JFK, have we seen the FBI so manipulated and compromised in terms of validating Obama’s candidacy.

The day that Barack Hussein Obama took the oath of office, in January of 2009, was the day that the sun set on America. I never thought the country would ever see a President as corrupt, immoral and incompetent as Woodrow Wilson. After all, in 1913, Wilson worked towards eliminating tariffs, the American government’s mainstay of economic support since the country’s inception.Wilson, on behalf the globalists, replaced tariffs with the corrupt and unconstitutional income tax and of course the Federal Reserve which has eroded the dollar to a net value of 3 cents of worth today. Wilson lied us into World War I, he jailed legitimate protesters and he helped make it possible to usher in the direct election of senators which handed over the Senate to the globalists. Wilson even tried to sacrifice the nation’s sovereignty by handing over our nation’s political authority to the League of Nations which was the globalist’s first attempt at world governance and he would have succeeded had it not been for the Ron Paul of his day, Henry Cabot Lodge. I never thought that there could be anybody worse for the country than Woodrow Wilson, until now. Obama is the most treasonous and destructive force to ever occupy the White House.

Just how destructive is Obama? Is he just incompetent? I have said it before and I will say it again, Obama, like Wilson, he is following a systematic plan. Wilson’s agenda was relatively tame compared to Obama’s. It was Wilson’s mission to hand off the control America to the banksters and economically enslave the nation in debt. Obama’s mission is much more nefarious as his objective is clearly based upon the goal of the total destruction of the United States as we have known it. The following paragraphs will provide a mere snapshot of complete Obama’s destruction of America has been and make no mistake about it, Obama is not done with the American people. Before we move on to Obama’s blueprint to destroy America, please allow me to ask all of the Obama apologists who are defending this despot one question:

CAN YOU NAME JUST ONE THING THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?

Because the scope of Obama’s attack upon America is complete and far-reaching, this part of this series is limited to Obama’s destruction of the American military as a prelude to invasion by Russia and possibly China.

The Destruction of the American Military

Obama is the Commander-in-Chief over a global military power that had no equal when he came into office. For Obama to destroy America, he must significantly weaken America.  Our main adversary, Russia, is merely a regional military power. If America is ever going to be conquered, the American military must be significantly weakened and this is precisely what Obama has done.

Destruction of Military Leadership

Obama has fired more commanders in a theater of war than any other president in American history.

If a foreign power were to assassinate 300 senior command officers, we would collectively recognize that we were in a state of war and the effectiveness of our military had been gravely diminished.    This is exactly what  Obama has done to the military as he has fired nearly 300 senior officers since moving  into the White House. The major reason that an officer gets fired in today’s military, is for the failure to enthusiastically embrace the subjugation of both the military and the country by the globalists. The military has fought back and Benghazi is an excellent case in point.

Benghazi

The late Ambassador Stevens

Most of the country does not know how close the country came to experiencing a military coup over the Benghazi affair in which Obama allowed, at minimum, Ambassador Chris Stevens to be murdered by the very al-Qaeda forces that he was supplying arms to on behalf of the CIA in Libya and Syria. Coincidentally, Stevens murder took place just two months before the election when word on his arms deals were being rumored. Of course, this is just a coincidence.

There is now proof that Obama was warned in advance of the coming attack in which Stevens begged for more protection and his impassioned plea was denied by Clinton on behalf of Obama.

The former commander of AFRICOM who tried to rescue Chris Stevens.

Two of the top four military commanders in the Middle East, AFRICOM commander, General Hamm and Carrier Strike Force Three Commander, Admiral Gaouette tried to launch a mission to rescue Stevens. This was a coup attempt in response to the reign of terror being perpetrated by Obama against the viability of our military.

Admiral Gayouette provided surveillance for General Hamm's attempted rescue of the ambassador.

The American people have failed to recognize the sacrifice made by these two leaders. As Stevens was begging for help after the attack had begun, General Hamm had activated a special forces team within minutes of learning that the embassy, which was really a CIA safe house, was under attack. When General Hamm received his “stand down” orders from Obama, he made plans to go ahead with the rescue and was arrested within minutes of contravening the order by his second in command, General Rodriquez. Admiral Gaouette, the commander of Carrier Strike Group Three, was preparing to provide intelligence and air cover for General Hamm’s rescue team in violation of his standing orders and he was promptly relieved of command for allegations of inappropriate leadership judgment.” Stevens and his security team were subsequently murdered.

Do not make the mistake in minimizing the fall of Hamm and Gaouette. The positions held by Hamm and Gaouette are so powerful and so sensitive, that their replacements required approval from the Senate. Make no mistake about it, this was a military coup being conducted at the highest level of our combat forces.

Can we only imagine the headlines if Hamm and Gayoutte were successful in saving Stevens?  Can you imagine the reaction of America had it been revealed that an ambassador, on behalf of the administration, was running guns to terrorists and was financing the operation with child sex trafficking  and the selling of guns and drugs? Would you have liked to have had a front row seat at the press conference when Stevens told all under an agreement of immunity? One of two things would have happened: (1) A military coup would have taken over the White House; or (2) The House of Representatives would  have brought articles of impeachment against Obama and a trial would have been held in the Senate. The globalists, seeking to destroy America, through the destruction of the military, would have suffered a tremendous setback.

Oh, and by the way, let’s not forget about the hacking of reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s computer: It’s not clear who hacked the CBS reporter’s computer as she investigated the Benghazi scandal, but the Obama administration has been very successful in covering its tracks on a number of scandalous fronts.

Ultimately, why did Hamm and Gaoutte stand up to Obama?  They were acting in self-preservation mode. The entire military leadership in this country knows that it is under attack from this administration.

Following this watershed event, Obama stepped up his reign of terror against our military.

The Dismantling of our Nuclear Weapons Leadership

In a series of unprecedented moves, the Obama administration fired several military commanders of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons system. The Air Force is reporting the firing is due to the current administrations “loss of trust”.  Yet, these officers have some of the highest clearances one can get, and have been in charge of the nation’s most sensitive nuclear arsenals and now they are being taken down on bogus allegations of using “fake” poker chips. We are sacrificing our most important command structure in the military over poker chips. In the context of Obama’s other actions against the military it is difficult to conclude that Obama is not deliberately weakening our ability to respond to a Russian nuclear attack. Intentional or not, that is precisely the net effect of these reckless actions against these leaders.

Russian Troops Training On Our Soil

Obama's great giveaway

In the ultimate act of betrayal, Obama gave away seven strategic Islands to Russia without explanation.

I have previously and extensively covered the presence of Russian soldiers training on American soil. When one considers the fact that Putin has twice threatened to nuke the United States in the past two years, one has to wonder about Obama’s motives with regard to Russian soldiers on American soil.

The Deliberate Scuttling of Military Discipline

Women have served valiantl, but not in combat. Women are ill-equipped to be fighters because they lack the physical characteristics that provide for masculine strength. The presence of  homosexuals, who undermine 200 years of military discipline in this area, subvert unit cohesion at the squad and platoon level. We are not talking about IBM or your corner drug store, where one can argue preferences don’t matter. They matter greatly in the military. Is it not interesting that a soldier who happens to be a Christian runs the risk of being persecuted while a homosexual soldier is honored?  Also, far too many people who join the military for government benefits do not make for a quality fighting force. A weak military is a useless military, and Obama is keenly aware of this fact.

The net effect of this attack upon the military has served to weaken it to the point to where we are vulnerable to attack from Russia and possibly China.

In the next part of this series, I will summarize how Obama has attacked the American people through the deliberate degradation of our economy.

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I am not asking this with my tongue in my cheek. I am as serious as a judge. As I sit here and write, I am listening to Mr. Obama’s press conference. Something is very wrong with this guy. He is either mentally ill or demon possessed. Either choice is a possibility. But something is definitely wrong with him. He seems somehow inhuman.

I’ve lived my entire life in a world of athletic competition. I understand the human emotion that is associated with winning and losing. I grew up with the opening theme of ABC’s Wide World of Sports continuously playing in my head. (If I close my eyes I can hear the voice of Jim McKay bouncing around the corners of my brain.)

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports… the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition… This is “ABC’s Wide World of Sports!”

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat brings with it emotions. That is why we watch sports. We love the human drama of athletic competition. That’s why we have press conferences after games. We love to hear the emotional reaction to winning and losing.

President Obama is a hollow man. He has no feelings. He feels no emotions. The human drama of competition seems to have no outward effect on him.

Can I be blunt? He got his butt kicked. Every talking head on the tube is pointing the finger at his unpopularity. “The bloom is off of the rose. It is a direct repudiation of his policies. The era of Obama is over.” It is as if everyone knows it but him.

Politics is nothing more than a beauty contest, and Obama has been voted off of the island. But he acts as if he still owns the island. There seems to be no agony in his defeat. It is not normal. His emotions do not line up with reality. He is either sick, or he is possessed. I’m not laughing. I am serious.

His party rejected him. The American people rejected him. His fawning media has turned their affections in a different direction, yet he shows no emotion. I watch him on the TV. I watch him in his press conference. I watch his eyes as he responds to the media’s questions. I believe he is a sick, dangerous man.

I Googled the word ‘sociopath.’ “A person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.”

Bingo. That’s him. That’s the guy living the life of President of the United States.

I went a bit further and Googled “Characteristics of a Sociopath.” Read it for yourself. Permit me to summarize. You recognize his mental illness by these traits.

-An oversized ego.

-Lying and showing manipulative behavior.

-Incapable of showing empathy.

-Lack of shame or remorse.

-Staying eerily calm in dangerous situations.

-Behaving irresponsibly or with extreme impulsivity.

-Having few close friends.

-Being charming —but only superficially.

-Living by the pleasure principle.

-Showing disregard for societal norms.

-Having intense eyes.

The man is either sick or non-human. He does not react like a normal human being.

Consider this from the article:

“Sociopaths can be very charismatic and friendly — because they know it will help them get what they want. “They are expert con artists and always have a secret agenda,” Rosenberg said. “People are so amazed when they find that someone is a sociopath because they’re so amazingly effective at blending in. They’re masters of disguise. Their main tool to keep them from being discovered is a creation of an outer personality.”

As M.E. Thomas described in a post for Psychology Today: “You would like me if you met me. I have the kind of smile that is common among television show characters and rare in real life, perfect in its sparkly teeth dimensions and ability to express pleasant invitation.”

Reading that gives me the willies…how about you?

No emotions. Cold. Calculating. He doesn’t even know that he lost. He is unaware that he has been rejected. He acts as if it is business as usual while the entire Democratic Party is wishing for a moving van out in front of the White House.

In my coaching career, I lost a lot of games. I know how it feels. I know how it makes you react. He has destroyed his party. His friends are running for cover, but he acts as if he has just won.

Sociopaths are dangerous. Some famous sociopaths in recent history include Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gazy.

You laugh at me. You ridicule what I say because I compare him to serial killers. Go ahead. Laugh. He displays all of the characteristics of the above mentioned goons. They were charismatic and likeable.

What kind of man plays golf after a young man’s head is chopped off? What kind of man disappears for hours while some of his “employees” are being killed overseas? What kind of man permits a deadly disease to be freely introduced into a society? What kind of man acts as if he won when the whole world watched him lose? What kind of man believes his own lies?

President Obama is either sick or demon possessed. Red flags are everywhere we look.

Will his own party stop him? Will anyone stop him? President Obama is a sick, dangerous man.

I just thought someone needed to point that out.

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Can a generation rise out of this and reach for the stars? Can we cut through the programming and believe in ourselves again?

By Daniel Taylor

“His [Mankind's] glory is in his humanity and not his race or color. Endowed with freedom of choice, he may descend to the lowest hell or rise to the highest heaven. In him as a person all the moral ends of the universe and all the movement of God’s eternal purpose find meaning and value.” – Georgia Harkness, Beliefs That Count

We are living in an age of austerity; An age of decadence and corruption. Media messages have taken on an anti-human tone and the mood of the globe is gloomy and desperate. The establishment has directed its power against the individual; His mind, body and spirit have been targeted in a deliberate campaign to dumb down, destroy and decay mankind rather than inspire and uplift.

This is exactly why we need more films like Interstellar.

Look out over a cityscape and you will likely see a mass of humanity distracted, absorbed in the glowing screens of handheld devices, largely unaware of the approaching crossroads of history. If you are a person of a moral nature, your conscience will tell you to warn them; Empower them and give them information that will help them make the right choice and unleash their true potential. From an elitist standpoint, you might see their mindless state as yet another example of the innate evils of humanity. They are helpless zombies that will eventually be rendered obsolete by the coming robotic age.

The elite of the globe are promoting the idea that mankind is a blight on the earth and will inevitably spread its disease to other planets. A recent report from the National Academy of Sciences titled Human population reduction is not a quick fix for environmental problems states that a global one child policy is needed to reduce humanity’s impact on the environment. The report also envisions a scenario in which a global pandemic kills 6 billion people.

Paul Joseph Watson writes, “The authors admit that global fertility rates are already dropping but that “rising affluence-linked population and consumption rates” (in other words – higher standards of living) are contributing to worsening environmental conditions.”

President Obama told a crowd in Africa last year that “…if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over…”

Further driving the knife into the heart of mankind, global warming propaganda ads show children being violently killed to reduce Co2 emissions.

As current political structures falter and uncertainty abounds, we are advancing into a historic 4th turning cycle (More on this here). A major sign of this turning was the recent nationwide rejection of democratic party rule on a scale not seen since the 1920’s.

This generation of young people will form the values and principles upon which the next era stands. What kind of world do we want? The state of the world “out there” starts from within your mind body and spirit. Your habits, thoughts, actions, choices and beliefs are all within your circle of influence. These in turn will impact the larger world around you; Whether it is your relationships, health, or political system.

Big government and the tyranny it supports needs you to be fundamentally dis empowered. The media and culture pushed by the establishment is aiding in this agenda by promoting death and a withering of conscience.

In the event that the globe does experience a systemic meltdown, our civilization will be tested in a way it has not been in recent memory. What will happen after the fact? Will we have any kind of foundation to build on? Our culture, the values and ideas it upholds and most promotes will shape our future. Films like Interstellar are playing an important role in re-igniting a flame in our hearts that has been dwindling.

An article written by David Hamilton discusses the perversion of modern art and the corrosive effect it has on civilization. Hamilton writes, “Historically, there were qualities that denoted an idea of civilisation that gave meaning to culture: confidence and a sense of belief in one’s own people that generated a sense of permanence. This was reflected by the arts elite of the day.” Hamilton continues, “There was a self-belief in our society’s values and a desire to receive them from our ancestors and transmit them to our descendants.”

Hamilton concludes, “…now it seems this process is being jettisoned for a vague future that is being artificially constructed by cultural elites.”

Interstellar’s message is resonating with millions because it creates a tribal sense of connection and a longing to carry the fire of humanity into the future. The film is a rejection of the command and control systems being imposed on humanity and a beckoning to break the chains on our pioneering spirit.

The artificial habitat that we live in has seduced us into a sate of complacency. We aren’t exercising the strength that we have as human beings. Our ancestors strove for knowledge and beauty amidst great hardship. Now we are convinced that we are at the end of the road; We don’t need to strive for anything else. We don’t have a reason to rebel. It’s time to break the chains.

Your impact on this critical time period can be as simple as making changes in your personal life, or as big as speaking out on important issues and spreading ideas for change. In a world of rising tyranny and corruption, you can carry the fire of humanity into the future.

The elite of society have told us that humanity is a virus. Global warming is our fault. We are having too many babies. Being a man is inherently evil. Creativity and free thought is stamped out in our schools. Empty shells of human beings are worshiped on television.

Can a generation rise out of this and reach for the stars? Can we cut through the programming and believe in ourselves again?

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Report card

By TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

America has gone back to sleep. The 2014 midterm elections are history and good guys, the Republicans, have kicked out the bad guys, the Democrats. We only have two more years to endure Obama.  If it was only that simple.

This article is going to briefly examine a cross-section of indicators which are representative of how well our nation, and to some degree, our government are meeting the people’s needs.

The general areas which will be examined are employment and income, economic health of the nation as a whole, educational opportunities and heath and wellness and civil liberties.

It is time to give America her report card as we brace with great trepidation for the last two years of the most corrupt administration in American history.

Income and Employment Opportunities

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“Say it ain’t so”

First and foremost, Americans no longer live in the highest salary paying country in the world. In fact, the United States does not even crack the top ten list of the highest salary paying countries on the planet in which Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom round out the top ten and pay their workers more than workers in the United States. In fact, the United States only ranks 20th in terms of overall gross pay!

Young adults who are degreed and/or skilled in fields such as engineering or information technology skills, are really wasting their time by working in the United States. Eight of the world’s ten highest-paying countries for information technology (IT) managers are in Western Europe, according to a new survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting. The survey found that Swiss managers are paid the most, followed by those in Germany and Denmark. In fact, IT management is another field where U.S. workers fail to crack the top ten in income, the United States ranks 14th in IT management compensation. Even debt ridden Spain, Italy and Greece pay their IT managers more than what Americans earn on average.

Unfortunately, the public does not know what the true unemployment rate is in America because the Department of Labor plays games with the numbers. For example, if you hold a real estate license, and even if you have never sold any property, you are considered to be employed by the Federal government. If your unemployment insurance expires, it is assumed that you have found employment, even if you have not. This is referred to as the discouraged worker category.

The “Alternate Unemployment Rate” more accurately reflects the current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were eliminated from official existence by the Federal government back in 1994. That estimate is added to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimate of U-6 unemployment, which includes the previously short-term discouraged workers.

The “U-3″ unemployment rate is the monthly headline number. The U-6 unemployment rate is the BLS broadest unemployment measure, “including short-term discouraged and other marginally-attached workers as well as those forced to work part-time because they cannot find full-time employment” as this group would be categorized as the underemployed. When all figures are combined, the Shadow Stats calculations are staggering as the unemployment and underemployment rate is approaching 24%!

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Shadow Stats is one of the most interesting financial websites that I have found in recent memory and they are worthy or a hearty recommendation as they give the public an accurate way to compare real unemployment to the government contrived games that are played with the unemployment numbers. The actual unemployment/underemployment rate, nearly 24%, is more than three times the government’s figures for unemployment. Shadow Stats calculations clearly tell us that we are in a very serious depression, or what Gerald Celente often refers to as the “Greatest Depression”.  And when we isolate the numbers and only include young adults, the picture goes from bleak to hopeless and these statistics are the fertile breeding ground for revolution.

The segment of the population which needs have the most opportunity in the economy is literally getting killed. Consider the following statistics gathered from various sources:

During 2011, 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor’s degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed.

At this point about half of all recent college graduates are working jobs that do not even require a college degree.

The number of Americans in the 16 to 29 year old age bracket with a job declined by 18 percent between 2000 and 2010.

Incomes for U.S. households led by someone between the ages of 25 and 34 have fallen by about 12 percent after you adjust for inflation since the year 2000.

In the United States today, 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees.

One poll discovered that 29 percent of all Americans in the 25 to 34 year old age bracket are still living with their parents.

Young men are nearly twice as likely to live with their parents as young women the same age are.

Overall, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents according to Time Magazine.

Workers in modern nations have always had retirement as an incentive to work towards. Soon, the government will control all retirement accounts. Furthermore, if you live in America, you are not getting the best pension package compared to other Western nations as America ranks last in overall pension benefits. And this is in the backdrop of the Obama Administration, there are clear plans to seize your 401k pensions. This planned theft by the Obama Administration will prove to be a devastating blow to the American middle-class and will provide a knockout punch to any hope that the middle class clings to when it comes to transmitting wealth to their children and we are only a couple of short years from realizing this inevitability. At least in Greece, the people rioted when the Goldman Sachs run government stole the people’s pensions to pay down the bankers part of the derivatives debt.  Conversely, Americans are merely acquiescing and passively accepting the fact that Obama and his minions are planning to steal your bank accounts, your social security, your public pensions and your 401k accounts and the process has already begun with Treasury Secretary Lew as he is borrowing against select Federal retirement accounts.

THE GRADE FOR THIS CATEGORY IS AN F

Educational Opportunities

education-cost-1What about post-secondary education, don’t we offer great and affordable post-secondary education? Surely, our universities and colleges, renowned around the planet for their trend setting research endeavors, must offer a quality education. Unfortunately, for our young people seeking a quality and affordable education, in order to compete on a global scale in which they must have access to the best and most cost effective education system in the world, we have left our students hanging. The Education Policy Institute assessed the affordability of higher education costs and found that the United States ranks 13th in higher education affordability. The results of the EPI’s findings are as follows:

1. Sweden 8. Germany
2. Finland 9. France
3. The Netherlands 10. Italy
4. Belgium (Flemish Community) 11. Canada
5. Ireland 12. Australia
6. Belgium (French Community) 13. United States
7. Austria

Are students getting what they pay for? One survey found that 70% of all college graduates wish that they had spent more time preparing for the “real world” while they were still in college. Moreover, the college loan practices, in the United States, which serve to underwrite much of the cost of a college education, are the most predatory in the world. As of last year, bankruptcy cannot cancel out a student loan debt and delinquent college students can now go to jail for nonpayment. In fact, several federal agencies have even “swat teamed” many delinquent student loan defaulters. Nowhere else in the world can we find evidence of these types of predatory practices being used against college students as we do here in the United States.

common-core-2The scourge of the new Common Core curriculum has successfully invaded our schools. Despite the claims that Common Core will make students “college ready”, there is not one shred of research proof to support that statement. Yet, our schools are drinking from the Koolaid and have embraced this approach to education wholeheartedly and our children are the guinea pigs for this grand educational experiment. In Arizona, concerns among parents ran so high that the State’s Department of Education changed the name of Common Core in an attempt to fool the public.

The concerns about Common Core are many and varied and limited space prevents me from listing all the concerns. Instead, I have chosen to list merely a cross-section of concerns regarding the Common Core math curriculum.

The exclusion of key math concepts is commonplace under Common Core. The Pioneer Institutes examination of Common Core revealed the following deficiencies:

  •  “Common Core fails to teach prime factorization and consequently does not include teaching about least common denominators or greatest common factors.
  •  Common Core fails to include conversions among fractions, decimals, and percents, identified as a key skill by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  •  Common Core de-emphasizes algebraic manipulation, which is a prerequisite for advanced mathematics, and instead effectively redefines algebra as “functional algebra”, which does not prepare students for STEM careers.
  •  Common Core does not require proficiency with addition and subtraction until grade 4, a grade behind the expectations of the high-performing states and our international competitors.
  •  Common Core does not require proficiency with multiplication using the standard algorithm (step-by-step procedure for calculations) until grade 5, a grade behind the expectations of the high-performing states and our international competitors.
  •  Common Core does not require proficiency with division using the standard algorithm until grade 6, a grade behind the expectations of the high-performing states and our international competitors.
  •  Common Core starts teaching decimals only in grade 4, about two years behind the more rigorous state standards, and fails to use money as a natural introduction to this concept.
  •  Common Core fails to teach in K-8 about key geometrical concepts such as the area of a triangle, sum of angles in a triangle, isosceles and equilateral triangles, or constructions with a straightedge and compass that good state standards include.”

Common Core was developed by “Education for All” which is a think tank within the UNESCO network of the United Nations. Do we really have to go to foreigners to develop a sound education system?  Not one educator or state legislator was involved in the initial creation of Common Core. And the implementation of Common Core is being insisted upon by the Federal government despite not having performed one beta test designed to test the assumptions of this new approach to educating our children. Your children, this year, are the pilot test.

Despite the flaws in an educational approach which are many and varied, there are still some wonderful educators, administrators and school board members which do indeed provide a quality education for our children in a limited number of locations. They are, however, too far and few between.

THE GRADE FOR THIS CATEGORY IS A  D-

Overall Economic Health of the Country

brokeAmerica only has to look at three economic indicators to know that we are in a lot of trouble, The budget deficit is $17 trillion dollars, unfunded (partially or otherwise) mandated social programs constitutes another $222 trillion dollars and the credit swap derivatives total between $1 quadrillion dollars to $1.5 quadrillion dollars.

When we look at Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and all the government programs that we all take for granted, the price tag is a whopping $222 trillion dollars. These numbers are going to be exacerbated and grow exponentially because the bulk of the baby boomers are entering retirement age. Even if we took every single penny that the federal government takes in and devote it to paying off these social programs, it would take 111 years to pay off this debt.

In the United States, credit swap derivatives created national debt totals of over one quadrillion dollars. That is one thousand trillion dollars! The entire GDP of the planet is estimated at $66 trillion dollars. And somehow, in the infinite wisdom of Congress in 2008, we falsely and naively believed that a $750 billion transfer of wealth (i.e., Bailout #1) was magically going to save the economy and the collective futures of the American middle class. In short, the debt created by futures speculation is approximately 16 times greater than the sum total of the entire wealth on the planet! And we think we are going to climb out of this? We could fund 1,000 bailouts and the eventual outcome will be the same, slavery by debt. 

In no civilized country in the world do the banks have the right to steal money from citizen depositors. However, in America, this is already being accomplished as ex-Goldman Sachs CEO and ex-senator and ex-governor, John “the Don” Corzine,  stole 1.2 billion dollars from secured deposits from MF Global, lied to congress about his actions and today is enjoying the fruits of his thievery.Let’s not forget that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals who just ruled that banks can steal the money of its depositors and it is legal! This would have been a SHTF moment in every other Western country, but Americans are taking this grand theft on their backsides, sipping a beer and bemoaning the performance of their favorite NFL team.

I have chronicled in a recent article that JP Morgan Chase and HSBC are making it almost impossible to wire money out of their banks into overseas accounts. Further, the IMF has announced plans to tax all bank accounts to the tune of 10% and that is just for starters. Can America be far behind? And the rich are getting richer at the expense of the middle class.

Over 50 percent of all stocks and bonds are owned by just 1 percent of the U.S. population

THE GRADE FOR THIS CATEGORY IS AN F

Health and Wellness

obama-careWell, we may not have our money, but at least we have our health. Unfortunately, that is not quite true either as the United States spends more than the next 12 nations for health care. However, it seems as if we are spending more and enjoying it less as, despite our exorbitant spending on health care, the United States ranks 50th in the world in life expectancy. Cuba, Puerto Rico and Spain have higher life expectancies than the United States. Americans live in the only country in the world where its citizens cannot bargain shop for its medicines in foreign countries because the pharmaceuticals have convinced congress to establish a pharmaceutical monopoly over US citizens. Death by doctor is reaching catastrophic proportions and the most dangerous place for a sick person to go is to the hospital.

In the modern world, we pay the most for health care and have one of the lowest life spans and one of the highest infant mortality rates and things are only going to get worse under Obamacare!

And speaking of Obamacare, are we, as a nation, ready for the massive Ebola outbreak coming in 2015?

THE GRADE FOR THIS CATEGORY IS AN F

Civil Liberties

Well, we may not have our health and we may not have our wealth, but at least we have our freedoms, don’t we? Nothing could be further from the truth. Our local police forces are being federalized and incidences of unwarranted police brutality are skyrocketing.

According to the Economist Intelligence UnitDemocracy Index 2013, the United States is tied with Romania for forty-ninth in civil liberties. Several countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Norway are tied for first.

With the Patriot Acts, the NDAA and several other draconian pieces of legislation designed to protect us from the boogey men we call terrorists, we have lost Habeus Corpus, we are losing our free speech rights to the United Nations and every form of due process that we once cherished under our Constitution. And if you don’t like the unfolding criminal enterprise system which suddenly appeared before our collective eyes, the bankers have rolled out a technocratic police state which would make Stalin and Hitler envious. Both the police state and impending martial law are bolstered by the fact that the Department of Homeland Security has purchased 2.2 billion rounds of high tech bullets engraved with the names of citizens who dare to oppose this tyranny! The Constitution has been destroyed and thrown on to the garbage pile of history. And only in tin horn dictatorships and communist countries do we find this kind of criminal enterprise flourishing!

THE GRADE FOR THIS CATEGORY IS AN F

General Satisfaction with the American Government

How good do we have it in America? Despite the media propaganda about how good we have it in America, Americans are leaving the country at breakneck speed and the annual rate of expatriation is growing as over 150,000 Americans departed the former land of liberty for greener pastures overseas in the past year. In total, over five million Americans are choosing to live outside the United States.

state-of-jefferson-banner1The expatriation is mostly confined to the upper middle class. However, we can rightly assume that a general level of discontent exists among the middle class as well. And the latter statement is based upon what is going in Eastern Colorado where local residents want to withdraw from Colorado so they can better counter the Agenda 21 inspired tyranny. And in Northern California and Southern Oregon, two counties have already voted to withdraw from California to better fight the Federal Agenda 21 forces. No less that fifteen counties are preparing to join them.

It is easy to conclude that some people are voting with their feet while others are trying to take matters into their own hands. Should anyone be surprised if the number of expatriates grows by tenfold, or even a hundred fold, in the couple of years?

Congressional approval has dipped to an all-time low of 9%. Obama’s popularity ratings are plummeting as well.

THE GRADE FOR THIS CATEGORY IS AN F

Conclusion

american-dream-19America has historically been the beacon of freedom and the land of opportunity which has attracted tens of millions of immigrants to the shores of our once great country in search of a better way of life. The reminders to our presumed national good fortune are constant as we are bombarded by messages from the corporate controlled media about how good we have it in American and that we have it so good here that anyone desiring to leave should be considered to be crazy.

Unfortunately, the worm has turned. The governing elite have lost the confidence of the governed and America is a train wreck waiting to happen, the 2014 midterm elections notwithstanding.

THE OVERALL GRADE FOR HOW AMERICA IS DOING IS A MISERABLE F

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Election Bang: Maui bans GMO crops

by Jon Rappoport

November 5, 2014

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Note: To those few of you who are spending big bucks to fund GMO-labeling ballot measures, I’m taking you to school in this article. Read the whole thing, especially the last part. If you want more lessons, get in touch.

Okay. Here we go.

They got into Monsanto’s face. They accused Monsanto/Dow of spreading poison.

They didn’t say, “You have a right to know what’s in your food and we’re all nice people, and reasonable people have a right to disagree.”

They hit it hard.

The Maui SHAKA Movement and voteyesmaui.org and other activists won by a very narrow margin—and instituted a temporary ban on new Monsanto/Dow GMO crops in Maui County.

Their corporate opposition spent $300 for every vote they got. And lost.

A tip of the hat and a bow to Maui County activists.

You know what you’re doing. You’re local. You experience, first-hand, the Monsanto Roundup poison. You see something, you do something.

The ban/moratorium can only be overturned after an environmental impact statement is submitted to the Maui County Council, and after a 2/3 vote to overturn.

Without doubt, the Maui activists will monitor that process very closely and expose corrupt Council members and the upcoming parade of low-life Monsanto lawyers, PR flacks, and bagmen carrying cash for bribes.

Ultimate victory isn’t guaranteed by any means, but this is a real battle, not a mock one.

Colorado lost its GMO labeling ballot measure last night, and so did Oregon.

But Maui proved, in its own backyard, that banning poison is more powerful than labeling it.

The major funders of the labeling campaigns should write some fat checks to voteyesmaui.org and SHAKA, and then also buy ads on big websites: MAUI KNOWS HOW TO BEAT MONSANTO.

Let the world know.

In the end, this isn’t a consumer campaign, it’s a war against lying corporate poisoners.

Saying Monsanto can keep poisoning doesn’t cut it.


Update: Ballot Measure P in Humboldt County, California, passed by a wide margin. Measure P “prohibits the propagation, cultivation, raising, or growing of genetically modified organisms in Humboldt County.”

Good work, Humboldt. Another ban.


***Let me explain something. The GMO-labeling ballot measures are really PR campaigns, and they keep some degree of awareness alive about GMO crops.

They’re not full educational campaigns, because the amount of teaching they do is superficial, despite their claims to the contrary.

PR is slogans. Education is much, much deeper, and it certainly includes aggressive information about the horrendous effects of Roundup, among other GMO issues.

Education requires getting people to stand still long enough to actually learn something important. It isn’t a brush-off.

So here’s the point. If these GMO-labeling ballot campaigns are really PR, then why not redirect the PR against Monsanto and the other corporate criminals, instead of monotonously hammering away on “the right to know what’s in your food”?

There’s nothing to lose (after labeling defeats in California, Washington, Colorado, and Oregon), and everything to gain.

Monsanto is building this reality: GMO foods are wonderful and safe and the planet benefits.

So far, the counter-reality is: let Monsanto and their allied farmers grow their food, as long as the consumer can ID it on the label and reject it, if he wants to.

That’s going to win the day?

That’s the superior new reality?

That’s suicide through lack of imagination and courage.


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Take a few million of the dollars now being spent on pro-labeling campaigns and, instead, put it into video web ads that play all over the world:

For example:

A destitute farmer (and his family) stands in front of his wasted, dusty, super-weed-choked field, states his name, and says: “I’m an American farmer. Monsanto lied to me and killed my farm and my livelihood with their poison called Roundup. And it doesn’t even work. The weeds it was supposed to knock out are bigger than ever. Monsanto strangled my soybean crop. They ruined my farm. And my daughter is sick from the Roundup poison…”

Then…boom. A few of your cold-eyed, take-no-prisoner attorneys stroll into the frame, and one of them looks into the camera and says, “Hello, Monsanto. Thinking of suing us for this ad? Bring it, baby.”

A man pushes a large trunk on a dolly into the frame. He opens the trunk and takes out sheaf after sheaf of papers.

The attorney says, “Monsanto? This is the evidence that shows you’ve been lying to the people about how safe GMO food is, and you’ve been lying about your poison called Roundup. See you at the first deposition. It’s going to be a DOOZIE, Monsanto.”

A large red title appears at the bottom of the screen: BAN GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD.

It fades out, to be replaced by another title:

SEND MONSANTO CRIMINALS TO PRISON.

Something like that. For starters.

Other ads will follow.


Increase public awareness? Create a page-one controversial news story from one end of the planet to the other?

Are you kidding?

Monsanto sues and it’s a five-year story. Monsanto doesn’t sue and they’re cowards. Either way it’s a big-time winner.

THIS is PR.

PR for the public good.

To those of you who are spending big bucks to fund GMO-labeling ballot measures:

I’m taking you to school. If you want more lessons, get in touch.

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The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com

 

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By TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

According to a survey conducted by the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation, 55 percent of Americans believe that the government will come to their rescue when the proverbial poop hits the fan because your big brother really cares. Literally, every alternative media outlet could show conclusive proof that an EMP was going to wipe out the power grid. We could conclusively prove that nuclear bombs were going off in 39 American cities in the most horrific false flag attack in world history and it would not make any difference to 55% of all Americans because of their cognitive dissonance.

The United States is staring at an economic collapse in the face with its $17 trillion dollar deficit, $238 trillion dollars of unfunded mandates (e.g. social security, Medicare, etc.) and a one quadrillion dollar derivatives debt in which the governments of the world are being forced to assume in the form of the “bailouts”. Even if Obama and his bankster puppet masters never had any intention of executing a false flag event in order to put this country into martial law in order to fully complete the coup d’état that is already underway, a crash is coming. The banks are going to collapse, the people will riot, there will be food shortages, whether they be planned or unplanned. I do, however, believe that food will undoubtedly be used to control the unruly masses, despite the DHS and their new found friends in the Chinese and Russian personnel which are on our soil.

Are you prepared? At the bottom of this article, I will visually demonstrate to the reader with real time examples of human behavior in groups, how each of us are going to be in very grave danger when the collapse comes. But first, let’s analyze America’s present level of individual and collective preparedness.

How Prepared Is America?

The Adelphi University research center tells us that 53% of all Americans do not have a three day supply of nonperishable food and water in their homes. FEMA and DHS are not about serving the needs of the American people; These agencies are about preserving the status quo of the powers that be. But don’t try and tell that to 55% of the citizens of this country.

Most Likely Causes of a Societal Breakdown

As the TV show by the same name, there are literally a 1,000 ways to die. The following six events represent some of the most likely events which would mortally wound our society.

1. False flag attack as a result of a chemical and biological attack

2. False flag attack as a result of a series of nuclear explosions

3. World War III

4. EMP attack

5. Economic collapse

6. Military coup resulting in civil war

America’s Level of Preparedness

A brief summation of the Adelphi study reveals the following:

  • 44 percent don’t have first-aid kits
  • 48 percent lack emergency supplies
  • 53 percent do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water at home
  • 55 percent believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes

This means that 56% of those with first-aid kits, 52% of those with emergency supplies, and 47% of those who have more than three days worth of water, will be victimized by those who have not properly planned. Please allow me to put this into a real number for you. Over 130 million teenagers and adults will be in the streets seeking to obtain life-sustaining resources in a very short time following the disaster event. This is a train wreck starting to happen.

Time Frame for Societal Breakdown

Those that would be fortunate enough to survive the initial event, or series of events, would face the following timetable of events.

In the first one to two days, all shelves would be emptied of food, water, guns and medical supplies. There will be no resupply as nothing will be shipped.

On the beginning of the third day, individuals will be in the streets scavenging for anything they can find that will keep themselves and their families alive. If there is a loss of power, many will die as a result of exposure to the elements.

By the fifth day, desperate people will organize into collectives (i.e. gangs) and will go house to house looking for stored supplies from the half that has somewhat prepared. Neighborhoods will begin to organize themselves into local vigilante groups for protection from local gangs who have become desperate. This is the day that many of the police walked off the job in New Orleans in order to protect their families. Groups of police could become the most dangerous groups in society.

In the days that follow, nobody can be trusted. There will be people who will dress up in official looking uniforms (e.g. military, national guard, police) in order to gain entry into a fortified home.

The game changing event will be a civil war. Not only will you have to deal with marauding hordes of resource deficient people, you could also be caught in the crossfire between two, or more warring armies.

Casualty Rates

1. World War III. The casualty estimates dating back to the 1960’s and 1970’s related to an all-out nuclear war was placed at 150 million Americans or at 80-85%.

2. False flag attack as a result of a series of nuclear explosions. The casualty rate is indeterminable and would depend of the number of cities involved and their relative populations and the size and placement of the nuclear device. Generally speaking, one nuclear device in a city the size of Phoenix would kill 20,000 to 100,000 people. Many more would die in the upcoming weeks due to the effects of radiation.

3. False flag attack as a result of a chemical and biological attack. The casualty rates are indeterminable but past pandemics have wiped out one-third to 40% of a society.

4. EMP attack. The Naval War College tells us that within two years of a power grid take down, that 90% of us would be dead.

5. Military coup resulting in civil war. The casualty rates of war as well as civilians victimizing each other would be impossible to calculate. Conservative estimates would place the rate at 5% to 25%.

6. Economic collapse. It is impossible to exactly determine. I think a safe bet would place this event in the category of a false flag “cyber attack” upon Wall Street and the Banking system. Or, the world totally moves away from the Petrodollar causing our currency to hyper-inflate. The resulting casualty rates would be difficult to calculate. The government would be able to establish order following a brutal crackdown. However, in our weakened state, we would be inviting an invasion. A civil war could break out as well.

What Will the Riots Look Like?

NORTHCOM, DHS, FEMA and the Russians have all practiced on quelling domestic disturbances and conducting gun confiscation. Even the elite have gathered their own private armies in preparation for the same civil unrest.

Unfortunately, DHS is not releasing any videos which demonstrate the severity of the civilian uprising that they are practicing for. However, we do have some Black Friday “drills” which exemplify how crazy it will get in the first few hours of a societal breakdown.

The following video is from the 2012 version of Black Friday. It raises the question, that if people will act like animals with depraved indifference towards the welfare of their fellow human beings in the first few minutes of a Black Friday sale, what will they do when it comes to food, water and guns?

If you think that this phenomena is just confined to 2012, think again. The following two videos from last year’s version of Black Friday.

Conclusion

At minimum, there is an economic collapse in our near future with the massive debt which is unsustainable. The presence of the NDAA and EO 13603 speaks to the government’s plans to deal forcefully with any disturbances. The preparation by DHS is unmistakable with its acquisition of over two billion rounds of ammunition and 2700 armored personnel carriers. And when we see foreign troops (e.g. the Russians and the Chinese), we should all be gravely concerned. Additionally, FEMA,  and DHS, both last and this year have engaged in a seemingly endless set of disaster planning drills which parallels the content of this article.

To the 55% who are clueless, take out an insurance policy and begin to store food, water guns and ammunition. To everyone else, who has at least some idea of what is going on, begin to reach out to your neighbors because you will need the additional safety that numbers can bring.

And what will the resulting martial law look like? A clear picture of this eventuality is beginning to emerge and that will be the topic of the next part in this series.

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Dave Hodges is the host of the popular radio talk show, which airs from 9 PM to Midnight (Central). The show can be heard by clicking the following icon in the upper right hand corner of The Common Sense Show.

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Oct. 31, 2014

Dysfunctional America

Paul Craig Roberts

If you require more evidence that the United States is a dysfunctional society, observe American elections. Election season is slander season. Each party’s attack teams focus on misrepresenting, defaming, and ridiculing the opposing party’s candidates. Attack ads have replaced debates and any discussion of what the issues are, or should be, and how candidates perceive the public’s interest. Each attack team tells lies designed to enrage various voters about the other team’s candidate.

Whoever is elected is indebted not to voters but to the special interests that provided the campaign money. Once elected the official serves the private interest groups that put the official in office. In America the government can be bought and sold just like everything else. In its Citizens United ruling, a Republican Supreme Court put its stamp of approval on the right of corporations to purchase the US government.

Each state has its own dominant interest groups that win every election. In Florida real estate developers routinely defeat the environment and local communities. Developers have even been known to form organizations that pose as conservation supporters in order to misrepresent and defeat conservation measures.

Yet, despite their long string of losses to special interests, voters still participate in elections. I once read a theory that elections are a form of entertainment. President Clinton’s encounter with the young woman on MTV–”boxers or briefs”–is one indication of the lack of seriousness that Americans bring to politics. http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/133280/vintage-mtv-bill-clintons-briefs.jhtml

Perhaps the lighter moment of a young woman’s interest in the president’s underwear should be cherished. The Clinton years will be remembered as scandal after scandal with dark events unresolved and covered up. The Clinton years were transformative. For those who don’t remember and those too young at the time to be aware, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s book, The Secret Life of Bill Clinton: The Unreported Stories (1997), will be an eye-opener. Perhaps the Democrats should read the book before nominating Hillary as the party’s presidential candidate.

Evans-Pritchard was Washington bureau chief for the Sunday Telegraph, one of the main British newspapers. He was stunned by how the American media ceased to function during the Clinton years. The Clinton years gave us such events as the federal government’s murder of the Branch Davidians in their Waco compound and subsequent coverup, the Oklahoma City bombing and coverup, and the coverup of the apparent murder of White House counsel Vincent Foster.

Almost everyone who paid attention saw coverups, not investigations, of these extraordinary events. Evans-Pritchard was one who payed attention, and what he saw did not pass muster. Yet, there was no press asking questions.

For example, the official story was that Tim McVeigh was the “lone nut” responsible for blowing up the Murrah Federal Office Building with a truck bomb. Yet, at McVeigh’s trial the prosecution did not call a single witness who could place McVeigh in Oklahoma City on the day of the bombing. “This is a rather astonishing fact,” writes Evans-Pritchard, and indeed it is. The reason the prosecution could not provide a witness to place MvVeigh at the scene of the crime is that the many witnesses all reported seeing McVeigh in the company of other men, and the prearranged official story was that McVeigh was alone. The FBI and the prosecution had to make this case, not conduct a real investigation and discover what really happened.

Experts who have examined the Oklahoma City bombing have concluded that the truck bomb was cover for explosives set inside the building. For example, US Air Force munitions expert General Benton K. Partin provided an extensive and detailed study and wrote to the US Senate: “The attached report contains conclusive proof that the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was not caused solely by the truck bomb. Evidence shows that the massive destruction was primarily the result of four demolition charges placed at critical structural points at the third floor level.” http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/OK/PARTIN/ok8.htm

Miquel Rodriguez, the associate independent counsel assigned the investigation of Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster’s mysterious death resigned after four months convinced that he was dealing with a FBI coverup and that his investigation was being sabotaged by personnel within his own office. The FBI’s official story differed completely from the story of the witness who discovered Foster’s body. Again, as in Oklahoma, the FBI’s case required the creation of a make-believe scenario at odds with the evidence. With no interference from a silent press, the FBI created the story that was needed. Evans-Pritchard wrote that the Foster case was “taboo for American journalists. In private, many concede that the official story is unbelievable, but they will not broach it in print.”

When Americans think of Clinton era scandals, they recall “Whitewater” and Clinton’s sexual escapades with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Evans-Pritchard writes that these two scandals were small potatoes compared to the Waco, Oklahoma City, and Vincent Foster coverups. Evans-Pritchard concludes that these minor events were used by the press to distract the public and perhaps Congress from inquiring into FBI coverups of criminal acts.

I remember asking my Wall Street Journal colleague Robert Bartley why he put so much energy and editorial ink into Whitewater, a minor scandal involving some real estate payoffs to the Clintons that did not pan out. Serious events were ignored while Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky became a matter of impeachment.

From Clinton to George W. Bush and Obama was another transformative change. The crimes of the Clinton regime were covered up and not acknowledged. The crimes of the Bush and Obama regimes are openly acknowledged by the presidents themselves and by their attorney generals who assert that the “war on terror” frees presidents from the Constitution and from domestic and international statutory law. Thus, we have indefinite detention, torture and loss of protection against self-incrimination, destruction of privacy, and execution of US citizens without due process of law.

Almost overnight the US government became unaccountable, released from constitutional and legal constraints. Elections serve only to validate the unaccountability of government.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

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