Friday, September 23, 2016

Not My Clowns . . . Not My Rodeo

I won’t be voting in the upcoming Presidential elections. Not my clowns . . . not my rodeo.


In fact, I have not voted for a major party presidential candidate for well over a score of years. Well, actually I did change my registration long enough to vote for Ron Paul in the Republican Primary in 2012. Occasionally I have voted for a third party candidate in the general election, but more often than not, I have written in Jefferson Davis. That’s exactly what I did in 2012, but I’ll not waste my time on national elections again . . . not ever again.

So it should not surprise anyone that I won’t be voting for Donald Trump in November. Never Trump! Never Hillary! Never any of them . . . Never again!

Having said that, I must admit that I find a certain amount of amusement from committed Republicans -- no, not the ones in the asylums -- the ones who faithfully vote for whatever clown the GOP nominates, regardless of how warmongering and socialist they may happen to be. [Spoiler alert: They’re all socialistic warmongers]

Some Republicans are so committed to the GOP establishment that they say they won’t vote for this year’s nominee, who has not been embraced by the leading establishment clowns.

But how exactly does this liberal, warmongering, clown:


Differ from these liberal, warmongering, clowns? 



And how do any of them differ from these liberal, warmongering clowns?


And the funniest thing is that these committed Republicans will vote for the next liberal, warmongering GOP clown, regardless of whom they may be.


But as I said at the beginning . . . not my clowns . . . not my rodeo.

I do not consent! I will not vote!


Ain’t my flag; Ain’t my country; Ain’t really any of my business.



But I do find it all a bit amusing.


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Friday, September 16, 2016

The Constitution Was the End of the American Experiment in Liberty


After years of study and contemplation, I have come to the realization that the US Constitution is not now, nor has it ever been a true friend to liberty. So long as “conservatives” and “patriots” continue to worship the US Constitution there will be no restoration of true liberty to any of the American States.

The founding document of the American Republic was NOT the Constitution, but rather the Articles of Confederation that were written in 1777-1778 and ratified by the States in 1781, while the colonies were still at war with Great Britain.

In a recent article on World Net Daily, William J. Watkins Jr. noted that:

Under the Articles, each state retained “its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right [not] expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.” After the experience with British meddling in colonial affairs, the people preferred to be governed by their own local and state leaders rather than a distant centralized body.

. . . The Articles restricted congressional power with term limits. Under Article V, “no person shall be capable of being a delegate for more than three years in any term of six years.” The Articles thus prevented the establishment of an American ruling aristocracy.

. . . Before the Confederation Congress could borrow money, a supermajority of delegates had to approve . . . [which] was meant to protect the fiscal soundness of the government and to prevent the rulers from incurring unnecessary debt.

. . .The Articles established a “firm league of friendship” among sovereign and independent states . . . states were not mere administrative subdivisions of the national government depending on Washington, D.C., to send money – with strings attached – to fund state budgets. Control did not rest at the center, but at the peripheries.

. . . Individual liberty and state sovereignty were placed beyond the reach of the national government.

The New World Encyclopedia article on the “Articles of Confederation” notes:

As a tool to build a centralized war-making government, they were largely a failure. . . . The delegates could not draft soldiers and had to send requests for regular troops and militia to the states.

Note that they say that as though it were a bad thing! And yet a war against the strongest military power in existence was won under such circumstances. The article continues:

Since guerrilla warfare was an effective strategy in a war against the British Empire, a centralized government proved unnecessary for winning independence.

There was a requirement for unanimous approval before any modifications could be made to the Articles. Because the majority of lawmaking rested with the states, the central government was also kept limited.

Congress was denied the power of taxation: it could only request money from the states. The states did not generally comply with the requests in full . . . Congress was also denied the power to regulate commerce, and as a result, the states maintained control over their own trade policy as well.

Once the war was won, the Continental Army was largely disbanded. A very small national force was maintained to man frontier forts and protect against Indian attacks. Meanwhile, each of the states had an army (or militia), and 11 of them had navies.

It was not long, however, before advocates of a strong central government began to agitate for modification of the Articles to allow for a stronger central government. A convention was formed in 1787 for the stated purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation to “perfect” them and create a “stronger government.”

Patrick Henry and other liberty-loving patriots opposed the convention. Henry remarked:

The Confederation . . . carried us through a long and dangerous war: it rendered us victorious in the that bloody conflict with a powerful nation: it has secured us a territory greater than that any Monarch possesses: And shall a Government which has been thus strong and vigorous, be accused of imbecility and abandoned for want of energy?. . . Why then tell us of dangers to terrify us into an adoption of this new Government?…I see great jeopardy in this new Government. I see none from our present one.

What actually came from the convention was not a modification of the Articles, but a scrapping of them and their replacement with something entirely different – something that established the sort of tyrannical government that we now suffer under.

Concerning the proceedings of the convention, a prescient Patrick Henry simply remarked: “I smell a rat!”


In retrospect, almost 100 years later, Lysander Spooner would note:

But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.
     -- from
No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority (1871)


Today we bemoan “executive overreach”, “executive orders”, “violations of the Bill of Rights”, etc., as though they were something new. However, such abuses began almost immediately upon the adoption of the Constitution and the resulting establishment of a strong central government.

Consider just a couple of incidents from the tenure of the first two American presidents:
  • 1787 - The Constitution was adopted.
  • 1789 - George Washington was sworn in as the First President.
  • 1791 - The first tax was imposed on a domestic produce (distilled liquors).
  • 1791 - Farmers in Pennsylvania, whose livelihood depended upon the distillation of their corn into whiskey, reacted much as the colonists had to such taxes imposed from a distant central government and refused payment.
  • 1794 - President Washington raised an army and led it against the tax protesters.
  • 1797 - John Adams was sworn in as the Second President
  • 1798 - Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts into law. They had been passed in response to supposed foreign threats (does that sound familiar to anyone?)
    - the Acts essentially prohibited any opposition to the Federal government
    - they severely curtailed freedom of the press (over 20 newspaper editors were arrested)
    - they provided for the arrest of recalcitrant lawmakers (a lawmaker from Vermont was actually sent to prison)
    - two states actually nullified the Federal laws and it seemed possible that the new Federal union and the Constitution might soon be torn asunder (I don’t believe that it would have been a bad thing.)
So as we can see, it did not take long for Americans to begin reaping the blessing of a strong central government.

Certainly Washington and Adams were better men than the sort we have today running our government. The problem is not the individuals, but the fallen nature of mankind and his inclination to corruption. A strong central government gives ample opportunity to inflame his wicked inclinations.

As Lord Acton noted:

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you super-add the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.


We don’t need to return to the Constitution. We need to rid ourselves of it. We need not a better strong central government, we need none at all.

A return to the Articles of Confederation, at least as a guide, would be a good start.

I realize that I have barely scratched the surface here. I have raised more questions than I have answered, but hopefully it will cause some who read these words to delve a bit deeper and to reconsider those things we may have been taught about the Constitution and the glorious American union.

If we are to experience a measure of true liberty and genuine freedom, government must be made small, local, and accountable. That will not happen by restoring the Constitution (it smelled like a rat from the start). It will come only if we separate ourselves from the government in Babylon on the Potomac.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

How canst thou contend with horses?

Jer 12:5  If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
[God’s response to Jeremiah after he complained about his circumstances and the opposition he faced]

I believe that those of us in the “Liberty Movement”, whether we call ourselves “Southern Patriots” or “Three Percenters” or “Secessionists” or “Anarcho-Capitialists” or some other appellation will face only increasingly daunting opposition in the months and years to come.

We dare not allow the footmen (the infantry) to weary us . . . for surely the horses (the cavalry / the armor) is on the way.

I believe that we share much in common with Old Testament prophet Jeremiah. He was called to speak God’s truth to the nation of Israel, but there were few willing to hear that truth. In human terms his ministry saw little success. He was hated; he was abused; he was persecuted; he was imprisoned; and attempts were made upon his life. In fact he was declared to be a “traitor” . . . a charge I have had levied upon me more than once, and all because I do not worship the Amerikan empire.

Jeremiah loved his people and he loved the truth. He was compelled by the Spirit of God to warn Israel concerning their departures from truth and the inevitable results that would come of it. Unfortunately, he would live to see his nation decline into heathenism, captivity and subjugation. I believe that we ourselves may experience those same calamities in the not too distant future.


Jeremiah was oft times given to discouragement – after all, there was a reason he was called “the  weeping prophet.” Yet, in spite or all, he was a man with the fire of God within. He believed in his mission and though he often contemplated quitting, he always found himself unable to do so.

I believe that those of us who are truly called to this conflict cannot quit either, though we may often feel like doing so. 
Jeremiah 20:7-9 
O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.  (8)  For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily.  (9)  Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
 
Those of us committed to liberty, and called to advance it, must needs prepare ourselves and steel ourselves for what is to come, for very soon we must contend with the horses.

We may not see success in our day, but we must do our duty. As General Jackson would remind his troops: “Duty is Ours; Consequences are God’s.”


Let us take up the spirit of Jeremiah, of Jackson and of the old Scottish warrior, Sir Andrew Barton, who said:

"Fight on, my men, I am hurt, but I am not slain; I'll lay me down and bleed a while, And then I'll rise and fight again.” 


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Friday, September 2, 2016

Not afraid of the deep government or the shadow government or Hillary or the Donald

If I were to ask you to name the greatest crime of all time, how would you respond?

If we think upon it surely we must answer the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. God became man and during his time on earth His ungrateful, fallen creatures, arrested Him, mercilessly beat Him and crucified Him.

Consider Peter’s sermon on Pentecost: 
Acts 2:22-23  
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  (23)  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

God in the flesh was crucified by “wicked hands.” But also notice that he was delivered by the “determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” Though they were in open rebellion against heaven, they could do nothing that God had not already decreed. Consider the testimony of the disciples: 
Acts 4:25-28
Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?  (26)  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.  (27)  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,  (28)  For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.


“The heathen” (Romans and other Gentiles) “raged” . . . “the people” (the Jews) “imagined vain things”. They “were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ”.  Nevertheless, they did “whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.” So neither the RNC (Republican National Convention), nor the DNC (Democratic National Convention) have attained to the level of the greatest criminals of all time.

God is working His perfect will in all things, NOT in spite of the wicked, but by them and by their rebellion. The more they rebel against heaven the more the accomplish the will of God.

Consider the testimony of Joseph to his brothers who had sold him into slavery: 
Gen 50:20  
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 

Consider God’s words to Pharaoh who persecuted and attempted to annihilate Israel: 
Exo 9:16  
And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
Romans 9:15-18  
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  (16)  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.  (17)  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.  (18)  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Come what may, regardless of what evil tyrant the Lord may raise up, I know that He is working His perfect will and I know that the worst that the wicked does ultimately praises and glorifies God and accomplishes His will: 
Psa 76:10  
Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
Beyond that, whoever is elected in November, it will work to the good of God’s chosen people. 
Rom 8:28  
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Now, resting in God’s Absolute Sovereignty and in His Absolute Predestination of ALL THINGS, does not mean that I do nothing. Rather I am to obey His revealed will and resist evil, specifically evil governments and evil laws. 
  • The midwives disobeyed Pharaoh
     
  • Daniel disobeyed King Darius
     
  • The Hebrew children disobeyed King Nebuchadnezzar
     
  • Rahab lied to and disobeyed Canaanite authorities
     
  • John the Baptist confronted and disobeyed Herod
     
  • The early disciples disobeyed the Jewish authorities
     
  • The early disciples disobeyed Roman authorities

The Biblical examples of rebellion to tyranny are almost limitless. I haven’t time to detail them with all, but I suspect that most of you are familiar with them from Sunday School, if from no where else.
Ephesians 6:10-18  
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  (11)  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (12)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  (13)  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  (14)  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  (15)  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  (16)  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  (17)  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  (18)  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
So I know that whoever ascends to the Amerikan throne is ordained of God. I also know that this does not mean that they are not extremely wicked and the enemies of God and of His people. I know that I ought  not to contribute to putting them in power. I ought not to cast my vote for the “lesser of two evils.”

No, I’ll not do evil that “good may come.”
Rom 3:8  
And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.
I know that God’s decreed will shall be accomplished, but this does not justify me in joining in with wicked hands in their rebellion against heaven. No, not even to support the one who might be in the least rebellion against heaven!

So as I said in my title, I’m not afraid of the deep government or the shadow government or of Hillary or of the Donald.

I rest in my Sovereign Lord. I will stand against evil and tyranny, so long as He gives me breathe. I will not join with the wicked in placing the next Herod or Pharaoh or King Darius on the throne, though I acknowledge that their wicked rule is by His determinate counsel and unto His ultimate glory.


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Friday, August 26, 2016

I will no longer waste my time and energy voting for my next master


One of my favorite blog sites is the Bionic Mosquito. The owner explains the name of the blog thusly:

Why bionic mosquito?: Some talking head on CNBC, when referring to Ron Paul, called him a “mosquito.” My reaction – if he is a “mosquito”, he is a pretty powerful one. Hence the name….If there is one day a resurgence of freedom and liberty in the West, history will record that Ron Paul was the one individual most responsible for sparking the movement.

In one of his latest blogs he discusses how some folks will vote for Trump out of pragmatism, while others will vote for some third party ticket or not vote at all out of principle.
http://bionicmosquito.blogspot.com/2016/08/vote-trump.html )

In his conclusion he states:

I do not plan to vote for any candidate. Yet I do not fault those . . . who call for supporting the lesser of two evils when it comes to slave-master (to use his terminology).

I am in substantial agreement with the Mosquito, but I suppose I would go yet a step farther. I have come to the point that I will not vote because I DO NOT CONSENT to the system and casting my vote implies consent. By my participation I would also imply my acquiescence to the ultimate outcome. I am  well beyond that also.


I will not vote for Trump. I have no reason to believe that he will be one whit better than Hillary on practically any issue. But even if he presented himself as an ideal candidate, I would not vote for him. I will no longer waste my time and energy voting for my next master . . . and that is what the Amerikan Presidency has been for far too many years now.

I will rather do what I can to educate and encourage my fellow liberty loving Southerners that we might prepare ourselves for another way – the way of small, local, accountable government rather than that of the large, distant, unaccountable and tyrannical state.

So I will continue to encourage folks to forgo voting, for the sake of fortifying their own consciences and breaking their own devotion to the bankrupt empire.


 Having said and done all that, I will not condemn anyone who still feels that they must vote for Trump or for one of the other less viable options. I just pray that at some point in the not too distant future they will be awakened from their sheep-like slumber. I pray that finally their delusions concerning the viability of voting will be shattered.

I close with an excellent video from John Whitehead, President of the Rutherford Institute, discussing the futility of voting and presenting some thoughts on more positive alternatives.

John Whitehead: If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn’t Let Us Do It




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Friday, August 19, 2016

A Fierce Christian Warrior of Compassion and Humility

We Southerners and Christians have a vast army arrayed against us and it’s needful that we become fearless warriors to face the onslaught against our faith, our culture, our history, our traditions, our homes and our families.

By the same token we must be careful not to become the very thing that we fight against. In fighting the Empire we must not become ruthless, unfeeling and unprincipled yankees in the process.

We cannot do better than seeking to emulate the Christian character of General Robert E. Lee. There is much to be learned from his life and his words.

When facing an invading army, Lee’s desire was not for their demise, but rather that they would simply go home and tend to their own business. Unfortunately, it seems almost impossible for the yankee to mind his own business and when required Lee was certainly ready to send the invaders into the next world. Consider the following incident that took place in the context of the Battle of Fredericksburg.


Insight of the enemy on the Rapidan, General Lee was standing near his lines, conversing with two of his officers, one of whom was known to be not only a hard fighter and a hard swearer, but a cordial hater of the Yankees. After a silence of some moments, the latter officer, looking at the Yankees with a dark scowl on his face, exclaimed, most emphatically, “I wish they were all dead.” General Lee, with the grace and manner peculiar to him replied, “How can you say, General! Now I wish they were all at home, attending to their own business, and leaving us to do the same.” He then moved off, when the first speaker, waiting until he was out of  earshot, turned to his companion, and in the most earnest tone said, “I would not say so before General Lee, but I wish they were all dead and in hell.” When this “amendment” to the wish was afterwards repeated to General Lee, in spite of his goodness and customary reproof of profanity, he could not refrain from laughing heartily at the speech, which was so characteristic of one of his favorite officers. [almost certainly that officer was Lt. Genrl. Jubal A. Early]
      -- Life of Jefferson Davis: With a Secret History of the Southern Confederacy, Edward Alfred Pollard, p.427

I know that I too often demonstrate the spirit of General Early rather than that of General Lee, but we would all do well to cultivate General Lee’s compassion. It seems that there was not a vindictive bone in General Lee’s body, as further demonstrated by the following example. 


This story was relayed by a Union soldier. This incident happened at the battle of Gettysburg, sometime after the disaster of Pickett's charge:

"I had been a most bitter anti-south man, and fought and cursed the confederates desperately. I could see nothing good in any of them. The last day of the fight I was badly wounded as a ball had shattered my left leg. I lay on the ground not far from Cemetery ridge, and as General Lee ordered his retreat, he and his officers road near me. As they came along, I recognized him. And though faint from exposure and loss of blood, I raised my hands and looked Lee in the face and shouted as loud as I could, “Hurrah for the Union! Hurrah for the Union!”. "The General heard me, looked, stopped his horse, dismounted, and came toward me. I confess I at first thought he meant to kill me. But as he came up, he looked down at me with such a sad expression on his face that all fear left me, and I wondered what he was about. He extended his hand to me, grasping mine firmly and looking right into my eyes said “My son, I hope you will soon be well”. "If I live a thousand years, I shall never forget the expression on General Lee’s face. There he was, defeated -- retiring from a field that had cost him and his cause almost their last hope. And yet he stopped to say words like these to a wounded soldier of the opposition who had taunted him as he passed by. "As soon as the general left me, I cried myself to sleep there on the bloody ground."
      -- Memoirs of Robert E. Lee, General A. L. Long

And yet one more example that took place after the war when Lee was counseling one of his young students at Washington College:

“Perhaps there was never a better example of meekness under trying circumstances than the simple story of a sophomore who had been called before the president to be impressed with the fact that he must mend his ways or become a failure in life.   ‘But General, you failed!’ answered the youth (who, no doubt, regretted that thoughtless remark all through his after life). The great man of his day and generation answered without the least resentment: ‘I hope that you may be more fortunate than I.’”
      -- The Maxims of Robert E. Lee for Young Gentlemen

May we all seek to emulate the humility, compassion and gentleness of the Christian Gentleman, General Robert E. Lee, but let us never confuse meekness with weakness. Lee dearly loved his country (Virginia) and would fiercely oppose any who would do her harm. He ever remained the staunch advocate and defender of his Southland and the bitter enemy of those who would oppose it.


I close as we reflect upon the words of General Lee to Governor Stockdale of Texas at the conclusion of a meeting just shortly before Lee’s death: 
“Governor, if I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in my right hand.”
      -- The Life and Letters of Robert Lewis Dabney, Volume 3, Page 499

By the Grace of God, may we strive to be honorable Christian Warriors in the mold of our great Chieftain, General Robert E. Lee. It is becoming increasingly evident that it we will be called upon to pick up that sword once again.

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