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June 8, 2013
Jeff Greenwald takes Senator Lindsey Graham to task for defending the destruction of the Fourth Amendment.
Unfortunately, Greenwald insists on using the false left-right paradigm to make his argument. He says the senator from South Carolina is “one of the most right-wing members of the United States Congress.”
Obama is often described as a left-winger and even a socialist. Despite this, his support for the surveillance and war state apparatus mirrors that of Graham, minus a few minor ideological flourishes. Right, left, socialist, conservative – these designations are about as relevant as the color tie worn by senators on a particular day.
Lindsey Graham is not a right-winger. He is an establishment neocon. Graham is one of the primary promoters of the contrived war on terror. It’s his job to push the idea that cartoonish Muslims in far away caves pose an ominous threat to the United States. He says due to this never-ending supposed threat we must surrender our constitutional rights and consent to the military industrial complex stealing trillions of our hard-earned dollars in order to wage illegal and criminal wars in places of interest to banksters and transnational corporations. Instead of protesting the loss of liberty, we are expected to celebrate its demise, as Graham does, and thank the state for its intrusion into the minutest personal details of our lives.
Graham does not oppose the “National Security Administration,” as he calls it (it’s an agency), listening in on his phone calls because he enthusiastically supports the implementation of a high-tech police and surveillance state supposedly in reaction to phantom terrorists who never seem to attack. He is a military dictatorship fetishist who adores war and the simplistic idea of foreign enemies that must be fought against with eternal vigilance.
Lindsey Graham is one of the most dangerous enemies of liberty. This is not especially surprising or unusual because many of the most dangerous enemies of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are in Congress.
Earlier this week, senators Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss used the phony war on invented terror to say basically the same thing Graham did following the latest revelations about the NSA.
Congress supports the NSA going through what amounts to your underwear drawer. If they opposed it, Congress would move to strip the NSA of its authority to surveil millions of Americans. A few mavericks like Rand Paul still exist in Congress, but they are vastly outnumbered by lickspittle servants of the shadow government and the military authoritarian agenda of the global elite.
Lindsey Graham, Dianne Feinstein, Saxby Chambliss and the rest have sold their souls to the Devil for power, money and fame. It does not bother them in the least that the NSA listens to their phone calls or reads their emails. They are bought and sold like chattel. It is their job to make sure you are unable to practice your God-given natural right to be free of government coercion and violence. It is their duty to make sure you become a slave and never realize your potential to be a free human being.
By Chuck Baldwin
November 15, 2012
A Sleeping Giant Is Awaking
Many people across the country are rightly concerned as to what another four-year Obama administration is going to accomplish. According to the UK’s Daily Mail Online, “Although America carried President Obama confidently into a second term last Tuesday–not everyone is jumping for joy at the prospect of four more years.
“Tens of thousands have put their names to secession petitions in 20 states, asking that they peacefully become independent from the rest of the country.
“The documents have been lodged on a government website We The People–and Texas has almost enough people behind its petition to warrant an official White House response.
“Along with the Lone Star state, petitions were filed from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee. So keen are the folks in Georgia for a separation, that they filed their petition twice.
“Unsurprisingly, the majority of these states voted for Republican nominee Mitt Romney although petitions were also lodged in Democrat strongholds such as New York and Oregon.”
See the report here.
A report just released as this column is going to distribution states that over 675,000 signatures have been gathered from all 50 states. Plus, at least 7 states (including Texas) have accrued more than the minimum of 25,000 signatures necessary for the Obama administration to honor with a staff review.
See the report here.
Does anyone believe that these states are really going to secede from the union? Of course not. At least, not yet. Citizen petitions are just that. In order for a State to secede it would have to be formally declared by an act of the State’s legislature and governor. Good luck finding many of those.
However, I, for one, applaud the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have signed their State’s petitions for secession. If nothing else, it demonstrates the resolve and determination of freedom-minded people throughout the country who are more than “fed up.”
Plus, I do believe these petitions are significant. That the federal government has become a monstrous leviathan that is trampling the liberties of the people, usurping the authority of the states, and making a mockery of the Constitution is the understatement of the year. Both major parties in Washington, D.C., are led by a cabal of Big Money, globalist elites. Barack Obama might be the point man, but he has a supporting cast of hundreds from both sides of the aisle, from Wall Street, and from Corporate America. And let’s not forget labor unions, the education establishment, Big Media, and Big Religion. They are all standing in line to get their share of milk from the government teat. Hardly anyone in a position of authority and influence gives a tinker’s dam about constitutional governance or the Bill of Rights.
At least Steve Stockman was elected to Congress. The undisputed champion of the Constitution and personal liberty, Ron Paul, has retired, and his absence leaves a void on Capitol Hill the size of the Grand Canyon. Steve’s presence will help fill at least some of that void. Go, Steve, Go!
However, the problem is much bigger than one seat in the US House of Representatives. Washington, D.C., has become more than a monster; it is a menace; it is a plague. And it is destroying everything that was good and decent in America. Most of the problems that our states and local communities are dealing with were caused by the miscreants in Washington, D.C. And, unfortunately, instead of serving as a guardian of the liberties of the people of the several states, most State governors, legislators, senators, etc., have jumped on Washington’s big-government bandwagon. So, where does that leave the people? It leaves them frustrated, fearful, angry, and signing citizen petitions for secession. Who can blame them?
Obamacare is going to bankrupt an already bankrupt nation. It’s going to put sick people on an assembly-line, one-size-fits-all healthcare disaster. To get an idea of what’s coming, take a close look at our VA clinics. It’s going to drive tens of thousands of very competent and qualified physicians out of practice. And remember, Mr. Romney barely made Obamacare a campaign issue. Why? Because he and his staffers helped create the dumb thing. That’s why.
Furthermore, most everyone is predicting that Obama will coerce the US Senate (yes, enough Republicans will go along with the Democrats) into signing the UN Small Arms Treaty. Many say that this treaty could pave the way for outlawing personal firearms–maybe even the attempted confiscation of personal firearms. Not surprisingly, the sale of guns and ammo has gone through the roof since Election Day.
At this juncture, I simply must make this studied prediction: treaty or no treaty, UN or no UN, law or no law, there are millions of able-bodied Americans all over the fruited plain who are not going to surrender their firearms to anybody. They just flat aren’t going to do it! If the federal government truly wants to legitimize and explode what is now merely citizen petitions for secession into full-fledged, honest-to-God, bring-it-on, declarations of independence by numerous State legislatures analogous to 1776, let them attempt to outlaw and confiscate people’s firearms. With no disrespect to my friends north of the border and overseas, this is not Canada or Australia. This is America, and we will never surrender our guns! Period!
And as an aside, a friend of mine, not in military service, just shot a bull elk over the weekend with a .300 Winchester Magnum rifle at a distance of 960 yards. One shot. One kill. And he is only one of thousands of Montanans that know how to do that. Let me ask all of the would-be tyrants in Washington, D.C., some questions: what’s Montana worth to you? What’s Idaho worth to you? What’s Wyoming worth to you? What are the Dakotas worth to you? What’s Texas worth to you? What’s Arizona worth to you? What’s Louisiana worth to you? What’s Oklahoma worth to you?
And for all of my freedom-loving friends out there, it’s time RIGHT NOW to make up your mind and decide how much freedom is worth to you, because the only thing separating you and me from slavery is “the people’s liberty-teeth” (George Washington’s characterization of guns). You can’t make up your mind when federal troops are standing on your doorstep. You’ve got to make up your mind NOW. And I’m saying that there are tens of millions of Americans whose minds are already made up on this matter. Furthermore, it’s time for our men and women in uniform to decide what side of the line they are going to be standing on when the order is given to seize Americans’ firearms. That decision must be made in your hearts RIGHT NOW.
Add to Obamacare and potential gun confiscation an economy that everyone is saying is headed “over the cliff.” Boys and girls, America is one national disaster away from a total economic meltdown, or at the very least hyperinflation. And Mr. Obama has no intention of bringing the troops home. He is as much the servant of war profiteers as was G.W. Bush. America’s wars of aggression in the Middle East are only going to escalate–further devastating our economic well-being.
And all the while, Russia and China continue to build their militaries (with America’s assistance, no less), salivating over the opportunity to launch a nuclear attack against us.
In addition, there is absolutely nothing I have stated in this column that is not being commonly discussed in dining rooms, restaurants, and taverns all over America. Just about everybody sees the handwriting on the wall.
If you would like to sign the secession petition in your State, the White House has a petition website where you can participate. Click here.
I am absolutely convinced this is just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath the surface is a waking giant that is just beginning to arouse from slumber. Just exactly what this means and how it will all play out is anyone’s guess. But one thing is for sure: if the federal government wants to see another Civil War, just let it begin confiscating people’s guns. That’s what started the first one, and that’s what would start the second one.
In the meantime, these citizen petitions demonstrate that people are truly beginning to wake up. Mitt Romney would have put them to sleep; Barack Obama has awakened them. That’s the one good thing the reelection of Barack Obama has accomplished!
P.S. I am happy to announce that Liberty Fellowship now has its own website.
Furthermore, readers should know that there are hundreds–maybe thousands–of people across the country who are thoroughly fed up with these feel-good, stand-for-nothing churches and are gathering together in small groups to watch Liberty Fellowship’s livestreamed service each Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm Mountain Time.
Included on the Liberty Fellowship website is a page entitled, “Find Groups.” This page will be devoted to those people who are gathering together, or who want to gather together, to watch Liberty’s livestream service online. I already know of groups like this in Virginia, South Carolina, Arizona, California, and several other states.
If you are already meeting in a group and would like others to know about it, so that they might join you, please submit your CITY, STATE, and EMAIL ADDRESS to this email address.
We will add this information to the “Find Groups” page, so you can begin connecting with like-minded folks who want to join Liberty Fellowship online in your area.
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Chuck Baldwin is a syndicated columnist, radio broadcaster, author, and pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded. He was the 2008 Presidential candidate for the Constitution Party. He and his wife, Connie, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Chuck and his family reside in the Flathead Valley of Montana. See Chuck’s complete bio here.
Editors Note: Lynn Dartez
(This is happening everywhere. Time to stand up to those who think there in charge!!!! Learn what the Constitution has to say about this crap )
August 27, 2012
American Thinker was the first to report about how Fauquier County, Virginia attempted to fine farmer Martha Boneta for hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls without a special events permit. She was also fined for selling her farm produce without a special administrative permit, even though she had a business license that allowed those sales.
As also reported here, Martha the farmer lost her appeal before the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals. What has not been reported is that Fauquier County, without explanation, refused to renew her business license just days before her appeal hearing. She has been forced to shut down her small farm store where she sells organic vegetables, fiber, and feather products from her farm animals (she has over 160, most of which are rescued), as well as beeswax candles, goats milk soaps, and other products from her farming activities.
Because she could not sell her organic vegetables in this critical part of the harvest season, Martha donated them to a local food bank before they rotted. Fauquier County zoning administrator and bureaucratic bully Kimberley Johnson is probably busy concocting some charge against Martha for giving away her veggies without a permit. No tomato is beyond the reach of tyrants.
One local newspaper editorial claimed that Martha could have saved herself a lot of trouble and money had she just gotten the $150 administrative permit to sell her farm products. The message from a few purveyors of free advice is that had Martha just lacked principles and done what her master, an unelected government bureaucrat, had dictated to her, she’d be in a better place. But beware of free advice from statists.
Martha had a business license to operate a tiny farm store that sits scenically amid her farm animals and organic vegetables. In 2011, however, Fauquier County added a new requirement for farmers, which it called a “special administrative permit.” The county’s board of supervisors touted this new permit as an improvement on and a clarification of what farmers could sell on their private property. Puh-lease.
One local environmental group with an unusual amount of influence over Fauquier County officials was assuredly behind the 2011 administrative permit. This group touted the county’s recent controversial winery ordinance as a balance of interests. The ordinance forces wineries to close at 6 p.m., defines and limits “personal private gatherings” allowable at wineries, and is a gross affront to property rights and civil liberties. The interests being balanced seem to be statism and revenue.
The administrative permit that Martha the farmer rejected in the name of fighting for liberty is highly restrictive of the rights of farmers. The permit is vague and open to selective enforcement. For example, it limits farms sales to only agricultural products, at least 50 percent of which must be grown at the farm, and anything not grown at the farm must be labeled as such.
The permit therefore makes it illegal for farmers to sell ice-cold water and other beverages. Under the permit, farmers may not sell books with pictures of the county, home-spun art, farming artifacts, or even any literature authored by the farmers themselves on farming, animal husbandry, and the like.
Even when conditions demand it, farm stores are limited in supplementing their produce by bringing in vegetables from neighboring farms, making mortgage and property tax payments more difficult than they already are. And the permit is not clear: is it 50 percent of each type of vegetable, or 50 percent cumulatively of all the vegetables that you sell? Only zoning czar Kimberley Johnson knows for sure.
The administrative permit also restricts what may take place at corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and other farm events for children. Fauquier County obviously doesn’t want children to get the full farm experience — oh, but we already knew this, since the county penalized Martha for that birthday party.
Perhaps dumbest on the new list of don’ts is that farmers must keep dust from their driveways. You read that right: Fauquier County wants dust-free farms. The permit provides no guidance about how much dust is illegal. Farmers typically don’t pave their driveways because — well, because they live on farms.
Kimberley Johnson wrote to one person that farmers should water their driveways. This means that during hot, dry spells, farmers would need to divert scarce water from crops and livestock, or face fines.
Martha could have opted into the new, more restrictive permit requirement. She instead opted to use the phrase from Herman Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener: “I would prefer not to.” In doing so, she has made herself a hero in the fight against government that breaks the law, and the anti-liberty faux environmental groups that use government for their own corrupt agendas.
What has not been reported is that in March, zoning tyrant Johnson sent her assistant Andrew Hushour, without probable cause or a judge-signed warrant, to investigate Martha’s farm for a “boarding house” violation. Martha, you see, had college students staying at her home near the farm. The students were volunteering during their spring break to learn about organic farming.
Hushour, coincidentally, had four armed county law enforcement officials with him.
Days before the pitchfork protest for Martha, one county official told me that Martha is under a tax audit. I told this official that whether this is true or not, it would be illegal for anyone to disclose it to him.
Thousands of times per day, government violates the law, bullies its citizens, and compounds its grab of our property rights and individual liberties. We don’t hear about most of these incidents because most people fear government retribution and decide to cave in.
Martha’s cause, it seems, will help expose more than just government abuse of zoning laws in Fauquier County.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A coalition of advocacy groups has begun a week of intensive protests against the latest attack on the free and open internet, The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The draconian legislation would force companies to ignore existing privacy laws and share information with the federal governmen