WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SIMPLE SOLUTIONS?

03/25/2017

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By Ron Ewart
March 22, 2017
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Each week we share lunch with a highly experienced, wise, knowledgeable businessman in his seventies and we talk about the issues that many informed Americans talk about. He reads our articles every week and we discuss the articles as they relate to what is going on in our local, national and global world. He often mentions that we write about what is wrong with America, but we never write about the solutions. To that end this current article addresses his concern.

How did we manage to let life and the solutions to our individual and collective problems become so complicated? How is it that only politicians can take the laws of physics, economics and the principles of freedom and liberty and screw them up so badly? Do we have a national or sovereignty death wish? Do we value freedom so little that we will cast it aside for security, political expediency, a socialist agenda, very costly radical environmental policies that erase our liberties, or a one-world-order that bears no relation to the individual rights under our Constitution? Have we become so naive, ignorant, self-absorbed and apathetic that we would succumb to the propaganda from government, where a handout from them, or a new law, carries with it the handcuffs of slavery?

Name a problem and there is, believe it or not, a fairly simple solution, no matter what psychologists, educators, socialists, radical environmentalists, or government tells you. But as we said in our last article, America is so divided, the simple solutions become less likely.

Take illegal immigration for example. The solution is first to vigorously enforce current law and severely punish employers that employ illegal aliens. The second solution is to build a wall. The third solution is to reverse the insane 14th Amendment Supreme Court decision that allows any foreign national, born on American soil, to become a U. S. citizen. The fourth solution is to put the U. S. Army (or national guard) on the border to protect it, completely, with the threat of physical force for violators. The fifth solution is cut off social, educational and medical benefits to illegal aliens across the board. There should be no benefit for breaking our laws, much less amnesty. This removes the magnets that attract them here in the first place. Then maybe we wouldn’t need a wall. None of these solutions are complicated and we didn’t have to write new laws. Would we give a known burglar the keys to our home, along with everything in the refrigerator and our checkbooks, because we have compassion for him? Hardly! Irrational compassion, thrust down our throats by Progressive do-gooders, will be America’s downfall.

Then there’s energy. There is a simple solution. We have more than enough oil in the Northern Hemisphere that is within our economic and environmentally sensitive grasp to meet our daily needs and be free of foreign oil. Drill for it. Build more refineries to process that oil, if needed. Cut gasoline grades down to about three, no more. Build nuclear and natural gas fired power plants. Build more hydroelectric dams for power, irrigation and flood control. Stop subsidies for ethanol and other uneconomic idiotic solutions and let them die a rapid death before these boondoggles drive our taxes up dramatically and drive our food prices out of reach of the average family, just to please a radical environmentalist. And stop this crazy idea of conserving energy. We don’t need to conserve, we have all the energy we need, if we will just go get it. We need to expand our opportunities and horizons, not limit them. Limits are for losers and whiners. America wasn’t built on limits to creativity and innovation, only limits on government power. Of course we need to continue working on economic energy solutions to replace crude oil. New economic technology will come along if we just let the power of our industry and capitalism operate efficiently and without impediments and constant second-guessing from an out-of-control, heavy-handed, stupid government that screws up everything it touches.

The science is unsettled whether man is causing global warming from CO2 emissions, or the burning of fossil fuels. All the emissions from our gasoline-powered cars, or industry, is most likely not killing the planet, as government and the environmentalists would have us believe. Nevertheless, should we work to diminish pollution, of course? But we should only do so if there is a quantifiable scientifically proven benefit to the cost? Unfortunately, government never thinks in quantifiable benefits.

How about welfare? Remove the subsidies for everyone, except those who demonstrate that they can’t take care of themselves. Any person with two arms, two legs and a functioning brain, in good health, does not need a government subsidy. Once and for all, let’s wean those folks off the government teat and let them learn to stand on their own two feet. Sure it can be tough but we will grow stronger as a nation and stronger as individuals if we do. Phase out Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security over the next 10 to 20 years and get people to plan for their medical care and retirement using private markets. If they don’t plan why should the rest of us have to carry them? The greatest incentive in a free country to responsibility, self-reliance and self-sufficiency is an empty wallet, or a hungry belly. This country is headed for the sheer cliff of bankruptcy if we don’t. If America goes bankrupt, you can kiss freedom and liberty goodbye. In the ensuing chaos, your allegedly benevolent government will just declare martial law and suspend the Constitution. But then, they already suspended the Constitution, haven’t they?

Our educational system has become a monumental, propaganda-driven cesspool. Our kids are being indoctrinated by a curriculum that was designed by psychologists, government socialists, educators, radical environmentalists and the one-world-order crowd. We must return our public schools to LOCAL control immediately and get the state and the Feds out of it before it is too late. Teach facts, not political correctness. Teach real truth, not propaganda. Teach our kids how to think, not how to memorize.

And above all, teach them unabashed individualism. Teach them about individual rights and our Constitutional Republic form of government and why freedom is the best environment in which to solve our problems. Socialism, communism, radical environmentalism, the one world order, multi-culturalism and collectivism will, in the end, destroy us. We are free individuals, not robots unless we let these educated idiots take over every aspect of our lives. All these “isms” will just rob us of our individual, creative power.

As we speak, a serious effort is underway by the Trump Administration to repeal and replace Obama Care. One of our readers said that it should just be repealed, not replaced? His argument is, what business does the federal government have being involved in health care in the first place? He’s right of course, unless Americans want to live in a socialist nation and repeal the Constitution. If the states want or need to take care of their less well off citizens, then it is up to the individual states to institute that care, paid for by state taxpayers, not federal taxpayers. States have to balance their budgets, which forces them to limit their spending. The federal government has no budgetary limits and because of that it can run up trillions in debt, which it has. Further, the federal government builds up huge money-sucking bureaucracies, like Medicare and Obama Care that take a minimum of 20% of taxpayer funds in waste, fraud, abuse and corruption before it ever is granted back to the states.

It’s not complicated. Americans have to ask themselves. Do they want to live in a free society that includes individual freedom and individual choices, or do we abdicate our freedom to a government who will make all of our choices for us?

Now let’s take a look at terrorism. The solution is really quite easy. Simply tell every country that harbors terrorists that end up attacking the United States from their country by one or more of their citizens, will face swift and violent military action to eliminate the threat. Period. They either police their own terrorist or suffer the consequences. That is what we did before to protect Americans and American interests. One of our wiser presidents said; “Talk softly, but carry a big stick” It’s about time his policy was put back into practice.

Finally, one of the simple solutions to limit political corruption is to start holding government officials, in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, accountable by punitive actions that include recalls, impeachment, huge fines and incarceration. If they violate the Constitution, and they do all the time, there must be a price to pay, or there is no deterrent from them continuing to do so. As part of that solution, we need to look for and encourage men and women of principle to run for office and support them with our words, deeds and dollars.

There will always be problems that emanate from natural or man-made events. But honorable, intelligent, innovative, creative people, operating under the banner of constitutional freedom, will always find a solution (and usually a fairly simple one) to those problems, if they are free to seek out those solutions. But if we continue to allow special interest groups and government, at any level, to get in our way, then solutions to problems will always be complicated and always carry with them a huge, totally unnecessary price tag.

In a recent article we said this: “The only answer is not in complexity, but in simplicity and fewer laws. Yes, society needs laws to maintain “reasonable” societal order. But as laws increase, after a certain point, order begins to breakdown under its own weight, as people try to comply with often conflicting and confusing laws, codes, ordinances, regulations and rules. And worse, the more laws there are, the more opportunities for emotionally and financially draining lawsuits between aggrieved parties, egged on by lawyers who make their living off of human weakness and interpreting laws that no one else can understand.”

“There is an inviolate law in nature. Complexity in organisms can lead to the emergence of order. Biological evolution and diversity on Earth is a result of that law. However, it has also been shown that too much complexity in these organisms, in almost all cases, leads to chaos and finally extinction.”

“Ultimately, if we continue on the path we tread, we will become as a rogue spider, spinning a web from which we shall be forever entangled. Could that be our final destination? Are we to choke on and become entrapped by our own obsessive/compulsive drive to complexity, or can we learn from the laws of nature?”

If we choose not to employ economic solutions and vigorously defend our freedom, liberty and property rights, our individual freedom will become extinct. There are always reasonable, viable and economic solutions to our problems, if we don’t let politics and special interests get in the way.

 

For some simple solutions, check out our “18 Principles for America” that are patterned after the U. S. Constitution. They represent a simple blue print to solve our individual and collective problems. We open these 18 Principles with the following statement:

“Government today and probably throughout history, due to human failings, has been, is and always will be about “power”, but very seldom about “principle”. However, if we choose to avoid principle, we do so at our own peril. This great land of ours could easily share the same fate unless we return to these principles, for which millions of brave men and women have sacrificed their lives, their limbs and their minds to defend.”

© 2017 Ron Ewart — All Rights Reserved

Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America“. Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. Affiliated NARLO websites are “SAVE THE USA” and “Getting Even With Government” . Ron can be reached for comment HERE.

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Reasons Billionaire David Rockefeller Won’t Be Missed

03/22/2017

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By True Activist

With New World Order kingpin David Rockefeller dead, here’s a look at the top 5 reasons why he was one of the most despised people on Earth and won’t be missed.

By: Aaron Kesel / We Are Change   With New World Order kingpin David Rockefeller dead, here’s a look at the top 5 reasons why he was one of the most despised people on Earth and won’t be missed.

  1. Founder Of Several Secret Societies

David Rockefeller was a huge part of virtually every secret society of ultra rich on the planet. He was not just a member of the Council Of Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderberg Group – he was reportedly the founder. Through these secret societies and others like the occult Bohemian Grove club, Rockefeller conspired to control the media and governments around the world to establish his goal towards a one world government, even once thanking the media for its complicity.

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years.” He went on to explain: “It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries,” David Rockefeller, said speaking at the June 1991 Bilderberger meeting in Baden, Germany.

  1. Population Control

Rockefeller is no stranger to the agenda of population control. In a speech on September 14, 1994, during the Annual Ambassadors’ Dinner, he discussed how the U.N. should sustain the world’s population, noting that improved public health has caused global life expectancy to rise from 46 years in the 1960s to 60 years at the time. ‘Stabilizing the population’ – as Rockefeller called it – actually meant sterilization, vaccinations, encouraging abortions, using food as a weapon, and viewing disease and war as a means of “correction” to stop population growth.

  1. Rockefeller Foundation was behind unethical experiments on the population

Following up from Rockefeller’s own speech, we have the fact that the Rockefeller Institute was allegedly behind unethical experiments on the population. A few include infecting Guatemalans with STDs, sponsoring a plot by Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads to infect Puerto Ricans with cancer, an allegation which Rhoads strongly denied and dismissed as a joke.

David Rockefeller joined the Rockefeller Institute board of trustees in 1940, was its chairman from 1950 to 1975, chaired the board’s executive committee from 1975 to 1995, and became honorary chairman and life trustee.

  1. Globalist Connections

Through his influence in various secret societies, Rockefeller established himself as one of the globalists’ main front men. Rockefeller and his affiliates had also admittedly been working against USA interests and setting up a one-world political and economic structure (New World Order). In his book “Memoirs,” Rockefeller admitted to being part of a “secret cabal” of people doing just this:

The Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have specifically been working together in tandem to create means for depopulation through the use of vaccines. Check out the video below of Bill Gates talking about how this could be done. Gates and Rockefeller are both confirmed Bilderberg attendees and could have been collaborating together knowingly.

Additionally, the CIA and Rockefeller family also have a history working together, specifically in regards to the handling of classified information.

The CIA had used the Rockefeller’s barn as a vault to store 327 TOP SECRET and SCI documents covering a variety of topics and even suggested giving Mrs. Rockefeller a top level security clearance. The documents were later moved to the Ford Presidential Library.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BobKXkrt8M

  1. Worldwide Influence

A major study from the Global Policy Forum linked the Rockefeller Foundation as using their money and power to control health and agricultural policies around the globe. Calling them “driving forces behind global multi-stakeholder partnerships, the Global Policy forum says that the “mushrooming of global partnerships and vertical funds… has led to isolated and often poorly coordinated solutions” which they claim have “contributed to the institutional weakening of the United Nations… [and] undermined the implementation of integrated development strategies at national level.”

In short, we know that Rockefeller’s influence at least in the realms of health and agricultural stretched across the globe. Then there is also the issue of the international banking system whose influence spans throughout the world. The Rockefeller family has been labeled as one of the driving actors in this field as well.

After a 1973 trip to China, David Rockefeller praised communist dictator Mao Tse-tung – who had slaughtered over 40 million people. Who knows how many people died at the hands of people financed by David Rockefeller?

 

 


Stealing from the Citizenry: How Government Goons Use Civil Asset Forfeiture to Rob Us Blind

03/21/2017

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By John W. Whitehead

“Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the nation today. Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your car or other property, sell it and use the proceeds to fund agency budgets—all without so much as charging you with a crime. Unlike criminal forfeiture, where property is taken after its owner has been found guilty in a court of law, with civil forfeiture, owners need not be charged with or convicted of a crime to lose homes, cars, cash or other property. Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns that principle on its head.  With civil forfeiture, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent.”—“ Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture,” Institute for Justice

In jolly old England, Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor.

In modern-day America, greedy government goons steal from the innocent to give to the corrupt under court- and legislature-sanctioned schemes called civil asset forfeiture. In fact, according to The Washington Post, “law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did.”

This is how the American police state continues to get rich: by stealing from the citizenry.

Here’s how the whole ugly business works in a nutshell.

First, government agents (usually the police) use a broad array of tactics to profile, identify, target and arrange to encounter (in a traffic stop, on a train, in an airport, in public, or on private property) those  individuals who might be traveling with a significant amount of cash or possess property of value. Second, these government agents—empowered by the courts and the legislatures—seize private property (cash, jewelry, cars, homes and other valuables) they “suspect” may be connected to criminal activity.

Then—and here’s the kicker—whether or not any crime is actually proven to have taken place, without any charges being levied against the property owner, or any real due process afforded the unlucky victim, the property is forfeited to the government, which often divvies it up with the local police who helped with the initial seizure.

It’s a new, twisted form of guilt by association.

Only it’s not the citizenry being accused of wrongdoing, just their money.

What this adds up to is a paradigm in which Americans no longer have to be guilty to be stripped of their property, rights and liberties. All you have to be is in possession of something the government wants.

Motorists have been particularly vulnerable to this modern-day form of highway robbery.

For instance, police stole $201,000 in cash from Lisa Leonard because the money—which Leonard planned to use to buy a house for her son—was being transported on a public highway also used by drug traffickers. Despite the fact that Leonard was innocent of wrongdoing, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the theft on a technicality.

Police stole $50,000 in cash from Amanee Busbee—which she planned to use to complete the purchase of a restaurant—and threatened to hand her child over to CPS if she resisted. She’s one of the few to win most of her money back in court.

Police stole $22,000 in cash from Jerome Chennault—which he planned to use as the down payment on a home—simply because a drug dog had alerted police to its presence in his car. After challenging the seizure in court, Chennault eventually succeeded in having most of his money returned, although the state refused to compensate him for his legal and travel expenses.

Police stole $8,500 in cash and jewelry from Roderick Daniels—which he planned to use to purchase a new car—and threatened him with jail and money-laundering charges if he didn’t sign a waiver forfeiting his property.

Police stole $6,000 in cash from Jennifer Boatright and Ron Henderson and threatened to turn their young children over to Child Protective Services if they resisted.

Tenaha, Texas, is a particular hotbed of highway forfeiture activity, so much so that police officers keep pre-signed, pre-notarized documents on hand so they can fill in what property they are seizing.

As the Huffington Post explains, these police forfeiture operations have become little more than criminal shakedowns:

Police in some jurisdictions have run forfeiture operations that would be difficult to distinguish from criminal shakedowns. Police can pull motorists over, find some amount of cash or other property of value, claim some vague connection to illegal drug activity and then present the motorists with a choice: If they hand over the property, they can be on their way. Otherwise, they face arrest, seizure of property, a drug charge, a probable night in jail, the hassle of multiple return trips to the state or city where they were pulled over, and the cost of hiring a lawyer to fight both the seizure and the criminal charge. It isn’t hard to see why even an innocent motorist would opt to simply hand over the cash and move on.

Unsurprisingly, these asset forfeiture scams have become so profitable for the government that they have expanded their reach beyond the nation’s highways.

According to USA Today, the U.S. Department of Justice received $2.01 billion in forfeited items in 2013, and since 2008 local and state law enforcement nationwide has raked in some $3 billion in forfeitures through the federal “equitable sharing” program.

So now it’s not just drivers who have to worry about getting the shakedown.

Any American unwise enough to travel with significant amounts of cash is fair game for the government pickpockets.

In fact, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been colluding with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and local police departments to seize a small fortune in cash from American travelers using the very tools—scanners, spies and surveillance devices—they claimed were necessary to catch terrorists.

Mind you, TSA agents already have a reputation for stealing from travelers, but clearly the government is not concerned about protecting the citizenry from its own wolfish tendencies.

No, the government isn’t looking to catch criminals. It’s just out for your cold, hard cash.

As USA Today reports, although DEA agents have seized more than $203 million in cash in airports alone since 2006, they almost never make arrests or build criminal cases in connection to the seized cash.

For instance, DEA agents at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport stole $11,000 in cash from college student Charles Clarke—his entire life savings, in fact—simply because they claimed his checked suitcase smelled like marijuana. Apart from the sniff test, no drugs or evidence of criminal activity were found.

Christelle Tillerson was waiting to board a flight from Detroit to Chicago when DEA agents stole $25,000 in cash from her suitcase, money she planned to use to buy a truck. Tillerson was never arrested or charged

Joseph Rivers was traveling on an Amtrak train from Michigan to Los Angeles when police stole $16,000 in cash in a bank envelope—money the 22-year-old had saved up to produce a music when he arrived in Hollywood—based solely on their groundless suspicions that the money could have been associated with drugs.

How does the government know which travelers to target?

Through surveillance of Americans’ domestic travel records, by profiling train and airport passengers, and by relying on a “network of travel-industry informants that extends from ticket counters to back offices.” In one instance, the DEA actually promised to give a TSA security screener a reward for identifying luggage with large sums of cash: the more cash found, the bigger the reward.

Starting to notice a pattern?

First, the government claims it needs more powers and more weapons in order to fight crime and terrorism: the power to spy on Americans’ communications and travel; the ability to carry out virtual and actual strip searches of Americans’ luggage, persons and property; the authority to stop and interrogate travelers for any reason in the name of national security.

Then, when government agents have been given enough powers and weapons to transform them into mini-tyrants, they’re unleashed on an unsuspecting citizenry with few resources to be able to defend themselves or protect their property.

So much for those long-cherished ideals about the assumption of innocence and due process.

For example, the federal government attempted to confiscate Russell Caswell’s family-owned Tewksbury, Massachusetts, motel, insisting that because a small percentage of the motel’s guests had been arrested for drug crimes—15 out of 200,000 visitors in a 14-year span—the motel was a dangerous property. As Reason reports:

This cruel surprise was engineered by Vincent Kelley, a forfeiture specialist at the Drug Enforcement Administration who read about the Motel Caswell in a news report and found that the property, which the Caswells own free and clear, had an assessed value of $1.3 million. So Kelley approached the Tewksbury Police Department with an “equitable sharing” deal: The feds would seize the property and sell it, and the cops would get up to 80 percent of the proceeds.

Thankfully, with the help of a federal judge, Caswell managed to keep his motel out of the government’s clutches, but others are not so fortunate.

Gerald and Royetta Ostipow had their Michigan farm and property seized, including a classic muscle car, and then sold by the local sheriff’s office. As USA Today reports:

The Ostipows were required to provide a $150,000 cash bond before they could begin the legal proceedings to contest the forfeiture and get their property back. But they couldn’t afford to. An appeals court later overturned the Ostipow’s hefty bond requirement… But the ruling didn’t stop the nightmare for the couple who were never charged with a crime. They still had to win a court case seeking the return of hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of property taken from the Ostipow’s rural Michigan home, including a cherished classic car. Eventually, an appeals court found that the property was wrongly forfeited. But it was too later to recover the car. With the odometer mysteriously bearing an additional 56,000 miles, police had already sold the car and spent the proceeds.

Despite the fact that 80 percent of these asset forfeiture cases result in no charge against the property owner, challenging these “takings” in court can cost the owner more than the value of the confiscated property itself. As a result, most property owners either give up the fight or chalk the confiscation up to government corruption, leaving the police and other government officials to reap the benefits.

Under a federal equitable sharing program, police turn asset forfeiture cases over to federal agents who process seizures and then return 80% of the proceeds to the police. Michigan police actually get to keep up to 100% of forfeited property.

This is what has become known as “policing for profit.”

According to USA Today, “Anecdotal evidence suggests that allowing departments to keep forfeiture proceeds may tempt them to use the funds unwisely. For example, consider a 2015 scandal in Romulus, Michigan, where police officers used funds forfeited from illicit drug and prostitution stings to pay for …  illicit drugs and prostitutes.”

Police agencies have also used their ill-gotten gains “to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear,” reports The Washington Post. “They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles.”

So what’s to be done?

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we are now ruled by a government so consumed with squeezing every last penny out of the population as to be completely unconcerned if essential freedoms are trampled in the process.

Our freedoms aren’t just being trampled, however.

They’re being eviscerated.

At every turn, “we the people” are getting swindled, cheated, conned, robbed, raided, pickpocketed, mugged, deceived, defrauded, double-crossed and fleeced by governmental and corporate shareholders of the American police state out to make a profit at taxpayer expense.

President Trump has made it clear his loyalties lie with the police, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has previously declared his love for civil asset forfeiture, the Supreme Court keeps marching in lockstep with the police state, and the police unions don’t want their gravy train to go away, so there’s not much hope for federal reform anytime soon.

As always, change will have to begin locally and move upwards.

Some state legislatures (Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Ohio) are beginning to push back against these clearly unconstitutional asset forfeiture schemes. As the National Review reports, “New Mexico now requires a criminal conviction before law enforcement can seize property, while police in Florida must prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that property is linked to a crime before it’s seized.”

More than legislative change, however, what we need is a change of mindset on the part of the citizenry. We need to stop acting like victims and start acting like citizens with rights.

Remember, long before Americans charted their revolutionary course in pursuit of happiness, it was “life, liberty, and property” which constituted the golden triad of essential rights that the government was charged with respecting and protecting.

To the colonists, smarting from mistreatment at the hands of the British crown, protecting their property from governmental abuse was just as critical as preserving their lives and liberties. As the colonists understood, if the government can arbitrarily take away your property, you have no true rights: you’re nothing more than a serf or a slave.

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was born of this need to safeguard against any attempt by the government to unlawfully deprive a citizen of the right to life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

Little could our ancestral forebears have imagined that it would take less than three centuries of so-called “independence” to once again render us brow-beaten subjects in bondage to an overlord bent on depriving us of our most inalienable and fundamental rights.

Yet if the government can arbitrarily freeze, seize or lay claim to your property (money, land or possessions) under government asset forfeiture schemes, you have no true rights.

Enough is enough.

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About Oaths, Offices, and Civics — “For Court of Record”

03/20/2017
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By Anna Von Reitz

You presume–wrongly, that I designed the oath you took and that I took the same oath.  Not so.  I live in Alaska.  Hello?

The Alaska State Oath is what I took as an oath to serve as an Alaska State Justice, and that is the course I have always recommended to everyone regarding any state court office: take the oath of office required for the land jurisdiction state where you live.  Look it up in the early Session Laws of your state.

How could there be any such thing as a One-Size-Fits-All Oath for all fifty states at the state level?

And yes, if that is what you’ve done, then you have all done it wrong and need to go back and do it right.

I am well and truly stymied how anyone could ever think that they could occupy a state office without taking the public office oath for that state.

I am also well and truly amazed that you think such an office as “Superior Court Judge of the united States of America” exists.

If you missed every civics lesson, every U.S. History lesson, every World History lesson, all of it from third grade onward, how in creation could you miss the fact that there are fifty nation-states?

Earth to “Court of Record”…..Earth to “Court of Record”…… Hello, Houston, we’ve got a problem here….

I am sorry if you have been cheated by the public school system and I am sorry if I have failed to properly address questions that apparently
everyone had, but to be fair to me, nobody asked—- and I thought it was obvious.

Also, I assure you that I am very, very far from being the “first declared de jure judge of the Federal Postal District”.

Up until about sixty years ago what we called “Federal Marshals” and “Federal Courts” were common as dirt and almost all our courts functioned as land jurisdiction courts. It wasn’t until crooks took over the administration of the United States Government and refined their racket to an art back in the 1930’s that the court system owed to the people of this country was quietly usurped by quasi-military tribunals operated under the Reconstruction Acts and private bill collection agencies operated under color of law.

The corruption is bad, “Court of Record”—- and that I will grant, as I have been one of the chief commentators on the subject for a long time, but it seems to me that while the corruption threatens us on one side, our own ignorance cripples us on the other, and if you are going to be an effective defender of this country and the people who live here, you need to go back and study very basic information about the history and government of both.

Start by looking at a political map of the United States and really grasping the fact that those are fifty separate little nations, just like Germany and Italy and France are separate nations.  They all have their own history, their own laws called “Session Laws” –not “Statutes”—and their own offices. Our power lies in the land jurisdiction states.  That is where the people of this country have their vested sovereignty.  And it is only through the actual states that we can apply the Checks and Balances necessary to reform the runaway criminal empire spiraling out of control in the District of Columbia.

Now look at the big familiar outline of the whole United States— that whole thing is represented internationally by two entities: the United States which is responsible for exercising the nineteen enumerated “powers” delegated to it under the actual Constitution, and the United States of America which is responsible for exercising the “undelegated powers” that were retained by the states and the people.

That probably sounds like gobbledygook to you at this moment, but read it over a few times and ponder — “United States” is not the same as the “United States of America”.  Say it several times out loud.

Now get a copy of the Constitution and read it with the understanding that this document set up the so-called United States as a foreign entity on our shores to provide the nineteen government services that the states delegated to it.  The Constitution doesn’t say nary a word about our court system, because that wasn’t the subject of the Constitution.  The Constitution sets up the U.S. Court System which is foreign to us and which is designed to only address Maritime and Admiralty issues (because under the Constitution that is the only jurisdiction granted to the U.S. Courts) and its own in-house administrative courts which are designed to deal with its own employees.

You are now on your way to a firm, basic understanding of who is who and what is what.

If you want to fight corruption, you have to be able to recognize what the healthy, lawful, fully restored government of the states and the people looks like, how it is designed to function, how it is organized, and where your own power lies sleeping within it.

Listen, learn, ask questions, and don’t be afraid to correct mistakes.  If you took the wrong oath, take the right one.  If you didn’t understand the unique nature and importance of your actual state government, go back and learn.

See this article and over 400 others on Anna’s website here:

http://www.annavonreitz.com


“There is No Safety You Dumb Bitch” – The Hound

03/18/2017

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/there-is-no-safety-you-dumb-bitch-the-hound/

THE DAILY BELL

By Joe Jarvis

Take heed of The Hound’s warning, and let it free you. There is no guarantee of a job or safety net, there is no absolute security from evil doers, and there is only so much you can do to prevent accidents and illness. The silver lining is that recognizing this is the best way to cushion yourself from the vulnerabilities of an unpredictable world.

Brienne of Tarth, in Game of Thrones, is noble in her cause, and intends to uphold an oath she swore to Lady Stark to keep her children safe. But she is also a bit naive about the nature of the world in which she lives.

Brienne thinks she can bring Arya to a safe place, wherever that is. But as The Hound so eloquently reminds her:

“There is no safety you dumb bitch. And if you don’t know that by now, you’re the wrong one to watch over her.”

If Brienne thinks she can ever let her guard down, or relax, she will never be safe. There is no destination at which point she and Arya will be ultimately secure. It just does not exist.

And Sandor Clegane–The Hound–is right; if Brienne of Tarth cannot understand this basic fact about the world, she is not capable of keeping Arya safe.

The Hound’s negative view on the danger of the world actually leaves him less vulnerable. He never expects to be safe, and is therefore safer because he is alert to danger.

As rough and tumble as the Hound is, Arya was in fact safe the entire time she was with him. This was no guarantee, its just how it happened, mostly due to the fact that The Hound knows there is no safety to be had, except by vigilance in every moment.

There is no safe place, there is no safe time, and there are no safe people to be with. This keeps him alert and in a secure position to deal with threats.

And although Brienne’s goal is to make Arya even safer, she instead severely wounds the person protecting Arya. Brienne incorrectly judges The Hound to be a danger to Arya, and then fails to secure Arya, leaving her more defenseless than she had been previously.

And through this interaction, Brienne actually proves The Hound’s point. Brienne’s desire to bring Arya to safety created a dangerous situation that could have been avoided if she only realized that safety is a constant effort, and not a destination.

Should We Apply a Lesson From a Fake Story in a Mythical Setting?

In the modern world we are much safer than humans were in the middle ages. And in the real world there are certain things we don’t have to worry about, like white-walkers and dragons.

But unfortunately we do still have to contend with the likes of Cersi and the Lannisters, the Ramsy Boltons, and the treacherous Freys all playing their part in our own “Game of Thrones”.

In our lives, they are usually less murdery and slightly more taciturn in their elitist desire for domination.

The lesson however remains: there is no guarantee of safety (you dumb bitch).

But before you think I am being gloomy and pessimistic, consider the gift of understanding this realization.

In the pursuit of the ultimate goal of “safety” we expose ourselves and society to all sorts of dangers.

For instance, Trump just authorized the CIA to carry out drone strikes without any oversight. Obama had been carrying out drone strikes for years before that, and Bush before him had invaded countries. All of this is supposedly to make us safe. All it really did was create terrorists and pour fuel on the fire when innocent civilians get murdered by the USA’s bombs.

Would there still be terrorists and crazy people without all that provocation? Yes, I’m sure. But the numbers would most likely be lower, and we could focus on actual defense instead of offensive eradication of the source, which only grows the threat.

It is important to understand that in this world, and in this life, there is no destination. Everything is fluid, and constantly changing. We like to imagine a time in the future when we are secure, safe, comfortable, happy and just generally all set.

But the desire for a finish line is elusive; instead we must constantly extract all these things from our daily lives. Safety is no different. Happiness is a lifestyle, as if comfort, security, and yes, safety.

Safety is all relative. We can certainly do things that make us safer, and we can put ourselves at undue risk.

And this goes as much for economics as for physical safety. Don’t expect Social Security to be there for you, have a backup plan. State pensions are on just as shaky ground. Don’t assume large cash holdings are all you need. There is no guarantee that any one currency, stock, or bond remains stable. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, including streams of income, and have a backup plan for worst case scenarios.

At the end of the day, safety comes down to vigilance. Unless you are constantly on alert to those things which threaten your safety, you will be taken by surprise.

How Safety Relates to Liberty

It doesn’t really matter if the person making you less safe is Brienne of Tarth or Cersi Lannister. Cersi, in a sense, is safer to be around, because you understand that she is dangerous, and can protect yourself.

But how can you protect yourself from someone who thinks they have your best interests at heart, whether you like it or not?

Some people will have noble goals and try to force you into their “safe” world that they have flawlessly designed for security. Their ignorance makes you just as vulnerable as Cersi’s malevolence.

We must each be at liberty to look after our own safety. Others will offer us ultimate safety, utopia, and uninterrupted security that we can just accept and then forget about. This will lead us down a path of naivety, ignorance, and vulnerability.

Whether those who lure you into the false sense of security are doing so because their goals are noble, or because their motives are nefarious hardly matters.

To riff off Benjamin Franklin, if you give up liberty in the pursuit of safety, you will get neither.


 Solutions? You Guys Want SOLUTIONS???

http://www.paulstramer.net/2017/03/solutions-you-guys-want-solutions.html

 

By Anna Von Reitz

Solutions? You Guys Want SOLUTIONS?

Well, how about this?

The court system is messed up because it has been turned into a giant debt collection agency run by the creditors of the Federal Government and its “State of State” franchises.

The rest of the story is that they are collecting on fraudulent debts–debts that (1) don’t exist for the most part and (2) aren’t your debts.

Moreover, these courts are being run as quasi-military tribunals in military districts, under the pretense that the “American Civil War” was ever an actual war.

It wasn’t. It was never Declared by the actual Congress and no Peace Treaty ending it exists, either. It was and is nothing but an illegal commercial mercenary operation on our shores that has been enforced and promoted by disloyal military commanders and criminals in Congress and clueless Presidents.

So, given the fact that these “courts” are foreign military tribunals here on our soil as the result of an illegal and immoral commercial mercenary action now 150 years old— and that they are collecting on debts that are odious and fraudulent by nature…..

And given the fact that Donald Trump is now the “Commander in Chief” and able to order the District Commanders to shut these so-called courts down and reopen the courts we are owed….

Why not light a firecracker up Commander-in-Chief Trump’s rump and suggest that he do so, post haste?  Tell him that Judge Anna can show him precisely how and when this system got set up and how it has been abused, and what his power is with respect to ending the hideous mockery that “stands for” a court system in this country right now.

Olddogs Comment!

Any one looking for help from the enemy is peeing in the wind, and D.C. is the heart of the monster. Trump is surrounded by people who would jump off a cliff before allowing him to know the truth. And if he should wise up he is toast. It is up to the people to grow a set and take their country back!


Things We DON’T Have to Research AGAIN

03/17/2017

http://www.paulstramer.net/2017/03/things-we-dont-have-to-research-again.html

By Anna Von Reitz

It has come to my attention that patriotic Americans all over this country are spending time and resources delving into things that have already been delved into and explicitly determined with exactitude and proof.  In the interests of saving a lot of unnecessary effort, I am publishing a list of topics we have firmly and well in hand already.

 

  1. The existence of the original constitution called The Constitution for the united States of America.
  2. The existence of the “original” 13th Amendment, called the Titles of Nobility Amendment.
  3. The current status of the Reclamation Acts (still mostly in force).
  4. The non-existence of a Declaration of War commencing the so-called American Civil War.
  5. The non-existence of a Peace Treaty ending the American Civil War.
  6. The destruction by operation of Law of the original Confederation of States.
  7. The publication of a new “Federal Constitution” called “The Constitution of the United States of America” in 1868, applying to a union of corporate franchises operated as States of States.
  8. The unlawful forced conversion of 11 Southern state legislatures following the Civil War.
  9. The unlawful forced adoption of new “state” constitutions following the Civil War and the usurpation of the original States of America by federal franchises operated as States of States under the same or deceitfully similar names.
  10. The unlawful forced adoption of new names in the form “California State” to designate land jurisdiction states.
  11. The fact that neither the United States nor the United States of America have ever been sovereign nations.  Both have always been associations or federations or confederations of sovereign nations.  Our states of the union are the only sovereign nations here.
  12. Our nationality is based on our states— Texans, Wisconsinites, Minnesotans, etc.
  13. The fact that the required ratification of amendments to the Federal Constitution including the 14th and 16th Amendments by the member states never took place.
  14. The fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Governors of the “States of States” acting as franchises of the United States of America worked a constructive bankruptcy fraud against the actual land jurisdiction states and the American people.
  15. The fact that the Federal Reserve has mercilessly and fraudulently bilked and made false claims in commerce against the American states and people since 1913.
  16. The fact that the members of Congress have served themselves and promoted usurpation against the actual states and people of America.

I am sure there are more topics that have been nailed down already that I am presently not mentioning, but all these above have been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt.

See this article and over 400 others on Anna’s website here

www.annavonreitz.com


Rule by Thieves One Week in the Life of the American Kleptocracy

03/16/2017

http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f6eb78f457b7b82887b643445&id=fba3480350&e=84f74f6a6a

 By John W. Whitehead
March 13, 2017

“The first and most important thing to understand about politics is this: forget Right, Left, Center, socialism, fascism, or democracy. Every government that exists — or ever existed, or ever will exist — is a kleptocracy, meaning ‘rule by thieves.’ Competing ideologies merely provide different excuses to separate the Productive Class from what they produce. If the taxpayer/voters won’t willingly fork over to end poverty, then maybe they’ll cough up to fight drugs or terrorism. Conflicting ideologies, as presently constituted, are nothing more than a cover for what’s really going on, like the colors of competing gangs.” — Author L. Neil Smith

The American kleptocracy (a government ruled by thieves) continues to suck the American people down a rabbit hole into a parallel universe in which the Constitution is meaningless, the government is all-powerful, and the citizenry is powerless to defend itself against government agents who steal, spy, lie, plunder, kill, abuse and generally inflict mayhem and sow madness on everyone and everything in their sphere.

Case in point: in the same week that Wikileaks dropped its bombshell about the CIA’s use of spy tools to subject law-abiding Americans to all manner of government surveillance and hacking—a revelation that caused barely a ripple of concern among the citizenry—the government quietly and with little fanfare continued to wage its devastating, stomach-churning, debilitating war on the American people.

Incredibly, hardly anyone noticed.

This begs the question: if the government is overstepping its authority, abusing its power, and disregarding the rule of law but no one seems to notice—and no one seems to care—does it matter if the government has become a tyrant?

Here’s my short answer: when government wrongdoing ceases to matter, America will have ceased to be.

Just consider the devastation wrought in one week in the life of our American kleptocracy:

On Monday, March 6, police were given the go-ahead to keep stealing from Americans who were innocent of any wrongdoing.

In refusing to hear a challenge to Texas’ asset forfeiture law, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Texas police to keep $201,000 in ill-gotten cash primarily on the basis that the seized cash—the proceeds of a home sale—was being transported on a highway associated with illegal drug trade, despite any proof of illegal activity by the owner. Asset forfeiture laws, which have come under intense scrutiny and criticism in recent years, allow the police to seize property “suspected” of being connected to criminal activity without having to prove the owner of the property is guilty of a criminal offense.

On April 1, 2013, James Leonard was driving with a companion, Nicosa Kane, on U.S. Highway 59 in Texas when the vehicle was stopped by a state police officer for allegedly speeding and following another vehicle too closely. A subsequent search of the vehicle disclosed a safe in the trunk, which Leonard explained belonged to his mother, Lisa Leonard, and contained cash. When the police officer contacted Lisa Leonard, she confirmed that the safe’s contents belonged to her, that the contents constituted personal business, and that she would not consent to allowing the officer to open the safe. After police secured a search warrant, the safe was opened and found to contain $201,000 and a bill of sale for a home in Pennsylvania.

Neither the Leonards nor Kane were found to be in possession of illegal drugs. However, the state initiated civil forfeiture proceedings against the $201,100 on the ground that it was substantially connected to criminal activity because Highway 59 is reputed to be a drug corridor. At trial, Lisa Leonard testified that the money was being sent to Texas so that she could use it to purchase a home for her son and Kane. Both the trial and appeals courts affirmed the authority of state officials to seize and keep Leonard’s funds under the state’s asset forfeiture law, basing their ruling on wholly circumstantial evidence and the reputation of Highway 59. Leonard then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to compel Texas to return her money, given that she was innocent of any crime. In refusing to hear the case on a technicality, the Supreme Court turned its back on justice and allowed the practice of policing for profit to continue.

On Tuesday, March 7, hacked information about the surveillance state was met with a collective shrug by the public, a sign of how indifferent the citizenry has become to living in an electronic concentration camp.

Wikileaks confirmed what we’ve suspected all along: the government’s ability to spy on law-abiding Americans is far more invasive than what we’ve been told. According to the Wikileaks Vault 7 data dump, government agencies such as the CIA and the NSA have been spying on the citizenry through our smart TVs, listening in on our phone calls, hacking into our computerized devices (including our cars), and compromising our security systems through the use of Trojan horses, spyware and malware.

As this Wikileaks revelation confirms, we now have a fourth branch of government. This fourth branch came into being without any electoral mandate or constitutional referendum, and yet it possesses superpowers, above and beyond those of any other government agency save the military. It is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful. It operates beyond the reach of the president, Congress and the courts, and it marches in lockstep with the corporate elite who really call the shots in Washington, DC.

You might know this branch of government as Surveillance, but I prefer “technotyranny,” a term coined by investigative journalist James Bamford to refer to an age of technological tyranny made possible by government secrets, government lies, government spies and their corporate ties. Beware of what you say, what you read, what you write, where you go, and with whom you communicate, because it will all be recorded, stored and used against you eventually, at a time and place of the government’s choosing.

Privacy, as we have known it, is dead.

On Wednesday, March 8, police were given further incentives to use the “fear for my life” rationale as an excuse for shooting unarmed individuals.

Upon arriving on the scene of a nighttime traffic accident, an Alabama police officer shot a driver exiting his car, mistakenly believing the wallet in his hand to be a gun. From the time the driver stumbled out of his car, waving his wallet in the air, to the time he was shot in the abdomen, only six seconds had elapsed. Although the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded “that a reasonable officer in Hancock’s position would have feared for his life,” the video footage makes clear that the courts continue to march in lockstep with the police, because no reasonable person would shoot first and ask questions later.

A report by the Justice Department on police shootings in Philadelphia, which boasts the fourth largest police department in the country, found that half of the unarmed people shot by police over a seven-year span were “shot because the officer saw something (like a cellphone) or some action (like a person pulling at the waist of their pants) and misidentified it as a threat.”

What exactly are we teaching these young officers in the police academy when the slightest thing, whether it be a hand in a pocket, a man running towards them, a flashlight on a keychain, a wallet waved in a hand, or a dehumanizing stare can ignite a strong enough “fear for their safety” to justify doing whatever is deemed necessary to neutralize the threat, even if it means firing on an unarmed person?

On Thursday, March 9, police were given even more leeway in how much damage they can inflict on those they serve and the extent to which they can disregard the Constitution.  

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a police officer who allowed a police dog to maul a homeless man innocent of any wrongdoing. The case arose in 2010 after a police dog attacked a homeless man near an abandoned house where police were tracking a robbery suspect. The cop refused to call off the dog immediately, despite the man’s pleading and the fact that he did not match the description of the robbery suspect. The homeless man suffered deep bites on his hand, arm and thigh, that required a nearly 16-inch skin graft, as well as severe bleeding, bruising, swelling and an arterial blood clot. Incredibly, not only did the court declare that the police officer was protected by qualified immunity, which incentivizes government officials to violate constitutional rights without fear of repercussion, but it had the nerve to suggest that being mauled by a police dog is the equivalent of a lawful Terry stop in which police may stop and hold a person for questioning on the basis of “reasonable suspicion.”

Also on March 9, government officials assured the Michigan Supreme Court that there was nothing unlawful, unreasonable or threatening about the prospect of armed police dressed in SWAT gear knocking on doors at 4 a.m. and “asking” homeowners to engage in warrantless “knock-and-talk” sessions. Although government lawyers insist citizens can choose to say no to such heavy-handed requests by police to conduct unwarranted interrogations, if such coercive tactics are allowed, it would give SWAT teams further incentive to further terrorize anyone even remotely—or mistakenly—suspected of wrongdoing without fear of repercussion.

On Friday, March 10, the military industrial complex continued to wage war abroad, while government agencies, including members of the military, remained embroiled in controversies over sexual misconduct.

A day after military brass defended the U.S.-led raid in Yemen that killed 10 children and at least six women, Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, informed members of Congress that even more U.S. troops were needed in Afghanistan to combat the Taliban. Some 8400 American troops have been stationed in Afghanistan since the U.S. invaded the country post 9/11. Approximately 400 more Marines are being sent to Syria to aid U.S. forces in their fight against ISIS.

That same day, news reports indicated that members of several branches of the U.S. military, including the Marines, have been using online bulletin boards to either share or solicit nude or explicit photos and videos of women in the military. One Facebook page for Marines, which has nearly 30,000 followers, contained graphic language about how the women photographed, some without their knowledge or consent, should be treated. As the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) revealed, “One member of the Facebook group suggested that the service member sneaking the photos should ‘take her out back and pound her out.’ Others suggested more than vaginal sex: ‘And butthole. And throat. And ears. Both of them. Video it though … for science.’” According to CIR, the photo sharing began less than a month after the first Marine infantry unit was assigned women.

The FBI has also been getting in on the photo-sharing gig, only its agents have been distributing child porn, allegedly in an effort to catch consumers of child porn. Curiously, the Department of Justice has opted to drop its case against a man accused of child pornography rather than be forced to disclose the FBI’s tactics for spying on suspected child porn consumers and entrapping them as part of its Operation Pacifier sting. What the case revealed was that for a little while, in its single-minded pursuit of lawbreakers, the FBI became a lawbreaker itself as the largest distributor of child pornography. All told, the FBI uploaded tens of thousands of images of child pornography to the “dark web.”

As reporter Bryan Clark points out:

At the intersection of technology and law, we’ve proven two things as the result of Operation Pacifier: 1. Government bodies have proven their willingness to circumvent — or even break — the law to capture suspected criminals it’s not even willing to prosecute. 2. We’re living in an age where — to agencies like the FBI — criminals and their victims are less important than the tools used to track them down. It’s hard to argue on the side of an alleged pedophile. But in this case, the FBI was the pedophile’s equal. It was the agency, you’ll recall, that disseminated these images to some 150,000 registered members… this means the FBI perpetrated the same heinous crime it attempted to charge others with, all while securing what could result in zero convictions.

Mind you, this was just one week of shootings, degradation, excessive force, abuse of power and complicity in the American police state. Magnify the impact of these events 52 times over, because they are taking place every week in this country, and you will find yourself weak at the knees.

Somewhere over the course of the past 240-plus years, democracy has given way to kleptocracy, and representative government has been rejected in favor of rule by career politicians, corporations and thieves—individuals and entities with little regard for the rights of American citizens.

This dissolution of that sacred covenant between the citizenry and the government—establishing “we the people” as the masters and the government as the servant—didn’t happen overnight. It didn’t happen because of one particular incident or one particular president. It is a process, one that began long ago and continues in the present day, aided and abetted by politicians who have mastered the polarizing art of how to “divide and conquer.”

Unfortunately, there is no magic spell to transport us back to a place and time where “we the people” weren’t merely fodder for a corporate gristmill, operated by government hired hands, whose priorities are money and power.

Our freedoms have become casualties in an all-out war on the American people.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this war is being fought on many fronts, with bullets and tasers, with surveillance cameras and license readers, with intimidation and propaganda, with court rulings and legislation, with the collusion of every bureaucrat on the government’s payroll, and most effectively of all, with the complicity of the American people, who continue to allow themselves to be easily manipulated by their politics, distracted by their pastimes, and acclimated to a world in which government corruption is the norm.

How do we stop the hemorrhaging?

Start by waking up. Pay attention to what’s going on around you. Most of all, think for yourself.

As H. L. Mencken observed:

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.