The Pig Trap

Posted: 14th April 2014 by Taxi Hack in Uncategorized


America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.

Claire Wolfe, 101 Things to Do ‘Til the Revolution (1996)

I had a very memorable and thought-provoking passenger a while back that I never wrote about because while I found him fascinating, he seemed a little too political for what was always intended to be a fun blog to read and some cheap therapy for your humble driver and writer. But in light of all the scandals that have erupted lately and the EpicClusterSharknadoFuck that is ObamaCare, I have been thinking about a few things he said to me, so I’m going to commit them to paper (or pixels), if only for my own reading. So if you just want to read about moron drunks and belligerent whores, skip this post…

But if you are interested in catching up on current events that just might personally affect you soon, please read on…

It was June of 2012, when I got a call to pick up a gentleman at a resort hotel at around 4 AM going to the airport. I was a little surprised to see “Mr. Wheeler” waiting for me in front of the lobby, five minutes early, standing by his suitcase. Generally, people keep me waiting on these calls, still half asleep, late coming down, trying to get checked out, dicking around with their luggage and what not. He was in his late 50’s or early 60’s, fit, wearing a navy blazer and was obviously a business traveller, but he also had a certain posture and demeanor that made me think he was ex-military. We load up his luggage and hit the road, and I am chatting with him as we are heading to the airport. I ask what kind of work he does, and he says he is in “executive security”. I said, “Oooh, that sounds interesting… you mean like bodyguard work?”

He says, “Something like that… executive protection, security systems, personnel screening, entry/egress control, things like that. It sounds much more interesting than it really is… I spend a lot of time shuffling paper around and reading emails.”

I said, “You have the bearing of a military man… am I correct?”

“Yes, Sir… 22 years in the Marine Corps.” I thanked him for his service, something I always do when I encounter a member of our armed services. My standard line is, “Thank you for your service. I think you should hear that every damned day for the rest of your life, and your first beer should be free anywhere you go.”

So we are chatting on the drive, and the story on the radio is Eric Holder being held in contempt of Congress over the Fast and Furious fiasco. I said, “Can you believe that shit? This asshole intentionally sends guns to Mexican drug gangs that will no doubt end up killing thousands of people, and then he lies and stonewalls the Congress? How is this deceitful douchebag not in shackles and an orange jumpsuit? And more to the point, how does someone like this ever ascend to the office of Attorney General?”

“He’s part of the Clinton machine… he knows low people in high places. He came up under Janet Reno… you know who that is, right?”

“Oh, yes, I know… the crazy dyke that gave the order to burn down the Branch Davidians in Waco. But what I don’t get is how they ever thought they could pull this shit off… people aren’t THAT stupid. If you say you are tracking guns, although you have no actual means of tracking the guns, that makes you look both dishonest AND moronic, and your cover story doesn’t make any sense. This didn’t have anything to do with illegal gun sales… any idiot can see that. So what was the REAL plan here?”

Mr. Wheeler says, “Have you ever heard of Occam’s Razor?”

I said, “Yeah, I know it… the most obvious answer is almost always correct… but I don’t think we need an instrument that sharp. I think Occam’s Rubber Spatula would seem to indicate that this is a push to vilify guns and gun owners here in America, as a pretense to drive stricter gun control. Obama was just on TV not too long ago with the President of Mexico, saying that American guns were responsible for the violence in Mexico, and now American weapons are showing up at crime scenes. It seems to me that an organization with the money and resources of an international drug cartel certainly knows where to pick up weapons, even if all American sources dried up completely. I assume they could go south of the border to Central America and get all the M4’s and AK’s they want… most likely full-auto… am I correct?”

Mr Wheeler replied, “There is certainly no shortage of guns and corruption in Central America. If you have the means to smuggle a ton of cocaine, you can probably smuggle a ton of guns, too. But this was easier… the Justice Department and the ATF made the contacts and set up the networks, told the gun shops to cooperate, so all the Mexicans had to do was send in a straw buyer, make the purchase, and move the weapons south of the border.”

I said, “These people aren’t very smart… there are something like 300 million guns in America, and they have a robust shelf life. Even if all gun manufacturing stopped tomorrow, there would still be an abundance of guns in America for decades. The only way to disarm Americans is mass confiscation, and I feel pretty certain that would spark a civil war. I know several gun owners that would rather fight than give up their guns.”

Mr. Wheeler said, “Oh, I know dozens… perhaps hundreds that feel the same way. I really don’t think confiscation is something you need to worry about, because it will never work. There are simply too many of them, and too many people have guns that there is no record of. A confiscation program would only piss off the most dangerous people in America… the people who would shoot back. You are correct, a mass confiscation would provoke a civil war.”

I said, “Well, you are a military man… what would that look like?”

Wheeler said, “Well, it wouldn’t look like the first Civil War… no lines of men standing in ranks and shooting across a field at each other, no “North and South” or sharply defined state lines for friendly and enemy territories, at least, not in the beginning. No, it would look more like Iraq or Afghanistan, with house to house fighting, IED’s, snipers, small factions and independent militias operating on their own, refugees streaming away from battle zones in all directions…”

“But the first question to ask is who would the combatants be? I mean, the Army isn’t going to just roll out onto the street in tanks on day one, so my guess is that it would start out as a police action, with Federal agencies like ATF and FBI taking the lead, supported by local law enforcement. But once people start shooting back, they would have to ratchet things up, do things like institute curfews and roadblocks, and they would eventually try to press the various state Guard units into service. That’s where it all goes squirrelly, because both local law enforcement and the Guard will be riddled with people who support gun rights, regardless of what laws the politicians pass, and they won’t be crazy about having to police, and maybe even fight against, their own people. The Governors may well object to the state Guard units being activated and may not wish to cooperate…”

“And it is not clear to me how many LEO and Guardsmen would remain loyal to the government and how many would join the “rebellion”. My guess is that both sides would be riddled with defections, informants, and spies. But what if, say, the Gulf states like Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida secede, and they take control of all military bases and equipment, and you suddenly have gone from an insurgency with rifles to a breakaway nation, or maybe several breakaway nations, armed with fighter jets, drones, tanks, and a navy? Whoo, buddy… now all bets are off… kiss posse comitatus goodbye. This would be the ugliest thing this country has ever seen…”

I asked him several “what if” questions and let him riff on them… I just let him talk and wargame out the Second Civil War, there in the back seat of my car as we drove to the airport, and he painted a picture of horrific death and destruction. Once this conflict started, even the best-case scenarios he described sounded truly grim. He seemed to believe that civilian casualties would be extremely high, given how much fighting would centered in and around large cities, and that food would be used as a weapon, causing famine and starvation on a terrifying scale. Booby traps, IED’s, rampant bombings, drone strikes, snipers, local-level assassinations, mortars and shelling, death squads (both government and rebel), reprisal killings, torture… it sounded more like the Middle East than middle America.

Wheeler got quiet for a few moments, and then he said something that I will never, ever forget.

“These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with. They are fucking around with a civil war that could last a decade and cause millions of deaths… and the sad truth is that 95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head.”

And lemme tell ya, he had the list… he rattled off 25 or 30 names of well-known, prominent politicians, mostly Democrats, but a few Republicans, several members of the current Cabinet, a couple of Obama’s “czars”, a couple of figures from the Bush administration and the Republican establishment, several media company executives and on-camera newscasters, reporters, and pundits, a couple of people who are active in leftist politics but not in elected office… he had obviously thought about this to some degree already.

I was struck by his cold, detached, matter-of-fact tone. I said, “Dude… that’s more French Revolution than American Revolution. Do you really think that is the way to go?”

Wheeler said, “I believe in efficiency and economy of action. You wouldn’t trade one hundred of those criminal bastards for ten million of your fellow Americans?”

I don’t remember if I actually answered out loud, but in my my head, the answer was, “Yeah, I probably would…”


The Founding Fathers wouldn’t have put up with any of this shit. The Founders started blowing people’s heads off because the government put a tax on their breakfast beverage… and it wasn’t even coffee. Can you imagine how batshit those guys would have been on a double espresso?

Dennis Miller

This conversation with Mr. Wheeler took place long before we learned of the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, the litany of lies associated with the rollout of ObamaCare, the AP/Fox snooping, the executive overreach of the Obama administration, and all the other sundry and everyday lies and corruption of what passes today for a “representative republic”.

So as I think about all the horrible shit the government is doing today, I can’t help but think about the Founders, and what they would think about current events and the state of the republic they left to their heirs. I make no claim to be a historian or a scholar, but I have only personally met a handful of people that have read more history than me. History, particularly American history, was always my favorite class in school, along with American and English Literature. I’ve read the Declaration of Independence many, many times, and I can’t help but notice that the indictments of the Declaration seem eerily familiar today. Many people reading this probably haven’t read the Declaration since high school, if they ever really read it at all, so indulge me… go ahead and read this next section out loud, and listen to the reasons the Founders felt it necessary to defy their government, load their guns, and take on the most powerful military on the planet.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

So in the context of the early 1770’s, what would the Founders think about the government secretly and illegally trafficking thousands of military-grade arms to criminals, brigands, and pirates, knowing full well that those criminals will kill thousands of innocent people with said arms, as a ploy to disarm their own citizenry… and when caught red-handed in this criminal and despicable act, the governmental appointee responsible for executing this disgraceful policy lies, dissembles, and stonewalls, and suffers no sanction or penalty?

What would they think of the government reading, and oftentimes copying and warehousing, every single letter of their correspondence, their diaries, their conversations, their most private and intimate of communications?

What would they think of government agents standing on rooftops and street corners, monitoring and documenting the comings and goings of every citizen every day of his life, whom they speak with and associate with, and what they purchase and from whom?

What would they think about their government spying on journalists, town criers, and pamphleteers, and swearing out false oaths to judges to have them surveilled?

What would they think about government tax agents given specific orders to harass, intimidate, penalize, and obstruct any person who speaks for peaceful, legislative reform of the government or is critical of the government, even demanding that they document the content of their prayers?

What would they think about a government that routinely ignores laws already on the books solely for material and political gain, a government that creates punitive laws through specious methods, and then exempts themselves from being subject to those laws, and when their agents, officials, and appointees are caught in serious crimes and malfeasance, they are simply reassigned and protected by the government, never to face trial or pay any penalty for their acts or the harm they inflict on ordinary citizens?

I’ll tell you what I believe… I believe the shooting would have already started. It’s not that I want something terrible to happen, it’s that I am positively astonished that something terrible hasn’t already happened.

The Founders set out to create a limited government. They did not create a Constitution that spelled out what the government may not do, they created a Constitution that detailed exactly and precisely what the federal government MAY do, and nothing more. This far, and no further. All other powers were specifically and deliberately left to the individual states, and to the people themselves. The Bill of Rights was added at the insistence of several of the Founders to protect the individual citizen from future tyranny and avaricious government.

Yet today, our government has no compunctions about monitoring all my communications, tracking my movements, deterring my business success with punitive taxes and onerous regulations, accessing my banking records, compelling my participation in an ill-conceived healthcare system that will most assuredly give me substandard care and higher prices and may violate my personal wants and perhaps even my religious beliefs, and regulating almost every aspect of my day-to-day life, right down to the type of the car that I may drive, the lightbulbs I am allowed to buy, and the kind of toilet I am permitted to shit in. And thanks to the NDAA, if my government deems me to be a terrorist, I can be black-bagged and zip-tied, arrested without warrant or charge, held incommunicado without legal representation indefinitely, and perhaps even tried by a military tribunal in secret and summarily executed.

So tell me again… just what are the limits of my so-called limited government?

I feel like I have been ripped off. I recognized at a very young age that I had won the lottery; of all the millions upon millions of people born on this planet the same year as I was, only a small segment of them were lucky enough to be born Americans, and now, a small group of lying and avaricious politicians and leftist activists have stolen my birthright.

All I want is the government that I was promised by my ninth grade civics teacher… a government of laws, not of men, a government with checks and balances, lawfully enforced to restrain and contain the government from infringing on the rights of populace. But all of this has been swept aside in my lifetime; now criminals like Eric Holder and Charlie Rangel and Al Sharpton and Lois Lerner and Jon Corzine suffer no sanction or consequence for openly and nakedly breaking the law. They are now part of a protected class, when 250 years ago, they would have been lucky to only have suffered being tarred and feathered.

I would be content with an ordinary and ultimately forgettable life. I’ve strived for excellence from a young age, but never been consumed with the pursuit of wealth, fame, or power. I would be satisfied with enough money to take care of my family, to send my progeny to college, to live in modest comfort and to enjoy a few vacations and indulgences here and there, and to leave my children with a better life than I had. I am a simple man with simple needs. I would like to die in my bed at the age of 106, surrounded by my children, grandchildren, and my 22 year old second wife, with a couple of old guns in the closet, now rusty and dusty from disuse.

But I don’t think that is going to happen. I truly believe, deep in my heart, that I am going to need those guns before I die, and not for a burglar.

I see only two paths for America today. First, some miracle will happen in which a couple hundred constitutionalists like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and Trey Gowdy will be elected to the House and Senate over the next few election cycles, and something resembling the Founder’s republic will be restored, but given the current climate of relentless progressivism, massive bureaucracy, government dependence, and voter ignorance, that seems like a very remote possibility.

The second path is that complacency, ignorance, and indifference will allow more progressives and communists to be elected, the federal government will continue to grow and amass power unchecked, and one day very soon, we will we will witness the birth of a police state that will make the Gestapo, the KGB, and the Stasi look like pikers and dilettantes.

Hell, the argument could be made that the police state is already here. I read an article not long ago about the Stasi Museum in Berlin that described the files that the East German secret police accumulated over the course of forty-five years, and it is nothing less than staggering. Imagine a shelf, 65 miles long, crammed with file folders full of photos and detailed handwritten and typed notes about almost every citizen of East Germany. I’m not really up to speed about the state-of-the-art data storage devices of today and what they are able to store, but I would bet that entire 65 mile shelf of paper and photographs would today fit in a metal and plastic box about the size of a standard four-drawer file cabinet. But if I am wrong about that, no need to worry; your government is building a 1.5 MILLION square foot storage facility in Utah to hold all your vital information.


Wild Boar

In my previous occupation, I worked as the marketing director for a company in the livestock industry, and I once took a business trip to Texas to interview a gentleman and take some photos for the company’s website and print advertising. I could tell you his real name, but it wouldn’t mean anything to you unless you happen to be involved in the world of show animals like cattle, lambs, and goats. But in the circles he moves in, “Kevin” is an absolute rock star… getting his endorsement for my company’s products was on par with Michael Jordan for Nike shoes or Eric Clapton for Fender guitars.

I flew into Austin, rented a car, and drove for a few hours to Kevin’s ranch, not far from Waco. Kevin was a massive bear of a man, 6-3 or 6-4, with big hands, big boots, a big gut, a big smile, and a big heart. He seized my hand in his giant, calloused paw and pumped it vigorously… it was meaty and leathery, and felt like a catcher’s mitt. You just couldn’t help liking this guy… Kevin had a way of making you feel like you were already lifelong friends, he was just waiting for you to catch up.

We did the interview over tall glasses of iced tea and delicious BBQ pork sandwiches, and then went outside to shoot photos of him around his pens and barns and out buildings. We wrapped up around four in the afternoon, and Kevin and his wife insisted that I stay for dinner at 6:00. We had a couple hours to kill, so Kevin suggested I go with him while he did a little work around the ranch.

We went out to a barn and got into a dilapidated, beat-to-shit Ford pickup. It was an early seventies model, rusted, dented, missing the passenger-side window, driver’s side mirror, and rear bumper, so it was also missing a license plate, and it had a screwdriver hammered into the ignition switch. The bed was removed and there was a rough-hewn flatbed made of pressure-treated lumber in its’ place, with a mechanical apparatus of some sort on the wood. Kevin was very successful in his business and had plenty of money, so this Mad Max piece of shit stood in stark contrast to the newer Ford diesel he took to the livestock shows. I would have bet this old beater hadn’t run in decades, but it started right up. Kevin threw a little Playmate cooler and several plastic buckets in the back of the truck, handed me a beer, and we took off, following deep wheel ruts that meandered around his property. Kevin’s ranch was huge… if he told me how many acres, I don’t recall, but I thought square miles was a much more useful unit of measurement for a tract of land so huge.

I asked Kevin what we were doing, and he said we were going out to feed the deer. His property had all sorts of wildlife on it, including deer and wild pigs, and he supplements their usual forage with grain and veggies and other goodies. He explained that he harvests several deer and pigs every year, and all the animals on his ranch, domestic or wild, were very well fed. In fact, those mouth-watering pulled pork sandwiches we ate earlier were from a wild pig he had killed, butchered, and barbecued himself, right here on his ranch. The strange apparatus on the back of the truck was a feed dispenser; we pulled up to a little clearing and he dumped the contents of several of the buckets in the top of the machine. He got back in the truck and he threw a toggle switch, crudely screwed into the metal dash, and put the truck in gear. The machine in the back made a grinding, rattling sound, and a mixture of chopped carrots, apples, and dry corn slid down a chute and spilled onto the grass as he slowly idled along the tree line.

He shut off the feed dispenser and he pulled away about fifty or seventy yards, then stopped and killed the engine, and said, “Watch this…”

We spun around and looked out the back window, and within two or three minutes, no less than ten or twelve deer emerged from the woods and started eating the corn and veggies. A few of them eyed the truck warily for a moment, but they all placidly started devouring the bounty Kevin had spilled out of the side of his pickup.

Kevin said, “It’s like the ice cream truck… they hear the music, and they come running out to get the goodies…”

I said, “You have conditioned them to come to you… I guess that takes the difficulty out of shooting one of them…”

Kevin replied, “This isn’t about sport, it’s about feeding my family. I don’t have time to haul my fat ass up into a tree stand at 5 in the morning. I get my deer in a half hour, and I can be choosy.”

We tooled around his property, drinking beer and dumping corn and veggies here and there at strategic points, and then we came to another clearing with a strange metal object. Kevin put the truck in park and told me to hop out with him. There were three eight-foot pieces of crude steel tubular fencing that looked sort of like the metal barricades that get put up at parades for crowd control, but about five or six feet high, and forming half a hexagon They were obviously hand-made; they just didn’t have the finish of a commercial product. Kevin grabbed the last two buckets out of the back of the truck and told me to bring him two more beers.

In front of the steel tubing was a shallow concrete “bowl” that I believe was the top of a large birdbath, sunk into the dirt. Kevin filled it with loose corn and small ears of corn, then dumped in the contents of the second bucket. This bucket contained table scraps, potato peels, onion butts, bacon grease, and other household garbage, and it smelled pretty ripe. I asked Kevin what was up with the fencing, and he told me this was a pig trap. He then opened the two beers and dumped them in the bowl, saying that pigs love beer.

Kevin explained that pigs are highly intelligent animals, and can be quite dangerous. They are powerful beasts, very fast, and armed with fearsome tusks that can gore a man to death in short order. He said that commercial traps are available, but pigs are smart, and will often be wary of a new metal object suddenly appearing in their environment, and his home-made trap was much more effective. He told me that these three sections are left up year round, and over time, the pigs learn that this metal object poses no threat, and there is frequently delicious corn, slop, and beer to be had here. The scent of the slop and beer travels a long way across the property, and over time, the pigs are conditioned to not fear the strange metal object. Kevin showed me how they had formed a soft trail around one end of the fencing as they came in and out to the bowl.

When the time comes to harvest a pig, Kevin adds a section of the fencing, refills the bowl a few times, and the pigs ignore the new section of fencing. A week or two later, he adds another section, and keeps the bowl full. Finally, he puts the last section up right on the trail they created, and this section has the trap door in it. A screw eye is twisted into the end of a corn cob, and a cable is attached to it, and is connected to a pin that drops the door. As soon as a pig picks up the corn, the pin is pulled, the door is dropped, and the pig, and perhaps one or two or three others of his group, are trapped. In the morning, Kevin can simply walk up to the cage and dispatch the beasts with a handgun, without risk of personal injury or spending a lot of time stalking the animals in the woods with a high-power rifle.

I can’t get Kevin and the pig trap out of my head, because it is a perfect metaphor for the surveillance state our government has built. It has been erected slowly over time, one piece at a time, so as to not panic the populace. And the government seems to have been wildly successful, because the American population at large seems completely unphased and unalarmed at what has been built over the last twenty or thirty years.

The government is reading and storing all of my emails? No big deal; I’m not a terrorist, so I am OK.

The government is listening to and storing all my phone calls? Whatever, I don’t talk to terrorists.

The government is tracking and storing my location? So what? I don’t go anywhere that is suspect.

The government is targeting political enemies and surveilling journalists? Who cares? I’m not an activist or a partisan, so this does not affect me.

This isn’t a Republican vs. Democrat issue, it isn’t even a conservative vs. liberal issue… this is an American vs. un-American issue. Do you wish to be a free American, or will you accept becoming a slave to a massive and all-powerful police state? You are either an advocate for freedom and limited government, or you are an advocate for tyranny. There is no gray area, no middle ground to be found here. This government has slowly amassed powers over the last hundred years that would horrify the Founders of this nation. As I stated earlier, I can’t believe the shooting hasn’t already started.

For you liberal readers out there, let me offer this: pick your favorite right-wing boogieman, the craziest fascist evil criminal wingnut that there is, and make that person the President…. President Dick Cheney, President Rick Santorum, President Charles Koch, President Alan West, President Michelle Bachmann, President Rush Limbaugh, President Glen Beck, President Joe Arpaio, President John Bolton, President Ted Nugent… whoever really freaks you out.

Now ask yourself this question: Do you want that person to have the power and the surveillance apparatus and the unchecked force of the IRS that Barack Obama and this massive government now wields?

This should scare the shit out of you… ask yourself how you would feel about the Palin administration having the power to track your every move, listen to your every call, read every email and text message, cross reference all your email contacts and Facebook friends, scrutinize every Visa card purchase, reexamine the last decade of your tax returns for any rounding error you might have made, and the ability to call up your complete medical records with a couple of keystrokes, for you, your family, and everyone you know, right down to every antidepressant prescription, bunion surgery, psychiatric visit, Low-T diagnosis, encrusted carbuncle, PAP smear, and vaginal wart.

Is this getting creepy yet?

Suppose your kid needs a kidney transplant, but it turns out that Uncle Jack is union guy and a fundraiser for your state Democrat party… well, we all know that crazy President Palin was lying about those “death panels” doncha’ know, but jeez-o-pete, there sure are a lot of irregularities in your HHS paperwork and your tax returns and your insurance documentation and your website information and your credit report and stuff, and it might take months to sort this whole kit and kaboodle out. But be patient, you know how slow things are, now that the ACORN Health Care Navigators unionized and expanded out to every hospital and clinic in America… but your child’s IRS Form 6488-B says your deductible should be $16,000, not $9,000 as you claimed here on line 173 of your HHS 871 form… and there is some sort of red-flag hold thingy here due to your Uncle Jack’s union exemption status, because of that whacky Detroit thing… It sure looks like Uncle Jack’s paperwork is even more screwed up than your file… yessirree, this could take a long, long, long time to weed through, and good golly, we seem to have a whole lotta Mexican patients in this hospital, and they are all in line ahead of little Scooter there… Just you and that little tadpole of yours hold your horses, and we’ll get this paperwork straightened out over the next few months, okey dokey?

But whatever you do, when your kid dies, don’t do news conferences, don’t start blogging, don’t start calling out the government publicly, don’t become an activist, don’t go on FOX News, and definitely don’t become an embarrassment or a pain in the ass to this government, lest you find yourself being gang-audited by the IRS, if not declared a terrorist and having your door kicked in by armored agents at 4 in the morning, who are here to shoot your dog, terrorize the rest of your kids, and to take you to an undisclosed location in zip ties, where there are no lawyers, no phones, no sunlight, the food really sucks, and no one can confirm or deny that they have ever heard of you.

I like Sarah Palin, but I don’t want President Palin to have that power. I really liked Ronald Reagan, but again, I wouldn’t want him to have that power. I really, REALLY like Ted Cruz. I think he is a man of principle, of integrity, of honor, and perhaps the most Constitutionally-grounded politician I have seen in my lifetime. But in spite of all of that, I don’t want President Cruz to have that power.

So take a guess at what I think of President Hillary Clinton or President Nancy Pelosi or President Chuck Schumer or President Cass Sunstein or President Michael Bloomberg or President Diane Feinstein or President Al Sharpton or President Howard Dean or President Harry Reid or President Van Jones having that kind of power…

As I write this, there are several things happening that I think warrant national attention, yet the media makes little or no mention of them, and a vast percentage of the populace are blissfully unaware of any problem, so long as Facebook and Instagram are working properly and the next season of The Bachelor doesn’t suck. Here’s one issue: our government has an estimated 90 trillion dollars of upcoming bills, and no real idea on how to pay those bills, other than running the Treasury’s printing presses until they overheat. But hey… people can’t follow that shit… it doesn’t mean anything… the government will fix it… right?

90 TRILLION dollars? If you owe me two hundred bucks, you can bet that I will avail myself of every possible option in my power short of physical violence to see that debt paid. Do you honestly believe that people are not going to DEMAND to be paid those bills? Part of the problem here is that the American people don’t seem to grasp what a trillion really is… millions, billions, trillions, gazillions…. it is almost too big to comprehend, but I found an easy yardstick that makes this number somewhat understandable.

One million seconds ago was eleven days ago.

One billion seconds ago was 1982.

One trillion seconds ago was 30,000 BC. Mankind was eating worms and the paleolithic equivalent of roadkill, the assault weapon of the day was a stone axe or a really strong pointy stick, and we had not yet domesticated the dog.

And we have NINETY TRILLION DOLLARS in bills to pay. People don’t seem to grasp that we are living in the Second Great Depression. The reason that they don’t see it is that unlike the first Great Depression, we don’t have 20 percent unemployment, bread lines, and shanty camp Hoovervilles… today we have doctored statistics, EBT cards, Section 8 housing, and Obamaphones. Poor people in America aren’t going hungry, they have Type-2 diabetes from being obese and flat-screen TV’s to watch all day… and all of this is put on the credit card, for our kids to presumably pay off after we die.

As I write this, our government has purchased 1.5 billion rounds of hollow point bullets, which is enough ammunition to shoot every American in the head five times, with plenty of ammo to spare. By way of comparison, our troops in Iraq used roughly a mere 70 million rounds per year. The Social Security Administration… you know, the people that send checks to your Aunt Millie every month, has ordered 174,000 rounds of hollow-point bullets. What is remarkable about these purchases is not the size of the order, but the type of ammunition procured. The US military does not use hollow point ammunition, per international treaty. And the bulk of this ammunition is 9mm and .40 caliber, which are favored by domestic law enforcement for use in their handguns and submachine guns. A purchase of this size cannot be explained away as training or a bargain-shopping bulk order… people that run up 90 trillion dollars in debt are not coupon-clippers. So the question that needs to be asked is, “Who does the government intend to shoot?

As I write this, an estimated 100,000 citizens in Connecticut are openly defying the state’s unconstitutional “assault rifle and high capacity magazine” registration legislation, hastily passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. They are refusing to register an estimated 300 or 400 thousand weapons and potentially MILLIONS of magazines that were perfectly legal and constitutionally guaranteed the day before the law was passed. They are all now felons. To put that number in perspective, the entire British army, navy, and air forces numbers right around 100,000 personnel. So you have a group of American citizens the size of the entire British military, armed to the teeth in tiny little Connecticut, and cops are putting up YouTube videos and Facebook posts saying they can’t wait for the armed raids to start.

As I write this, virtually every law enforcement agency in America has been militarized to a degree that would horrify the Founders and offend their distaste for standing armies amongst the citizenry. SWAT teams, tactical gear, balaclava masks, body armor, grenades, night vision gear, submachine guns, and assault weapons… or more accurately, “patrol rifles”… personally, I find it fascinating that if a police officer were to hand me his “patrol rifle” at the range to try out, it would instantly transform into an “assault weapon”.

But that isn’t all… local police departments are tooling up with Hummers, tanks, and armored vehicles. I’m still not sure why Hooterville needs a MRAP, but this is happening across the country. And beyond that, nearly every alphabet agency in the federal government now is issuing weapons… the IRS just bought a shitload of shotguns, no doubt very useful in enforcing ObamaCare compliance. The Department of Education now has guns, the Bureau of Land Management now has guns, even the NOAA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, has been armed… that’s right, the government’s fucking weather men are now issued arms. Don’t you find it striking that the same government that wants to disarm the citizenry so badly is issuing guns to schleps that couldn’t make the cut at the Channel 4 local news?

As I write this, our healthcare system is in smoking ruin, with millions of Americans losing their insurance and forced into expensive plans they don’t want with services they don’t need, and the real pain won’t come until Obama stops unlawfully delaying the employer mandate, and when that finally kicks in, tens of millions of people are going to be very, very pissed off. Yes, our healthcare system is now under the control of the very same bloated federal government that can’t get bottled water and baloney sandwiches to fucking New Jersey in three weeks. And tasked with enforcing this nightmare is the IRS, which has been exposed as hopelessly corrupt and criminal, and now weaponized for the political left in America.

And as I write this, the woman at the heart of this criminal conspiracy has just been held in contempt of Congress, and guess what? Her case is now referred to the Justice Department for disposition, and will land on the desk of the first Attorney General to ever be held in contempt of Congress. How do you think that is going to go?

I think it is going to go badly. Bill Clinton was impeached over less. Richard Nixon resigned over less. But Lois Lerner is going to skate. Obama already has her pardon typed up, just waiting to be signed and dated.

Sometimes I feel like Sarah Connor in the Terminator movies… like I have knowledge of the future, and I look at the idiots in my car and the people walking down the street, completely oblivious and engrossed in their iPhones, and I think to myself, No, you aren’t going to make it… and you, you are totally fucked, too…. and this jackass over here doesn’t have a prayer

But the sad fact is that I probably won’t make it either… I have zero military training, I’m on the high side of fifty, well past my prime, but perhaps guile and determination will be enough to make it through the coming conflagration. And just like Sarah Connor, the purpose of my life has been transformed; now the only thing that matters is preparing my daughter for the world that is coming, and trying to protect her and teach her what she will need to know to survive in a country I don’t even recognize anymore. But she is only four years old… she’s probably a casualty as well.

And that makes me very, very angry.

Like I said previously, this isn’t a Democrat versus Republican issue, they are two sides of the same coin. The Democrats advocate gigantic government to benefit and support the unions and racial minorities in this country, and the Republicans advocate gigantic government to benefit business in this country. But they both support a gigantic Federal government. This isn’t Democrat versus Repubican… it is US versus THEM… the everyday people versus the political class. These people don’t give a fuck about you… they just want your vote, and your money in taxes, regulatory fees, and donations. And once entrenched, they enrich themselves, their families, and their cronies, and they demand even more money and even more regulation and even more tribute and even more control over their serfs.

And their poster child and pinup girl is Moochelle Antoinette Obama… she serves no real purpose, just a vindictive, nasty racist, and it is infuriating to see her jetting around the globe on month-long multi-million dollar taxpayer funded vacations in Hawaii and Martha’s Vineyard and Africa and China with her massive entourage, shoveling caviar and foie gras and Kobe beef and truffles and whole lobsters in her woodchipper maw, while she demands feeding our children school lunches that look like this…

Some may be shocked or offended by my language, but I feel perfectly justified in typing that last sentence, because I am part of the 53 Percent… you know, the 53 percent of people that actually pay taxes and pick up the check for this shit. These people are beneath contempt. Their greed, hypocrisy, and sense of entitlement are beyond appalling. We don’t have elected representatives anymore, we have elected rulers… cake, anyone…?

Maybe I’m crazy… maybe I’m paranoid… what the fuck do I know? Maybe I’m just a dumbass taxi driver that spends way too much time reading crazy websites on the Internet. My intellectual betters are already telling me that everything is fine, these problems will work themselves out after another election or two, and that a Clinton or a Bush are inevitable again, and these people know what they are doing.

Sorry… I just don’t buy it. What can not go on, will not go on. A realignment is coming to America, maybe in a year, maybe in ten years, but it is coming. And when it does come, it is going to be loud, and it is going to be bloody. Someone is going to die… it might be a cop or a government official, but I think it is going to be some average Joe, some nobody… some grocery clerk, some bricklayer, some bartender, some taxi driver, some waitress, some truck driver, some rancher in Nevada, some nobody dockworker like Crispus Attucks.

Or maybe it will be a child, shot in a gun raid or denied medical treatment by ObamaCare. Someone is going to die, and it will be the spark that brings about The Realignment Of America.

I abhor violence. I don’t want any of this, but it is inevitable, at this point. Our government is utterly lawless. Our representative republic is gone. These people no longer serve the interests of the American people, they serve their own elite interests, and the citizens of the United States have become tax cattle to be managed, milked, and controlled. And the security state they have erected is not designed to protect US, it is designed to protect THEM.

Sharpen your tusks. I simply don’t believe we are going to be able to vote our way out of the pig trap.

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  1. KOOLAID2 says:

    DAMN!…I’m glad you are writing again!
    Read it twice!

    • herbert FOSTER says:

      You, Mr Wheeler,.. are an attribute to the truth! I have been posting these exact feelings for years now every day and night trying desperately to get America to wake up, put the phones away or shut them off and think!
      What is coming will be ugly and horrible and I shudder to think that my children grand children will be forced to witness this sate of govt. vs. average Joe. You could not have described the situations at hand presently any better if you had rewritten this each time you had an inkling of a doubt about your message!
      Is there any way to avoid this debacle? I think not!,.. unless by the hand of God himself could the decades of planning , surveiling, treachery, and tyranny, be somehow derailed by the instituting of supervised action of any description laden with truth and necessity!
      So I feel either of two ways, guilty of fanning the flames of the needed, or pissing into the well of sanity and drinking from that well knowing it is the only water that will quench the thirst for freedom again!
      So I will promise publicly again to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States of America with all that I can muster, in words of mouth or in the blood spilled in the splintered effort of the masses to stand strong and somehow master the art of building and using faith to be the element that binds those of us who have been woken! Sincerely Herbert Foster

      • vince says:

        I have been preaching this shit for 40 years. I have been shunned and ostracized by friends, and recently divorced for my beliefs, in the coming strife. This was a good read. In hope we are crazy paranoid idiots but i do not think so. My Tusks are sharp. I am 61 years old getting long in the tooth. Sept 11 2015 be ready.

    • Craig says:

      Good read with excellent points.

      Except the part about Ted Cruz as ” a man of principle, of integrity, of honor, and perhaps the most Constitutionally-grounded politician I have seen in my lifetime.”

      We had our chance with Ron Paul and the establishment of the Republican party knew he was to dangerous to their power hold, so they convinced the voters, including the author, that he was a “nut job”.

      Everyone of the issues that the author pointed out have been argued by Ron Paul since the 1980’s. The man was not perfect but he was the last great hope of shaking this up and maybe avoiding the events described by Mr. Wheeler.

      • Dan Fowler says:

        Sorry dude, but Ron Paul is bat-shit crazy.

        • libertatis says:

          That’s a pretty strong assertion; care to provide reasons he’s “bat-shit crazy”?

          I have a hard time thinking of any. My wife has worked with him at Hermann Memorial when she was a resident physician. He’s an honest doctor, and the rarest of rare animals–an honest politician.

          He’s for defensive military not offensive. He was the strongest supporter of the constitution in Congress. He’s for individual liberty, abolishing the IRS, DOE, EPA, BLM, and a host of others…including the Federal Reserve.

          Which of those positions don’t agree with you?

          • EJ says:

            Something tells me that you will not get a reply from Dan. Trolls do not like to respond to common sense debate. You are correct, we had the chance with Ron Paul, but the Republican establishment was more interested in retaining their own personal interests.

          • Frankenstein Government says:

            Like you, I absolutely detest people who bad mouth Ron Paul. They don’t know shit but that doesn’t stop them from commenting. Like that guy.

    • Lucy says:

      This was a great read. Thanks!

    • PappaRock says:

      You are hereby Bookmarked!

  2. libertatis says:

    Man. Wow. I don’t even remember how I clicked through to your site–but I’m blown away. As I read, every sentence resonated with what I know to be true. I’ve been “awake” for seven years, and I feel like I’m living in The Walking Dead already.

    And I’m ANGRY at what these psychopaths are doing. God damn them; they have everything they need and want, can’t they just leave me the hell alone to earn some money to give my family comfort, to raise my kids in peace?

    I just sent a check to the IRS that would buy a new BMW M5.

    I would rather have taken the money out in cash, put it on the steps of the nearby IRS office, called them out with a bullhorn, and fucking BURN the cash in front of them. Here, you bastards, HERE’s “your” money!

    Because they’re going to take that money and use it against me. I pay for my own jail.

    And it all sickens me.

    Next time there’s a Cliven Bundy at Bunkerville, I’m there.

    And–thanks for giving an articulate voice to what I’m thinking.

  3. MBrady says:

    Wow! Sending this to my dad.

  4. Lt. Greyman says:

    Wonderful. The Entitled will be outraged that you wish freedom from their needs. HOW DARE YOU.

    Good Luck to you Sir, in the coming dusk. If it will help, I invite you to consider the Northwest American Republic as an alternative to death or despair. Though I understand ‘White Flight” tends to be merely running from something, perhaps we can offer something to run Too!

    Again, luck to you Sir.

    Lt. Greyman, NVA
    White Homeland, Northwest Front!

    • Dan says:

      Lt. Greyman,

      You, Sir, are one of the people my late Father had in mind when he wondered why there were more horse’s asses than horses.

      I do not care if someone is white, black, brown, red, yellow, or green like Kermit the Frog. This is not a race issue, it is an overbearing government issue that truly would not be recognized by our Founders. Mr. Wheeler was right. You, Sir, are totally wrong.

    • Aguila1952 says:

      Uh, so a brown man who holds to the same ideals as you do, need not apply? Is ‘white power’ what you are preaching or American patriotism? Just wondering as I’ve read about this NW white camp stuff before.

  5. Yank lll says:

    Mr Wheeler is dead right. Excellent post.

    Yank lll

  6. Cilla Mitchell says:

    Lord have mercy, you nailed it. Bravo!

  7. StarvinLarry says:

    Outstanding piece of writing-this may even be able to wake a few more people to the shit our government is doing.
    Mind if I use excerpts? Giving you full credit of course.

  8. chrismuir says:

    Brilliant clarity,prophetic.

  9. MaryfromMarin says:

    THANK you.

  10. StukaPilot says:

    good piece, but missed the bullseye.

    1) it isn’t just a matter of a “few hundred people”. The political/administrative class at every level of the ‘Kwa is committed to the current debtPonzi, and will ride it to the bitter end. There are literally millions of collectivists that have to be dealt with.

    2) and so is about 2/3 of the adult population, via gubmint jobs, gubmint pensions, gubmint contracts, and gubmint group-entitled welfare handouts.

    3) leading to the conclusion that the coming rectification will be long and maximally bloody. Involving a substantial reduction in total population, and a large ethnic shift that undoes the post 1960s anti-White immigration avalanche.

    4) Ted Cruz? Bad News: he’s married to Goldman-Sachs. Literally. Next second Tuesday in November, do not waste your time in the voting booth. Go to gun store, invest in lead.

  11. Bogbeagle says:

    “Government is bad … so, we should only let it do the really important things.”

    I enjoyed your essay, but … Limited Government … really?

  12. PacRim Jim says:

    I can’t decide whether a Second American Revolution is coming or another round of secession by states that prefer a Constitution-based America ruled by the people.
    Either would be preferable to the hell we Americans are being dragged down into.

  13. Stephen says:

    I was impressed by how realistic the dialogue was with the cab passenger. I sort of regretted when the article carried on beyond that. But everything you say is flat-out true. I guess we all have experiences of people we know who are utterly in denial that what’s happened, especially over the last 10 years is unprecedented, even unprecedented in former Communist countries. Yeah, there aren’t internment camps in the USA, but they’ve built a system that doesn’t require them. And frankly, just killing ‘domestic terrorists’ will be easier than interning them. It’s the total social breakdown that few believe can happen. The USA’s biggest problem is the ‘normalcy bias’ wedded to the notion of US ‘exceptionalism’. 90% + of Americans, left and right, just can’t believe that something that hasn’t happened before, almost certainly will happen, and that America is just too damn exceptional for that shit to happen in the US of A. I’ve wondered incessantly why the US media has so thoroughly abandoned its principles, why people are in such denial about the scale of corruption under this current Administration. And I concede I can’t understand why. And I too am amazed the shooting hasn’t started already.

    The 6 million dollar question is how close to the edge the US is? I think the open defiance of Democratic Party functionaries to even pretending to observe the rule of law is a very bad sign. And the abject refusal of the media to walk back even a smidge their defense of this corrupt current government, and the outright and open vilification of conservatives by all parts of the elite is also a bad sign. It’s like they know the music is about to stop, any month now, and they’re scrambling to lock in all the goodies and power and defensive hardware before it’s too late. And the longer it goes with nothing out of the ordinary happening the more convinced the majority becomes that all this is just fever swamp scare-mongering.

    I’m a Canadian living in Thailand. The last time I was in the US was 1986. I lost money in the 30 cents on the dollar bankruptcy scam of PFGBest 2 years ago. I’m having more shit now with US software companies, and I’m ready to just roll up the drawbridge and never have any commercial dealings with the US ever again. Not until the fat lady sings and the dust settles. I’ve no idea how many non-US outliers like me there are. But I do get the sense that generally around the world people are withdrawing their stuff from the US. Even popular TV series show in a kind of unintentional code the imminent collapse into civil strife in the US, such shows as Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, & others.

    I’ll take no schadenfreude in the coming festivities. But it seems inevitable. Over the last couple years I’ve slowly acclimated to this expectation. I place the blame about 80% Dems and 20% Republicans. But we have to pretend it’s a bipartisan ruin. No, it’s a social Marxist ruin by lifelong leftists sheltered and maintained by the Democrats.

    A religious person would be alarmed at the personal spiritual ruin that will surely into the lives of those orchestrating this descent. They truly don’t know the whirlwind they will reap.

  14. Robert Schmitt says:

    Already passed along to those worth saving.

    Thank you.

  15. bill3542 says:

    your article has showed on a couple gun websites….excellent read and right on the money because its the truth.
    the left leaning ass-kissers in the MSN support the communist in the white house and would get on there knees in front of him if told to do so.

    a wise lady once said ( socialism works great until you run out of other peoples money )…and soon we will be out. just think about what’s going to happen when the EBT cards go down and obummer’s low I.Q. voters come out of the hood and start looting.

    wake up people, these clowns in power don’t give a rats ass about the average guy. there lust for power and greed has blinded them.

    do I want this to happen…no but I nothing to prevent it…so prepare for the worst.

  16. Just as the Progressives have infested the Democratic Party and so many other Institutions in the USA, It seems reasonable to believe that they also have infested the Republican Party with the so-called RINOs. Most of the Country and the rest of the World seem to be on a self destructive course. Tens of thousands of Americans have been sent to wars and have died to fight Communism. Now the USA is on the brink of throwing itself into the Communist cesspool. What’s going on?
    Have we been invaded by “The Body Snatchers”?

  17. MamaLiberty says:
    The most dangerous superstition is the idea that any person or group of persons have legitimate authority to “rule” other people against their will. To “rule” is to control, which is the signal characteristic of ownership.

    Unless you rule your own life, and are prepared to be personally responsible for that life, your safety, your property and your dependents… you are owned, a slave, livestock. And it matters not one iota who is allowed or “elected” to be your ruler.

    If you don’t own yourself… just moo.

  18. JimB says:

    I hope every one in America will have the opportunity to read this and act accordingly.
    I’m doing my part by sending it on.

  19. Gal Spunes says:

    Welcome to the party, pal 😉

    Excellent job. Well written.

  20. PISSED says:

    Sobering read. Link and shared at my site. Thanks.

  21. Jamie says:

    As far as survival, you don’t need specific skills or items. The most important thing is your mindset, if you know you will survive and are willing to do whatever it takes to survive, well, then…

    For me, as most likely is the case for you, my daughter’s survival trumps my own. So I know I will do whatever it takes for her to survive.

    The really scary thing is this: is there a situation in which I would have to decide if it is in her best interest to suddenly not survive? You know, imminent capture/detainment by those who love torture and rape.

    That is a very, very hard thing on which to think, and I try real hard not to think about it.

  22. SiGraybeard says:

    Well done. The only slight problem I see is this: The Democrats advocate gigantic government to benefit and support the unions and racial minorities in this country, and the Republicans advocate gigantic government to benefit business in this country. That was probably true 30 years ago, but today the two parties are even more similar than that. This administration pushes big business as well as anyone ever has. Consider the crony capitalism of the Obamanoids and GM, GE, Solyndra, the Too Big To Fail banks and all those other companies. It’s pure ruling class vs. the rest of us.

    What’s the difference between fascism, socialism and crony capitalism? In theory, a lot. In practice, nothing.

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  24. Marty Farrell says:

    That was brilliant ….. Mr. Wheeler and you both are “Oscar Tango”

  25. Jeff Karn says:

    Wow. You have put my thoughts into words. I would love to sit down with you and discuss things over a pot of coffee or a couple beers. You have absolutely nailed it. I would invite you to shelter with me when SHTF, but, in spite of my military experience, you will probably live longer if you keep your distance, as I tend to be a bit of a lightning rod.

    Kindest regards, and keep writing.

  26. cedricward says:

    Xenophobia runs rampant through this article and the comments that follow.
    What makes any of you think that you should be included among those who have a ‘right’ to be the ones who get to inhabit this country’s land?
    Most of you were born here by sheer luck. Your ancestors, who were not immigrants, probably helped slaughter the original native inhabitants of this land who lived in concert with both the land and its wild creatures for many centuries if not millenia.
    Your simplistic thinking is what makes you all ignorant of what the TRUTH is about your present condition.
    You all ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN because you didn’t take an active participation in you local, state, and national governments beyond merely electing those you believed would ‘represent’ you and your interests. You failed to monitor their behavior and merely ‘assumed’ they were doing what you expected them to be doing. You are all fools to think that anybody who would tell you whatever you wanted to hear to get elected would actually do anything other than what benefits them.
    If you want something done right, you have to DO IT YOURSELF and then DEFEND WHAT YOU HAVE DONE/BUILT!
    This country deserves to be destroyed from within.
    It’s just too bad that it can’t return to the pristine condition it was in before the invaders from Europe infected it with their ideas and violence.
    That might only happen if man is erradicated in an all out nuclear war that is still very possible. And then, it would take thousands of years for the planet to restore itself which is a blink in time to the Universe. Even then, the mutations produced by the radiation might bring forth creatures that are even worse than what the species of man has always been.

    • libertatis says:

      Ugh, how I despise self-loathing humans!

      *I* am not guilty for what my forbearers did; nor are you. YOU are responsible for YOUR actions, no-one else’s, not even your father’s.

      I apologize for nothing, and I feel not the slightest remorse for the actions of those who came before me. I. Was. Not. There. I. Did. Not. Do. It.

      Humans are an incredible species; capable of such transcendent good and such astonishingly base evil. We’re social, creative, innovative; the best tool-builders around. We’ve managed to spread to every corner of the planet–and it’s still here!

      And exactly what the fuck are you talking about, xenophobia? What? I, and many of the other commenters, are immigrants. This article isn’t about immigration–it’s about tyranny.

      So CedricWard–find me an example of xenophobia in the article, and we’ll discuss.

  27. Jeff says:

    “And lemme tell ya, he had the list… he rattled off 25 or 30 names of well-known, prominent politicians, mostly Democrats, but a few Republicans, several members of the current Cabinet, a couple of Obama’s “czars”, a couple of figures from the Bush administration and the Republican establishment, several media company executives and on-camera newscasters, reporters, and pundits, a couple of people who are active in leftist politics but not in elected office… he had obviously thought about this to some degree already.”

    I am confident I could name at least 60 of the “100” off the top of my head. I’ve heard the current situation described as the result of, “The Ellis Island immigrants seizing power away from the Mayflower immigrants”. That’s a fairly accurate, if diffuse, summation. One is well-served to research how many of the Bolshevik revolutionaries should have purchased a round trip ticket when they immigrated to New York at the turn of the century. But then these facts aren’t talked about much….oh look. Another Hitler documentary on the “History” Channel.

  28. Jeff says:

    Thank-you! You stated the matter far better than I ever could have done. You did an outstanding job.

  29. Matt says:

    Great article! But, “I really, REALLY like Ted Cruz. I think he is a man of principle, of integrity, of honor, and perhaps the most Constitutionally-grounded politician I have seen in my lifetime.” Seriously? Did you miss the whole Ron Paul thing? How about Justin Amash? Cruz is really not worth your effort. The ones that are the loudest in their exclamations of “look how Tea Party I am!” and get a lot of air time are suspect at best.

    • libertatis says:

      I’m for Ted Cruz, but with great reservations–his wife’s history at Government Sacks for one, and her dabbling in the CFR. Gigantic, flashing red danger signs.

      But the man has spoken and acted for liberty.

      My best friend, a guy I’ve known since freshman year in college, knows him personally and reckons he’s the real deal.

      I trust no politician. At best, they’re slippery employees looking to steal stock off the loading dock. But he’s a damn sight better than Boner or 90% of the rest.

      National politics as far as I’m concerned are a waste of time–a holding action at best, delay them long enough that their financial house of cards implodes depriving them of power.

      All the action will be LOCAL–and it’s amazing how effectively you can move it with a little effort.

      If ya’ll like this blog post, may I highly recommend reading Matthew Bracken’s “Enemies Foreign and Domestic” trilogy. He puts the ideas here into a fully believable near-future fictional historical narrative. It’s riveting, and helps prepare you mentally.

  30. AlmostRight says:

    You’re almost right. Still buying into the left/right paradigm is your mistake, though. The Bush’s, the Clintons, Obama… they are one and the same. The ruling elites’ puppets. There is no democrat or republican, no Tea Party Patriots, no politicians period with your best interests at heart. They are all corrupt, on a massive scale.

    Read this:

  31. Maus says:

    You, sir are a true, TRUE latter-day prophet!!!!111

  32. Billy says:

    I was unfortunate enough to be working in New Orleans just before Katrina. I remember watching the news late at night when it changed course and instead of heading North aimed right at us. The feeling of inevitability, disbelief and fear all mixed together in my little room. I feel the same way these days about a second Civil War. It is coming and nothing I can do will stop that because it is huge and deadly and has a will of its own. I can sit in horror and hope it turns at the last minute, get out of the way quickly or take a stand. I had an argument just yesterday on this same subject. I gave virtually the same argument you gave for why it is coming. The man I was talking to, a “conservative” called me a childish fool dreaming masturbatory Mad Max fantasies where I become a hero. But I am no fool or child. I am 30 years older than that man and have been up close and personal with death. He is the one who is all talk. He will not survive. I will.
    I read an interview with a citizen of Sarajevo once. In the ruins of the modern city the interviewer showed the man pictures of peace protesters in America marching to demand an end to the killing in Sarajevo. The man asked what the people were doing; who they were. They were peace protesters it was explained, they are marching to stop the killing. The man looked at the picture again and said, “We used to have those here. They are all dead now.”
    The horror is that most Americans have no idea what is coming.

    • Connie says:

      Billy, you have expressed the feelings I have also been experincing with precision accuracy. Thank you. Hope you don’t mind, but I am sharing your comment.

  33. Rob says:

    Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU! I have gone to my computer umpteen times to write JUST this. You Sir, have saved me the time and have communicated exactly what my heart and mind both believe and fear to be true. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.

  34. RRFCL says:

    Like an earlier commenter, I have no idea how I wound up here, but I’m glad I did. That’s the best thing I’ve read in quite some time, and I’m a guy who “spends way too much time reading crazy websites on the Internet.” I’ll be tweeting and emailing links.

  35. davidk says:

    “simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head”

    2nd Amendment bucket list.

    • Bob in Florida says:

      As Libertatis said a few comments above this – Bracken’s “Enemies: Foreign and Domestic” provides a good 2nd Amendment ‘bucket list’ with fictitious (though realistic) examples of those deserving of a place on the list.

      Bracken’s works, plus Jack Ross’ “Unintended Consequences” are on my list of recommended reading.

  36. Runamuck says:

    My wife would tell you I’m a gun-toting, paranoid, right-wing Vet akin to what Nancy Pelosi recently described when she said all veterans are mentally unstable and should not be allowed to have guns. I could try to persuade those of similar belief by referring them to Sir William Blackstone’s “Commentaries on English Law” that are still cited at the Supreme Court level 10-12 times a year, in which he makes the argument that English law used gun control, not under the auspices of hunting regulations, but for fear of reprisal of English citizens against tyranny of the ruling class.Our founding Fathers were well aware of Blackstone’s commentaries when including the 2nd Amendment into the Bill of Rights. I also agree with those who abhor the violence of what a civil war in this country could bring but I would hope that I have the wisdom to support our Founding Fathers to protect the civil liberties laid down by the Constitution and Bill of Rights and fulfill my duty as called for in those precious documents.
    At the height of the Cold War, Soviet Premier Khrushchev stood on the podium of the UN pounding his shoe like a gavel and yelling “we will bury you”. I think most folks took this as a nuclear threat but I saw this as his promise to subversively infiltrate our educational system with socialist ideology and slowly feed the unwary American school system with the progressive agenda that pervades our society today. We have become the metaphorical pigs that are closing the trap on ourselves.

  37. Butch Cass223 says:

    Copied, Pasted and Saved. If it all goes PhukTarded then well so be it. If it does not I show someone when I am old and drooling this is how bad we thought it was and was about to get, can I have my pudding yet?

  38. MrG says:

    Hey TH;

    Very good read and it gave me chills reading it. I will repost it on my blog and hope a few more will read it. I will link to you so you get the “props”

  39. Jason says:

    Came over from Wirecutter’s site ( and gotta say and I am glad I did. Great article and I will be sharing this with as many folks as I can.

  40. Sgt Rock says:

    Nailed it.

    No other way to describe your words…or, sorry to say our situation.

  41. Florida_COS says:

    Hello friend,
    Are you concerned about the abuses of the federal government? The government regulates things they have no business controlling, there’s a massive imbalance between federal and state power, and the spending and debt is out of control. But there’s hope!
    For the first time in many years, the people and states have a chance to check the runaway train of the federal government. Article V of the Constitution provides a way for the states to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. Mark Levin has explained the Convention of States process in his bestselling book The Liberty Amendments, and now there’s an organization that can turn an Article V Convention of States into a reality. Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG) recently launched the Convention of States (COS) Project with the expressed purpose of urging and empowering state legislators to call a Convention of States.

    Under the COS Project plan, this convention would be called “for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.” Only amendments that fall under this category would be germane and up for debate. I wholeheartedly support the COS Project’s plan, and I hope you will as well.

    I believe a Convention of States is our last chance to halt the runaway power of the federal government and restore the Founder’s vision. This will be the most important project of this generation, and I hope you’ll consider getting involved!

    What Sorts of Amendments Could be Passed?

    The following are examples of amendment topics that could be discussed at a convention of states:
    ◦A balanced budget amendment
    ◦A redefinition of the General Welfare Clause (the original view was the federal government could not spend money on any topic within the jurisdiction of the states)
    ◦A redefinition of the Commerce Clause (the original view was that Congress was granted a narrow and exclusive power to regulate shipments across state lines–not all the economic activity of the nation)
    ◦A prohibition of using international treaties and law to govern the domestic law of the United States
    ◦A limitation on using Executive Orders and federal regulations to enact laws (since Congress is supposed to be the exclusive agency to enact laws)
    ◦Imposing term limits on Congress and the Supreme Court
    ◦Placing an upper limit on federal taxation
    ◦Requiring the sunset of all existing federal taxes and a super-majority vote to replace them with new, fairer taxes

    Of course, these are merely examples of what would be up for discussion. The convention of states itself would determine which ideas deserve serious consideration, and it will take a majority of votes from the states to formally propose any amendments.

    The Founders gave us a legitimate path to save our liberty by using our state governments to impose binding restraints on the federal government. We must use the power granted to the states in the Constitution.

    The Grassroots

    The leadership of the COS Project believes the success of a convention of states depends to a large extent on the American citizens. Our plan is as follows:

    1. We seek to have a viable political operation that is active in a minimum of 40 states.

    2. Our goal is to have local leaders–District Captains–in at least 75% of the districts in these states.

    3. District captains will organize at least 100 people in each of these districts to contact their legislator to support a convention of the states, and turn out at least 25 people per district at legislative hearings.

    Legislators must know that our grassroots team will have their backs if they support a convention of the states. A widespread grassroots organization has been missing from the Article V movement. CSG’s President, Mark Meckler, was the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots—one of the largest tea party groups in the country. Michael Farris is the founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association. As such, he brings with him over 30 years of grassroots leadership and activism in all 50 states. We are rapidly building not only a staff for this project, but networking with like-minded coalition members who will support this project once they see it up and running.

    We believe that our unique application strategy combined with strong grassroots support will guarantee the success of this Project.

    Only one question remains. Will you help us?

    • libertatis says:

      @Florida_COS–I’m sure you’re well-meaning, but a constitutional convention is absolutely the worst possible thing that could happen right now!

      Think about it. They are completely unbound by the current Constitution; they couldn’t give a shit about it. They violate every precept with glee.

      And you think if you make it MORE strict, suddenly they’ll follow it?

      Here’s what will really happen: These people live breathe and sleep power manipulation. They’ll stack any con-con and insert weasel-words….or outright destroy the Bill of Rights. They’re lawyers–and they use language as a weapon.

      It’s scary how naive the con-con crowd is. Do you REALLY think they’ll follow a new constitution that further restricts their power? Or do you think they relish the opportunity to further subvert the intent of the original Constitution?

      I don’t worship the constitution; it’s flawed by design of Alexander Hamilton and the other crypto-royalists. But it’s 10,000 times better than what we have now, and returning to it is a stepping-stone to better things.

      FIRST enforce the existing Constitution. THEN improve it.

    • Sgt Rock says:

      The problem with this pie in the sky strategy is the FACT that any Con Con can result in the complete destruction of the constitution and the replacement of that incredible document by one crafted by nefarious one-worlders or worse.

      • Weirddave says:

        Not really, that’s a common misconception. All an Article V convention can do is propose amendments, they still have to be ratified by 3/4 of the states, so unless you can get 38 states to sign of on the amendment “guns are illegal” or “all power shall rest with the President”, nothing happens.

      • Robin Grace says:

        A reply to the STatement, ‘any con con’ concerning COS
        It’s Time to Trust the Constitution
        Laura Fennig
        May 19, 2014

        Allen Boettcher, Utah’s State Director, wrote the following op-ed in response to an anti-COS article in his local paper. Not only did the newspaper print his op-ed, they asked him to write a quarterly opinion column. Read the whole article below.

        The Constitution is, arguably, the most prominent document in American history. It is not complicated, yet many who claim to cherish it demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding—or distrust—of its provisions.

        I was troubled, for instance, when I read Pamela Openshaw’s op-ed, “Get it Right: Article Five Convention – A Bad Idea” last month. I usually stop reading any article that refers to an Article V Convention for proposing amendments as a “Constitutional Convention” or “Con -Con”. I figure if they cannot get the terminology correct then the rest of the article is probably not much better. Well, in this case I did finish reading, and I found that my initial operating assumption was correct.

        Article V of the Constitution reads, “on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of several States, [congress] shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments…”

        Those who refer to an Article V Convention as a “Constitutional Convention” (including The John Birch Society, Eagle Forum and, apparently, Ms. Openshaw) demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of the difference between the 1787 Constitutional Convention, called by the states pursuant to their residual sovereignty for the purpose of crafting a workable federal government, and an Article V Convention, called under the authority of our existing Constitution for “proposing amendments” to correct specific problems. The incorrect usage of the terms “Constitutional Convention,” “Con-con”, and “runaway convention” can create fear among the public and some of our State Legislators.

        Scaremongers also suggest that during the supposed “runaway convention” which they claim will result from the use of Article V, the Constitution will be re-written and/or bogus amendments proposed. But one need only look to the clear language of Article V of the Constitution to see that this claim is far-fetched. A whopping “three fourths”, or 38 states, must ratify any proposed amendments. It takes “no” votes from only 13 states to thwart the ratification of any proposed amendment. This stringent ratification requirement also undermines claims that George Soros could simply “buy off” Convention Delegates to abolish the Second Amendment. Once again, all it takes is 13 states to vote “No”.

        Consider, too, that under Article V, Congress currently enjoys the same ability to propose amendments as would a Convention of States. In the first two years of President Obama’s administration, when the Democrats also held both houses of Congress, it would have been the perfect time to abolish the Second Amendment. Why didn’t they? Because there was no way that 38 states would ratify such a blow to civil liberty. On the flipside, under George W. Bush, when the Republicans held both houses of Congress, no government-limiting amendments were proposed.

        These examples demonstrate two things. First, even a liberal Congress knows that extreme amendments which erode the Bill of Rights will never be ratified by 38 states. But on the other hand, even a Republican Congress will not limit its own power.

        This is precisely why the second part of Article V is so important. It explains why Col. George Mason fought so hard to have it added to the Constitution two days before the Constitutional Convention adjourned. Mason understood that the Federal Government would never voluntarily relinquish its own power. Therefore, this provision allows the states to rein in the federal government and restore their sovereignty.

        Ms. Openshaw is convinced that the leaders of today are inherently less capable and trustworthy than the Founding Fathers. I can certainly understand her distrust of the 535 Members of Congress, the President, and the unaccountable Washington bureaucrats who are currently making the laws. But I have a higher level of confidence in the thousands of state legislators who are our neighbors and live in our backyards. Federal officials may not relinquish their own power, but I believe state officials can be trusted to divest them of it.

        Many opponents to an Article V Convention believe that the answer to our national crisis is to simply “follow the Constitution we already have,” and that any amendments we pass will simply be ignored. But we are following the amendments currently in place. New amendments could definitively repair the damage that has been done to certain portions of our Constitution through anti-historical judicial interpretations. It is this damaged version of the Constitution that federal officials currently “follow,” and we hold the power to repair it.

        Next time you run into an Article V opponent, ask her, “If an Article V Convention is out of the question, then what should we do?”

        Those who swear by the electoral process will say that we need to simply vote the incumbents out. Nice thought, but over the last 10 years, spending has increased under both Republican and Democrat regimes.

        For others, taking up arms is the only solution. This idea almost led us into a “range war” a couple of weeks ago in Nevada. I love the Second Amendment, but why not try a peaceful resolution before going down the trail of anarchy?

        Still others will insist that “Nullification” is the answer. And while some federal laws can be “nullified” by states simply refusing to accept the federal funding that comes with regulatory strings, this is not a viable solution for the vast majority of federal law. In 2013, Congress and federal agencies enacted over 80,000 pages of new laws, regulations and directives. “Nullifying” just one year’s worth of new rules would take generations.

        Even if broad-scale “nullification” were logistically possible, the Constitution does not provide any procedural mechanism for a single state to declare a federal law void. What it provides, instead, is the Article V Convention process for the states, collectively, to nullify constitutional interpretations that infringe upon the rights reserved to them and to the people under the Tenth Amendment.

        Then there are those, like the author referenced, who offer no solutions. I like to refer to them as the “do-nothing” crowd.

        Article V is part of the Constitution to which opposition groups claim such loyalty. It is time for us to use it.
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    • Ed says:

      Sadly, America is currently lacking in their public life anything approaching the intellect, not to mention the altruism of our Founders, and I am quite certain that if there is indeed convened a Constitutional Convention it will be consumed in political correctness, corruption, and general bullshit. Our present, original Declaration of Independence and Constitution are just fine, would we only adhere to them. However, as was said long ago, they are for the governance of a religious and moral people, and will suffice for no other… Seems we’ve made our choice and now get to live with it, unless we as a society wake the heck up and get back to work at making ourselves worthy of what we were given…

    • No. I will not help because the electoral process has been perverted. See the Feb 13 repost on for proof.

  42. Eskyman says:

    Brilliant, excellent essay. You have captured our dilemma.

    Bet you know how Cassandra felt. And how powerless.

    Please keep writing, it may not prevent the disaster ahead, but it is so refreshing to have your brave words as company on the road.

    • Marcus Cassius says:

      Indeed it was an excellent essay. And I have often used the mythological character Cassandra as my own example as I have for two or three years now told anyone who’d listen that we have passed the point-of-no-return. The ballot box is–regrettably–no longer an option for shedding our oppressive political masters.

      The Taximan perfectly capsulizes our situation. It’s not a question of if, merely a question of when. And it seems that–judging form the Nevada standoff–the statists are ready to shed blood in pursuit of total control and enforce their will.

  43. Canuck says:

    Damn good article! Well put. I’ll add this 1 minute vid

  44. Travis says:

    As a Canadian, I watch with interest baited breath and horror at how Communists are running and ruining America. I used to love coming stateside but I don’t even want to do that anymore. Border crossings are as armed and militarized as anywhere else. When you pull up the questions they ask you are to verify what they already see on their computer screen about you. I have this feeling that I stray across the lair of the beast I’ll get arrested and disappear because I don’t support the communists and I know that if they’re spying on Americans they’re sure as hell spying on me.

    I love Americas economic freedom and investing in your stock exchanges and companies and getting dividends from US companies to build my wealth and economic independence, but I wonder how long it’ll last as the free market steadily erodes. The communists hate private corporations large and small and they’ll be coming for them. They’re making it tough or impossible with red tape for new companies to establish and grow. The youth of today has been indoctrinated to think that corporations or businesses are rightfully there to give them jobs without any idea that they were created by entrepreneurs who invested their time energy and money to establish them. The spirit of entrepreneurship in America is dying with the gimmie attitude of the younger generation who has been trained to take everything and expects to be provided for.

    When the second American Revolution happens the whole world will be affected. Millions if not billions of people from just about every country imaginable have an economic stake in the great American commerce pie.

    I can’t get down on people enjoying things like “The Bachelor” or the next season of whatever pro sports you like. Its America, you’re suppose to have the freedom to be lazy and watch television if we want to or go outside and toss a ball in the yard or go to any one of 10,000 different fast food joints or take a vacation to somewhere nice.

    It amazes and baffles me that there are people out there who hate it so much that people just want take it easy and enjoy the frivolities of life and often those people have lots of money (usually inherited old money) and live in the lap of luxury compared to us commoners.

    I’ don’t care if you’re a guy making $10,000 a year or a billion a year because an economically free society should be able to accommodate everyone. I just want the America where a guy can go from bum to millionaire overnight and piss it all way the next day and a family in a small town can run a small store to sustain themselves for generations without being taxed and regulated out of business. I want the America where a rancher can drive his cattle across thousands of acres of land and camp out under the stars and some guy can get rich inventing a trendy widget. I want the America where you can have someone live their entire life and never visit a big city. I want the America where you don’t sue someone because you slipped on their sidewalk or bumped your head without having a million signs around to tell you not to bump your head.

    I want the America where if you think your not getting a good service or a product sucks you can go into business and do it better and run the other guy out of business. I want the America where if you want to barricade yourself on your property and cut yourself off from the rest of civilization then the government will leave you the hell alone. I want the America that will have two guys have a disagreement and duke it out with fisticuffs and share a beer afterwords. I want the America where I can walk into store and choose from any of 10,000 kinds of snack food buy the biggest damn Soda I like and greasy bucket of fried Chicken slathered in Wisconsin Cheese and If I eat myself to a heart attack at least I enjoyed it. I want the America where I can drive anywhere I like for any reason and no one else will question why or care.

    I want the America that will out the local scoundrel who ruins it for everyone else and hangs him/her from the tallest tree in the yard. That’s the America I loved. The place that didn’t represent the misery and oppression of the communist bloc . The lawlessness and inane tribal nature of Africa and the smothering politically correct nanny state of Europe. Stable, Independent, Strong, proud and free where you can make or break yourself and where you’re free to succeed or fail. I want that America back. On behalf of the rest of the world. We need you America, without you the rest of the world will fall under the oppression of communism.

    • Jason says:

      Amen about investing in America. There is an incredible animus towards U.S. corporations and profitability from the Left. Democrats prefer to tax and regulate businesses out of profitability until we are all feeding at government troughs. You are spot on regarding the future value of our investments.

  45. TheTooner says:

    They created a government “Of the people, by the people, for the people.” Now you have government of the people, by the government, for the government. You are right, the way it was done was the way of the pig trap.

  46. Bob S says:

    An impeccable example of why I wish I could collect my thoughts and write them down as well as people like you.
    I’m Canadian and similar in age to you. I visit twice a year with a group of Northeast Americans – mostly guys like me (around 30 of us in total) – we ride our motorbikes around New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, etc. for the weekend.
    We sit and shoot the breeze in the motel parking lot at night. At some point fairly early in the evening, I’ll have most everyone’s attention – they know it’s coming… As an admiring observer since the ’60’s, I drunkenly try to explain to them how great America is and how I see that it is all being pissed away by a pathological apathy among people just like them. I try and dredge up facts similar to some of those in your essay (it’s not about republicans or democrats). I’ll say ‘just listen’ and tell them they should reflect personally/deep-down on the issues and that, if they do an honest job, they should recognize that they’re failing their own families and communities. I tell them they’ve given up. I tell them that I am exactly like them, except that I have this unique outsiders view; I think they don’t interrupt me because I am an ‘outsider’.
    As I speak, I can see in their eyes and by extrapolation, in their minds, that they are thinking to themselves this: Batshit-crazy Bob from Canada is schooling us on our own failings. He is right in every sense – he is not lying. He is glorifying for us those things we remember that made us great and showing us how we ignore that every breathing moment of our lives. He is not that articulate, but he is making us… sad. That’s what I see during the middle part of my rant; by the end I simply remind them they can still do it if they want. I do my little bit – it’s all forgotten in a friendly, unawkward manner after the passage of the next few beers. Even the hard-lefties in the group remain silent as I remind them (twice a year) what they are missing out on; they all know it, they’re all older guys like me.
    My five minutes of attention typically ends without discussion; maybe a couple of “yeah, you got it” remarks. None of them complain to me and they remain pretty damned silent during ‘the talk’. Afterwards, we just carry on drinking cheap beer. The best part for me is that I honestly believe they look happier, even if for just a few moments, after my rant. I do typically end on a high note – after all we are supposed to be having fun on these weekends. I think they almost look forward to my bi-annual updates on the state of the union. At least, they keep inviting me back.

  47. sock_rat_eez says:

    Awesomely great summation of just where we are finding ourselves today. You really pulled together a lot of the different threads that form Our Unfortunate National Situation, more than most writers manage to. Powerful stuff, all in a nutshell like that.

    After reading this, and then stepping back, story by story, all the way to the beginning because I liked your writing, I find myself thinking of this whole nation as someday being like one of your fares waking up the next day, and wondering how they got where they are and why they feel so horrible.

    Seriously, I can’t remember laughing this much in months. Thanks !

  48. Doug says:

    Great posting. The new “Let them eat cake”, is now “Too big to fail”. The outcome will be the same. A lot has changed in my short 50 years on this planet and the problem is the vast majority are too worried about “house wives of what ever…” or the NHL playoff to see any problem or solution. I agree, there will have to be a civil war to clean things up.

  49. CBDenver says:

    What you all don’t seem to recognize is that the government is not building up their security apparatus to rule over us, they are building to be able to survive the inevitable collapse of the current system. The current system is based on a historical anomaly of modern finance, where the US government is able to borrow-and-spend unimaginable gobs of money. That is the source of their power. Few can resist the siren call of wealth and comfort offered by being a part of the system. Being part of the system means for some being a government employee of some sort. For others it means being a government dependent via various subsidies, crony capitalism, transfer payments, etc.

    What happens when all that ends? When the money runs out? That is what the establishment is preparing for — the gotterdamerung, if you will. The end of the age.

    While the government can’t imagine anything beyond chaos when the era of Big Government ends, the rest of us don’t have to be so short-sighted There is still food to be grown, minerals to be dug out of the ground, machines to be built, businesses to be run, families to be raised, communities of free people to be supported. All is not lost when Big Government dies. Have more imagination, therein lies the hope for the future. A bankrupt government may huff and puff, but they will have no fangs to impose their rule. The self-reliant Americans will build our own society and the government-dependents will have to accept it because they will have no other choice.

    • Marcus Cassius says:

      You make a good point. The Ruling Class may not be preparing to contain order for the sake of control when the SHTF, but simply for THEIR survival. The oligarchy sees the light at the end of the tunnel and it’s the train coming right at us.

      But Pandora’s box–once opened–is not so easily managed or contained.

    • cyrellys says:

      @ CBDenver, actually that is true for some but there is something else in the mix which cannot be ignored. There is a philosophical view which can be traced clear back into the annals of WWII and its lead up, which professes the world to be over populated and it has spent all this time since then creating a subculture and a political support system for that philosophical view. The term it every thing from “over-shoot” to “stop at two” or “stop at one” or “population stabilization” and it has been by authors from William Vogt and Bernard M Baruch to the likes of George Woodwell and the Ehrlich’s, Anne and Paul. It can be found in the latest NASA funded study: Human and Nature Dynamics (HANDY): Modeling Inequality and Use of Resources in the Collapse or Sustainability of Societies, and this one: A Minimal Model for Human and Nature Interaction…NASA among the space community you can also find the Copernicus project over in the EU and Sentinel 1,2, and 3. Look it up.

      It is all tied to this philosophical view we know as “depopulationism” or “eugenics”. It runs the gambit from big pharma products and testing to gmo’s and control of our agricultural production, to the contents of the chem spraying see Rosalind Peterson the president of Agriculture Defense Coalition recent presentation before the UN at youtube; all that and much more. It’s ensconced here in America and in this police state structure we are seeing leading up toward this potential “re-alignment”…it is bent on depopulating.

      The numbers bandied about run around 90% of the planets population as their ideal reduction. So this is more than just preparations for systemic collapse. Many good researchers know this, while most the general population do not. And mainstream media won’t touch it.

      Taxi Hack is right, we’re in deep trouble and most people don’t realize just how deep this runs. And we’re just about out of time for newbs to get educated on the extent of it.

      • Kathy from Kansas says:

        If you go to YouTube and do a search for “new world order depopulation” you’ll see some amazing (not in a good way!) stuff. Also “Georgia Guidestones”. The UN’s Agenda 21 is all about massive kill-off of 80 to 90 percent of the population — and then total absolute control over the people who remain.

        And hey, if you don’t trust that stuff, just read what the depopulation freaks say, in their very own words:

  50. Bones says:

    Simply an excellent essay. Nothing but good, common sense observation.

  51. farmerboy says:

    One certain means to curtail the progression of this tyranny would be for somehow to choke off the supply of money to the statists. Unfortunately they have demonstrated their willingness to mortgage the next generations into servitude. Perhaps if several million business owners banded together to not send along the sales tax revenue to the government someone’s attention may be gotten. However I would expect a harsh retaliation even to the suggestion of the idea

  52. Seth says:

    Outfingstanding! Tell me where your foxhole is. I want to dig mine right next door.

  53. Casual Observer says:

    “These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with. They are fucking around with a civil war that could last a decade and cause millions of deaths… and the sad truth is that 95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head.”

    Here’s the problem with popping off the biggest offenders: for each one you eliminate, there are a thousand more equally corrupt/evil types to replace them. The figureheads you see aren’t the ones controlling the mess. If you want to know that, you have to follow the money. Even if you could, and I’d bet you’d never find out specific names… just general entities… chances are those groups would be totally untouchable.

    What we will most likely end up with is National Socialism. All the conditions for it to rise up are present. All we really need is an economic collapse, and people fed up with the utterly useless major parties. Someone sounding all reasonable and centrist could pull it off. It *can* happen here. Easily. The warning signs have been around for years.

    This won’t end nicely. Either we will be exterminated by our own government or our creditors when we default and go to war with them.

  54. Kathy from Kansas says:

    The commies/elites would not have been able to do all they have done if we were a morally strong people. But we’re not. The moral strength of the American people as a whole — and of each and every one of us — has been sapped by the deadening of our consciences from the legally-approved slaughter of 55 million defenseless children in our country over the last 40 years. We’ve sowed the whirlwind, all right.

  55. aCEcLAYMORE says:

    Scariest and funniest take on our state of the union yet. I also am old, out of shape, free of combat training unless you count high school wrestling and constantly pissed off about the frog stew the progressives have been cooking up for the last 100 years. Highly motivated to do something, but have no idea what would make any real difference. I want to spread this like a disease, but it is so close to the mark, I think it may push me to the next level of watch list. I know “They” know me, but don’t think I’m ready to blow shit up yet. Re-posting this may change their minds. God have mercy

  56. libertatis says:

    @Marcus Cassius re: eugenics, depopulation

    Spot on. The drive of “overpopulation” started hand-in-hand with the Illuminist philosophy; in fact it goes back all the way to Egyptian times. Tertullian around 200 AD. Malthus. Bentham. Ehrlich. Margaret “Abort the Weeds” Sanger. Cass Sunstein–that pencil-necked bauble-headed fuck.

    But it’s not really about population. It’s about eugenics; after all, Malthus, Ehrlich, et al don’t want to die themselves, they want YOU dead…you’re a “useless eater”. Eugenics developed in England and America FIRST–Hitler adopted our programs and wrote admiring letters to Margaret Sanger.

    Hitler gave eugenics a bad name–too overt, after all. So they’ve renamed it “sustainability”, “family planning”, “population control”.

    The Georgia Guidestones spell it out–carved in stone, in fact–reduce world population to 500 million.

    They’re now heavily promoting the “transhumanist” meme; Ray Kurzweil (Google chief scientist) says they’ll become so advanced that normal humans will be like bugs compared to Them.

    In the end, these people like all Elites throughout history have become totally delusional, maniacal, and murderous.

  57. Donald Sensing says:

    The corn and wild pigs story has been around for a long time in one variant or another. I used it myself in 2009 in “How Democracies Perish,” which notes that it also the technique used in Iran to keep the Iranian upper crust in line. They get to practice their private vices as long as they practice public loyalty.

    Sound familiar?

    Alexis de Tocqueville foresaw the end of the American ideal in Democracy in America, published in two volumes in 1835 and 1840. As Michael Ledeen essayed, de Tocqueville knew that “we will not be bludgeoned into submission; we will be seduced.”
    He foresaw the collapse of American democracy as the end result of two parallel developments that ultimately render us meekly subservient to an enlarged bureaucratic power: the corruption of our character, and the emergence of a vast welfare state that manages all the details of our lives.

    Like you, I do not think this status can be turned around. We’re done. I just hope that the civil war that you describe can be avoided. The only way out that I have been able to imagine is what I described in, “There will not be a rebellion,” reviving the doctrine of nullification:

    Wwhat would the outcome be today if only four or five states united in declaring null and void certain federal enactments, based on common legislative acts passed by their legislatures and signed by their governors? What exactly can or would Obama do about it? Challenge in the courts? The states can just ignore them. Send federal marshals? The state can arrest them.

    Ultimately, returning the United States to a republican, Constitutional government is a matter of will. It is a question of who will blink first. Violence such as Bob Owens imagines (he does not propose it) will serve no purpose but that which attacking Fort Sumter opened for Lincoln: to respond the same way. That was South Carolina’s major strategic and ultimately fatal mistake.

    What will be called for now is peaceful but unyielding noncompliance, literally a nonviolent revolution. And the most important thing to remember about beginning a revolution, whether peaceful or not, is that the King must be, and must be seen as, the initiating actor. That’s the position to put the federals in: opponents of the Constitutional republic of which the states are the protector.

    • Runamuck says:

      Mr. Sensing, Nullification. That’s an intriguing idea. Certain federal enactments….can you provide examples other than gun control or gun registration laws? Would this be an effective tool against Executive Orders? Within the last year or two, President Obama has used Executive Orders to restrict off highway motorized vehicles from public lands by declaring places like the Rio Grande Del Norte as National Monuments. This is an area of 242,000 acres of BLM land that was once open to OHV recreation. This President is planning to do something similar and with a larger scope to public lands throughout the West. National Monuments reminds me of the 1332 which have been erected at Gettysburg National Park on approximately 6,000 acres. There is a process through the Dept of Interior, US Forestry, called the Travel Management Rule to designate public lands for motorized (and non-motorized) recreation. This seems to have been trampled on and super-ceded by Executive Order by designating the area as a National Monument. All 242,000 acres. Could nullification be effectively used in this case by the affected states in what you identify as federal enactments? President Obama’s increasing use of Executive Orders as a tool to exercise his will while trashing the Constitution, states rights, congressional procedure and the laws of this Country should be the wake up call for every responsible citizen of the United States.

  58. P. Aaron says:

    Just posted a link to this at FaceBook. We’ll be spied together.

  59. Old Dog says:

    Very well stated and scary to the uninitiated I am sure. Let me be the next who has linked to this wonderful rant!

  60. Michael says:

    Whenever I read articles like this, at a certain point I start to realize that my emotions are being manipulated and I am being sold. In the case of this article I am being sold the idea that armed rebellion in this here United States is inevitable and close at hand.

    Since armed rebellion ain’t really gonna happen any time soon, the secondary purpose of this article appears to be to make me hate and fear federal, state and local governments, the military, any government agency and, of course the local police.

    Whenever there is a question about a writer’s real motivation, they say the best thing to do is “Follow the Money” and I believe that might be appropriate here.

    There are a number of extremely power people and organizations in the world that never want to see an effective and efficient U.S. Government. They view the United States and it’s people as an exploitable resource that, if properly controlled and controlled, will provide billions in income for many years.

    Take Obamacare for example: The millions and millions of dollars that have been spent fighting Obamacare were not spent to protect the relativity few Americans who might actually be hurt by the new law, these millions were spent to protect the pharmaceutical and medical supply companies that would lose tons of money if they couldn’t continue to rob us blind. I personally think we have a lot more to fear from the Koch Brothers than our currently inept, confused and pointless government.

    Remember, sophisticated marketing methods had the American People believing for over 80 years that smoking might actually be good for them. Now those same marketing methods are being used convince us that our own government is out to get us. Beware.

    • libertatis says:

      You can’t POSSIBLY be this naive, historically unaware, and gullible all at the same time…can you?

      I want to believe you’re sincere Michael. So I’ll answer in kind:

      Yes–forces are afoot to neuter the United States. They operate from within. They are in power right now. Their desire is a one-world government, as has been the wish of tyrants throughout history.

      They sell this as a socialist, or “democratic”, or “progressive” utopia. At its heart, it’s collectivist. Collectivism is always and ever a mechanism of enslavement, sold to the masses as an equalizer but cunningly used by the Elite to re-institute feudalism and slavery. Socialism for you and me–taxing away the wealth–but fascism for the corporations who are protected from competition and essentially meld with government. At the very top, oligarchy bordering on monarchy.

      There are really about 6000 people at the very, very top–read “Superclass” by Rothkopf.

      Obamacare–and this is a matter of record–was written by insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies, their lobbyists, and their lawyers. Who else benefits from FORCING people to buy their product? Premiums are up across the board. We pay much more for pharmaceuticals here than elsewhere–thanks, government.

      Government is absolutely, without any question, the most dangerous force on earth. It has murdered more people than war and crime together in the last century–262 million people by democide in the last century.

      Stalin. Hitler. Mao. Pol Pot. Shall I continue?

      Why is this? Because among us are the 2%–two percent who are by nature and/or nurture, psychopaths. They’re not all overt serial killers. They crave power. And when you concentrate enough power in government, they gravitate to it like flies to shit.

      It’s the cycle of history, repeated so many times you really, REALLY have to try hard not to see it.

      So, Michael, is government our Mommy and Daddy, or is it as Washington said–“Like fire, a dangerous servant and a fearful master”?

  61. steve says:

    Im with you except the left and right crap. The terms are polluted and mean nothing. Its just terms used to divide the people and keep them from seeing whats really going on. If you think the president thinks up this crap on his own your deluded. His decisions are made for him just like bush clinton reagan and the rest. This country is run by a small handfull of people who control the money supply and thus the government. When you control the money it doesnt matter whos in office. Who do you think put him there? If elections were representative of the people Ron Paul would have won the last election.

  62. jpintx says:

    Excellent essay! At one point you say you think of Sarah Connor of Terminator…..I think the absolute best analogy for the government we have today is HUNGER GAMES. Mr. Wheeler has it correct, although in a very cold blooded way. Almost as cold blooded as our Democratic plantation masters.

  63. Scorpio says:

    Thanks for that, I have reposted your article here if you don’t mind in order to continue to spread the word. We have been here 13 yrs now, and still working and searching for other liberty minded folks.

  64. Carl says:

    There is a Constitutional based fix for this, well, at least a start to a fix and it can be found withing Article 5. ” ~ provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.”

    What this means is that a state’s right to equal suffrage in the Senate cannot be taken from them via amendment. This means that the 17th amendment is unconstitutional and invalid as an amendment and the only standing it has is at the consent of the states’ legislators. All the states have to do is withdraw their consent to the 17th agreement and seat their selection of Senators.

    That’s our circuit breaker, the switch that cuts the flow of bribery euphemistically referred to as ‘campaign contributions’ that flows through the rails of pseudo-party politick, financing the laws that reach out to destroy our lives. It is the beginning to the end of politics as usual in the district of criminals.

    And all we have to do is convince states’ legislators to do it.

  65. 1. secession;
    2. new federal government as discussed in “The Albany Plan Re-Visited”;
    3. visit: for much more; &
    4. As a fellow Marine, Mr. “Wheeler” would agree that taking the lead by making the first move, and making it an aggressive one, is probably the winning move – see Sun Tzu “The Art of War” for more.

    By pushing for secession right now, the momentum becomes the taxpayer/citizens’ and avoids the nastiness of the preliminary civil unrest discussed in the lead paragraphs.

    The Albany Plan Re-Visited discusses government structure and the how and why of the next (III rd) American Revolution, and provides, in The Heartland Plan, a template for a XXI st Century democratic-republic. It needs to be tweaked, but a serious constitutional convention could do that.

  66. John Anderson says:

    Spot on! – Every paragraph! I made a copy and saved it before the Fed takes this down.

    Progressives have been leading this nation on the path to hell for 100 years now. We’ve become far removed from the Constitutional Republic our founding fathers gave to us. There are no easy solutions anymore and this just doesn’t turn out well, unless ALL of the people wake up to the tyranny that is here, right now, in front of our very eyes.

    Wake up America!

  67. Fairly accurate response to Michael. Suggested reading includes Orwell’s “1984” & “Animal Farm”, particularly “Animal Farm”, and if you can stand the end/ climax dirge, Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”. Ms. Rand’s “Anthem” is an excellent start in the philosophy of self-respect and individual responsibility. The jpb blog has a book list, and I always suggest that one start with Thucydides’ “The Pelopenisian Wars”, as the very circumstance under discussion happened when The Athenian Confederation started the war against The Spartan Confederation.

    More is available, especially on how the elections have been stolen (see the repost of the Feb 2013 post for details) at

  68. Legally, yes, however, I take it that you are not familiar with the current trend by D governors to eliminate the Electoral College, which would disenfranchise all of the red states.

    The practical problem is that the institutions that were designed to protect us, are now run by the oppressors and since the electoral process has been compromised, even the convention process is corrupt. Consider the fact that the XIVth Amendment was never ratified in accordance with the constitution, yet has had the absolute effect of law for almost 150 years.


    Thursday, February 20, 2014
    One Election Away from Losing Our Freedom

    Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog 15 Comments

    Putin’s little fingers in the Ukraine, Cuban agents in Venezuela and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt all remind us how uniquely vulnerable democracy is totalitarianism. In the United States, cities aren’t burning and streets aren’t filling up with bloodied bodies, but the government of phone and pen also shows us that we are always one election away from losing our freedom. a political system becomes polarized between the forces of freedom and the forces of totalitarianism, then the forces of freedom have to win every single election. Meanwhile the totalitarians only have to win one election and then spend the rest of time reconstructing civic institutions, mobilizing thugs and making it structurally impossible for the other side to compete.

    Even if the other side occasionally wins elections, the totalitarian process continues chugging along because the totalitarian side follows no rules while holding its opponents to above and beyond the letter of the law. The law constrains the ability of the law-abiding party to undo the work of the totalitarian party, but not the ability of the totalitarian party to pursue its agenda and undo the work of its opponents.

    When one side is on a long march through the institutions while the other seeks consensus, the long marchers will win.

    A democratic political system in which a leading political faction is totalitarian cannot endure.

    We understand the practical lessons of that in Egypt, but less so in the United States. A political process that included the Muslim Brotherhood could not continue. Everyone except Obama Inc. prattling on about inclusive politics understood that. The rightfully elected status of Morsi did not matter. What did matter was that the Muslim Brotherhood could not and would not work together with anyone. It did not want an open political process, it wanted absolute power.

    If the Democratic Party continues to function as a radical leftist party, abiding by no laws, imposing radical change unilaterally, and using its media to cover for its corruption and political sins, the United States will face a Venezuelan or Egyptian scenario.

    The United States is a fairly civilized place. Its people, despite the recession, are doing fairly well. It may not seem like that when we look at the unemployment rates, but unlike the Egyptians, we can afford bread and unlike the Venezuelans, our stores still have milk and toilet paper. There are still enough job prospects out there, that people haven’t given up. At least not all of them.

    That’s why the Tea Party, America’s Orange Revolution or Arab Spring, was fairly muted by comparison. Its participants were older, educated and prosperous. If they actually were the illiterate violent armed rabble that the left has done its best to portray them as, the scenes in Cairo and Caracas would be replaying themselves in the United States.

    The Tea Party was a political protest on the right by the small businessman and the established professional. It was and is an effort by a threatened middle class to salvage its position that for all its moments of anger lacked the violent desperation that we see in Venezuela. But the differences lie in political culture and desperation. The political culture has been polarized and degraded to its lowest points. The rising left is angrier and more militant than ever and the right is coming to feel that the political process is useless and its gatekeepers are biased against them.

    Combine that perception with more economic hammer blows against the middle class by the redistributionists, add a sense of hopelessness and contrast that with growing arrogance by the powers of the left and things will get very ugly.

    America’s Two Party system has worked because both parties, for the most part, were not absolutists. The exceptions, like FDR, did a great deal of damage, but their sway was limited. What has changed is the level of mobilization, coordination and integration on the left. Social institutions, major corporations, the media, unions, non-profits and the educational system have been knitted together into a totalitarian entity with an agenda. This state of affairs transcends democracy and cannot be remedied by democratic elections.

    Even if Republicans were to win the White House and dominate the House and the Senate, they would still face a totalitarian entity whose judges would make laws, whose media would subvert democracy, whose educational institutions and entertainment industry would reprogram the people and whose bureaucracy would undermine any decision that it did not like.

    Every area of life is being politicized and this politicization did not take place as a result of elections and cannot be stopped with mere elections. The politicization of everything is the indication of a totalitarian movement at work. To politicize a thing is to claim ownership over it. Universal politicization means absolute power for the politicizers.

    Political conflicts with totalitarians are a cultural war. The totalitarians employ every cultural, political and economic element that they can against their enemies. They follow only those laws that are convenient meanwhile they multiply laws to pin down their opponents. They define entire elements of the population that they hope to dismpower or destroy, whether it’s the Copts in Egypt or the private sector middle class in the United States, and execute their plans.

    Resisting totalitarians cannot simply be an electoral activity. In a system of democratic political elections, the ballot box becomes the weakest element in defying totalitarians who can always find ways to buy elections, steal elections or convince the people that if they don’t vote the wrong way then the sky will fall and the oceans will rise. Those who follow no laws have many options; those who follow them have only a few.

    The electoral wars matter, but the totalitarians have to be fought for control of every institutions and defied at every point of control. It’s not enough to win an election, their ideas have to be discredited. It’s not enough to swap out politicians when entire institutions have to be swapped out. The core solution isn’t political; it’s personal. It’s in how we live.

    Totalitarians politicize everything. And that really means everything from the food you eat to the books you watch to the way you heat your home and drive to work. Individually we can all make choices that neutralize the politicization even in matters as simple as choosing the movies we watch or leaving products with environmentalist tripe on the packaging on the shelf. Local battles are also bigger battles as Common Core demonstrates. And the synagogue or church you attend is also a statement of support for the left or a rejection of the left.

    The first stage of a culture war is to cease supporting the enemy. The second stage is to push back by building up your institutions that make your way of life possible. The third stage is to use those institutions against the enemy. can engage in the first stage of the culture war by making more conservative choices. The second stage requires a bit more planning, but it’s a product of the first stage. And when the institutions of the second stage become powerful enough and successful enough, then the third stage becomes possible.

    Elections alone will not defeat the left. Totalitarian movements aren’t defeated at the voting booth, but in the hearts of men and women. And if their grip on power continues, then the scenes of violence and terror that we see on the evening news will come to our streets and cities.

    [Notice how, as I’ve been pointing out since Clinton re-organized the executive, and Obama created the domestic police force inside of DHS, that the only way to remove the corrupt civil servants, note the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, Benghazi, the Fast and Furious Scandal, the Voters’ Rights Scandal {in Noxubee County MS, for one, the New Black Panther scandal in Philadelphia PA, &c}, the corrupt judiciary, and the thieving DOES NOT REPORT AT ALL TO CONGRESS AND IS THEREFORE UNCONSTITUTIONAL, Federal Reserve. Secession. Buy, read, and promote, The Albany Plan Re-Visited.]

  70. Michelle Malkin’s book, “Culture of Corruption” tells all on Michelle Obama, as well of those near and dear to Mr. Obama.

    Also, a Jane’s Update was just posted on

  71. Stephen says:

    Yup, this is inevitable if America allows the Democrats and Obozo to continue spreading their despair and nihilism …

  72. Foxnews just reported that the Bureau of Land Management, BLM, is declaring over 90.000 acres along the Red River, between Texas and Oklahoma, to be government land. Families who have lived there for centuries are up in arms.

    BLM says that the land never belonged to the settlers and that they are simply exercising sovereignty on un-owned land.

    Secession will avoid all of the early nastiness. It will make legitimate current armed acts of self-defense, those which are now both illegal and felonious.

  73. boiling frog says:

    Wow- found you via an American Digest link. Great writing- Bravo Zulu.
    The lesson I learned in Warner Springs was never, ever, give up. I was the only guy to get to the hill and get the fruit cup. I was the only guy to get waterboarded and hauled to the Commandants Office to get an ass-chewing for John Wayne-ing it. I wish I’d kicked the f’ing boards out of the tiger cage and said screw you to the note from Senior Man, and jumped the fence like the SEALS in the class after me…

    No rules. Never give up. You already know how its going down. Just teach your daughter what she needs to do, and she will follow your lead, too.

    Its gonna be ugly, but its necessary, sadly, and when its over, we start over, as the Founders wrote it.

  74. robert says:

    both republicans and democrats are in this destruction of America. either actively or by lack of doing nothing and going for the ride for their benefit. all government say they are doing something for us but are not. good luck to us all in the future.

  75. I think that you’re right on the money! It’s a disappointing and sad state of affairs in which we find ourselves. How’s that for understatement?

  76. Not as The Founders wrote it. They didn’t have electricity, insulation, nukes, &c. Time for a complete change.

  77. Again, buy, read, and promote, “The Albany Plan Re-Visited”, visit and learn about the fraud of global warming and what petrochemicals are really about. Copy the posts and send them on. Read the repost and learn how the elections have been perverted. for more.

  78. He may be crazy, but we are not.

    Again, buy, read, and promote, “The Albany Plan Re-Visited”, visit and learn about the fraud of global warming and what petrochemicals are really about. Copy the posts and send them on. Read the repost and learn how the elections have been perverted. for more.

  79. Aaron says:

    I shared The Pig Trap with everyone that I know. I also posted it on conservative blogs where the people that post along with me are people who share. The replies that I received were all extremely positive and we all were impressed by your writing style.

  80. John West says:

    Damn …. you took the words right out of my mouth.

  81. John West says:

    I should mention that I have a ring-side seat here in western Canada. When the shooting starts down there … I don’t know if Canada will get any of that on us, but we have a similar, if less nefarious situation in Canada. We are far down the road to the Euro-ization of Canada. However, we do have a large segment of out population that supports constitutional America and we are horror-struck at the stupidity of present day Americas who have trashed their fabulous republic and handed it over the a cadre of African and American Communists.

    Canada’s economic engine is the energy production in western Canada. We cannot compete in the manufacturing world with Asia, so we sell them oil, gas and whatever other technology we have to sell. Our Prime Minister, unlike your manchurian mulatto, promotes the energy sector and the export of it.

    We also already have a fully matured communist health care waiting line that actually works not too badly now that there are a lot of private clinics to take up some of the slack … if you can pay. I think that will improve with time … the private sector needs to be part of the healthcare system because we all know know government cannot do anything well or economically.

    Canada appear to now be a better country than America … we have more freedom and more economic opportunity that Americans do. Far less crime I suggest some of you good, right-thinking Yanks consider moving up here with your skills and ideas before it’s too late. America is gonzo and you know it. We would rather have you than more wogs from the middle east.

  82. Douglas (the pretty cabdriver) says:

    are you aware of the irony that the people you worship, the founding fathers, were extreme progressives and liberals who produced the most extremely LIBERAL documents, (The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution) that the world had ever seen since the Magna Carta?

    • libertatis says:

      Well, YEAH–of course! WE are the real liberals. Today’s “progressives” are authoritarian control-freak fascists.

      The word “liberal” has been completely perverted. “Classical liberal” comes closest to describing what modern libertarians/constitutionalists propose

    • The Founding Fathers were NOT progressives or liberals. They were very conservative, rich, and believed strongly in minimal FEDERAL government, strong state government, and very strong private property rights.

      Several states, including Massachusetts, had state religions where the people were taxed and that money used to pay for specific parsons, churches, and church properties. VA, RI, and NY all refused to join the union/ ratify the constitution unless they were promised that they could leave at any time that they wanted.

      There’s a fairly good book list at if you are truly interested in this subject. Start with Thucydides’ “The Pelopenesian Wars”.

    • Liberals, prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was a reference to a group of college graduates who had “liberal educations”, meaning that their undergraduate studies were based on a general survey of world knowledge. This knowledge base was written in various languages including classical Latin and classical Greek. Thus, those who took this path, had to learn Greek and Latin. The works that they read were works that included Caeser’s “Gaulic Wars” (Gaul is divided into five parts, &c), Pliny the Elder, Virgil, Pliny the Younger, Cicero, &c. Greek works were by Plato, Thucidydes, Anaximides, Archimedes, &c. Thus, the MATERIAL that they studied was very conservative economically, militarily, and governmentally. It is why I always suggest that one start with Thucidydes’ “The Pelopenesian Wars”.

      And, The Magna Carta, was a document forced on a King by The Aristocracy! It had absolutely nothing to do with either The Church or The Commons.

      Runnymeade was lead by The Earls of Warwick and Northumberland. The Magna Carta defined the relationship between King, as defined by the royal family, meaning those who were Dukes, Princes, Kings and Emperors. The rest of the aristocracy, Barons, Counts, Earls, and Marquis’, were positions held at the pleasure of The Crown, stemming from old Roman Legion laws and traditions as promulgated by The Roman Senate, then the Imperial Council.

      Ever see Errol Flynn in “Robin Hood”? Notice how The Crown, in this case Prince John, simply confiscates all of Robin of Locksley’s lands? Notice how Maid Marion is an absolute piece of property to be disposed of however The Crown wishes?

      BTW, for those interested, there was once a Williken of The Weald, and it is suggested by Cinque Ports historians that Master Williken’s rebellious activities are the basis for the Robin Hood myth.

      • libertatis says:

        Great stuff, thank you justplainbill.
        Looks like I have some reading to do…thought I had a solid handle on the Magna Carta.

        Have you read World Lit Only by Fire? Interesting book; covers the 1450-1550 period, the dissolution of the almighty catholic church. That period is so similar to today; an institution that had ruled the lives of most people had become incredibly corrupt. The pope himself was pimping out his 14 year old daughter for political favors and monasteries were well-known as brothels.

        Along came the Reformation and the Gutenberg press.

        Today, the State has become the church; and faith is waning.
        Along came libertarianism and the internet.

        Buh-bye, tyrants. May the noose tighten swiftly; may the vertebrae snap cleanly.

  83. Douglas (the pretty cabdriver) says:

    and do you really think that group of LIBERAL and PROGRESSIVE thinkers would be fighting today to preserve slavish adherence to a document written 250 years ago in a world without electricity?

  84. Douglas (the pretty cabdriver) says:

    and your Nirvana of a society of few laws and few taxes and a government incapable of maintaining peace, order and good government for the betterment of all already exists. It is called Mogadishu !!! Call me, i will help you pack.

    • libertatis says:

      You’re WAY out of your depth, Douglas.
      There are thousands of sites, millions of web pages, where very smart and thoughtful people describe libertarianism. Educate yourself before you make hasty judgments.

      Government does not promote “peace and order”. Government is force. Why do you seek to solve all problems with violence?

      Think even of your own life; and of the people you deal with. The vast majority do the Right Thing not because a cop’s pointing a gun at their heads, but because it’s their nature. Bad People exist but they’re a minority.

      Government’s only tools are coercion and violence. Try it some time; sure, it starts with tickets, or letters. The letters become more strident and threatening. Then men with guns come, and either kidnap you and put you in a cage…or shoot you.

      Government is violence.

      So why do you seek to increase it? And why do you revile people who propose peaceful, mutually consensual commerce?

      And, since you seek examples of “few laws, few taxes”–remember this weird place called “America” which became the freest, richest, most prosperous nation on earth from 1776 to 1913? Yeah. That happened BEFORE the IRS, DEA, FBI, DHS, DOE, BLM….

      • Carl says:

        Yes, there are thousands of sites, millions of web pages, where very smart and thoughtful people describe libertarianism, the ideology that assumes every human on the planet thinks and believes as they do and will act according to libertarian rules of life and commerce as they perceive it. Yea, right. You know, Marx held to those same notions.

        There is no universality to human nature except for two things; 1) stay alive and 2) seek advantage wherever and whenever possible in order to accomplish 1.

        Most libertarians don’t want to live in liberty, they want to live their lives as pirates, gun slingers and hoarders.

        • libertatis says:

          Your comment is so idiotic I considered not sanctifying it with a response, but in case others are swayed by your straw-man argument I have to.

          Straw men: “pirates, gun slingers and hoarders”

          So you then deny American history from 1776 to 1913? Minimal government, much freedom, enormous growth in prosperity?

          Do you personally live life by the rules you describe–“stay alive/seek advantage”–and fuck the consequences? Ah, but you don’t. And why? Is it because there’s a policeman holding a gun to your head at all times saying “do the right thing”?

          YOU might require that. But the vast majority of people live peaceful lives of their own volition.

          So don’t ascribe to all of US your pathology. Just because you couldn’t live peacefully without the constant threat of Daddy State punishing you–doesn’t mean others are afflicted with the same moral shortcomings.

          • Carl says:

            I don’t deny a damn thing regarding our history, I’m merely relaying the mentality that is reflected by the Libertarian ideology, which always addresses things in the absolute, like your response. You firmly believe that humans can live without structure and will get along with each other simply because your ideology has told you so. And anyone who points out the childish immaturity of such notions are obviously statists who want to control everyone. Here is a fact; government has existed since the time humans first congregated.

            The –”stay alive/seek advantage”– portion was reflective of the human condition under Libertarian notions of every man is a government unto themselves.

          • libertatis says:


            And AGAIN you insist on mis-characterizing an ideology you clearly haven’t studied past the ravings of similarly misinformed reactionaries.

            And AGAIN with a straw man argument: “…humans can live without structure…”

            You’re arguing from a position of ignorance, railing against an ideology and philosophy you don’t understand because you haven’t studied adequately.

            You wear your ignorance like a shield, and when called on it double-down with MORE defense.

            “Government has existed since the time humans first congregated”–NOW we’re getting somewhere, Carl–the question is, what FORM of government?

            That’s the question libertarians focus on from a unique perspective that seeks to eliminate coercion and violence.

            Or, do you LIKE coercion and violence? More police state, more war, more regulations, more taxes?

            I guess since “there’s always been government”, then it’s just inevitable and, like rape, at some point we should just lean back and enjoy it?

          • Carl says:

            Yes, I’m the who ‘doesn’t understand’. You may as well be arguing the existence of god as your ideology stands as nothing more than a belief in a nonexistent state of human nature that you hold as the promised land. You have no mind of your own and cannot reason. Live long ideologue.

      • Douglas (the pretty cabdriver) says:

        ” The vast majority do the Right Thing not because a cop’s pointing a gun at their heads, but because it’s their nature.”

        apparently you have never had children!

        • libertatis says:

          LOL Indeed, I have two…and it’s our job as parents to make sure they DO do “The Right Thing” of their own volition.

          I’ll let you know when I’ve succeeded 🙂

          Thanks again for your deservedly mega-viral article.

      • Douglas (the pretty cabdriver) says:

        “Government’s only tools are coercion and violence.”

        Persuasion, debate and the social contract are the predominant tools of any legitimate government.

        Bonus Question: Can you name a society in all of history that did not have a government? whether they called it the king, the dictator, the council of elders, the pope, the shah, the parliament, the emperor, the senate, the commander-in-chief, the old one or whatever. someone, not you, will always be the final authority. and their authority is always backed by the enforcement arm of the society. (ie force)

        your idealistic notion that you are a sovereign individual, subject only to laws that you personally agree to, is a farce.

        • libertatis says:

          Persuasion, debate and the social contract are the predominant tools of any legitimate government.

          Agreed*–but now we’re getting to the fringes of how we define “government”.

          At what point may government use force? When you violate a law? And then, which laws?

          I do argue from an idealistic point; but that is what we should strive for, ideals. Fight for the highest principles, as did the Founders…and come eventually to an agreeable conclusion.

          Getting back to “which laws”–one of the crucial errors we’ve made is muddying the distinction between malum prohibitum (bad because we said so) and malum in se (bad in itself) laws.

          The latter form Natural Law, or Common Law; what is obviously wrong–fraud, theft, robbery, assault, murder. Every society prohibits these; they’re self-evidently wrong.

          But should government employ force over malum prohibitum? You’re growing two pot plants in your basement. Is a SWAT raid acceptable? How about just an arrest?

          The closest historical example to a working pure libertarian society–what we’d call anarcho-capitalist today–was middle-ages Iceland. There was no formal government; at most, a village elder system. And it functioned well for hundreds of years.

          Listen–don’t get me wrong, please. I’d be ecstatic to return to a literal interpretation of the Constitution, minus the slavery. Ecstatic. The FedGov would be about five percent of its current size and we’d have a nearly ideal system.

          But we can do even better. Until America came about, few people had ever lived as truly free, sovereign individuals. It was a breakthrough. Why not strive for the NEXT breakthrough in human freedom, mutual tolerance, liberty, and advancement? I’m sure it sounds idealistic. But two hundred years ago, radicals sounded idealistic when they thought to throw off the shackles of royalty, too.

          ** I starred “agreed” because “social contract” is a slippery argument, too often abused by statists to rope people into their “contract” when it’s egregious and odious.

  85. It’s not a matter of “few laws”, &c. It’s a matter of organizational theory and implementation. For a good discussion of this, and why your comments about Mogadishu &c, demonstrate an ignorance of the history of government, read, “The Albany Plan Re-Visited”.

    The basics of what you are missing, are found in Thucydides’ “The Pelopennsian Wars”. Available through any good book store, and on-line.

  86. Haven’t read, or even heard of, ‘lit by fire’ book. I followed that period through the Lutheran Reformation histories and the Renaissance Histories especially those revolving around Machiavelli’s time and works.

    When I was in law school I got into some serious discussions with my Con Law prof, outside of class, and ended up with a D first semester, B+ second. I had learned prior to school that the XIVth Amendment had not been ratified, thus all law based on it is fraud, and that John Marshall, CJ (1800 CE) who wrote Marbury v Madison, had been a county judge in VA and in a land speculation partnership with his brother, such that every time a land title case involving his own company came before him, he “naturally” ruled for his brother and himself.

    On the blog there’s a posting citing to “Holy Trinity Church vs US”, and there’s a whole section in “The Albany Plan Re-Visited” about the judiciary. Trinity Church, 1892, basically says that there’s no government other than the supreme court as the supreme court is the only government body capable of discerning what “the spirit of the law” is, and as such is the only interpreter of that spirit. Also, in Scott vs Sanders, The Supremes ruled, and it is still viable law although completely unused, that Negroes of African descent who were once free and were captured and then sold into slavery were not citizens as they were property, which was the intent of the founders, and thus, had no rights under the constitution. I’m working on a post which uses this case, as well as the likes of Pleusy vs Ferguson, to show how foolish and irresponsible the position is of those who want to return to the original constitution and what the founders intended. Times have changed so much that we need a new constitution and my conclusion is that since The Left has perverted the electoral process, as I’ve proven in the Feb 13 post and its re-post, such that secession is the only way for American Values to prosper, that is, in a new country with a new constitution. The Heartland Plan, a section in The Albany Plan Re-Visited, is a basis for discussion of a new constitution much like The Rhode Island Plan, The Virginia Plan, and The Albany Plan were in 1787 at the second convention held in Philadelphia – the first convention a flop held in Annapolis MD two years before.

    By American Values I mean Freedom, Liberty, Fraternity, Equality, and Self-Expression with regard to the rights of others. The Freedom to succeed OR FAIL economically, Liberty to do as I please within the confines of The Social Contract, Fraternity to join any and all groups as are not criminal as I please, Equal to all before the law but as in-equal to all in commerce as my skills and work ethic allow me to be, and, to able to BE ME without concern of oppression by others and without my oppressing anyone.

    • Yank III says:

      ” basically says that there’s no government other than the supreme court as the supreme court is the only government body capable of discerning what “the spirit of the law” is, and as such is the only interpreter of that spirit. ”

      This is a very tricky comment. In reality if interpreted exactly by definition of the words used in it it is a correct statement but in normal conversation it could easily be understood to mean that they might also be permitted to interpret the Constitution.. which is patently wrong.
      They are in fact they are specifically prohibited to interpreting and ruling on all laws and equity “arising under this constitution”.. see article # section 2 for the full text.. it sickens me to see how that finite restriction of authority has been ignored, bastardized and corrupted into the collection of judicial misfits we have saddled ourselves with in SCOTUS today.

      Yank III

  87. Vince says:

    One tenth of 1% is pathetic for the worlds largest economy, more and more this seems to by design. This is what you get with a affirmative action president, or can it be, on purpose

    • libertatis says:

      Oh there’s no question it’s intentional Vince.
      It’s a siege technique thousands of years old; the Romans did it to their middle class.

      These people have a limited playbook and they do the same things over and over again; mainly because they work.

      It’s simple: poor peasants are easier to control and less uppity when they’re hungry.

      Welcome to Third World America. Thank you, Mr. Rockefeller, Rothschild, Soros, Buffett, Morgan, DuPont et al. May your miserable inbred progeny choke on their vomit.

  88. Somewhat agree with the comment on Libertarians. Below is an article from The ABA Journal, preceded by my comments in [ ].

    [ This is going on right now. It can easily happen to you. It is worse than identity theft. When the institutions of Justice and Law are perverted for personal +/or ideological gain, the entire system collapses into chaos and anarchy. There’s a section on this in “The Albany Plan Re-visited”. This culture of entitlement and unaccountability has led us here. Y’all will note that the people who have led us here, are in a distinct minority, but, because they have taken over the institutions designed to protect the property owner and the producers of wealth have been taken over by the likes of Reid, Boehner, &c., even your “federally protected” ERISA retirement plan is at risk. As noted elsewhere herein, US Constitution Article V is useless, and as stated in Scott v Sanders SCOTUS has spent over 300 pages explaining what The Founders actually meant when they ratified the 1787 constitution. (I’m working on a post based on Scott & Trinity Church to explain why Art V is meaningless and why a new XXIst Century constitution is necessary.) One of several amazing conclusions in Scott is how SCOTUS defines citizenship. The fact that Scott is still good law should strike fear and anger in every American’s heart. But, since I work for a living and cannot spend hours on-line, and I want the Scott & Trinity Church post to be academically correct, it may be awhile. Meanwhile, read the ABA Journal article from this weeks issue carefully, and consider how under this set of State Governments, and the current administration – especially in light of the current FOIA requests getting the Benghazi documents released – is doing everything that it can, to perpetrate a culture where the recorded occurrences below, may grow and prosper.

    And, you need to consider that the people involved are not stupid. That when words and actions are in conflict, you must accept the actions as what the people involved mean to happen and are not simply collateral damage or unintended consequences. The actions and their resultants are exactly what the participants intended.

    Buy, read, and promote The Albany Plan Re-Visited. ]
    May 2014 Issue
    ‘Sovereign citizens’ plaster courts with bogus legal filings—and some turn to violence

    ‘Sovereign citizens’ plaster courts with bogus legal filings—and some turn to violence

    Posted May 1, 2014 5:20 AM CDT
    By Lorelei Laird



    Illustration by Adam McCauley

    The Atta family locked up their Temecula, Calif., home and went on vacation in 2012. While they were gone, Victor Cheng moved in.

    Cheng had owned the home before the Attas, but he lost it in foreclosure. Nonetheless, he filed a fraudulent deed with the county recorder’s office, transferred the utilities into his name and even tried to evict the Attas after their return. During his prosecution for burglary, trespassing and filing a false document, he insisted that he was not the person being prosecuted because the indictment spelled his name in all capital letters.

    • Cherron Phillips of Chicago was upset that she was barred from the courtroom during her brother’s trial on drug charges. So she filed false $100 billion liens against the property of 12 people involved in the case—including the U.S. attorney and chief judge then serving in the Northern District of Illinois. When she was prosecuted, she insisted on representing herself, called herself River Tali El Bey, then filed numerous documents that the judge called “clotted nonsense.”

    • In New Jersey, Ronald Ottaviano’s company offered a debt elimination plan that purported to draw money from a secret bank account maintained by the U.S. Treasury in each citizen’s name. Potential customers were told that these fabricated accounts were set up to allow the government to borrow against each citizen’s earnings, and that individuals who file the right papers can gain access to the accounts. After his own employees turned him in, Ottaviano defended himself against charges of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. He told the court that he didn’t believe he was subject to U.S. taxes.

    What all of these cases have in common is that they are part of a movement of “sovereign citizens,” according to law enforcement officials. Sovereigns—also called “freemen on the land” or “organic citizens”—believe that an illegitimate, usurper federal government has taken over, and that they don’t have to pay taxes, pull over their cars for police or obey any other law they don’t like.

    These beliefs may sound silly, but sovereigns can be difficult to laugh off. For one thing, even though they don’t believe they’re subject to laws, they use laws as weapons. The FBI has called sovereigns “paper terrorists” because they so often fight perceived enemies—generally public employees—by filing false liens, false tax documents or spurious lawsuits. These can hurt the victim’s credit, stymie attempts to sell or refinance property, and take years and thousands in legal fees to correct.

    Illustration by Adam McCauley

    The trouble doesn’t stop there. When involved in any legal matter, from pet licensing to serious criminal charges, sovereigns are known for filing legal-sounding gibberish, usually pro se, learned from other sovereigns who sell lessons in “law” online. Frequently, they cite the Uniform Commercial Code, maritime law and the Bible.

    They’re also known for the sheer volume of their filings, which can double the size of a normal docket. This can frustrate and delay courts as they consider the defendant’s competence and otherwise try to minimize disruptions. With many court systems fighting heavy caseloads and budget cuts, these extra headaches are unwelcome.

    And though most sovereigns are not violent, there are exceptions. The FBI has declared them to be domestic terrorists because they occasionally get into armed confrontations with law enforcement. A sovereign father and son, Jerry and Joseph Kane, were responsible for the 2010 murders of two West Memphis, Ark., police officers, during what should have been a routine traffic stop. Jerry Kane was a known figure within the sovereign movement, traveling the country to sell ideas on debt elimination and stopping foreclosure. His girlfriend, Donna Lee Wray, later made news by flooding Tampa’s local government with paperwork when they wanted her to get a dog license.

    Nor are officers of the court immune, says J.J. MacNab, a Bethesda, Md., insurance analyst and litigation consultant who has tracked the sovereign movement for years.

    “In the recent past, it’s mostly been about police officers,” says MacNab, who has chaired several ABA committees as an associate member. “But now we’re looking at judges, county clerks, prosecutors—even public defenders.”

    Some sovereigns hold trials in their own “common-law courts,” convicting public officials in absentia and sentencing them to death for “treason.” This can be seen as an indirect threat against those “convicted.”

    But the violence can also be direct. Alaskans Lonnie and Karen Vernon, a couple involved in the Alaska militia run by political activist Schaeffer Cox, plotted to kill a federal judge and an IRS officer who handled their tax prosecution. At the behest of his friend Robert Chapman—a sovereign also known as “General Chapman”—sovereign John Ridge Emery III handed a Charlotte County, Fla., traffic judge an envelope he believed contained anthrax.

    Sovereign citizens are not considered to be an organized group. According to Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups, they’re difficult to count because they lack a leader or a unified ideology. The SPLC roughly estimated that there were 300,000 sovereigns in the U.S. in 2011, with about a third, or 100,000, as hard-core believers, Potok says. He suspects the percentage of hard-core believers has since increased.

    “There’s still a fair amount of anecdotal evidence suggesting it is spreading,” Potok says. “It is the single most widespread idea from the radical right.”

    According to the SPLC, sovereigns generally believe the legitimate U.S. government has been overthrown and replaced—perhaps during the Civil War or in 1933, when the gold standard for currency was abandoned. Because the country was then broke, the story goes, its leaders set up Treasury accounts in the name of each baby born in the United States, permitting the government to borrow against that person’s future labor. Each account is supposedly organized as a trust or a corporation.

    If you can legally separate this “strawman” account from your person, sovereigns believe, you can use the money for your own purposes and put yourself outside the reach of the law. This “redemption” is generally accomplished by filing documents full of nonsense legalese, often based on packages or lessons sold online.

    Sovereigns sometimes say they are subject only to “God’s law” or to “common law,” meaning the U.S. legal system as they believe it existed before the conspiracy. They may declare themselves independent nations, join fictional American Indian tribes or attempt to create a replacement government within the sovereign community. Sovereigns believe official government documents with names in all capital letters refer to the strawman, which is why so many deny that they are the person named in court documents. The strawman theory also underlies sovereigns’ reliance on the Uniform Commercial Code, since they see most legal matters as financial transactions. Government employees are in on the scam, they say, which is why they don’t accept sovereign arguments and documents.

    The SPLC says early sovereigns were generally white people with racist beliefs—for example, contending that Jews controlled the financial world or that African-Americans could not be sovereigns because their citizenship was granted by the 14th Amendment. Some still hold those beliefs. But in the 21st century, adherents are diverse and not necessarily racist.

    “They’re spread over every [demographic]. It could be a 20-year-old black college student. It could be a 66-year-old woman,” says MacNab, who is writing a book about the movement. She says a lot of law enforcement officers “assume that if the person is not a [stereotypical] militia guy, they’re safe. … That’s not true anymore.”

    Indeed, sovereigns now include a large contingent of African-Americans, sometimes drawn from black separatist or religious movements. Potok believes as many as half of all sovereigns could be African-American. In Hawaii, sovereign ideas have caught on among some Native Hawaiian activists. And the ideology, MacNab and Potok say, is spreading into other English-speaking countries.

    Illustration by Adam McCauley

    Part of the reason the ideology has spread is the availability of the Internet, MacNab says. Reports say sovereign ideas are also spread in prisons. Once involved, the SPLC says, new sovereigns are part of a large subculture with an active online community. They frequently learn more sovereign ideas—and the sham legalese they use in court—from websites or hotel seminars selling how-to kits for profit. These are also popular ways for sovereigns to sell bogus methods for fighting taxes, debt or foreclosures. The people peddling these ideas are sometimes prosecuted for fraud or tax evasion.

    But, Potok says, “probably the most important driving factor of this particular ideology has been the economy.” He notes that the number of sovereigns has risen dramatically since 2008, when the economy started faltering. In addition to being used to fight foreclosure, sovereign ideas have been used to attempt to steal title to foreclosed properties. With widespread foreclosures and job losses, it’s not hard to see the appeal of an ideology that, as Potok says, “promises you something for nothing.”

    Nevertheless, sovereign ideas can create real problems for the legal system. For one thing, even when sovereigns are genuinely trying to participate in a case, they’re often disruptive. Because they believe their own legal system is the only legitimate one—and because they frequently resent authorities they feel are not legitimate—they have trouble cooperating with even the most basic of requirements.

    D. Loren Washburn, a former tax prosecutor in Utah, recalls a woman who was subpoenaed to testify in an investigation of her father for tax evasion. (Sovereigns have a lot of overlap with tax defiers, so tax prosecutors are familiar with the ideology.) She declined to answer questions, he says.

    “We said, ‘Are you in any way related to him?’ ” recalls Washburn, now a shareholder at Clyde Snow & Sessions in Salt Lake City and a member of the ABA Section of Taxation’s Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Subcommittee. “She said, ‘They say he’s my father, but there’s never been a paternity test.’ ”

    The woman was prosecuted for obstruction of justice, but when she got to court, she refused to admit she was the person named in the indictment. The judge jailed her for contempt of court, believing, Washburn says, that an afternoon in jail would convince her to comply. Instead, it took about three months.

    “The judge was eager to let her out, but at the same time wasn’t eager to encourage or indulge in any way this crazy fiction of ‘I’m not that person because you spelled my name with [capital] letters,’ ” says Washburn. “And as a result, she stayed in jail for months and months, and she was the mother of five kids. … The calls from her father said, ‘Don’t let them bully you; you’d rather die in jail a martyr to the United States of America than give in to this tyranny.’ Then you’d hear a phone call from her husband saying, ‘Your father’s an idiot.’ ”

    He adds, “On a personal level, you see a lot of tragedy in it.”

    Another form of disruption is the tendency among sovereigns to represent themselves, even when a public defender is available. Though the movement is full of legal gurus selling false ideas about the law for profit, there are few or no licensed attorneys in it. And because sovereigns believe that the government and its laws are illegitimate, they don’t value the help of an attorney.

    But without a defense attorney as gatekeeper, no one stops sovereigns from proceeding under their version of the law. In the Cherron Phillips case, Phillips invoked the Uniform Commercial Code and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, saying she was representing the Cherron Phillips estate/trust as a creditor to the United States. She drew a distinction between the “United States of America” and the “United States.”

    Ultimately, the judge revoked Phillips’ right to represent herself, saying he was concerned that her “obstructionist” behavior, if permitted in front of a jury, would quickly lead to a mistrial. He said Phillips consistently refused to produce documents that made sense, or defend her documents when pressed. After the case moved to the Southern District of Illinois, the new judge agreed to a competency evaluation. The trial has been tentatively scheduled for June 16.

    A defense attorney for the woman in Washburn’s anecdote had also defended Brian David Mitchell, the man who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart from her family’s Salt Lake City home in 2002. Mitchell, charged with the kidnapping after Smart was found nine months later, was diagnosed with mental illness. Washburn says the attorney found the challenges of representing the two defendants very similar.

    “The reality is: You have to have a lot of patience and work to create a practical sense in them of what the outcome is,” he says.

    To make matters worse, these defendants aren’t generally interested in a plea bargain, says former tax prosecutor Bill Lovett, now managing partner at Collora in Boston.

    “They’re waiting for their day in court so they can get up in front of a judge and a jury and make these arguments,” says Lovett, part of the Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Subcommittee of the Taxation Section. “It takes up a higher percentage of the time to get the case done.”

    Illustration by Adam McCauley

    And then there’s the volume of their filings.

    “I’ve seen sovereign citizens have to buy a new printer because there’s so much paperwork,” says Joseph Rillotta, a former tax prosecutor now with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and another member of the Taxation Section.

    “These are people who are very fond of paperwork,” says Michelle Nijm, assistant general counsel in the office of the Illinois secretary of state. “Even in court these cases drag on. They file nonmeritorious motions,” which can be fought, “but it takes time and it’s expensive.”

    Nijm cites a group of attorneys who were targeted by a frivolous lawsuit. After the plaintiff included their Social Security numbers in a public filing, the attorneys had to ask the court to expunge that record. The attorney fees were $20,000.

    MacNab says the volume of filings is a “huge problem”—not only because it clogs the courts, but also because fatigued officials sometimes drop the matter. And any small victory is taken as evidence that sovereigns’ extreme legal systems work.

    She says the Florida dog license incident involving Donna Lee Wray stands out in her mind. “She refused to pay. They tried to fine her $25, and she hammered the court with paperwork, … something like 65 filings.”

    “The county government just gave up, which is unfortunate because then she turned around and packaged her materials as ‘This is how you get out of taxes.’ ”

    Fraudulent liens are one area where the law often permits sovereigns to succeed. That’s because the UCC does not permit clerks to reject filings that are clearly bogus. Guided by online kits, sovereigns in many states are free to claim falsely that law enforcement officers, judges or others who upset them owe them millions of dollars.

    According to a 2013 report from the National Association of Secretaries of State, bogus UCC filings have risen dramatically in the past few years, driven by a rise in people identified as sovereign citizens. Nor is there a requirement to notify the victim of the false lien.

    “Typically, of course, you don’t find out about it until you get a job offer and you go to sell your house and find that you’re facing this gigantic lien,” says Potok of the SPLC. “Which, of course, you don’t really owe—but it takes thousands of dollars in lawyers to sort out the title and get that settled.”

    Until fairly recently, the only real remedy was to go to court, with all of the attendant costs and delays. The NASS report says victims can file other statements to dispute the debt, but they can be missed in a creditor’s electronic records search.

    That’s why states have begun passing laws to fight false liens. According to the NASS report, at least 17 states permit offices either to refuse to accept bogus filings or expunge them from the record after filing. At least seven states have a system for expedited judicial relief; at least 14 allow penalties in a civil lawsuit; and at least 10 make filing a false lien a crime. Many of these laws were passed within the last seven years. On the federal level, the Court Security Improvement Act of 2007 made it illegal to file a false lien as retaliation against a federal employee.

    North Carolina was one of the first states to address bogus filings, but Secretary of State Elaine Marshall says she would like to see more state laws designed to keep the burden of removing false liens off the victim. She also urges state officials to learn the signs that a filing is coming from a sovereign.

    “There are very clear symbols that these [filings] are for some purposes other than the intent of the UCC,” she says. For example, she says, “when it’s $50 million and the debtor and the creditor are the same person. [Or] the way the punctuation and the way the spelling are, the addresses, the envelopes give them away, the color of ink, the red fingerprints.”

    Detective Rob Finch of the Greensboro, N.C., police department agrees. He and fellow detective Kory Flowers were among the first law enforcement officers to research sovereign citizens, and they often write and lecture on how law enforcement can handle sovereigns safely.

    “Awareness is quite frankly the best tool,” he says. “If you deal with a sovereign in your courtroom, be aware… [that you] need to run all [your] property and make sure there’s no festering lien that’s been sitting there for six months or a year.”

    Illustration by Adam McCauley

    Meritless lawsuits are another way sovereigns may retaliate. The suits are sometimes not even structured properly, MacNab says.

    “Often they don’t name a defendant,” she says. “They try to frame it as a criminal lawsuit. [The cases] float around the federal court system.”

    And sometimes, sovereigns file false tax forms against people who have upset them. This generally means filing a false Form 1099, which says they have paid the victim a large amount of nonwage money. When the IRS receives these, it expects the victim to pay taxes on that money—and when the return doesn’t match, it can trigger an investigation.

    “In the case of a judge or a prosecutor, they’ll figure it out because generally the IRS is involved in the case to begin with,” says Lovett. “But it can do some damage to unwind it.”

    A less common but very important concern is violence from sovereigns, particularly targeting law enforcement. A 2012 Anti-Defamation League report, The Lawless Ones, counts seven armed confrontations between sovereigns and law enforcement since 2010. It also notes threats or violence against judges, elected officials and even sovereigns’ own families.

    MacNab says she believes violence may become more common as sovereigns realize they aren’t getting what they want.

    “Most of the retaliation is in the form of liens—sometimes in the form of threats, and in very rare cases they act on the threats,” she says. “I think they’re moving in that direction, unfortunately. And if enough people threaten, some people will start acting on it.”

    She cites the Alaska group led by political activist Cox, who has identified himself as a sovereign citizen. Cox was convicted in a fairly high-profile 2012 trial, along with some associates, of conspiracy to murder federal officials, solicitation of murder and multiple weapons charges. The charges were based partly on his “241” (“two for one”) plan—saying he would kidnap or kill two government officials for every one of his associates detained or killed by the government.

    In part because of threats like these, some states have outlawed sham legal processes, false legal tribunals held out as genuine, and impersonation of court officials. Cox famously convened this kind of court in the back of a Denny’s restaurant in Fairbanks, acquitting himself of a real-world domestic violence charge. (In a genuine court, he ended the charges by pleading guilty to reckless endangerment.) More frighteningly, these courts have been used to convict and sentence government officials who have upset sovereigns.

    “They will put the judge on criminal trial in absentia. And the penalty for treason is death,” says MacNab. “They’re always going to find you guilty.”

    Illustration by Adam McCauley

    Washburn says he’s never experienced actual violence, although “I guess I’ve been indicted by courts of sovereign citizens and threatened to be hung in a public square.” Once, he says, a “process server” for a sham sovereign court came to his parents’ house and to the home of the judge in the case.

    MacNab says that while violence is a threat, a lot of sovereigns leave the movement rather than turn violent. This is not generally because they face the legal consequences of their actions, however. Like the father of the woman in Washburn’s anecdote, sovereigns may believe that being jailed is a sign that the conspiracy is real.

    “They will go to prison and recruit everybody there,” MacNab says. “Look at someone like [notorious tax defier] Irwin Schiff. He’s been in and out of prison since the ’70s and nothing has awakened him.”

    Washburn believes it’s tough to break through sovereign ideas because those ideas are held almost religiously.

    “They end up being criminally prosecuted not so much because the [dollar] amount at issue is high, as because they antagonize the system repeatedly and thoroughly and almost refuse to be ignored,” he says.

    “More than even a financial crime, they are taking a stand against what they view to be a corrupt system. It becomes almost as much a religious or philosophical stand as anything having to do with money.”

    This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of the ABA Journal with this headline: “Paper Terrorists: ‘Sovereign citizens’ plaster courts with bogus legal filings–and some turn to violence.”
    Related Topics

    Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Justice, Criminal Procedure, Government Law, Judiciary, Legal Theory, Tax Law, Terrorism, Trials & Litigation

    • Carl says:

      “FBI Dumps Southern Poverty Law Center as Hate Crimes Resource”

      SPLC is a racist hate group that targets white Americans who do not display the proper guilt and deference to races that may have been harmed by whites in the past, they preach inherited white guilt.

    • libertatis says:

      Hold on justplainbill–I’m libertarian, NOT a “sovereign citizen”.
      There’s a vast gulf between the two, as I’m sure you know.

  89. It’s on purpose, see elsewhere for proofs.

  90. Which is why the Red States must secede.

    For more: and buy, read, and promote, The Albany Plan Re-Visited.

  91. The vast majority of ADULTS do the right thing. Children, generally, do the right thing, but all are supposed to be raised to do the right thing.

    Read Thomas Sowell and James Q. Wilson, and maybe you should try Thoreau, Thomas Aquinas, &c.

  92. Rancher Dan says:

    You never cease to amaze and entertain me. Keep up the great work.

  93. I leave a response when I especially enjoy a article on a site or if I
    have something to contribute to the discussion.
    Usually it’s caused by the sincerness displayed in the post I looked
    at. And after this article The Pig Trap

  94. kozanne says:

    First time here, linked to this article thru The Radio Patriot site.

    I am astounded, afraid and alarmed. I passed this on to two other people just now, and I will do more when I get home.

    You’ve said out loud everything I hid in my heart about what’s coming for this once great nation if we do not WAKE UP. And LOOK UP.

    Thank you so much for this site and this article.

    • Patriot Radio???

      I once had a talk show on There should be archived copies of the almost two years of broadcasts.

      Strongly suggest that you visit the blog,, start reading from the book list, starting with Thucydides. Then, copy & paste the posts that interest you.

      Just as an example, the blog post regarding ‘climate change’ coupled to the more recent post of Eric Bolling’s “Cashing In” broadcast, in which he uses actual NASA satellite footage of the ice cap, to show that there has actually been an increase in the size of the ice cap over the past 10 years, is worth copying and broadcasting because not only does it prove beyond any doubt that the climate change movants are frauds, but it does so with actual pictures of the ice cap, so in becomes impossible to argue the point.

  95. twodogs says:

    THE 100

    Let’s name them.

    [snip] Post edited by the Taxi Hack

    Twodogs went on to name some names, and I don’t think that is a very good idea… somebody might misconstrue that.

    But you are correct… all those names were on Wheeler’s list…

  96. Yes, this is the problem with the 1787 constitution. Once Adams appointed Marshall as Chief Justice (CJ), Marshall, commented on elsewhere, proceeded to change the entire federal government into a High Federalist aristocracy. With Jefferson tied with Burr in the 1800 presidential election for president, and Jefferson’s experience as VA Governor especially with the inquest into his alledged cowardice during the Revolutionary War of 1776, Marshall wrote a chain of SCOTUS opinions beginning with “Marbury vs Madison”, included “Hunter’s Lessee” and numerous others, that completely eviscerated almost all of the restrictions of Article III, and gave the right of review to SCOTUS. “Trinity Church” isn’t that different and is the logical conclusion of the Marshalista Chain of Opinions. Consider how Admiralty Jurisdiction was determined by his protege CJ Stone, “If its a corn cob in a bucket, its federal admiralty jurisdiction.”

    Look to the blog, and look to the discussion on how CJ Roberts completely rewrote statutory construction and contract law, by declaring that The Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

    Look to the blog and see how the electoral process has been reduced to a media circus with falsified voting.

    We’re back to Thucidydes and Sun Tzu. Secession is the only viable answer.

  97. Replying to Runamuck. Several historical examples of nullification are listed on my blog. The most recent is the nullification of federal immigration laws by various states who have told law enforcement to not comply with any of them, and to not assist ICE in anything. Of those states who have actually passed laws are MA, CA, IL, and cities that have passed ordinances include San Francisco, Philadelphia PA, New York City, and Boston MA.

    The Act of Nullification is when a state or a state legal entity, ie a city or county, passes a law or ordinance declaring that the Federal Writ shall not run in that jurisdiction. The Executive branch may not nullify anything, only the legislative.

    As to stopping King Barry, nullification is improper, impeachment is the proper course, or secession. I personally am in favor of secession as it not only eliminates King Barry, but it automatically terminates the employment of all of the US Federal Judiciary, the entire federal bureaucracy, meaning Lois Lerner and all of those employees of the IRS, DOE, HUD &c who think that the rules don’t apply to them. Secession also means that all of the laws prior to secession, and the regulations, and all of the court decisions, are ended. Secession means that we actually start over. From Scratch, with a clean slate!

    • libertatis says:

      100% agreed–secession is the only peaceful way out, JPB.

      Whatever I think the ideal is–the most libertarian etc.–the only way to have government that’s accountable is to keep it as local as possible. Personally I’d like 7 billion governments. But it’s clear now–a centralized all-powerful federal government is a Really Bad Idea.

      Secession will shrink the State. When your “representative” lives just down the street, it’s a whole lot easier to trundle over to his house and ask him “Bill, what the hell are you doing?”

  98. Concur with Libertatis on “I was not there”. Further, it is obvious that Cedricward must have skived more than one week of American History back in the 4th grade.

  99. In response to Libertatis to Douglas.

    Y’all need more. The Social Contract has a specific legal meaning, and you are very correct in pointing to Mark Levin’s Statists as one of several groups, advertising agencies amongst them, who have abused language to the point where evening news readers use words such as catastrophe to mean a single personally tragic incident. An excellent example of this is that of the woman in Missouri whose son backed his pick up truck over his three year old who had run behind the truck where the driver could not see him. This was a personal tragedy which should have been properly attributed to the inattention of the child’s caretaker. Instead, the child’s grandmother made it a crusade to have rear-view cameras installed in every vehicle sold in the US, and the idiots in congress passed a law (truly ‘malum in prohibitum’), costing ALL AMERICANS billions of dollars in wasted manufacturing – the cameras are meaningful only if the driver actually uses them is among several arguments against – another is the use of ethanol, and there are more.

    The point is, the original group of revolutionaries, rich and poor, were hot on freedom and private property rights. Going back to 1787 is NOT the way to go. You make the comment about slavery without understanding that it wasn’t until the 1720’s and the Scottish Reformation that it became accepted to view slaves as people and NOT property. By being taken into slavery, one automatically lost ones humanity forever, see “Scott vs Sanders” SCOTUS for a full and contemporary (1787 contemporary) explanation.

    The original settlers of the 13 English colonies all prohibited slavery. They were forced to accept slavery because the slave trade was a Crown Monopoly. The Crown received, in other words, the King personally received, a franchise fee from all slave trades. When the Crown Colony of Virgina refused a licensed slaver permission to unload and hold a an auction, The Crown had a fit and ordered the sale of slaves to be held under Crown protection. The Oxford Don, Hugh Thomas, has “The Slave Trade; a history of the North Atlantic slave trade” as an almost definitive work on the subject.

    The Catholic Church almost banned slavery around 1400, or shortly after, for the same reason as preached during The Scottish Reformation, but when the Pope started to research to write his Bull, the French king sent envoys to tell him that if he published his Bull, the French Army would see to it that there would not be a Vatican anymore. This sometime near the period of The Two Popes (one in Rome, one in Avignon).

    As close as you are to where I stand, and you look to be a Randite, not a Libertarian, a new constitution brought forth by secession is, in my humble opinion, the viable option, not simply becoming an Originalist like Mark Levin and Sean Hannity.

  100. In response to libertarian to me:

    a friendly and amicable LOL with you – as noted above.

    I’ve several friends, mostly combat Marines & Navy, who have claimed to be libertarians and who have spoken as you have to me, over the years. After reading some of my suggested works, starting with Thucydides’ The Pelopenisian Wars (someday I WILL remember the proper spelling of the name and title, but not today – chuckle – ), they then read Ayn Rand’s works (Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, and Anthem) and become more Randite than Libertarian. Then they read a few other suggested works, Thomas Sowell’s “The Intellectual in Society”, James Q. Wilson’s works on the social contract, de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, Jared Diamond’s Collapse (I disagree with Diamond on much as he is very narrow minded), Brion McClanahan’s “The Founding Fathers’ guide to The Constitution” ( a truly good work if you want to understand why I am not an originalist, and why you should not be either), and “The Albany Plan Re-Visited”.

    And, if you want to move forward from 1787, Calhoun’s “A Disquisition on Government” and a truly seminal, but immature work, The Kennedy Brother’s “The South was Right”, but the latter only after reading Shelby Foote’s “The Civil War: a narrative”. Once you get beyond these, William Cohan’s “House of Cards”, anything by William Freehling but especially his “Nullification, the South Carolina Crisis”, and “Secession” both books having disappeared off of the book shelves during the Clinton Administration.

    Oh, and my buddies who’ve read this stuff and moved on past Libertarian into Randite, generally move back left to Whig. The Tea Party would be Whigs if they dropped the originialist position and agreed to a new constitution as pointed out elsewhere.

    So, do believe that you Libertarians should consider becoming Randites, then with a little more reading, Whigs.

    Vote Whig, t-shirts available at, and I have no connection with that site. Learn more through auto-didactism.

    Visit and leave a comment on something that you like and we’ll be able to have a more direct dialogue.

  101. In response to Libertatis

    Local Reps. LOL LOL LOL

    One of my all time favorite TV shows is from the 1980’s. BBC produced “Yes, Minister” and its sequel “Yes, Prime Minister”. Combined, the two series make one of the best primers on government, governing, politics, and politicians.

    Your comment about local government brought to mind one of the episodes in the YPM series. It may be available through Netflix, or if your libraries have gone the way of ours, through your local library.

    You will love the whole series. Just don’t let the first two episodes dampen your interest. They introduce the characters and their foibles. Ya gotta keep in mind that it takes place in Britain, but the underlying stories are immortal and universal.


    • libertatis says:

      “Local” at least keeps them within reasonable range.
      It’s a PITA adjusting ballistics past 1000 yards.
      Better to keep things simple…and local


  102. YUPPER

    Still, get the dvd’s and watch the show.

    And, read Thucidydes and Sun Tzu. Once you get into the history, you’ll be dragged into both the philosophy and practice with little or no resistance.

    Pita – lol lol lol

    I looked at the new SA-50, on a calm day 1000 yds is nothing, more like 1800.

    • libertatis says:

      Roger, JPB, will do. Thucydides especially; you’re not the first to recommend his writings to me. Sounds like it’s right up my alley…you know the founders borrowed heavily from Cicero?

      I hear you on the 50BMG. I’m just not that good yet!

      Pleasure conversing with you, sir.

  103. To Libertatis:

    Not just Cicero, which is really interesting in and of itself.

    There’s a relatively new bio on Cicero well worth the price in hard back.

    Look for a copy of “The Anti-Federalist Papers”. My copy has all sorts of notes by Madison which he took at the 2nd convention in Philadelphia. Also, if you can find them anywhere, get Freehling’s “Nullification” (The South Carolina Crisis under Andrew Jackson), and his “Secession”. If you can get your hands on a copy of The Constitution of The Confederate States of American and its supporting notes, do so. Also, Calhoun’s “A Disquisition on Government”, as it is an honest critique written about 40 years after the 1787 constitution was ratified and put into place.

    Visit the Kennedy Brothers website and get there book, “The South Was Right”, but only after you read Thucidydes. There’s a good bio on Jefferson by Alf Mapp Jr. and another on Jefferson Davis, “Jefferson Davis, American” if I remember correctly.

    Go to the blog and check out some of my other essays.

  104. Lanceman says:

    Re-posted in closed HotAir and AoS groups on Facebook.

  105. Posca says:

    You’d love Canada. Brainwashing an social engineering runs so deep here that most Canadians have no fucking clue the sort of illegal shit that goes on at parliament hill. Seriously, there are only a few Canadians who have any understanding of how the law actually works in this country.

    Harper’s cabinet openly committed treason when they borrowed weapons to the war in Syria. Your average Canadian doesn’t even know what treason means.

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  109. I am also a cab driver, or was. I get a kick out of reading your Blog. I keep trying to think of what I could do to improve things, not just for me- but for others. What if (and this is something I am trying to do) I were able to save up enough money to file to run for the Presidency? Could think of the lovely little furor that might ensue if some people, perhaps many to to file to run? There would not be much of a campaign, but just the fact that a certain number of people were running might cause some of these people cause to start looking over their shoulders!
    Please let me know what you think……..David

    • 1. This is exactly what The Constitution Party, The Libertarians, The Freedom Party, The Socialist Party, The Communist Party, &c do. It doesn’t work.
      2. If you are serious, you should contact The Tea Party and investigate what you can do through them.
      3. If you are really serious and want to do something on your own, you need to educate yourself on the political system. There are several good books that will start you off. I always recommend Thucidydes’ “The Peleponnesian Wars” as the first book to read. There is a book list with recommendations on the blog. Must reads include Thomas Payne’s “Common Sense” and “Rights of Man”, and “The Declaration of Independence”.

      Good luck, don’t waste your money looking for a filing fee, because in order to get on the ballot, you need to have a petition signed by thousands who say that they want you to run, and w/o an organization (aka ‘a political machine’), y’all ain’t gonna git enough signatures to get on any state’s ballot.

  110. I cannot thank you enough for the post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  111. Matt says:

    Much has happened since 1996, the year of Claire Wolfe’s quote.
    So, is it time yet?

    BTW, the NSA and all of the heroes who work in the various Five Eyes organizations are intelligent, attractive people we would all love to have a beer with. We have all come to realize what we always knew deep in our hearts: we Love Big Brother.

  112. Secession.

    Buy, read, and promote, “The Albany Plan Re-Visited, 2nd Edition”, pre-publish order at Tate Publishing.

    For more along these lines, visit, start with the 2008 posting on the polar ice cap.

  113. David Waln says:

    I debated about posting anything here because I know how refractory we all become to different ways of seeing things once we are invested in the theories and starting assumptions that are necessary for us to function in a complex world.
    But what the heck. If nothing else I can provide entertainment by providing some novel starting assumptions that, while making perfect sense to me, seem not to be shared by many others.

    In defense of my assumptions, they did not come out of thin air. Mark Twain came the closest to suggesting the unthinkable in his unfinished novel ‘Letters from Earth’. Likewise, the branch of Anthropology that deals with prehistory, and even historians have often hinted at a grim reality that has no fix or human enemy to conquer.

    In short we are a mal-adapted species, that for the last 7,000 or so years of competition driven pressures, is changing its’ survival environment significantly faster than it can hope to adapt.

    We are a victim of our own success as a tribal species. “Civilization” is more that anything else a response to the need to become bigger, badder, and more specialized than the competition from other survival units.

    Survival has always been and continues to be the driving force behind larger that tribal collections of people.

    The only thing you can get 300,000,000 plus million people to agree on is Security and maybe Prosperity. (And we will still fight bitterly over the details on these.)

    So the competition is global. We are for now on the top of the heap. Our survival unit has many advantages, even today, not the least of which is that we are a magnet for the worlds talent. (Nothing succeeds like success.) And yet, since every person, and survival unit will do whatever it takes to survive, the authors of Revelations and other Apocalyptic writings knew that what started 7,000 years ago had the trajectory of a disaster. “Starving people make poor environmentalist”.

    We humans are remarkable in our ability to cooperate with people we know or can otherwise hold accountable. We can even cooperate with strangers if we think it helps our survival. But be aware that within a Nation State, even among the minority of the politically aware, the whole thing runs on trust and accountability, or an imminent outside threat. Wars have been a kind of inevitability because of the survival unit need for a level of internal cooperation that can not be achieved with out an enemy; or in recent times Syria falling apart distracting the Democrats and Republicans from starting a civil war at home.

    In short, conscious cooperation, at the level that it is needed is way beyond our pay grade as a species. We have learned to milk every other conceivable way to co-opt the efforts of people within our boarders to enhance our collective competitiveness. But none of that addresses the ultimate fall out from the unavoidable competition between nation states that effects our shared and finite world.

    We are indeed lucky, for now, to live in the USA. But the process of being bigger, badder and more specialized will run its’ coarse and bring the world to its’ knees. China will burn its’ coal and increasingly adopt Capitalism because it is most competitive. Japan will still have nuclear power in spite of it’s terrible experiences. The USA will continue to way outspend other nations in its’ military spending to discourage the disaster of another bipolar arms race, like we had with the Soviet Union. We can not avoid this competition!

    I never thought I would be so old and curmudgeonly as to regard people who have faith in any political systems as idealists. Even the best political system, envisioned, and launched by our founding fathers, even if well maintained, will not save us from the trajectory and likely fate of our species.

    And yes, the people in the know will do anything they can to manipulate outcomes to forestall what is likely inevitable. They are not, as often suggested here, all selfish and short sighted. To be sure there are selfish and short sighted people among the powerful. But you would be sadly fooling yourself to dismiss all powerful people as selfish, even if they are in the business of ‘Herding Cats’, or other wise manipulating people who don’t see, or are disinclined to see, the train wreck.

    The wisest people of 2,000 years ago saw the same trajectory and train wreck I am describing and put their faith in the return of a presumed immortal from Nazareth, not a human political system. And while I think that man was the greatest Psychologist yet to come along, I will believe the immortal part when I see it.

  114. DAYWatcher says:

    What you have posted is truth and is inevitable. Know that there are millions of citizens that feel the exact same way you do. It hurts to see a once great nation, slowly circle the toilette bowl and slide into total darkness. All we can do now is attempt to save ourselves, families, friends and pray for divine protection….

  115. Septikis says:

    I really enjoyed reading this truth.

    Thank you.

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  120. Third Party says:

    I like this posting. It reminds me of a writing experiment someone else had a few years ago where they pretended to write these incredibly detailed stories from the perspective of a gas station attendant (blog: The Gas Guy) and the daily events therein but, alas, were pure fiction.

    I’ll digress on that point but further to the comments about defections of National Guardsmen, local police, etc. – I am not so sure about all of that.

    Today we have police who strangle people to death over cigarette taxes, murder innocent people in cold blood so that they can confiscate their personal property if they can find a joint on it, and are engaged in a lawful highway robbery where people are denied due process of the law in regards to civil asset forfeiture.

    Who are these Honest Men who are going to turn on their vocations when the shooting starts because they sure don’t have a problem with what’s going on right now. This week, local law enforcement in seven states are going to train with federal law enforcement as to the best way to put down their fellow countrymen in urban and suburban warfare. Dressed in plain clothes. Driving unmarked vehicles.

    There could not be a George Washington today. His letters and correspondence would already be kept in a data center and a writing and historical analysis could be performed to inoculate anyone who was ever associated with him as being a potential radical.

    This administration is playing with fire. They’ve systematically removed a crap ton of lifelong military members over relatively minor infractions in favor of those matching their ideological bent and view on people distrustful of the intentions of big government.

    Our Government Class hates us and every day they say “nice doggie” while building a bigger stick that they intend to beat us to death with one day soon.

  121. Emily Summer says:

    This article was written a year ago, in 2014. Since then, we have descended even deeper into darkness, which is astonishing in itself. Now we have millions of illegal aliens to confuse the issue with even more lawlessness. Isis has arrived on the scene, aided and abetted by our own government. Ammo is exceedingly costly so we use less to train. The country is in turmoil.,… least among those of us who are awake. Constant stress that is wearing us down. The stupids are still happily using their I phones and watching sports and collecting their “free” stuff. Others are busy raising their kids and holding 2 or 3 part time jobs trying to feed their families and don’t have time to watch the news or realize what is really going on in this country and in the world.

    Your article was chilling. For the first time in my 77 years I am afraid in my own country.
    I will be printing this article and handing it out to the people I know that are semi awake and do not have computers.

  122. Steady Steve says:

    Mind sharing that list of 100 people with us?

  123. Albert Meyer says:

    Great article, and I agree with everything except the 3 names you mentioned. Ted Goldman Cruz-Sachs? Are you serious? What exactly makes you think that he is different from any other corporate-owned politician? Did he convince you with his pointless fake filibuster? There is no hero riding up on a unicorn to save us, and even if there were, his name is not Ted Cruz.

    The other two are not so well-known, but I see no evidence that they are any different from Rand Paul, who talked a good game for a few years, capitalizing on his father’s hard-earned credibility, and then sold out to AIPAC and forgot about the Americans who voted for him. The fact is that nobody who is not completely corrupted by the corporations will ever appear on a ballot again, and if someone slips through somehow, he will get a bullet in his head Kennedy-style.

  124. Albert Meyer says:

    Awaiting moderation? That’s pathetic! What are you afraid someone will say?

  125. Glenn B says:

    Excellent piece sir, I have never read anything that said it better relative to our current predicament!

  126. Randy says:

    Thanks! You have put into words what I and several friends and family members have been saying for a long time. I know the change is coming I can feel it and am preparing. Thanks again.

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  130. Solaratov says:

    I’ve been talking about this ever since the 1960s – and it hasn’t made any difference to more than a handful of people. But now…we’re close to the fight.

    I’m 70 years old and I have cancer (under control but not curable), so I have a rather limited life expectancy; but this I guarantee you…I shall not die before the fight begins. I may not be here when it ends, but I’ll see the start.

  131. Twodees says:

    You thanked him for his service and said that his first beer should be free everywhere. What if he was a Delta sergeant who got in some trigger time at Waco? Are you grateful for his service, too? Buy him a beer. Maybe he’ll tell you what a burning child smells like.

    • Taxi Hack says:

      What a douchenozzle… but posting this anyway, because why not?

      Lemme guess… one of Kerodin’s Keyboard Kommandos? Or no Black Lives Matter protests tonight?

      Don’t post here, asswipe…

  132. Cleombrotus says:

    Told a friend about Wheeler’s List at The Pig Trap.

    His response?

    “Only 100?”

  133. I don’t know how I missed this post until now, but a friend just referred me to it. You’ve made every single point I’ve been making over the past several years, and I think the sad thing is that the bulk of American voters are too suet-brained to give a damn. The polarization of both the social/political structure and the culture (two distinct things) has approached completion, and there just aren’t any “undecideds” sitting around anymore, waiting to be convinced one way or the other. I believe we’ll be in a HOT civil war within 10 years or so, if for no other reason than the facts that (A) the status quo is completely unsustainable, (B) the bulk of the electorate seems completely unwilling to embrace reform, and (C) the number who are willing to embrace reform are far outnumbered by those who wish to push things even further. It’s going to take something draconian on a vast scale to make Americans wake up, pull their heads out of their asses, and begin taking their gov’t back.

    What I think is far more likely is that, in the end, the US will break up into initially semiautonomous regions of like-minded contiguous states, paying only the vaguest recognition to the federal gov’t in DC (according to the degree of their disgust with DC); and that these regions will ultimately declare their independence as new nations. In other words, what we are witnessing right now is the malaise which precedes the balkanization of America. NO nation the geographical size of ours can remain a unified entity when its nat’l gov’t does everything it can to distance itself from the citizenry.