Monday, November 30, 2009

I Still Care - But My Give A Shit Meter Is On Empty

From: Blaine (86495574)
Date: 11/30/2009 9:09:46 AM

I Still Care - But My Give A Shit Meter Is On Empty

By: Neal Ross
November 30th, 2009

Albert Einstein once said, "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." Even if Einstein had never discovered the Theory of Relativity, that statement alone shows that he was wise beyond his years.

Putting aside those who were born with learning disorders, I see a lot of stupid people running around in this country. I am sure that statement is not going to make me many friends, but after I am finished, I hope you will at least understand why I said it.

The reason I say I see a lot of stupid people can be best explained by a quote I read in Wikipedia, “Stupidity is distinct from irrationality because stupidity denotes an incapability or [an] unwillingness to properly consider the relevant information.” In other words, stupidity can be defined as willful ignorance.

However bad willful ignorance may be, there is something that I despise even more, that being apathy. I can understand how people might be unwilling to consider relevant information which contradicts their personal beliefs. But to be apathetic, to not care at all is the trait which I find the most despicable, and I see just as many apathetic people as I do those who refuse to listen to a differing viewpoint. Helen Keller once said, “Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all &... the apathy of human beings.”

If people were merely ignorant, [uninformed], it would be a simple matter to provide them with information to educate them. However, when people don’t care to learn, or refuse to accept the facts, then we end up with a society filled with people who are easily manipulated, and controlled, by their government.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.”

Not enough people in this country understand the concept of a limited government and individual liberty. To them the idea that government does not exist to solve all the nations problems is completely foreign to them. The same goes for the idea that under our system of government, people were to be free to do as they please, as long as their actions did not deny others the ability to do the same.

There is a flip side to having that amount of freedom. Along with it comes the responsibility of accepting the consequences of your actions. So, if you decide to drink yourself into a stupor every night, that is perfectly fine. But when your drinking causes you to lose your job, or your liver fails and you end up in the hospital, you have no right to blame society, or expect them to accept the responsibility for your poor choices.

That is why, as George Bernard Shaw once said, “Liberty means responsibility... That is why most men dread it.”

“The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” H. L. Mencken.

Our nation was to be a nation based on law. There was to be a certain hierarchy among these laws; with local laws being at the bottom, which was to be superseded by state law, followed by federal law, all of which could only be enacted according to what was contained within the Constitution.

It is important to remember that the very purpose of government was not to give, but to protect our God-given rights. That is the purpose for the Bill of Rights, certain rights our founders believed were of such great importance that they be protected by Constitutional Amendments.

As former Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson once said, “The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.”

It is because of the ignorance, and the apathy, of so many Americans that our system of government has gone from being one of limited powers with respect for individual rights, to one of overreaching powers and continued infringements upon our rights.

For example, the Second Amendment states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. According to the principles of natural law, as long as you, in the exercise of a right, do not infringe upon others ability to freely exercise their rights, you are free to exercise that right as you wish.

Since the Second Amendment states the right to not only keep, but bear arms, why must we ask permission from the government to exercise what was considered to be a right? Does the fact that we have to ask mean that it is no longer considered a right, but a privilege?

As it stands now, laws have been passed which makes it extremely difficult for us to legally defend ourselves, our families, and our property. We have become dependent upon the police to do what was to be our right, and our responsibility to do ourselves.

I could go into other aspects of the Second Amendment, but I think you get the picture.

How about our right to free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment? Our court system has passed ruling upon ruling banning any kind of religious display from public places, especially in our schools.

However, Thomas Jefferson once said, “One of the amendments to the Constitution &... expressly declares that &... Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,' thereby guarding in the same sentence and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; insomuch that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others.”

One needs to remember that according to the principle of natural rights, a person is free to exercise their right as long as they do not prohibit someone else from doing the same.

No one is forcing anyone to pray in school, or to believe in God. But when you use the courts to impose your belief, which prohibits others from freely practicing their beliefs, you are infringing upon their natural right.

Okay, lets take a moment to look at one other instance of governmental abuse of powers.

Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution outlines the specific powers granted to Congress. One of these powers is, “To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures.”

In 1792 the Congress passed an act establishing a mint, and regulating the Coins of the United States, known as the Coinage Act of 1792. This act established a U.S. Mint and the corresponding values of coins to be used as currency in the United States.

In 1873 Congress passed the fourth Coinage Act, which de-monetized silver, placing us upon the gold standard. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the gold standard was a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by a stated quantity of gold.

Paper money was introduced to be used as an alternative to heavy bulky coins. However, they were always redeemable in the corresponding amount of gold or silver.

If you look, for example, at a 1928 $100 bill you will see that it states, “Redeemable in gold on demand at the United States Treasury or in gold or lawful money at any Federal Reserve Bank.”

In 1913 Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act, which gave its power to coin our nations money to a group of bankers. Although the President nominates the Chairman of the FED, the banks themselves are not beholden to Congress, they have never been audited, and they, of their own admission, were responsible for the crash of 1929 which led to the Great Depression.

One of the heads of these banking dynasties which control the Federal Reserve Bank was Mayer Amschel Rothschild. Rothschild once said, “Give me control of a nations money supply, and I care not who makes it's laws.”

These bankers knew that if they controlled a nations money supply, they controlled the nation. H. L. Birum Sr. once said, “The Federal Reserve Bank is nothing but a banking fraud and an unlawful crime against civilization. Why? Because they "create" the money made out of nothing, and our Uncle Sap Government issues their "Federal Reserve Notes" and stamps our Government approval with NO obligation whatever from these Federal Reserve Banks, Individual Banks or National Banks, etc.”

However, as long as our nations currency was tied to gold, the FED could only print as much money as we had in gold to back it up. If you look over the course of our nation’s history, there were few periods of sustained inflation. These usually followed periods of war, but our country returned to normal after a short time afterwards.

However, when FDR took us off the gold standard that gave the FED the green light to print as much money as they wish. It also gave Congress the ability to ask for unlimited amounts of money to fund projects, as they could borrow now, pay later with no regards as to how much gold there was to back up their spending.

Since then inflation has been on the rise, the price of gold has quadrupled, and the buying power of the dollar has steadily diminished.

Even Alan Greenspan had this to say about the gold standard, “In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. &#... This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists' antagonism toward the gold standard.”

Our government spends, and spends, and spends, all of which is spent by borrowed money, created out of thin air, by the banks. All this debt is passed on to us, the people by way of our taxes, which do not even begin to pay the interest upon our national debt.

The banks want us in debt, they want our country in debt. That is how they earn money, from the interest they make off of loans. Allow me to prove my point.

I moved into my home in 1992, prior to the housing bubble. I took out a 6.5% loan upon $87,500. Now, if you add six and a half percent to the initial balance of $87,500, you come up with $93.,187.

My loan was a 30 year loan, and my payment was roughly $800 a month. Now, let’s do some math. Eight hundred times twelve equals $9,600 per year. Now multiply that by the period of the loan and you get, $288,000.

Now subtract the money I borrowed, and you end up with $200,500 in interest payments. I understand why they put up such a fight when I wanted to pay off my home after only 5 years of interest payments. That is a lot of cash for them to lose out on.

Well, that is the scheme employed by the people who print, regulate, and control our nations currency. Now we are expecting these same people to solve our nation’s monetary problems when they are the ones who created them in the first place?

Like I said in the beginning, there are a lot of stupid people running around in this country. It may sound trite, and old fashioned, but there are three things that I owe my allegiance to. First of all I owe my allegiance to my God, secondly, to my country, and lastly to my family. Everything else is trivial, including what others think of me.

So, if you choose to remain uneducated as to what is going on in this country, if you choose to disregard the facts because they contradict what you believe in, fine, so be it. My priorities have already been explained. I still give a shit, just not about you. But as Anton La Vey once said, “It‘s too bad that stupidity isn‘t painful.”

Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says "OH SHIT!!... HE'S AWAKE!!"

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?

~ The Author ~

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