Posted by revkharma on September 10, 2015
For the record, I am not a follower of ‘numerology’. I don’t believe in horoscopes or most of the end times prophesies that pop up every year or so like so many whack a moles. But there is one number that has caught my attention. It’s an important number, and a far smaller than I would have imagined. I’ll tell you about it quickly, then tell me what you think.
Forty Seven is a magical number. It is a DANGEROUS number.
That is the total number of people who are needed to destroy our republic. 1 president who is willing to act via executive decree. 5 supreme court justices willing to vote against clear language in Constitution to enable that executive to continue. 41 senators willing to vote to “filibuster ” to block any legislation which might rein in the lawlessness.
Of course there is a pair of spineless congressional leaders, one in the house and one in the Senate who will lay down and not fight to defend what they pretend their party stands for.
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Posted by revkharma on June 20, 2014
It was all a political ploy!’
According to Jay Starkman, writing in the Wall Street Journal, the Sixteenth amendment was merely a trick, employed to allow the Congress to pass an excise tax on business.
The Senate boss, Finance Committee Chairman Nelson Aldrich, together with President William Howard Taft concocted a compromise to stop the income tax bill that the House had passed. Congress would immediately pass a 1% “excise” tax on corporate income over $5,000—in effect the rich were being taxed. As a further sop to income-tax advocates, Aldrich would sponsor an income-tax constitutional amendment.
Aldrich was quite candid about his scheme to block the House bill that had been passed, declaring to the Senate: “I shall vote for the corporation tax as a means to defeat the income tax.”
But of course it was not something which those who imposed it had any desire subject themselves to :
After the tax law was passed, judges embraced it—for everyone else, just not themselves. Judges across the land proclaimed that the Constitution prohibited diminishing their salaries (and those of the president and state employees) through taxation. They emphasized the point by issuing court rulings in their own favor, excusing themselves from the tax. This lasted until the Depression, when the force of public opinion essentially shamed them into relenting. Under a law passed in 1932, Franklin Roosevelt became the first president subject to the income tax, but he refused to pay an increased rate that he helped enact in 1934. FDR insisted on paying the lower 1932 rates.
Now they just use the IRS to attack enemies and destroy those who oppose them.
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Posted by revkharma on June 20, 2014
Feb 13, 1913 The United States ratified the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Since that time what was introduced as a way for the wealthiest among us to pay a little more (sound familiar?) has grown and expanded beyond all imagination. Here is a graphic to illustrate:
(Source for this can be found here)
Additional outrage can be gleaned from such things as this:
(Found on Politico)
Rep. Jeff Duncan wants to know why IRS law enforcement agents are training with AR-15 rifles.
As chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, Duncan (R-S.C.) toured a federal law enforcement facility in late May and noticed agents training with the semi-automatic weapons at a firing range. They identified themselves as IRS, he said.
“When I left there, it’s been bugging me for weeks now, why IRS agents are training with a semi-automatic rifle AR-15, which has stand-off capability,” Duncan told POLITICO. “Are Americans that much of a target that you need that kind of capability?
Today during a hearing Paul Ryan in questioning IRS commissioner John Koskinen stated the following:
You demand that taxpayers present seven years worth of information, yet you can’t maintain six months worth of employee emails?
All of this (and much much more) brings to mind only one question:
It is time, if not well past time, for the IRS to be abandoned. It is time to repeal the 16th amendment and dissolve and destroy the Internal Revenue Service and all the dangerous and repressive government coercion it represents and creates.
Time after time, republicans and democrats have used and abused the power of the IRS to compel and control others to advance their own power.
It’s time. NOW.
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Posted by revkharma on May 29, 2014
Reading an essay by Kevin Williamson, in National Review I came across this thought, buried in the middle of the piece.
It sums up much of what is wrong with so many, and thought it worth passing along.
It might be thought provoking to read the entire essay, (linked here)
But this one short sentence just made me pause and think:
Modernity sets us free, but it does not offer any answer to the question, “Free to do what?”
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Posted by revkharma on December 28, 2012
We all hear over and over about the famous “Checks and Balances” built into the government by the Constitution. Supposedly each of the three branches are separate and equal, in order to prevent any one branch from gaining too much centralized power and moving the nation back toward tyranny. In recent times we have seen over and over that the balance is portrayed as a balance between the “Two Parties” so one political party does not gain overwhelming power over the levers of government. The last is the most risible of all, as there were no real political parties when the Constitution was written, and as most have heard, outgoing President Washington warned about the danger of parties as he left office.
All of this addresses the balance of power within the Federal Government. All of this also fails to address one area of balance which was intentionally removed, and all but forgotten. This loss, and loss of memory is perhaps the most destructive to our republic.
The loss I speak of is the loss of any check or balance of the power of the Federal government against the states, which was erased by the 17th amendment.
Read the entire thing here:
Patriots Do Not Comply
Keep The Faith
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Posted by revkharma on November 5, 2009
So, it’s time to celebrate, isn’t it? The good guys scored some big hits and stole some thunder from the Omabites on election day 2009. Team Obama got beat back, and the libs have been taught a lesson. Time to party, to look to who won and plan to continue the winning strategy into the mid-term elections in 2010. After all the good guys came out on top!
Only there’s a flaw in all of this. Look who won and how didn’t. Sure, the Republican Party took a couple of seats from Democrat governors. But the way things are going that’s like being chased by a cheetah, and thinking you are safe when a leopard takes his place behind you. One may run faster, but either one will eventually catch you and then, lights out.
In the now infamous NY 23 house race, the Democrat Party took over a seat which was renowned as a safe republican seat for decades. Note that: ” a SAFE republican seat”. (of course the seat was held by a democrat in 1993, but that’s a minor detail, isn’t it?) That means essentially one party rule in that district. Perhaps that’s why when Ms Dede Scozzafava ran and called herself a Republican, the party rewarded her with nearly a million dollars in campaign funds, ignoring her liberal political stance on most issues.
As the election neared, and the Conservative Party of New York ( CPNYS) endorsed Doug Hoffman the two major parties tried their best to ignore him. As he gained ground, eventually garnering better poll results than either ‘major party’ candidate, the very liberal Scozzafava withdrew. The party of elephants then said they would support the conservative. Dede did not agree, and the one time nominee of the Republican Party of New York cast her support to the nominee of the donkey party. After having denounced him during the entire campaign, the Republicans now embraced Hoffman. This is NOT because they embraced his positions. It was mere expediency, hoping to maintain a share of the seat to which they felt entitled. Remember, this is a “safe republican seat for decades”.
Down State, in Manhattan, the estimable billionaire Mike Bloomberg was running for a third term. Nevermind that the laws of New York City have prohibited more than two consecutive terms for years. You see, Mr. Bloomberg could not imagine that anyone could run the city as well as he has done. Despite two separate votes in which the residents of NYC have voted to maintain a two term limit for their mayor, Bloomberg went to the city council, not the voters. A compliant city council agreed to change the rules, and allowed Mr. Bloomberg to run again. Not by vote, but by fiat did Bloomberg get his way. Inconvenient laws are just waived away. Even the immensely popular Rudy Giuliani would not do such a thing, during the scary times after 9/11. He followed the rule of law and simply turned the office to his successor. It is interesting to note that Bloomberg is reported to have spent more than $100 MILLION of his own money to gain this re-election.
See, the problem here is not liberal versus conservative parties, it’s not donkeys and elephants. The problem is accumulation of power and the sense that those who currently hold office are entitled to those offices. This sense of ownership betrays the entire mindset. It really doesn’t matter if you color your state ‘blue’ or ‘red’ or purple. It does not matter if you show up to speak wearing an elephant head or a donkey head during your campaign. As long as you are part of the club, you are in. Not the interests of the nation, nor the American People, the primary concern maintaining their elitist grip on power. The two major parties are now so concerned with getting and keeping power that they will simply act in the interest of party rather than in the interest of the nation.
The secret is revealed by the results of the special election in the 23rd district of NY. As soon as the seemingly opposed parties saw their place at the table threatened, they reacted. Actual citizens seemed on the brink of taking control of their own government. Those annoying ‘Tea Party” people were crushing the established party candidates. Only one thing to do: Dump the fake elephant, have her endorse the donkey and at all costs, do not allow an outsider to get a place at the table. The future of the two party system is on display in New York. The election results for NY -23 and NYC Mayor Bloomberg show the length the major parties will extend themselves to maintain their grip on the levers of political power.
I am taking a close look at an organization that seems, at first glance to have this concept in mind. “Get Out of Our House” is a growing grass-roots organization whose entire goal is to fund and elect outsiders. I suggest you take a look around and see what you think. I have just begun to read through, but so far I like what I see. Please, check them out.
Please, do something. Just pay attention. We are seeing our government corrupted and the ‘Two Party system” turned into a fiction used to hold oligarchs in power. If we do nothing, we will have a government little different from that currently pretending to be a democracy in Russia.
Keep the Faith.
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Posted by revkharma on May 12, 2009
Over at the Columbia Conservative Examiner, Anthony G. Martin has a thought provoking essay today on the topic of legalization of drugs. His writing has caused me to revisit the issue, and I wish to engage directly some of his thinking.
This is an issue fraught with complexities and dangerous ramifications regardless of which side of the issue you come down on. He endorses the idea of decriminalization. He says, in part:
The war on drugs did not work and it appears to be a major waste of tax dollars and manpower. Surely we can use this money more wisely.
By decriminalizing non-violent drug offenders and making simple possession a non-issue, we can immediately put the crunch on the vast drug underground, defanging the pushers, the drug cartels, and the drug war lords.
No, this would not solve all of the problems involving drugs, just as repealing Prohibition did not solve all of the problems associated with alcohol. But it would be a start.
He also makes the comparison to alcohol Prohibition in the early twentieth century. I have still not completely settled my own thinking on this subject, as there are so many ways any choice will change society and individual lives. In an earlier essay, on Libertarianism and society, I talked briefly about this topic.
I still think the State has no legitimate interest, nor the right to intrude on the personal behaviour of an individual so long as that behavior has no damaging impact on another, or on society as a whole. The problem here is that as a nation, we have permitted our government to reach so deeply into private behaviour that we have essentially insulated individuals from the consequences of ill conceived behavior. A drug abuser will be provided medical and psychological assistance at the expense of the taxpayers should his own choice damage him. In this way, the very act of individual behavior and choice is a direct cost to those who do not make such a choice. The proper sphere for such assistance is private charity and/or religious organizations. Thus those who truly wish to help can do so without coercion. Those who feel that someone who makes such a decision should pay for it directly, and suffer the consequences of choices made will not be obligated to subsidize behavior which they have avoided.
Similarly, drug use can be looked at as a neutral legal matter. If society permits unrestricted access to narcotics, an individual can avail himself of whatever substances he chooses. Should someone, while influenced by such substances, engage in destructive, or criminal behavior then that act should be prosecuted by society. There is still an underlying moral component here. What of the moral impact on the individual who engages in such activity. The woman or man who sells their body for sexual favors may eventually become degraded and suffer psychological or medical consequences. The chronic user of drugs may eventually end up the classic image of the junkie, passed out in an alley, eventually to die dirty and alone. Should someone not step in and aid them? If your personal morality deems that essential, then you are within your rights to do so. The difference in a Libertarian society is that the state has no right to coerce the assistance of one individual to aid another. Social ’safety net’ programs which are certainly well intentioned, merely confiscate the rights of society in order to aid one who is seeing the result of individual choices. If the state can not preempt such behavior as drug use or prostitution, neither can it compel other individuals to pay for the consequences of such behavior freely chosen by another.
I think this is, yet again, another reason to work for the reduction in size, scope and intrusion of the bloated Leviathan our government has become. By permitting unfettered intrusion into the sphere of personal behavior we surrender personal sovereignty and empower a controlling government. As government grows, it will naturally seek additional ways to curtail individual liberty, as expansive government is the natural enemy of personal liberty. By acquiescing to government run social projects, the conservative movement has ceded the field to the liberal expansionists and statists. Until that field is declared open again, we will not be able to truly determine if libertarian policies are workable. That’s the tough spot in which we find ourselves. Now the question is, how do we , as a society,dig out, and do we really want to?
Several steps are needed, beginning with term limits, and perhaps elimination of political parties which both tend to engender life tenure in office for a select few, at the expense of the citizens who are handed ever increasing bills for a government which keeps power by paying those who will give them votes in exchange for other citizens wealth. The needed changes, and the challenges in bringing them about are topics of interest and thought which I intend to continue exploring.
Keep the Faith
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