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The Preamble – From Beyond The Grave

September 15, 2012

What Might They Say?

Preamble to the United States Constitution

Preamble to the United States Constitution (Photo credit: drewgeraets)

By: Gary Hardee

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Why this “statement of purpose” is not readily understood is likely the result of many factors, not the least of which are decades of cultural and educational decline, governments running and regulating the school systems, unionized government paid and approved school teachers, and thereby a steady rewriting of history to favor government actions that run counter to the very words of the Preamble!

So, in keeping with today’s words and communications standards I offer this interpretation as if from the founders:

“We, the writers of this Constitution, having deliberated extensively over every issue we think critical for the proper operating of a national government, having just endured a war and struggle for freedom over tyranny, and the earlier problems under the Articles of Confederation, are compelled by this 1st and present Constitutional Convention seeking to accomplish six main goals as noted below. We have combined all our wisdom, knowledge and experience to offer and propose this set of rules and guidelines to achieve them. They are:

1) To form a more perfect union of the states as they relate to each other, in our relations to each other and in our relations to other nations of the world.

2) Establish justice.

3) Insure domestic tranquility and peace – therefore the greatest happiness.

4) Provide for the means of common defense in times of attack or threats.

5) Promote the general welfare of all parties to this Constitution.

6) Secure the blessings of liberty, both now and to those yet unborn.

A stable and enduring government, built and operated for the benefit of her citizens generally, must remain small and restricted. We can think of no better way to accomplish this than to base its powers on the consent of the governed and limiting its activities to only those things that we individually have a natural right to do or more locally, the states.

There is a natural danger in governments, in establishing governments and in operating governments. Their tendency is to grow beyond their proper functions and to become instruments of legal plunder and turn into tyranny. Vigilance, our fellow citizens, is the price of freedom and if you think that you can sit on your laurels, generation after generation, and shirk this duty of vigilance and remain free – you are sadly mistaken!

We have taken great pains to accomplish the six goals above. We’d like to point out that they are all inclusive and considerate of each other, inseparable. For the record, a preamble is a statement of purpose, an overarching goal, an ideal end point and what we hope to accomplish. It does not grant any powers itself, only the body and subsequent amendments that are consistent with it will keep our republic true to its purposes. Let not any amendment be approved that does not conform to these goals or tyranny will be in your futures!

It is vital that you do not allow our words and intent to be misconstrued and distorted. Men will come along, seeking to undo and thwart our best laid restraints. It is the nature of man to live at the expense of others. History has instructed us to build a hardened wall against this nature of man. We have done that in our day to the best of our current abilities but it may not be perfect and as times change, new safeguards may be required through amendment. Be on guard and teach every generation accurate history so as to not fall prey to their ploys and evil designs. Heed our warning that the accumulation and concentration of powers in a single place is the very definition of tyranny.

Consider our time and what we have just endured. From our long struggles with abuses and arbitrary powers we have created and offer to a young nation this Constitution for you to improve at necessary times by amendment. Let no one assume powers not specifically delegated or that run counter to the preamble.

We wish every succeeding generation great wisdom and character in the exercise of its self-interest. Maintain the atmosphere of personal liberties and personal responsibilities which are given to each from Divine Providence, not government.  Jealously guard your liberties or fall victim to the lowest desires of fallen man.”

(posthumously and respectfully submitted to our countrymen ~ the Founders)

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Let’s Play the Loop Game Again, Shall We?

September 3, 2012

Join the political “Loop Liberation Movement”!

By: Gary Hardee
July 24, 2012

It is an irrefutable fact that Jimmy Carter filled his administration with members of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission (CFR/TC).  It is they who are responsible for the failings of administrations in which they dominated.  Not understanding this group’s immense influence within administration after administration keeps you right where they want you; ignorant, programmed and obedient.

These organizations and their affiliated front groups are overwhelmingly internationalist in their mindset. They view our US Constitution as the greatest hurdle toward global governance, which they openly tout!

They are decidedly opposed to any of the aims of Presidential candidate Ron Paul. This is the entire reason the Establishment Insiders and their member/surrogates in the media beat him up, black him out and otherwise bash his ideas and proposals even while he, and almost he alone, has been accurate in his future predictions of 9/11 and the bursting of the housing bubble, among others, years ahead of their happening.  Do any Ron Paul detractors, who claim to be “conservatives”, disagree with my assessment of Jimmy Carter and his administration?

However, just as Jimmy complained about the “insiders” while campaigning: “The insiders have had their chance and have not delivered. We need new faces and new ideas.”, so too did Reagan! Wasn’t the outcome of electing Jimmy Carter just more of the same or worse? More CFR/TC members, more domestic regulations, more international sellout, giving away our Panama Canal, communists allowed to ravage central America and I could go on and on. With their members holding the highest positions within Carter’s Cabinet and throughout his administration, should we not hold them accountable or to blame for the outcomes? Did the “insiders” become outsiders or was it all a lie to deceive a gullible public?

Reagan, prior to the New Hampshire primary, condemned the TC by name and took New Hampshire by storm, 50% to Bush’s 23%. George H. W. Bush, was required to resign his CFR Directorship while running against Reagan or while “in public service”.  Bush was the Director of the CFR from 1977-1979 when he resigned.
See:  http://www.cfr.org/about/history/cfr/appendix.html

As just one example of his super-internationalist views; the following is taken from this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_world_order_(politics)
“A pivotal point came with Bush’s September 11, 1990 “Toward a New World Order” speech to a joint session of Congress. This time it was Bush, not Gorbachev, whose idealism was compared to Woodrow Wilson, and to Franklin D. Roosevelt at the creation of the UN.” Please note the date! 9/11/1990! Oddly, 11 years to the day prior to the 9/11/2001 WTC attacks. Now, that could be a coincidence I’ll admit, but it is very strange.

You see, many still yet do not understand or acknowledge who we are fighting against. You are the victim of what in the computing world is called a “repeating loop”, normally requiring “debugging” or correcting.  Every command line inside the loop is performed until it reaches a command to return to the first line and repeats itself over and over.  The interesting thing is that the output of the loop is different each time but only within a range of acceptable values set by the programmers within that loop. Just before the loop repeats, the names of the known “X”s and “Y”s are changed to “A”s and “B”s but the formulas and their outputs are the same.  Many being none-the-wiser are all too content to think that this loop is a wonderful example of our democratic two-party system in action. If so, you have become a captive of the loop!

Activists and supporters of the “liberty movement” are largely familiar with the “loop game” and are attempting to expose and change the command lines of the loop and break the loop all-together in time.  I have dubbed this effort the “Loop Liberation Movement”(LLM).

Education is the only thing that will expose the “loop game” and how the masses are trapped in it. To understand the current command lines and how the loop game is played, you must watch this video. When you have carefully watched it, please return with your comments. But until then, I must hold onto my hope that humans can still muster the character and willingness to learn things that they currently do not know or that they insist on denying at their own peril.

For this presentation in written form, click here: The Insiders!

Keeping it Real and Open – the Internet!

September 1, 2012

Like many of you around the world, I like the animating contest of freedom over the slavery of restrictions imposed on me by others. The lack of knowledge, even by the willful rejection of the truth, empowers enslavement ends. The ignorant and willfully ignorant are far more apt to swallow the deceptions of tricksters, con-artists, crooks, tyrants and collectivists.  “The truth shall set you free” is a well-known and accepted axiom, but for it to be fulfilled, it requires us to want truth and have the willingness to accept the transforming impact that comes along with it.

Restoring liberty will not be done from the top down but from the bottom up! Entrenched powers seldom want limits placed on them, but rather, more of the same.  Truth and knowledge breeds freedom, while deception and ignorance breeds tyranny – a tyranny that is sadly asked for by those who have allowed themselves to become dependent to the corrupting “system”.

Once you accept that evil men conspire to advance their personal agendas, that birds of a feather flock together and that those that want insulation from market competition will compromise most principles to have government do their dirty work, you begin to get a small sense of the long entrenched conspiratorial forces that must be vanquished. It is not an easy task, nor is it for the faint of heart. It will for now, likely cause you to lose more friends than gain them. Those you enlighten will forever express their thanks while others may become uncomfortable around you because they know they should be more active in opposing the evil you made them aware of.

To be a “dignitary” one should comport oneself in a dignified manner.  Desiring to assume and wield unauthorized power over the life and property of another makes man little short of a thief and con-artist, or a would-be tyrant.  Collectivists and would-be tyrants cannot qualify as being worthy of the title “dignitary”.

The people of Earth live in truly exciting, if not hard times.  A time in which, thanks mostly to the growing and widespread use of the internet, mankind is more able to communicate with each other. Therefore they are breaking from the old mediums of biased media, prominent collectivist think tanks and book publishers, entrenched left-wing college professors, and the most destructive of all – our national system of “public schools”.

What does inadequate, insufficient and deliberately withheld knowledge give to the solving of any problem?  Nothing! Ignorance contributes nothing to freedom, however, knowledge does.  Ignorant and free can never be.  If you don’t recognize the previous sentence as a famous saying – you may be ignorant.  Don’t feel bad, we are all ignorant (lack knowledge) in some area.  I am not condemning general ignorance but rather the widespread resistance to certain knowledge and vital truths.

Provided that the internet remains open and uncontrolled; a virtual information anarchy, a place where information is made available and shared openly, we will by osmosis learn to think and reason on our own and to throw off preposterous notions and deliberate propaganda. Frauds will be discovered and so will time-honored principles.  The internet’s openness, while chaotic, will be freedom’s salvation if man steps up to influence its destiny.  While “Net Neutrality” and other such schemes to limit or restrict the free flow of communications serve only tyrants, it is readily apparent that putting the technology “Jeanie” back in the bottle will be highly improbable.

I believe we are beginning to see the gradual rising tide of truth and therefore freedom, not just in the U.S. but in Europe and elsewhere. I believe that freedom will ultimately win, even as it exposes certain false “conservatives” of today. The individual will again be respected and contracts upheld. The occasional “dust storm”, while likely, will not be blinding.

The generally accepted concept that there are only two sides to an argument is beginning to be seriously challenged by this open information exchange.  People and belief systems are not as complex as one might think.  No one likes a thief.  No one likes a thug.  No one likes a murderer. We may disagree about what to do, but we are on the same side of the issue.

We know there are liberal-conservatives as well as conservative-liberals for instance. This is not news. What really is news is that because the internet allows for greater unregulated communication, both sides are starting to form alliances to fight for commonly held issues.  It’s not the answer but it is a start.

We know there are “anti-war” Republicans and Democrats that see no sense continuing to wage the “war on drugs” or other politically driven wars.  We are discovering and bridging common ground and beginning to grow a backbone for resistance to certain collectivist and authoritarian policies and laws.  The growth of this much-needed “backbone” may be painfully slow, but it does have the potential for rapid manifestation as enlightenment spreads.

Robert Welch said in 1958: “All we must find and use and build to win is a sufficient understanding, while there is still time”.  Many citizens, from the 50’s to the 80’s rang the alarm bells and provided resistance to communism, collectivism, fiat money, debt and deficits, globalism and the U.N.’s military goals.  I thank them and honor their sacrifices. Their efforts may not have fully awakened freedom from her “comatose” state but those dutiful citizens may have kept her alive long enough for the internet “defibrillator” of today to play its role.

Any individual, group, leader, agency or non-governmental agency, bureaucrat or politician that favors controls on the internet is not the friend of freedom.

Declaration of Independence

June 30, 2012

Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776


Declaration of Independence


 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shown, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. 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 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 the 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 the Convulsions within.

HE has endeavored 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 Benefits 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 neighboring 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 Rules 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 complete the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and 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 endeavored 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.

NOR have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.

WE, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in GENERAL CONGRESS, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which INDEPENDENT STATES may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divineProvidence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

                                                                   John Hancock
GEORGIA: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton.
NORTH CAROLINA: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton.
MARYLAND: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll, of Carrollton.
VIRGINIA: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton.
PENNSYLVANIA: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, Jason Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross.
DELAWARE: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
NEW YORK: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Frank Lewis, Lewis Morris.
NEW JERSEY: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton.
MASSACHUSETTS: Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry.
RHODE ISLAND: C. Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery.
CONNECTICUT: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott.

Notes:  Fifty-six (56) signers; 27 stated reasons for the declaration.

Sen. Paul – Introduces US Use, Drone Limiting Bill

June 12, 2012

Sen. Paul Introduces Bill to Protect Americans Against Unwarranted Drone Surveillance

Jun 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today,  Sen. Rand Paul introduced legislation into the Senate that protects individual privacy against unwarranted governmental intrusion through the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles commonly known as drones.  The Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012 will protect Americans’ personal privacy.

“Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement,  in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued.  Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics,” Sen. Paul said.

The Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012 also:

1.       Prohibits the use of drones by the government except when a warrant is issued for its use in accordance with the requirements of the Fourth Amendment.

2.       Includes the following exceptions:

1)       patrol of national borders;

2)       when law enforcement possesses reasonable suspicion that under particular circumstances,  swift drone action is necessary to prevent “imminent danger to life;”

3)       high risk of a terrorist attack

3.       Allows any person to sue the government for violating this Act.

4.       Specifies that no evidence obtained or collected in violation of this Act can be used/admissible as evidence in a criminal, civil, or regulatory action.

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Freedom of Choice! Its Roots and Relevance

April 17, 2012

One Man’s Opinion

By:  Gary Hardee
Date:  4/17/2012

On a purely personal level, the evidence that a Supreme Being, Divine Providence, God or whatever one chooses to call it, is hard to miss.

As for me, God makes the most sense. A God that promotes love over hate, choice over force, forgiveness over persecution, truth over lies, principles over situation ethics, personal responsibility over blaming others, laws over do what “feels” right, discipline over aimlessness, order over chaos and justice over wanton violence and suffering,  is consistent with Divine Providence and all major religious schools of thought. A “god” that promotes the later in each case is not a god that is worthy of emulation or following.

Is it wrong to embrace freely all the better values listed above? Put another way, would a wise man seek to embrace and practice such good values on his own?  Criminals surely do not obey or embrace all, some or any of them.  Criminal minds opt for the later in some cases. Twisting these concepts to “fit” their decisions, the criminal justifies their actions even if acted out in the spur of the moment.

A free person must have choice. If his ability to choose is denied – is he truly free? So where does a free man’s choice end? Can he choose to do anything he wants at any time he wants with anyone or anything he wants if no one is forced involuntarily to take part or have their natural rights affected? The basic answer is yes! Now you might disagree, but that’s your choice as well. I seek not to force my views upon anyone but “choose” to use the power of persuasion. Some fundamentalists feel they are justified to use force to impose their “standards” on others; denying others both their choices and the accompanying “price” they naturally “pay” for their choices. This attitude tends to spring from a more “group” or “collectivist” view that should a majority say it should be law (force) then it is a moral law. I totally reject this view!

The funny thing about God is that “force” has NEVER been his weapon. He seeks not to “control” us but to teach us lessons by allowing us to suffer from our bad choices while we prosper and become happier with our good ones.

All religions aside, I believe the “Ten Commandments” were not given to deny us choice but to strongly suggests for us what is good to voluntarily embrace. Perhaps it is a view into the “mind of God” if you will.  For He surely knew mankind needed something to be “brought to their senses”. No better guidance than these exist for man to follow. But will mankind follow each one if they are “legislated” by government and become punishable under “law”? Not a chance! Many are and still yet “violations” occur every second of every day. Take American football or golfing for others – on Sunday. “No other Gods before me…”, “Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy”.  What about the crass commercialization of Jesus’ birthday celebrated as Christmas or even the “Easter Bunny” and hunting eggs when celebrating Jesus’ resurrection? Appropriate? Again, it’s your choice but don’t think it doesn’t come without its subtle, “unintended” consequences.

Violations and perversions of these “Ten” existed before being “published”. And no matter the laws have been passed, they continue today. God’s judgment is immediate in some cases and delayed in others. The results are visible and private, often far-reaching yet in most instances very personal. But it is clear to me that all societies, to the extent their members choose to violate them, experience His judgment as their societies become more corrupt, unprincipled, lawless, unloving, irresponsible, undisciplined, restrictive and regimented and unforgiving.

Virtually every evil that a society suffers can be traced back to one or more violations of these “Ten”.  It is universally accepted that no man is perfect and that indeed “ALL have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God!” In the marketplace of virtues, the least purchased item may well be “Humility”.

Your comments are welcome!

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson – Oath Breaker?

April 1, 2012

Written by: Gary Hardee
Date: 4/1/2012

The citizens of the 17th Congressional District of Florida have a real challenge; externally and internally.  Externally,  she is your “Congressman”  –  internally, because a majority of you voted for her.

It has been often said that we get the kind of government we deserve. I disagree! But we do get the kind of government we allow as defined by the principles we hold. Indeed we allow many violations of those principles partly because are simply too busy trying to make a living and enjoy our lives and often the misplaced trust in government. But one thing is for sure! We have failed to learn the lessons of history!

You are about to read a recent email sent, in its entirety, from Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, a Florida Congressman from the 17th District. Notice as you read her communication, the absence of any reference to the Constitution or free-enterprise or limited government or defined powers or powers reserved to the states or ANY limitations AT ALL on what the government can do while specifically speaking about the “Affordable Care Act”!

To any citizen, having character and principles, who understands it is good to restrain government power from doing certain things, her email smacks of pure betrayal! Betrayal of her oath of office to adhere to any limits! Betrayal of her promise to the people of her district! Betrayal of the State of Florida and her retained powers to act independently of Washington, DC.  Betrayal of every dead and wounded soldier who has fought to defend our Constitution and republic dating all the way back to Valley Forge and to the founders of this great nation! Betrayal is the mildest term usable!

The ACA, “Obamacareless”, as I like to call it, is the single largest advance of collectivism this nation has ever seen. A line by line examination of the ACA reveals a thoroughly UNconstitutional document that eviscerates clearly written powers and limitations.  By its simple passage in 2010, it reveals that the people of her district know little to nothing or care even less, about restraining government at all!

So to the people of the 17th District I say, you have a real problem! If you elect a person that lies to you about obeying her oath, a person who has no excuse for not knowing the Constitution, inside and out, yet who totally ignores this pact with the people – it reflects far worse on your character and your knowledge than on Ms. Wilson. That you would first elect such a person is bad enough and for you to re-elect for a second term places total blame at your feet! While she will truly object to the charge of being a communist, there is no dispute that she is a collectivist without limits! Her reelection will transfer those labels onto you and the people of your District!

Here is her disgusting letter:

Dear Friend,

March 23, 2012 marked the two-year anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. The ACA provides better health security by putting in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that hold insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more choice, and enhance the quality of care for all Americans.

Because the ACA encompasses significant regulatory reforms, all of its provisions could not be implemented all at once. Portions of the law have already taken effect like provisions that implement a new Patient’s Bill of Rights that put an end to some of the worst insurance company practices, such as canceling your policy, denying you coverage, or charging women differently than men.

I agree with President Obama that you should not have to fear going bankrupt because you get sick or somebody in your family gets sick. In Congress, I will continue to fight any efforts to turn back the clock and repeal the ACA. Health care reform has been long overdue in this country, and now is the time we must see it through to completion so that healthcare in Florida and the rest of the nation is accessible and more affordable to all.

If you have any questions about provisions in the Affordable Care Act, please visit www.healthcare.gov or feel free to contact my office.

Sincerely,

Frederica S. Wilson
Congresswoman, 17th District of Florida

WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS DONE FOR YOU SINCE 2010:

Protection from discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions:
Under the ACA, insurance plans that cover children can no longer exclude, limit or deny coverage to your child under age 19 solely based on a health problem or disability that your child developed before you applied for coverage.

In District 17, up to 41,000 children with preexisting health conditions can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers.

New Coverage Options for Individuals with a Pre-Existing Condition:
A Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) provides new coverage options to individuals who have been uninsured for at least six months because of a pre-existing condition.

Protection for women:
Under ACA, you can no longer be dropped by your insurance company if you become pregnant or become sick. New plans now offer free coverage for important, life-saving preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies. Additionally, older women with chronic conditions receive improved care due to incentives provided for more coordinated care efforts under Medicare.

Protection for seniors:
Seniors who reach the “donut hole” will receive a 50 percent discount when buying Medicare Part D covered brand-name prescription drugs.

4,200 seniors in the district received prescription drug discounts worth $2.5 million, an average discount of $590 per senior. By 2020, the law will close the donut hole.

Protection for young people and minority youth:
Under the ACA, young adults can stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until the age of 26.

6,600 young adults in District 17 now have health insurance through their parents’ plans.

Free Preventive Care Services:
Under the ACA, health plans must cover certain preventive services such as mammograms and colonoscopies without charging a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance. Seniors also receive a free Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare.

62,000 seniors in the district received Medicare preventive services without paying any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.

80,000 residents in District 17 have benefited from this change, including 19,000 children, 31,000 women, and 69,000 residents who are African American, Latino, or a part of other minority groups for whom preventative care can reduce health disparities.

Protection from unreasonable cost increases and lifetime limits:
If you have private insurance, you will not have unreasonable premium increases, lifetime limits or lose your insurance when you or a family member gets sick.

Before the ACA, 105 million Americans were in health insurance plans that had lifetime limits. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 million people in large employer plans, 25 million people in small employer plans and 10 million people with individually-purchased health insurance had lifetime limits on their health benefits prior to the enactment of the ACA.

In District 17 alone, 270,000 residents with private health insurance coverage are now protected from rescission of their health coverage if they get sick; and 150,000 people in health care plans no longer have lifetime limits imposed on them.

Additionally, your insurance company must now spend at least 80 percent of your premium covering medical services – rather than CEO pay, profits, and administrative costs. As of this summer, if your insurer fails the test, you get a rebate.

The ACA protects individuals from soaring health insurance costs by requiring insurers to post and justify proposed rate increases of 10 percent or more. It also limits the amount that insurance companies can spend on administrative expenses and profits. 110,000 residents who have individual coverage or employer coverage are benefiting from these provisions.

Protection for small businesses:
Your small business can take advantage of tax breaks to provide quality, affordable health insurance for your employees.

The first phase of this provision provides a credit worth up to 35 percent of the employer’s contribution to their employees’ health insurance. Small non-profit organizations may receive up to a 25 percent credit.

720 small businesses in District 17 received tax credits to help maintain or expand health care coverage for their employees.

Improving community health:
Financial support is provided to improve the health of communities.

$1 million in public health grants have been given to community health centers, hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers in the district to improve the community’s health.


WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL DO FOR YOU IN THE FUTURE:
Easy-to-understand summary of benefits:
Policies must provide an easy-to-understand summary of benefits of coverage to consumers, including a standardized “coverage examples” section that uses a format modeled on the nutrition facts label for food.

Insurance exchanges:
Starting in 2014, you will be able to shop for insurance through an exchange that allows you to compare private health plans, determine if you are eligible for health programs or tax credits, and enroll in a program that meets your needs. For small employers, the exchange would also be a place where you have a better choice of plans and insurers at a lower cost, like larger employers do.

Protection for women:
In 2014, being a woman can no longer be treated as a “pre-existing condition” by insurance companies, meaning women cannot be charged substantially higher premiums than men for the same coverage.

Encouraging Integrated Health Systems:
The ACA will provide incentives for physicians to join together to form “Accountable Care Organizations.” In these groups, doctors can better coordinate patient care and improve quality, help prevent disease and illness, and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. If Accountable Care Organizations provide high quality care and reduce costs to the health care system, they can keep some of the money that they have helped save.

Additional funding for important social services:
Important programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will receive additional funding.

Protection from discrimination against all patients with pre-existing conditions:
Health insurers will be prohibited from discriminating against all adults and children with pre-existing conditions, which will protect the 100,000 to 280,000 individuals in the district with a pre-existing health condition.

*The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided the Florida statewide data for the Affordable Care Act. The fact-sheet can be found here:
 http://www.healthcare.gov/law/resources/fl.html

*The data sources on the Affordable Care Act’s impact on District 17 can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/bqhzs9t

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My Take on the Nevada Caucus of 2012

February 6, 2012

Written By:  Gary Hardee
Date: 2/5/2012

On the subject of disclosure, which I think a matter of honest journalism, it should be known that I am biased, but in what way?  I am a free man and make decisions on fact more than opinion.  My conclusions are mine and mine alone and are thus subject to change when new facts are revealed.  Honesty is still a virtue and wisdom the prize. Silence is not “golden”, it’s “yellow”.

The Nevada caucus held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 has concluded. To any reasonable observer, there were problems involving timely reporting from the start. Media did not rely on actual tallies but rather entrance and exit poling to “call the night”.  It took a day and a half to render the “official” outcome. Many recounts occurred with differing results. So to me there is a healthy rational for suspicion. At the time of this writing, only 71% of the vote has been reported. From this figure, doing a little math, I have put together the following “final” outcome. Unless the remaining 29% holds a grossly different pattern than the 71% reported, consider this a “projected” outcome that should be close enough for my purposes.

Let’s start with a few of tables. First, that of the 2012 caucus so far, the second is that of my projected results and third are actual results of the 2008 caucus.

The first thing that becomes readily clear is that the turnout this year is significantly below that of 2008.  In fact a 27.8% drop from 2008! You would think that with all the anti-Obama fever predictably pumped by the GOP, coupled with the state of  jobs and the economy, the seeming opposition to Obamacare and Obams’s failure to fulfill his “Hope and Change” promises, we would have seen a much greater turnout than in 2008.

Results for Nevada Republican Caucus – 2012
71% Reporting (U.S.Presidential Primary)
Feb 04, 2012 (71% of precincts reporting) Source: AP
 Mitt Romney

11,822

47.6%

 Newt Gingrich

5,623

22.7%

 Ron Paul

4,619

18.6%

 Rick Santorum

2,749

11.1%

 Current Total

21,843


Projected Results for Nevada Republican Caucus – 2012(U.S.Presidential Primary)
Feb 4, 2012 ( when 100% of precincts do report )

2012

%

2008

%

Change

 Mitt Romney

15,250

47.64%

22,649

51.10 %

-3.40 %

 Newt Gingrich

7,254

22.66%

-1.37 %

 Ron Paul

5,959

18.61%

6,087

13.73 %

+35.5 %

 Rick Santorum

3,546

11.07%

-1.37 %

 Total

32,009

44,324

-27.8 %

Results for Nevada Republican Caucus – 2008100% Reporting (U.S.Presidential Primary)
Jan 19, 2008 (100% of precincts reporting)
 Mitt Romney

22,649

51.10%

 Ron Paul

6,087

13.73%

John McCain

5,651

12.75%

Mike Huckabee

3,616

8.16%

Fred Thompson

3,521

7.94%

Rudy Giuliani

1,910

4.31%

Duncan Hunter

890

2.01%

Total

44,324

It seems that, either there is little enthusiasm over the current Republican field among GOP primary voters or perhaps an “I don’t care who wins the nomination, I will just vote against Obama in November” attitude. Perhaps there is a little “hopelessness” within the ranks of the GOP voter base that thinks it is futile to attempt to defeat Obama. Either way, the numbers do raise some very serious concerns about the 2012 race for the GOP and a dilemma for the establishment neo-con king-makers behind the scenes.

This lackluster enthusiasm and reduced voter turnout presents an opening for “establishment challenger” Ron Paul, provided his base will get out and vote! As reflected in the Nevada caucus, this did not happen to the degree that Paul’s support quintupled in South Carolina from 2008 to 2012. This increase in percentage may be reflected more in primary states than in caucus states if these result trends continue. It is highly suspicious however that Paul’s vote total increased some 220% over 2008 yet could barely get the same totals as 2008 in Nevada this year.  We’ll see what happens in Maine.

With the nearly 28% drop in Nevada caucus participation over 2008 comes some very interesting insights regarding Romney’s base and the confusion over who the “conservative” Republican may support between Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Lest you think the Republican Party devotees and active participants have an exclusive on being internally divided, the Democratic Party has is factions too! The major media, dominated by Democrat/liberal influences paints a picture of Democratic “unity” but it too is far from being unified. There is significant internal division and hand-ringing over Obama. His absentee leadership and his hyper-liberal agenda will likely drive defections from their base in November. These may land on a more “centrist” GOP candidate if they feel Obama’s replacement is greatly needed.

With the rising tide of opposition to big government intrusions into our civil liberties, grossly unconstitutional government, a debt crisis, a deficit crisis from over spending, gargantuan crony capitalism problem, routinely undeclared wars and the deaths of our soldiers for no real benefits, secrecy of the Federal Reserve and the inability of our officials to demand at least a complete audit from its inception just to name a few, is it any wonder that change again is in the air?

There is a real shakeup about to happen and the Insiders of both parties and the power brokers in the think-tanks and foundations influencing them have a real battle on their hands. That battle? Keeping an alternative, non-establishment candidate from winning the Presidency. It would be the best thing for the people but make no mistake about this being their total focus! From their perspective it is “preserve and protect” – their existing state of affairs.

Returning to the numbers, given the drop in percentage over 2008, Ron Paul faired better than the other three. Combining all the vote totals of the other three there is an overall reduction of 32% to Ron Paul’s reduction of 2.8% from 2008. Just looking at the table above you can see that Paul increased his vote percentage over 2008 by 35.5% as compared to Romney’s drop of 3.4% over 2008. Assuming for the sake of argument that all the votes in 2008 not cast for Romney or Paul went to a “Gingrich/Santorum” candidate this year, the result would be a reduction of 1.37% over 2008. This clearly indicates that 4.77% went to Paul in varying degrees from those who are now supporters of Dr. Paul since his actual vote total was less than in 2008.

This reality should give encouragement to those who see Ron Paul as the truly rising candidate in both popularity and activist support against the other increasingly perceived status quo candidates. But will it be enough?

The challenge, at least within its GOP Division, is how to sweep Ron Paul to the “side” without appearing too obvious to the masses.  The growing support for Ron Paul must be matched or exceeded for the other candidates in each succeeding state contest.  Money and enthusiasm must continue or increase for Dr. Paul while executing and even better ground game and GOTV effort.

The status quo “trio” will remain on stage for a while. If for no other reason than to keep Ron Paul’s input in the “debates” to a minimum while presenting a mostly circus type atmosphere dominated by the “trio”.  As support shifts and money dries up or the establishment applies pressure, one will drop-out and endorse one of the other in the “trio”, but not Dr. Paul. This is the way the game is played on an unsuspecting public and the GOP voter base in particular. The dropping candidate, to preserve his political future, will do so in the event that Ron Paul comes in second in two major states. This will push Paul back to third in future states and give the impression that he is a “loser” or it will be done in order to get more delegates for the remaining “duo”.

At this point, unless Newt self-destructs in some horrible way, I would say that Santorum will be the next to drop but that isn’t likely until after Super Tuesday or he runs out of money or he gets “the word” from above.

The historical “king-makers” that have routinely managed to get their puppets on the ballots for both parties in the general election absolutely must minimize any possibility of a significant return to a federal government that operates under the constraints of the Constitution of the United States! This and this alone, is what we are seeing playing out before our very eyes.

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Secretary Clinton Expresses Concern for North Korean Citizens

December 20, 2011

Dow Jones Newswires 12-20-11, 01:13 ET

WASHINGTON (AFP)–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. was “deeply concerned” for North Korea’s citizens, and offered “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of leader Kim Jong Il’s death. It is the U.S. hope the new North Korean leadership “will choose to guide their nation onto the path of peace by honoring North Korea’s commitments, improving relations with its neighbors, and respecting the rights of its people, ” Clinton said in a statement late Monday. “We are deeply concerned with the well being of the North Korean people and our thoughts and prayers are with them during these difficult times,” the top U.S. diplomat said, after U.S. leaders had earlier voiced concern for smooth transition after the death of the long-time strongman leader. ” The United States stands ready to help the North Korean people and urges the new leadership to work with the international community to usher in a new era of peace, prosperity and lasting security on the Korean Peninsula ,” she said. U.S. President Barack Obama had called President Lee Myung -bak of South Korea after the death of the 69-year-old leader, with officials saying the U.S. president reaffirmed commitment to “the security of our close ally, the Republic of Korea .” Earlier Clinton called for a “peaceful and stable” transition in North Korea and said the U.S. wanted better relations with its people after Kim Jong Il’s death. “We both share a common interest in a peaceful and stable transition in North Korea as well as ensuring regional peace and stability,” Clinton said after talks with Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba . “We reiterate our hope for improved relations with the people of North Korea and remain deeply concerned about their well-being,” she said. Clinton said the U.S. has also been in “close touch” with South Korea along with China and Russia , which were all involved in now-moribund denuclearization talks with North Korea . Gemba–whose visit was scheduled before the shock announcement of Kim’s death- -agreed with the U.S. stance on North Korea and urged renewed efforts over the cases of Japanese abducted by the communist regime.

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This came across the DOW Jones Newswire and wanted to post it in case it was not generally available online in search results. I will add no analysis or opinion at this time. I just wanted it available to others.

Just Principles and the Discussion of Issues

December 14, 2011

By Gary Hardee

It is impossible to argue that government has not grown larger and more comprehensive in its cost and control over people and businesses. Anyone who has even a modicum of historical knowledge must at least admit that. Debates can be had all day long about why, its purported justifications and whether this growth contributes to the general welfare of its citizens.

News and commentary abound on this subject and with the advent of the internet, the “global human community” with its disparate knowledge serves as the greatest opportunity for mankind to share and converse on the pros and cons of the smallest minutia of government action or inaction, policies or laws.

While emotional, logical and even ugly at times, it should not stop one from participation in these discussions. Failure to participate and learn along the way leaves the outcome to others, as popular opinions on issues are worked out on this grand internet stage.

History has clearly shown also that a majority of humans do not participate in this exercise, but that may be changing as we begin to examine more openly  the connections between our challenges to live in peace and prosper as free human beings on this awesome planet and the always shifting and increasing government controls and costs.

As with any discussion over command and control of our lives and society, some fundamental agreements must be arrived at and serve as the guiding foundation. Failure to agree on the most basic of human principles also ends any possible further agreements wherein we seek to improve the general welfare of all.

With that in mind, the first principle we should agree on is: “You don’t own any part of me and I don’t own any part of you”.

The second principle we should agree on is: “I cannot force my will on you and you cannot force your will on me”.

The third principle we should agree on is: “Each individual is free to make their own choices in life, with or without the advice or permission of any other”.

The fourth principle we should agree on is: “Each individual is free to use their time in any manner they wish to achieve or live according to their own goals and standards”.

The fifth principle we should agree on is: “No human being has the power to compel another through force to be deprived of their time, labor, production, or any other real or imagined skill or byproduct thereof, that was obtained of free will during honest and ethical agreements, contracts, or commerce.”

The last one for now we should agree on is: “These principles will henceforth be referred to as “Just Principles” as they acknowledge the inherent freedoms each human has for their general welfare and therefore society as a whole and that any “laws” or governmental systems that may be considered for implementation must not violate in whole or in part any of these Just Principles and any such additional agreements should have as their direct object the protection, expansion and enhancement of these just principles without compromise.

While you might think of some others on your own, the main point is that we can now begin to look at the larger issues that are debated or that plague our world and the various societies and cultures that have been organized or practiced. This would necessarily include religious doctrine, philosophy, political systems, economics, education, reproduction, health and medical services, drugs, drug usage, the drug industry, corporatism, government-private partnerships and their operations and efficacy and any other issue wherein a person’s Just Principles are involved.

I look forward to a healthy and adult conversation on this subject and welcome your comments and suggestions below.


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