Patriotism has devolved into a predominantly right hemisphere brain function. Modern “patriotic” hyperbole has literally changed the meaning of the word as used by our founding fathers. Our founding fathers cautioned us repeatedly that we must be forever vigilant to maintain our freedom; this is our duty as patriots. Thomas Paine summed this up best in saying "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government"
Our forefathers were very suspicious of any government, including the one they had created. They knew that human nature is such that the individuals running the Government would, given the opportunity, stop serving the interests of the people in pursuit of their own benefit. Patrick Henry put the government in context when he said "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”
What were they so concerned with? In a chilling letter to Col. William Elkins, President Lincoln warns "We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war [civil war] is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood ... It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."
Perhaps the greatest conservative of all time, Barry Goldwater shared his great concern "Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States."
The banking powers have been incrementally taking control of the US for many years. The creation of the Federal Reserve Board in 1913 was a watershed moment, but it is nothing compared to what the Bush administration is planning.
Another great watershed moment is coming all too quickly. The Bush administration is systematically and intentionally destroying our currency and economy in a move to move to a new currency, the Amero. The Amero will be the common currency for Canada, Mexico and the United States – which will form the North American Union.
Unlike Europe’s move to the EU, our leaders have been meeting in secret to discuss their stealth plans. And unlike the Democratic EU, the North American Union will be a fascist regime.
I know, it sounds unbelievable. The United States is quickly moving beyond the point of no return – we can no longer sustain our debt, we can no longer balance the budget.
For the past seven years Bush has ran up huge deficits and flooded the US and the world with liquidity. This was the reason for the housing bubble – too much money was “created” through predatory loans. And, the Fed ramped up the printing presses greatly increasing the amount of cash. The actual amount of cash created is secret; Bernanke's first act as Fed Chairman was to cease publication of the M3 reports.
American news sources have largely ignored the real and imminent danger (fascism in action). The UK’s Telegraph ran a story today “Barclays warns of a financial storm as Federal Reserve's credibility crumbles.” The story goes on to say “US central bank accused of unleashing an inflation shock that will rock financial markets, reports Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.”
“Barclays Capital has advised clients to batten down the hatches for a worldwide financial storm, warning that the US Federal Reserve has allowed the inflation genie out of the bottle and let its credibility fall "below zero".
"We're in a nasty environment," said Tim Bond, the bank's chief equity strategist. "There is an inflation shock underway. This is going to be very negative for financial assets. We are going into tortoise mood and are retreating into our shell. Investors will do well if they can preserve their wealth."
Note the use of the words “let its credibility fall below zero" - a direct reference to fraud. They aren’t the only ones preparing, the Dutch newspaper De Financiële Telegraaf also ran a story today stating that Fortis (large bank in the Netherlands) expects a complete collapse of the US financial markets within a few days to weeks. That explains, according to Fortis, the series of interventions of last Thursday to retrieve € 8 billion. "We have been saved just in time. The situation in the US is much worse than we thought", says Fortis chairman Maurice Lippens. Fortis expects bankruptcies amongst 6000 American banks which have a small coverage currently. But also Citigroup, General Motors, there is starting a complete meltdown in the US."
In closing, I guess we will truly find out how patriotic we are in the coming weeks.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 28.06.2008 @ 19:50
I agree, our Government seems to be eminently dysfunctional. Recent polls show that most Americans agree (Bush below 30% approval rating & Congress even lower). Nothing seems to get done and the mean spirited squabbling is exasperating.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 28.06.2008 @ 01:07
retire05 said; in Post 1
"I can only think it is because Obama finally represents the base that now makes up the Democratic Party, the DailyKookers, the PuffingtonPosters and the extreme far left wing of the party funded by George Soros."
Fox news won't tell you but George Soros bought John McCain back in 2001. I think Ed Morrissey broke the story at "Captains Quarters" blog in 2005. (See link below)
Michelle Malkin also wrote a story about this:
McCain delivered the campaign finance bill that Soros wanted for over 10 years, and he also got hooked up in the open borders attack on America - check Malkin's article for more details.
Before you blast the "DailyKookers and the PuffingtonPosters"; you should consider that many fair minded and sincere people, no different than you, visit those sites.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 27.06.2008 @ 16:20
One other thing, if you're counting on FISA to safeguard your Fourth Amendment rights...forget it...they're already gone.
The real problem exists in the PATRIOT Act. Bush stripped our Fourth Amendment rights with that heinous piece of legislation.
Bush stripped many of our civil liberties because we let him. Bush should be impeached for allowing 9/11 to happen, then he used it as a scare tactic to strip many of our civil liberties.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 26.06.2008 @ 20:56
There was a surprising amount of resistance to Obama's compromise on FISA from the left. As a Kos regular, I was pleasantly surprised that even some of the staunch Obama loyalists were breaking rank over this issue.
I think America is becoming a nation of fearful people obsessed with security. For me, one of the greatest things about this nation is that we have a rich history of demanding freedom and civil liberties - "give me liberty of give me death."
The Bush administration has systematically shredded our Constitution and trampled our civil liberties. If only for awhile, it was none the less refreshing to see Congress stand for the civil liberties of the people.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 26.06.2008 @ 10:02
Nobody asked me, but...
Rick - Have you ever considered doing an "ask Rick anything" day? We post the questions and you render an answer or opinion.
BTW; your occasional articles on things not political are appreciated.
Um...no. Don't look for it anytime soon, either.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 25.06.2008 @ 20:42
At least one historian has suggested that it was not just the number of Indians that surprised and overwhelmed Custer, they also out-gunned him. Many of the Indians had sharps carbine repeating rifles.
I can't remember where I saw or read that but if true, it might be to Custer's defense.
Most of the rifles the indians had were picked up a short time earlier from dead cavalry belonging to Reno's command.
ed.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 25.06.2008 @ 19:58
Sometimes I think our Government actually wants us to be divided and squabbling over things that aren't really important. And, I don't know that it matters if Obama or McCain wins, neither is fit for the office of president and both will devastate our already sick economy.
Stop by and read my article: Stop AIPAC and the war with Iran!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/6/22/134534/947/231/538781Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 22.06.2008 @ 13:13
While being repugnant intellectually, identity politics worked in the past when the candidates were both white. White candidates were free to use identity politics without fear of breaking the fragile coalition of competing interest groups defined by race, class and gender.
The paradigm has shifted; an “identity protected species” is running against the status quo white candidate. What a wonderful opportunity for our nation to transcend identity politics in judging candidates as human beings.
Unfortunately; rather than transcending identity politics, Obama exploits the politics of the past when it suits his needs. This strategy is a double edged sword that divides while pretending to unite.
Christopher Hitchens rightly said “People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it.”
Instead of tasking us forward, this whole discussion keeps us anchored in the past. And, if Obama continues on this path, he will give John McCain an opportunity to win.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 21.06.2008 @ 13:34
Dale in Atlanta
As usual, your hissy-fit rantings are irrelevant, ignorant and incoherent.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 21.06.2008 @ 13:50