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Commissioner and Alcoa businessman Mike Akard explains horrifying EPA stormwater regulations

Where is the Blount Partnership/Chamber of Commerce when you need them? Bryan Daniels was busy killing a resolution asking our federal legislators to provide regulatory relief for existing businesses. Listen to local Alcoa businessman and County Commissioner Mike Akard explain the horrible situation he faced because of EPA regulations. Your Mayor Ed Mitchell and the face of industrial development/recruitment worked to kill this simple request for regulatory relief that could help native local businessmen like Mike Akard.

Bryan Daniels’ salary should be cut and the money used to fund pay raises for the Sheriff’s deputies.

This feel upon the deaf ears of 11 commissioners. The resolution originally passed 11-10. Commissioner Shawn Carter flipped and voted not to override the Mayor’s veto. We should be looking out for existing businesses and spend less time giving special deals to foreign owned companies.

Chairman Jerome Moon orders standing citizens to clear commission chamber while letting uniformed officers line the wall

The May Commission meeting started with one of the most despicable acts toward the citizenry of Blount County that I’ve ever witnessed.  Chairman Jerome Moon ordered the citizens who were standing to clear the room while allowing uniformed armed officers to line the wall.

Citizens have historically lined the walls of county government meetings.  You can pull up archived meetings from previous years to see citizens standing along the walls without being ordered to leave.

Furthermore a member of the press, Harry Grothjahn of Truth Radio, was not allowed to enter the commission meeting room except for the 3 minutes that he spoke about items on the commission agenda.

Fire codes are the excuse but if they are so important why can government employees stand along the wall in large number?  No distinction was made my Chairman Moon as to off duty uniformed officers and on duty uniformed officers.

Furthermore, the citizens are smart enough to know whether they want to stand in a room or leave.  Laws are used by those in authority to suppress those that they don’t agree with.  The people have long stood against the walls of public building rooms.  Using the fire codes to suppress free speech is the latest tool of the political machine and should not be tolerated.

Conveniently this occurred at a meeting where discussion about a new pay scale for county employees was on the agenda.  The uniformed officers were able to clap for those advocating adoption of a new pay scale from an incomplete study, while the citizens opposing having their taxes raised, who weren’t able to obtain seats, were relegated to standing outside in the hallway.

One of my constituents said to me what are they (the commission) there for?  It seems that some have forgotten that they are there for the people of Blount County.

This video only shows the second time that Jerome Moon ordered citizens out of the room.  The first time he told them that they could stand out in the hallway while the Sheriff’s deputies could stand along the wall.  Moon’s first statement was likely made prior to the meeting starting and is therefore not available as a part of the commission meeting video.

Keith Miller reminds Commission of societal foundation, rebukes Jarrod Millsaps behavior toward Constitution

Keith Miller addressed the Blount County Commission at its monthly board meeting on May 21, 2015 about Blount County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chief Jarrod Millsaps mocking Commissioner Tona Monroe for talking about her oath of office to the Constitution of the United States of America.  His statement serves as a much needed reminder of why the people of this country have suffered so much loss of liberty.  Cavalier and arrogant treatment of citizens from those in government should not be tolerated.  Government officials are to protect liberty, not treat those who cherish it with contempt.

Jarrod Millsaps has a history of mistreating commissioners and citizens.  A couple of years back, Mayor Mitchell held a meeting for county employees.  The meeting was open to the public.  A few citizens attended but it was mostly county employees.  During the meeting, Millsaps yelled at Linda King and then commissioner Jim Folts, for the whole room to hear, implying that they were responsible for what some of the employees viewed as problems in county government.

During the 2007 county budget discussions, Jim Folts, a citizen activist at the time, placed some literature on the table outside the commission room.  Jarrod Millsaps threw the literature in the trash.  You can read Barney Lowe’s statement regarding this incident here and here.

Keith Miller’s statement on Items Not on the Agenda
Regular Commission Meeting
May 21 2015

Commissioners Psalm 11:3 states “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous
do?”

At the last commission meeting, one of your number dramatized the Oath you all swore to the Constitution with the raising of her hand as she re-emphacized the seriousness of that oath. Shortly thereafter a member of the Sheriff’s staff made a flippant remark about the raising of one’s hand to take an Oath to the Constitution. I do not believe I have ever heard of such disrespect ever spoken by anyone with reference to the Constitution of Tennessee or the US Constitution. Especially disturbing is the fact that it came from an official in the Sheriff’s department. Not only is the US Constitution highly respected by the people of this county but some who have taken the oath referred to by that commissioner have given their lives in executing it. We would all do well to remember that when such an oath is taken as part of the military swearing in ceremony it means “I will protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic even if it kills me.”

The very bedrock of the temporal social order we have established as Americans is the Constitution. Let’s respect it.  Again Psalm 11:3 “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

Keith Miller served in the United States Marine Corps.

Keith Miller and Troy Ball take Mayor Mitchell to task over EPA resolution veto

Keith Miller’s Comment on Items on the Agenda
Regular Commission Meeting
May 21, 2015

I would like to voice my support for the passage of item F-2. This is the vote to override the Mayor’s veto of the will of the people of Blount County. That will having been expressed by the elected representatives of the people and not by fat cats who seek to suppress the will of the people for personal gain.

During the last election cycle I recall the county establishment asserting that Blount County politics and Washington politics were not the same. I beg to differ. Washington politics is characterized by an arrogant chief executive who is happy to by-pass the legislature to bring hoards of illegals over the border. Washington politics is also characterized by a legislature that refuses bring the chief executive to heel by cutting off the funding for this alien invasion.

So what have we here in Blount County? Our County Mayor attempts to overturn the results of the 94 thousand dollar jail study with an absurd lawsuit, he appointed a committee to change ambulance companies which had meetings that were for all practical purposes secret, he and his finance director fast tracked a total of 900 thousand dollars in capital fund expenditures through a predominately lapdog commission…money which morphed into the problematic Kronos project. Not only that but he seconded a motion to send to the commission the infamous Evergreen compensation study which embodies all the ridiculous nature of Obamacare in that you must vote on it before you can read it since it is not yet finished.

By the way, still on the subject of skull duggery through secrecy, I spoke to Lamar Alexanders office today and they confirmed that a reading of the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty, now before the Senate, is only available by appointment and if notes are taken they may not be shared with anyone.

Commissioners, this is your chance, in this little microcosmic equivalent of Washington DC to symbolically reject the attitudes of the boot-lickers in the US Congress, to raise a righteous fist against an out-of -control executive, to stand up for the people of Blount County and strike down the mayor’s veto by voting yes on item F-2.

Troy Ball’s Comment on Items on the Agenda
Regular Commission Meeting
May 21, 2015

I will be speaking on Item F-2.

I want to thank the eleven statesmen on this commission who voted to communicate with our legislators the longstanding problem of heavy handed mandate.  You stood for the property owners of Blount County and I thank you.

For those of you who have been told that this resolution somehow jeopardizes recruitment, consider what the costs to businesses already in operation are by allowing the EPA to continue expanding.  The Competitive Enterprise Institute estimates that complying with EPA regulations costs the U.S. economy $353 billion per year.  We need regulatory relief for existing businesses.

Problems with the EPA mandating control over local and state waters doesn’t stop with stormwater regulations.  Currently the EPA is trying to expand its control to virtually all water through rulemaking authority without congressional authorization.  If the EPA succeeds in circumventing congress, it will make the unfunded stormwater regulations look like cupcakes and rainbows.

While the Mayor vetoed the resolution asking congress to stop EPA expansion, our Republican representatives in the US House of Representatives have been busy working to stop EPA expansion over water under state, local and private ownership.  All of Tennessee’s 7 Republican Representative have cosponsored H.R. 594.  The House of Representatives just passed legislation, that according to John Duncan’s office goes further than H.R. 594.  The legislation mandates the EPA to include state and local election officials in the discussion of EPA rulemaking authority regarding what constitutes waters of the United States.

You may be wondering why it is necessary to override the Mayor’s veto if congress is acting on the matter.  According to Duncan’s office there is no companion bill in the United States Senate.  We need to ask our federal Senators to get busy in the Senate protecting against a rogue agency.

Frankly the Mayor looks foolish having vetoed something that all of Tennessee’s Republican Representatives are taking very seriously.  Congress knows the EPA is a problem.  You know the EPA is a problem.  Apparently the Mayor doesn’t.

11 of you stood strong as statesmen.  You can do it again by overriding the Mayor’s veto.  The rest of you have the opportunity to be statesmen by joining the 11 in saying enough to bureaucratic over reach.

Rider could block EPA water grab

https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2015/04/23/rider-could-block-epa-water-grab/

Last week, the United States House of Representative passed legislation regarding the EPA’s rule making authority on waters of the United States.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr1732eh/pdf/BILLS-114hr1732eh.pdf

An Environmental Court is envisioned for Blount County

On the Commission agenda this month is a resolution (Item F7) to authorize the Mayor to apply for a liter grant from the State of Tennessee.  That sounds good.  I certainly am all for work programs to get inmates out of jail and back into society faster and for cleaning up the trash on the sides of our roads.  However, in looking at the supporting documentation provided with the grant application, there is a provision that is alarming and deserves further research and discussion.

Page 566 of the Commission packet says:

Environmental Issues: An Environmental Court is envisioned for Blount County.  KBB (Keep Blount Beautiful) Members lead this campaign by speaking with the members of the community about the need.  Budget constraints continue to be problematic for the issue.

With the recent stormwater regulations controversy about property rights violations, I have to wonder what exactly the mission for the Environmental Court will be.  Will the goal be to start dragging people into court for unintentionally planting a tree in a utility easement and slapping a hefty fine on the property owner?  Will the goal to be to start dragging people into court for planting too many of one type of tree on their property?  The idea isn’t so far fetched when you consider the the head of Keep Blount Beautiful just left to work for a stormwater association.

Who decided that this was a vision for Blount County and whether we should be giving tax money to a non-profit company (KBB) to promote the idea of establishing an environmental court?  The work program for Blount County Tennessee Department of Transportation Litter Grant says that this vision was submitted by Beverly Collins on May 7, 2014.

That’s the problem with these grants.  The commission authorizes applying for the grants and then bureaucrats gets to write the grants, goals and spend the money without any commission oversight.  It doesn’t make for good government.

Senate Majority Leader urges States not to comply with EPA regulations

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/72083

From the article:

Writing in The Wall Street Journal on April 22, Kenneth C. Hill, Director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, said “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) set off a firestorm when he advised states not to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Yet that advice isn’t as radical as his detractors make it sound. As a state public utilities commissioner who deals with the effects of federal regulations on a regular basis, I also recommend that states not comply.”

Also see:  http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.agendas&id=76

I bailed out of insurance to better serve my patients, slash costs

David Tulis of Nooganomics.com provides an article by Dr. Homero Rivas II, a TN physician who has “opted-out” of the health-insurance-by-government-force Obamacare system:

“American medicine is being squeezed into an ever-tighter corner in its voluntary self-incarceration in the modern welfare-warfare state. Doctors are concocting a jail break. One way they are crowbarring their way back to professional liberty is to refuse to take third-party reimbursements either from insurance companies or government cartels such as Medicare or Medicaid.”

Dr. Rivas provides an easy-to-understand picture of the difficulties your health care provider (not insurer) faces and how your services are now being controlled by a for-profit third party whose business is now mandated by the federal government.

This same scenario exists for the public school system under Gates/Pearson/Commie Core. The solution for the local school to regain their liberty is also the same.

NSA Spying Ruled Illegal, But Will Congress Save the Program Anyway?

This week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA’s metadata collection program was not authorized in US law. The PATRIOT Act, under which the program began, was too vague, the court found. But the truth is the Act was intended to be vague so that the government could interpret it in the broadest possible way.

But this is really more of a technicality, because illegality and unconstitutionality are really two very different things. Even if Congress had explicitly authorized the government to collect our phone records, that law would still be unconstitutional because the Constitution does not grant government the power to access our personal information without a valid search warrant.

Even though the court found the NSA program illegal, it did not demand that the government stop collecting our information in this manner. Instead, the court kicked the ball back in Congress’ court, as these provisions of the PATRIOT Act are set to expire at the end of the month and the Appeals Court decided to let Congress decide how to re-authorize this spying program.

Unfortunately, this is where there is not much to cheer. If past practice is any lesson, Congress will wait until the spying program is about to expire and then in a panic try to frighten Americans into accepting more intrusions on their privacy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already put forth a new bill as a stop-gap measure to allow time for a fuller debate on the issue. His stop-gap? A five year re-authorization with no changes to the current program!

The main reform bill being floated, the FREEDOM Act, is little better. Pretending to be a step in the right direction, the FREEDOM Act may actually be worse for our privacy and liberties than the PATRIOT Act!

One silver lining in the court decision is that it should exonerate Ed Snowden, who risked it all to expose what the courts have now found was illegal US government activity. That is the definition of a whistleblower. Shouldn’t he be welcomed back home as a hero instead of being threatened with treason charges? We shouldn’t hold our breath!

This week Snowden addressed a conference in Melbourne, Australia, informing citizens that the Australian government watches all its citizens “all the time.” Australia’s program allows the government to “collect everyone’s communications in advance of criminal suspicion,” he told the conference. That means the government is no longer in the business of prosecuting crimes, but instead is collecting information in case crimes someday occur.

How is it that the Australian government can collect and track “pre-crime” information on its citizens? Last month Australia passed a law requiring telecommunications companies to retain metadata information on their customers for two years.

Why do Australia’s oppressive laws matter to us? Because the NSA “reform” legislation before Congress, the FREEDOM Act, does exactly what the Australian law does: it mandates that US telecommunications companies retain their customers’ metadata information so that the NSA can access the information as it wishes.

Some argue that this metadata information is harmless and that civil libertarians are over-reacting. But, as Ed Snowden told the Melbourne conference, “under these mandatory metadata laws you can immediately see who journalists are contacting, from which you can derive who their sources are.”

This one example of what happens when the government forces corporations to assist it in spying on the people should be a red flag. How can an independent media exist in the US if the government knows exactly whom journalists contact for information? It would be the end of any future whistleblowers.

The only reform of the PATRIOT Act is a total repeal. Accept nothing less.

Source: http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2015/may/10/nsa-spying-ruled-illegal-but-will-congress-save-the-program-anyway-1/

Ron Paul asks, are we a nation of wimps?

Last night a constituent told me that Americans are wimps.  We certainly didn’t start out that way, although there were many who were loyal to the king.  We should never give up our precious liberties for any reason.

We now live in a society where safety and security are to be sought at all costs. The sacrifice of liberty is not a concern for most Americans today. This is not something new and it has been characteristic of most people throughout history but it has gotten especially bad in America since 9/11. In addition many Americans have become deeply worried as a consequence of the economic crisis that started in 2008. They have lost confidence in their future financial security but continue to deny our nation’s bankruptcy.

This has prompted many to opt for dependency on government even if it requires the use of force to get what they want to ameliorate their fears. Rather than having confidence in the benefits that accrue from a free society, the majority of Americans are now frightened by the thought of self-reliance and accepting the responsibility that comes with liberty.

There has been a steady erosion of confidence over the past 100 years as the American people as a whole have accepted the so-called need for big government to provide safety and security for its citizens. In the process they have readily accepted the personal income tax and the abuse of the IRS along with the illegal power of the money manipulators at the Federal Reserve to pay the bills by simply printing money. Unfortunately they have also convinced themselves of our “righteousness” by supporting force to spread American “greatness” throughout the world. This of course is a fantasy and is self-deceptive. This trend has been ongoing since the Woodrow Wilson era up to and including the policies designed by the current crop of neoconservatives.

It’s a sense of insecurity that prompts the need to demonstrate strength and confidence in an artificial manner. In a way it’s “a little man syndrome” to compensate for our diminishing achievements in our domestic economy and our position in world affairs. This includes the “chicken Hawks” as well as those who participate in aggressive behavior both domestically and internationally.

Many get a sense of strength and a feeling of patriotism from being able to bomb and kill individuals 6,000 miles away from our home though they have never committed an aggressive act against us. Our policies are designed to search for enemies to destroy though they pose no threat to us. We use remotely controlled drones and cruise missiles to perpetuate a sense of power even against powerless Third World pseudo-enemies.

We never hesitate to put on sanctions to punish those who do not obey our wishes, causing suffering, including death, to millions of innocent people. It is common now for us to pursue these policies around the world with the use of surrogates and training of other people. Because Americans, though they want to be powerful and in control, do not want to see any more Americans killed. In spite of the need for heroic militarism, Americans are getting tired of proving to the world that we are not a nation of wimps.

They have been convinced that we can be the strongest nation in the world, maintain an empire, and contract out the dirty work. And they seem surprised that it’s not working very well. It is now necessary for us to make snipers our super-heroes. Matter of fact every member of the military is now a hero, “risking his life” defending freedom and the Constitution, and deserving constant public displays of gratitude and special recognition. This pretense occurs while neglecting the veterans whose lives have been ruined by the senseless wars.

Denial is epidemic as to what should be done to address the problem of misplaced militarism being used to compensate for a deep-seated fear of inadequacy. Just killing imaginary enemies doesn’t make us strong and confident. The danger is that this morally confusing policy can destroy the soul of a nation.

We must remember that insecurity and fear provide fodder for authoritarians. And they are only too willing to oblige and fill the needs of the weak to feel better about themselves by engaging in the patriotic defense of our country, even if the threats are manufactured by the propagandists. The tragic part of all this is that it’s all done at the expense of liberty since loss of liberty was the major source of the problem in the first place.

Although the wimpiness of the American citizenry has been developing for quite a while, on 9/11 nineteen individuals brought America to her knees. This was principally due to the lack of understanding of exactly why 9/11 occurred — and to the successful efforts of our government to perpetuate a fraudulent explanation that those who want to kill us are doing so only because they are angry with us due to our freedoms and our prosperity. We are constantly being frightened of some unknown potential enemy lurking around the corner ready to attack and destroy us at any moment.

The Bush doctrine of preemptive war, which is nothing more than aggression, was met with essentially no resistance from the American people and very little from politicians. This idea of presidents being able to go to war recklessly and ask questions later possibly satisfies those who claim this serves the interest of our national security, but it’s a reflection of a sense of insecurity and contributes to the persistent attitude that we have a great need for Empire to make us safe and free. Nothing could be further from the truth

The ones who suffer most from this policy are those who pay and die without questioning, who actually lack courage and wisdom to resist the forces that push for war that serve the special interests. These special interests include: the political demagogues, financial beneficiaries, the military-industrial complex, proponents of the “sphere of influence argument,” money and power and false patriotism which are all promoted by government lies designed to perpetrate fear to a gullible public suffering from chronic wimpiness.

Support for these policies come from the many who succumb to the propaganda. Complacency is also a major contributing factor as people become more and more dependent as long as they believe the government will deliver safety and security. The wimps want to believe these false promises in spite of the evidence of their failure and the true costs. But that may be about to change. Liberty is not thought much about as long as benefits come in spite of the increasing concern for the solvency of the country. This attitude can change quickly when the dollar takes a big hit

The majority of Americans are deeply worried that a foreign enemy is at our doorstep. The Al Qaeda could hit us any day and is out to get us in any country in which we find ourselves. Meanwhile it appears that ISIS is winning all the wars.

People have to be convinced that a potential Hitler is about to attack us at any time even without any evidence that it’s likely to happen. During the 20th century hundreds of millions of people were killed by the Communists and Fascists, yet the size and scope of today’s dangers are miniscule in comparison. Blinded by the propaganda, the wimps refuse to see how the enemy, which is real to some degree, is made stronger by our inciting hatred by our occupations, and foolishly getting ourselves involved in civil wars in the many countries of the Middle East.

The evidence is overwhelming that our efforts in the Middle East are the best recruiting tool for the jihadist radicals to recruit supporters willing to wage guerrilla war against us. The process has led us to spend hundreds of billions of dollars with the results being that our enemies grow stronger as they end up using our weapons against us. The current foreign policy has been an absolute failure in achieving any positive results and it certainly hasn’t removed the need and desire for the American people to feel victorious on the battlefield to compensate for their sense of inferiority and insecurity.

Economic dependency is every bit as bad as the need for the American people to have military victories to feed their egos. This is initiated quite frequently by the politicians seeking votes and anxious to get people dependent on them so that they can serve as their rescuers. Bad economies, essentially caused by bad economic planning by our government and the Federal Reserve, breeds dependency. It also contributes to wealth inequality, and tragically the blame is placed on free markets and liberty as the cause rather than understanding how the problems are created by the government and its economic policies. The worse the problems get the louder the demands become for “fairness” in the redistribution of goods which of course have to be first stolen from one group to give to another.

This attitude breeds discontent and contributes significantly to the turmoil in our inner cities as the contest between those demanding entitlements are pitched against the militarized police. The militarization of the police of recent years contributes significantly to the problem which prompts those who are dependent to lobby the politicians to fight for their share of the wealth while at the same time the economic pie is shrinking. Rarely is there ever a demand for independence, self-reliance, and free markets — instead it’s for more welfare redistribution for which the recipients believe they are entitled and have a right to. Of course all of this contributes to further wimpiness of our society.

Sociopaths, those without scruples, appear tough but this only compensates for their own inadequacies and fear. They believe the military can provide “the manliness” they seek. They’re convinced they are showing strength and superiority over others yet the real problem is their own lack of confidence. The more inadequate they feel, greater is the need for aggression to prove their toughness. This is especially troublesome since our leaders are incapable of expressing regret or a wiliness to reconsider the policies that have caused so much harm. Without a conscience, they never suffer from PTSD.

This requires that they ridicule, badger and discredit anyone with enough self-confidence and self-esteem that does not require artificial “strength” achieved by bullying weaker nations or individuals by hiding behind the authoritarian force provided by government. It is this insecurity that drives the neoconservatives to depend on war for their sense of satisfaction. Actually they are wimps and afraid of their own shadow. They believe Al Qaeda exists under our bed and we’re about to be invaded. At least this is what they want the people to believe so they can pursue their bold militarism for their own psychological and special interest needs.

Since these are all false and unnecessary justifications for war, success is rare. Since World War II the wars have been essentially lost. Now bands of renegades are achieving military victories every place we go to promote regime change to teach people in faraway lands to adhere to democratic elections following our rules. If the candidate we support doesn’t win, no problem, we can then simply throw our support behind the next “regime change.”

Too often our fighting and spending money help our enemies and never serve our national security. It’s easy to frighten the people by stories of the attacks by ISIS yet they never mention countries like Saudi Arabia which practice sharia law and are not bashful about beheading citizens for even social and religious reasons. The fear and insecurity many Americans feel is encouraged by individuals seeking power and money.

The only answer to this is for the people to stand up to the truth that the real wimps are the ones who hide behind militarism and initiate needless wars. Confidence and strength of character to challenge forced redistribution of wealth is also necessary. An answer can be found in promoting the cause of liberty. The people unfortunately have been conditioned to believe that government violence both economic and military is a “tool” that serves the people. The job of the propagandists, for which there are many, is to convince the people that it’s all done for the purpose of helping them.

Unfortunately dependency destroys the soul, as well as the soul of a nation, by eliminating the satisfaction one gets from producing freely as an individual and assuming responsibility for oneself. And as this lack of self-confidence grows, so does the dependency on the state. Those who seek more government help to alleviate their sense of weakness and fear, conclude that it’s all the government’s fault for failing to provide society with enough security. Seeking more liberty is rarely seen as the answer to the people’s frustrations. Instead this produces a sense of victimization that results in demanding that government do more for those dependent who eagerly grant more power to the authoritarians.

Throughout history there have always been opportunities for the authoritarians to run roughshod over the people. A nation of wimps, dependent on the government for safety and security, opens the doors for the authoritarians who delight in satisfying their needs by controlling others and falsely believing in their own strength and wisdom. Soldiers fighting wars and bureaucrats passing out welfare are emboldened by a sense of satisfaction that they are serving a special purpose by providing the strength that the weak and helpless lack.

The problem is that these efforts are never helpful in dealing with the dependency of the weak. By accommodating the needy, who are all looking in the wrong places for satisfaction, the dependency only gets worse. The solution can only come from understanding the significance of practicing self-reliance. This cannot come from government. If it does not come from within us, it will only lead to frustration and a greater desire to foolishly give up more liberty for safety and security. Those who are dependent will continue to seek security in the entitlement system and “strength” from a national endorsement of the warrior state.

The politicians are well attuned to the desires of those whose weakness encourages them to become dependent on government largesse. Polling is key to the politician’s success in responding to the demands and expectations of those who are no longer self-reliant.

Everyone is aware that a thug with a gun used to satisfy his personal needs or demands is a criminal. Politicians and armies in a dependent society, who use guns to wage war and forcibly redistribute wealth at will, are “criminals” as well. This is not only true for many of the poor who have become dependent. Business interests, especially in the midst of a crisis, are always looking to the government for favors with financial bailouts, targeted regulations, special contracts as we see in the military-industrial complex, and in the many benefits banks get from our monetary system.

A predictable consequence of Keynesian economic policy is the development of structural poverty which affects even those desirous of independence and self-reliance but are more or less forced to listen to the promises of the politicians who claim they have an answer for their needs. All political factions are anxious to take care of the people but they do nothing more than create more dependency and a poorer nation.

It seems at this time that the task is overwhelming because more people become dependent on the state and as they do they become more fearful of the future. The only solution for this is to get the people to understand the principles of liberty and the positive results thereof. This cannot work unless we reinstitute the work ethic instead of allowing the lobbyists and big money to run the system.

The solution has to be found in peaceful resistance to the policies of government benevolence, which were supposed to solve our problems. Dependency on government force in redistribution of wealth and militarism around the world as a source of strength has to end. The people have to come to realize that real strength comes from resisting the status quo that preaches the doctrine of a command society, and to recognize that insecurity drives many Americans to support wars that are expensive and futile.

Depending on militarism and promotion of Empire to compensate for weakness and dependency is not an answer. We must raise up a generation of individuals who are not frightened and embarrassed to support the natural instinct for peace, love, and friendship. Wars do little to provide strength of character for individuals who do not understand why we’re in the mess that we find ourselves today. Not only should we insist that the government not lie to us, we should stop lying to ourselves as well. This means that there should be no more glorification of war and using the military personnel as a source of our confidence and strength. This can only come by living in a free society

Summary: The prevailing attitude of the American people today reflects weakness, fearfulness, and dependency. In general, confidence and self-reliance has been lost.

Government failure, false promises, bad economic policy has contributed greatly to this condition. Human nature also is a major contributor to this sense of hopelessness. It is not unnatural to accept unearned benefits when trouble begins. We as a nation have grown to believe that government redistribution of wealth, through force, is a right and an entitlement. Sadly, hard work, savings, production, sound economy, and honest money are of little interest to most Americans.

True sense of worth can only come from productive effort. When people become overly dependent on government redistribution of wealth, true happiness and satisfaction is difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. There is little personal satisfaction when individuals become addicted to government “benefits” which actually worsen the conditions and increase the fear that the future does not bode well for us. This only provides the incentive and the need to expand the welfare/warfare state

The cycle, once it has started, sets the stage for the continued erosion of liberty and in spite of the fact that the people become unhappy, poor and angry, they blame government for not doing enough to take care of them. Under these conditions the demagogues in and out of government thrive. The social and economic philosophers, politicians, power seekers, and powerful special interests all step forth with solutions that only serve their interests and not the interests of the people who are on the receiving end of bad policy. It is their use of the “wimps” to enhance their agenda that becomes a full-time job in Washington. The weak are conditioned to believe the lies and promises about both domestic and international affairs. Only individual liberty and the principles of a Republic offer us any hope.

Is the American dream dead? Once it was characteristic of most Americans to believe in the American dream. That meant there was a strong conviction that everyone had an equal opportunity to achieve any goal they sought with hard work and effort. They believed in the work ethic and that determination would ultimately pay off. Achieving the American dream was thought to be a result of hard work.

Today there are still a lot of people who believe in the American dream but too often they are individuals who have recently left countries much poorer than ours and are hopeful that with hard work and effort they too can have a better life for themselves here. It is proven by many who come to this country — both illegal and legal — that they bring with them a work ethic that has become difficult to find in Americans who have become dependent on the “the American dream” being delivered to them by government action and corporate favoritism.

Many Americans have come to the conclusion that hard work and effort is no longer rewarded due to the many obstacles put in their way by an overly intrusive government. And it is for this reason that the numbers are growing of those individuals anxious to expatriate and go to other countries where they believe that their work and effort will not be diminished as they are in our country today.

The majority of the American people unfortunately have accepted the idea that it is necessary to be aggressive and dependent and driven by fearfulness to survive in a political-economic culture that rewards political action and lobbying for success rather than being rewarded for hard work and effort. Because of this, most policies in Washington are designed to accommodate this culture. Even though government policy has been the main contributor to the problems we face and the destruction of the American dream, the majority is still supporting the idea that more activism by the government to intervene in our lives and in the economy is the solution.

Welfare demands drive a lot of politicians to continuously redistribute wealth out of a desire for fairness with a policy that does the opposite. The zeal for patriotism and for the support of America’s greatness makes the electorate overly anxious and willing to support militarism which has done such great harm to us as a nation and to our moral character.

Even though the majority of the American people reflect a philosophy of the past hundred years that promoted dependency and foreign entanglements, a large number of citizens are now recognizing that it has been a failed policy. However difficult this may be to overcome, it does not mean that our policies can’t be reversed. More accurately we’re probably in a transition period, and even though many are frightened by change, support for a philosophy based on liberty and peace is gaining in acceptance.

There are signs on the horizon that the American people are awakening and once again are beginning to understand what the American dream was all about and how our politicians and our culture of dependency has led us astray. The intellectuals of the past century were very supportive of these views that gave credibility to both the domestic welfare programs as well as the international intervention that has given us so many needless and wasteful wars.

The good news is that the intellectual framework that is now developing in our society is advocating a different sentiment for the American people. One day if enacted it will reignite the idea of self-reliance and emphasize that by hard work people can get ahead and do better economically rather than by depending on a government that has driven us into bankruptcy. Hardly has the educational system been enhanced by $1.3 trillion in student debt which is now currently being defaulted on — all we have to show for it is a large number of graduates not well trained and without jobs available.

Something different is required than depending on government controlled education. Thankfully it’s available in the growing interest in home and private schooling. The Internet provides the vehicle for spreading the answer to the mess created by the authoritarian’s false promises to provide safety and security by sacrificing liberty.

The good news is that we’re well on our way to raising up a new generation that understands the dangers and the limits on the system that we have today and are anxious to promote and support the ideas of liberty. That is where the answers will be found.

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