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This website is based on three self evident truths: 1) The Creator has endowed all people with certain unalienable rights.  2) There will always be people who want to restrict the free exercise of those rights and impose a dictatorship.  3) Divide and conquer is the primary strategy used by wannabe dictators.  In a letter to Colonel William F. Elkins dated Nov. 21, 1864, President Lincoln said: “As a result of war, corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong it’s reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until all wealth is aggregated into a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”  Check out the section on monetary policy in the pdf Knowledge is Power.

The Declaration of Independence states that our rights come from the Creator, not government.  Unfortunately, today’s political leaders only pay lip service to unalienable rights while working together to establish a dictatorial regime.  In the past, bipartisan leaders acknowledged God as the source of our rights.  JFK said “our rights do not come from the generosity of government, but from the hand of God.”  Thomas Jefferson said the following in the Declaration of Independence:

“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 institute new Government….”

Some say the U.S. was founded on racist principles.  But our founding documents are based on principles of democracy and representative gov’t that originated 2500 years ago in ancient Greece and Rome.  The aspirational principles expressed in our founding documents led to the abolition of slavery, the civil rights movement, and women’s right to vote.  America’s founding principles are timeless, so their relevance is not diminished by the passage of time, technology, or the current culture of corruption.

Like the founders, I believe the Creator, not government, has endowed all human beings with unalienable rights.  Tyrannical governments may be able to restrict the exercise of those rights, but whether slave or free, we still retain our unalienable rights.  So as stated in the Declaration of Independence, people create governments for the purpose of securing their rights.  Since America’s founding, all governments have adopted universally accepted notions of morality, i.e., they have laws prohibiting murder, theft, slavery, etc., but like America, keeping corruption in check is an ongoing challenge.  So the role of government is to provide and enforce a moral framework that secures the unalienable rights of its citizens. 

Legitimate representative government is based on the informed consent of the governed.  But both political parties use spin, a.k.a. fraud, to misinform, divide and disenfranchise otherwise engaged citizens.  This allows a small group of lobbyists and politicians to manufacture a false consent and implement illegitimate policies harmful to America.  Then the same group of deceptive insiders blame misinformed citizens for the problems facing our nation.  This has led to an endless cycle of bipartisan finger pointing where, by design, politicians and lobbyists (superpacs) are not accountable for their actions.  It’s a criminal bipartisan scheme to game the democratic process and eliminate Constitutional checks and balances.  America’s founders recognized the ongoing threat of tyranny, so the Declaration of Independence establishes the right of citizens to abolish governments that fail to secure their unalienable rights.

Bipartisan leaders work together to chip away at our unalienable rights.  Republicans used national security issues to implement the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, and warrantless wiretapping.  Democrats use social and environmental issues to continually increase government control over citizens.  They’re like tag team wrestlers, so no matter which party is in power, our freedoms are slowly being taken away.  Some say you can’t fight city hall, but that notion is spread by those who want citizens to give up their rights without a fight.

We admire sports teams who fight to the very end, even if the game appears lost.  Citizens must adopt the same attitude when fighting for unalienable rights.  A never give up attitude enabled Dr. Martin Luther King and his followers to achieve victory.  The founders ended the Declaration of Independence with these words: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”.  They understood the price of freedom, and if we want to preserve the rights they fought and died for, we must make a commitment to organize and stand up for our rights.

In order to understand the challenges facing representative governments around the world, current events must be viewed in a historical context, i.e., there have always been, and always will be, corrupt elites who want to enslave the people.  And, since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, industrial economies have dominated the global economy because manufacturing generates enormous wealth in the form of jobs, technology and investment.

Bipartisan leaders and their “private” sector cronies prefer dictatorship to representative government so they’ve partnered with China’s communist regime.  By moving much of America’s manufacturing base to China under the guise of free trade, US leaders are subsidizing a totalitarian economic model and selling off the U.S. economy to foreign governments.  The objective of bipartisan leaders is to create a global economy dominated by totalitarian regimes, a.k.a. globalization.  The Wall Street Journal article ”China’s Superior Economic Model”, demonstrates that many US leaders favor China’s totalitarian economic model.

Presidents Bush and Obama have told college students they’re competing with Chinese workers.  But working conditions in Chinese factories are slave like, so how can Americans compete with China without first becoming slaves?  China’s Vice President Xi describes the US/China relationship as a cooperative partnership, and partners don’t compete, they work together to achieve common goals, like bringing China’s totalitarian model to America.  Fortunately, when tyranny occurs we can look to the past for encouragement.  For example, many colonists felt defeating the British Empire was an impossible task.  But before the collapse of every dictatorship, the oppressed thought it would never end, and after the collapse of every dictatorship, they wondered how it lasted as long as it did.

Media propaganda is a serious threat to the unalienable rights of citizens.  It’s used to manufacture a false consent, therefore the powers exercised by our government are unjust and illegitimate.  Without propaganda, Hitler could not have convinced German citizens to follow him into hell, and propaganda, i.e., the fraudulent left/right narrative, is more sophisticated than ever.  Left, right and center media each contain fragments of truth but never connect the dots.  This propaganda technique is called compartmentalization.  It’s used to create factions that facilitate a divide and conquer agenda.  

If citizens want to know where the tyrants have buried the bodies, i.e., the corpse of  America’s prosperous Republic, look behind issues the fraudulent left-right media agree on.  A prime example is globalization and free trade.  Fareed Zakaria has a Sunday show on CNN, which most people consider leftist.  Fareed does a segment each week called “What in the World?“, which recently covered the topic of globalization.  Like right wing media, Fareed extolled the virtues of free trade and globalization, and said the Great Depression was exacerbated by the implementation of protectionist trade polices (tariffs).  But as usual, the facts about free trade and globalization don’t fit the fraudulent media narrative.

Now Obama is calling for fast track trade authority to implement a new “free” trade agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The following text and next two paragraph are from the previous link.  What’s wrong with fast track?  For most of the past 200 years, Congress negotiated trade policy and wrote the laws to oversee trade, as required in the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.  This power was first transferred to the Executive Office when Nixon was granted Fast Track in 1974 as part of his consolidation of presidential power.  Fast Track expired in 2007

As far as President Obama is concerned, the TPP is entering the home stretch.  All he needs now is for Congress to vote to grant him Fast Track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, and it’s a done deal.   Fast Track would allow the President to sign the TPP before it goes to Congress.  Members of Congress would then have a short time period to hold an up or down vote and would be prohibited from making amendments.  Without Fast Track, which was used to pass NAFTA and the World Trade Organization (WTO), it is unlikely that the TPP could be signed into law.

The Obama administration has been negotiating the TPP in secret for more than three years.  Unlike past trade agreements, the text of the TPP is classified and members of Congress have restricted access to it.  If they do read the text, they are not allowed to copy it or discuss any specifics of it.  However, more than 600 corporate advisers have direct access to the text on their computers.  The secretive negotiations creating the TPP are a threat to representative government and a usurpation of citizens rights. 

There’s a list of posts at the top right side of the screen, you can click on a topic that interests you or scroll through the posts.  As you read through them, you’ll find information from both sides of the media and political debate.  I’m a conservative, but getting the whole truth requires connecting the bits of truth that exist on both sides of the left/right debate.  There’s quite a bit of information overlap in the various posts because establishing a factual baseline is necessary for countering media spin.  Corrupt elites use media to divide and conquer because they know the pen and keyboard are mightier than the sword.  So the purpose of this website is to connect the dots, arm citizens with accurate information, and create a united citizenry.

Thank you for your interest in the challenges facing our nation.  Albert Einstein said ”The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them and do nothing”.  Stand up for your rights, i.e., use em or lose em!

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PRESIDENT OF CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY SUPPORTS CHINA’S TORTURE OF CHRISTIANS

Nazi war criminals were executed for crimes that are being committed by Chinese officials.  In 2012, a Congressional Commission exposed the Chinese government’s heinous crimes against women and children.  There aren’t enough wives for Chinese men because 100 million girls have been killed by sex selection and forced abortion policies.  Commission Chairman Frank Wolf said China has jailed many Catholic bishops and protestant pastors, and cited Chinese dissident Yu Jie who said “China is a greater threat than the Soviet Union ever was”.  Yu Jie had been tortured and said America needs a strong leader like Ronald Reagan who will stand up to the Communist dictators.  Congressman Smith said Americans need to become much more aware of the “systematic use of torture” in China, which is a “dictatorship” with “no due process of law”. 

Unfortunately, many Christian leaders are intentionally covering up China’s crimes against humanity.  Billy Wilson is the President of Oral Roberts University (ORU) in Oklahoma.  On September 13, 2014, he hosted an ORU video about China and Chinese Christians.  His pro China commentary could have been a propaganda piece put out by China’s communist government.  Mr. Wilson’s politically correct white wash of China’s brutal abortion policies, and torture of Christians, was repulsive.  He characterized the Chinese government’s persecution of Christians as a good thing because it is “purifying” the church.

What would President Wilson do if his wife and children were subject to forced abortions, imprisonment, and torture for their faith?  Would he say to them: “Honey, I know you want me to help you, but I won’t because torture is good for the purification of your soul.  I love you and am praying for you.”  This would be a cruel and sadistic response to a loved one in need, and yet, that’s President Wilson’s response to Chinese Christians enduring brutal persecution.  While in prison, the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy about Christians like Billy Wilson who abandon their persecuted brethren.  2 Timothy 4:16  At my first answer (legal defense) no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

Billy Wilson’s report on China was in stark contrast to a recent interview with Protestant pastor Bob Fu.  Pastor Fu fled persecution in China with his wife and runs China Aid, a foundation in America that helps Chinese dissidents.  On September 18, 2014, he was on the Catholic network EWTN, this was five days after Wilson posted his report on China.  Pastor Fu said the Chinese government crackdown on Christians is the “worst since the cultural revolution” under Chairman Mao.  On July fourth of 2014, a prominent Chinese pastor was sentenced to 15 years in prison for preaching the gospel.  Another Chinese Christian who converted from Islam, was given a 12 year sentence for preaching the gospel. 

In 2012, Pastor Fu testified before the Congressional Commission on human rights abuse in China.  He talked about the torture of Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng.  Gao’s wife also testified and said Chinese authorities burned his eyes with cigarettes and put toothpicks in his testicles.  During his recent interview on EWTN, pastor Fu said Gao has been tortured so badly “he cannot speak one complete sentence”.  Li Jing also testified before the Congressional Commission.  Her husband is a Christian professor serving a ten year prison sentence for promoting democratic reforms in China.  Representative Chris Smith responded to Li Jing’s testimony saying China is holding “tens of thousands of political and religious prisoners”.  If you listen to Billy Wilson say China’s policies are good because they’re “purifying” the church, and then listen to pastor Fu’s interview on EWTN, you will be shocked.

President Wilson’s video is approximately 28 minutes long.  A little after 11 minutes Mr. Wilson says “capitalism has taken over China”.  This is a blatant lie as the communist government owns a controlling interest in most major industries. The following paragraph is an excerpt from a Financial Times article titled, “Hu rejects calls to reform state’s role”.

China’s President Hu Jintao rejected calls for change to the state’s dominant role in the world’s second-largest economy on Thursday in an address to past and present leaders of the Communist party.  With just one week to go before he steps down as the party’s general secretary, Mr Hu insisted China would “unswervingly” adhere to “the basic economic system in which public ownership is the mainstay and economic entities of diverse ownership develop together”.  In his speech to mark the opening of the Communist party’s 18th National Congress, he also said the party and government “should steadily enhance the vitality of the state-owned sector of the economy and its capacity to leverage and influence the economy”.

And China’s government continues to make large acquisitions of hard assets in the U.S.  At 15:08 into the video, Wilson says “pressure is purifying” the church and he repeats this at 18:57, followed by “many Chinese feel it’s an honor and a privilege to be incarcerated”.  Wilson also says the Chinese church is “purified of a lot of the stuff we find in Christianity in other parts of the world”.  Wilson never mentions torture or forced abortions, let alone opposition to them.  If he believes these things purify the Chinese church, I shudder to think what he would tolerate in America.

Many Chinese Christians are being beaten, imprisoned, tortured and killed for their faith.  When Muslims persecute Christians it’s a cause for war, but when Communist China does it, US leaders reward China with “free” trade deals that funnel Trillions of dollars into the hands of communist dictators.  As a result, large parts of America’s economy are being sold to the godless communist government of China.  If US leaders were selling Trillions of dollars of U.S. assets to the government of Iran, this would be considered treason.  So why isn’t it treason to sell large chunks of America’s economy to a communist regime?  Republicans rightly condemn policies that allow U.S. government ownership of domestic industries, but they fully support foreign government ownership.  Hmmm?  Because of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding campaign finance (Citizens United), Chinese State Owned Enterprises can influence U.S. elections and legislation

Raymond Arroyo is the host of EWTN’s “The World Over”, which featured the interview with pastor Bob Fu.  Raymond began the segment saying we hear a lot about Muslim (ISIS) persecution of Christians, but nothing is said about the “savage” persecution of Christians in China.  This media bias poses a serious threat because in the past 60 years, China’s government has imprisoned, tortured and killed more Christians than all Muslim countries combined.  The 700 Club and Pat Robertson continually report Muslim brutality, meanwhile, they ignore China’s crimes.  But Mr. Robertson doesn’t just ignore China’s crimes against Christians, he, like Billy Wilson, runs stories portraying Communist China in a positive light.  Speaking of light, we should recall the apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Billy Wilson and Pat Robertson are staunch supporters of Israel. They would condemn anyone that said terrorism directed at Israel is good because it’s purifying the Jews, so why the double standard when it comes to Chinese Christians?  Billy Wilson doesn’t just say persecution of Chinese Christians is good for the church, he implies that nothing should be done to stop the brutality.  This is comparable to all the the disciples denying Christ after his arrest.  The apostle Paul had a similar experience when no one stood with him at his trial. The New Testament apostles said trials and tribulations refine our faith, but Wilson’s cover up the communist regime’s evil deeds demonstrates deceit and tacit support.   Mr. Wilson’s tacit support for China’s brutal policies should concern American Christians because he’s in charge of “educating” young people at ORU.

During his testimony before the Congressional Commission, Pastor Fu demonstrated the proper Christian response to China’s persecution of Christians.  He spent three years traveling the U.S. and Europe seeking support for the release of Gao Zhisheng.  The pastor said 150,000 people of conscience signed a petition for Gao’s release and called for China to abolish torture.  Pastor Fu cited the countless Americans who died to free the slaves and said, “this glorious history reminds us that those who have been freed must not forget the virtue of those who fought for freedom”.  In spite of the increased persecution in China, pastor Fu says the church is growing and he’s hopeful for the future, but “America must support the persecuted, not the persecutors.”  Unfortunately, many Christian leaders are supporting the persecutors.  This support has emboldened the communist dictators who mock Gao’s wife saying, “she can go to the White House everyday, so what, we can make Gao Zhisheng disappear.”

Americans, especially Christians, should ask why Christian media is saturated with stories of Islamic brutality and Communist China’s brutality is covered up.  This cover up by “Christian” media is particularly disturbing given the fact that Iran and North Korea, both state sponsors of terrorism directed at America, are client states of China.  In fact, China is helping arm both these countries with nuclear and chemical weapons.  Evidence of this came out in a Senate confirmation hearing for the US ambassador to China.  You can find links to the Senate hearing in this post: US SUBSIDIZES CHINA’S FORCED ABORTION AND TORTURE.  I suspect Billy Wilson and Pat Robertson support “free” trade with China in order to protect the economic interests of companies like Apple.  Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, recently admitted he’s gay and said, “I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me”.  In today’s world, free markets and free trade mean a global economy free from God’s principles.  The Bible says it best, i.e., the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).

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Is America Becoming a Police State?

The Posse Comitatus Act is the United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385, original at 20 Stat. 152) that was passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction and was updated in 1981. Its intent (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) was to limit the powers of Federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce the state laws.

After the 911 attack, the Patriot Act and Homeland Security gave the Federal government broad powers over State and local police forces.  Ben Franklin said: “People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither, and will lose both.”  If you believe the government narrative justifying the exchange of freedom for security, check out my post on terrorism.  The persistent consolidation of power in the Federal government, including the executive branch, is a trend that will result in a dictatorial police state.  The leadership of both political parties support the concept of a unitary executive, which is the ideological basis for the trend toward an imperial presidency.

Judge Andrew Napolitano had a popular show on Fox News, until he started getting too close to the truth, i.e., both political parties are sabotaging the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Judge Napolitano recently appeared on “The World Over”, a television show that airs on the Catholic network EWTN.  During the interview, he talked about his new book titled “Suicide Pact”, which documents the radical expansion of presidential power in America.  The first half of the book covers presidential abuse of power from George Washington to Bill Clinton, and the last half of the book covers the rapid move toward an imperial presidency under George W. Bush and Barak Obama.  Judge Napolitano’s interview is a must see for those concerned about unchecked violations of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  For more info check out the Judge’s website at judgenap.com.

Check out this article from the ABA Journal, the legal journal of the American Bar Association.  It raises some important points about the militarization of America’s police force.  I don’t agree with everything it says, but citizens have a duty to inform themselves so they can defend their rights with the facts.  The following are the first three paragraphs of the article.

Are cops constitutional?  In a 2001 article for the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, the legal scholar and civil liberties activist Roger Roots posed just that question. Roots, a fairly radical libertarian, believes that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow for police as they exist today. At the very least, he argues, police departments, powers and practices today violate the document’s spirit and intent.  [Roots writes], “Under the criminal justice model known to the framers, professional police officers were unknown,”

The founders and their contemporaries would probably have seen even the early-19th-century police forces as a standing army, and a particularly odious one at that. Just before the American Revolution, it wasn’t the stationing of British troops in the colonies that irked patriots in Boston and Virginia; it was England’s decision to use the troops for everyday law enforcement. This wariness of standing armies was born of experience and a study of history—early American statesmen like Madison, Washington and Adams were well-versed in the history of such armies in Europe, especially in ancient Rome.

If even the earliest attempts at centralized police forces would have alarmed the founders, today’s policing would have terrified them. Today in America SWAT teams violently smash into private homes more than 100 times per day. The vast majority of these raids are to enforce laws against consensual crimes. In many cities, police departments have given up the traditional blue uniforms for “battle dress uniforms” modeled after soldier attire.

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Is America’s decline the result of globalization?

The term globalization was popularized during the late 90′s in conjunction with the implementation of “free” trade policies.  Free trade is based on the notion there’s nothing exceptional about America, it’s just one nation among many, so we shouldn’t use trade policy to protect our economy and Constitutional liberties.  The architects of free trade want policies that are free from legal and moral Constitutional constraints.  This is a fundamental shift in U.S. trade policy.  In 1789, our founders placed tariffs on textile imports to protect the domestic textile industry from King George III, his private sector cronies, and their predatory monarchist ideology.  From then until the Clinton/Bush free trade policies, protectionist trade policies were instrumental in protecting Constitutional liberties and building the world’s most prosperous manufacturing economy.

John D. Rockefeller said “competition is a sin”.  You can’t have a capitalist market economy without competition, so Rockefeller was advocating for an economy dominated by price fixing cartels, not unlike Communist China.  This Wall Street Journal article titled “China’s Superior Economic Model”, is based on comments by Intel CEO Andy Grove.  Grove said China has “demonstrated that a plan for job creation must be the number one objective of state economic policy.”  This is the socialist rhetoric Republicans claim to oppose while defending trade policies that subsidize Chinese communism.  Oops!

Republicans say they support free markets.  But based on the “free” market, Aramco, a Saudi State owned company owns half of America’s largest refinery, and the governments of China and Qatar are acquiring U.S. based Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities. Apparently, foreign government ownership of US industry is their definition of a free market.  The Saudis use their stake in Motiva as a market for their crude.  Is it more efficient to ship crude oil from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. instead of using the glut of North American oil?

The point is, free markets have nothing to do with market efficiency or freedom from government intervention.  The term “free market” is a euphemism for managed global markets that serve the strategic interests of monopolistic multinationals their political cronies who reject the notion of sovereign representative governments and unalienable rights.  That ‘s why State owned companies, which are fronts for totalitarian regimes, are given free reign in the imaginary free market.  The Rockefellers of the world prefer China’s command and control economic model, so they implemented free trade policies that have transferred Trillions in investment capital, technology and assets to Communist China.  I consider this treason.

We live in a hostile world governed by the use of force, including the use of economic force.  So the primary purpose of trade protection is not to shield U.S. industry from competition, but to protect our Constitutional freedoms by protecting our economy.  The framers of the Constitution wanted a market economy, not a free market, i.e., a market free from legal and moral Constitutional constraints.  By inserting the Commerce Clause into the Constitution, they made market principles subordinate to the principles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  But the Commerce Clause is limited.  In his ruling on Obamacare, Chief Justice Roberts said the “individual mandate is not a valid exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause,” but he betrayed the intent of the framers and ruled it a Constitutional tax.

Ronald Reagan did not betray the intent of the founders.  He protected U.S. markets from communist policies, i.e., he did not allow US multinationals to transfer Trillions in investment capital and technology to the Soviet Union because they had cheap labor.  Why not?  Because it would’ve subsidized a communist ideology that threatens our liberties in a democratic, Constitutional Republic.  Did the U.S. economy suffer because Reagan rejected free trade with the Soviet Union.  Of course not.  His philosophy was peace through strength, which meant a strong economy that enabled us to destroy the Soviet Union’s communist ideology.  Likewise, we could destroy China’s communist regime by placing tariffs on Chinese imports.  Anyone who thinks China is not a threat equal to Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, should check out this hearing on human rights abuse in China.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, industrial nations have dominated the global economy.  Why?  Because manufacturing generates enormous wealth via capital investment, technology and jobs.  When free trade was being debated in the late 90′s, bipartisan leaders said it would transition America to a “low wage service economy”.  But they didn’t say that transitioning from the world’s largest manufacturing economy, to a low wage service economy, is by definition a radical economic decline.  As indicated in the previous link, countries that manufacture and export more than they import, experience higher growth rates and a higher standard of living.  The same principle applies to business, i.e., businesses that sell (export) more products than they buy (import), are more profitable.

During the 80′s there was concern about America’s ability to compete globally.  Japan was on the rise but we went through corporate downsizing and welfare reforms, and by the mid 90′s, America again dominated the global economy and had balanced the Federal budget.  What “happened”?  Free trade happened.  There’s a direct correlation between free trade, the decline of America, and the rise of Communist China’s command and control economy.  In my opinion, free trade is designed to sell America off to foreign governments run by totalitarian regimes.

Communism, fascism and monarchies are all examples of totalitarian regimes.  The American Revolution was fought to free America from the chains of the British monarchy.  But the domestic fight against totalitarian ideologies didn’t end with the Revolution.  America’s first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton, was a leader of the Federalist Party, which wanted a strong central gov’t similar to a monarchy.  Thomas Jefferson, a Republican, adamantly opposed the Federalist agenda, i.e., a strong central government and central bank (like the Fed) which would infringe on the rights of States and individuals.  Unfortunately, the Federalist vision for America, which includes free trade, is dominating American politics.  Check out the section on “Monetary Policy” in the PDF Knowledge is Power.

The U.S. military has also been globalized, i.e., it no longer protects the interests of the U.S. domestic economy or Constitutional principles, it protects the interests of global corporations and politicians that prefer China’s totalitarian economic model.  Many people believe the Iraq war was about oil, and for the most part it was.  But much of Iraq’s oil is going to China.  So the U.S. military was used to subsidize Chinese communism by securing Iraqi oil.  Meanwhile, Wall Street lobbies for Cap and Trade which limits America’s ability to use it’s lowest cost and most abundant energy resources.  The resulting higher energy costs will harm America’s ability to compete globally and creates incentives to export U.S. fossil fuels.

CNBC reported that Afghanistan is the “Saudi Arabia of lithium”, and Chinese State Owned Entities (SOE’s) have started mining in Afghanistan.  Coincidentally, China is one of the largest manufacturers of lithium batteries for electric cars.  And the plan is to build large banks of lithium batteries to store the intermittent energy produced by wind and solar farms.  So Afghanistan is our first war for “clean” energy and American blood and treasure are subsidizing China’s booming manufacturing economy.  US political and business leaders should be prosecuted for aiding the enemy.

The subprime bubble masked the catastrophic economic effects of free trade, but now we’re seeing the harsh reality of a low wage service economy come into focus.  Municipalities, States and the Federal government have made promises based on revenues from an industrial economy, and they will not be able to keep those promises.  Bankrupting the world’s most powerful democratic republic is what the architects of free trade intended.  They’re ideologically opposed to market economies and representative government. Free trade, a.k.a. globalization, was an opportunity to achieve a bloodless coup d’etat and create a global command and control economy.

Patriotic Americans should oppose free trade policies that are transitioning America from the world’s most prosperous manufacturing economy, to a low wage service economy.  Conservatives recognize Obamacare as a fundamental transformation of America, which it is.  But America’s transformation is a bipartisan agenda beginning with the Clinton/Bush free trade agreements.  Followed by the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, NSA wiretapping, mandates for clean energy, amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, and gun control, which are all part of America’s incremental transformation to a totalitarian system.

These policies are part of a forced transition from a democratic market economy, to a tyrannical command and control economy.  The fraudulent left vs. right narrative is part of a divide and conquer strategy, and is a key part of the tyrannical agenda.  Homeland Security and the Patriot Act will be used to control citizens opposed to the economic decline caused by Clinton/Bush free trade policies, Obama’s policies, and financial sector tyranny.

If citizens want to know where the tyrants have buried the bodies, i.e., the corpse of  America’s prosperous democratic republic, look behind issues the fraudulent left/right media agree on.  A prime example is globalization and free trade.  Fareed Zakaria has a Sunday show on CNN, which most people consider leftist.  Fareed does a segment each week called “What in the World?“, which recently covered the topic of globalization.  Like right wing media, Fareed extolled the virtues of free trade and globalization, and said the Great Depression was exacerbated by the implementation of protectionist trade polices (tariffs).  But as usual, the facts don’t fit the media’a fraudulent narrative.

Some say the electronic trinkets produced in China would be too expensive if manufactured in America.  But virtual slave labor has always existed in foreign countries, and before free trade, America’s economy thrived without exploiting cheap labor abroad.  Many leaders say government should be run more like a business.  Well, multinational corporations spend billions implementing policies that PROTECT their market share and global competitiveness.  They even engage in corporate espionage to gain competitive advantages that US leaders give away via free trade.

Businesses don’t engage in anything remotely resembling free trade.  Why?   Because providing the competition with capital and technology guarantees failure.   Doing so would cause shareholders to demand criminal prosecution of the Board of Directors and top officers, which is what should be done to politicians who have intentionally traded away America’s economic future.   Manufacturing is the engine of economic growth, so outsourcing manufacturing in exchange for cheap trinkets is like the Native Americans selling their sovereignty for beads and blankets.

American history teaches the concept of manifest destiny.  But how many fur traders, homesteaders and gold miners were thinking about manifest destiny when they moved West?   Few if any, they didn’t even know what the phrase meant.  Manifest destiny is the language of ruling class elites, i.e. merchant bankers and industrialists.  They moved common folk across the American West like pawns on a chess board.  Ruling class elites wanted conflict with the Indians so they could call in the cavalry and manifest their destiny.

The new frontiers for today’s ruling class are Communist China and emerging markets.  Free trade is preparing the way for the global cavalry and final phase of manifest destiny.  For all intents and purposes, US financial elites and industrialists have seceded from the Union.  They’ve allied themselves with China’s totalitarian regime and are engaged in economic terrorism against the United States.  Media and politicians support this treasonous alliance and they exploit class and race divisions as part of a divide and conquer agenda.  They want divided Americans to blame each other and fight over the economic crumbs left behind by free trade and the financial crisis.  We’re all Indians now.

Now Obama is calling for fast track trade authority to implement a new “free” trade agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The following text and next two paragraphs are excerpts from the previous link.  What’s wrong with fast track?  For most of the past 200 years, Congress negotiated trade policy and wrote the laws to oversee trade, as required in the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.  This power was first transferred to the Executive Office when Nixon was granted Fast Track in 1974 as part of his consolidation of presidential power.  Fast Track expired in 2007.

As far as President Obama is concerned, the TPP is entering the home stretch.  All he needs now is for Congress to vote to grant him Fast Track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, and it’s a done deal.  Fast Track would allow the President to sign the TPP before it goes to Congress.  Members of Congress would then have a short time period to hold an up or down vote and would be prohibited from making amendments.  Without Fast Track, which was used to pass NAFTA and the World Trade Organization (WTO), it is unlikely that the TPP could be signed into law

The Obama administration has been negotiating the TPP in secret for more than three years.  Unlike past trade agreements, the text of the TPP is classified and members of Congress have restricted access to it.  If they do read the text, they are not allowed to copy it or discuss any specifics of it.  However, more than 600 corporate advisers have direct access to the text on their computers.  Sachie Mizohata writes in Asia Times, “The TPP is a Trojan horse, branded as a free trade agreement, but having nothing to do with fair and equitable treatment.  In reality, it is precisely a wish list of the 1% – a worldwide corporate power.”

Global elites creating a New World Order sounds like a nutty conspiracy theory.  But President Obama, George Soros, Henry Kissinger, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, George H.W. Bush, and other world leaders have publicly stated that their objective is a “new world order”.  What does that mean?  Given the decline of America in conjunction with globalization, world leaders talking of a new world order warrants serious consideration.

The link below has a clip of Charlie Rose interviewing Henry Kissinger about globalization.  They specifically talked about the “new world order” as a shift of power and economic growth from the West to the East, i.e., China.  There’s also video of George H.W. Bush saying, on six different occasions, his objective is a “new world order.”   And there’s a clip of UK Primer Minister Gordon Brown declaring a “new world order”.  The video also explains the Federal Reserve’s use of debt to enslave citizens and ends with Biblical predictions of a nuclear holocaust.  Much of the video is subjective, but the fact remains that many world leaders acknowledge their objective is a New World Order (NWO).

The first three minutes of Fall of the Republic illustrates President Obama’s role in creating a new world order.  This link is a Charlie Rose interview with Jim O’Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  Mr. O’Neill takes credit for coining the term BRIC, which refers to the emerging markets Brazil, Russia, India and China.  The emerging markets represent a NWO led by China’s totalitarian regime.  George Soros says China must be brought into the “new world order” and its currency will replace the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

In the NWO video, Henry Kissinger used the word globalization to describe the mechanism by which the world is being reordered.  And he emphasized the fact that new global rules are designed to pick winners and losers.  The West, and the U.S. in particular, have been picked to lose. Jim O’Neill also makes this clear in his interview with Charlie Rose.  The winners are totalitarian regimes like Communist China.

After World War II Germany was a pile of rubble, literally.   Sixty years later they’re the strongest economy in the West.  They pay high wages, have a high standard of living, have a low debt to GDP ratio, and are able to compete with communist china.  This is because they protect their economy and manufacturing base.  Don’t buy the lie that America cannot do the same.

The founders ended the Declaration of Independence with these words: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”.  Our founding fathers and mothers understood the price of freedom, and if we are going to preserve the representative government they fought and died for, we must be willing to commit time and resources to reverse the policies of globalization.  Another interesting source is the book Godonomics, which illustrates the Biblical principles behind private property rights and market economies based on moral principles.

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FRAMING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

During the 1980′s and 90′s, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund made loans contingent upon a nation’s ability to uphold the rule of law.  These financial institutions defined lawless nations as those where financial elites had achieved exemption from the rule of law and created a culture of corruption.  This post contains evidence that US financial elites and their bipartisan cronies have achieved exemption the rule of law.  The resulting culture of corruption is evident to all who’ve been paying attention.  For those who think this post is a leftist attack on Wall Street bankers, you should know that the CEO’s of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are registered Democrats.  And based on the following information, they are hardcore socialists.

The Congressional Budget Office says it will cost taxpayers 8.6 Trillion to prop up banks after the 2008 financial crisis.  Some politicians say the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) caused the crisis because it forced banks to make home loans to poor people.  But most of the subprime loans were originated by lenders exempt from the CRA.  Simon Johnson is a former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund and a current member of the CBO council of advisers.  He wrote a book titled “13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown”.  He was on CSPAN’s Book TV giving a presentation and said the six largest banks have “captured the State” and have power to “extort” money from government.

President of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, Thomas Hoenig, gave a speech on Obama’s finance reform (Dodd-Frank).  He and said it didn’t eliminate the threat of future Wall Street bailouts, and Too Big To Fail banks are “inconsistent with the concept of capitalism.”  Mr. Hoenig is calling for the reinstatement of Glass Steagall as a means to break up big banks and reduce the threat of future bailouts.  Glass Steagall was enacted in 1934 in order to curb bank speculation that caused the 1929 market crash and Great Depression.  However, President Clinton repealed Glass Steagall in 1999.  It only took nine years to repeat the crash of 1929 and Great Recession.  During a Congressional hearing,  Rep. Brad Sherman said Dodd-Frank’s Resolution Authority gives the Executive Branch (Obama) authority to spend Trillions on future Wall Street bailouts, without a Congressional vote.  This eliminates one of our core Constitutional rights, i.e., no taxation without representation.  Contact your Senators and Representatives and demand the reinstatement of Glass Steagall.

Presidents Bush and Obama said the 2008 financial crisis was unforseen and could not have been prevented.  They lied.  Phil Angelides was Chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which concluded the crisis was preventable.  Listen to 7 minutes of Chairman Angelides speech starting at 7min/55sec.  Then watch the PBS documentary The Warning for more back story.  The Warning  demonstrates that the policies of Bill Clinton and Alan Greenspan laid the foundation for the financial crisis.  And President Bush went along with Greenspan’s deregulation of underwriting standards that created Trillions of dollars of home mortgages, without proof of income, job, or assets.  Oops!  Greenspan admitted his flawed ideology contributed to the crisis, but now the Fed is praised for it’s QE to infinity, which is an ongoing Wall Street bailout.

After watching The Warning, watch CNBC’s House of Cards.  It’s important to remember that many Wall Street banks were buying  subprime mortgages on the secondary market, not lending to homeowners who couldn’t repay their loans.  No government agency forced Wall Street banks to buy worthless loans, securitize them, leverage them 50 to 1, and sell them around the world with fraudulent Triple A ratings.  CNBC’s House of Cards demonstrates that ratings agencies used fraudulent computer models to rate junk securities as Triple A.  The models were inherently fraudulent because they were based on the notion that house prices would increase 6% per year, forever.  Oops!

President Obama said Wall Street’s actions leading up to the financial crisis were “legal”.  He lied.  William Black was Deputy Director of the Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation during the 1980′s financial crisis.  He helped obtain a 1000 criminal convictions of “elite” bankers.  Mr. Black says public losses from the 2008 financial crisis are “70 times greater” than the Savings and Loan meltdown, but despite compelling evidence demonstrating Wall Street fraud, there have been few criminal prosecutions.

During this radio interview he makes a compelling  case for criminal prosecution of Wall Street bankers.  Black said in 2004, the FBI testified before Congress about an epidemic of mortgage fraud and predicted it would cause a financial crisis.  In 2006, all major lenders were warned that “liars loans” had a 90% incidence of fraud.  But the mortgage industry increased subprime lending to the point that 1 in 3 loans were liars loans when the bubble burst in 2008.  Mr. Black said this constitutes one million cases of fraud per year by the industry. The statute of limitations has not expired, so email his interview to your personal attorney, local prosecutor, Sheriff, State Attorney General, and U.S. Attorney.

The interview with Mr. Black includes securities law expert Lynn Stout, who disagreed with Black’s position on the prosecution of bankers.  She wrote an article explaining the role of derivatives in the financial crisis.  It’s fairly short, requires little knowledge of financial markets, and provides important information regarding the prevention of another derivatives related meltdown.  If you watch The Warning, listen to the interview with William Black, read Ms. Stout’s article, and watch this short clip on naked credit default swaps, you’ll have a solid understanding of the financial crisis.  The clip is Michael Greenberger, former director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).   Greenberger and Stout explain how a 200 year old British common law regulating derivatives can help prevent another crisis.

Neil Barofsky was Special Inspector General for TARP, the 700 billion dollar bailout program.  Regarding the nine largest banks, he said “it didn’t matter if they were cooking the books on their balance sheets, Treasury was giving them money anyway, in fact, if they had even larger holes on their balance sheets due to FRAUD, that would’ve been only more reason for Treasury to give them money.”  Mr. Barofsky had spent the prior eight years prosecuting bank fraud, and when he made the statement about Wall Street fraud, he did not qualify it by saying alleged fraud.  And yet, Obama’s Justice Department has not prosecuted a single executive of the nine largest banks.  During debate over TARP, Rep. Marcy Kaptur said ”high financial crimes have been committed…these criminals have so much political power, they can shut down the normal legislative process of the highest law making body of this land.”

Rep. Brad Sherman led a bipartisan revolt against the TARP bailout bill because much of the money was going to foreign banks.  During an interview on CNBC, he said ”the bank of Shanghai can transfer all of its toxic assets to the Bank of Shanghai in Los Angeles, its subsidiary, which can sell them the next day to the Treasury”.  He continued saying “foreign markets are being told they are getting the money….assets now held in China and London can be sold to U.S. entities on Monday and sold to the Treasury on Tuesday”.  During debate in the House, Sherman said some members were told the U.S. would be placed under martial law if TARP was not passed.  Sounds like extortion to me.

The banks Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were allowed to fail.  They were holding 6.3 TRILLION of toxic assets and liabilities when they collapsed and were dumped on taxpayers in 2008.  The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) investigated the collapse of Fannie and Freddie.  Commissioner Byron Georgiou said both institutions were “cooking the books”, and lobbyists on both sides of the isle protected the banks while they engaged in illegal activities.  The FCIC concluded: 1) the financial crisis was preventable.  2) Regulators looked the other way rather than take action to prevent the crisis.  3) Big banks took irresponsible risks and taxpayers are stuck with bill.

In order to cover up the cost of toxic assets dumped on taxpayers and Trillions still held by banks, Congress pressured the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to relax mark to market rules.  These rules were put in place after Enron’s collapse and require large companies to mark balance sheet assets to current market value.  But now, the relaxed rules allow gov’t and banks to falsify the value of toxic assets on their balance sheet.  Small business owners would be charged with fraud for engaging in similar accounting practices.

Desmond Lachman is a former Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund.  He said, ”if the Federal Reserve balance sheet is marked to market, the Fed would have an enormous negative position”.  Systemic fraud is the new accounting standard for government and Wall Street.  Political leaders say cutting spending is a priority for restoring fiscal soundness.  But if my accountant is cooking the books and embezzling from my business, I can cut  spending to zero and still go bankrupt.  So the first priority is holding Wall Street and bipartisan criminals accountable, then cut spending. 

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) did a partial audit of the Federal Reserve’s response to the financial crisis.  It revealed that 16 TRILLION has been lent at near 0% interest, much of it to foreign banks, meanwhile, the U.S. economy is starved of capital and investment.  The link will get you to Table 8 on page 131 of the GAO report.  The Federal Reserve has a dual mandate: 1) Price stability  2) Full employment.  These mandates apply specifically to the domestic U.S. economy, not the global economy.  But as noted in the following paragraph, the Bank of International Settlements says US banks are one of the largest providers of credit to foreign markets like China.

Investors Business Daily ran an article saying ”…despite the commitment of nearly 20 TRILLION in taxpayer funds to prevent another crisis, lending has stalled or shrunk”.  But that’s only half the story.  The other half is, while bailed out banks are starving the U.S. economy of capital, they’re lending to emerging markets.  George Soros was on CNBC and cited data from the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), he said US and EU banks are the largest supplier of credit to emerging markets like China.  So bailed out banks are financing Communist China’s 8% GDP growth while U.S. growth is near zero and the real unemployment rate is 15.1%.  

President Obama never mentions the 8.6 Trillion needed to prop up failing banks.  Why?  According to Open Secrets, Wall Street is one of his biggest campaign contributors.  And in return, Wall Street has never had it better, the stock market has nearly tripled in value while economic growth is stagnant.  The Fed’s money printing (QE) policies are driving up the stock market, but it also devalues the dollar so our dollars are worth less, which means we pay more for goods and services.  Economists define this inflation as a tax, so when the Fed purchases 40 Billion per month of toxic mortgage backed securities to prop up Wall Street banks, it’s really a tax.  President Obama and the Fed’s policies have dramatically increased income inequality in America, and the top 1% have never had it better.   So the Democrats alleged desire to reverse this trend demonstrates their grotesque hypocrisy.

President Obama and bipartisan leaders say economic policies are intended to grow the domestic economy.  But it’s not growing.  Is this just another oops moment?  Of course not.  US policies are designed to subsidize the global economy, a.k.a., globalization.  Why?  Bipartisan and corporate leaders prefer China’s totalitarian model.  Evidence of this can be found in a Wall Street Journal article titled China’s Superior Economic Model.  The article is written by Andy Stern, former President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the premise of the article was based on comments by Andy Grove, founder and Chairman of Intel.

Congressman Brad Sherman was Chairman of the House Foreign Relations subcommittee on trade.  During a CSPAN interview, he said US trade with China is “the most unbalanced trade relationship in the history of international trade”, and this “cancerous” trade relationship is driven by “enormous corporate power”.   Mr. Sherman forgot to mention union leaders like Andy Stern who also prefer China’s totalitarian economic model.  Under the guise of free trade, US leaders are transferring American capital, technology and jobs to China as a means to subvert America’s representative government.

Rep. Sherman also talked about trade deficits resulting from trade with China, and the effect on the U.S. debt.  He said, ”you have to have some really bad policies to take the most productive nation in the world with the best workforce, and I mean the United States, and turn it into the greatest debtor nation in history.  And by God, we’ve had bad trade policies that have achieved that objective.”  It’s worth noting that Rep. Sherman used the word “objective” when describing the catastrophic effects of free trade.  Even Warren Buffet said trade deficits are changing America from a shareholder economy to a sharecropper economy, where foreigners own us and we work for them.  Free trade and globalization are an attack on U.S. sovereignty and unalienable rights.  Contact your elected officials and tell them so.

Wall Street and their bipartisans cronies have structured the global economy (globalization) in a way that subsidizes China with U.S. capital and technology.  The decline in growth resulting from free trade and de-industrialization was masked by the subprime bubble.  Given a 2003 warning that Fannie and Freddie posed a systemic risk to financial markets, and the 2004 FBI warning that mortgage fraud would cause a financial crisis, it’s difficult to believe financial and political leaders did not foresee the crisis.  It’s possible the subprime bubble was intentionally created to cover up the economic contraction caused by free trade and outsourcing.  When the bubble burst, average citizens were blamed for living beyond their means and the structural decline resulting from free trade wasn’t even mentioned.

Some say the electronic trinkets produced in China would be too expensive if manufactured in America.  But virtual slave labor has always existed in foreign countries, and before free trade, America’s economy thrived without exploiting cheap labor abroad.  Many leaders say government should be run more like a business.  Well, multinational corporations spend billions implementing policies that PROTECT their market share and global competitiveness.  They even engage in corporate espionage to gain competitive advantages that US leaders give away via free trade.

Businesses don’t engage in anything remotely resembling free trade.  Why?   Because providing the competition with capital and technology guarantees failure.   Doing so would cause shareholders to demand criminal prosecution of the Board of Directors and top officers, which is what should be done to politicians who have intentionally traded away America’s economic future.   Manufacturing is the engine of economic growth, so outsourcing manufacturing in exchange for cheap trinkets is like the Native Americans selling their sovereignty for beads and blankets.

American history teaches the concept of manifest destiny.  But how many fur traders, homesteaders and gold miners were thinking about manifest destiny when they moved West?   Few if any, they didn’t even know what the phrase meant.  Manifest destiny is the language of ruling class elites, i.e. merchant bankers and industrialists.  They moved common folk across the American West like pawns on a chess board.  Ruling class elites wanted conflict with the Indians so they could call in the cavalry and manifest their destiny.

The new frontiers for today’s ruling class are Communist China and emerging markets.  Free trade is preparing the way for the global cavalry and final phase of manifest destiny.  For all intents and purposes, US financial elites and industrialists have seceded from the Union.  They’ve allied themselves with China’s totalitarian regime and are engaged in economic terrorism against the United States.  Media and politicians support this treasonous alliance and they exploit class and race divisions as part of a divide and conquer agenda.  They want divided Americans to blame each other and fight over the economic crumbs left behind by free trade and the financial crisis.  We’re all Indians now.

During a hearing on Dodd-Frank’s Resolution Authority, Republican Don Manzullo said it’s a safety net for “you guys that screw up on Wall Street”.  Economist Jeffery Miron replied saying the Resolution Authority is a “blank check” for future bailouts, and it will  “institutionalize TARP” for bank holding companies.  Dodd-Frank gives the F.D.I.C. resolution authority.  The FDIC is under the jurisdiction of the executive branch so future bailouts can be made without Congressional approval.  The Constitution states that all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, the branch of government most accountable to the people.  So allowing the executive branch to spend Trillions without Congressional approval violates a core Constitutional principle, no taxation without representation.  

The 2014 budget is another example of taxation without representation because bipartisan members of Congress admitted they didn’t read the bill.  If they’re not reading spending bills, they cannot be representing the interests of their constituents, i.e., taxation without representation.  The following text and next paragraph are from an article in USA TODAY:  The nearly 1,600-page spending bill includes all 12 of the individual annual spending bills packaged into a $1.012 trillion “omnibus” spending bill.  The bill will have gone from unveiling to law in just six days, while the normal appropriations process is structured to take months and allow for more lawmaker input.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., holding up the thick bill on the House floor, criticized the House for voting on a bill “that nobody has read.”  McGovern cited a concern held by lawmakers in both parties that the details of the omnibus are likely to trickle out after the bill has become law.  ”I’m willing to bet in a week or so we’re going to read an article about something being in the bill that nobody knew about,”.  Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, characterized the bill as a “monstrosity.”  She said ”while Americans suffer the consequences of Obamacare, Congress is trying to rush through another massive bill before reading it,”

The premise of our founding documents is equality before the law, not equality of income or outcome.  America is a nation of laws, not a nation of women and men who can impose their tyrannical aspirations on sovereign citizens.  Criminal elites have created a legal double standard and placed themselves above the law.  This was the fundamental problem facing American colonists before the Revolution.  Thomas Jefferson addressed this problem in the Declaration of Independence, which was a criminal indictment of King George that provided a moral and legal basis for the Revolution.  The founders ended with these words: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”.  They understood the price of freedom, and if we are going to preserve the rule of law they fought and died for, we must be willing to commit time and resources to restore the rule of law. 

This website provides evidence for a criminal indictment of US leaders, however, I’m not advocating for armed rebellion as a remedy.  The Constitution and Bill of Rights are still the law of the land, and the law is on the side of “We the People” who believe in unalienable individual rights.  We need to create a groundswell of support that will force our public prosecutors to take legal action against criminal elites.  Media and politicians cover up the effect of the financial crisis on the national debt.  Check out the post Fraud and the Federal Debt for evidence of the cover up.  Use the evidence compiled in the website, share it with your friends, business associates, local prosecutor, Sheriff, State Attorney General and U.S. Attorney.

For the whole non-partisan story about the manufactured decline of America, click on the PDF file Knowledge is Power.  Another interesting source is the book Godonomics, which illustrates the Biblical principles behind private property rights and market economies based on moral principles.

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The Boston Tea Party, it wasn’t just about taxes

The following text is from the World Book Encyclopedia, copyright 1969:       The Boston Tea Party was a raid by American colonists on three British ships in Boston Harbor on Dec. 16, 1773.  A band of citizens disguised as Indians threw the contents of 340 chests of tea into the bay.  This was one of the incidents that led to the Revolutionary War in America.

Many colonists were determined not to pay taxes to the British government.  Formerly, the tax on tea imported from England was so high that the colonists usually drank smuggled Dutch tea.  In 1767, the British decided to levy a lower duty of three pence a pound on tea, and to collect it.  More people bought the cheaper tea, but independence groups agitated for tax removal.

In 1773, the British government allowed the British East India Company a substantial tax rebate on tea shipped to America, to keep it from bankruptcy.  Soon tea was on its way to Boston, consigned to individuals who were given a monopoly on its sale.  Colonists feared the tea monopoly would put local merchants out of business, and that other retail businesses might also be made into monopolies.  (end of excerpt)

The King of England had given the British East India Company a monopoly on the sale of tea, so this, as well as taxation without representation, was a major factor leading to the Revolutionary War.  It’s clear our founding fathers viewed the tyranny of private sector monopolies, backed by the British government, as a threat to their liberty and prosperity.  As a conservative, I believe market capitalism provides the greatest amount of freedom for American citizens to conduct business.  But a market that’s “free” to create monopolies that can buy judges, politicians and elections, and eliminate competitive markets to the detriment of our nation, is a betrayal of the men and women who’ve fought and died for American ideals.

The American economy grew rapidly during the first 100 years and soon monopolies like Rockefeller’s Standard Oil began to threaten competitive markets.  Many corporations formed trusts that controlled market prices and destroyed competition.  Farmers and small businessmen demanded government protection from monopolies and trusts.  The Sherman Antitrust Act, fulfilling one of President Harrison’s campaign pledges, outlawed trusts or any other monopolies that hindered trade.  Fast forward to 2014, and the U.S. economy is again being controlled by government backed monopolies, a.k.a. Too Big To Fail (TBTF) banks.  The Congressional Budget Office says it will cost taxpayers 8.6 TRILLION to prop up failing banks.

Most people have heard of the Supreme Court decision involving Citizens United.  Citizens United is a political action committee (superpac), that argued their campaign donations equate to free speech, so they should be allowed to buy and sell elected officials with unlimited campaign contributions.  The Court ruled in their favor, but this violates the Spirit of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, which were created to protect the unalienable rights of individual citizens, not lobbying groups like Citizens United.  This website is named Citizens United in order to reflect the true meaning of citizenship as intended by our founders.

The fourteenth amendment states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside…”. The intent of this language is to confer citizenship on individuals, not groups.  Evidence of this is that organizations, even though they are made up of individual citizens, did not have legal status as citizens until the late 1800′s.  That’s when Rockefeller and others began to sue states claiming their organizations were “persons” under the law and entitled to core Constitutional rights.  Many political and business organizations existed at the time our nation was founded, so if the framers intended they be considered persons under the law, why did Rockefeller and others have to sue states to change the law?

After the American Revolution, corporations remained small institutions chartered at the state level for specific purposes.  By law, they could not make political contributions, could not own stock in other companies, were required to serve the public interest, and could only exist for a limited time.  And owners were responsible for losses and crimes committed by the corporation.  Robber barons like John D. Rockefeller led efforts to change laws requiring corporate owners to serve the public interest and be liable for losses and crimes.  The framers protected unalienable rights of individual citizens by limiting the power of corporations.

America is not a democracy, but our legislative bodies makes decisions based on majority rule, so the U.S. is a democratic Republic.  Unfortunately, the most powerful minority in America has usurped majority rule.  This minority is made up of foreign and domestic multinational corporations, which by definition are not loyal to any country.  In fact, they have a fiduciary obligation to shareholders that prohibits loyalty to any particular nation.  And yet, they’ve been given core constitutional rights that give them virtually unlimited influence on the political process.  It’s the Golden Rule: He who has the gold rules.  The result is socialism trending toward fascism.

This Investors Business Daily article says “despite the commitment of nearly 20 Trillion in taxpayer funds to prevent another crisis, lending has stalled or shrunk”.  Between the Federal Reserve and Federal government, 20 Trillion taxpayer dollars have been used to prop up the stock market.  That’s why it has nearly tripled in value since the 2008 crash, meanwhile, growth of the U.S. domestic economy is stagnant.  But that’s only half the story.  While on CNBC, billionaire leftist George Soros said EU and US banks are the largest supplier of credit to emerging markets.  China is the largest emerging marketso bailed out US banks are financing communism while the U.S. economy is starved of capital.  The Wall Street Journal article ”China’s Superior Economic Model”, demonstrates that many US leaders favor China’s totalitarian economic model.

In spite of the 20 Trillion dollar commitment to prop up banks and the stock market, many say the US government’s unfair treatment of big business is driving investment to emerging markets.  I guess they think bankrupting the U.S. government to subsidize socialist banks and corporations isn’t enough, we need to cut their tax rates as well.  Even Republican tax guru Grover Norquist said, “corporations don’t pay taxes, they collect them from you and me…”.  Grover says corporations pass tax liabilities onto consumers by raising the price of their products.  But he doesn’t mention that small businesses, which may be corporations, bear the full cost of regulation and taxation because they have limited ability to shift costs to consumers. Click here for a brief history of corporations in the United States. 

The core problem is campaign financing.  The founders did not confer Constitutional rights and citizenship on businesses, only individual human beings.  But today, unions and corporations, including foreign state owned corporations, have been given 1st amendment free speech rights.  Restoring the founders interpretation of “one person, one vote” should be a top priority.  We need to strip unions and corporations of all Constitutional rights because even foreign corporations, owned by foreign governments, have increasing influence over U.S. elections.  This is due to new campaign finance rules put in place by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Those who defend the perverted notion of corporate citizenship say they’re made up of individuals.  First of all, union and corporate leaders who make decisions about campaign contributions, do not necessarily reflect the intentions of individual members and employees.  Second, if unions and corporations were stripped of all Constitutional rights pertaining to campaign contributions and lobbying, individual members and employees would retain all their Constitutional rights.  In fact, their rights would be enhanced because they wouldn’t be competing with organizations that may not share their political views, and may not even be loyal to the United States.  Thanks to corporate citizenship, we have free trade agreements that are selling America off to Communist China.  A recent example is America’s largest pork processor, Smithfield Foods, which was sold to a Chinese State owned company.

President Obama’s finance reform, Dodd-Frank, was supposed to eliminate future bailouts of TBTF banks.  But in true Orwellian fashion, it did just the opposite.  Democrat Brad Sherman said it gives the executive branch authority to spend Trillions on future Wall Street bailouts, without Congressional approval.  This is accomplished by Dodd-Frank’s Resolution Authority, the part of the bill that institutionalizes TARP and provides Wall Street with a blank checkF.Y.I., most of the original 700 billion TARP bailout went to foreign banks.  Politicians say banks and AIG paid back bailout money and taxpayers made a profit.  Technically it’s true, but they’re getting near zero percent money from the Fed, so in reality, bailout money was paid back with taxpayer money.  And the Fed’s QE3 is buying 40 Billion per month of toxic mortgage backed securities from Wall Street banks, so the bailout continues.

Simon Johnson is a former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund.  He’s currently a member of the Congressional Budget Office council of advisers and professor of entrepreneurship at MIT.   In a Senate Budget Committee hearing, he cited JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who’ve said they expect another financial crisis in 3 to 7 years.  Based on their prediction, Johnson said Too Big To Fail banks represent a short term budget liability equal to 40% of GDP (5.6 Trillion), and CBO rules require this be scored in the budget.   Ranking Republican Judd Gregg replied “We don’t score a lot of things around here.”  In other words, they’re cooking the government’s books.

During a presentation on his book 13 Bankers, Johnson said the few hundred people who run the six largest banks have “captured the state” and have power to “extort” money from the government.   Rep. Sherman said members of Congress were told the U.S. would be placed under martial law if TARP wasn’t passed.  Sounds like extortion to me.  During debate over TARP, Rep. Marcy Kaptur said ”high financial crimes have been committed, these criminals have so much political power, they can shut down the normal legislative process of the highest law making body in this land.”   Wall Street tyrants and their bipartisan cronies have eliminated one of our core Constitutional principles, no taxation without representation.

The 2014 Federal budget is a prime example of taxation without representation.  The following text and next paragraph are from an article in USA TODAY:  The nearly 1,600-page spending bill includes all 12 of the individual annual spending bills packaged into a $1.012 trillion “omnibus” spending bill.  The bill will have gone from unveiling to law in just six days, while the normal appropriations process is structured to take months and allow for more lawmaker input.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., holding up the thick bill on the House floor, criticized the House for voting on a bill “that nobody has read.”  McGovern cited a concern held by lawmakers in both parties that the details of the omnibus are likely to trickle out after the bill has become law.  ”I’m willing to bet in a week or so we’re going to read an article about something being in the bill that nobody knew about,”.  Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, characterized the bill as a “monstrosity.”  She said ”while Americans suffer the consequences of Obamacare, Congress is trying to rush through another massive bill before reading it,”

If representatives aren’t reading spending bills, they’re not representing the interests of their constituents, i.e., taxation without representation.  American citizens are being subjected to tyrannical conditions similar to the pre-revolutionary colonies.   King George III had given the British East India Company a monopoly on the tea trade to save it from bankruptcy.  Taxes were used to extract wealth from the colonies and grow other parts of the British empire.  Now, the US government and it’s corporate partners are extracting wealth from America and subsidizing China’s totalitarian regime.  Multinational corporations and unions prefer the centrally planned, communist economic model.  I consider this treason.

When enough citizens are empowered with the truth, it will be possible to restore representative government.  This was true when our nation was founded.  Without publications like ”Common Sense” by Thomas Paine and others, our founders would not have had the groundswell of support  necessary for revolution.  The first step toward liberty is informing the public.  Knowledge is power.  For more info and solutions, check the post on globalization.  Another interesting source is the book Godonomics, which illustrates the Biblical principles behind private property rights and market economies based on moral principles.

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EMAIL THIS TO CHRISTIAN LEADERS

2 Corinthians 5:19  …God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Many Christian leaders say God is judging America, but that contradicts the previous verse.  God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, including America.  And God was not imputing sin unto the world, including America.  When God judges, it will be the whole world at one time.  Until then, we should NOT speak legalistic curses over America or the American church.  God chastens those he loves, but that’s very different from being judged for our sins.

I’m grateful for attention given to the moral decay causing America’s decline.  However, many Christian leaders talk as if America’s decline is inevitable. They sound like the ten spies (Numbers 13&14) that convinced the Israelites they could not drive God’s enemies out of the promised land.  God regarded the Israelites fear and unbelief as rebellion against his will.  As a result, God condemned the unbelievers to forty years of wandering in the wilderness and death.  Is that what Christian leaders want for American Christians, i.e., die in the wilderness because we allowed our nation to be corrupted without standing up for what’s right?  God did not tell Joshua to pray and hope the pagans would leave the promised land.  The Lord told Joshua to combine his faith with action and drive the enemies out of the land.

Likewise, Ezra and Nehemiah didn’t pray and then sit around waiting for someone to rebuild the temple and walls of Jerusalem.   Nehemiah gave up his comfortable position in the king’s palace and went back to Jerusalem to serve his God and kinsmen.  Ezra also took action and helped restore God’s law in Jerusalem’s government and society while rebuilding the temple.  American Christians are literally the body of Christ on earth, and as such, we must combine prayer and faith with action.  We send our men and women to fight and die for freedom in foreign countries, so the least we can do is stand up for Christian values and freedom here at home.  To do anything less makes a mockery of the sacrifice made by our troops and Jesus Christ.  James 5:16 …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Furthermore, it’s a tiny minority that is pushing abortion, God out of the public square, the gay agenda, and paganism a.k.a. environmentalism.  Take California for example, a majority of citizens voted to make gay marriage ILLEGAL, but a single judge overturned the will of the people.  And yet, Christian leaders talk about America as if it’s Sodom and Gomorrah, which God destroyed because he could not find ten righteous men. There are millions of Bible believing Christians in America who are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  If Christians follow the examples of Joshua, Nehemiah and Ezra, we can drive antichrist elements out of America’s government.  But Christian leaders must stop teaching Christians to rebel against God, i.e., pray for America and then give up without standing up for what’s right.  Millions, perhaps billions of souls are at risk if we ignore our responsibility to stand up for Christian values in our government.

God told Isaiah that Israel’s leaders caused the people to howl and blaspheme. Isaiah 52:4-5 For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. 5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.  America’s business and political leaders commit crimes with impunity.  If citizens do not hold them accountable, we’ll be forced to pay for their crimes.  America’s leaders prefer Communist China’s totalitarian model.  So they implement policies designed to prosper China and make America subordinate to a godless Communist regime.  News programs on Christian television report Islamic persecution of Christians while ignoring China’s systematic torture of Christians.  Pastor Bob Fu fled persecution in China and recently testified before Congress.  He said persecution in China is the “worst in two decades”.  Why do CBN and others ignore the threat posed by Communist China?

By the Providence of God, America is a nation ruled by the consent of its citizens.  So NOT consenting to the corruption of America is our duty as citizens.  The Body of Christ must do five things: 1) Repent of unbelief  2) Pray  3) Have faith in God  4) Organize and vote  5) Drive antichrist elements in government, out of power. Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  Jesus Christ came as a servant and said the greatest in the Kingdom of God would be a servant of all.  Being a servant includes public service that promotes Christian values in government.  Getting Christians into office also requires millions of servants willing to donate time and money to restore moral principles in government.  There are many things we can do.  Educate ourselves, families, and friends.  Get involved in your local school board or county government.  Start a non-profit dedicated to promoting Christian values in public and private life.  Use your God given creativity and never give up.  For more info, check out “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” at www.StandUpForYourRights.me

Watch this  sermon titled “There is hope for America”.  It’s a fourth of July special by Pastor Michael Youssef.  He uses Nehemiah’s example of prayer and action as a template for the American church. Pastor Youssef’s sermon demonstrates how faithful Christians can change in America.  Let’s encourage each other by sharing this kind of positive message rather than those predicting America’s inevitable decline.  Dr. Charles Stanley recently preached a sermon titled “The Truth That Sets Us Free”.  He focused on spiritual freedom and then introduced the CEO of the Liberty foundation, which works with top law firms to defend religious liberties.  The discussion of legal attacks on religious liberties included an attempt to incarcerate school children for praying in the name of Jesus Christ.  The speaker received a standing ovation for his positive message about standing up for our rights.  Watch it and you’ll be inspired.  Ephesians 2:10  For we are his (God’s) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

In spite of many signs we are in the end times, now is not the time to be passive.  Believing it’s futile to stand up for Christian values in government is contrary to Biblical principles.  For example, in Isaiah chapter 6, the prophet hears the Lord saying  8 Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. 9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  God told Isaiah to call the nation of Israel to repentance.  But God also said the people would not listen and the land would become “utterly desolate”.  So why did God send Isaiah on a mission destined to fail?  The last verse in chapter six says a remnant would return to the land.  And that’s why we must stand up for Christian values in America irregardless of the outcome, i.e., God willing, America can be a light to the world by lifting up Christ, but if not, we’re called to reach the remnant.

Those concerned about America’s decline often cite 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  But praying is only part of the solution, God always requires us to act on our faith, which is demonstrated by Ezekiel 22:30  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it…   God was looking for one person to stand in the gap for Israel.  We don’t need overwhelming numbers to turn America around, we need to believe in the God that created the heavens and the earth.  God often uses seemingly impossible situations to demonstrate his sovereignty.  Zerubbabel faced great opposition when trying to rebuild the temple, so God sent an angel to remind them who is in control.  Zechariah 4:  …This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

God Bless You

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Did CNN say Obama is a dictator and his policies are ruining America’s economy?

Fareed Zakaria has a show on CNN called “GPS”, and each week he does a segment called “What in the world?”.  On November 17,  2013, this segment was about “How to ruin an economy”.  Fareed went through the following checklist of policies that will ruin a nation’s economy:

  • Nationalize businesses
  • Create hyperinflation
  • Induce a currency crisis
  • Subsidize, subsidize, subsidize
  • Create a dictatorship

The segment was actually about Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and his successor.  But the parallels with Obama’s policies are undeniable and it’s possible CNN was using the segment as subtle criticism of Obama’s failing policies.

It’s important to remember that, in the past, the socialist policies of Hugo Chavez were held in high regard by CNN and other left leaning networks.  So on the surface, this criticism of Venezuelan socialism might indicate an ideological shift by CNN.  But I wouldn’t bank on it.

Regarding Obama the dictator, it’s a historical fact that dictatorial regimes can only take power when there’s support from financial elites.  Propagandists on the left say big government is good and big business is bad.  Propagandists on the right say the opposite, i.e., big business is good and big government is bad.  But history proves that dictatorial regimes are almost always the result of a public-private partnership involving big government and big business.

The 2014 budget is an example of the same tyranny faced by pre-revolutionary colonists, i.e., taxation without representation.  The following text and next paragraph are from an article in USA TODAY:  The nearly 1,600-page spending bill includes all 12 of the individual annual spending bills packaged into a $1.012 trillion “omnibus” spending bill.  The bill will have gone from unveiling to law in just six days, while the normal appropriations process is structured to take months and allow for more lawmaker input.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., holding up the thick bill on the House floor, criticized the House for voting on a bill “that nobody has read.”  McGovern cited a concern held by lawmakers in both parties that the details of the omnibus are likely to trickle out after the bill has become law.  ”I’m willing to bet in a week or so we’re going to read an article about something being in the bill that nobody knew about,”.  Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, characterized the bill as a “monstrosity.”  She said ”while Americans suffer the consequences of Obamacare, Congress is trying to rush through another massive bill before reading it,”

If representatives aren’t reading spending bills, there’s no way they can be representing the interests of their constituents, which means there is no representation for taxation.

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FRAUD AND THE FEDERAL DEBT

The media narrative supports the notion that tax policy and entitlements caused the current debt and fiscal crisis.  But like most media narratives, it’s a fraudulent story intended to deceive and divide citizens.  Media and politicians seem to intentionally confuse Federal budget deficits with the national debt.  Budget deficits are the annual amount that government spending exceeds income.  America’s national debt is the total of all Federal budget deficits.

When George Bush took office in 2001 the national debt was 5.7 Trillion (treasurydirect.gov).  By the end of his second term the debt was 10.7 Trillion.  Five years into Obama’s Presidency, the debt is approaching 17 Trillion.  It took over 210 years to accrue a 5.7 Trillion debt and only twelve years to triple the debt.   So what has caused the national debt to triple in 12 years?  During that time, with the exception of Medicare part D, which was a Republican initiative, Medicare and Social Security were fully funded without adding to the Federal budget deficit and debt.  It’s true that in the near future, entitlement programs will be major contributors to deficits and debt, but they did not cause the debt to triple during the last 12 years.  So what did?  Two wars off budget, the financial crisis, trillions of dollars of trade deficits, and corrupt bipartisan leaders whose fingerprints are all over the debt crisis. 

                       THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND US DEBT

Those on the right say the subprime bubble was caused by the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which allegedly forced banks to make home loans to people who couldn’t repay them.  But the CRA was enacted in 1977 and had little to do with the 2008 financial crisis.  Most of the subprime loans were originated by lenders exempt from the CRA and regulated by the Federal Reserve.  Fed Chair Alan Greenspan had virtually eliminated underwriting standards for mortgage brokers.  So when the subprime bubble burst, one in three mortgages required no proof of income or assets.  As stated by Republican Don Manzullo in the previous link, the Fed, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, could’ve prevented the crisis because they had authority to set underwriting standards that reduced risk.  But they did not, so the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is just another unaccountable, redundant agency.

The left blames Bush for the financial crisis, and curiously, the right doesn’t point out President Clinton’s role, which is exposed by the PBS documentary The Warning.  It’s about former Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) director Brooksley Born.  The CFTC had authority to regulate derivatives and she tried to convince the Clinton administration to reign in Wall Street.  But Fed Chairman Greenspan and Clinton’s economic advisers “shut her down and shut her up”.  Ms. Born predicted the derivatives market would blow up the economy, hence the  documentary’s name “The Warning”.   Instead of heeding Born’s warning, President Clinton and his cronies decided to repeal financial regulations that had kept Wall Street speculation in check since the Great Depression.  Clinton’s deregulation of financial markets laid the groundwork for the subprime bubble, and President Bush let Wall Street run wild under the guise of creating more housing.  The Warning exposes bipartisan leaders ideologically opposed to regulating Wall Street financial fraud.

One of the most powerful positions in Congress is Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.  This position was held by Democrat Barney Frank until Republicans took the majority in 2010.  Republican Jeb Hensarling is the current Chairman of Financial Services.  In the first link below, he says the budget deficit rose 800% and taxpayers are on the hook for 8 Trillion as a result of the financial crisis.  Unfortunately, Jeb and Barney engage in the childish finger pointing typical of bipartisan leaders, but it’s the underlying facts that are important.  Just as important is the fact that childish finger pointing is a sophisticated bipartisan scheme to evade responsibility for failures and crimes.

The Federal Budget went over the fiscal cliff in 2008 because of the financial crisis and resulting “Great Recession”.  That’s when the deficit rose 800% to 1.2 TRILLION.  This was due to a massive drop in government revenue, bailouts, and stimulus programs to prop up the economy.  Don’t take my word for it, listen to the following clips of Simon Johnson testifying before the Senate Budget Committee.  He’s a former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund, an MIT professor, and member of the CBO council of advisers.  Using CBO numbers, he says budget deficits are primarily driven by a drop in government revenue due to the recession.

Johnson cites J P Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson saying they expect another financial crisis in “three to seven years”.  Based on their prediction, Johnson said  another financial crisis represents a short term budget liability equal to 40% of GDP (5.6 TRILLION), and CBO rules require this be scored in the budget.  Ranking Republican Judd Gregg  replied, “we don’t score a lot of things around here”, i.e., we’re cooking the books.  Neither Judd Gregg or Chairman Kent Conrad disagreed with Johnson’s analysis of the numbers, only his solutions.

In response to exploding Federal deficits and debt, the Simpson Bowles Commission and Super Committee were formed to address the fiscal crisis.  They both failed so the Budget Control Act was adopted which allowed Bush tax cuts to expire and implemented spending cuts (sequestration) on January 1, 2013.  Taxes will increase dramatically and entitlements will eventually be slashed in order to deal with the after effects of the Wall Street meltdown.  But the media narrative never frames the fiscal cliff in a factual context, i.e., exploding deficits and debt are primarily due to the financial crisis and resulting Great Recession, not entitlements and tax policy.  A prime example of the fraudulent media narrative is the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (F&F).  When investigating their collapse, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) discovered evidence of bipartisan fraud.  But you didn’t hear about it in the news.

When F&F collapsed, taxpayers were forced to assume their 6.3 TRILLION of toxic assets and liabilities, which are off the Federal budget.  F&F were Government Sponsored Entities (GSE’s) until they collapsed in 2008 and were dumped on taxpayers.  The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), had limited authority to regulate F&F.  James Lockhart and Armando Falcon were former Directors of OFHEO.   While testifying before the FCIC, James Lockhart said the 1.5 Trillion taxpayer investment in GSE’s “may never be worth anything”.  Mr. Lockhart said ”there was no debt discipline for these two companies, people didn’t care if they couldn’t put out a financial statement for five years, people didn’t care if they were starting to lose money”.

Fannie and Freddie’s mission was supposed to be affordable housing, which was the justification for their GSE status.  But when asked why F&F didn’t take steps to reduce risk, Mr. Lockhart said ”the Boards were much more focused on profitability, they felt that was their fiduciary responsibility to shareholders, the mission was a distant, not even second”.  In the same clip, Commissioner Thomas replied, “my assumption is there was virtually no discussion about taxpayers rather than shareholders”.  Lockhart laughed and Thomas said “you don’t have to answer that”.  Commissioner Thomas then cites a Barron’s article saying F&F are insolvent and will be bailed out, followed by an e-mail from Treasury undersecretary Steele saying ”it’s way above my pay grade to double the U.S. debt in one fell swoop”.

In 2003, Armando Falcon released a report characterizing F&F as a “systemic risk” to financial markets.  A few days before the report was released, Falcon received a call from Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines.  According to Falcon, Raines “threatened to bring down me and the agency” if the risk report was released.  Then, an official from Treasury called him and said F&F lobbyists were pressuring other agencies to prevent the report’s release.  Finally, on the day the report was released, the Bush White House fired Falcon and media focused on his firing while giving “scant coverage” to the systemic risk report.  Falcon said this was “the result intended by those who engineered the timing of the announcement of my replacement”.

Who engineered the timing of the announcement?  It was the Bush White House who fired Falcon and refused to delay the announcement when Falcon asked them to do so.  And national media used the firing to cover up the 2003 risk report.  Think about it.  On April 9, 2010, Falcon testified under oath that Fannie Mae’s CEO threatened him, and the Bush White House carried out those threats.  There’s only one reason why this was not a national, front page story.  Left, right and center media colluded to cover up the crime.  F&F held 6.3 TRILLION of toxic assets and liabilities when they collapsed in 2008, and for the preceding five years, bipartisan leaders in Congress, the Bush administration, and media, covered up the risk to taxpayers.  Mr. Falcon recounts the cover up of F&F’s systemic risk and the events leading up to his forced resignation in this clip.

The evidence demonstrates that bipartisan leaders worked together to cover up Fannie and Freddie’s systemic risk.  FCIC Commissioner Byron Georgiou said both companies were cooking the books.  Then he addressed the issue of bipartisan lobbyists who blocked oversight while Fannie and Freddie engaged in illegal accounting practices.  Georgiou said “this was an equal opportunity bipartisan lobbying push over the years when Fannie and Freddie were engaging in this practice…there were well connected people who were either former legislators, or former staffers, and others from both parties, who were retained by these institutions to lobby”. This was “a particularly egregious lobbying abuse”.  Mr. Lockhart and Falcon both agreed.  Armando Falcon referred to “strong arm tactics” used by bipartisan lobbyists who blocked his attempts to bring F&F under control.  President Obama’s silence on this issue constitutes lying by omission.

Furthermore, Dodd-Frank did not eliminate Too Big To Fail (TBTF) banks, so they’re effectively GSE’s backstopped by taxpayers.  This is demonstrated by Moody’s rating of Bank of America debt, which is rated five notches above what it would be without government support.  In addition to the explicit taxpayer subsidies for TBTF, Treasury is using Fannie and Freddie as a backdoor bailout for Wall Street.  Some politicians say banks and AIG repaid bailout money and taxpayers made a profit.  But the CBO says it will cost taxpayers 8.6 TRILLION to prop up failing banks.  President Obama, who allegedly opposes Wall Street fat cats, says nothing about the government backstop for America’s largest “private sector” banks.

Most of the previous information had been covered up by politicians and media, so it’s important to remember what the financial crisis did to the U.S. economy.  Phil Angelides was Chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC). His comments below are from a 2011 speech, they start at 7min/55sec and end at 15:00.

“Nearly 26 million Americans are out of work, cannot find full time work, or have quit looking for work.  Eleven TRILLION dollars of household wealth and retirement savings has been wiped away, vanished like some day trade gone bad…The public stewards of our financial system failed us, the CEO’s of financial institutions drove their companies over the cliff and our economy with it…The greatest tragedy coming out of this crisis would be to accept the idea that no one could’ve seen this crisis coming and thus, nothing could’ve been done.  If we accept this notion, I guarantee you, it will happen again”.

Presidents Bush and Obama have both said the financial crisis was unforeseen and could not have been prevented.  But the FCIC concluded otherwise, and yet, not one media story calls attention to the presidential cover up. 

In order to cover up the cost of toxic assets dumped on taxpayers and Trillions still held by banks, Congress pressured the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to relax mark to market rules.  These rules were put in place after Enron’s collapse and require large companies to mark balance sheet assets to current market value.  But now, the relaxed rules allow gov’t and banks to falsify the value of toxic assets on their balance sheet.  Small business owners would be charged with fraud for engaging is similar accounting practices.

Desmond Lachman is a former Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund.  He said, ”if the Federal Reserve balance sheet is marked to market, the Fed would have an enormous negative position”.  Systemic fraud is the new accounting standard for government and Wall Street.  Political leaders say cutting spending is a priority for restoring fiscal soundness.  But if my accountant is cooking the books and embezzling from my business, I can cut spending to zero and still go bankrupt.  And that’s what will happen to America if accounting rules that reflect market values are not enforced.  Also, capitalist economies require rules, i.e., if business managers make bad decisions that lead to bankruptcy, they must be allowed to fail, this keeps markets efficient and creates winners based on merit, not privilege.

It’s also important to remember that nobody forced Wall Street to BUY worthless subprime loans, securitize them, leverage them 50 to1, put fraudulent Triple A ratings on them, and sell them around the world.  In fact, the FBI testified before Congress in 2004 and warned that mortgage fraud would cause a financial crisis.  In 2006, mortgage industry experts warned all major lenders that “liars loans” had a “90% incidence of fraud”.  But the industry increased the number of liars loans to the point that 1 in 3 mortgages was a liars loan when the bubble burst.  That’s why Neil Barofsky, Inspector General for TARP, said fraud by the nine largest banks caused the need for the TARP bailout.  William Black helped obtain 1000 criminal convictions of “elite” bankers after the 1980′s Savings and Loan meltdown.  In this radio interview, Mr. Black starts with the 2004 FBI warning and lays out compelling evidence of Wall Street fraud, which has not been prosecuted by Obama’s Department of Justice.

Bottom line, bipartisan leaders were complicit in Wall Street fraud and irresponsible risk taking that drove the economy and budget over the cliff.  There’s no economic growth on the horizon that will make up for decreased government revenue due to the financial crisis, and we cannot tax our way out of Trillion dollar deficits.  In order to finance the exploding debt, Obama’s Treasury Secretary wants Congress to eliminate the debt ceiling.   In addition to removing the debt ceiling, the executive branch wants authority to spend Trillions on future Wall Street bailouts, without approval from Congress.  This will be accomplished via Dodd-Frank’s Resolution Authority, the part of the bill that institutionalizes TARP and gives Wall Street a blank check.

Simon Johnson wrote a book titled “13 Bankers, The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Crisis”.  During a Book TV presentation, Mr. Johnson said the six largest banks have “captured the State” and have power to “extort” money from taxpayers.  Edward Kane is a senior research fellow at the F.D.I.C., he says the financial crisis and Dodd-Frank are examples of regulatory capture.  What does regulatory capture mean?  It means multinational corporations, which by definition are loyal to no country, have subverted representative government.  They have enough resources to hire the best accountants, lawyers and lobbyists money can buy, and use them to take over the lawmaking process in Congress.  That’s why Obama’s Department of Justice does not prosecute Wall Street CEO’s and their bipartisan partners in crime, let alone implement regulations that represent the interests of American citizens.

The Dodd-Frank Finance Reform Act is supposed to “protect” consumers by implementing new banking regulations via the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  But the CFPB is just another example of regulatory capture by Wall Street.  During a Congressional hearing on the CFPB, Republican Sean Duffy said the original name of Dodd-Frank was the Wall Street Reform Act, but it should be called the “Main Street Reform Act”.  Why?  He said the CFPB is putting costly regulations on community banks that didn’t cause the financial crisis while doing little to reform Wall Street.  Republicans Mike Grimm and Don Manzullo made similar comments.  Link1Link2  Having achieved regulatory capture, Wall Street banks use regulation to extract wealth from taxpayers and eliminate competition.  J.P. Morgan is building new branch offices while community banks struggle with the compliance costs of new CFPB regulations.

The Fed’s loose monetary policy, i.e., toxic asset purchases and 0% money for bailed out institutions, is another hit to the U.S. economy as it drives up  commodity prices and incentivizes irresponsible risk taking.  Kansas City Fed President Tom Hoenig posed the following question:  What resource has ever been efficiently allocated when the price is zero?   He was referring to the Fed’s near 0% rate on capital.  Like Simon Johnson, Mr. Hoenig also recognizes the budgetary threat posed by Too Big To Fail banks.  He says Dodd-Frank widened the Federal safety net to include high risk gambling activities of large banks.  Hoenig proposed reinstating the Glass Steagall Act, which was enacted in 1933 as a response to the 1929 market crash.  Glass Steagall removed high risk investment bank activities from the Federal safety net (F.D.I.C.), but President Clinton repealed it in 1999.  It took only 9 years to repeat the crash of 1929.  Click here and listen to Mr. Hoenigs comments on TBTF banks.  If fiscal and monetary policy had focused on limiting home foreclosures and growing the Main Street economy, increased demand and economic growth would be reducing the deficit.

Congressional budget negotiations have nothing to do with getting deficits and debt under control.  The 2014 Federal budget is a prime example.  The following text and next paragraph are from an article in USA TODAY:  The nearly 1,600-page spending bill includes all 12 of the individual annual spending bills packaged into a $1.012 trillion “omnibus” spending bill.  The bill will have gone from unveiling to law in just six days, while the normal appropriations process is structured to take months and allow for more lawmaker input.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., holding up the thick bill on the House floor, criticized the House for voting on a bill “that nobody has read.”  McGovern cited a concern held by lawmakers in both parties that the details of the omnibus are likely to trickle out after the bill has become law.  ”I’m willing to bet in a week or so we’re going to read an article about something being in the bill that nobody knew about,”.  Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, characterized the bill as a “monstrosity.”  She said ”while Americans suffer the consequences of Obamacare, Congress is trying to rush through another massive bill before reading it,”

If members of Congress aren’t reading bills, they certainly aren’t writing them.  So who is writing legislation?  In the case of Obamacare, Dr. Howard Dean said the insurance industry and Democrat staffers wrote the bill (listen to the video in the link).  Congress not reading or writing legislation is the MO of Wall Street regulatory capture.  Even Republican tax guru Grover Norquist said, “corporations don’t pay taxes, they collect them from you and me…”.  Grover says corporations pass tax liabilities onto consumers by raising the price of their products.  But he doesn’t mention that small businesses, which may be corporations, bear the full cost of regulation and taxation because they have limited ability to shift costs to consumers.   For possible solutions to regulatory capture, check out my post on the Boston Tea Party.

This highlights the fiscal problem, i.e., large multinationals receive government subsidies while evading tax and regulatory costs.  And yet, bipartisan leaders want to lower tax rates for multinationals while raising taxes on small businesses and middle class individuals.  No politicians have done more to enrich Wall Street criminals and rob the middle class than Presidents Bush and Obama.  The stock market has nearly tripled in value under Obama while U.S. economic growth is stagnant.  Why?  Obama and the Fed have given Wall Street everything they want, including near zero percent money and immunity from criminal prosecution.  An interesting source is the book Godonomics, which illustrates the Biblical principles behind private property rights and market economies based on moral principles.

                            TRADE DEFICITS AND THE US DEBT

The fraud that led to the subprime bubble and Great Recession is only half the story behind America’s debt crisis.  Pat Mulloy is a member of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He said trade deficits with China will change America from a “shareholder economy to a sharecropper economy”,  where China owns large chunks of our economy and we work for them.  In the same clip,  Mulloy said the U.S. has run 3 Trillion in trade deficits with China since they were given Most Favored Nation (MFN) status, and it’s “interesting”, China has 3 Trillion in foreign currency reserves.  He’s clearly suggesting that U.S. trade deficits contribute to China’s strong cash position.  Conversely, trade deficits increase U.S. debt and make America dependent on China for financing the debt.  

In the Wall Street Journal article China’s Superior Economic Modelformer SEIU President Andy Stern and Intel CEO Andy Grove favor China’s totalitarian economic model.  Which means they support China’s use of virtual slave labor, and imprisonment of those who dare speak about democratic reforms.  And yet, Obama tells students and union members they’re competing with China.  How can students and unions compete with slavery without first becoming slaves?  While U.S. workers and small businesses compete with China, US multinationals have formed  partnerships with Chinese State Owned Enterprises.  Hmmm?  Partners do NOT compete, they work together to achieve common goals.  Their goal is a command-control, low wage service economy in America, and global dominance for China’s totalitarian regime.

The origins of treasonous free trade policies can be traced back to Wall Street.  Charlie Rose interviewed Jim O’Neill, Chairman of Goldman Sachs asset management, who takes credit for creating the emerging markets, a.k.a. BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China).  During the interview (29:45), Rose mentioned the shift  of wealth and power to China and asked Jim what it means for America, a country that’s “used to being on top”.  O’Neill said, “I’d like to hear Obama say, how do we adjust before he says how do we compete” and referred to Obama’s former economic adviser Larry Summers saying, “he understands [China's] relative advantage in international trade.”  The idea that America is competing with China is ludicrous.  Outsourcing and free trade in the NFL would be comparable to trading a team’s franchise player for the competition’s water boy.  Free trade is designed to pick winners and losers in the global economy and Goldman Sachs, a.k.a. Government Sachs, has picked America to lose.

The Federal Reserve has pumped TRILLIONS of dollars into the economy, and yet, U.S. economic growth is stagnant.  Why?  During an appearance on CNBC, George Soros cites data from the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), which says US and EU banks are the largest supplier of credit to emerging markets.  So bailed out banks are financing China’s 8% growth while U.S. growth is stagnant.  This quote from an Investors Business Daily  article tells half the story “…despite the commitment of nearly 20 TRILLION in taxpayer funds to prevent another crisis, lending has stalled or shrunk.”   The other half of the story is, lending has grown in emerging markets while lending in the U.S. has stalled or shrunk.

Some say the electronic trinkets produced in China would be too expensive if manufactured in America.  But virtual slave labor has always existed in foreign countries, and before free trade, America’s economy thrived without exploiting cheap labor abroad.  Many leaders say government should be run more like a business.  Well, multinational corporations spend billions implementing policies that PROTECT their market share and global competitiveness.  They even engage in corporate espionage to gain competitive advantages that US leaders give away via free trade.

Businesses don’t engage in anything remotely resembling free trade.  Why?   Because providing the competition with capital and technology guarantees failure.   Doing so would cause shareholders to demand criminal prosecution of the Board of Directors and top officers, which is what should be done to politicians who have intentionally traded away America’s economic future.   Manufacturing is the engine of economic growth, so outsourcing manufacturing in exchange for cheap trinkets is like the Native Americans selling their sovereignty for beads and blankets.

American history teaches the concept of manifest destiny.  But how many fur traders, homesteaders and gold miners were thinking about manifest destiny when they moved West?   Few if any, they didn’t even know what the phrase meant.  Manifest destiny is the language of ruling class elites, i.e. merchant bankers and industrialists.  They moved common folk across the American West like pawns on a chess board.  Ruling class elites wanted conflict with the Indians so they could call in the cavalry and manifest their destiny.

The new frontiers for today’s ruling class are Communist China and emerging markets.  Free trade is preparing the way for the global cavalry and final phase of manifest destiny.  For all intents and purposes, US financial elites and industrialists have seceded from the Union.  They’ve allied themselves with China’s totalitarian regime and are engaged in economic terrorism against the United States.  Media and politicians support this treasonous alliance and they exploit class and race divisions as part of a divide and conquer agenda.  They want divided Americans to blame each other and fight over the economic crumbs left behind by free trade and the financial crisis.  We’re all Indians now.

Bipartisan leaders said free trade would transition America to a “low wage service economy”, a.k.a., de-industrialization.  Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, industrialized nations have dominated the global economy because manufacturing is the engine of growth.   Case in point, after WWII the German economy was literally a pile of rubble.  But seventy years later, in spite of high labor costs,  Germany has the strongest economy in the West.  Why?  They protect their manufacturing base.  Don’t buy the lie that America cannot do the same because, transitioning from the world’s largest manufacturer and exporter to a low wage service economy is by definition, a radical economic decline.

Wall Street and their bipartisans cronies have structured the global economy (globalization) in a way that subsidizes China with U.S. capital and technology.  The decline in growth resulting from free trade and de-industrialization was masked by the subprime bubble.  In my opinion, the subprime bubble was intentionally created to cover up the economic contraction caused by free trade and outsourcing.  When the bubble burst, average citizens were blamed for living beyond their means and the structural decline resulting from free trade wasn’t even mentioned.

                                      WAR AND THE US DEBT

CNBC reported that Chinese State owned companies are currently mining a trillion dollars of mineral reserves in Afghanistan.  The guest said Afghanistan is the “Saudi Arabia of lithium”.  Lithium is used in batteries for electric cars and battery storage for wind and solar farms.  So Afghanistan is the first war for “green” energy and U.S. blood and treasure are subsidizing Communist China’s totalitarian regime.  Green energy is a subsidy for China because lithium batteries and solar panels are produced by Chinese manufacturers. After the Iraq war, most of Iraq’s oil is going to China. The objective is to subsidize emerging markets led by China’s totalitarian regime.  This will create a neo-feudalistic world where China is the new home of the Global Military Industrial Complex (GMIC).

The US/China partnership allows the respective governments to play both sides of global conflicts, thereby providing guaranteed profits for the GMIC.  Iran, North Korea and Syria are prime examples.  The US government classifies North Korea and Iran as state sponsors of terrorism.  But the CSPAN clips below demonstrate that China supplies Iran with chemical, ballistic and nuclear weapons, and allows trans-shipments of weapons from North Korea to Iran, which then supplies Syria and Hezbollah.   US leaders condemn the actions of Iran, Syria and North Korea, all client states of China, while turning a blind eye to the fact that they could not be a threat to the West without Chinese support.  Link1, Link2, Link3, LInk4, Link5  Compelling evidence of bipartisan treason can be found in these posts on Saudi funding of terrorism and China’s totalitarian regime.

Real solutions for the debt crisis begin with enforcing the rule of law as described in William Black’s radio interview.  Then, follow Tom Hoenig’s advice and reinstate Glass Steagall, thus removing Wall Street’s high risk gambling losses from the Federal safety net.  Next, begin dismantling free trade agreements and replacing them with protectionist policies that have a two hundred year track record of successfully growing the U.S. economy.  For more detail, check out my pdf ”Knowledge is Power” and the sections on financial markets and solutions.

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The Ethanol Debacle

President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act into law in 2005.  The law mandated the creation of artificial markets for biofuels like ethanol, as well wind and solar farms.  Energy independence is the purported objective, but Senator Coburn recently said Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) may force two Oklahoma refineries to shut down.  He went on to say “we’ve got a regulation out there that’s actually going to kill our ability to provide gasoline to the country”. 

Ethanol proponents say the industry is not subsidized but the facts indicate otherwise.  Refiners are forced to blend ethanol with gasoline and have to purchase credits (RINs) if they don’t.  According to this article, RINs “operate as a flexible subsidy for biofuel producers and are paid for by U.S. refiners.”  And the refiners total cost of compliance in 2013 is 19.6 Billion dollars.  The cost of compliance is under the heading “Ethanol’s costs are the refiner’s tax”.  This cost is passed onto consumers at the pump, and it will increase if the EPA forces refiners to increase the amount of ethanol they blend.  Continental Resources is the largest independent oil company in America.  Continental’s CEO, Harold Hamm, says ethanol mandates drive up the cost of gasoline at the pump 9 cents per gallon and force the export of gasoline.  

Monroe Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Delta Airlines, anticipates spending tens of millions of dollars in the next several months to acquire credits because it does not blend its own ethanol into gasoline.  The company called the ethanol policy “absurd” because it requires more ethanol than the U.S. market can use.  But it’s more than absurd, it’s a criminal fraud like Obamacare because falsified climate data was used to justify clean energy mandates.

Federal Clean Energy mandates are just as destructive to the U.S. economy and concept of capitalism as Obamacare.  For example, our nation has a 250 year supply of coal but taxpayers are forced to subsidize wind farms.  And solar farms subsidize Communist China’s manufacturing.  Check out the post Saudi Arabia, China, and Arab Emirates Own Critical U.S. Energy Infrastructure.  Bipartisan leaders allow foreign governments to own U.S. energy infrastructure while clean energy mandates force us to export low cost fossil fuels.  And this is their idea of energy independence?  Contact your elected officials and tell them to repeal clean energy and Obamacare mandates.

Clean energy mandates are preventing energy independence by limiting use of domestic fossil fuel reserves.  In 2013, the ethanol mandate will cost refiners, and eventually consumers, 19.6 Billion dollars.  Meanwhile, the U.S. has so much cheap natural gas, domestic oil wells burn off (flare) a billion dollars worth per year.   If we use natural gas as a transportation fuel, our domestic reserves are equivalent to 3 times the Saudi oil reserves.   And natural gas is already piped into millions of American homes, which could be part of a nationwide system of fueling stations.  For on climate fraud check out this post on Climategate.  You’ll find links to the CEO’s of General Electric and Exxon Mobil calling for cap and trade and carbon taxes.

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BOMBSHELL: ISRAEL’S TEMPLE MOUNT MAY NOT BE UNDER MUSLIM CONTROL

Bob Cornuke is a former policeman, S.W.A.T. team member, and F.B.I. investigator.  He also has decades of archaeological experience and has authored ten books.  His latest book titled “Temple”, provides compelling evidence that refutes the belief that the Temple Mount, currently under Muslim control and a focal point of the Arab-Israeli conflict, is the site of Solomon’s temple.  Mr. Cornuke’s evidence demonstrates that the alleged temple mount is actually the site used by ancient Rome to administer the conquered nation of Israel.  And the Western Wall, or wailing wall, is actually part of the protective wall that Rome built to defend its administrative site.

The Temple Mount may be the most contested and potentially explosive piece on land on earth.  But if Mr. Cornuke’s scriptural evidence is correct, the temples of Solomon and Herod were in the City of David, which means the site is currently under Israeli control.  So the potentially catastrophic dispute over the alleged temple mount is all for naught, and Israel could begin rebuilding its temple at any time.  Bob Cornuke is well respected among Biblical scholars, and some of the world’s leading scholars believe his research and conclusions are correct.  Check out Mr. Cornuke’s interview on the television show “Praise the Lord”, which airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.  The interview begins at 1:02:15 into the program.  For more info, check out Bob Cornuke’s website.