The lie that is the Gettysburg Address

On Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln spoke these words:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

It’s curious that he took the phrase “that all men are created equal” from the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, but stopped there rather than continue with the words, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of those ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it and institute a new Government.”

The Civil War was not fought to create “a new birth of freedom,” as Lincoln suggested. Nor did it create a “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” It did quite the opposite.

As H.L. Menken later wrote about the Gettysburg Address in “Smart Set” in 1920:

[I]t is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it.  Put it into the cold words of everyday. The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination — “that government of the people, by the people, for the people,” should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in that battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves. What was the practical effect of the battle of Gettysburg? What else than the destruction of the old sovereignty of the States, i.e., of the people of the States? The Confederates went into battle free; they came out with their freedom subject to the supervision and veto of the rest of the country — and for nearly twenty years that veto was so effective that they enjoyed scarcely more liberty, in the political sense, than so many convicts in the penitentiary.

The states that left the Union to join the Confederacy did so in the true sense of the Jeffersonian principle of self-government, as stated in the Declaration. Lincoln’s invasion of the Confederate States stood that idea on its head.

The threat of secession was a check on federal power that both New England and Southern states invoked between the ratification of the Constitution and beginning of the Civil War. It was generally understood that, because the Constitution was silent on the issue, secession was a viable alternative to checking federal power. In fact, when during the Constitutional Convention a proposal was made to allow the federal government to suppress a seceding state, James Madison proclaimed: “A Union of the States containing such an ingredient seemed to provide for its own destruction. The use of force against a State, would look more like a declaration of war, than an infliction of punishment, and would be considered by the party attacked as a dissolution of all previous compacts by which it might be bound.” The proposal was removed.

Lincoln’s claims in his address “that government of the people, by the people, for the people ” would somehow “perish from the earth” if the Union lost the war was hogwash. Representative democracy would have continued in the Union and in the Confederacy regardless of the outcome. And remember, neither side entered the war over the issue of slavery. Lincoln’s stated purpose for invading the Confederacy was “preserving the Union.”

Finally, the final outcome of the Civil War did not usher in “a new birth of freedom.” It did quite the opposite. It consolidated federal power, neutered the 9th and 10th Amendments and gave birth to the fascist system and the imperial presidency under which we now suffer.

 

References: History.com
“The Real Lincoln,” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
“The Civil War,” by Bruce Catton

Another wrongheaded 1st Amendment complaint

In late September, Pine Creek High School (Colorado) student Chase Windebank was called to the assistant principal’s office and ordered to stop praying at school because of “separation of church and state.”

Windebank, a senior, had been part of a group that met regularly for three years in a choir room to sing Christian songs, pray and discuss issues of the day from a religious perspective during free time granted them by the school. During the free time granted Pine Creek High’s high achievers, students are free to play on their phones, eat snacks, wander around outside the building or conduct business for whatever school club or group they belonged to. Windebank’s group members voluntarily cloistered themselves in a room away from everyone else so as not to disturb anyone. And suddenly their activities were verboten because a bureaucrat, ignorant of the law and history of America but somehow charged with running a government indoctrination center called public education, decided discrimination against Christians was OK.

The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit against Pine Creek, citing violation of the Windebank’s 1st Amendment rights.

“Because Chase and his classmates are talking about God, the school is censoring them and shutting them down. And that’s clearly unconstitutional,” ADF legal communications director Kerri Kupec told “Fox and Friends Weekend.” She explained that the 1st Amendment expressly protects the types of conversations that Chase and his classmates are having during their prayer group meetings. Under the Founders’ Constitution, that’s poppycock.

What it is, however, is a clear violation of Colorado’s religious freedom clause. Section 4 of the Colorado Constitution states:

The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever hereafter be guaranteed; and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his opinions concerning religion; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the good order, peace or safety of the state. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship, religious sect or denomination against his consent. Nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.

Windebank should have plopped that clause down on the assistant principal’s desk and been done with it. And if administration continued this illegal discrimination, Windebank and ADF should have sued in state court for the violation of the state constitution’s religious freedom clause.

The issue is not a 1st Amendment violation — or at least it was not until the creation of the “incorporation doctrine” by an activist Supreme Court in the 1920s. The 1st Amendment begins with the words, “Congress shall make no law…” Clearly, Pine Creek is not Congress.

In fact, had Colorado decided in its Constitution to create a state religion, under the Founders’ Constitution that would have been perfectly legal. Colorado is not Congress either.

So like in Houston, where preachers had their notes subpoenaed by the city’s mayor and cried “1st Amendment,” if you support waging the fight on 1st Amendment grounds, you are supporting stripping yourself of your rights, as I explained in “Why Houston mayor’s attack on preachers was not a 1st Amendment issue.”

The incorporation doctrine is being used to strip you of your rights. It is the incorporation doctrine that the courts use to throw out state-passed referenda on issues like traditional marriage and immigration. It’s the incorporation doctrine that courts use to restrict religious displays at municipal and state buildings and prayer at public schools. It’s the incorporation doctrine that federal government is using to strip your state of its sovereignty and you of your liberty.

When you cry “1st Amendment” over a local issue, you are simply playing into their hands.

Boost your body’s natural defenses in your quest for better vision

Before you go under the knife or expose your eyes to expensive laser treatment, consider boosting your body’s supply of a natural substance that can help you gain sharper vision and healthier eyes.

Glutathione is the name of this natural “wonder drug.”

Glutathione acts as an antioxidant, immune system booster and detoxifier — all in one. It can help your body repair damage caused by stress, pollution, radiation, infection, drugs, poor diet, aging, injury, trauma and burns.

Among its many talents, glutathione plays a leading role in maintaining good vision and eye health by supporting flexible lenses and the health of the retinal area. Glutathione is a tiny molecule found in almost every cell in your body. It’s unable to enter most cells, so it has to be manufactured from inside each individual cell using three constituent amino acids: glycine, glutamate and cysteine.

Unfortunately, like certain other body functions, glutathione production decreases with age. It has been shown that a reduced level of glutathione increases vulnerability to cataracts and macular degeneration.

Glutathione transports calcium, potassium and sodium in and out of the lens.

It prevents oxidation in certain proteins. It also retards the breakdown of DNA within the lens. Declining levels of glutathione result in hardened, inflexible lenses and the inevitable vision problems that go with them.

The building materials your body needs to manufacture glutathione can be supplied to some degree by the foods you eat. Include in your diet cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, bok choy, cress, mustard, horseradish, turnips, rutabagas, and kohlrabi. Other foods useful for glutathione production include eggs, fresh fruits, dark red vegetables, dark green vegetables like spinach, berries, nuts and seafood.

You can also boost your glutathione supply with building-block supplements such as these daily supplements and dosages:

  • Amino acids: Glycine (100 mg), cysteine (200 mg), glutamine (150 mg).
  • Triphala Complex (phyllanthus emilica, terminalia belerica, terminalia chebula): 50 mg.
  • Bilberry standardized extract: 80 mg.
  • Vitamin C: 300 mg.
  • Rutin: 20 mg.
  • Vitamin E (natural): 400 IU twice a day.
  • Vitamin A: 500 to 1,000 IU.
  • Lutein: 12 mg.
  • Zeaxanthin: 600 mcg.
  • Selenium: 200 mcg -250 mcg.
  • Carrot powder (root): 50 mg.
  • Zinc: 15mg -60 mg.
  • Vitamins B1 and B2 (natural): 25 mg.

In addition to taking supplements, you should limit your intake of sugar and avoid aspirin. Both act to counteract the beneficial effects of the supplements.

Sugars — including sucrose, dextrose, fructose, maltose, lactose and all other sugar forms — tend to move fluid in the eye into the lens, thus impairing vision. Aspirin reduces your blood’s ability to clot. If small blood vessels rupture in the retinal area, aspirin inhibits normal ability to fix the leak, resulting in vision impairment.

You can also take glutathione supplements directly, but some scientists suggest that the body probably does not absorb it very efficiently when taken orally. It is more effective taken intravenously, but it’s more practical just to supply the necessary raw materials and let your body produce its own supply of glutathione.

The true nature of government and its agents

Every now and again, Providence provides “smoking gun” evidence of the conspiracy to dumb-down and control Americans and others. To the informed, like you true conservatives, the evidence is always self-evident, as in the curricula pushed in government schools or the existence of decision makers in the mass media and the government who all belong to the Council on Foreign Relations and other globalist organizations. “Mere coincidence,” the naysayers respond.

Now comes red hot and smoking gun evidence from Jonathan Gruber, the gift that keeps on giving.

Gruber is one of the architects of the deathcare system known as Obamacare. A firestorm erupted after he was caught on video in rare moments of candor on at least three separate occasions expressing his disdain for “stupid” Americans. Don’t think for a minute that Gruber is an outlier among the political class, and don’t believe for a minute that his feigned regret at having made the statement in any way changes the fact that he spoke what he believes.

The Gruber gift keeps giving as the elites attempt to distance themselves from him and in doing so expose more of their nature. Nancy Pelosi, who claimed when questioned she did not know who Gruber was and that he had nothing to do with Obamacare, has been exposed in another of her own lies after a tape surfaced in which she spoke specifically about Gruber and his Obamacare analysis.

Government by its nature attracts people who are liars and thieves, who are parasitic in nature, greedy and without conscience. In short, these are people who have the born mentality to live off of other people.

Politics and government are perfectly made for them. Keep in mind, there are exceptions, but they are few.

These (as I call them) humanoids have unusual qualities and attributes of personality that allow them to present a benevolent, caring and concerned facade. Most people have absolutely no hint that these humanoids wear masks that hide them as charlatans and greedy monsters.

The political class — and those who feed off it — consists mainly of progressives who are drawn into the system because they believe they are smarter and better than everyone else and they know better how you should live and what is good for you. They want to force their choices on you — choices that don’t apply to them and to which they don’t or won’t adhere.

They are most often highly educated and hold multiple degrees from elite schools where they are further indoctrinated into their progressive ideology and where their egos were further stroked to increase their attitude of superiority. This is especially true of those who inhabit the District of Criminals and those in its orbit, like Gruber.

And those politicians without that pedigree — including those who may have even been “normal” people when first elected — who make it into the D.C. bubble soon become caught up in the system and become part of the system and develop the same ego, the same thought process and the same disdain for the people they are supposed to represent.

I call these people humanoids because they are deviants and devious. They have no conscience and no moral scruples. They are no respecter of persons except that they exhibit a feigned glow to extract something. Their every thought is how to make the world flow to themselves. They will rip off their own parents or mate without a second thought.

Selfishness is a kind word to describe them. What shall we call those people besides humanoids? By definition they are psychopaths. A more gentle term is sociopaths. But most psychopaths don’t know that they are psychopaths. This makes them even more aggressive and sinister because some actually believe they are acting upon altruistic motives.

Elite politicians and most white progressives hold most Americans in great disdain. To them, conservatives are racist hicks and trailer trash clinging to their guns and religion — backward and ignorant and “anti” progressive. Or, in their mind, regressive. You can even see it in their comments to conservatives on this site. This is, of course, balderdash.

Politicians and government agents lie without remorse and without consequence and as a matter of policy. They lie and deceive, as Gruber stated, to pass bills they know the American people do not want and that are not needed and serve some high-minded purpose — or sometimes simply more cronyism/fascism.

History is replete with politicians who lied about the nefarious legislation they were pushing. When the Federal Reserve Act was rammed through Congress, congressmen who helped to write the bill claimed in public pronouncements they opposed it because they knew that people who believed they opposed it would support it. In other words, they turned truth on its head.

But in the case of Obamacare, it was not most Americans who were deceived, as Gruber supposes. Obamacare has been opposed by the majority of conservatives since its inception. That’s because most conservatives recognized it as a lie from the beginning.

Only the foolish low-information voters and white progressives — most educated beyond their intelligence — have fallen for and continue to fall for the Obamacare lie. Look at this map from CQ Roll Call and you can get an idea of who has been fooled by the Obamacare lie and who has not.

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Police officers, also known as LEOs (legally entitled to oppress), lie as a matter of policy in an effort to get people to incriminate themselves. They claim to have evidence they do not have in order to obtain confessions. They lie about the facts of the law they are supposedly upholding, counting on the ignorance of the citizen they are interacting with.

They lie to cover each other’s misdeeds, and they lie by fabricating charges against people they oppress — like charging women they are sexually assaulting with resisting arrest for resisting the sexual attack.

Prosecutors lie by fabricating evidence in court in order to obtain a conviction and suppressing evidence that would harm their case.

The FBI lies by sending undercover agents or operatives to infiltrate groups and encourage patsies to commit crimes or acts of violence they would not normally consider. And like LEOs, they lie to suspects by claiming to be holding evidence they do not have.

But if a person, in an interaction with an LEO or other government agents, lies or even misremembers something that is part of an investigation, that person will be prosecuted and persecuted to fullest extent. For instance, Martha Stewart’s “crime” was that she was wealthy and disliked by some people. The government could not prove its case of insider trading, so they charged her with obstructing justice (i.e., lying) about whether she had inside information.

The people who want big government are always ready to seize power by whatever means necessary. And they have been solidly in power in the U.S. since the establishment of the Federal Reserve monetary system in 1913.

The men in political power under any party name keep themselves and their buddies in power to keep their mass corruption covered up. The same bureaucrats are always in charge so as to keep a tight lid on in order to prevent exposure.

Politicians are employees of the state. Why are these people so anti the American people? Why do they consistently promote socialism? Why do they have no financial responsibility? Why do they always promote the socialist agenda and support bills contrary to human liberty and personal liberty?

The answer is that there are two kinds of people in the world, and always has been, and never will the two become one. On one side is the great mass of basically honest people, then there is government and its supporters.

Sociopathic politicians and bureaucrats are usually intelligent and articulate. They know how to articulate to express the power of speech. They repeat the themes of the elite and the party line. They are cold and calculating and their every intent is to stay in office and stay in government.

But they are easy to spot. You can know them by their fruits. Here are their traits:

  • They have glibness and superficial charm.
  • They are manipulative and cunning. Under their feigned charm, they are covertly hostile and domineering.
  • They have a grandiose sense of self.
  • They are pathological liars.
  • They have no remorse, shame or guilt.
  • They have shallow emotions.
  • They have incapacity for love.
  • They are not concerned about how many lives they wreck.
  • They usually have promiscuous sexual behavior.
  • They have poor work ethic but are masters of exploiting others.
  • They have versatility; they will change their image quickly to avoid prosecution.
  • They are contemptuous of anyone who understands them, like this writer.
  • They think only of their own immediate gratification.
  • They are found in all political parties.

Plainly stated, an elite group rules no matter which political party appears to be in power.

Wisdom and guidance

Dear Bob,

I am a long-time subscriber to The Bob Livingston Letter and a recent renewal subscriber. I love reading your articles on health issues and I enjoy following a Nutritarian Diet as recommended by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

You have been my guiding force behind gold and silver investments. Your responses to the following questions would be greatly appreciated:

  1. What do you believe are the economic indicators that affect the price of gold and silver?
  2. How is it possible for the Dow Jones Industrial Average to range from 1,700 to 17,000 and not lift the price of gold and silver?
  3. If the Dow Jones Industrial Average continues to go up, what do you believe will happen to the price of gold and silver?
  4. If the European Union economy goes down, do you believe it will affect the price of gold and silver? If so, how?
  5. What about the currency of other countries; i.e., China, India, South America, etc.? What affect does different currencies have on the price of gold and silver?
  6. You have been projecting a huge run up in gold and silver. When do you believe this will take place?
  7. I always thought that the enormous spending and trade imbalances affected the price of gold and silver. If I am right, why hasn’t the price of gold and silver increased dramatically?

Thank you so much for your wisdom and guidance in these matters. I look forward to your comments on the issues raised above.

Tom K.

Dear Tom,

Thank you for being a loyal subscriber and for your kind words. Here are the short answers to your questions.

  1. Government control of the gold price through bankster manipulation.
  2. The DOW and gold are two different markets. They go in opposite ways.
  3. The DOW is topping out now.
  4. No. About the same as the U.S.
  5. It’s the other way around, as gold affects the currencies.
  6. Starting NOW!
  7. It has no effect with paper money.

Best wishes,

Bob

Lawless president plans another lawless act

If media reports are correct, the undocumented usurper currently despoiling the People’s House plans to change current immigration law with his pen sometime in the next seven to 10 days. The act would essentially grant amnesty to as many 4.5 million illegal aliens — many of them guilty of criminal acts beyond their illegal presence — currently residing in the U.S.

The Constitution grants the president no authority for such an action. Article II grants the president only the power to execute laws, not write or change them on his whim simply because he cannot get Congress to bow to his will.

The Constitution, in Article I, vests all lawmaking power in Congress, and Congress alone. An executive order by President Barack Obama granting amnesty would be just one more criminal act to add to the long list of impeachable offenses committed by the country’s criminal in chief — a list I outlined in “The Case For Obama’s Impeachment.”

Obama’s executive amnesty order, combined with his open invitation to Hispanics earlier this year to invade the Southern border, are/were designed to add hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of leftist/socialist-minded voters to the voter lists and ensure Democrat domination of the electoral process for years to come. It is also a sop to his union backers who are looking to add to their failing union membership rolls.

Forget the specious 5.9 percent unemployment figure touted by the lying regime. The truth is almost 1 in 4 workers is unemployed. The rate of workers not in the job force is the highest it’s been in decades. Millions more workers are underemployed. Obama’s illegal amnesty will put hundreds of thousands, if not millions more, job-seekers into the pool competing for what few jobs there are available. That will drive down wages for those who are working and increase unemployment. The most affected will be low-skilled workers, particularly minorities.

It will also make hundreds of thousands, if not millions, more eligible for welfare and other government subsidies.

American voters kicked Obama’s policies in the teeth with their vote on Nov. 4. According to exit polls, as many as 80 percent of the people voting stated they opposed executive amnesty.

Sen. Jeff Session (R-Ala.) says Congress will stop Obama’s illegal executive amnesty by explicitly barring its funding. But many Republicans would (not so secretly) like to see amnesty granted because their sugar daddy — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — wants it as well.

We shall soon see where Republican loyalties lie. Are they for the Constitution or against it? History has shown it’s most often the latter.

Americans are fat but starving

Americans are fatties. And we’re getting fatter. And though Americans are fat, they are starving. I have written in the past that Americans are suffering from full belly starvation.

How is this possible? Americans are consuming food but not getting nutrition. We’re eating fatty foods and more of them. Americans are eating per portion, on average:

  • 93 more calories from salty snacks, such as potato chips, pretzels and popcorn.
  • 49 more calories from soft drinks.
  • 97 more calories from hamburgers.
  • 68 more calories from French fries.
  • 133 more calories from Mexican food like burritos, tacos and enchiladas.

Researchers have found that not only are we stuffing ourselves when we eat out, but we eat bigger portions at home, too.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34.9 percent of U.S. adults are obese. That’s 78.9 million U.S. adults.

Blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (47.8 percent) followed by Hispanics (42.5 percent), whites (32.6 percent) and Asians (10.8 percent). Obesity-related diseases include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancers.

Many diets and weight loss pills don’t work well or don’t work at all; and some are actually dangerous to your health, even your life. Be sensible.

It’s pointless to kill yourself while you’re trying to keep from killing yourself through overeating. Reduce calories, but don’t rule out specific foods or food groups. Exercise regularly.

Reduce your weight incrementally, not in a drastic crash loss (which can put deadly stresses on your heart and other organs).

Plan to shed three-quarters of a pound to two pounds per week, but not more than three pounds per week.

The best way to do this is through proper eating. I recommend the nutritarian diet by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. He advocates at least 90 percent of the daily diet be composed of whole plant foods. At least, the diet should be 80 percent whole foods (mostly raw) and 20 percent meats. And processed foods should be avoided altogether.

Police power is the foundation of the state

“Government is not reason; it’s not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it’s a dangerous servant and a fearful master…” — George Washington

If there are two words in the English language that we need to understand, they are the words “police power.”

Government is police power. Government by definition, by nature, by history and by practical existence is police power. Government would not and could not exist without police power. When governments lose their police power, they collapse.

Every act of government and its politicians is motivated by its police power. Government police power is awesome, and it is a hush-hush subject.

Let’s look at the sixth edition of “Black’s Law Dictionary,” which defines police power as: “The power of the state to place restraints on the personal freedom and property rights of persons for the protection of the public safety, health and morals or the promotion of the public convenience and general prosperity. The police power is subject to limitations of the federal and state constitutions, and especially to the requirements of due process. Police power is the exercise of the sovereign right of a government to promote order, safety, security, health, morals and general welfare within constitutional limits and is an essential attribute of government.” Marshall v. Kansas City, MO. 355 SW 2nd 877,883.

Government’s promotion of “order, safety, security, health, morals and general welfare” is the essence of its “public policy.” The term “public policy” is a very innocent and disarming term which in reality is the very opposite of the public impression.

“Public policy” is actually the police power in action. It is the manifestation of police power the implementation of government force. Back to “Black’s Law Dictionary” on public policy: “That principle of the law which holds that no subject (that’s you) can lawfully do that which has a tendency to be injurious to the public or against the public good. The principles under which the freedom of contract or private dealings is restricted by law for the good of the community. The term ‘policy,’ as applied to a statute, regulation, rule of law, course of action, or the like, refers to its probable effect, tendency, or object considered with reference to the social or political well-being of the state…”

There you have it: a police state. Do not be deceived by Black’s mention of “limitations of the federal and state constitutions…” Police power is not limited and does not come about by due process but by usurpation and wrongful seizure of your mind and body through deception.

If you read this “Black’s Law Dictionary” definition closely, you will see that the interest of the state in all matters prevails over you, the individual.

When politicians and bureaucrats talk about democracy and public policy, they speak with a forked tongue. They want you to believe that these terms refer to personal liberty. They do not, and the politician knows that they do not. They know that they refer to the police power and enforcement of state authority over the individual. They are code words for government force.

Police power is physical force. If you fail to file and pay your income tax, you will be introduced to the police power of the government.

But it is no longer even necessary to “break the law” to see the police power of government. Now your assets can be seized simply because the state does not like the way you are depositing your own funds into your own bank accounts. The IRS is now seizing the bank accounts of businesses and individuals because they regularly made deposits of less than $10,000, which is a perfectly legal practice.

Under U.S. civil asset forfeiture laws, IRS agents can seize property they suspect of being tied to a crime even if no charges are filed, and the agency can keep a share of the property whether a crime is proven or not.

Police power goes far beyond the definition given above from “Black’s Law Dictionary.” We speak of the subtle and hidden power of government to persuade the public mind.

Government persuasion is the indoctrination of the individual through his church, his public school, his fraternities and the media to sacrifice his person, his individuality and his property for the “greater good” of the group. Group is translated as government authority.

Once we yield our minds to government force under the pretense of “the greater good” or “the national interest,” there is no need to concern ourselves with our rights, for we have surrendered them to the state. Police power is sovereignty of the state over mind, body and soul. To believe otherwise is to live by illusion.

During our public (non)education indoctrination, we learned about the abolition of slavery in America. However, we learned nothing about the nationalization of slavery with police power as outlined above. Statutory freedom shackled with mental marriage to the beast is a study in the pathology of the public mind. This means that we are guaranteed certain freedoms by way of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights on one hand and brainwashed into servitude on the other.

Such a thought process creates what I call a “double-minded” person. By definition, double-mindedness is the mental state of believing or attempting to believe two opposing thoughts at the same time.

This simple and brief teaching of James 1:8 in the Bible on the double-minded man is most profound. The teaching is limited to this one sentence. There is no description or revelation as to what exactly a double-minded man is, but describes him as unstable. The above definition of double-mindedness is our definition.

The scriptural charge of being unstable is of serious importance. The “American Heritage Dictionary” defines “unstable” as “fickle” and “lacking control of one’s emotions; marked by unpredictable behavior.”

Double-mindedness is a recognizable psychological phenomenon and it is used to neutralize human thought and action. It is very subtle because it almost defies description. Herein lies its power to deceive and control human emotions.

There is both collective and individual double-mindedness. Almost all politicians are aware of this phenomenon and use it to deceive the electorate.

An example of collective double-mindedness is last week’s national elections. Every American who voted would tell you, if asked, that he or she believed in life, liberty and property. Yet regardless of how he or she voted, he or she voted for a political cabal that is progressively undermining basic liberty and transferring property to the state without payment. The only reason that people could be seduced into destroying their own liberty is because, over time, they have unknowingly adopted the morality of the state. Their double-mindedness has numbed their senses so that they do not know that political oratory is an appeal for sanction of their own plunder. The electorate never knew the real issues and none were ever stated.

The individual or group is double-minded when it clings to a philosophy that denies and is contradictory to reality, regardless of its name or label. Political parties were never intended to be different in substance, only in name and oratory. Before any third and fourth party devotees smugly agree, the same applies to all political parties. A rose under any name is still a rose.

No, there is no difference. That hope is based on illusion and illusion on double-mindedness. The great deception goes on.

The double-minded man forever seeks liberty under party labels. There are two illusions here. The first is that political parties appear different simply because they have different names. The second great illusion is that political parties lead to political freedom. The opposite is true. Collective plunder does not lead to human liberty, but to human conformity.

When Americans had freedom, there were no political parties.

The awakening Chinese industry and the U.S. Fed

I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the November 1997 issue in which I warned about the coming collapse of the U.S. manufacturing sector and what would result from exporting manufacturing jobs to China and the part played by the Federal Reserve. There are now hundreds of U.S. corporations manufacturing all or part of their goods in China; and the Federal Reserve has created trillions of dollars of debt on the backs of cheap Chinese labor, all to the detriment of the American middle class.

Did Richard Nixon, in his quest to open China in our era, know the plans of the global elite?

What will be the effect of massive Chinese production with cheap labor?

It could and will put many higher price goods manufacturers out of business or in depression for a time. Many, such as the Japanese, are setting up shop in China to avoid collapse at home.

Because of the great deflationary threat of Chinese production of cheap goods (all planned) the Fed can create mountains of credit (money). With this creation of trillions, they can continue to buy the world with no fear of price inflation.

Do you get the picture of the relationship of Nixon “opening up China” and the U.S. Fed? In defiance of reality, the Fed can pump money with no regard for a depreciating dollar because of the absence of price inflation.

No price inflation means low interest rates and a booming U.S. bond market. December T-Bond futures just broke out to new highs.

Conclusion: This makes the U.S. Fed have a vested interest in developing China. The China card, as in the British opium trade, is now a continuation of Anglo-American economic monopoly and expansion. Machiavelli could not dream of such an esoteric chess game. Now do you know why China has the United States’ most favored trade status? Surely you do.

The immune system and the heart

We typically don’t think of a weak immune system as having much to do with heart health, but undetected viruses and other antigens can prey on the cardiovascular system.

Natural medicine offers the most effective treatment against viruses, compared to the prescription drug Interferon, which has caused more suicides than all other drugs combined throughout history. The goal, along with correcting the diet and digestion, is to boost the natural killer cells to combat the virus. This can be done quite nicely with a synergistic combination of botanicals.

When considering heart disease and immunity, one also needs to consider liver function. C-reactive protein (CRP) is made in the liver as a response to inflammation. If your CRP test comes back normal while other markers for atherosclerosis are present, it could be due to fatty liver, the use of multiple drugs or other issues that impair liver function.

When the liver is impaired, it simply won’t crank out the CRP like it should, and lab levels for CRP will come back normal. Likewise, statin drugs lower CRP.

Another heart culprit is the amino acid homocysteine, which destroys arterial walls and promotes atherosclerosis. Most people understand high homocysteine levels to be related to B vitamin deficiencies, but too little stomach acid and the use of estrogen creams and birth control pills can also raise homocysteine.

A lesser-known culprit is poor liver function, when the liver’s methylation pathway is not functioning. Therefore, this pathway should always be supported in conjunction with the usual homocysteine-lowering therapies. Methly-B12 and Metacrin DX both support clearing the liver’s methylation pathway.

Hormones and the heart

When we think of hormones, we typically think of the sex hormones and how clumsily they function for many people. But what most provokes atherosclerosis is a less glamorous but exceptionally touchy hormone that we tend to abuse: insulin.

After years of a high-carb, sugar-laden diet that calls on the pancreas repeatedly to flood the system with insulin, the body’s cells become insulin-resistant. This leaves excess amounts of insulin circulating through the bloodstream, leading to high blood pressure, thicker blood (which can gum up the cardiovascular system) and an increase of the enzyme activity that elevates cholesterol.

On Tuesday, render the threat to our way of life impotent

 

Commenting on One czar to rule them all,
Peter says:
October 29, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.
You’re right, Ben. But actually doing something is not the intent of such moves. And that intent is “Being SEEN To Be Doing Something”, the age old paean of all politicians. We have finally devolved to completely useless system of government, totally failing the Constitution and Bill of Rights, moving deeper into soviet style giveaways, failing in virtually all sectors of governance. Yet loudly crying, “See what we did?!!!” — while having done nothing. And the well trained sheep buy it.
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Commenting on How Ebola killed the Democratic Party,
garyg1919 says:
October 30, 2014 at 7:20 a.m.
This closet commie should be locked up. The “experiment” is over. Common sense will prevail. Even the doped up 18-29 year old crowd has realized what a sham this guy is.
The most secretive administration led by the guy we know nothing about and supported by like minded idiots is collapsing. My question is why has it taken so long?
The compliant media hides the truth from us and perpetuates his lies and lawless acts not realizing that they too are his targets.
His base is disappearing with the exception of those who have become totally dependent on his unprecedented give away programs that the few, the pissed, the tax payers must pay for.
Render this threat to our way of life impotent on November 4th. Sweep his supporters out of power and help take back our country. You must get out and vote to overcome all the fraud that will be forthcoming from this regime. It’s our time now, be part of it.
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The Ebola ‘epidemic’ has all the makings of a false flag

It appears increasingly likely that the Ebola “epidemic” is a false flag episode that is being perpetrated upon the American people and the world.

False flags take many forms but serve one main purpose: to grow and strengthen central authority (government) and remove liberties from the people under the altruistic mantra of keeping them “safe.” That is not to say that they don’t serve other purposes as well, as the Ebola “crisis” clearly does.

So far, Ebola is affecting only people in a handful of West African nations: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria (plus one case in Senegal and two cases in America). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims there are 13,703 total cases, but only 7,637 are confirmed Ebola. The CDC attributes 4,922 total deaths to Ebola out of a total population of 195.3 million people in the main four African nations mentioned.

For comparison, there are more than 110,000 Americans killed every year by adverse reactions to FDA-approved drugs, and as many 440,000 annual preventable U.S. deaths due to medical errors. The CDC claims as many as 49,000 Americans die each year from the flu (though it admits in the fine print that no more than 8.5 percent of those are actually flu-related). Yet fewer than 5,000 Ebola deaths in Africa is a sign of an existential crisis, we are told.

These countries and their people are suffering from decades of war and the resulting environmental pollution, poor sanitation, malnutrition, dirty water and little or no infrastructure — conditions that are all detrimental to human health and immunity. There are also reports that the U.S. has biowarfare labs in the region, that manufacturing plants are dumping toxic chemicals into the water supply and soil, and that agencies like the Red Cross are intentionally infecting people under the guise of vaccination programs.

Whether those 7,637 or 13,703 — or whatever figure health authorities pull from their hats — contracted a disease called Ebola is pure speculation, at best. The inventor of the PCR test for Ebola says the test is not adequate for diagnosing Ebola. The Department of Defense’s Joint Project Manager Medical Countermeasures Systems manual, produced Aug. 14 for military units sent into the Ebola zones, says so as well.

In other words, even those 7,637 “confirmed” Ebola cases were confirmed on the basis of an inadequate test and based on symptoms that mimic other ailments and, therefore, may or may not be attributable to Ebola. So to say that Ebola cases have crossed the 13,000 is fearmongering propaganda.

Officials from government, its affiliated organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are giving mixed signals on the disease’s infectiousness. We are simultaneously told that it is highly contagious and that it is not; that it can be acquired via airborne exposure and that it cannot; that it can live on surfaces and that it cannot; that it can spread on public transportation but it cannot be contracted there; that people who have been exposed to it should be quarantined and that they should not; that it can incubate for 21 days or that it can for 42; and the list of discrepancies, absurdities and deceptions goes on. Because there is so much misinformation, disinformation and deception from the so-called authorities, it’s little wonder that Ebola is creating fear among the people.

The U.S. government’s response to Ebola is irrational. While claiming that the disease should be isolated in West Africa in order to combat it, the State Department announced plans to bring Ebola-infected healthcare works to the U.S. for treatment — even those who are not American — at a cost of $200,000 to $300,000 each.

It claims that U.S. citizens and foreigners traveling to the U.S. from Ebola-affected countries cannot and should not be quarantined — and pushed back against governors who attempted to quarantine possible Ebola-exposed travelers — yet it quarantines in Italy U.S. military personnel returning from the Ebola “Hot Zones.” It’s almost as if the Obama regime wants to facilitate the spread of the disease.

But to believe that would be crazy, tinfoil-hat conspiracy-theory talk and nuttery. The U.S. government is and always has been an agent of good in the world. It would not intentionally harm people — particularly Americans. The government is only out to promote the greater good. It tells us so all the time.

To believe such nonsense is to deny history and common sense. It is not just evil governments like Nazi Germany that have conducted vile experiments on innocent humans. The U.S. government has over the years intentionally on numerous occasions subjected American cities, groups of Americans and foreigners to disease, radiological and biowarfare agents and other experiments both subversively and secretly. And U.S. government agencies were continuing to do so very recently as a matter of standing policy, as I explained in “Who will keep us safe? Certainly not government.”

If Ebola does reach epidemic proportions in the U.S., it would “crash the healthcare system,” according to news reports. Of course, the cure for that is to throw more money at the CDC, which has, in turn, thrown $10 billion at public health systems since 2002 to help them prepare to cope with a disease outbreak. News reports claim the CDC’s budget has been cut drastically in recent years. That is specious reasoning, if not an outright lie. And of course, the agency still found plenty of money to throw at studies of fat lesbians, condom use, Vietnamese televisions and other tommyrot.

So who would benefit from an Ebola epidemic? First, as usual, would be government. It has already served to remove the terror war, the Ukraine war and the sundry Obama scandals off the front pages.

The money printers love new excuses to further devalue the currency and impoverish the people. Ebola is right up their alley.

The CDC and other government agencies are now spending billions of dollars to stockpile gowns, face shields, hazmat suits and body bags in order to prepare for an emergency, while the FDA is working with Big Pharma in a rush to develop a vaccine.

Obviously a massive outbreak would justify more money printing to further enlarge and empower government agencies like the CDC, the FDA, the Department of Health and Human Services and especially the Department of Homeland Security. Those agencies would have more authority and more money to throw at NGOs in the form of increased security measures and supply purchases, etc.

The government would implement greater security measures and restrict travel under the guise of safety. The propaganda war would ramp up, with anyone opposing increased restrictions labeled unpatriotic, selfish and a menace to society.

Once a vaccine is rushed into development, there will be great public pressure placed on the masses to be inoculated. The propaganda war on that front will be just as great as that behind the tighter security and travel restrictions implemented. Big Pharma loves mass vaccine programs because U.S. law absolves them of responsibility when their vaccines cause debilitating disease or death, yet they are guaranteed funding through the Federal Treasury and Obamacare-compliant healthcare plans.

NGOs and crony corporations would benefit from increased spending on a host of security measures and quarantine equipment.

The military benefits from its presence in West Africa — a presence for which Obama has long sought justification. It now has a de facto base there.

Those countries have resources, particularly oil and diamonds; and a U.S. military presence would secure U.S. control of those assets. Agents of the government, NGOs and crony corporations have for years used ruses of all sorts, along with the bribery and/or threats against corrupt government officials, to cut deals to build infrastructure in Third World countries in exchange for the country’s resources.

The resources are plundered, the infrastructure — built by U.S. crony corporations and often subcontracted to companies affiliated with corrupt officials in the target country — may or may not be completed, and the people in those countries are left destitute and hopeless, while their corrupt leaders reap a windfall from the bribes, kickbacks and graft.

Barring its release as a bioweapon, there is little chance that Americans in any significant number will contract Ebola; and those who do will have already had compromised immune systems. The idea of a massive pandemic from the spread of the disease is based on the germ theory created by Louis Pasteur.

If the germ theory of disease were true medical science, there would be no life on the Earth. The germ theory says that any killer epidemic would spread over the whole Earth.

Everyone knows that an epidemic does not kill everyone. Why? It’s simply because some people have stronger immunity, which overrides the germ theory.

The first U.S. Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, was sick when he came to the country. Yet despite being cooped up in an apartment with him while he was sick, three of his acquaintances did not get Ebola. Those three were even quarantined in the apartment with Duncan’s dirty linens for days.

The Obama Administration says that two of the 75 healthcare workers treating Duncan “caught” Ebola. But how can we know for sure what their sickness was when the word comes from a government that has changed its story on Ebola like a chameleon changes colors? We also don’t know the healthcare workers’ state of health before, nor is there an accurate test to determine whether Ebola was actually present in significant amounts to cause disease.

The false theory that disease germs are exterior to the body is the erroneous foundation of contagious disease. The whole immunization/vaccination theory is false. But this is the basis and foundation of a multitrillion-dollar pharmaceutical cartel, which controls all allopathic medical schools and doctors.

The medical mafia has spread their propaganda well. They have indeed deceived almost everyone. Modern medicine is a killing machine for profit.

If a person has a strong and healthy immune system, he could sleep with people dying with “contagious disease” and never even get sick. This includes Ebola, SARS, H1N1, avian flu and the common cold. What a relief this is to know, but how difficult it is to get people to believe.

So how do we ensure we have strong immune systems? It starts with a rested body and a healthy, alkaline diet. Higher alkalization means more oxygen, and more oxygen signifies higher immunity.

For an alkaline diet we must consume whole, nutrient-rich foods, mostly from raw, living sources. When you eat more than 50 percent raw foods, you can stop the inflammation triggered by processed, refined or even cooked or baked foods.

Our diet should be 80 percent vegetables (organic) with only 20 percent meats (preferably free-range and not exposed to GMOs or antibiotics). Avoid anything processed, which creates acidity in the body. Acidity leads to disease.

Also stay hydrated with water and powerful tonics like green tea and herbal teas containing cat’s claw, ginseng and ginger root.

There are a number of natural supplements you can take that boost your immune system. But peak immunity begins with a magic foursome. That magic foursome is calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C and vitamin F. The calcium should be calcium lactate, calcium citrate or calcium bicarbonate. The vitamin D should be natural vitamin D3 (really a hormone). The vitamin C should be whole complex vitamin C (not just ascorbic acid). And vitamin F should be a special form of fatty acid which is linolenic and linoleic acids, which are converted to arachidonic acid in our liver.

Then there is iodine. Iodine is a big part of peak immunity. David Brownstein, M.D., says that no virus, bacteria or parasite can resist it.

Brownstein believes, based on its symptom of bleeding out of the orifices, that Ebola is a scurvy-like disease. Scurvy is caused by insufficient vitamin C. He recommends doses of 3,000 milligrams to 5,000 milligrams per day at a minimum, if your body can tolerate it. During acute infections he recommends 5,000 milligrams to 7,000 milligrams per day, but dosages that high are only to be taken by IV and only under the supervision of a healthcare practitioner.

We don’t have to fall prey to this latest false flag if we can just convince people to step outside of conventional wisdom for a change.

Slouching from infanticide to ‘toddlercide’

Baby killing (abortion) is a growing industry backed by all kinds of monstrous justification.

Just how intelligent is a race of people who will themselves to extinction? We should call it a moral crisis.

We fear tyranny, war, disease and fear economic depression; but we have absolutely no fear of self-extinction.

Since 1973, there have been 56.6 million abortions. But this is apparently not enough. According to anecdotal evidence presented by pro-life groups Created Equal and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, an astonishing number of college students say they support post-birth abortion — or what we commonly call murder.

These murders should take place up to ages 4 and 5, students say, because the children are not yet “self-aware.”

The devaluation of life has become public policy in America, hence the death panels in Obamacare and forced funding of abortifacients in Obamacare healthcare plans. Abortion has long been a central plank of the Godless Democrat Party. It’s now joined by homosexual “marriage.”

Yes, there are death panels in Obamacare that will ration care. There are also government “policymakers” like Ezekiel Emanuel who are proponents of child murder because children are not productive members of society.

Of course, for most of the people abortions are mainly for more selfish reasons of convenience. And by the way, Margaret Sanger, a proponent of eugenics, founded the precursor to Planned Parenthood in order to exterminate minorities–blacks in particular. Her plan seems to be working, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the majority of babies aborted are minorities.

It wasn’t so long ago that there was a terrible stigma placed on abortion, and it was done mostly in secret and only in extreme circumstances. Then it evolved into public policy and became in most minds no more serious a procedure than pulling a tooth.

Before something becomes official and “public policy,” it begins as unofficial public policy. In the beginning or unofficial stage, the government and its politicians appear to be silent or neutral on an issue. All appears to be spontaneous, coming from grass-roots idealism. For example, infant murder began under the altruistic sounding words “planned parenthood.” Now Planned Parenthood is granted an annual stipend from the Federal Treasury.

As always in such chicanery, these words are totally misleading. But they have worked their charm on lukewarm churchgoing Americans. Under the guise of universalism and tolerance, the world turns its back on all sorts of evil.

In the beginning stages of creating the public mind to accept the formulation of public policy, it all has an aura of free expression and “free choice.”

While some people are mildly alarmed, few would ever suspect the progression pattern and how these altruistic social expressions finally evolve into law. This means in plain language that at some point, the government decides “by law” who is to die “in the public interest.” They will decide which children will die and which aged and infirm will die. And eventually, they will come after you with no pretense.

The Founders back the argument that Houston mayor’s attack on preachers is not a 1st Amendment issue

In my column last week, Why Houston mayor’s attack on preachers was not a 1st Amendment issue, I explained how the “incorporation doctrine,” a construct created out of whole cloth by an activist judiciary in the early 20th century, had subverted the Constitution and was a dangerous threat to liberty.

Not a few people, obviously indoctrinated by the public (non)education system and steeped in state-worshiping conventional wisdom, were apparently seriously aggrieved by the argument; even when they opposed the mayor’s actions. Their responses were typically vacuous and fallacious.

For example, Reid Reasor opined:

“So this author then argues the state or local government may abduct and keeping (sic) our daughters without trail (sic) or probable cause even perform cruel and unusual punishment because the federal government has limited powers outside of their enumeration?”

Clearly I argued no such thing.

JimH remarked:

“Houston is not Congress.’ True, but citizens of Houston are also citizens of the U.S., so the Constitution and Bill of Rights are still relevant.”

Not in this case, as my column points out.

Guest attempted to help JimH make his case with:

“houston (sic) IS congress as houston (sic) is the people and the state. they (sic) are represented in congress by BOTH the house and the senate.”

This argument holds no water at all.

Clifton demonstrated how deeply the statists have inculcated into the minds of Americans false notions about the Constitution with his comment:

“What about the separation of church and state. If the church is ordered to stay out of the government, then shouldn’t the government stay out of the church. If the government pass (sic) laws that is offensive to the church, dose the church have the right and obligation to speak out against the law?”

The “separation doctrine” is found nowhere in the Constitution and is simply another fabricated construct.

Since commenters provided arguments to my points without anything but opinion and misperceptions to back them, I thought it best to just let the Founders themselves speak to the issue.

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.” — James Madison, Federalist No 45.

“In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 14.

“The Federal Constitution forms a happy combination in this respect; the great and aggregate interests being referred to the national, the local and particular, to the state legislatures.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 10.

“The appointment of senators by the state legislatures . . . is recommended by the double advantage of favoring a select appointment, and of giving to the state governments such an agency in the formation of the federal government, as must secure the authority of the former.” James Madison – Federalist No. 62.

“While the constitution continues to be read, and its principles known, the states, must, by every rational man, be considered as essential component parts of the union; and therefore the idea of sacrificing the former to the latter is totally inadmissible.” – Alexander Hamilton, Speech to the New York Ratifying Convention.

“This balance between the National and State governments ought to be dwelt on with peculiar attention, as it is of the utmost importance. It forms a double security to the people. If one encroaches on their rights they will find a powerful protection in the other. Indeed, they will both be prevented from overpassing their constitutional limits by a certain rivalship, which will ever subsist between them.” – Alexander Hamilton, Speech to the New York Ratifying Convention.

The State governments possess inherent advantages, which will ever give them an influence and ascendancy over the National Government, and will for ever preclude the possibility of federal encroachments. That their liberties, indeed, can be subverted by the federal head, is repugnant to every rule of political calculation. – Alexander Hamilton, Speech to the New York Ratifying Convention.

“[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore . . . never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.” – Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank.

“If there were any seeds in this Constitution which might, one day, produce a consolidation, it would, sir, with me, be an insuperable objection. I am so perfectly convinced that so extensive a country as this can never be managed by one consolidated government… If the state governments vanish, the general government must vanish also.. The state governments can put a veto, at any time, on the general government, by ceasing to continue the executive power.” – William Richardson Davie of North Carolina, 1788.

The Constitution would not have been ratified without the promise of a Bill of Rights. While the Amendment that guaranteed “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,” became the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights, it was usually the first Amendment proposed by the states. Patrick Henry called it a check on the “sweeping clauses” in the Constitution: namely the General Welfare Clause, the Necessary and Proper Clause and the Supremacy Clause.

In the New York Ratifying Convention, Robert Lansing proposed:

“That no power shall be exercised by Congress, but such as is expressly given by this Constitution; and all others, not expressly given, shall be reserved to the respective states, to be by them exercised.”

In North Carolina, the proposed Amendment read that each state was to “retain every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Constitution delegated to the Congress of the United States.”[i]

Of course, a number of the Founders warned that even a Bill of Rights was not sufficient to check the power of the Federal government.

John Lansing of New York proclaimed that, “[I]f you do not give the state governments a power to protect themselves, if you leave them no other check upon Congress than the power of appointing senators, they will certainly be overcome.” By the way, the “power of appointing senators” was lost with the passage of the 17th Amendment.

Patrick Henry, Henry Lee and others warned much the same thing. Their warnings were prescient.


 

[i] The Founding Fathers Guide To The Constitution, Brion McClanahan, pp. 179-180

Salt has a salty history

The Law of Moses required that all grain offerings be seasoned with salt. Leonardo da Vinci painted an overturned salt dish in front of Judas, which represented an ill omen for his traitorous act. The importance of salt originated not only from its nutritional value as a mineral source, but also from its usefulness in preserving foods for seasons when people would otherwise have starved.

Many societies have used salt as a form of currency. The expression “not worth his salt” comes from the practice of trading slaves for salt in Greece. For thousands of years, salt has been considered an irreplaceable component of the human diet.

But guess what? Government-sponsored salt-related research triggered in 1979, “Surgeon General’s Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,” identified salt as a major factor in hypertensive conditions. Then another government study concluded that, in general, societies with higher salt intake will have higher average blood pressure.

And even more damning was a 1999 study that followed more than 20,000 Americans for 25 years. The results indicated that people who ate more salt had “32 percent more strokes, a whopping 89 percent more deaths from stroke, 44 percent more heart-attack deaths, and 39 percent more deaths from all causes.”

Well, an independent review of all this proved that the conclusions were false. The relationship of salt to cardiovascular disease was true only for people who were hugely overweight. In fact, Michael Alderman, an epidemiologist and past president of the American Society of Hypertension, concluded quite the opposite and wrote that for people who were not overweight, “the more salt you eat, the less likely you are to die.”

While some hypertensive people are sensitive to salt, it is false to conclude that high salt intake is a cause of high blood pressure. Alderman concluded that those who consumed the least salt had the most myocardial infarctions and other cardiovascular complications.

An article published in The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal, in 1998 similarly concluded that people “who eat lots of salt live longer than those who avoid it.” The 25 percent of people who consumed the lowest amount of salt had a higher risk of death compared with the 25 percent who consumed the highest amounts of salt. Likewise, in an eight-year study of hypertensives in New York, those on low-salt diets had more than four times as many heart attacks as people with normal sodium intake.

In his book “Take the Latest Low Sodium Advice with a Grain of Salt,” Paul J. Rosch, M.D., states that reduced salt intake actually has a number of negative consequences, including: increased levels of renin (an enzyme that is associated with hypertension), increased levels of LDL (low density lipids, the bad type of cholesterol), insulin resistance (the cause of adult onset or type II diabetes), reduced sexual activity in men, and cognitive difficulties and anorexia in the elderly.

Dr. David Brownstein, in his book “Salt Your Way to Health,” said he was taught in medical school that salt causes high blood pressure and that everybody should be on a low-salt diet. While treating his patients, he started to notice the ones who had high blood pressure received very little benefit from a low-salt diet. Most of them were also low on minerals. In his search for ways to help these patients, he came across unrefined salt. By suggesting that his patients should use unrefined salt, which has more than 80 trace minerals in it, he noticed something strange start to happen.

His “patients with high blood pressure were finding that their blood pressure was actually coming down to the point they could come off of their medications.”

Brownstein’s book will show you how adding the right kind of salt to your diet can help adrenal disorders, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, fatigue, headaches, immune system function and thyroid disorders.

There is hardly a doctor in the land who would not advise you to cut your salt. Meanwhile, doctors rarely mention the dangers of sugar.

We have to remember that Americans think that salt is salt. Not so at all. Everyday salt that we consume is sodium chloride. This is a bad salt because it is processed salt — that is, it is heated and the mineral value is flushed away.

Ordinary table salt is highly processed. It is approximately 97.5 percent sodium chloride and 2.5 percent chemicals. It is dried at more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. This heat greatly alters the chemical structure of natural salt.

Sea salt has about 16 percent natural minerals and trace minerals like silicon, phosphorus and vanadium. So the salt that the FDA is opposing is ordinary refined table salt which has absolutely nothing in common with unrefined natural sea salt. The difference in health effects is great, but the FDA never defines salt as good and bad.

What kind of salt? Celtic Sea Salt from France or RealSalt® from Utah. Both can be purchased online and at health food stores.

A modern system of alchemy, wrapped in voodoo terminology

Dear Bob,

I like most of your articles, but you beat a dead horse to death on this money thing. You waste too much space on the subject of money.

Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

True, we use a lot of space discussing the subject of money and monetary realism. There is a very good reason for this. Everything is a joke unless we understand how the money magicians create money (credit) and enslave the world with it. If I could create money and buy your labor with it, you would be my slave, no matter what you think. This is exactly what the U.S. government and the Federal Reserve do. They will do anything to keep the American people from finding out how wealth flows to the government, not away from it. Have you ever wondered where the government gets the money to keep growing and growing?

The money merchants have a modern system of alchemy, wrapped in voodoo terminology, locked away from the public mind. It’s been more than a generation since the subject of government money creation has even been debated. It is nothing less than amazing how the official propaganda has made the American people believe such nonsense about “the budget crisis” and “the national debt.” How can human liberty ever be restored on such fraud and deception?

Best wishes,

Bob

Crisis governance covers collapsing currency

The world is bound up in a paper money/credit explosion that can only end badly. What it really means is impoverishment for millions of people, most of whom are totally oblivious to the roaring undercurrent.

There is little wisdom in announcing an economic crash after the fact. Yet some people get upset that I continue with ongoing warnings of a coming financial “pandemic.” Seeing the probabilities before they happen is the only prediction that is worthwhile. Afterwards is merely reporting the obvious.

I warned my readers in my monthly newsletter, “The Bob Livingston Letter” www.boblivingstonletter.com (subscription required), months before the 2008 collapse occurred. I believe we are nearing another similar event that will be deeper than the last.

My findings are that the American people don’t believe that we can have economic collapse followed by economic and social chaos. They suffer from normalcy bias. We need to pay more attention to history of the United States and the world.

The U.S. dollar is progressively buying less and less. The middle class and savers are impoverished. I often use that word, “impoverishment,” because that is exactly what has happening for 100 years, ever since the beginning of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913.

But the process of currency destruction is getting faster and faster. This always happens in the final stages. You would think that now almost everybody could see what’s happening.

I am wondering if all the crises — ISIS, Ebola, Ukraine, etc. — are simply providing cover for the economic shock progressing daily. The savings of the working class and the middle classes are being wiped out with a ruthlessness no revolution or foreign war could equal.

While there is an ongoing accumulation of hard assets by the few who know the nature of politics, governments and history, paper money is more and more in demand by the debtor class. The “value” of financial assets is far, far larger than the dollar value of the U.S. economy. As yet, no one seems to sense the risk.

Everyone believes such pervasive nonsense touted daily about the current state of the U.S. economic financial condition. The administration puts out a false unemployment figure and papers over the growing dependence on government, the loss of jobs, the expansion of the “part-time” job base and the stock market rising on nothing more than money printing and hot air.

I don’t care how smart the professional class is, it seems that the imbalances and contradictions of the U.S. dollar and the economy are beyond their grasp… or they are perpetually lying. The people did not learn from the last economic collapse and are trusting the same group of liars who lied to them before.

As a nation, we are suffering from something akin to attention deficit disorder and living in a world where fantasy is more real than reality. We are goaded on by none other than our illustrious Federal Reserve, the banksters, the moneyed elites, the political class and the purveyors of their propaganda, the mainstream media.

Let’s draw on this quote from Edmond Burke on the subject of national debt:

When a nation is deep in debt and knows no way out, when it spends itself into deeper debt and cannot stop, the monetary authority who is seen as all-knowing will be believed on his personal account. There is no other way to avoid panic and crisis in this state of things.

The person who really commands the credit flows is your master… the master of your material possessions, the master of your souls.

We have been in an orgy of financial alchemy called quantitative easing. It has constructed financial bubbles the likes of which the world has never known. The amount of money (credit) issued over the past dozen years far exceeds the entire amount of currency printed in the history of the United States form George Washington’s inauguration to 1980.

The nature of money or credit creation is that it must move at an ever-expanding pace because a sinking debt structure needs to move faster and faster in order to remain afloat. This mania of credit creation is difficult to comprehend because there has never been anything close to it to compare it with.

As currencies collapse, credit deteriorates, political institutions lose credibility, moral degeneracy is on public display and financial activity becomes feverish and of course, the poor and the middle class are further impoverished.

And as stated above, a common feature in the collapse and those before it is the bedazzlement of the smart and actually knowledgeable people, whistling past the graveyard, while the hangman adjusts the scaffold. All is a fantasy island where only a few discover that security has become a castle of dreams. How could it be otherwise when everyone believes that debt is wealth?

Paper money is debt! All financial assets are debt. What a hot air balloon waiting for one small pin.

All the while, a small, savvy group is quietly moving from paper assets to real assets, i.e., gold, silver, gold stocks, some foreign currencies and land. These people have the vision to see the approach of political and social immorality, which will get worse and worse until the U.S. dollar collapses to near zero purchasing power.

Lest you have too much faith in the American dollar, all paper currencies in history have turned to dust. It is not a question of if, but when.

Why would anyone delay getting out of the U.S. dollar into real assets? Assuming they had a basic knowledge of financial and economic conditions, the only possible answer is they can’t believe that the U.S. dollar — and with it their savings — is headed for the dustbin of history. These are the people who form lines at the bank as the bank closes long after the last of the money is gone.

Historically, governments confiscate wealth with inflation (paper money). This is another way of saying that paper money confiscates wealth. People complain but they accept it not realizing that eventually all savings are wiped out.

Inflation in the final stages begins to take on new meaning when prices jump daily. Governments, meaning the bureaucrats and politicians, hide their theft and chicanery with printing press money. They can pay “social benefits” and create wars with paper money until the system begins to collapse.

Eventually, the printing press money loses its disguise; and governments resort to outright confiscation of wealth by one ruse or another. Remember that governments don’t produce any wealth, so they must take it from the people one way or the other. Toward the end and final destruction of the paper currency, governments use ingenious “patriotic” arguments to induce greater sacrifices by and from the people. Sound familiar?

About this time we have a flurry or mania of economic activity which really serves as a cover for the shrewder class to convert their paper money into gold, silver and other real assets. They foresee an economic collapse not yet visible to the population at large.

And what happens to all the depreciating paper money? It winds up almost exclusively in the hands of the working class. As things get increasingly dire, the people try to get more and more paper money. The debtor class has to have more and more paper money even though they know by now that it is fast becoming worthless.

Meanwhile, the social order continues breaking down. It takes immorality to entertain. And in France during the Assignat Inflation, beginning in 1789 and the early 1790s, to say that the currency was depreciating carried a four-year sentence in irons. At the time, investments in foreign countries by Frenchmen were punishable by death. Vast lands and estates of the French church were expropriated and declared “national properties.” This is the type of atmosphere that comes in a wild inflationary environment.

But we have the same thing in deflation! In 1933, in the United States, “all persons were required to deliver to the Treasurer of the United States any and all gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates.” Well, some actually turned in their gold.

The Senator Thomas Amendment in 1933 was passed to “transfer $200 billion from the hands of persons who now have it who did not buy it, who did not earn it, who do not deserve it, who must not retain it, back to the other side, the debtor class of the Republic, the people who owe the mass debts of the nation.” Senator Elmer Thomas first planned to confiscate bank deposits outright instead of through a banking collapse that happened anyway. This is U.S. history, my friends — only a couple of generations ago.

After the Civil War, in the South the only currency of any value was gold; but only a few perceptive insiders anticipated the carnage of the Civil War and its aftermath. Of course, as always, most of the people could not believe what was happening to the South. They were caught destitute and impoverished.

Why must the masses be face to face with crisis to illuminate their world? All I can say is that they continue to believe the lies of politicians and bureaucrats.

In time (nobody knows exactly when), the U.S. dollar will completely lose its purchasing power against hard assets, real estate, precious metals and some foreign currencies.

Inflation or deflation? Right now, the Fed is producing inflation but trying to hide it with chicanery. But without doubt, there will eventually be an economic and financial accident, which could cause a swift deflation for a time. This is exactly why we strongly recommend the holding of some emergency cash.

In summary, we recommend gold and silver coins. I like the bags of U.S. pre-1965 90 percent silver coins, as these coins are still legal tender and readily recognizable because they appear the same as the clad metal coins we have now. Accumulate some gold and silver stocks.

Hold some cash money — enough to cover about three months of bills if possible. Store at least a three-month supply of food and water and store ammo for your guns. Remember that emergencies and catastrophes come in many forms, from natural to man-caused. Try to consider as many eventualities as you can and prepare for them.

I can’t believe it, but some people still ask if they should put their coins in a bank safety deposit box. The answer is still a resounding “NO.”

Inevitably, whenever I recommend buying gold and silver, I’m asked to recommend a dealer. Your best bet, I believe, is to find a local coin dealer or gold seller who is well established, has been in the community a long time and has a good reputation with the Better Business Bureau and his customers. Buy with cash. Be careful who you tell that you have it. Store it in a safe, preferably hidden away.

The USA PATRIOT Act is anything but patriotic

We are fast approaching an ignominious date in American history. Sunday, Oct. 26, will mark the 13th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act.

The clever wordsmiths in the halls of power gave the act a high-sounding name. But like most laws passed by the psychopaths in the Washington cesspool, the law is the opposite of its name.

Ostensibly designed to combat terrorism — the name is an acronym for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” — the act was passed quickly and immediately signed into law just over a month after 9/11 and in reality opened the door for a growing government surveillance state and the loss of basic American liberties.

“Patriotism” throughout history has covered a multitude of mischief. We are seeing it now.

It is frightening how simple the American people are and how easily they are manipulated simply because they are intellectually lazy.

Everything that goes wrong in the state with the state whether by design or accident, whether war, depression, inflation, impoverishment or starvation, the bureaucracy and politics take the punishment and hardship out of your hide. The system manipulates your mind to make you believe that you did it, you’re to blame and you’re to pay, when all you have done is furnish the labor, the financial risk and your blood in wars and seen your wealth reserved for your posterity vaporized with fiat paper money.

George W. Bush gets the “blame” for the USA PATRIOT Act. It’s true that he proposed it and signed it into law. However, all but 66 members of the House (62 of them Democrats) and all but one in the Senate (Democrat Russ Feingold) voted for it. It has since been reauthorized three times by broad majorities and was last signed by Barack Obama in 2010.

The USA PATRIOT Act is anything but patriotic. It is anathema to liberty.

Congress continues to cede its powers to the dictatorship

President Barack Obama appointed an Ebola czar and aside from some GOP caterwauling over the fact that Ron Klain is simply a political hack with no “medical” experience, nothing else was said.

Never mind that, according to the Constitution Article II, Section 2, the president must have the “Advice and Consent of the Senate… [to] appoint… public Ministers and Consuls…” The word “czar” is of Balkan origin etymologically originating from the name “Caesar” and is, therefore, a title of nobility. Never mind that, according to Article I, Section 9, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted in the United States.”

Supposed conservatives like Senator Ted Cruz have called on Obama to formulate a policy for handling the Ebola crisis, particularly in the area of travel restrictions and border security. Never mind that Article I, Section 1 grants all legislative powers to the Congress and Article II, Section 1 only grants the president the power to execute laws passed by Congress. And never mind that it is the job of Congress under Article I, Section 8, to “regulate Commerce with foreign Nations” and “to provide for calling forth the Militia to… repel invasions” and to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.”

Calling a cabinet minister an exotic-sounding name in no way absolves the president of his constitutional requirement to gain the advice and consent of the Senate prior to the appointment. Ceding authority to the president to regulate commerce (travel) and protect the border in no way absolves Congress of its constitutional authority to regulate commerce and protect the border.

The Constitution and the rule of law no longer matter to Congress or the president. They ignore the Constitution without consequence. The result is an increasingly powerful “elected” dictatorship.

A proper diet does more than just keep weight down

Diet is about more than just managing your weight.

Except for the air you breathe, what you eat and drink is what makes up your whole body and makes it run. If you fill your body with junk, expect it to turn into junk. But if you want to keep your body out of the junkyard, try using a little common-sense discipline in what you put into your mouth.

There are lots of choices and variety that you can enjoy even with a healthy diet. Health, youthfulness, vigor, beauty, productivity and long life are the result of a correct diet and correct living habits. The wrong diet results in acidity, disease, suffering, failure in life, misery and an early grave.

Body acidity is the main cause of disease and must be neutralized or we will die young, no matter whether we are doctors or patients. Acid foods are death foods. Death is the end result of acid accumulation.

We must learn what acid foods are and leave them alone. At the same time, we must learn that we require an alkaline diet for health, vigor, efficiency, youthfulness and a long life.

Strive to eat at least 80 percent alkaline foods and no more than 20 percent acid foods. Assuming you’ve been eating something like the typical American diet, it will take a period of adjustment to get your body to a healthy alkaline/acid balance. During that time, you should temporarily avoid or at least drastically limit eating acid-forming foods like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, fats, white bread, starchy foods, cakes, pastry, candy, white sugar and confections.

These foods are not all necessarily faulty, but they should never be consumed in proportions far beyond the requirements for body need. Pay attention to portions. Eat what you need but no more.

Alkaline foods are whole foods. Your diet should be primarily organic fruits and vegetables (mostly raw), especially dark green leafy vegetables like kale, mustard greens, collard greens, Swiss chard, watercress, spinach and arugula; other green vegetables like romaine, bok choy, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, string beans, snow peas and green peas; non-green but nutrient-rich vegetables like beets, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, radishes, bean sprouts, red and yellow bell peppers, radicchio, cauliflower, tomatoes, artichokes and raw carrots.

Beans — fresh and dried — and raw nuts are also alkaline.

If you feel you must eat meat, stick to meat from free-range animals that have not been fed genetically modified foods or subjected to antibiotics. Keep your meat diet heavy on fish consumption, but not farm-raised; those animals usually have been fed GMOs and heavily medicated.

Almost everything you find in the center aisles of the grocery stores are acid foods. This includes all processed foods and foods containing hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. Soft drinks are particularly acidic and should be avoided at all cost.

An alkaline diet is a key to health for all ages, but especially for seniors. And finally, drink plenty of water. Water flushes our systems of acid. Seniors, particularly, drink too little water. That speeds up the buildup of acid and hastens death.

Why Houston mayor’s attack on preachers was not a 1st Amendment issue

Last week, the Houston mayor and city council attempted a direct assault on religious liberty and speech after they got into a snit when voters revolted against an Orwellian nondiscrimination ordinance that, among other things, would allow men to use women’s public restrooms and women to use men’s.

The voter revolt took the form of a petition drive that generated some 50,000 signatures — almost three times as many as required to put a referendum on the issue on the ballot. Demonstrating that the rule of law in Houston city government has disappeared into the memory hole, the psychopaths ruling the place threw the petition out. This prompted a lawsuit against the city by opponents of the ordinance.

The city responded by attacking preachers, issuing subpoenas that ordered them to submit any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, or else face charges of contempt of court. The preachers were not even part of the lawsuit against the city. However, they are part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches opposing the ordinance.

So the subpoenas were a clear-cut case of religious discrimination and an attempt to quell free speech and Bible teaching. To their credit, the preachers vowed to defy the city.

The subpoenas created quite a stir and not a few charges that the city was violating the 1st Amendment rights of the preachers involved. Texas attorney general, gubernatorial candidate and likely the state’s next governor Greg Abbot got in the act, sending a letter to the city asking the subpoenas be withdrawn, claiming the subpoenas violated the 1st Amendment.

Ultimately, the subpoenas were amended. Now, the city is asking for the preachers’ “speeches” about the ordinance, as if that were different. Parker, in a blatantly political move, crawfished on whether she knew anything about them before they were issued. Of course, her Twitter feed showed she was lying. On Wednesday, Parker tweeted: “If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game.”

I established all of that background to say this: The city’s actions were not a 1st Amendment violation — at least not as the Founders drew up the Constitution. And if you argue they were and join Abbot and the plaintiffs’ attorneys in fighting the subpoenas on those grounds, you are participating in stripping yourself of your own rights.

The Constitution the Founders drew up was designed as a restraint on general (federal) government. It granted the general government 18 enumerated powers in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution (though the Tenth Amendment Center argues there are 35). There are three restrictions placed on states in Article I, Section 10 (because those are powers held by the general government) and a restriction on all government in the 2nd Amendment. Other than that, all authority belongs to the people or the states (see the 9th and 10th Amendments).

As soon as the Constitution was agreed upon in the Constitutional Convention but before it had been ratified by the states, a group of men who feared the Constitution was overbroad began an attempt at a do-over. These anti-Federalists — led by Edmund Randolph, George Mason, Elbridge Gerry and Patrick Henry (who declined his election as delegate because he “smelt a rat”) — recognized the danger inherent in some of document’s language that would allow the government to assume powers not granted it. Without the promise of the Bill of Rights, which was ostensibly drafted to further limit the power of the general government, the Constitution would never have been ratified at all. Even with the Bill of Rights there remained a group who were highly skeptical of the new government. Their skepticism was prescient, as all their fears — and then some — have been realized.

The Founders — at least those who were being honest in their intentions — desired a general government that dealt with the large issues but left the states pretty much free to their own devices. They considered the states as individual petri dishes free to govern themselves according to dictates of their citizens. Until the 1820s, some states even had state religions. The states were also voluntary participants in the union, and they knew they could leave the union if and when they desired. They understood that the Bill of Rights applied to the federal government, not the states.

In 1833, the Supreme Court upheld that view in Barron v. Baltimore. In that unanimous ruling, the court determined the Bill of Rights “contain no expression indicating an intention to apply them to State governments. This court cannot so apply them.”

This ruling, along with the possibility (and the implied threat from time to time) of states seceding from the union kept the general government in check until Abraham Lincoln’s unlawful war on the Southern states and the subsequent passage of the 14th Amendment.

It’s into the 14th Amendment’s due process clause that activist judges have reached in order to strip the states and people of their liberty and give almost unlimited power to the general government.

Rep. John Bingham, the principal framer of the 14th Amendment, advocated that one of his purposes in establishing the 14th Amendment was to apply the first eight amendments to the states. But Supreme Court rulings over the next several years did not agree — that is, until 1925 when the due process clause was cited in Gitlow v. New York. In that case, the court applied the 1st Amendment to the states.

Benjamin Gitlow was a communist who was convicted of criminal anarchy for violating New York’s Criminal Anarchy Law of 1902 after writing a document called “Left Wing Manifesto” and publishing it in his newspaper, The Revolutionary Age. His case was argued by the ACLU.

Over the next several decades, the Supreme Court ruled in several cases based on this precedent. The “incorporation doctrine” spread until it eventually applied all the first eight amendments to the states. This stood a century of precedent on its head.

It is the incorporation doctrine that the courts use to throw out state-passed referenda on issues like traditional marriage and immigration. It’s the incorporation doctrine that courts use to restrict religious displays at municipal and state buildings and prayer at public schools. It’s the incorporation doctrine that federal government is using to strip your state of its sovereignty and you of your liberty.

Houston’s attempt to intimidate local preachers was not a 1st Amendment violation under the Founders’ Constitution. The 1st Amendment begins, “Congress shall make no law…” Houston is not Congress.

Abbott did Texans a disservice by claiming a 1st Amendment violation had occurred. Were he a statesman rather than a politician concerned with making political hay, Abbot would have immediately prosecuted Parker and the city council for violations of Texas’ Constitution. Their actions violated both Sections 6 and 8, which read:

Sec. 6. FREEDOM OF WORSHIP. All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences. No man shall be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent. No human authority ought, in any case whatever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious society or mode of worship. But it shall be the duty of the Legislature to pass such laws as may be necessary to protect equally every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship.

Sec. 8. FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PRESS; LIBEL. Every person shall be at liberty to speak, write or publish his opinions on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of that privilege; and no law shall ever be passed curtailing the liberty of speech or of the press. In prosecutions for the publication of papers, investigating the conduct of officers, or men in public capacity, or when the matter published is proper for public information, the truth thereof may be given in evidence. And in all indictments for libels, the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the facts, under the direction of the court, as in other cases.

Claiming a 1st Amendment violation has occurred when a state or local government or a business or individual promotes or dissuades speech or religion is to perpetuate a doctrine that has removed from Americans their ability of self-government and has helped grow the leviathan federal government by creating an oligarchy out of our republic.

But it is going to be enjoyable watching the “separation of church and state” crowd as they are hoisted with their own petard.