Shots Across The Bow

There are many shots now being fired across the bow of the Federal Reserve.

The latest occurred in Utah where the governor has a bill on his desk that would allow shops to accept gold Buffalo and Eagle coins, and silver Eagle coins as legal tender. The bill also ends State taxes on the transfer of gold.

There are at least 13 other State legislatures that have already begun consideration of or are about to consider similar bills, according to the Constitutional Tender Act website. They are Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. Georgia’s seems to be the one closest to approval.

The Statists don’t like it—and neither does the Fed. They and their liberal mouthpieces in the media are dismissive of anyone desiring to follow the Constitution.

For instance, in an article in the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the bill that would allow North Carolina to issue its own legal tender backed by gold and silver was covered this way:

“Mike Walden, an economics professor at N.C. State University, said the notion of North Carolina reverting to having its own currency is outlandish.

“‘We dealt with this issue about 100 years ago when the Federal Reserve was established,’ Walden said. ‘If North Carolina were to have its own currency, that would put us at an extreme competitive disadvantage vis-a-vis other parts of the country and other parts of the world.’

“State Treasurer Janet Cowell joked that Bradley’s precious metals proposal could increase efficiency in state government by providing a good use for her department’s old basement vault, which is currently used for storage.

“‘I look forward to engaging in an important public policy debate about whose face should be on the gold coin,’ quipped Cowell, a Democrat.”

Never mind that Article I, Section 10 of the United States Constitution reads: “No State shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in payment of debts.” This means that every State in the Union has made some other “Thing” a tender by accepting Federal Reserve Notes.

Walden considers Constitutional currency outlandish. What is outlandish is what has happened to our wealth since the establishment of the Fed—an institution that is not a part of government and does not hold any reserves.

The Fed is a cartel of big banksters formed to steal the wealth of Americans. Begun under the auspices of stabilizing the economy—at least that is the claim of proponents from the time—it has presided over the crashes of 1921 and 1929, the Great Depression of 1929 to 1939, recessions in 1953, 1957, 1969, 1975, 1981, 1990 and 2008. So much for stabilizing the economy.

They called it the Federal Reserve in order to deceive the people who were opposed to a central bank. The people knew of the dangers of a central bank, but the elites were clever and used double-speak and sleight of hand to fool the masses.

As Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution. I am an Enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but Coin. If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.”

Like all the big banksters and political elites, Fed Chairman helicopter Ben Bernanke loves inflation. He no longer tries to hide this fact. In fact, he said the last round of quantitative easing (QE2), begun last fall, was to spur inflation.

But inflation is a hidden tax on Americans. It is the way wealth is transferred from “us” to “them.” Bernanke believes he can control inflation. He thinks he is smarter than the money creators before him who caused inflation but let it get away from them to become hyperinflation.

It will not end well. Already inflation is getting away from Bernanke, but he doesn’t see it. He also didn’t see the crash coming until it was here. His track record is not good.

The dollar has lost 95 percent of its value since the Fed was formed in 1913. But States are fighting back. More and more people are becoming aware of the scam perpetrated almost 100 years ago.

Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) has led the fight against the Fed. Paul’s followers chanted “End the Fed” at Paul rallies during the last Presidential primary. Now the States are taking up the fight as well.

Isn’t it obvious to all that the Fed has failed its charter? Isn’t it obvious to all the Fed must go?

The Branch Of Power Most Interested In War

Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) says he plans to offer up a measure that would defund United States attacks in Libya.

Good for him. If the rest of Congress intends to assume its Constitutional authority, the measure will pass. If it doesn’t, we can assume Congress has no intention of following the U.S. Constitution and the Tea Party should immediately target all members of Congress who willfully ignore the Constitution.

Article I Section 8 grants Congress the power to declare war. The Founders’ intent on that was clear.

As James Madison wrote Thomas Jefferson, “The constitution supposes, what the history of all governments demonstrates, that the executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care vested the question of war in the legislature.”

In an interview with the Boston Globe Dec. 20, 2007, then-candidate Barack Obama said, “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

The President obtained the approval of the United Nations to make war on Libya. He didn’t obtain the approval of Congress, as the Constitution requires. As Kucinich has said, that is an impeachable offense and, apparently, Obama knows it.

Obama Encourages Brazil To Drill

While schmoozing and lollygagging in Brazil as the world burned down around him, President Barack Obama made a stunning statement to Brazilians: “We want to help you with the technology to support and develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”

Meanwhile, here in the United States Obama’s drill ban prevents American companies from developing oil and natural gas resources in U.S. waters and from getting to shale reserves in the West and vast deposits in Alaska. His State Department is also holding up plans to build a pipeline that would transport oil from Canada’s tar sands to refineries near Houston. His actions have forced tens of thousands of oil workers and employees of ancillary industries to the unemployment lines.

Obama apparently cares more about growing jobs in Brazil than the U.S., and more about enriching developing nations than in reducing America’s dependence on foreign sources of oil.

His anti-American agenda comes more into focus every day, and his time of reckoning at the ballot box can’t come soon enough.

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The New Battle Cry: Attack Libya!

The warmongers, neocons (is that redundant?), shills for the military-industrial complex and corporate media talking heads should be pleased. The United Nations has given Obama, Great Britain, France and others a blank check to make war on Libya.

According to an online report by The Cable, neocon Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) left a Friday morning classified briefing saying the Obama administration was set to enforce a no-fly/no-drive zone over Libya.

“We ground his aircraft and some tanks start getting blown up that are headed toward the opposition forces,” Graham told reporters.

And then Tomahawk missiles started flying and bomb started dropping.

This is an act of war, whether it’s done under the auspices of the United Nations or not.

It was a war Obama seemed reluctant to engage in for a while. But now that he’s in he’s gone all in.

On Thursday night, 10 member nations of the U.N. Security Council voted to wage war on Libya if President Moammar Gadhafi continued to use his air force to bombard the rebels. The council’s actions caused Gadhafi to order a cease fire on Friday, but it seems attacks continued.

The resolution condemned Gadhafi’s "gross and systematic violation of human rights" which "may amount to crimes against humanity" and pose a "threat to international peace and security,” according to a report in the British newspaper, The Sun.

As an aside, Libya was laughably a member of the U.N. Human Rights Commission until March 1, when that august body suddenly realized Gadhafi was a tyrant. Now, that commission is investigating whether Gadhafi has committed war crimes.

So Obama (with the backing of warmongers Graham, former Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, Republican Senator John McCain, Democrat Senator John Kerry, Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton and many others), is waging war on a country that has not attacked us and poses us no threat. Great Britain, France and world powers Bosnia and Herzegovina, Columbia, Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal and South Africa also voted for the no-fly zone. Russia, China, Germany, Italy and India abstained.

The rebel forces trying to overthrow Gadhafi made headway when the battle was conducted on the ground. When Gadhafi brought in the air power, the tide turned. The rebels began calling for help in the form of a no-fly zone once they started losing ground. Gadhafi’s loyalists were almost into a mopping up phase and the U.N.’s efforts to help the rebels overthrow Gadhafi may be too little, too late. Graham insisted it wasn’t too late.

Obama was slow to the table on sanctions. He dillied and he dallied—much to the chagrin of the warmonger crowd—while Clinton and her former President husband pleaded. France and Great Britain sounded very much like former President George W. Bush in their push for war. The Arab League joined in, but by Sunday the League was getting squeamish when members realized what they’d gotten.

What his motivations were for staying out of Libya at the beginning, only Obama and his handlers know. Perhaps Obama is, as Gadhafi has asserted, Gadhafi’s friend. It’s certainly not that Obama is anti-war, as he led many to believe when he was begging for votes.

Obama has failed in his promise to extricate the United States from its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and has even expanded it into Pakistan, Yemen and who knows where else.  Like his predecessors, Obama has approved military strikes on suspected terrorist hideouts in countries we have not declared war upon. Innocent men, women and children have died as a result.

We are now 20 years and seven months into our Middle Eastern excursion that began after U.S. diplomats sent conflicting signals to the late and former Central Intelligence Agency asset President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. The perpetual war drags on, much to the delight of the military-industrial complex and corporatocracy. (For more information on the CIA connection to Hussein—and others—see The Secret History of the American Empire and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, both by John Perkins.)

A no-fly/no-drive zone is an act of war. You can’t control the skies without intruding into Libyan airspace. You can’t command the skies without first destroying radar installations and anti-aircraft batteries and shooting down Libyan aircraft. And you can’t blow up tanks without killing a lot of soldiers.

The U.N. resolution gave the international community the authority to be “outcome determinant” and “do whatever’s necessary” to enforce the U.N.’s mandates, The Cable reported. That’s diplomat-speak for shoot at will.

You may recall we saw in both Afghanistan and Iraq that the tyrants there had no qualms about parking their weapons in and around schools and communities of innocents. So the U.N. has sanctioned killing women and children in order to save the rebels.

In the past, France, Germany, et al have hidden behind the U.S.’s skirts, urging military action on the one hand, condemning it on the other and reaping the financial benefits—that is, their military-industrial complexes and elected elites reaped the financial benefits. Great Britain, to its credit—or detriment—wasn’t afraid to get its hands dirty by sending its own young men into the fray.

But the lead was always taken by the U.S. “If not us, who?” is the battle cry. “We are the lone superpower. We must police the world.” And even though Obama didn’t lead the push this time, The Cable is reporting that the U.S. will once again do the heavy lifting when the shooting starts.

Neocons—and surprisingly supposed anti-war doves like Kerry and his fellow liberals—love to push our troops into bad situations for altruistic motives.

So we wage war on Muslims on behalf of Muslims, on behalf of Germans, on behalf of the French, on behalf of the Brits, on behalf of Israel, and we wonder why young people are persuaded to wrap explosives around their midsections and blow themselves up in crowded places. We wonder why CIA-sponsored clerics like Anwar al-Awlaki—who dined at the Pentagon days after the 9/11 attacks but is now the head bad guy du jour—can convince mentally challenged patsies (see Major Nidal Malik Hasan and Faisal Shahzad) to shoot into crowds or place bombs in public squares.

That Gadhafi is an evil totalitarian who has been cruel to his people, there is no doubt. But how is he different from the evil totalitarian Hosni Mubarak, whom we propped up and enriched for 30 years? How is he different from the totalitarian kings and princes that rule over Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and are now gunning down protestors in the streets?

The difference is, as Perkins described in The Secret History of American Empire, whether they are part of the corporatocracy; whether they took the bait offered by the economic hit men or succumbed to the threats of the jackals. If so, well, they are dictators but they are our dictators. If not, then they must go.

It’s challenging to know whether the global elites are losing control of the situation or stirring it up. With Obama seeming initially to prefer to try and sit out the Libya, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain revolts, one has to think the latter.

Whatever the situation, America doesn’t need to be drawn into a third conflict in that region. We can no longer afford the wars we’re already fighting.

It’s time to bring the troops home and close down the bases that prop up the empire. The Founders did not envision the United States as an empire.

There is much talk—and little else—about cutting the deficit. One way to start is to slash military spending. It’s time to do it, and preserve only that spending necessary for national defense.