In the spring of 1775, silversmith and patriot Paul Revere rode into the cold night to warn that the British were coming. A century and a half later, America helped defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan — two nations bent on world domination and extinguishing individual liberty.
The world has changed, and the war at home rages. Geographic borders no longer demarcate the saintly from the sinister. Battle lines between good and evil dissipate like ink in a churning ocean.
Look no further than billionaire Donald Trump who wanted to sell out America for better ratings and bigger profits — so says author Jerome Corsi, who has accused Trump’s publicized run for the Republican candidacy as “working with (President Barack) Obama.” The goal of Trump’s gambit was to neutralize the entire Birther controversy.
Corsi says the real truth is in his book Where’s the Birth Certificate? Corsi declared that revelations in his book would mean the Obama Administration “would not survive.” Corsi believes he has evidence that proved the administration has tried to preserve itself using “criminal fraud.”
According to Corsi, Trump engineered the entire birth certificate controversy in order to make the press “go to sleep.” Trump was able to kill two birds with one stone. Not only was Obama exonerated, but candidate Trump smeared the conservative movement just as it was gaining momentum.
Trump’s reward was a $60 million television contract with NBC, owned by General Electric, which has been an enormous backer of Obama. This won’t surprise readers of Personal Liberty Digest™. More than a month ago, Bob Livingston, Ben Crystal and yours truly suggested this Trump card was being played out.
It is deceit like this that makes it harder to know who stands with us and who stands against us.
Attila The Nun
“When barbarians sacked Rome in the 5th Century, they came from without,” wrote James Dale Davidson and Lord William Ress-Mogg in their book The Great Reckoning. “Today, America’s barbarians are homegrown.”
That book was published in 1994. Even as I was reading it, I had my own reckoning of sorts.
We had who we thought was a wonderful young woman working for us. Nobody would have recognized her as a barbarian. Her name was Grace. She had been schooled at a Catholic seminary. Grace seemed like a perfect employee: punctual, helpful and polite.
One morning, Grace didn’t arrive at work. We didn’t find out why until the next evening when my wife and I were watching the local nightly news. Suddenly, Angela blurted out: “My God, that’s Grace!”
There was Grace, handcuffed and clad in an orange prison jumpsuit. Behind her was her barbarian boyfriend replete with biker clothes and an earring. Grace had been arrested for conspiring to commit murder against the boyfriend’s handicapped wife to collect on a life-insurance policy.
Grace had enlisted murder for hire. Her would-be hit man was a cop. The evidence was on audio tape. It was meant to look like a robbery gone awry.
Grace was an example of a homegrown barbarian pulling at the social fabric, ripping at a nation founded on decency and civility.
Enemies Of Liberty: The Federal Reserve
A decade before Grace devised a murder plot, I started working for my father, who wrote critically about the Federal Reserve. It wasn’t as much in fashion in those days, but one of the questions he wanted to know (and which remains unanswerable): Who owns the Federal Reserve? It is not the Federal government, even though the Fed creates money and lends it to American citizens and foreign investors via the private banks that are the real owners.
The Fed also decides what rate of interest to charge, thus creating waves of deflation, as in the 1930s, or inflation, as in the 1970s (and perhaps today). The Fed also buys U.S. Treasury debt with money created by the stroke of a computer key. American taxpayers are left to pay the bill, plus the going interest rate on their credit cards, mortgages and all other debt.
The Fed is not answerable to Congress or the President. Created almost a Century ago, the Fed is shrouded in mystery.
It was the Fed whose loose monetary policies led in part to the ongoing financial crisis. And what has the central bank done to fix the calamity it created? It cocked a gun at the head of Congressional leaders and told them to bail out the big banks with hundreds of billions of dollars, “or else.”(If you haven’t read the book Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin, watch the new HBO movie by the same title.)
For the past decade, the Fed has cut interest rates, which now sit at all-time lows (see the graph below of the Fed Funds rate which is effectively at zero).
Because of the Fed, purchasing power of the dollar has been eviscerated. For that, each of us pays every day.
Enemies Of Liberty: The Media
I don’t get every American TV channel living up here in Canada. But with the new year, our cable provider added MSNBC. I clicked only once to that station and witnessed Keith Olbermann in the middle of his meltdown, the tirade that got him fired.
While Olbermann may be extreme, he certainly isn’t alone in pushing the liberal agenda. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell makes this argument. The book cites a study by Brian Mullen of Syracuse University that demonstrated a bias by Peter Jennings, the late anchor for ABC’s World News Tonight, when he was reporting on Presidential candidates Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale.
I don’t need studies to tell me the press is biased. Just last week on NBC, correspondent Norah O’Donnell excitedly touted Obama’s stop in Ireland as he toured Europe to connect with his roots. The reporter proclaimed: “The Irish eyes are smiling today as this country welcomes President Obama. And I can tell you that the people here in Moneygall are overjoyed that Obama has Irish roots.”
Seriously? I am Irish, too, but only on St. Patrick’s Day and only if my wife lets me go to the pub.
Who Or What Makes Your List?
I have named just two barbarians inside our gates. I would love to know who you would put on your list and if you agree with my choices.
Yours in good times and bad,
Editor, Myers’ Energy & Gold Report