The Foreclosure of America

As you are painfully aware, life in the United States is changing. Not the hope and change promised in the 2008 election process, but the kind of change where you watch the American economy collapse before your eyes... helpless to do anything about it. The number of banks and financial institutions that have failed recently is dwarfed by the number of people who are worried about, or currently being threatened with, foreclosure on their homes.

As bad as that may be, that is not the foreclosure I am referring to in the title of this article. The rest of the world will soon be foreclosing on the totality of the United States. And while it may be impractical to evict three hundred million people from the middle of the North American continent, it is clear that life as we knew it will never be the same. Hell. We already have millions of people here who are sharing our space, but not sharing the rent, so to speak. Furthermore, as bad as things are today, I can almost guarantee that twelve months from now you'll be wishing things could be as good as they are right now. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would look back on a Bill Clinton presidency with some fondness.

The cause of all the pain and suffering we are and will be experiencing is due to our forfeiture of American values. As a people, we have failed to uphold the ideal and principle that made this country great. Namely - INDEPENDENCE. That's why Monday is important to me. Because it's Independence Day, not because it's the fourth day of July. Not because there will be parades and picnics and frisbees and fireworks. All of those things are symbols of celebration, however we have nothing to celebrate. We have lost our own Liberty because we failed in our responsibility to defend the Liberty of others. This process has been happening since before the War of Northern Aggression. In 1841, Fredrick Douglass, a black leader of the abolitionist movement, was asked to speak at a large Independence Day celebration. Here is a short excerpt from his speech.

I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me by asking me to speak today? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn that it is dangerous to copy the example of nation whose crimes, towering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrevocable ruin! I can today take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people.

We have become the largest welfare/warfare country in the world, spending unconscionable amounts of money on unconstitutional wars and foreign aid. Americans prefer to let the government take responsibility for their retirement, health care, financial stability, national security, and their children's education. Needless to say, the government has failed miserably on each of these projects, but we continue to vote the same corrupt politicians into office over and over again. Not all, but most Americans are unwilling to pay the price of freedom, and some are too afraid to even ask the price. (To find the answer, watch this two minute video, but be prepared for "sticker shock".)

Instead of following the crowd this year, and pretending that we have successfully carried the torch of Liberty handed down to us by the Founding Fathers, join with me in bringing attention to the elephant (and donkey) in the room that everyone is carefully ignoring. Instead of wearing Red, White, and Blue this year, I invite you to wear black. The purpose is to draw attention to our many problems, and give us the motivation we need to talk about them - and perhaps even the courage we need to overcome them. There is a Facebook page that gives slightly more information in you're interested.

You should know that I am changing my signature closing. In the past I have ended newsletters and and eMail messages with:
Lighting the fires of Liberty, one heart at a time!
From now on I will remind you that
When I die, Liberty is no longer my problem.

I wish you and your family a safe and somber holiday.

Sad celebration

Since starting my edication into learning The Bill of Rights and The Constitution, I have celebrated the 4th with family and friends as usual. The cookout, the firworks, the warmth of family and friends being together. However, within my heart was a sadness and many unspoken words. Within myself I knew what a facade the sentiments were. This country is no longer great and is certainly now a Socialist country. Sadly, most people don't want to hear it or admit that there is a problem. So I choose to make the event a joyful one for them when they gather here. Inwardly, I too am treasuring each and every get together, as they are indeed precious times. Not to be taken for granted, as the following year who knows what will be transpiring.

Thank you Michael for working so tirelessly to get the word out and wake people up. May God bless you and yours richly!

The Foreclosure of America

It's true that America is facing one of the greatest trials of its existence, but we are not alone in that.  Western Europe, China, Russia, Japan and most of Africa are in the same shape or worse.

If we had held true to the principles and precepts established in the Constitution, we would have avoided the severity of this reckoning, because (1) Congress, not the usurping Federal Reserve System, would have been directly responsible for issuing currency based on gold and silver, not printed at an expense by interlopers out of thin air, and (2) government  resource holdings in the western states and all government investment holdings would have been strictly limited, and (3) credit lenders would have had to rely on their own resources instead of abusing the public trust and allowed to purchase insurance against their own bad judgement---purposeful or otherwise, and (4) we would never have wasted our strength on endless adventurist wars, and (5) we would have had sense enough to secure our borders and (6) we would never have established even one "entitlement" program nor allowed even one "federal" standard for education.

All the misery, all the expense, all the losses could have been avoided.  We could have jumped on Eisenhower (mjb: Roosevelt?) like a pack of wolves when he destroyed the gold standard, and again, we had our chance with Nixon when he destroyed the silver standard..  At any time, we could have rebelled against the "Federal" Reserve System and the loathsome Income Tax.  We could have demanded that the federal government release the land of the western states to the control of the states, together with all the resources therein. We could have put an END to the endless wars a long, long time ago.  We could have kicked the bankers in the teeth and refused the lure of easy credit.  We could have closed our borders and taken to the streets when George W. Bush signed his vaunted "North American Union" agreement. We could have recognized the gross injustice of stealing the labor and property of one person to support another in the name of "charity", and we could have objected when the government proposed to control the education of our children. All this and more, we could have nipped in the bud.

We didn't.  So, here we are.

There are 515 (mjb: 535?) people responsible for this mess, and except for a pitiful handful, they are ALL guilty of treason.  The members of Congress have flagrantly and repeatedly betrayed their oath to the Constitution.  Ron Paul is the ONLY man in Congress to have stood firm for the Constitution for the last 40 years, and if we don't have the guts to stand up for him now, there won't be another chance to turn things around.

Let's briefly review.

The Baby Boomers are moving on.  Most of them have bought their houses, raised their kids, and created their businesses.  Now, they are retired or saving for retirement.  The Big Spenders have stopped spending, and there are not enough younger Americans to fill the gap that their exit from the market has created.  Lack of demand for houses, cars, furniture and the rest, means closing factories, lost jobs, collapsed demand for nearly everything.

Not only were the Boomers big spenders, they were big borrowers, too.  They borrowed as if there was no tomorrow, as if they were all going to live forever, and keep producing forever, too. As a result, when we look at America's debt---government debt, personal debt, and corporate debt, we see that we owe around $100 trillion dollars, hundreds of thousands of dollars per person in the United States.  We have absolutely no hope of paying this debt, which means massive outright losses must be sustained.   Millions of people will lose their homes, their jobs, their future, everything, because of this.

Finally, the Housing Bubble collapse is far from over.  The people who agreed to all those federal "jump up" loans that fueled the insane housing market are mostly failed or failing to keep up.  2008 saw the first "jump up" and millions of mortgages went into default, leaving millions of homes standing empty across America.  The second wave is due to hit late in 2011, and by the middle of 2012, the giant round of foreclosures will start again---only this time, there won't be an government bailouts.

With millions upon millions of homes foreclosed, property values across America will plummet another 30-35%,  a 60% loss in less than five years. This will ruin the property tax base and cities, towns, and even states, will succumb to bankruptcy.  Hundreds of banks will fail, and we will be facing our own version of The Great Depression. 

Anyone who doubts that we are about to bite the biggest deflationary cycle in history needs to take note.  As of July 15 of this year, just a couple weeks away, the Dodd-Frank regulations will take effect, and we will no longer be able to legally buy or sell gold and silver.  Both commodities will be taken out of the commercial arena with the flick of a pen.  All the gold bugs out there who fled to gold for safety will be left holding the bag, as world governments begin dumping the huge stockpiles of gold they have amassed, devaluing the gold market in the process. 

And if you look to Europe, or Japan, or China for safety, look again.  All of those economies will fail right along with us, and the US dollar will suddenly, as it did in the Great Depression, become very, very rare.

So batten your hatches, folks.  Sell off what you can.  Get out of the stock market. Stuff your mattresses and hunker down. The real estate market will be dead for at least ten years. 

And as you are suffering and going without and watching everything you care about threatened or taken or outright destroyed, yes, blame the government.  Blame the lousy rotten politicians that ignored the Constitution and brought us to this dire hour.  But also blame yourselves for ever letting them run wild.  Blame yourselves for not caring, not watching, not demanding, not guiding, and not fulfilling your own responsibilities as Americans. 

We are about to face an economic cataclysm, and it's our own damned fault.

The fight for liberty can not take a day off to celebrate.

More people are waking up every day; I can't give up on liberty.  Our nation was built on a solid foundation, and Washington DC is doing everything to destroy that foundation, but there it still is.  We just need to keep spreading the brush-fires of liberty.  It is a relentless task, and often a thankless one,  Yet, it must continue.  Liberty never gets to take a break from battling tyrrany!

This Coming Monday

Michael, Great article.  Where has the mindset of "Independence" gone?

I believe you are back in Indiana now, right?
Have you heard about the gathering Andrew Horning is having on the 4th at the Statehouse?
I believe most folks are going to start gathering around 11:30.

Independence Day

Our pastor is gone for his son's wedding and I am the one who stands in when he is gone.  I have to submit my sermons for his review.   Pastor is 77 years old and a staunch, die-hard democrat.  Politically speaking, we are polar opposites.  Needless to say, the red ink flowed all over my sermon.  He wanted a great deal omitted.  But what blew me away were the little remarks of "I never knew this". 

Writing a 20 minute sermon on the Declaration is all but impossible but it's ready to preach tomorrow.  I made a (not so) tough call to leave in much of what the pastor wanted out.  It is too important not to say what needs to be said.  The only truly bad thing is our parish is small and mainly retired elderly.  How I wish I was preaching to a massive church with hundreds.  None the less, my words will be going into those ears, which is better than none.

It is so easy to get discouraged these days but no matter what, we must always keep that sword of truth in our hands and never place it in its sheath.  We are now fighting King George III once again but on a much more vicious battle ground.   But fight we will and fight we must.

I must take a moment to thank Michael Badnarik for all he does in this cause and for being such a tremendous role model, mentor and leader. For tremendous help with my sermon,  I also thank Pastor Roger Anghis for his kind help (and cyber-shoulder that I cyber-wept on) !

Good Article. Sad, true, but good.

Thanks for your sobering article Michael.  I will be sharing. 

Have a sad, somber 4th.  :(

Diana Moses

Thanks for your words of

Thanks for your words of wisdom Michael.

Do you think we are beyond the point of a 1776 type revolution or even a peaceful revolution in this country? 

God bless!

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

James Corbett recently interviewed you; it was a short, but good interview which I recommend to all who visit this site.  And this past weekend Corbett's report was centered around a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  How very moving it was to hear those words spoken.  Everyone should hear those words spoken at least once each year, especially around the 4th of July.  Also included in the report was an excerpt of you speaking at (I believe) the constitutional convention in 2009.  During your remarks, you asked those gathered how many would sign the Declaration of Independence today.  A very tough question indeed.  How many will pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor today?

Many thanks for your great contributions

Many thanks for your great contributions to the people who will listen. And more and more are listening to your message. You are one of the greatest patriots I have had the fortune to know, even if only from afar. Your information is priceless and true. And without it, I wouldn't be able to do what I do. Your frustration is more than understood, and shared by many.


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