If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows

There is a persistent rumor suggesting that as the British army surrendered after the Battle of Yorktown, they played a song called "The World Turned Upside-Down".   According to Dennis Montgomery, no one knows for sure.   Perhaps not, but I love the lyrics that might have been played by the defeated redcoats.

If buttercups buzz'd after the bee
If boats were on land, churches on sea
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse
If the mamas sold their babies
To the Gypsies for half a crown
If summer were spring
And the other way 'round
Then all the world would be upside down!

I share the dizzying disbelief the British soldiers apparently had after being beaten by a disorganized, upstart rebellion.   Earlier this month my good friend, Bernard von NotHaus, was convicted of counterfeiting, and accused of "a unique form of domestic terrorism".   It is now my firmly held belief that our government officials are certifiably crazy, and that our world has been turned upside-down.   Allow me to explain.

After the American Revolution, the thirteen colonies were expected to pay back the money they had borrowed from France and Spain.   Rather than work hard to send valuable resources, each of the colonies made the decision to print paper money "out of thin air", as the saying goes.   Competitive printing between the states quickly caused a massive hyperinflation, which led to a demand for changes to the Articles of Confederation.   Rather than edit the Articles, delegates drafted a new Constitution which (in 1.8.5) explicitly gave Congress the power to COIN money and regulate the value thereof.   The delegates vociferously denied Congress the power "to emit bills", meaning "to print money".   The reason was fresh in their minds.   Hyperinflation was the reason they had convened in Philadelphia in the first place.

I hope you'll agree that if I don't have an apple in my hand, I can't hand the apple to you.   The apple doesn't exist.   How did Congress presume to give the Federal Reserve the authority to print money, when they didn't have that authority themselves?   They couldn't!   Which means that the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 is completely, totally, unquestionably, unconstitutional.   (Please note that even if Congress did have the authority to print money, they still couldn't transfer that authority to a private corporation like the Federal Reserve.   A police officer may have the authority to carry a gun and write traffic tickets, but the officer would be put in jail for pretending to give others the authority to do the same.)

To make matters worse, the Constitution (1.8.6) requires Congress "to provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States."   This would be a good time to define "counterfeit". verb: made in imitation so as to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; not genuine; forged; pretended; unreal   So the Federal Reserve started printing "notes" that looked almost exactly like the "silver certificates" the Treasury had been printing.   Silver certificates could be redeemed on demand for valuable silver.   Federal Reserve Notes are worthless pieces of paper masquerading as legitimate money.   Compare them yourself, then decide if Federal Reserve Notes were intended to look like real money.   That is the very definition of counterfeiting.   Therefore, before the World Turned Upside-Down, Congress would have indicted members of the Federal Reserve, and put them in jail for a very long time.

If we are playing poker at someone's house, and I pull out another tray of poker chips, I will probably be forcibly thrown out the door for cheating.   When the Federal Reserve prints money "out of thin air" and places it into circulation, the money you have in all of your accounts becomes worth less.   Because we've allowed the Federal Reserve to counterfeit our money since 1913, your money is now worthless.   This process is the root cause of the trillion dollar bailout and the double-trillion dollar stimulus package that the current administration has orchestrated.   I strongly enourage you to read Creature from Jekyll Island to convince you beyond a shadow of a doubt that these outrageous facts are completely true.

Enter Bernard von NotHaus who just happens to be a monetary architect.   He designed a gorgeous one ounce silver Liberty Dollar that could be exchanged as barter between anyone who recognizes the value of elemental silver.   Barter is a process that is reinvented in every second grade cafeteria across the country as children swap peanut butter sandwiches for something they like more.   He was convicted a few days ago of counterfeiting, and of conspiracy against the United States. The counterfeiting charge implies that Liberty Dollars are easily mistaken for fiat, worthless, Federal Reserve Notes.   The FBI points out that "the Liberty coins were marked with the dollar sign ($); the words dollar, USA, Liberty, Trust in God (instead of In God We Trust); and other features associated with legitimate U.S. coinage".   I take issue with the statement that Federal Reserve paper or coins are legitimate U.S. coinage.   I have already demonstrated that they are engaged in the fraudulent duplication of paper that pretends to be legitimate constitutional silver certificates.   Even assuming that dollars are legitimate, there is no possible way that any thinking individual would confuse a Liberty Dollar for something generated by the government.   Whenever I pull change out of my pocket that includes a Liberty Dollar, people can spot the difference immediately.   They go out of their way to ask what it is because it is so dramatically different than the flimsy bus tokens circulated by the government.

After correctly quoting the Constitution about the power to coin money, the FBI makes an outrageous (and incorrect) leap of logic.   They claim that "This power was delegated to Congress in order to establish and preserve a uniform standard of value and to insure a singular monetary system for all purchases and debts in the United States, public and private. Along with the power to coin money, Congress has the concurrent power to restrain the circulation of money which is not issued under its own authority in order to protect and preserve the constitutional currency for the benefit of all citizens of the nation."   Congress could have preserved a uniform standard of value by maintaining gold and silver coins as the only legitimate transfer of wealth.   By allowing the Federal Reserve to print and circulate money which is not backed by precious metals, they created a system that directly undermines a uniform standard of value by diluting everyone's wealth with counterfeit bills.   Although it may sound plausible, there is no constitutional authority to restrain the circulation of money not issued by its own authority.   I don't know about you, but I am willing to accept gold or silver coins whether they were minted by the government or not.   I currently have one ounce silver coins with images of Barack Obama and Dick Cheney.   I may not have respect for them personally, however I expect to be able trade that silver just as easily as the coins with Ron Paul's image.

I find all of these arbitrary assumptions to be completely outrageous.   They pale by comparison to U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins' assertion that, "Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism." "While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country," "We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption, and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government"

Can you believe this?   Ms. Tompkins is saying that anyone who tries to avoid the destruction caused by Federal Reserve counterfeiting is guilty of domestic terrorism.   Apparently the FBI does not want us to break out of our economic slavery.   Circulating pure silver is not "a clear and present danger to our economic stablity".   Flipping the world right side up we must admit that it is the fraudulent printing of Federal Reserve Notes that has already destroyed our economic stability!   The FBI is accusing Bernard von NotHaus of doing exactly what the government has been guilty of since 1913!   How would we feel if the German Nazis were accusing the Jews of genocide?   Could the world be turned any more upside-down than it currently is?

Naturally, I am not the only one who is outraged by this blatant attempt to change lies into truth, and wrong into right.   I encourage you to read The New Face of Terror written by Chris Duane.   If I haven't convinced you that our economic sky has been falling, then perhaps Chris will be more persuasive than I've been.

It is finally time for the entire American population to stand up and resist this tyranny which is based on fraud and blatant misdirection.   I want each of you to write letters to your state and federal representatives.   Tell them why Bernard must be acquitted, and why the Federal Reserve must finally be eliminated and dismantled.   I plan to post my letters on my website later this week.   I would appreciate it if you would send me a copy of your letter(s) so I know how many of you took action to save Bernard and turn the world right side up.   If I get at least fifteen different letters, I will pick the best one and send you THREE silver Liberty Dollars.   One denominated $10, another stamped $20, and another showing $50.   That way you can show your friends how much Federal Reserve Notes have been devalued over the last decade alone.   Remember. the only thing necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.

Ramping up my resistance to tyranny,

Michael Badnarik



OUTSTANDING article!  


The Coining of Money

This story was the most outrages story I ever heard, A man coins monetary units of value and is arrested while the United States government continues to print money at alarming rates thus devaluating our currency amongst nations, more especially, non-friendly nations.
It angers me that many Americna's have more common sense, follow our laws and get arrested while the the Fed gets a pass. This article is so strong that I have printed it out and put it in your book.

Mr. Badnarik, know that my anger did not end when I left your class, it has carried on and I have been pointing people to your website and have spread the word. People have asked me "Yeah but what can we do?" I tell them you must and are responsible for your own Liberty! From the II Amendment to the value of that penny in your pocket, YOU were entrusted by our Founding Fathers to protect it and maintain it.
Soon, I will be a Grandfather for the first time, I will educate the child and embolden that child that they may continue the fight. As for your friend, I would like to know where he is and write him letters that he know that he is not alone. I say lets flood him with letters and send the feds a message - LET MY PEOPLE GO!


 Hi Michael;

It has been a long time since we talked, will draft letters some time today and will send you a copy as soon as I am done. 

I don't know when you will be back in Wisconsin, love to see you soon.


re: Clarification


Can you, perhaps, clairify who or where the letters would be best sent to?  Knowing our audience might better help our disposition.

Thanks buddy,
Mark Jackson

[mjb: The article suggests sending these letters to your state and federal legislators, for they are the ones responsible for ending the FED. You are more than welcome to send letters to the DOJ, FBI, Homeland Security, or President Obama... however, given the government's tendency to punish anyone who disagrees with them, or challenges their authority, you should be aware of the additional risk you are taking by aiming higher up the ladder.]

Bernard von Nothaus

The members of the jury are so ignorant.  Unfortunately, they represent the overwhelming majority of Americans, non thinkers.  Maybe we can get them to see the movie, ATLAS SHRUGGED.  Maybe that will help educate some.

Has anyone ever tried suing the Fed?

 If ever any organization was guilty of counterfeiting, it is the Federal Reserve. Has the legality of the fiat currency ever been challenged in court?

BTW, when I hear people whining about the price of gasoline and eggs, I remind them that the true price of these can be found by multiplying the prices by 0.10.
That changes the perspective since gas sold for $0.25 a gallon when I first drove and we were giving the Arabs $2.50 a barrel for oil and maybe a new Cadillac (which couldn't climb sand dunes) annually.
By my reckoning, gas has risen about 40% from that level and the Arabs' sons who have gone to US economics schools, are aware of how badly they were being once treated.  
And, of course our money isn't worth sh-t today, thanks to the printing presses.

Steve A.  

Get word out

I applaud you! I was talking about this issue on may radio show last night.  Tonight I hope you don't mind if I read this post on the air and direct people to your site. The fact that Bernard von NotHaus is being called a "terrorist" is so sad one could almost consider it a joke if a man's life were not at stake. 

If you would like to listen I'm on tonight from 7-9 pm.  You can listen at WGMD.com.  I also have a representative from a local silver company: DelValleySilver.com coming on to discuss the possible issues this will have in their market.

von Nothaus

And in this artidcle there are two videos, one of von Nothaus from 2007 and the other one of Ron Paul from December 2010 where they both discuss competing currencies.


 I like your article and the

 I like your article and the call to action, well done!

Great Article Michael!

 Keep writing ~ you're really good at it :)

If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows ~

 I have shared and spread this to everyone I know.

 Thank-you so very much for the motivating and insightful article!

 Save Bernard and turn the world right side up!

letter to Sen Grassley & Congressman Braley (Iowa) re: NotHaus

Senator Grassley,
Surely you are acquainted with the circumstances involving Bernard von NotHaus, who has been convicted of counterfeiting and accused of "a unique form of domestic terrorism".  Do you not find this rather odd?
The US Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, clearly states in Article 1 Section 10: "No State shall...coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debt..."  Mr. NotHaus was not printing notes, nor creating “money” with the stroke of a pen out of thin air, nor has he lost TRILLIONS of dollars of the U.S. tax payer’s money. Since the Fed’s creation in 1913 the dollar has lost more than 96% of its value, and by recklessly inflating the money supply the Fed continues to distort interest rates and intentionally erodes the value of the dollar. And now apparently nobody at the Federal Reserve has any clue where the trillions of dollars that have come from the Fed's expanded balance sheet have gone. Additionally, nobody there seems to have any idea what the losses on the Fed's $2 trillion portfolio really are.  Not only that, but it seems they do not want any kind of transparency or to be audited.   Yet Not Haus is behind bars while the members of the Federal Reserve are walking freely around, enjoying extravagant wealth beyond all imagination.  The Federal Reserve Bank does not have the right to produce false bank notes and pass them off as American money or United States of America money, because the Constitution has not given the Federal Reserve Bank such a right.   Do you not agree that THIS is a blatant form of terrorism against the American people and the United States?   It is evident beyond all reasonable doubt that the wrong person is behind bars.  I strongly request that you begin an investigation on this matter and see to it that Mr. NotHaus is freed and the true criminals are put in prison.    AUDIT THE FEDERAL RESERVE.  END THE FEDERAL RESERVE.  ABOLISH THE IRS.  FREE BERNARD von NOTHAUS.   With intense sincerity,   Veronica Deevers


Well Stated. Most citizens of the united states have no understanding of how our government functions vs the form it is supposed to function. And sadly, not willing to learn or participate. A sad time in the history of the world. But not unprecedented.

It's time for America to Stand Up!!!

This is simply outrageous!
We must unite and stand up against a rogue government and and demand that they restore our constitution as it was orininally penned by our Forefathers and return to sound money.

Please help plan a national march on the capitals of America July 4, 2011 

In support of Mr Nothaus

Letter to: Congress Woman Jane Harmo
              Congress Woman Diane Feinstein         I would like to present you with a short scenario and ask, were you ever in this situation. Please bear with me on this and I will be brief. The events could happen at any time in your life and at any age because the important issues do happen multiple times throughout a normal life span. For my example, I will be using childhood during a competitive game of kickball or softball. The victor in this game would have bragging rights and perhaps, even a trophy of sorts and the players are the principle peers in your young life so here is the question.         I am interested to know if this has happened to you and remember, it doesn’t necessarily have to take place during this fictitious game. In this game, you find yourself on second base with a tie score and the game nearly finished. Your score would give your team the win and all the glory associated with the victory and you are determined. Suddenly, the ball is put into play but you misjudged the distance and face a possible tag out as the second base player scoops it up and throws.         You are surprised that the throw is high, but it is accurate and arrives at the third baseman at the same time as you are attempting to run behind the player to touch the base. Catching the ball quickly and swooping backwards trying to make the tag and you feel the base under your foot. You see the umpire sweep his hands indicating safe and realize that his viewpoint must have been blocked because you ran behind the player. Unfortunately, before you can react, the third base player begins to shout that he “Tagged” you from behind before you touched base.         The player continues making the gesture of a backwards sweep to show how the play was made as the umpire and the players of both teams look to you for the answer. You know the truth and that is that the tag was made across the back of your left shoulder as you passed the player and before touching the base but only one other knows this truth. The opponent cannot prove his claim and no one could ever disprove the final call on the play because it is all up to you what it will be and you …         What was your level of integrity under those trivial times in life and do they reflect that same level of dignity today? Please do not answer the question because, today, there was another who saw the tag as you ran for third. The truth is that many people know what happened because they have watched the same play over and over again and each time, you claim to be safe while knowing it was an untruth. So very much time we lost; it seemed so obvious that you would finally tell the truth to the umpire some day but we still wait, and play again.         It has been most disappointing and there have been far too many people injured and still others have witnessed to total ruination of their lives as the game continued. It is sad that you find honesty so difficult but the situation becomes further saddened because we now have no more time to play. We have waited so long on you that our equipment is no longer usable, our injuries are too many and, well, actually, we just don’t have the strength to play and there is no reason to continue         Would you have ever changed your answer were it to be revealed that the player at third was punished quite severely for dishonesty? Would you have ended the charade, had you known that these things had happened to a nice person because you had been deceitful? I suppose I find it difficult to comprehend how it could happen because I remember my game, when I was faced with that same situation. We lost the game and it was a sad time but I remain trusted by lifelong friends that were made that day and I enjoy that feeling.                 I am also a firm believer that all people know the difference between what is right and what is wrong and today, I want to; specifically point it out to you in this correspondence. An honorable and patriotic American citizen has been charged with a crime that is no criminal violation by any stretch of the imagination... Because I gave my word that I would make this brief, I will honor my commitment. In place of fully describing every detail, I will provide you with the particulars and leave it for you to contemplate.         Will you ever be able to stand and be counted as an Honorable person? It is time, don’t you think? Please help us to get our country back on track and please do the right thing but supporting our efforts to have these charges dismissed. This is my plea: Bernard von NotHaus, unfounded accusations with unsubstantiated charges which are not even violations. This situation has obviously been brought about by the Federal Reserve and we all know the magnitude of problems they have caused our citizens. It must stop, we need to move on and to continue playing by their rules would be nothing short of Wrong. I’m counting on you.
Respectfully, Kenneth R. Pressley


If Liberty Dollars are counterfeit money, then what about Disney Dollars?

If you go to Walt Disney World you can exchange US Dollars for Disney Dollars on 1:1 Ratio
All Walt Disney World® Resort shops and restaurants take Disney Dollars as a form of cash. Disney Dollars are available for a one-to-one exchange for U.S. dollars at the Disney Store nearest your home and at ticket booths, Guest Relations and Resort Guest Services locations at the Walt Disney World Resort.

A quote from www.disneydollars.net website "Disney Dollars DO NOT expire.  The oldest bill from 1987 can still be used today.  As they are worth real money. They also may be exchanged back for the U.S. Dollars or purchased using the same."

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