You are the cure for Congressional treason

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“Just victims of the in-house drive-by. They say jump, you say how high?” Aside from some of their seemingly anarchist lyrics, of which I don’t approve, that line from “Rage Against the Machine” is as close as any I can find to fit the current day and generations-long condition of the American experience existing between “We the people” and the Congressional/Administrative branches and the “financial element” whose will politicians dutifully obey (c.f., Lincoln, Roosevelt, Jefferson, Jackson, Garfield and Wilson).

I suppose I’m about to offend the sensitivities of the party faithful on both sides of the aisle. And should I shudder in fear of a name-calling onslaught from the anonymity of the American blogosphere? Well, line up. Here goes.

I believe our form of government is the model for the planet. And I believe what was intended by those that were willing to hang together or hang separately has long been subverted.

I suspected during the last few months of his administration that George Bush had another brother that had eyes on the Presidency. But I was wrong to think they had the same last name.

When it comes to fiscal accountability, the Obama program is looking like an exaggerated extension of the Bush bail-out mania that began last fall.

The Bush administration began Phase 1 of this “Oh my God, the sky is falling” rhetoric with a $750 billion bail-out that had to be given away within days or else. And it was.

So what’s the difference between what then-Treasury Secretary Paulson said and what Obama and new Treasury Secretary Geithner are saying now?

Well, I don’t see a difference except in the exponential increase in the price tag for the American taxpayer, having morphed to a potential need for up to a couple of trillion dollars for the banks, according to Geithner a couple of weeks ago.

By the way, 38 percent of America’s banks are investors in the Federal Reserve System ( Different parties, different people, same message, same economic rape of current and future Americans.

Now for the words of the new President. “These numbers that we’re seeing are sending an unmistakable message, and so are the American people,” Obama said Feb. 5 in a visit to the Energy Department, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The time for talk is over. The time for action is now, because we know that if we do not act, a bad situation will become dramatically worse. Crisis could turn into catastrophe for families and businesses across the country.”

Republican administration/Democratic administration. Two sides of the same dime (thanks, Mark Twain).

Enter Thomas Jefferson, who once said, “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day, but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished (how about “we’ve got to do it now” and “catastrophic”) period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministry, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.”

You and your descendants will have to live economically and socially “by the leave” of our elitist, Janus-faced oligarchy, Congress, and our Presidents, all of whom dance to the tune of their corporate “financial element” (that’s Roosevelt’s term, not mine) masters until, and if, “We the people” decide we’ve had enough.

And what about the servants of our masters? They, too, are exempt from prosecution. Try not paying your delinquent taxes like Geithner and Daschle did and see how long is takes the IRS to make mincemeat of your life. You and I are not members of the Ruling Elite.

And let’s not forget the words of Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-NY) Feb. 11, “To all of the chattering class that so much focuses on those little, tiny, yes, porky amendments — the American people really don’t care.”

Really, Mr. Shumer? Bail-out #2 now totals another $787 billion. What’s next? Another $2 trillion or $5 trillion or $10 trillion in bail-outs along with more nationalization of businesses undreamt of by our founders.

Now that is change!

Try this on for an example of the Ruling Elite mentality. In true form, consider the words of then-Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell in his response to the move by Republicans (back when they had some courage) in 1994 to have Congress submit to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and anti-discrimination laws that every other employer in America was bound to follow.

“It has been said here many times tonight that we want to make the Senate the same as everyone else, that we want to treat Senators the same as everyone else, that we want to have the Senate treated the same as the private sector. Mr. President, not a single Senator believes that. Not a single Senator wants that.”

Well, my message to the President and Congress is that some of them, but by no means all, are guilty of treason and should be charged and put on trial for the economic rape of the American people and their descendants. I mean it.

“We the people,” our children and grandchildren, stand in the cross-hairs of economic history. Tytler was right, and in our apathy and dependency “We the people” have sown the wind. And unless we change our ways, we will reap the whirlwind.

After all, the impending and almost never-referenced financial disasters of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are about a decade away, well within the lifetime of almost everyone reading this column.

Maybe it is time that the American people consider other options. Consider these words.

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”

I am a long-time, unapologetic political independent. For years its has been clear to some of us that beyond the polarized glitter of the national media, beyond the mesmerized party faithful and their Ruling Elite, lies a design that was summed up in one short sentence around 170 years ago: “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, I care not who makes its laws” (Amschel Meyer Rothschild, circa 1838).

Consider what that statement means for any nation. The design is far from opaque.

Congress, as a body, is trampling our Constitution. For more than 200 years the symbol of the United States has been the eagle. Yet apathy and dependency has turned many of its people into sheep. In the natural world, even a sheep will protect its young from danger. Are we any different than they?

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Submitted by The Shadow on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 6:28pm.

For allowing recession come depression when they were warned it was coming. For the past 25 years, responsible, knowledgeable people went to Washington telling the Government that their spending, lack of over-sight and misguided actions would cause the economy to collapse. Hundreds of books and papers have been written about it. Now they all want to say the crisis has caught them by surprise. That’s a greedy lie.

It makes me sad and fighting mad to see so many good people suffering due to all the politicians negligence. Numerous areas have reach “official” depression era unemployment levels of 20%. The Town of Millen in Jenkins County has unemployment of 21.3%. Dalton is devastated. Unemployed Europeans are rioting and protesting with signs such as, “We won’t pay for their crisis”. Now the Democrats also want Americans to pay for the crisis that they and the Republicans caused and ignored. We need a good riot in Washington; a New American Revolution. And while we’re doing it, lets name the guilty ones and punish them. We can start with all the politicians and other officials from 1984 forward. Lets get Bush, McCain, Greenspan, Paulson, Pelosi, Reid, Geithner, Frank, Dodd, Bernanke & Obama first and imprison them in the Bastille to await trial for crimes against the American people. After that we can go after all the local politicians.

Submitted by mizmac on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 3:49pm.


So tell me again, Mr. Nelms, what is your right on, right now solution to this mess?

Submitted by PTC Observer on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 9:21pm.


You write well, your logic is flawless, and I agree with your position. Alas, the government envisioned by our Founders is no more.

PTC Observer

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